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A.Lange & Söhne Stammhaus

Langt ute på den østtyske landsbygda, utenfor Dresden, ligger den lille byen Glashütte. Byen ligger idyllisk til ved en vakker elv som renner i gjennom byen og strekker seg langs de skogkledte åsene på hver side, men dette er ikke en søvnig liten by. Av de 4000 fastboende sysselsettes 25 % av klokkeindustrien, og nesten alle de tyske manufakturene (klokkeprodusentene) holder hus i byen.

Klokkeeventyret i Glashütte startet med Adolph Lange i 1845. Han etablerte de første små fabrikkene i byen og bygget opp en kompetanse gjennom de neste årene som tiltrakk seg både urmakere, studenter, gründere og ikke minst kunder. Mektige kunder. Alt fra den russiske tsar til tyske presidenter og danske kongelige hadde lommeur fra A.Lange & Söhne.

A.Lange & Söhne no 42.500
A.Lange & Söhne no 42.500

I 1948 ble fabrikken overtatt av kommuniststyret i DDR, og familien Lange rømte til vest. Etter murens fall dro Walther Lange, Adolph Langes tippoldebarn, i 1990 tilbake til Glashütte for å gjenreise manufakturet. Dermed startet den moderne industrihistorien i Glashütte.

I dag er A.Lange & Söhne regnet som ett av verdens beste manufaktur og har en en årlig produksjon på rundt 6000 armbåndsur. Hvis du som leser tror at det er snakk om masseproduksjon, så kan vi røpe at det ikke er noe ledd i produksjonslinjen som minner om masseproduksjon. I fabrikken sitter det urmakere som følger klokken fra den er i deler til den er ferdig. Hver klokke inneholder 300-1000 komponenter, og de tilpasses og settes sammen for hånd.

Hos A.Lange & Söhne er de stolte av dette håndverket og av tradisjonen. Når man besøker manufakturet så kjenner man det på atmosfæren. Den er vennlig og uformell, og urmakerne man støter på i gangene eller ved pultene viser tydelig stoltheten og gleden over det de produserer.

A.Lange & Söhne Watchmakers A.Lange & Söhne

A.Lange & Söhne bruker likevel ikke tradisjon som et hvileskjær. De er blant verdens mest innovative manufakturer og lanserer stadig nye og forbedrede urverk. Nå sist etter SIHH (Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie – årlig klokkemesse) ble det lansert et nytt urverk til Lange 1. Denne klokken er en av manufakturets mest ikoniske klokker og ble lansert i den første kolleksjonen etter gjenreisingen i 1994.

Denne 2.generasjons modellen av Lange 1 er tilsynelatende uendret. Det er bare utenpå. På innsiden tikker et helt nytt og forbedret urverk. “Don’t change a winning horse” er et uttrykk de ikke respekterer hos A.Lange &Söhne.

Anthony de Haas er sjefsutvikler hos A.Lange & Söhne, og på spørsmål om hvorfor de endrer en suksess svarer han:

-Det har skjedd mye i utviklingen av urverk de siste 20 årene. Nå er Lange 1 klar for 20 nye år.

Lange 1

Det blir som å si “vi gjør det ikke fordi vi trenger, vi gjør det fordi vi kan”.

Det er koblingen mellom tradisjon og innovasjon som gjør A.Lange & Söhne så interessant, og det er denne viljen til å gjøre det ekstra som gjør at manufakturet er elsket av entusiaster verden over.

Når man i tillegg tar i betraktning de lave produksjonstallene, og at de aldri bruker salgstriksene som er blitt vanlig i bransjen med limiterte utgaver og sponsing av artister eller tennisspillere, så blir det eksklusivt å eie en A.Lange & Söhne.

Hvis du har en klokke på armen herfra så er det ingen bortsett fra andre entusiaster som legger merke til det. Det er ikke en Rolex eller en Patek Phillipe. Det er en A.Lange & Söhne.

1815 chronograph a.lange & söhne

A.Lange & Söhne lanserer en Boutique Editon 1815 Chronograph på Watches and Wonders i Hong Kong i år. Klokken vil kun selges i en av merkets 15 egne butikker.

Kassen er produsert i hvitt gull og skiven i sølv med blå timeindekser og pulsometer skala. Klokken har L951.5 urverket fra A.Lange & Söhne med “jumping minute”, “flyback” og kraftreserve på hele 60 timer.

