Monday, September 28, 2015

Favorite Foods in Sweden

I thought it would be fun to talk about some of our favorite foods before we leave and start craving them :).

"Fika" - Which means to have coffee and it is usually some kind of pastry.  Before we moved to Stockholm I didn't drink coffee.  Jake might still say I don't drink coffee because I drink frou-frou coffee drinks but they have coffee in them so I think it counts!
This was my favorite fika dessert.  I had it a few weeks after we moved to Stockholm at a place called John Chris Coffee and I've gone back there several times and they've never had it again :(.
My favorite coffee of choice is an Espresso House caramel latte with whipped cream of course :).
Donut peaches!  I first discovered these here although I know they have them in other countries.  They are awesome! 
Swedish strawberries are the best!  We visited Stockholm in June 2013 before we moved here that August.  I bought these strawberries in June for lunches and they were the first thing I had the following year that I could say I had experienced before in Stockholm.  It was a big deal when I saw them again because it meant we had been here long enough for me to recognize something and for it to feel familiar.
Cotton Candy Grapes!  I don't like green grapes so when Jake brought some home I was a bit annoyed ;) until I tasted them and we figured out they were cotton candy grapes and then I couldn't eat enough of them.  They are delicious!

I feel like I eat a lot more fresh fruit than we used to.  I don't know if it is because the produce section seems to be bigger or the produce seems better but I really like having fresh fruit around.
 Swedish Meatballs with mashed potatoes and lingon berries. Swedish meatballs are kind of hard to find but we've found a few places with really good ones that we like to take visitors to when they come see us. Yum!  I also really like reindeer.  It is usually really tender and tastes similar to beef.  
 Butter with sea salt.  We first tried this when we went sailing with some people about a month after we moved to Stockholm.  It is SO good!
On that same sailing trip we had Finn Crisps for the first time with the salted butter and cheese.  It isn't very healthy but it is delicious.  We are going to have to find something similar to Finn Crisps and the salted butter back home so we can still enjoy these.
 They don't really have chocolate chips here.  Instead you cut up chocolate bars.  It is a pain but I actually prefer the taste and the chunks of chocolate from the chocolate bars over chocolate chips.  Once we move back I think I'll put some chocolate bar chunks into my cookies.
Pear cookies!  These cookies are awesome.  I tend to only like desserts with chocolate in them but these cookies are great.  They are pear ice cream flavored.  There are lots of pear flavored things in Stockholm.  Pear ice cream and pear juice are both great!
We eat a LOT of peanut butter.  Before we moved I seriously considered bringing a jar of Kirkland peanut butter because I was afraid we wouldn't find a good kind here.  I was wrong.  This stuff is the best!  We used to get creamy peanut butter in the states because the chunky kind had too big of chunks for my taste but this chunky has little chunks and it is amazing.  Thinking about shipping some back :).
 The green cake is a popular dessert for birthdays.  Typically if it is your birthday you bring a treat to celebrate with your coworkers.
This milk is so good!  We used to get the 1.5% but when I was pregnant we changed to 3% and haven't looked back since.
 It turns out I really like caramel flavor because this caramel ice cream with caramel sauce is really good even though it is the store brand.  And yes, ice cream comes in a cardboard box here sometimes.  Swedes cut it with a knife, it makes me laugh every time.
Another favorite ice cream flavor.
 These are the perfect size snack and the ice cream and dark chocolate are really good!
The best Fanta flavor period.
These boxes of concentrate are used to make flavored water.  It reminds me of cool-aid but with less sugar.  These two are my favorite flavors.
 This kind of hard cracker is common to have with breakfast or lunch.  Maybe dinner too but we usually don't have them then.  Of course it is better with some butter on it.

 Sandwiches are really popular here but most people eat them for breakfast.  I didn't used to like cucumbers or peppers but now I do :).
One of our favorite restaurants is Thai Middag which is right by our apartment.  You can smell it getting of the metro and I often get texts from Jake as he is walking home asking if we should have Thai for dinner.  Their Chicken Pad Thai is my favorite.  In the summer it is really popular to get the food and go eat it on the rocks.  Jake has already mentioned that we need to find a Thai place when we move back to Olathe. 
Pizza here is very thin and if it isn't done right it gets soggy in the middle.  This pizza place is right down the street from us and it is pretty good.  I'd still choose Pizza Hut pan pizza over this but this place gets the job done.

Which one would you like to try?

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