Month: September 2012

A Norwegian review of PLÄJ, San Francisco

Last weekend I got invited to go along with a bunch of Norwegians, Swedes and even Americans to test the new hot scandinavian restaurant in San Francisco, PLÄJ. I heard some rumors about the place, but I didn’t really know what to expect, other than something scandinavian.

The restaurant itself describes PLÄJ like this:

“Introducing PLÄJ, a new innovative concept from Swedish born Owner/Chef Roberth Sundell where California fare and Scandinavian flavors become one. PLÄJ is a celebration of local and seasonal ingredients inspired by the rustic flavors and simple elegance of Scandinavian cusine. PLÄJ embodies the soul of Scandinavia,the place to share the experience of new flavors, great wine, Scandinavian beer, and cocktails.”

The restaurant is not to big, but just the right size with a cozy ambiance. We got one of the bigger tables all the way in the back center, given that we were around 10 people. The menu offered numerous delicious temptations included fun facts about the different countries in Scandinavia. I eventually took an executive decision and went for the swedish meatballs, which were amazing! I have eaten my share of meatballs in my life, and I have got to say, these ones were way up there.

The restaurant really embraced the Scandinavian theme with a tall blond waitress (stereotype much?), and our check was delivered in a Swedish/English pocket dictionary, which added a cool touch. I can imagine that all the “Swedish/Norwegian/Danish” Americans who live in San Francisco are going to go crazy about this place. One thing is for sure, I will be back!:)

After a delicious meal, some nice Wine, great conversations we were all pretty content!:)

You can check out the menu here:  PLÄJ Dinner menu

Enjoy!:) I know I did!

Dinner at Plaj, And I dont know why my Iphone decided to put devil eyes on everybody, but hey it gives you an idea of the nice dinner we had:)

Linn Skjei Bjørnsen took a lot better pictures that night:)

Linn Skjei Bjørnsen took a lot better pictures that night:)

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How to get into a Master in USA?

Golden Gate University

Since I started my Masters in Integrated Marketing Communications here at GGU, a lot of people have asked me how I found a school, got accepted, completed all the requirements and dealt with immigration here in USA. It took a lot of work figuring out everything and getting it ready. Especially being from Norway there are things that are trivial for Americans, but for me sounds crazy or just weird.

I dont know how the process works at all the different schools, but it is usually very similar.

I have decided to make a checklist to make it easier for you: 

1. Figure out where you want to live. Big city? small city? west coast? east coast? midwest? I can very highly recommend San Francisco! It has it all! Great weather, but not to hot, diverse neighborhoods, Silicon Valley just down the “block” , a great “Hippie” mentality, and a city that is consumed with Innovation and keeping it green:)

2. Figure out which kind of school you would like. Big school? small school? Big campus college life like for example UC Berkeley or smaller business school like Golden Gate University or Hult Business school. (I am giving examples from San Francisco, because thats the ones i know). Do you care about rankings? working professionals? small classes? big classes?

3. Do you have a 3-year bachelors degree from Europe? Then you need to find which schools excepts your degree, not every school will. I advise you to call or email the school directly. You will get the information you need and they appreciate students who reach out.

4. Search the Internet for blogs or student reports from that city or school. The people who live there and go to the school will of course give you the best information, the most honest opinions and advice.

5. Apply for the school! But be aware, usually there is a application fee of around $100-200 so only pick and choose a few.

The Application process step-by-step for a graduate master at Golden Gate University:

GMAT:

GMAT is required for most MBA´s at GGU ( And other schools). The test can be taken all over the world, but check early for dates, as they are not offered here very often in each country. Will require some studying in advance of the test.

Can be waived if your GPA is higher than 3,5 or if you already have taken another masters from an accredited American university.

GPA: (Grade Point Average) Your grades needs to be calculated into the American grade system. Can be done by your international advisor after you apply to GGU or online before you apply. The GPA required, varies at the different schools, but at GGU it is 3.0 (B average) for most master programs.

