Swedish drinks – From milk to schnapps

This year’s harvest of Sweden’s tastiest seasonal fruit and berries is currently hanging on branches in my neighbourhood. The trees are heavy with bright red tart apples and light green juicy pears. Heaven for a drink producer with the ability to transform freshly picked fruits and berries into mealtime refreshments.Qvänum Mat & Malt - kollage 1 kopia Continue reading…

Exciting Lobster Safari in Bohuslän

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In Bohuslän, anyone can catch their own lobsters once the lobster catching season begins on the first Monday after the 20 September. You can either use your own boat or book a Lobster Package, where you get to join the crew on a guided Lobster Safari held by skilled professional fishermen. This is what I did. It is a still morning when we set off to sea with veteran fisherman Ivan Axelsson as our guide – to bring home the Black Gold of the Ocean.

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Emelí’s on Limtorget – coffee in a traditional setting

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If you fancy a cup of coffee in an old-fashioned and traditional setting, you must head for Emelí’s on the Limtorget square in central Lidköping. This cosy little coffee shop is located in a beautiful building in the oldest part of Lidköping. Everything you eat here is served on gold-rimmed china from classic Swedish manufacturers like Rörstrands, ALP, Hackefors, Karlskrona and Gefle. Continue reading…

Exploring Alingsås, the Café Town

Exploring Alingsås, the Café Town

Exploring Alingsås, the Café Town

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.

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Cruise among the gems of Bohuslän

Cruising in Fiskebäckskil

Cruising in Fiskebäckskil

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…

Picnic – Global and local summer pleasures

Picnic by the sea. Photo: Jonas Ingman

Picnic by the sea. Photo: Jonas Ingman

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.

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Swedish Midsummer in our hearts

Smögen midsommardans - Foto Emelie Person
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!
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