Thursday, September 8, 2011

Foodie Edition, Part 1

I was wondering what to focus on for my next post and then it occurred to me as I was sitting around and snacking after supper, and then it occurred to me that I had enough odd food lying around my apartment to write about. I'll start off with my absolute favorite:

I discovered these shortly after moving here. They're kind of like reverse-Oreos with much higher quality chocolate and an adorable heart in the middle. They sell several versions of Ballerina cookies. The mint version just happens to be my favorite.

Next up is chips: They don't seem to be big on cheesy or barbeque-y chips here. Instead they have things like salt and vinegar, pepper, dill, and this:
Sour cream and sweet chili- not a combination I would've ever put together, but tasty nonetheless. It's a little sweet and a little spicy. The baked version is even better!

Another thing I was happy to find here- throw syrups sold in the grocery store in convenient little bottles.

For those who have no idea what I'm talking about, it's basically like concentrated Kool-aid. You dilute a little and make a beverage however strong you may like it. It's also much cheaper than buying premade drinks all the time. The empty one pictured is black currant flavor, which I had never tried but enjoyed immensely. The other one I just bought is orange flavored, but I prefer the black currant.

The way they package milk here is interesting. You can buy it in 1L or 1.5L tetra-pak containers which you open by cutting a hole at the top. It's strange not being able to seal your milk back up but I guess since it's sold in smaller amounts it generally gets used up quickly enough to avoid spoilage. Of course, I buy the whole milk equivalent (3%)! You can also get 1.5, 0.5 and supposedly 0.05% fat milk here.
This brings me to my next item: ice cream! It is sold everywhere here, from supermarkets to food stalls to the little cafe downstairs. From what I can tell, Sweden is good at making ice cream! I have tried triple chocolate from an ice cream stand and boxed strawberry so far:

The strawberry was a little tart for my liking but it was still very smooth and creamy. I also enjoy how, like many things here, it comes in this smaller box so that I don't have to buy as much food at one time. Things here are more Nyssa-sized, haha.

My last item for this post is the famous Swedish cinnamon bun (Kanelbullar). Pictured here are some miniature versions which serve well as breakfast when I'm in a hurry. However, the full-sized IKEA version is much more tasty. These buns are meant to go with coffee or tea because the Swedes are big fans of coffee breaks (Fika).
That's all I've got for now. Hopefully in the future I will investigate some Swedish staple dishes and also the wide variety of sweets and candies being sold in the grocery store (called ICA) downstairs. Apparently they have salted gummies? I might not end up buying any of those, hahaha.

1 comment:

  1. This blog needs to be updated more often, seriously! Enjoy reading it, sad to check it and see nothing new!