Kamsteg Smørrebrød at Dyrehaven in Copenhagen, Denmark
Please meet my favorite sandwich of the whole trip! An open-faced sandwich of pork with homemade mustard mayo, sesame marinated red cabbage salad, apple and crispy pork rind, all piled onto a hefty slice of Danish rye bread (very different than Jewish rye; more on that in a few slides). This is certainly a knife-and-fork affair-to-remember.
Espresso at Coffee Collective in Copenhagen, Denmark
This cuppa had me at its very sweet, smooth beginning. Rich, creamy espresso with a strong, gut-punchingly bitter finish.
Sunchokes at Manfreds and Vin in Copenhagen
Wonderfully tender sunchokes with beurre blanc, bitter orange zest, pickled nasturtium and its leaves.
Confit de Canard Baguette at Ma Poule in Copenhagen, Denmark
If this is the French-Scandinavian version of a Subway footlong, then we in the rest of the world are certainly missing out. A generous baguette stuffed with lots of fatty duck, arugula and dijon dressing.
Winter Gimlet at Ruby Bar in Copenhagen, Denmark
A refreshing cocktail of Mount Gay Eclipse Rum, vanilla bitters and homemade lime cordial. Very lime-heavy, but the nutmeg shines through in a pleasant way.
Salad at Palæo in Copenhagen, Denmark
In between the meaty meats and buttery potatoes, we snuck over to a fast food restaurant specializing in Paleo dishes for a healthy cleanse. This salad of red cabbage with pomegranate, toasted walnuts, walnut oil, orange cubes, romaine and roasted duck cancelled out all of the mashed potatoes... right?
Rugbrød in Copenhagen, Denmark
As a huge bread fangirl, the brown rugbrød (Danish rye bread) in Copenhagen won my heart. It's made with grains, seeds and flour, and is also used as the base for smørrebrød, the popular Danish open-faced sandwich.
Fennel and Cucumber Salad in Kristianstad, Sweden
Another welcome healthy break: fennel, shaved cucumber and pine nut salad with balsamic vinaigrette.
Smoked Salmon at Kippers in Kristianstad, Sweden
We ate lots and lots of smoky, salty fish on this trip, but this platter was one of the best.
Swedish Meatballs and Mashed Potatoes in Kristianstad, Sweden
Another highlight: a plateful of little golf-balls served with gravy, lingonberry jam and a lotta mashed potatoes.
Crayfish at the Råbelöf Estate in Kristianstad, Sweden
We learned how to peel and eat these cute little shellfish (top right), served cold. The Swedes have crayfish parties in the summers when they're in season. Sounds fun, right?
Vodka Cocktail at the Ice Bar in Kiruna, Sweden
We had a few drinks in these glasses made of ice, but this round was my favorite. The icy-cold contents: Absolut raspberry, blackberry liqueur, blueberry juice, and blood orange syrup.
Reindeer Burrito in Kiruna, Sweden
This lunch had a very notable source of protein: reindeer. Needless to say, we all couldn't help but think of Santa's four-legged helpers...after we finished chowing down. The meat was mixed with taco seasoning and was actually pretty tasty!
Broccoli Side at Linje Tio in Stockholm, Sweden
Again, what a celebrated occasion when we saw a plate of green! This plate of broccoli, roasted almonds and Cecina de Leon (beef meat) disappeared quickly.
Pork Buns at Mathias Dalgren in Stockholm, Sweden
One of the best bites of the whole trip: pork buns with spicy apple, pickled cucumber, crispy onion at Mathias Dalgren, a Michelin-starred spot. Kindly served with wet towels for tidy fingers and mouths.
Tunnbrödsrulle in Stockholm, Sweden
Of course, we had to try the pita filled with hot dog, mashed potatoes, raw onion, ketchup and mustard. These stands are scattered throughout the city and as one might imagine, are often frequented in the wee hours of the morning.
Chokladboll in Stockholm, Sweden
Another must-try: the Chokladboll, a decent-sized orb of oatmeal, sugar, coffee, cocoa, butter and vanilla, rolled in coconut. Anyone know where I can find these in NYC?
Pytt Bellman at Blå Dörren in Stockholm, Sweden
Barely dented my final meal of creamy hash, pickles, and beets, topped with a runny egg yolk. Wish I smuggled the leftovers back to the States...