Saturday, February 16, 2008

A Foodie in Stockholm

Around these parts, when work gets busy, blogging gets slow. Unfortunately, it's been quite busy at work lately. However, now that a long weekend is here (a three day weekend of my own creation as Presidents' Day isn't a work holiday for me), I thought that I would take the opportunity to catch up on my backlog of posts.

As you may recall, I paid a visit to Sweden late last year. For the most part, the trip was packed with work, but I was able to break free one day to do some sightseeing around Stockholm. Despite the less than perfect weather, my colleague Dan and I roamed around the city center, taking in a number of historic sites in the Gamla Stan (Old Town), including the Royal Palace, the 700-year-old Riddarholmen Church (which, unfortunately, was closed), and the famous statue of St. George and the Dragon. We also wandered by the Den Gyldene Freden restaurant, the site of a workshop dinner a few nights earlier. With minimal changes since 1722, Der Gyldene Freden is a living example of a 18th century restaurant. Unfortunately, I can't say that I liked the food very much - the bleak roe appetizer and arctic char entrée were rather bland and left me wanting for some spices.

Toward the end of the short afternoon (short indeed, as the sun set around 3:30pm), we stopped by the famous food market Östermalms Saluhall,

Like the Ferry Building Marketplace in San Francisco, the Östermalms Saluhall market is a collection of various food shops and cafés housed under a single roof. Similar to its Bay Area counterpart, this food marketplace targets the higher-end of the culinary spectrum. For example, check out this refrigerated case:

Crab, foie gras, and beluga caviar - you'll need a hefty wallet to shop out of that case.

Of course, there are more mainstream foods available as well, such as beautifully marbled cuts of beef:

Seafood is a big part of the Swedish diet, and this market offers up an ample selection of both fish and shellfish.

You can even buy yourself a tasty anglerfish if you so desire.

Of course, you can't live on meat alone (at least not healthily anyway): the Saluhall market also offered a large assortment of vegetables and fruit, undoubtedly imported from some warmer climes.

I even found some miniature pineapples. These grenade-sized fruit made me think of, well, grenades.

And for those people who think dessert is the best part of a meal, the Saluhall market also had plenty of sweet treats.

It was definitely a cool site to visit, a spot that all foodies visiting Stockholm should consider putting on their list of places to see. Perhaps next time, I will see if I can find myself a can of surströmming to bring back as a souvenir.


cotton apron said...

i want to know if that pic is really an anglerfish? i find it bigger in your pic. have you edited it?

Loren said...

Not a 100% sure that it's an anglerfish (heh, I didn't translate the Swedish to English). I did not edit it beyond cropping and resizing the entire image.

Cathy said...

"Crab, foie gras, and beluga caviar - you'll need a hefty wallet to shop out of that case."

Wow! Varieties of foods are available here, eh. Though, money will be the biggest problem. Anyway, I thought the anglerfish looks similar to a pufferfish (poisonous). hehe. Though, I don't have any idea what is the taste of this anglerfish, eh.

Cathy@littmann stethoscope