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!
ENTREE – “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.
APPETIZER – “Fresh Smoked Salmon with Grainy Brown Mustard” served with white new potatoes and condiments.
Tomorrow: Finlandia and Estonia