Blogger Profile: Eating Out With Alannah Eames

If you’re hungry, reading Alannah Eames’ blog might not be a wise idea. The journalist and hobby food critic’s thoughts on wining and dining in Stockholm (and beyond) will have your stomach grumbling and mouth watering within moments.

Blogger Profile: Eating Out With Alannah Eames

“My blog is an overview of places to eat, not to eat, new types of food, new chefs, and international experiences,” says Eames. “I also like to talk about things that are a little different. You might be bored of the same old restaurants, or on a budget, and I’ll help you get value for money.”

Originally from Ireland, Eames came to Sweden five years ago for work, and stayed. Prior to settling here, she travelled for 10 years and sample the food on offer in countries all over the world.

“When I lived in Trinidad and Tobago I ate seafood, in Kenya I had wild meats like giraffe, in Kazakhstan I had Russian stew with rabbit and fresh trout from the mountains,” Eames recalls. “I’m not the kind of person who eats pasta and pizza all the time. I like to try things that are different.”

Tourists and those who are new to town might find themselves in a state of culinary confusion, but Eames can help. She says that since her boyfriend frequently travels and she hates eating alone, she eats most of her meals at restaurants with friends.

“If people don’t have a clue where to go to eat, they end up in Gamla Stan and Stureplan, which is overpriced and not always the tastiest,” explains Eames. “If you go off the beaten track you discover loads of places, but if you don’t know where to go it can be hard to find good spots.”

Eames says that with Stockholm’s “millions of cafes,” it’s hard to find the best service, quality, ambience and service – but fear not, she’s here to help. And she’s also open to suggestions from readers of what’s hot, what’s not, and where they are inspired.

“People label Swedish food as being bland,” she says, “But there’s a lot more out there than just meatballs.”

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Swedish actor behind viral blog beats cancer

Swedish actor Fabian Bolin, 28, who has appeared in several UK television shows and US movies, has announced to the world that he is cancer-free, just over a month after he was diagnosed.

Swedish actor behind viral blog beats cancer
Swedish actor Fabian Bolin. Photo: Instagram with permission of Fabian Bolin

The actor and model started the blog on July 1st, just days after being diagnosed with leukaemia – a blood cancer which develops in bone marrow.

“There is a risk that I will not survive,” he posted in both English and Swedish.

But after weeks of gruelling chemo therapy doctors at the Karolinska Institute near Stockholm have revealed that Bolin is expected to return to complete health, the actor told his fans.

“We have just found out from the doctors at Karolinska the following: my entire blood system, and my spinal chord system, is now free from blood cancer. Just to be 100 percent clear to all of you, my beautiful angels: I have survived and killed my cancer,” he wrote in this latest blog entry.

However, the actor is not yet at the end of the road to full recovery. He is set to undergo chemo therapy until February 2016 to ensure the cancer stays out of his system.

“Imagine the feeling in your heart when you've run up a long hill. Have you ever tried that? Or if you've ever been at a gym, if you've done a really hard cardio session. Now, think about how hard the heart beats. If you want to know how I feel, then add about five times to that heart feeling,” wrote the 28-year-old in the blog post published late on Tuesday.

Bolin's heartfelt blog quickly went viral in July after being picked up by several Swedish and international media, including The Local.

“I feel so utterly sad and confused right now. I feel like it's unfair that I should have to go through this hell of a treatment, after fighting so hard to reach this stage in life and be on the cusp of fulfilling my acting dreams. But, I will not give up,” read one of his earliest entries.

The star is best known for his role as Philipp in Swedish film Snabba Cash in 2010 (released internationally as Easy Money) and Snabba Cash II (2012), his first major parts after quitting a previous career in banking.

He has spent the past few years living in London where he's played small roles in British reality TV show Made in Chelsea and the recently released UK web sci-fi show Kosmos.

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Reacting to the huge social media stir surrounding his blog, he told The Local last month: “the response is the best and most powerful experience ever”.

“I’m in shock but in a good way. It wouldn’t have been possible for all these people to come together without social media. It’s amazing to see how many wonderful people there are out there.” 

Thanks to his contacts in the film and television industry, Bolin said at the time he had already been approached by production companies who are keen on turning his story into a documentary and added that he had received support from many fellow actors, including other Swedes he worked with on Snabba Cash. 

“I decided to let people follow me on my journey from beginning to end and this enormous response makes me feel so empowered,” he said.

Update: In 2019, Fabian Bolin founded the app WarOnCancer together with Sebastian Hermelin to improve mental health for everyone affected by cancer.