Doughnuts in New York City!

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Doughnuts! It’s taken me six months but here’s a post from our US trip and it’s all about doughnuts!
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While in the States we visited NYC for the first time and of course had to try some doughnuts. Honestly, wherever you go, you should probably try some doughnuts.

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The Doughtnuttery makes these tiny little doughnuts and then tosses them in flavored sugar. Yummy and adorable but doesn’t exactly hit the doughnut craving spot.

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Dough Doughnuts was legit. Huge gooey doughnuts with the super soft fluffy dough.

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Phong loves all things coconut so he had no trouble choosing.

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Mine was so gooey it almost wouldn’t photograph.

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And lastly was Cinnamon Snail. All vegan but amazing! That raspberry chocolate beast there was mine and it was epic! Obviously, the toasted coconut one is Phong’s and the almond we ended up with because of a misunderstanding. All doughnut misunderstandings that result in MORE doughnuts are 100% okay.

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That’s Phong eating the shit out of my doughnut. Look how angry he looks! It’s so good it makes you angry. Who knew a vegan place would bring out our inner beasts?

More NYC food posts to come! <3

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Cafe ~ Börje Olsson ~ Luleå

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My favorite thing to do is to go to a cafe. I love them. LOVE them. And Sweden has a seemingly endless number of adorable cafes. This one we found in Luleå!

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It’s adorable and they have their own porcelain set! I want to buy the cup! Next time we’re there I’m going to ask if they sell them. I’m pretty sure they don’t, but that’s how much I want one.

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The cafe itself was incredibly cute and welcoming and the staff really nice with a great sellection of treats. I had a vanilla latte and a lemon biskvi and Phong had a semla and hot soy milk (he doesn’t like coffee). They even foamed his milk!

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If you find yourself in Luleå, or anywhere near Luleå, find Börje Olssons! It’s worth it!

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IKEA!

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After living in Sweden for six years I finally, for the first time ever, went to an IKEA!

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I had no idea IKEA was so much fun! I did, although, know that Phong would be crazy entertaining wherever I happened to take him.

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Here he is trying out the stability of a bed for pull ups. He still talks about this bed, by the way.

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He leafed through magazines, lounged on couches and even tested every tablet he came across–just in case it actually worked.

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He spent a couple minutes tidying up the umbrellas. We were here for hours!

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Lunch time at IKEA! I had no idea how great this place was.

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Do all IKEA cafeterias have these adorable tray carts? I love them so much! We didn’t really need to take a cart, we were three adults, but come on!

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I also loved the conveyor belt that takes away your dishes! I wish my kitchen had one of these..

Phong and I are playing with the idea of an IKEA weekend, like a vacation, but we’ll go to IKEA instead of the beach or a cabin.

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Sagami ~ Umeå

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I’ve been meaning to drop a review of this restaurant for a while. Sagami is our favorite sushi places in Umeå. Keep in mind, I don’t like sushi at all but I still love this restaurant because they have plenty of other amazing dishes to distract me.

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For this visit we rented the private tatami room. It seats up to 10 people at two of these tables and we were 9 so it worked out perfect! Sagami also has a lovely seating area in the front room where we usually are when we visit, but it was our wedding dinner so we decided to get fancy.

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Okay, so I don’t like sushi. I’ve tried it, but I’m not a fan of cold rice or seaweed so it’s pretty much lost on me. BUT I do appreciate how pretty and dainty sushi is. I like to see it, but not eat it.

They do have a bunch of vegetarian sushi; Phong does not share my sushi opinions and likes it a lot.

I’m more of a dumpling fiend myself and luckily for me, Sagami has vegetarian dumplings too!

 

 

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Linn is a huge sushi fan so I get to take pictures of hers and her love of this restaurant introduced me to the magic of okonomiyaki.

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Okonomiyaki is on the left. It’s basically an omelet with veggies and some sort of japanese mayo on top. It is amazing! The not vegetarian version has bonito flakes on top. The other dish directly in front of me is kimuchi, behind that is some veggie tempura, and to the side is the dumplings. As you can see, I do just fine without eating sushi and this is just the vegetarian stuff at Sagami.

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Linn and I got a little bold this time and tried their sampler ice creams. The flavors were matcha (on either side because they were out of the sesame ice cream) and then wasabi ice cream in the middle. Now, I have had a number of really good desserts here but this one was purely experimental. I don’t even like wasabi so it was no surprise that we didn’t like the wasabi ice cream either. It does taste exactly the way you’d imagine.

If you find yourself in Umeå, try Sagami. They have a great buffet, a friendly staff and amazing food! Next time we’re in town we’re planning to order ahead and get the sukiyaki!

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Cafes in London

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That’s a strawberry marange cookie! It was amazing and I don’t even like marange. Oh, and my name isn’t Sharol.

While in London, Linn and I visited a handful of chain cafes for quick sugar boosts and breakfast. England had two of it’s own, Costa and Nero, and then of course Starbucks. Starbucks, we’d expected to be the same here as it is in the States and Sweden. As far as drinks and those fun surprise misspellings of names, it was! A few different treats, of course. But the actual cafes weren’t as cozy. The interior design was a little more like a Subway than a Starbucks as we’ve come to know them.

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Costa was the first one we tried for breakfast.

Tourist note: In Sweden hotels have AMAZING breakfast buffets that are included in your stay. If you’re used to this, you may be incredibly disappointed with London hotels. Ours offered breakfast but it was in a crowded, windowless dungeon and pretty much just a toaster machine with white bread and butter, some cereals and coffee. We’re spoiled, so we went to a cafe instead.

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I mean, look at that! Who would stay in a gloomy room fighting over toast when you could get this?

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Breakfast! We tried Costa twice (two different locations). The food was good but in both cases the staffs were incredibly unhappy and stressed and the coffee wasn’t very good.

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Which is a shame, because my latte was so big it had two handles.

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Nero ended up being our favorite. The staff was great, the coffee good, and they had scones with clotted cream just in time for Linn’s clotted cream love.

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We also tried Nero a couple times in different locations.

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And we really liked their cozy decor. We’re suckers for comfy chairs and wallpaper.

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In the end, for us, it was:

Nero – Yes.

Costa – No.

Starbucks – Drift through for frappuccinos. No, I do not live a healthy life when I travel.

 

All pictures of me were taken by the amazing Linn!

Upcoming posts: The POD and Travel in London.

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