Friday, August 31, 2012

AroundTheWorld: Finland

I had no idea what to expect as we arrived to Helsinki on an overnight cruise from Stockholm. But after a few very cold, rainy days, we were greeted with bright blue skies, a military parade, and a bustling market right on the water. After settling into our hotel, we went to find some fresh seafood for lunch in the market - we just needed to decide what kind!

There was cute old lady selling smoked fish off her little boat in the corner of the marina:

There were dozens of varieties of salted or smoked fish at the neighboring indoor market:

But, I decided to go with fried prawns served with Finnish roasted potatoes: 
Talk about lunch with a view!

And for dessert, a Belgian waffle from the tent next door:

We spent a day on a fortress island called Suomenlinna that had its own brewery and restauants.  After exploring for a few hours, the hard cider was so refreshing!

And the food was great too. 
Lamb sausage in the brewery's own porter mustard with potato salad.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

AroundTheWorld: Sweden

Summer has really gotten in the way of my posting - not that you see me complaining! Trying to get back into the swing of things. So, without further ado, here is my latest post...

My time in Stockholm was filled with some great food including the requisite Swedish delicacies like meatballs, lingonberries, and smoked salmon.

My favorite meal was brunch at a restaurant that seemed similar to NYC's Fifth Avenue or Paris' Champs-Elysees. Lined with stores like Louis Vuitton, Gucci, and Prada, it seemed only fitting that the restaurant was called Restaurant Riche! Luckily at this point in the trip, the shock of the painful exchange rates had subsided, and we enjoyed our authentic Swedish brunch.

Imagine eggs benedict kicked up about 10 notches.  And what do you have? I present to you Sweden's finest in all its glory:
Eggs Royale
Beyond fresh smoked salmon, spinach, and two poached eggs, covered
in hollandaise and served on freshly baked brioche. Royale indeed.

And it wouldn't be a trip to Sweden without someone ordering the meatballs.  Just slightly better than IKEA's!

Lingonberries aren't very common here (except at IKEA!), but they are a great accompaniment to the meatballs, along with delicious, sweet pickles

I really enjoyed exploring the local markets in each city, and Stockholm's Saluhall Market was no exception.
But, I guess not everyone was as happy to be there!  

It was so funny to see Brooklyn Brewery beer and signs all over Scandinavia!

I always get a kick out of the packaging, brand names, and the random use of English in consumer products in foreign countries. 
"Fun" juice did not disappoint!

Stockholm was the one city I wish I had had more time in.  We went from 80 degrees and sunny in Norway to 40 degrees and pouring down rain in Stockholm, so it was hard to get to see everything we wanted. We may have missed a few sites, but at least we ate well while we were there!

Thursday, August 9, 2012

AroundTheWorld: Denmark

What comes to mind when I think back to my time in Copenhagen is beauty.  Beautiful architecture, beautiful (blonde) people, and even beautiful food.  Here are a few beautiful highlights...

A true Danish danish...they are SO much better over there!

A beer with a view - Copenhagen's Nyhavn harbor

One of my favorite meals of the trip!
Impeccable fish and chips with homemade relish.

Restaurant Sch√łnnemann - famous open-face sandwiches since 1877

Serious works of art!

Prawns at Nam Nam, stumbling upon it while exploring the area near our hotel.  Turns out it's a new restaurant opened by the chef/owner of Noma, which is rated the best restaurant in the world!

I hadn't had Wagamama since I was in London in 2001.
 So excited to see it during our our day at Tivoli Gardens.
Damn good noodles.

Went for the "large" Coke light that required two hands. 
Spending $7 on a giant soda is normal, right?! Only in Europe...!

Torvehallerne - new food gourmet food market.
Talk about fresh fish. Wow.