I love going out for coffee! To discover new cosy tea rooms and coffee shops with picturesque outdoor seating areas and home-baked cakes of various types is one of my favourite pastimes. So where do you find the perfect coffee shop? In the county of Västergötland is a town that actually markets itself as the Café Town. If there is such a thing as the perfect coffee shop, it ought to be found here – don’t you think?! I head for Alingsås to find out.
Did you know that there are 8,000 islands along the coast of Bohuslän? The best way to explore them is by boat or kayak. I must admit that Bohuslän has a very special place in my heart. To me Bohuslän is smooth, pink granite rocks, picturesque fishing villages where red boathouses jostle for place with beautiful white wooden homes, an invigorating salty sea breeze, fresh shellfish and a varied natural landscape. Join me on a cruise through the archipelago!
Every time I visit Bohuslän, I immediately experience a sense of calm. Although I have been to Bohuslän many times, I’m swept off my feet every time – it’s almost like a teenage crush. Continue reading…
Picnicking is a summer activity centred around food, friends, family and lazy days in the sun. Bring a portable barbecue to cook your fish, meat or vegetables. The fish could be freshly caught in a lake in a remote part of Dalsland or coastal mackerel from Grebbestad – it’s a matter of personal taste, and a difficult choice. Try both and give yourself an unbeatable experience of what the unspoilt Swedish nature has to offer.
After the country’s long dark winters, Midsummer is hugely celebrated, as its days are some of the lightest in the year. Midsummer is therefore particularly close to the hearts of many Swedes. Join me on a trip to Smögen in the Bohuslän region and experience how Midsummer is traditionally celebrated – plenty of singing, dancing around maypoles, girls with flowers in their hair, pickled herring with new potatoes and soured cream…as well as fresh strawberries and a great deal of schnapps! Continue reading…
The flowering mountain of Kinnekulle is a mecca for anyone interested in plants and gardening. This is where the King of Flowers, Hannu Sarenström, is the first to welcome spring from his farm in Hällekis; together with his Labrador Aile and the area’s trendiest spring bulb – Wild Garlic!
Honey is a trendy ingredient that is increasingly being produced in urban areas. To make place for beehives and give city-dwellers access to their own honey is a step in the right direction.
Its texture is soft and smooth and it has an agreeable sweetness and a salty scent, just like most other types of shellfish. Mussels are bursting with nutrition and can still be enjoyed with a clear environmental conscience. Because mussels are good for the ocean. They purify the water and reduce over-fertilisation, and in my opinion they are also a good example of really smart fast food.
Sweden is a hive of activity at this time of year, with preparations being put in place for Christmas celebrations and Christmas concerts galore. However, by mid-afternoon on Christmas Eve, everything is ready and the whole country puts its feet up in front of the TV to enjoy the annual tradition of watching Disney movies!
Lucia, together with Midsummer, is one of main cultural Swedish traditions. The festivities around Lucia have been going on for 400 years and Lucia herself is an ancient mythical figure with an long-lasting role as a bearer of light in the dark Swedish winters.