Western & Southern Sweden

In April 2012 I took a trip to Sweden as an assignment for Saveur Magazine. As the diary format on their web site was a set length, I have provided a more in-depth account of my travels here. It was an unforgettable trip, mostly because it was so well-organized, but also because the people we met were so lovely. Oh… and the food was damn good, too!

(Note: Posts are organized newest to oldest, top to bottom. So if you want to follow along with the trip, start with the bottom-most post.)

The Apprentice

The Apprentice

A familiar face in Gothenburg leads me into the fish underworld for a day of lobster auctioning and fish filleting.

Dine in When You’re Abroad

Dine in When You’re Abroad

The final meal of our trip was spent – eating in. Through a program called A Slice of Swedish Hospitality, travelers to get a home-cooked meal from a Malmö resident.

Eating in the Castle Garden

Eating in the Castle Garden

At Slottsträdgården in Malmö, Swedish celebrity chef Tarek Taylor serves up delicious food from the garden that surrounds him.

Wild Strawberries

Wild Strawberries

In Swedish there is an expression for a memory that you long to revisit. It’s called a smultronställe, or “wild strawberry place,” hence the reference…

Farm Animals Never Had it this Good

Farm Animals Never Had it this Good

At Ängavallen, the Nordström family takes their mandate seriously, in that they might show the rest of us that it is possible to reap what you sow, and eat it, too.

Where the Fairy-tale Princess Slept

Where the Fairy-tale Princess Slept

The castle of Sofiero is known for having some of the best gardens in Europe. It was worth a stop, especially for the moment the fog parted revealing the turrets and towers of Shakespeare’s fabled Elsinore across the strait.

When Spring Comes to Sweden

When Spring Comes to Sweden

The sun was setting as we wound our way down the narrow lanes, past old farmhouses and pastures full of shaggy-haired highland cattle to our…

Love and Sausage

Love and Sausage

My only regret after our trip to Sweden was admitting to the customs officials that I had sausage in my suitcase. I thought certainly they…

How to Turn a Potato into a Pot of Gold

How to Turn a Potato into a Pot of Gold

On the tip of the Bjäre Penninsula, where the open landscape slopes off into the waters separating Sweden from Denmark, seven potato farmers formed a cooperative…

Bjorn Borg’s Stomping Grounds

Bjorn Borg’s Stomping Grounds

A straight shot two hours south of Gothenburg will get you to the region of Skåne, which is known for its sprawling landscapes filled with…

All in the Family

All in the Family

Before dinner we made a quick stop in the old town at a place we’d seen on our first day – Sjöbarren, where the keg…

The Gardens of Gunnebo

The Gardens of Gunnebo

On the afternoon of Day 3, we headed back toward Gothenburg for a guided tour with Matthias Johannson of the gardens Gunnebo. It may have been…

Herring Day

Herring Day

Taking our sad leave of Villa Sjötorp, we made a short drive south over several bridges and on and off islands to Klädesholmen. As we…

Sweet Dreams

Sweet Dreams

We only got lost once. It was the one time I rejected the advice of our Volvo’s state-of-the-art GPS and drove off the map. Literally….

Come On Baby, Come on and Oyster Safari with Me

Come On Baby, Come on and Oyster Safari with Me

When the editor at Saveur mentioned I would be going on an oyster safari, I had no clue what she was talking about – but boy was I game.

Backdrop to a Perfect Evening

Backdrop to a Perfect Evening

Many of the myths you hear about Swedes are true. Do you imagine them foraging for mushrooms in the forest? They do. Do you picture…

A Foodie’s Walking Tour of Gothenburg

A Foodie’s Walking Tour of Gothenburg

Perhaps we were marked. Perhaps the fact that the Swedish tourist bureau sent us made us special. Perhaps. Or maybe it was the fact that…

Singing Praises at the Fish Church

Singing Praises at the Fish Church

Amy and I landed in Gothenburg dressed in rubber boots and rain jackets. So of course the sun came out and shone down on us…