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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We got married!

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On June 23rd Phong and I got married!

We’d been together for 11 years. 5 years in a long distance relationship, he in Sweden and me in California, and then 6 years together in Sweden.

We met on a writing website and I just adored his work! I was so in love with his writing that I started an msn (that’s how long ago it was) just to talk to him. We talked every day since.

We spent quite a bit of time trying to decide how to go about our wedding since most of his family lives in the south of Sweden and we live in the uber north. And, of course, my family lives in the States.

We didn’t want anyone to have to travel for us so, instead, we decided to do the traveling! We got married in Umeå; a small ceremony with our close family there. Later we went down to Skåne to celebrate with the rest of Phong’s family and in December/January we’re going to California to celeberate with mine!

 

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The ceremony wasn’t until 4 in the afternoon so Linn and I went out for a morning fika, bought flowers at the market and came home to put my bouquet together.

Linn was amazing! She did my hair, spraying each and every curl so that they were solid and curly for days. She made sure I got there on time and took a million beautiful pictures! Pretty much all of the ones in this blog. Except for that one to the right. That one was mine! Oh, and when we took one of these pictures together, her hair got stuck in my headband.

Phong and I had a civil ceremony at one of the city buildings in the center of Umeå, my very favorite city.

It was beautiful out! It had rained just before, which I was told was good luck, and a pigeon pooped on my father-in-law’s bag, which, turns out, also good luck! I’m starting to suspect that some very clever person just started telling brides and grooms that bad things were good luck to calm them down.

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It was perfect. It was small and stress-free and happy and we had a wonderful day.

Phong’s jacket was AMAZING. Let’s all just take a minute to consider his outfit and how fantastic is is. Those shoes!

After the wedding we had dinner at Sagami in Umeå. I’ll do a post about that next followed by the rest of our travels this summer!

And, of course, here’s a cake picture because how often do I post something without a picture of food?

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Biskvi

A what? Biskvi!

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I first encountered the biskvi on my very first trip to Sweden. It is a stapel of swedish pastries but, I feel, often goes unnoticed next to the prettier, brighter and larger treats in the glass cases of the cafes. I originally mistook this little guy for a cookie. It is not a cookie. It has the sugar intensity of a whole cake crammed into cookie size.

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The classic biskvi is a cookie bottom (usually crunchy outside and soft inside) with a mound of butter cream coated in chocolate. It is intense but, in my opinion, not all that great.

After my first couple biskvis I was pretty much done with them. That all changed when I saw a white biskvi with purple on top in the pastry case at Cafe Kakmonstret in Umeå. Unfortunately, every time I get my hands on the violet biskvi at Kakmonstret, I eat it so quickly that I never get a picture. -_-

And so began the dawn of flavored biskvis!

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I wouldn’t mind if biskvi became the new sugar fad. If you’re in Sweden you should give them a try! I, obviously, suggest flavored biskvi over original.

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Sunday Tea in Umeå – Part 2

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Linn and I had such a great time at Sunday Tea last time I was in Umeå that we made sure to go again this time. Truth be told, we might be going there every time I’m in town because that’s how much fun it is. Sunday Tea is at Umeå’s Stora Hotellet.

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I can imagine that teatime may not be for everyone. But Linn and I can easily spend a couple hours taking pictures, drinking tea, chatting and eating our treats one at a time. We start with the scones, then the toasts, and finally the sweets. We even eat the sweets in descending order of suspected goodness.

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We were so happy with the scones that we bought marmalade on the way home and made our own scones that night. We even imagined making our own marmalades, though neither of us have actually done that yet.

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We went vegetarian so our sandwiches were cheese and chanterelle mushrooms. The mini croissants and mini cinnamon buns were really cute.

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Here’s a link to the original post with more detailed info about the place and our experience. I definitely recommend a visit here if you find yourself in Umeå on a Sunday.

And, as usual, both pictures of me were taken by the amazing Linn.

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Update. Go September!

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I should be working on one of my stand alone novel projects but, of course, all I want to do is work on the series I have out with publishers right now. Even when it’s not in front of me, it’s hard to put it out of mind. Of all the stages of looking for a home for a novel, I think the waiting has been the hardest because there’s simply nothing else I can do for the project in the meantime. I’m waiting to hear back from beta readers for the second and third books of the series and working on any more books for this series feels silly until I find a home for the first one.

So, as far as an update on the projects:

Vanity in Dust is sitting on the desks of publishers and I am breathlessly waiting to hear back.

Books 2 & 3 are with readers and I am looking forward to getting more feedback on them.

The Immortal Dead is being queried to horror publishers. Fingers crossed there too.

And the new project is outlined and ready to be written.

Cheryl is distracted by other people’s books and soon going to Umeå for a couple of weeks to eat far too much cake and drown in lattes. Pictures to come. Not likely to be an overly productive month but definitely going to be a fun one.

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