Come See Me Compete in The Great Chili Experiment Competition – Stockholm

OMG, OMG, OMG! I have some super exciting news!

I have been invited to participate in the food competition called The Food Experiments – The National Tour. This event is sponsored by Brooklyn Brewery and run by Theo at The Food Experiments.

And if you’re wondering why a US national tour is in Sweden, it’s because Brooklyn Brewery’s largest market outside the US is Sweden. Go American beer! And many of you think American beer is terrible, tisk tisk.

Tomorrow, Sunday, March 25th, Andrew and I will be competing in the Swedish leg calle the Great Chili Experiment – Stockholm. You can meet us, taste the food, and of course vote for us! The Swede is helping to organize and rally the troops. We’ll be in costume (can’t say what in case an enemy is reading…hehehe).

We are called team Northern Lights & Fire and will have a table set up and will be sharing lots of tastings.

We also had a chance to scoop out the competition last night. There are a lot of teams. But we’re still excited and ready to kick chili ass!
Meet the Competitors night at Akkurat – with teammate Andrew, enemy err competitor, friend D

Meet the Competitors night at Akkurat – with friend D and host Theo – not the best shot but we had a blast

Say hi and meet us at the Great Chili Experiment!
Where: Hornstull Strand
When: March 25th, 13-16hr
Cost: Tickets are 100kr and can be bought at the door or online. Entry gives you tasting to all competitors (22!) and a free beer (I think).
Why: Because you know you want to see me and taste epic delicious Indo-fi’ed chili!

The Best Semlor in Stockholm – A Guide to the Best Bakeries

Fat Tuesday {fettisdag} is coming up in Sweden. It’s the day marking the beginning of Lent and giving up on something you love.

It is also the day to stuff yourself silly with the Swedish dessert, called semla or fettisdagsbulle. Here’s a short history about the semla but what you really need to know is why this is a heavenly treat.

The components of a semla

We’ll start at the bottom. The bun is soft, fluffy, and fresh. Hint of crushed cardamon will aromate the bread.

Next is the mandelmassa, almond paste. It’s sweet, fresh, and nutty. A real almond paste should be made with almond, surprise and without the almond extract to cover the nutty notes.

Third is the cream. Delicious, whipped cream. If Heaven was a food, it will be the cream in semlor. Sometimes the whipped cream comes with a hint of vanilla and structured with powdered sugar.

Finally, there’s the ‘hat.’ It is the little piece of bun that was cut out to make way for the almond filling. The hat is then slice and leveled off and topped with powdered sugar.

Swedes will eat a semlor on Fat Tuesday but it is becoming more common to have them earlier in the year. Some Swedish people eat their semla the traditional way: in a bowl of warm milk.

Since I wanted to pick the best semlor in Stockholm, I decided to have a jury of taste tasters.

Each taster hailed from a different country and have a long standing experience with eating sweets. All have enjoyed semlor at one point or another. And none can eat one with a bowl of warm milk. Sorry Swedes.

Here is the judging panel before the mission began

We picked semlor from bakeries all over the city: famous and hole in the walls spots. However, two bakeries, Lisas Cafe & Hembageri and Vetekatten were not included in the tasting. The bakeries receive an honorable placement because all of us agreed that they make delicious semlor (we have on our own time, had semlor at both the bakeries).

Blind Tasting
Each semla was assigned a number (1 to 10 but 1 & 2 were the same semla) and that was keyed onto a separate sheet of paper. My friend and I split the numbering and filling in the key, so we too would not be certain where each semla hailed from.

Grading System
We based the reviews on four categories: looks, bread taste, cream taste, and almond paste taste. Each category was worth a maximum of ten (10) points, where ten is the best.
The Looks category was judged first before the bun was dissected and destroyed by the tasters.
There were five judges on the panel.

Tallying the score
I totaled each category across all the tasters to determine the grand winner. There is a maximum of 200 points that can be awarded to a semla and 50 points per category.

The Swede served as auditor to double check the additions and transcriptions made from the notecards.

Bröd & Salt
Cream – 29
Almond – 30
Bread – 21
Looks – 34
Total – 114

Notes – This was a good, solid semla. It didn’t wow us in anyway and it didn’t disappoint.
Contact – Three locations. Hammarby Allé 66A, 120 62 Stockholm ? Renstiernas Gata 28, 116 31 Stockholm ? Birkagatan 15, 113 36 Stockholm. Website.
 
 
Gunnarssons – Regular
Cream – 11
Almond- 16
Bread – 21
Looks – 35
Total – 83

Notes – The regular semla at Gunnarssons was a shock that it became the lowest scoring bun in our tasting. The bread was dry and the cream tasted a bit sour, it had just passed the “good by” date.
Contact – Götgatan 92, 118 62 Stockholm. Website.
 