GGU have rolling admissions, but I recommend you submit your application as soon as you can. You will also need to complete visa/immigration status after your application is complete.

 So this is what you have to do:

1.    Order your test dates to TOEFL/IELTS and GMAT if required. The tests are only offered a few times a year so please plan ahead. Have your test results sent directly to GGU, marked with IAA office. GMAT test centers: https://www.mba.com/service/testing/testing.aspx?Action=APPOINTMENTSEARCH

2.    Apply online to GGU and pay application fee ($110) Send all the required forms online and have your transcripts temporarily evaluated.

3.    Send your original transcripts in English in a sealed envelope directly from your school where you earned your bachelors degree.

4.    If you would like to additionally support your application you can submit a personal motivation statement (This might be a requirement at other universities).

5.    Submit your certificate of finances. If you are Norwegian and getting support from Lånekassen you can collect your preliminary statement here: http://app.lanekassen.no/forelopiguttalelse/

6.    When accepted to GGU, start your visa/immigration application. Bring all documents awarded from GGU and other documents requested by the embassy.

7. After your visa is approved, back your bags!:)

I think this sums it up in a easy way. Please comment or email me if you have any additional questions! I am happy to help!:)

Gluten and lactose free Apple Cinnamon Cake/Pai

Paleo Apple-Cinnamon-Cake

During the last few weeks I have been trying to not eat any Gluten or lactose as I suspect I am intolerant. Yesterday I had kind of a sweat tooth and I did some google searched and finally landed on this Paleo Apple Cinnamon cake from http://dietpaleorecipes.com. I just have to say, Oh My God! It was delicious! I would almost go as far as saying it was better than normal Apple cake.  I recommend everybody to try this one! I added two apples to the cake so it was even more moist, but that made it more like a pai than a cake because it felt kind of undone, even though it was. Either way will work fine:) When it is done it smells like a perfect mix of gingerbread christmas cakes and apple cake.. yuuuum!

Ingredients

For the paleo apple cinnamon cake you will need:

  • 2 cups almond flour(available online and in most stores)
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 cup arrowroot powder (available at amazon and prob some stores like whole foods)
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 1/2 cup raw honey
  • 1 egg
  • 1 medium apple, peeled, cored and diced(Or two, I used Fiji)
  • 1 Tbs vanilla extract
  • dash freshly grated nutmeg

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine all dry ingredients (except nutmeg) in a bowl and stir well to incorporate.

In a separate bowl, combine coconut oil, honey, egg and vanilla extract (optional), and stir to combine.

Mix this into the dry ingredients and stir until just combined. Add the apples and stir one more time.

Pour batter into a pan greased with coconut oil. Sprinkle with freshly grated nutmeg.

For a cake or loaf pan, bake approximately 30 minutes. For cupcakes, bake approximately 14 minutes.

Serve by itself or with delicious vanilla ice cream:)

Thanks to dietpaleorecipes.com for the recipe!:)

Ghirardelli Chocolate Festival

Mmmm…Ghirardelli chocolate festival 2012

Last weekend Julia, Nav, Shivani and me went to the Ghirardelli chocolate festival here in San Francisco! I dont know if any of you remember, but I went there last year too with Kamilla, Godi, Ginny and Juliana. The set-up was mostly the same, but with a few new things like the chocolate vodka shot! I also tried a Oreo Ghirardelli chocolate covered popcorn, which was amazing! Me and Julia walked from my house to the Ghirardelli square which is about 30-40 minutes down the hills so we really worked up an appetite for the event. The dark mint is my favorite square, for now:)

Last week in our direct and database marketing class we had a case about ING direct, which is an online bank, but also a café. Weird huh? The funny thing was that they had a stand at the chocolate festival and were handing out orange( which is their company color) chocolate, bags and calculators.

Ghirardelli square

mmmm

ING direct