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As the Swedish summer draws to a close, you might be lucky to experience warm, clear August nights. That is when Swedes have their crayfish parties. Crayfish are cooked in boiling salted water together with dill-crowns. Colored paper lanterns hang around the table. Tablecloth and plates are made of colorful paper. The guests wear bibs around the necks and they also wear “funny” paper hats. The feat can begin! Crayfish should be eaten cold using your fingers. Bread and cheese like Vasterbotten are being served together with the crayfish. To this meal beer and schnapps will be served. And during the meal, people will cheer and sing special “schnapps songs”. So be happy a dark August night and enjoy these small, delicious creatures!

http://www.visitsweden.com/sweden/Things-to-do/Swedish-Lifestyle/Swedish-traditions/Food-Crayfish-party/

 

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A good idea to explore Stockholm is from a boat, a kayak or canoe and enjoy the city  from the water.

This is an exciting experience and a great way to get some exercise too. Boats can be rented near the Djurgarden Bridge and the gentle waters of the SDjurgaden canal are ideal for  a boat trip.

www.visitstockholm.com

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While in Sweden, bring home  some typical Swedish preserves made from wild berries such as Lingonberries, Clodberry jam or Goosberry jam.

Pickled herring come in many varieties, Matjes-sill being very popular (serve with cooked potatoes, chopped chives and sour cream). Crispbread and gingerbread cookies are also typical for Sweden. And for the sweet tooth, don’t forget Marabou chocolate. All of these items can be bought in groceries stores.

Get around in Stockholm

Walking, jogging or by bicycle, do some excercise while in Stockholm. Everything in midtown Stockholm is within easy walking distance including major sights, beautiful parks and shopping. A walk in Stockholm always takes you close to the waters. At the island of Djurgaden you’ll find several museums, ABBA the Museum, the Vasa museum, Grona Lund Amusement Park, Skansen open-air museum and many more. If you prefer to bike, there are plenty of place where to rent one.

www.visitstockholm.com

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Visit the unique Vasa museum with the impressive wooden war-ship that sank on her maiden voyage in 1628. The ship was salvaged after 333 years on the seabed and is now displayed in all its glory.

This museum is located at the beautiful island of Djurgarden and a visit to the museum is an experience for young and old alike.

www.vasamuseet.se

 

West Sweden and Gothenburg are virtual gateways to an archipelago of a sustainable culinary experience that seeks to delight travelers and educate them, but oh, so gently. This idyllic and poetic region is even more appealing this summer as celebrity chefs add new dining spots, countryside guest houses develop new packages and seafood safaris take guests to forage for their own dinners.

New mussel bar in Ljungskile opens July 16

The folks who run the charming clock tower by the sea of Ljungskile have built a glass hothouse where they will serve their own mussels. The freshly harvested mussels are being  cultivated just a few feet away. Guests prop themselves on long benches inside the belltower’s cozy boathouse to watch over the sea or simply stand by as the mussels are cooked on an outdoor pot.

http://www.vastsverige.com/sv/products/166155/Musselbaren-Lyckorna-Ljungskile/

 Tracing a Delectable Food Chain: from Sea to Canal

Two lodging pearls of the Göta Canal experience — the 13-room countryside Styrsö Skäret Guest House and the Norrqvarn Hotel and Conference Center that dates back to the early 1900s when it was a mill – have created a two-night culinary adventure that brings guests face to face with producers and farm shops from the coastline to the channel along the chain of locally-grown foods that appear on their fine menus.

Both properties boast restaurants that have been certified by A Taste of WestSweden and are listed in the White Guide, Sweden’s leading restaurant guide that presents the trendiest, the coolest, most culturally exotic places to dine.

Guests stay one night at the beguiling Styrsö Skäret for the first night, which is a 15-minute ferry ride from the metropolis of Gothenburg to the car-free island of Styrsö. Guests are free to stroll, fish, paddle or hike enjoying the beautiful  archipelago.

On the second day guests head for the Göta Canal, Sweden’s third most visited attraction,to the Norrqvarn. Guests are equipped with maps in hand illustrating the shops and farms of local producers that both Styrsö and Norrqvarn patronize to produce their menus.

Guests will visit the farm shops and the local producers on the way from Styrsö island to Göta Canal.

