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Market Tour: Sockerbit is New York's Sweetest Smörgåsbord

Sweets Ben Jay 14 comments

Sockerbit is home to a dizzying array of Scandinavian sweets and possibly New York's best selection of licorice. Most of the candy sold is smågodis, or "small candy," including licorice, marshmallows, chocolates, hard candies, available in countless combinations of sweet, sour, and salty. More

Serious Entertaining: What to Eat Before a Robyn Dance Party

Serious Entertaining Erin Zimmer 23 comments

Can Robyn somehow be food-related? "Ja" (that's "yes" in Swedish) is the answer. Here's a menu to fuel your next dance party with the Swedish pop star: We Dance to the Beet Salad, Gravlax, and a Stars 4-Ever Sangria. More

Cereal Eats: IKEA's 'Good For You' Brand of Muesli

Cereal Eats Leandra Palermo 15 comments

Muesli is the healthy, more responsible older cousin of the reckless and life-ruining granola. Slathered in sweetness and baked to an irresistible crunchiness, granola is a ruthless calorie giant. Muesli, however, remains raw, naked and rather simple, usually comprised of grains and dried fruits and nothing more. After furniture-shopping for the SE office, we picked up a bag of the Good For You brand from IKEA. More

A Guide to Norwegian (and Some Swedish) Candy

Sweets Robyn Lee 19 comments

Faced with nearly 30 kinds of candies that are popular in Norway, I reverted to my excited five-year-old self after a prolific night of trick-or-treating. Click through the slideshow to get an overview of popular Norwegian (and some Swedish; there's candy overlap between these neighboring countries) chewy candies, hard candies, chocolate bars, chocolate not-bars, and licorice. More

Strawberries and Cream

Serious Eats Carrie Vasios Mullins Post a comment

The season's first strawberries always made an appearance on the Swedish Midsummer table. Make them stand out with some cool, freshly whipped cream. More

Herbed New Potato Salad

Serious Eats Carrie Vasios Mullins Post a comment

This dish is traditionally served on Midsummer in Sweden to celebrate the new potatoes in the garden. More

Shrimp Salad with Butter Lettuce and Pumpernickel Bread

Serious Eats Carrie Vasios Mullins Post a comment

Known as Skagen salad in Swedish, this light shrimp salad makes a great open-faced sandwich. More

A Sandwich A Day: The Göteborg at Fika

New York Carrie Vasios Mullins Post a comment

The Göteborg ($9) is particularly filling with its row of Swedish meatballs topped with beet salad, mayonnaise and parsley on a dark seven grain roll. More

Sugar Rush: Sockerbit

New York Kathy YL Chan Post a comment

The newest candy shop in town comes by the way of Sweden. It's called Socketbit, neatly tucked in the Village, a door down from Il Cantuccio on Christopher Street. More

Culinary Ambassadors: The Semla, Sweden's Way of Fattening Up Before Lent

The Culinary Ambassador Corps 8 comments

In the old days, fasting before Easter was part of the Swedish tradition. To be able to survive fasting during a time of year when Sweden is coldest, dark, and snowy, it was important to stock up on calories. One way of doing this was through a pastry called the semla, also called "fastlagsbulle." It had everything required for a food item whose main purpose was to help us efficiently store calories: white flour, plenty of sugar, and plenty of fat. More

Seriously Scandinavian: Swedish Meatballs

Serious Eats Kalle Bergman 21 comments

Where do you start a journey through the Scandinavian kitchen? Well, perhaps with the most iconic Scandinavian dish of them all. Swedish meatballs. Now, first of all, we need to settle something: Mom's meatballs are always the best in the world. Regardless of the Mom. And perhaps even regardless of the meatballs. Just like Italian sons and daughters have their mother's cooking as a frame of reference for good food, Mom's meatballs have the same function in Sweden. More

Ikea Groceries: Some Assembly Required

Michele Humes 28 comments

Food is an integral part of the Ikea experience. For many people, myself included, the trip begins with a helping of steam-table meatballs and ends with a 50¢ hot dog. Somehow, though, the little grocery store just past the checkout never gets much love. The lure of the wiener stand, presumably, is too great. But I was curious. Since everything else in my kitchen comes from the Scandinavian megastore, it seemed logical to slap some Ikea food on my Ikea plates. So, with the Swedish Chef as my muse, I decided to see what I could assemble from Ikea's grocery offerings.... More

AQ Kafe, the First Swedish Go-To Sandwich Spot and Bakery?

New York Ed Levine 8 comments

Photographs by Robyn Lee AQ Kafé 1800 Broadway, New York NY 10019 (b/n 58th St. and Central Park South; map); 212-462-0005; aqkafe.com Service: Prompt at the bakery counter, a little slow but well-meaning at the tables Setting: Cheerful, airy... More

Swedish Meatballs

Serious Eats Barbara Hanson Post a comment

The lingonberries in this recipe were purchased at Nordic Delicacies, in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn but can be found at German and Polish markets anywhere. Whole-berry cranberry sauce may be substituted.... More

Don't Want a Whole Bottle of Wine? Try a Can

Robyn Lee 15 comments

There's already a brand of wine in a can, but this wine can prototype designed by Jens Andersson and Jonas Forsman stands out from other canned beverages with its elegant contoured shape and black matte finish. The Wine-can won first prize for the 2005 Swedish Aluminium Packaging Design Award and prizes for Best Environmentally-Adapted and Best Design Student. Investors, get in on this! Related FIT Grads Design Funky Food Labels Beautiful Mustard Jars with Die-Cut Labels Pretty Food Packaging from Switzerland... More

Baking With Dorie: Ann Brettingen’s Swedish Apple Cake

Serious Eats Dorie Greenspan 7 comments

My friend Sally, she of the garden elves, showed up for a pancake breakfast this weekend bearing gifts: rosemary and bay plants transplanted from my garden into house-size pots and a recipe for her friend Ann Brettingen’s Swedish Apple Cake.... More

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