Farm to Table is one of my favorite restaurants in Phnom Penh. The vegetables used in their cooking are either homegrown or sourced locally, and the menu reflects what is in season. They also have a very good selection of vegan and vegetarian food, which can otherwise be hard to find in Phnom Penh.
Yesterday, a friend of a friend introduced me to Dr. Midori Kotani. She is an extraordinary woman who, in addition to being a leading researcher within her field in Japan, has also just opened a Japanese bakery in Phnom Penh.
In Phnom Penh I am staying with Kanary from CWSG and her family, including The Grandma, who will always let me know if I have put on weight. She is the sweetest old lady, and she is spoiling me with fresh fruit and delicious food. I do not speak Khmer and she does not speak English, but none of us care, so you will often find us having long conversations without understanding a word of what the other person says.
When jetlag still rules, and l wake up at 5 in the morning, one of my favorite pastimes is to go for a walk across one of the bridges between Lower Manhattan and Brooklyn. The Manhattan skyline looks most beautiful early in the morning, and even Brooklyn Bridge is almost empty from people, if you go right after sunrise. Here are the 3 bridges that I love to walk.
Friday night we met with my friend from Paris. He wanted the place we were going to be a surprise, so he did not give us an exact address, but just told us to show up on this street in the northern part of Paris at 8pm.
We have been looking for something bigger for a while, and right now, the prices to rent in Dubai are at an all-time low, so when our lease was about to expire, we decided not to extend. Moving has almost become an annual ritual for us, and during our 8 years in Dubai, we have been living in 6 different apartments. In Dubai you sign a lease for one year at a time, and you typically pay the entire amount all at once, or with two cheques, each with 50 percent of the amount.
Last week I joined April for a couple of days in Paris, and what a wonderful trip it was! We had both been to Paris several times before, so none of us felt like sightseeing. Instead we spent our time relaxing in the city’s beautiful parks, drinking café au lait and eating delicious French food.
In Paris we stayed at Hôtel d’Orsay that April had been recommended by a friend. It was the nicest little hotel with the most friendly and sweet staff. The hotel is centrally located, but on a quiet street, so we did not hear any noise from the street in our room. There were lots of cute cafes in the area, which by the way looked exactly like Paris looks in movies of the more romantic kind.
Our room was tiny, and I think it was only meant for one person. We asked if we could upgrade to a bigger room for a fee, but they were fully booked, so it was not possible. Though the room size did not really matter after all, as we spent most of our time out in the city.
The staff was really amazing, and they always had time to chat. We had not done much research before we went, but the staff was really helpful with advice on restaurants and suggestions on things to see in the area. They somehow seemed to know the names of everybody staying at the hotel, and every time I passed by the reception, I was greeted with a “Bonjour Ms. Moeller”. On the weekend we were out with a friend of mine from Paris and came home very late. So late that the guy at the front desk jokingly called us “the 3am girls”:)
The pharmacies in Paris are a great place for shopping, as they carry all the French skin care brands such as Àvene, La Roche-Posay and Bioderma at prices much cheaper than in New York and Denmark. April also went to an antique market one of the days and she bought a beautiful old handbag, a pin and a painting. When I saw the little treasures she returned with, I regretted that I did not also go.
The last evening in Paris we went to see the light show at the Eiffel Tower. The show is only once each hour, and we missed the 11pm show with a few minutes, so we had to wait until midnight, but it was worth it. What a beautiful sight! Au revoir Paris, I will be back soon, that is for sure.
April and I went to visit Rikke and Magnus in Helsingborg, and we had some wonderful days packed with Swedish summer, prinsess tårta (a special Swedish cake that Rikke and I just love) and pink G&Ts.
On our last night in Sweden, we went for dinner at Pålsjö Krog, which is a cozy restaurant right on the beach in Helsingborg. The restaurant is very popular during the summer months, and we called in last minute to book a table. I don’t know how she did it, but somehow Rikke managed not only to get us a table: She got us the best table in the restaurant, right by the window with a full view of the water.
The food was great, and of that light, delicious kind that you feel like on a warm summer night. April and I shared a steak tartare starter and Rikke and Magnus had the Toast Skagen (a special kind of super tasty shrimp salad that Sweden is famous for). I had chanterelle risotto as a main course, and it came with so many chanterelles, that it took several mouthfuls for me to get to the rice. The others had different kinds of fish dishes, and they all claimed that it was better than my risotto, but I honestly doubt that. A truly wonderful evening at a very nice restaurant.