One (cortado) for The Road – West Coast Chronicles pt VIII – Final


I was nearing the end of my adventure. It’d been quite a trip, having spent most of it on some form of public transportation in a constant state of scheduling. I felt neither refreshed nor rejuvenated, though I’d enjoyed myself … Continue reading

Baltzersen’s Roast & Coffee Brewing Research: V60 and Aeropress

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In case you hadn’t noticed, Baltzersen’s takes its coffee quite seriously. You can throw as many cinnamon buns, princess cakes and skolebrød at life as you like, they’ll do you no good without decent coffee. All the treats and comforts … Continue reading

The local’s guide to Harrogate: family restaurants

family restaurants

It’s been an absolute pleasure researching and sharing our previous local’s guides to Harrogate. We’ve covered independent coffee shops and pubs so far; perhaps it’s time to step back on the self-indulgence and focus on those near us. Dining out … Continue reading

The Princess’ vote – Baltzersen’s informal independence referendum


At 7 o’clock this morning, the polls opened and Scotland began partaking in a national independence referendum that promised to be as close as the layers of Linda’s cinnamon buns (illustrated below). These are indeed exciting times, regardless of what … Continue reading

Anna’s Karelian Pasty – a Nordic answer to GBBO

Karelian pasty

Last week Mary-Jane took upon herself the post-GBBO challenge of making a princess cake befitting its name. She’s made us and a good portion of Harrogate very proud, and has thoroughly mastered the art of this majestic dessert. This week’s … Continue reading

Bergen Coffee Roastery – The West Coast Chronicles pt VII


No time for dilly-dallying today; I woke up somewhat at the crack of dawn, thanked and departed from my hosts, and made my way to Bergen Kaffebrenneri (Bergen Coffee Roastery). This involved a rather long and uncalculated walk that graced … Continue reading

Mary Jane’s Princess Cake


Princess Cake Everyone got a bit excited last night as GBBO went scandi with the traditional Swedish birthday cake: Prinsesstårta. This technically difficult yet visually stunning bake is one Mary Jane’s been wanting to try for a while. However, she’s … Continue reading

A Fish Market For The Soul – The West Coast Chronicles pt VI

fish market

As far as coastal towns go, Bergen is notorious amongst Norwegians. Renowned for excessive amounts of rain, wind and other unforgiving weather conditions, it’s coastal location has for centuries made it a strong trade point for the fishing industry. During … Continue reading

Linda and her Famous Cinnamon Buns

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From the very start of his journey with Baltzersen’s, there was one thing Paul was insistent on serving in his café: cinnamon buns from Grandma B’s original recipe book. However Paul is no baker himself. He searched Harrogate far and … Continue reading

The Local’s Guide to Harrogate: Pubs


Harrogate’s Best Pubs In last week’s Local’s Guide, we gave you our pick of the best independent coffee houses in Harrogate. Now you’ve tried the best cups of coffee, it’s time for something a little stronger: beer. There are a … Continue reading