 
Gunnarssons – Special
Cream – 35
Almond – 27
Bread – 33
Looks – 36
Total – 141

Notes – If you head to Gunnarssons, definitely buy the ‘special’ and skip the regular. The ‘special’ was the only semla in the tasting panel that invoked confusion, love, and hate because of the mixed mandelmassa and grädde. Since there was no separate mandelmassa in the bread bowl’s bowel, the ‘special’ received low marks. Still, the mixed whipped cream and bread were perfect.
Contact – Götgatan 92, 118 62 Stockholm. Website.
 
 
Bästa Bageriet – WINNER!
Cream – 40 – Heavenly cream!
Almond – 33
Bread – 35
Looks – 35
Total – 143

Notes – Bästa was a true surprise. It was near perfect on ever tasting and the only response from the judge’s panel were “ooooo, yummm” and “if this is what god intended for a semla, it is this one here.” Bästa Bageriet was nearly left off the tasting panel. It’s a hole in the wall bakery next to Maria Torget. Most of you have passed it by but never realized it even existed.

Bästa tied Sturekatten to be the co-winners and it goes to show both famous and small bakeries can make the best.
Contact – Swedenborgsgatan 4B, 118 48 Stockholm. Website.
 
 
Chic Konditori – Karlsbadensemla
Cream – 32
Almond – 30
Bread – 35
Looks – 36
Total – 133

Notes – Delicious but different. The roasted nuts on top were walnuts instead of almonds and delicious on their own, they took away from the overall taste. The bread was not a traditional taste either but it was fluffy and well balanced. Overall, this is not a first time semla to eat but rather for those on an adventurous path for something new.
Contact – Swedenborgsgatan 1, 11848 Stockholm.
 
 
Chic Konditori – Regular
Cream – 14
Almond – 27
Bread – 26
Looks – 31
Total – 98

Notes – The regular version of Chic Konditori’s semla was a disappointment. The cream was a tad overwhipped and was over-structured; basically it was a few short steps from butter. Blogger KistaChic remarked, “there are so many nice things to do with a bread; this isn’t one of them.” Overall below average.
Contact – Swedenborgsgatan 1, 11848 Stockholm.

 
 
Kista Gallerian – Complé Konditori
Cream – 24
Almond – 25
Bread – 37 – Sexy bun!
Looks – 36
Total – 122

Notes – When we saw this semla, we fell in love. It was a bun of near perfection, large and fluffy. Unfortunately the cream was a bit over-whipped and the almost paste tasted of artificial extract flavors but the bread itself was perfect.
Contact – Kista Gallerian. Website.

Sturekatten – WINNER!
Cream – 39
Almond – 36 – Nuttiest Almond!
Bread – 34
Looks – 34
Total – 143

Notes – One of two powerhouses known to produce the best semlor in the city; the other being Vekekatten, Sturekatten did not disappoint. Cream was perfect; light, airy, and melt in your mouth goodness. The almond paste was fresh and nutty tasting and with bits of nut in it. Definitely a semla to be reckoned with.
Contact – Riddargatan 4, 114 35 Stockholm. Website.
 
 
Liljeholmen – Regular {We don’t know the name of the bakery}
Cream – 32
Almond – 36 – Nuttiest Almond!
Bread – 34
Looks – 26
Total- 126

Notes – The mandelmassa was unusual in that we could taste raw grains of sugar along with the almond. The effect was a crunchy but harmonious bursting of sweet, nutty, fatty and smokey in your mouth. We loved how this mandelmassa was different from the rest. The bread was fluffy and flavored just right with the cardamom.
Contact – Unfortunately, we’ll never know where this bakery is. The sweet memory of cream and almond will remain in our stomachs forever.
 


Best Semlor around Sweden


These recommendations came in from readers around the web.

Malmö
Cafe Systrar & Bröder – via FredricL

Göteborg
Post your favorite below and we’ll include it!

Halmstad
Megalagom did a taste test and posted about it here. Read her best & worst of the city!

Stockholm Area
Årsta konditori – Located on the southern outskirts of Stockholm. Address – Årstavägen 51, 12054 Årsta. Shared by Reddit member vonadler
Vetekatten – Have some of the best semlor. Address – Kungsgatan 55, 111 22 Stockholm
Lisas Cafe och Hembageri – A cute, quaint, serve yourself style cafe, Lisa’s semlor are also one of the best in Stockholm. Address – Skånegatan 68, 11637 Stockholm
Dessert & Choklad – Famous for their silky texture. Address – Patentgatan 7, 112 67 Stockholm. Submitted by Grace.
Tösse – Have a special crème anglaise semla. Karlavägen 77, 114 49 Stockholm. Submitted by Grace.

Borlänge
Almas Café – There is a saffron semla that is to die for. Suggested by Reddit member pnilz. Address – Vattugatan 3, 784 33 Borlänge. Website.

Robocoptering in Stockholm

We received a pretty fabulous wedding present: a helicopter and speed boat ride, a robocopter!

Or maybe they call it ribocopter. Whatever, it was awesome.

The boat ride was an hour and the helicopter ride was around 20 minutes. It definitely could have been longer!

Here are photos, be jealous.

