Alright, when I went Sweden didn’t expect the food to be good. I was thinking about eating at 7/11 or any other convenient stores. Trying to save a few dollars. When I was here, I was told to eat Swedish meatballs and pancakes. During my time explore Stockholm at night, all I wanted was some hot chocolate.
Kept walking in the cold dark street on the mission of finding some hot chocolate. It was at this moment, I really felt out of place. A strong cold wind passed through my coat and pants. I had about three layers on. I was built for the tropics. What am I doing here? Then, I remember the price of the flight being so cheap. I kind of asked to be put into this situation. So, I kept thinking about a warm place like the tropics. Surprisingly, this works out well.
After about 5 minutes, which felt like hours, I saw this sign. Swedish glogg, my first impressions were Viking soda. I thought this glogg was going to be very cold. It wasn’t until I got back that I learned it was an alcoholic drink. I was freezing. So I had no choices but to go inside.
Once inside, the atmosphere was a very “hipster.” For those who don’t know how hipster restaurants are, there is dim lighting with pop music playing in the background. Everybody was on their laptops. Kind of like a Starbucks that serves real food. I saw they had Swedish pancakes. Which, I just had to order. It felt good to be out of the cold. The waiters at the restaurant were from Ethiopia. Another reminder of the diversity of this country.
Once the Swedish pancake came, there was no chance for this Swedish dish to survive. Along with my hot chocolate, I had to regain the body heat my body let go during this night out. So, I had to eat for all the snowmen in the North pole. Most will say the pancake looks more like a kid’s dream than a meal. Still, I’m not complaining. It was really good.
I had to find my way back to the hostel I was staying at. I just couldn’t keep moving with this cold. The later it got, the colder it became. There was a restaurant next to the hostel. I was told by the front desk that the restaurant has the famous Swedish meatballs. I had to try it. After a warm shower, I was ready to go to eat a real meal.
The meatballs were really good. I did not know at the time that reindeer was mixed with the meat. Never ate that type of meat. Got some local beer to drink everything down. Not much of a beer drinker. However, this was pretty good. It was great to end the night. I couldn’t wait to see what the next day had in store for me.
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It seems like most places only have alcohol to drink at night unless it is a bar offering hot chocolate with liquor in it. Glad you found it. Looks like you had desert then later…..dinner 🙂
I lived in a small, SMALL town in Colorado and deer meat was quite prevalent among the poor and under employed young people. Ground deer meat was the only way I could tolerate it.
Glad you found some enjoyment on your gamble to go to Sweden.
Venison must be cooked properly. All fat should be trimmed from steaks and not over cooked–do not eat well done. Trim off all of the fat, muscle, gristle because it does not taste good. Marinate the tougher cuts.
Ground venison is tasty. I always cook it in olive oil because it is so lean. You can use it in chili, spaghetti sauce, etc. Some people like venison burgers, but I prefer beef. I would mix venison with pork if doing meatballs or meatloaf.
Why am I telling you this? So you don’t ever turn down free venison. We need our hunters to thin out the deer herd. It is good for the deer and good for our bellies.
Yes, I always prefer ground venison.
i appericate the comment. i really didn’t know that deer meat was a thing in the usa until like 5 years ago. It’s good to know. ground venison sounds taste. learned a new word today!
Yes, totally a thing. In the east there is the white tailed deer, out west the elk, in Maine moose. btw I love your posts. Keep them coming.
haha that is true. it was weird because it gets dark after two up there in the winter. sunlight was gone by three. two dinners arent too bad once in awhile lol
I never heard about deer meat until I went upstate California and Nevada. Didn’t really know it was a thing. I can see it being cheap because there is a lot of deer throughout the USA. the meatballs weren’t too bad. i couldn’t tell the difference from Italian meatballs. Yes, Sweden is very beautiful! i can’t wait to go again!
The food looks delicious. I hope I can visit there sometime.
yes, it’s a great place to visit and eat! you will be surprised how friendly people are
It always interesting to read food and drinks related article…haha…
The first street Photo looks good.
Great pictures… now I’m hungry! 🙂
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Totally enjoyed this one. I have always thought Sweden would be a fascinating place to visit. I never thought about the possibility of eating great food. Sounds delightful!