Smörgåstårta = Swedish Sandwich Cake

20130804_171322Smörgåstårta = “sandwich cake”

It’s one of those foods that I enjoy so much that I almost have no pictures of it and only one, taken over the past five years of smörgastårtas, before it’s cut.

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It’s pretty much exactly what you’re imagining, a sandwich in the form of a cake. Bread layers with a variety of fillings and mayonnaise coating wrapped in cucumber and lettuce and topped with tomato wedges, cheese and caviar.

Ours are vegetarian and have a cottage cheese and pineapple filling between the bread and another of egg salad but they can be made however you like. I know they often have tuna salad between the bread on the meaty ones and rolls of ham on top.

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This might sound a little strange but if you ever have the chance to try it, go for it!

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Sunday Tea in Umeå – Stora Hotellet

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Linn and I finally made it to Sunday tea at Umeå’s Stora Hotellet. This hotel is definitely something to check out even if you’re not lucky enough to stay there. They recently remodeled and have this great nautical theme going on with squids abound. They even had their own floor tiles designed with squids on them.

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They have a fancy restaurant (I have not yet tried) but they also have a cafe where they serve tea on Sundays. It’s located in a corner of the indoor (but outdoor feeling with a glass ceiling) square attached to the library. I do so love feeling like I’m outside without actually having to be outside. To make a long complaint short, the wind and I do not get along.

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You’re  given the choice between tea or tea and champagne. We went tea and vegetarian with our sandwiches.

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I heard that they had their own china printed. It was all very pretty.

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And they had two home made marmalades. One was orange and one was blueberry. If you visit Sweden, you’ll find a great abundance of blueberry going around. If it’s blue, it’s likely blueberry in flavor.

We started with the scones. Two different kinds, both yummy.

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Then we moved on to the sandwiches. I think we started with the artichoke, then the white asparagus and then the cheese. We decided to do the cheese one last because, well, cheese is pretty much always good.

 

The only downside to this entire visit was that we didn’t get out own pot of tea. The waitresses were really good about coming around to refill cups but I don’t think they were at all prepared for the amount of tea Linn can drink in one sitting. She was pretty much flagging them down between each bite until the waitresses would just smile and come over to check her cup.

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Desserts! The best part of anything. We had quite a conversation in deciding where to start and end with these. If I remember correctly we did the mini croissant first, because sometimes those can be terribly dry and we wanted to end with the best. And then we went for the chocolate macaroon because, despite their popularity, they just aren’t that good. Yes, I did just say that. This one wasn’t bad, it just, like all macaroons, was not amazing.

The mini cinnamon bun was third. I thought it was pretty classic to have a cinnamon bun in some form on the plate since this is Sweden after all. And that beautiful little lemon custard bit on the crunchy wafer was last. It was pretty great.

tea20150517_131248This was a really great experience and I would definitely take people here in the future or suggest it to anyone visiting Umeå. It wasn’t very pricey at all, but it is a Sunday thing so check the times if you’re going.

You got to choose between black, green or red tea and we switched somewhere in the middle from black to green I think.

Great experience and super cozy location on a calm Sunday.

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Junk Food Sweden – Sibylla

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We don’t eat at fast food chains often but Phong had a craving for Sibylla fries and I figured I might as well snap some pictures! This is a classic burger chain here akin to Burger King or McDonalds.

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Notice on the menu that they do have meatballs. They also serve kebab meat with sauces and chilies. They have all the usual suspects of a burger chain, of course. Onion rings. Fries. Burgers. Double burgers. Chicken burgers. And the always classic kid box.

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There’s even a plate of sausage and mashed potatoes.

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Of course, as you might have noticed already, Phong and I are vegetarian so we’re limited to the green meal. As far as vegetarian food has come, the veggie patty at fast food places is still pretty unamazing. The fries were great though!

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Swedish Pizza

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Alright, if you’re not from Sweden then let me introduce you to Swedish pizza! If you are from Sweden, what are you doing here? Just walk a block or two and get your own.

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I know, it looks almost the same as American pizza, but it is not. IT. IS. NOT. This whole thing is for one person. It’s super thin and usually you get a dressing on top too. I always order the garlic sauce but they always forget. It doesn’t even matter what pizza place I order from, somehow the sauce is almost always forgotten on mine.

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It does not come cut, you do that yourself. The pizza may not seem that different but it is incredibly disappointing if you like your American pizza. Don’t get me wrong, I love it now, but it took a couple of years to come around to it. Once I tried to order it with olives and there were literally two whole olives on the pizza. No joke. That happens. Another option is to get a pizza roll like Phong did.

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It’s pretty much a pizza that they then pile salad on and sauce and then roll up. It’s pretty good, especially if you’re eating it on the go. We had them when we were on the train from Kiruna to Umeå once. It made for a great travel meal.

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SPiS – Kiruna Restaurant

20150402_174909(Vegetarian burgers with fries and coleslaw. It was a bean patty and eggplant. It was so big that I had to open mine up and eat it one side at a time with coleslaw on top.)

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We decided to go out to dinner on Thursday and wanted to try one of the restaurants in Kiruna we haven’t been to. SPiS is pretty new and we’d heard about it but not been. It was amazing! We went for dinner but they also serve lunch earlier in the day. They have a deli with meats and cheeses and bread as well as some other foodie goodies.

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Bread while we wait. It was great! I would have loved this place if only for the bread. The darker one had fruit in it and the lighter one was some sort of sourdough.

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I ordered the garlic bread (more bread, I know) with veggies for a starter. Really yummy.

 

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Phong had the shiitake soup and this was pretty interesting because it was made with shiitake mushrooms grown in Kiruna. There’s a lady here who grows shiitakes underground and sells them to local restaurants.

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It took a while and a bit of teamwork, but we did it! This meal was so good that we didn’t even get dessert. We will definitely be visiting SPiS again and I would recommend that you try it too if you ever find yourself in Kiruna.

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