Besides its traditional rooms, the Norrqvarn Hotel & Conference Center has Troll Stumps that are actually comfortable rooms inside giant manmade tree stumps that can accommodate up to four people and are extremely popular with families.

http://www.vastsverige.com/en/products/146498/Matresan-kust-till-skog/

 Seafood Safaris and Spa Trekking on Smögen

The only thing you have to bring are your wellies to join Smögens Hafvsbad’s new crayfish adventure. You’ll go on a seafood safari with local fishermen, pull up the creels and boil the fresh crayfish in the boathouse or you might get a close-up look at the fish auction on Smögen jetty. It’s not all work, the package includes an overnight stay at this legendary turn-of-the-century hotel whose latest extension faces the sea and blends into the landscape, a dinner of the freshest catches and an old-fashioned spa treatment. Smögen is among one of West Sweden’s oldest and most authentic archipelago communities.Its polished rock face forms a dramatic backdrop for the colorful boat houses that border the seafront.

http://www.vastsverige.com/en/Shellfishjourney/products/166679/Crayfish-Safari-and-visit-to-Smogens-Fish-Auction/

 Celebrity Chef Closes One Door to Open Another

While many were disappointed to learn that last year’s Restaurateur of the Year, Stefan Karlsson, closed his Michelin-starred restaurant known as Fond, he inaugurated another. The SK Mat & Människor that will re-open on September 3, will feature seasonal local produce on its menu. Housed in a former glazier, the venue has been carefully renovated and decorated with custom-built furniture with an open kitchen. Guests who would rather act than watch, can book a cooking course.

http://www.skmat.se/

 Food Truck Brigade Hits Gothenburg

At one time the only game in town was the Strömmingsluckan, which served quotidian Swedish favorites such as fried herring with mashed potatoes and lingonberries, but it now has a lot more company. This year 10 food trucks out of 35 applicants have
met the criteria to receive licenses to tool around Gothenburg serving everything from Mexican burritos, to Swedish classics, locally produced vegetarian meals to Ethiopian cuisine and Swedish Sunday roasts made by veteran restaurateurs to young entrepreneurs.  But customers have to be on their toes because food trucks can pop up just about anywhere in town. Chances are, some bright person will figure out an app to track them down.

 Atelier - new restaurant at Boutique hotel

Set in the heart of Gothenburg, the Hotel Pigalle wants to impress its guests. Specifically, its = mission is to knock you off your feet. This includes doing away with natty details like being one of the first no-cash hotels anywhere. Steeped in decadent 19th century décor of sinful Paris, there is nothing decadent about how it serves up incredible dishes, some that might appear on the menu just once. The Atelier menu is internationally-inspired while relying solely on local produce, the chefs’ moods and the seasons. To stress the farm-to-table link, suppliers and the location of their farms is noted on the menu. Atelier has a popular rooftop.

http://www.hotelpigalle.se/en/#atelier_start

 Meet 2014’s World Champion Bartender at Clarion Hotel Posts

When folks at the Norda Bar and Grill at the Clarion Hotel Posts in Gothenburg claim they have Sweden’s best bartender, they’re not just bragging. Dosa Ivanov won the the coveted title of World Champion Bartender in London’s Leicester Square earlier this year. Donning a straw hat, a Chinese robe, he carried a wok filled with a mysterious cocktail that managed to dribble into the tower of glasses he stacked.

Ivanov doesn’t part with his recipes except to say he strives for ​​cocktails made with love and harmony between sweet and sour. The Champion Bartender will represent Sweden in the World Cup in Cape Town.  http://www.nordabargrill.se/en/

 

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Photo: Carlsberg Sverige

Nya Carnegiebryggeriet is a newly-opened craft brewery with its own restaurant, situated by the shore in Hammarby Sjöstad in Stockholm. The brewery is a collaboration between Carlsberg Sweden, Brooklyn Brewery and free investors, but will not be making any Brooklyn beer. Instead, Nya Carnegiebryggeriet is a creator of small scale Swedish craft beer, with something to offer for both connoisseurs, beer enthusiasts, and curious amateurs. The restaurant serves food that has been adapted to both the season and what is currently on tap.

Nya Carnegiebryggeriet is situated in the historical Luma factory, facing Hammarby Lake with a view of southern Södermalm. The outdoor patio is open all summer on Wednesday-Sunday, with plenty of space for happy holiday makers and curious Stockholmers.

For visitors eager to learn more about beer and brewing, Nya Carnegiebryggeriet offers guided tours around the brewery on Saturdays and Sundays between 1pm and 4 pm. The tours are free and cannot be booked in advance.

The easiest way to access Nya Carnegiebryggeriet is by bus 22B to Luma, by free-of-charge ferry from Barnängsbryggan or with the boat M/S Emelie from Nybrokajen.

http://www.nyacarnegiebryggeriet.se/

 Contact the restaurant:

Phone: +468-510 650 82

restaurangen@nyacarnegiebryggeriet.se

 

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