Se vår ordliste lengre ned.

L951.5

Ordliste:

Kronograf (chronograph) er en mekanisk stoppeklokke.

Pulsometer skala kan brukes til å telle puls på en enkel måte. Ved å starte stoppeklokken samtidig med å starte å telle pulsslag og stoppe den når du har kommet til 30 slag, så kan slag pr minutt leses av på skalaen.

Jumping Minute er en funksjon som betyr at klokken hopper nøyaktig fra minutt til minutt. Andre mekaniske klokker har en mer glidende gang på minuttviseren.

Flyback er en kronograf funksjon hvor man ved å trykke inn en knapp setter stoppeklokkeviseren tilbake i nullposisjon.

Kraftreserve angir klokken egenskap til å lagre energi over tid. Dette varierer i stor grad mellom de mekaniske klokkene.

Straight Razor shaving is in my opinion the major league of shaving. If you have ever tried it your regular plastic razor or shaving machine will never feel the same again. The sensations of straight razor shaving is too special. The ritual of shaving with the smell of the soap,warmth of the hot towel and the feel of the steel will make it an exclusive experience.

If you have trawled forums and other websites on this topic you will find that there are as many opinions on the correctness of straight razor shaving as there are faces. We, the enthusiasts, can geek on what soaps make the best foam and what water temperature to use to whip up the best foam from a particular soap. We can passionately discuss steel for razorblades and at what age the badger is optimal for making a brush.

You may find all this information confusing and you may spend too much money finding your gear, and maybe you even give it all up because you got it all wrong.

I will help!

Gear of all kinds bring boys a lot of pleasure. For many of us it is all about getting the best, and lots of it. That is when we have fun. Well, at least I am like that. That being said. It is not necessary. At least not for straight razor shaving.

Minimum amount of gear needed to get started is:

  • Straight razor
  • Shaving brush
  • Shaving soap

All done!

Optional stuff below the image.

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If you are the kind of guy that love gear you can always get more of the above, or add onto your gear with:

  • Honing strap
  • Bowl
  • Pre- and post-shaving lotions, oils and nice smelly stuff
  • A name for a guy to restore or hone your razor now and then

I will come back to a who-to on choosing the right straight razor, brush and soap later on. In detail. For now I want to bring some general reflections on this hobby of ours:

  • Remember you are not a sheep! There is no doubt that us guys have different facial hair. What fits for one guy may not be appropriate for you! Don’t buy what the loudmouth on the forum tells you to. Don’t be a sheep. Some guys have hairs that are thick and stiff, some have thin and soft, some have heavy growth and some have sparse hair growth. All these factors will be of importance when you choose your razor.
  • Get to know your face. Facial hair grow in different directions. I you look hard in the mirror you will se that only on the neck it will grow in two or three different directions. This will impact how you soap your face and how you should handle the straight razor, and that will further steer your choices when buying gear.
  • Most expensive does not equal to being the best. Some products are expensive to produce. I am now talking about straight razors and shaving brushes specifically. Spend some time to figure out why something cost more than the product next to it. Is it maybe the handle that is made of diamonds? Do you need diamonds? Some do and they will buy this product regardless.
  • Spend time. Straight razor shaving will take more time than regular shaving. It will take some time to learn and even more time to master. Making foam from a bar of soap will take time, warming the face with a hot towel will take time and shaving itself will take time. When you have been doing it for a while you will save minutes here and there, but the whole point of it is spending time doing this. Enjoy it!barbering med kniv barberkniv

When travelling to the north of Norway we made a detour out to the beautiful and quiet Sommarøy (Summer Island). We wanted to experience this part of Norway from the sea. From Sommarøy you can reach Senja, Vesterålen and Lofoten by kayak. In good weather this is probably the finest coastal area in Norway. We where in luck.

Paddling from Sommarøy south towards Senja is a bit long. In a good Kayak and with the weather we had on our trip, this is a nice half a day on the sea. Ship traffic in this area is limited, so the trip is all about the scenery.

Adventures in this scenery have a tendency to pile up. Touching the fjord, talking to seafowl and taking in the view is almost a religious experience. But be warned, you will experience an unnatural inner peace. Hours fly, and the distance go by unnoticed. The physical strain of the paddling was not detected at all.

During the summer months even the evenings will offer adventures. The midnight sun provides opportunities also at night. Kayak by day and mountain trekking in the evening will give you a vacation brimful of activity and quality.

