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.
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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.
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.
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.
The season's first strawberries always made an appearance on the Swedish Midsummer table. Make them stand out with some cool, freshly whipped cream.
This dish is traditionally served on Midsummer in Sweden to celebrate the new potatoes in the garden.
Known as Skagen salad in Swedish, this light shrimp salad makes a great open-faced sandwich.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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....
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...
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....
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...
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....