Town of Two Spirits

S 2 with Andreas Viestad EPISODE 08

From the crudest home-distilled moonshine to the finest spiced and aged aquavit. This program shows how alcohol and religion share much of the same history in Trondheim. Trondheim is the former capital and possibly the most spirited city in Norway. In many ways, it is a city with two spirits. One religious, as represented by the Nidaros Cathedral, and one more profane in nature, for Trondheim is well known for its rich alcohol traditions.

The Seat of the Crown and the Church
When Trondheim was the capital of Norway it was the seat of both the crown and the church. Today the city has lost much if its power, but in turn, it has become a pulsing center of technology and science. Andreas takes us to the University where scientists are researching new, innovative methods of freeze-drying.

Mulled Wine
Andreas sets up his portable kitchen in the middle of the city center to make Mulled Wine. It is one of the oldest ways of drinking wine and a very popular drink in Norway, especially during the winter and Christmas season. The Scandinavian version is different from other versions of spiced wine in that we often add hard liquor.

The first Capital of Norway
Trondheim lies just about in the middle of the country. It was founded in 997 AD and soon became the first capital of Norway. Before that, Norway had been a linguistic and cultural entity but with several more or less independent principalities. The great Nidaros Cathedral was built in memory of St. Olav — the Viking king that made Trondheim an important European city and introduced Christianity to Norwegians.

Lively Parties and Good Restaurants
Today, Trondheim is most known for its lively parties and its good restaurants. The Credo restaurant is Andreas’ all-time favorite in Norway. He sets up his kitchen inside the restaurant to prepare an Aquavit Sorbet which is frozen by using liquid nitrogen.

Finely minced pork is the key ingredient for the main dish, Pork Meat Balls with Sage and Prunes. This is a traditional Christmas fare in Norway but it can be enjoyed all year round. The stuffing, made with apples, prunes and port wine is no less than divine.