Monthly Archives: August 2014

Cue Café Music – The West Coast Chronicles pt II


I dedicated my 1st full day back in Norway to spending time with one of my closest mates from Secondary School, Erlend, as he was leaving for university the next day. Together we must have hit most of the known … Continue reading

The New Autumn Menu at Baltzersen’s

  Sometimes you do things with all the best intentions and they don’t really work out. The Smørbrød Experiment Since opening Baltzersen’s we’ve been very fortunate to be in the position where people have enjoyed what we have had to … Continue reading

Norway: a Cold Mistress – The West Coast Chronicles pt I


28 years ago a young couple from Southern California, named Mark and Eileen, decided that fresh squeezed orange juice, avocados in season all year round and idyllic sun shining on the Pacific Ocean simply didn’t cut it for them. They packed … Continue reading

Bank Holiday: Scandi-Style

Here at Baltzersen’s, we like to stay open on bank holidays. After all, someone needs to provide the people of Harrogate with cinnamon buns over the extended weekend. So, for our fellow hard workers who are on the job today, … Continue reading

Barista Diaries: The View From The Hoppers – pt 1


Here at Baltzersen’s we don’t just like to make great coffee; we also like to consume a few drops when we get the chance and share what we have discovered.  The capital of England is considered by many to be … Continue reading

Miriam’s Chocolate Krantz Cake: The Alternative Cinnamon Bun

Miriam Shows us What she’s Made Of Having been a part of Baltzersen’s just under a month now, new chef Miriam ventured in to the pastry kitchen earlier this week to give us a taste of her Jewish family heritage. … Continue reading

Vafler: The Way to a Scandinavians Heart

No other dish epitomises the Norwegian hospitality and warmth more than these sweetheart-shaped pillows of delight. If there’s one tradition in that everyone agrees on in the land of the midnight sun, it’s Vafler. Usually enjoyed with coffee and a … Continue reading

The West Coast Chronicles – Prologue: Rob’s Going Home to Norway

Before Paul even hired him, Rob pitched the idea of a research trip to his hometown in Norway – covering a range of Norwegian coffee & cuisine culture Rob knows well from growing up there, and some establishments unfamiliar to … Continue reading

Smørrebrød: A Brief History of the Topless Scandinavian

Introducing the Smørrebrød We received a mixed reception when we first began serving Smørrebrød in the Café. “Excuse me waiter, someone ate half my sandwich” “Are you trying to tell me I need to cut down on carbs?” “My meatballs … Continue reading

The Norwegian Committee of Coffee Enlightenment

Norwegian coffee

Besides endless pages of recipes, the Baltzersen’s now-famous recipe book has revealed a considerable amount of third-party material: mostly leaflets, flyers, and newspaper clippings. Most of them relate to recipes, cooking and ‘how to be a good housewife’ (different times, … Continue reading