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Nyko Kitchen: the newest neighborhood spot in Östermalm

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Opened earlier this spring in the location where Mocco, his previous restaurant, used to be, Panos Zois’ new bistro shows no sign of the previous establishment—the furnishings and lighting are all new, as is the thinking behind the restaurant. Rather than cater to the dwindling “fika” crowd, Nyko is intended to better respond to the changed preferences of diners today, specifically: people that are more likely to have a glass of wine after work instead of a coffee and cinnamon bun at some other time during the day. The name “Nyko” comes from the restaurant’s location: on the corner of Nybrogatan…

Sweet summer treats from Stikki Nikki

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While we love ice cream, our 18-month old hasn’t yet had any desserts, so before our first visit to StikkiNikki, I sent a message via the company’s Facebook page to see if any of their ice cream shops happened to have sugar-free flavors available. I heard from the owner Nikki (a fellow American) that while the shops don’t currently have sugar-free options available, they will soon. Knowing that we wouldn’t be enjoying StikkiNikki’s homemade, organic and “real” ingredient ice cream as a threesome, we decided to swing by during RF’s nap. There are currently 8 locations all around Stockholm, and we visited the one…

ResQ App: the Northern European way to save the world while enjoying delicious food

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Sweden is known for its commitment to sustainability, waste management and its respect of the environment. It’s also known for its technological prowess. So it’s no wonder that ResQ Club, an app that launched in May 2017 to help you “find meals that would otherwise go to waste” is already gaining a strong following throughout the country. Founded by two people on a mission to combat inefficiency, ResQ Club in its present form was born of the merger between ResQ Club (founded in Finland in 2015) and Meal Saver (founded in Germany in 2016), and is currently saving food in Finland, Germany, Sweden, the Netherlands and Estonia (with more…

Deli di Luca deliciousness

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A few weeks ago, after running errands around the city with our little sidekick, we stopped in at Deli di Luca, a “deli boutique with a café, restaurant and winebar in Södermalm” from the di Luca family, the same family behind Zeta, the well-known brand of Mediterranean food products. We’ve recently been going through a bag a week of their orzo mix, which is delicious, nutritious and extremely toddler-friendly, so I was curious to see what they cook up with their own products. While we perused the menu and then waited for our meal, RF entertained himself by rearranging (over and over again)…

Family sleepover at The Winery Hotel

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Apart from a night at a gorgeous hotel in Sicily after our second wedding ceremony (the first was in the U.S.), we’ve never stayed at a hotel in our “home” city—there never seemed to be the right opportunity or need. Until now, thanks to The Winery Hotel, an “urban winery and boutique hotel” in Solna, a northern neighborhood of Stockholm. With the promise of a hotel stay, you might think that we’d opt to go alone, but we’ve never really ever been away from RF (and aren’t quite ready to start now), so we planned our family sleepover for a Sunday night…

Sunday slow roast at Bistroteket

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Being new(‘ish) parents, eating out isn’t something we’re able to manage as often as we used to, pre-baby. When RF, our little boy, was a newborn, he would happily snooze in his stroller or sling, making it easy for us to pop out for a fika or lunch. But longer evening meals, with a glass or two of wine for mamma and papà didn’t happen then (as we were sleep deprived) and doesn’t happen now (with an extremely active toddler that believes eating isn’t really eating unless he can fling food around a bit). But then we had the opportunity to dine at Bistroteket,…

About us

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Our family spans three countries (and languages!) and four heritages—which keeps things interesting in our home. I’m an American of Goan descent, born in New York and raised in Virginia and my husband R is an Italian/Swede, born and raised on the eastern coast of Sicily. We happened to meet in his hometown more than a decade ago—it was my last stop after a month of traveling alone through Italy on my post-college-graduation trip. After dating across the Atlantic for a number of years, R immigrated from his island to mine on a fiancé visa, and we were married. We lived in Manhattan for a few…

A Sunday on the farm at Resta Gård

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I’ve long had an affinity for rich, farm-fresh milk in (reusable) glass bottles, but the closest thing I’ve found in Sweden to my beloved Hudson Valley Ronnybrook Creamline milk, which is pasteurized, but not homogenized, so the cream rises lusciously to the top, is lantmjölk, or gammaldagsmjölk (country and old-fashioned milk, respectively). But the most accessible one is from the biggest dairy supplier, which is not inherently a bad thing at all, I just find the notion of drinking local milk to be so much more romantic. So when we were wandering through Gamla Stan in January and came across Resta Gårdsbutik, the city outpost of…

Fall fika at Gamla Orangeriet

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Seeking out cozy, out-of-the-way places for an autumnal fika seems to be a mission I set for myself each year. This fall’s find was Gamla Orangeriet on the grounds of the Bergianska Organic Garden, which sits right on Brunnsviken, an inlet of the Baltic Sea. On the walk across the garden and courtyard to the orangery, I took in as much fall foliage fantastic-ness as possible during my release from pregnancy-pain-induced-confinement, all the while looking beyond the courtyard to where a mossy, pine-y forest stood just waiting for someone to wander through. The skies were gray, but the colors were blazing, and the…

Unwinding at sea on Birka’s “Taste of Lappland” cruise

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When we saw a deal for a 22-hour cruise on a Birka ship further out into and around the Swedish archipelago all the way to the Åland Islands (an autonomous Swedish-speaking region of Finland) on a proper cruise ship (not the smaller day boats we’d spent time on last summer), we hesitated before snapping it up on LetsDeal.se (a Groupon-like site) because the only weekend that worked for the outing was the one before our move, and that seemed like a harbinger of stress. But the lure of some of the most beautiful cruise ships in this part of the…

Swedish spa rituals at Skepparholmen Spa in Nacka

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Since moving to Sweden and beginning to indulge in all the sybaritic offerings here in Stockholm, I’ve suddenly had a new practice to acclimate to: the Swedish way of sauna-ing. I’m an American—your typical overly-friendly, sometimes geographically-inept American that is modest to a point. Potentially describable as prudish. Someone who views a bathing suit with or without a towel wrapped around oneself as standard sauna dress code. At your more “international” Swedish saunas, like you’d find at a hotel, that’s just fine. But at a Swedish institution, like Centralbadet (The Central Baths—built in 1904 and wonderfully ornate) in the heart of…

An afternoon at Äppelfabriken on Faringsö

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A few Sundays ago, ready for some fresh air and a view of rolling greenery unmarred by architecture of any sort (even though I’m enamored with Stockholm’s version of it), we borrowed a car, picked up some friends and headed out to the countryside, which we arrived in less than 10 minutes after leaving the city. I still can’t believe how close near-uninhabited land is! Our destination was Äppelfabriken in Svartsjö on Faringsö (an island) 45 minutes away from Stockholm. I’d read about it on another expat’s blog and thought a visit there would make a perfect fall day trip. But,…

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