Thanks to Absolut, I recently had the opportunity to visit Sweden to see vodka-making in action. But a girl's gotta eat in between studying and sipping all things vodka. From rich espresso and open-faced smørrebrød in Copenhagen to crayfish and reindeer in Sweden, here are some of my best bites and sips from my time in Scandinavia.
'Scandinavia' on Serious Eats
You know a country takes its coffee breaks seriously when they are virtually protected by law, and the Swedish tradition of fika is just that.
Herring is a fantastic little fish that's always been hugely important in Scandinavia. If you visit the region, you can't really leave without having some. Try it pickled, seasoned (with one of the hundreds of local seasonings), or fermented as the infamously super-stinky Surströmming (I dare you—double dare you!).
I didn't know gravlax was so easy to make (except for that you have to wait two or three days to eat it) until I read this post on Apartment Therapy: Kitchen. I've pretty much always lived near purveyors of delicious gravlax, but if you're not so lucky you've now no excuse not to make your own! If you like salmon and you've never had gravlax, you owe it to your tastebuds to try....