So over the last two weeks i’ve been traveling through over the beautiful cities, biking through the stunning mountains, kayaking through the glistening fiords, and awing at the incredible museums of Denmark, Norway, and Sweden. This was 100% the most beautiful trip that i’ve been on and it couldn’t of been any more memorable. We visited Copenhagen in Denmark (my favorite city EVER), Oslo and Bergen in Norway, and Stockholm in Sweden.
One thing that my family isn’t great at is the ‘foodie’ side of traveling. While we will try to eat some traditional food at the locations we visit, we never make a strong efforts to find well-known restaurants that serve the best local foods. If you didn’t know, the traditional food of Scandinavia is salmon, potatoes, open faced sandwiches etc.
Despite spending 3-4 days in each location, it seems like we only ate one-two meals with the typical food per city. In Copenhagen we went to a restaurent that served open faced sandwiches. Assuming that it was cooked, I ordered a salmon dish, only to find that the Salmon was completely raw. Despite not usually liking raw fish, this Salmon, that came on a slice of multi-grain bread with an intricate cilantro sauce, was delicious. In Copenhagen my family, not wanting to waste any time sitting down for lunch, grabbed chicken and lamb hot dogs from a street vendor, and our expectations were blown straight out of the water. These hot-dogs didn’t even exist in the same universe as the New York City hot-dogs that I was accustomed to eating.
My parents were actually celebrating their 20th wedding anniversary on the trip. On August 16th and 17th (their anniversary), in Oslo, my brother and I wanted them to be able to have a couple one-on-one meals. My brother and I stayed home and I made gluten-free spaghetti one night and bought take out pizza another night while my parents went to sushi and a traditional meal at one of the best restaurants in Oslo. The last night, we all went out to an Italian resturant called Olivia (noticing a pattern?). There are a bunch Olivia restaurants around Scandinavia and we actually ended up going back to Olivia in Bergen. I ordered a grilled salmon with a cucumber salad. It was delicious!
Bergen was by far our most embarrassing food experience. On the first night, we were so drained that we decided to eat in an local-looking italian bar/resturant. We actually ended up going 3 out of the four nights that we were in Bergen. It was delicious and easy. I ordered Shakshuka, Soup, and Greek salad!
We were only in Stockholm for two nights and went out to one Swedish meal and one tapas restaurant. For the Swedish meal, we went out to this place called The Blue Door. There is a new selection of four dishes for each day of the week. My entire family chose to have salmon with brie sauce… and we chose right! OMG it was soooo flavorful. The sauce turned out to be a little too rich and there was definitely too much of it, but it was otherwise a satisfying meal. The Spanish tapas that we had on our last night was a great way to end a great trip. We ordered a variety of dishes and they were all pretty good. There is an amazing tapas place on 10th street (it’s called Alta) that we used to go to, so our expectations were very high for this meal. While it didn’t exactly blow Alta out of the water, the food was amazing and we had a wonderful final meal.