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A first for me – the Nobel Prize

I was overjoyed to visit Stockholm and home of the Nobel Prizes which are awarded in a ceremony each year at the Stockholm Concert Hall, as this was an item on my Bucket List. To cross off my list that I had seen the Nobel Prize “up close and personal” would have been a first for me, as most of my bucket items to cross off are non-travel related so far.

I had previously read the biography of Albert Nobel and was very excited to know I would be walking the same halls that countless distinguished and accomplished award winners had previously walked.  You need to know that Stockholm has a lot of construction going on – just about every corner you turn there is a building being demolished and replaced, or new construction, or some type of building resurfacing – we encountered the latter when we passed by the Concert Hall, so actually didn’t get to go inside and tour the building.  Big disappointment and I will just have to schedule another trip to Stockholm in the future!

Now onto the food…..I make bite-size swedish meatballs as an appetizer when I have guests, so since we were in Sweden it seemed logical to order Swedish Meatballs, no?  Well they don’t make ’em tiny – they are gargantuan, roly-poly big guys – which is actually okay, because they tasted fabulous!

Swedish MeatballsENTREE“Swedish Meatballs with Lingonberry Sauce” served with creamy garlic mashed potatoes.  I have had Lingonberry Jam (a Scandinavian staple) a few times before here in the PNW.  This sauce had a sweet-tart tangy punch to it which complemented the meatballs nicely. And we enjoyed eating on the patio at a lovely outdoor bistro and feel the pulse of Stockholm as locals and tourists alike roamed the area.

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Lox with baby potatoes

APPETIZER“Fresh Smoked Salmon with Grainy Brown Mustard” served with white new potatoes and condiments.

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Tomorrow:  Finlandia and Estonia

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9 Comments

  1. It’s always disappointing when you visit and can’t get into a building, isn’t it? Big Ben was getting a facelift when we were there, lol… but you got to have those yummy meatballs and with a lingonberry sauce which I’ve yet to find here!! Lucky you!

    • Isn’t that the truth? Yes the meatballs and lingonberry sauce were delightful. Although I can get lingonberry jam/sauce here pretty readily I can also go online and get it from Amazon.com (I have used both the Felix brand and also the IKEA brand – both were very good).

  2. I never made it to Sweden and Scandinavia but how I wish I had! I lived in an area here in Chicago that was once predominantly Swedish and some businesses remain, including a few restaurants. I’ve been served meatballs with lingonberry sauce and seeing them here was a nice flashback. 🙂

    • Thanks John! Although I am Italian and Irish and long for more authentic Italian restaurants here, I am lucky to live in a large population of Scandinavians and can find the appropriate ingredients quite easily to make some of their fine dishes. I now it sounds simplistic, but I LOVE Swedish Pancakes on the weekends!

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