Kajakk Sommarøy

Sommarøy is located about an hour west of Tromsø by car. It is a relatively small and friendly fisherman’s community. On the island you will only find small houses, a little grocery store and a nice little hotel where you may rent a fishermans cottage or a room. Surrounding the coastline of the island there is white beaches and azure colored sea.

Kajakk SommarøyKajakk SommarøyKajakk Malangen

In Tromsø there are several possibilities for renting a Kayak for the day, or by the week. They also provide all necessary equipment. Guided tours are easy to find. Remember that they may ask for proof of training or other qualifying certificates if you want to go out on your own.

Kayak rentals: Tromsø / Lofoten

 

Kajakk Sommarøy

 

This year the first chanterelle show off status on Facebook came in early june. And the moist summer weather have given the harvesters a busy couple of months. If you thought that  september is too late for chanterelles this year, you are wrong. They are bigger and more luxuriant than ever right at this moment.

kantareller

The chanterelle grows wild all over Norway and usually have a long season. They are also our most beloved edible mushroom because of their aroma. It is also popular because you can never go wrong. There are no poisonous mushrooms that resemble the chanterelle. There is a fake one though. It has a matt surface contrary to the real one which is slick. No matter what you do, it will not do you any harm.

The chanterelle grows in a mixed forest where it finds enough light and moisture in the ground. The mushroom have nutritional exchange with the roots of forest trees, and you will find them on the roots of pine, spruce and birch. After a period of light rain you will find abundances of chanterelles in the right spots. All harvesters have their secret spot. Look for an opening in the forest. Along the side of forest roads you can also find the forest gold.kantarellerChanterelles in food is easy. Mushrooms and fat is all you need.

Remember to sauté the mushrooms in portions so you don’t end up with a boiled indeterminate mass.

Add some great butter or cream at the end. Salt and pepper as you like. Maybe add some reduced white wine and finely chopped sauteed onions as well. Wine to the chef does not hurt either. As always I encourage experimenting with food.

The stew or sauteed mushrooms will go perfectly to a great piece of meat or a risotto.

Bon appetit!

Porter is a dark, full-bodied and alcohol packed beer. Rune Eriksen from Haandbryggeriet shows us their Norse Porter in a collaboration with Gyrus. The Norse Porter from Haandbryggeriet is a beer filled with malt and ticks all the boxes for a typical Porter.

Porter should be served chilled and will be an excellent match for dessert. A chocolate based dessert will pick up the notes from the malt in this beer.

You could also see the video on beerproduction at Haandbryggeriet.

All videos from Haandbryggeriet is in Norwegian only. Sorry.

Read my opinion on Haandbryggeriet in general here.Porter Haandbryggeriet

 

 

Elotes is mexican street food. It is also food porn in it’s essence.

The principle of making good Elotes is simple. Spread a mix of ingredients on a corn cob, toss it on the grill or barbecue and dig in. Fast, simple and mouthwatering as good street food should be.

See my Elotes recipe at the end of the article.

Elotes MaiskolberIn Mexico they use cotija cheese. I can not get that in my neighbourhood of the world, so I use a mixture of Parmesan and Feta cheese. I have also used Ricotta or Manchego when my need for corn on a cob is becoming problematic. In short, a salty firm cheese will do.

The spices used for Elotes in Mexico is usually from ancho, guajillo or chipotle chillies. Beeing stuck in norway I can not get these either, so I use a mix of mild chillipowder and cayenne powder. Sometimes I mix in some smoked paprika powder for a more sophisticated aroma.

The best Elotes I have ever tasted was at Bien in Key West, Florida. If you are ever there, DO IT!

Elotes meksikanske maiskolber


 

Elotes

4 pcs fresh corn on the cob

1 cup of melted butter and mayonnaise

1 medium clove of garlic, finely chopped

1 lime

200 g cheese

1 ts chilli powder

1 good fist of finely chopped cilantro

 


For Elotes I like to use direct heat. Fire up the grill an let it get really hot. Mix garlic and mayo while you wait.

Leave the cobs on the grill and rotate once black spots to your tasting appear. They will be done in about 7-10 minutes.

First spread on a layer of mayobutter, give it a squeeze of lime, and then sprinkle the cheese, some chilli powder and finaly a pinch of fresh cilantro.

I make 2 pcs pr person. These cobs really fly off the grill.

Maiskolber på grill