A few months ago, I had the pleasure of sitting down with a couple of visiting chefs from Sweden during the Equatorial Hotel‘s Nordic Week. At the start of the event, I had swung by for a press dinner and left utterly smitten. Executive chef Niclas Wahlstrom of Stockholm’s Den Gyldene Freden and Magnus Johansson, past winner of the Culinary Olympics and Nobel Prize dinner pastry chef, were good enough to give me some of their time between lunch and dinner services to teach me about the New Nordic Cuisine movement. Tuoi Tre‘s vietnewsonline.vn picked up my story on the culinary movement after it ran in AsiaLIFE HCMC. If you haven’t gotten the skinny on New Nordic Food yet, read about it here.
Photo by Fred Wissink
I’m very happy to report on the official relaunch of EuropeanHostels.com. EuropeanHostels has existed for some time as a hostel directory — since before Over There Interactive founder Tom Meyers devised the company’s flagship website eurocheapo.com — but the new EuropeanHostels features a totally rehauled search engine powered by a “top secret algorithm”, a free trip manager for members, newly pruned editor’s picks, user reviews, smart maps and revamped hostel and city guides.
Why does this relaunch tickle me so? I pitched in on the EuropeanHostels redevelopment last year and still have fond memories of editorial jam sessions over Israeli sandwiches and European and Carib candy binges (courtesy of former EC editor Alex Robertson Textor) between research and copy editing. Ah, those were the days.
But in all honesty, the brothers Meyers and their accomplices have put together a bang on way to search for cheap hostels in Europe.