It fits a house!
stockholm sweden

The dials on a chopper.

Foggy islands over Sweden

The helicopter blade is bent in time!

The smallest island ever, and we landed on it.

The small island with the white trees was destroyed by the skarvar (cormorants).
Nearby to the left of the island, the Swedish military built underwater walls to prevent invading ships, mainly Russian, from having a free for all access to the waters. By doing this, they forced the ships to take specific routes or crash into the wall, making it easier to attack and defend.

That’s our boat!

And that is me in a giant pouffy and very warm suit. The life jacket is not even on yet!

For it being a very crappy year we at least took a pretty awesome chopper ride, hot air balloon and still stayed married. Win!

Visit Stockholm: Bars with a View

There is one beauty you can never tire of in Stockholm: the view. Despite it being a relatively flat city with low height buildings, there are a few buildings that stand tall in the city and lend a beautiful view.

It does not matter if you come in the wintertime, summertime, fall-time, springtime or depressing time, the views will change but be spectacular nevertheless.

The bars and restaurants chosen lay on the water and offer earthly views, or lay in the sky and offer heavenly views.

Gondolen
Sitting on top of a random elevator shaft and walkway, Gondolen sits atop Slussen. You can see Gamla Stan, city, Djurgården, and Skeppsholmen.

The drinks and food are on the pricey side and the people who visit the restaurant are either tourists or those born before the war. Service can be good though since they do encounter tourists, but just don’t be a douche and stand around for an hour without buying a drink.

Skrapan
Skrapan is the tallest building in Stockholm city. The lower levels are student housing and the top two floors is a stylish restaurant. The restaurant has a near 360 degree review of the entire city. Skrapan is great to get drinks or dinner, though a little on the pricey side, but wonderful all year round.

Kungsholmen
The restaurant Kungsholmen is on the island of Kungsholmen. So smart. The restaurant is all windows and sits on the south side of the island and overlooks northwestern Södermalm.

The food at Kungsholmen is eclectic and international. From cajun chicken to tandoori chicken you can find delicious food and drinks. In the wintertime you can watch the floating ice crushing against each other.

Eken
Eken is the hotel bar at the Hilton hotel in Slussen. The outdoor serving is open a few short months in the summer and is worth it. The indoor hotel bar overlooks the tracks into Gamla Stan as well as City Hall but it is nearly as exciting as sitting outside.

Pontus
Pontus by the Sea is located on the easter side of Gamla Stan. They are known for the shellfish, delicious, and outdoor seating in the summer. Of course in the wintertime, the restaurant is full with people, but it’s not the same thing.

Expect higher prices and stuffed up Östermalmers but ignore them as they takeover anywhere cool.

Mossebacke / Södra Bar & Kök
These two bars share the same terrasse overlooking Gamla Stan and Djurgården. They are funky and offbeat and cater to the Södertjejer and killar of the city.

Södra Bar is a nightclub, bar, and a theater. They have cultural performances, and off-Broadway productions.

Mossebacke is a terrasse bar. It’s wonderful in the summertime and pretty much closed in the dead of winter. But for a great view, visit the place.

Sky Bar Radisson Blu
This is the one place I do NOT recommend. The Sky Bar is nothing like what the reviews say, though mainly they are written by the hotel itself.

The bar is small, extremely overpriced (a $22 martini is cheap comparatively), and has a view of construction at T-Centralen and dingy street shops on Klarabergsvägen. The clientele was more in line for super senior citizen day than the “under 65 age group.”

Orangeriet
Located right next to Kungsholmen Restaurant, Orangeriet is rococo and vintage style. It’s a fun place with less fake bougies and more class.

Definite worth a visit if you want to have good drinks and a lot of fun.

Josefin
Josefin’s is the other bar I don’t recommend visiting. While it’s in a great location behind Nordiska Museet facing the water, the people and wait staff are anything but tolerable. A glass of wine, crappy at best quality, is 100:- and served in an old plastic glass. Everything is served in plastic.

Kaknästorget
This TV and radio tower stands 155 meters tall and is Stockholm’s tallest building. Except for broadcasting and the cafe, nothing else is in the building.

There is a 360 degree view of all of Stockholm and the charming, rudimentary cafe is worth grabbing a coffee and cake.

Definitely not a place to forget your camera!

Entry costs 30SEK but is free with the Stockholm Card.


View Bars with a View in a larger map

Do you have a favorite bar or restaurant with a view?

Be sure to check out my list of best bars and pubs in the city.

Fall Events in Stockholm

Fall is here. Obviously, the nights are chilly and the daytime temperature is on a rollercoaster. Today is a sunny and beautiful day, almost summertime but with jeans and light sweaters.

Since fall and winter in Sweden mean depressing, cold, dark times, there are a lot of things to do in the city. If you are visiting Stockholm, there is lots for you! Here’s the guide to events in October in Stockholm.

Stockholm Beer & Whisky Festival and Taste Experience – Beer and whiskey lovers, this is for you! It is pricey to get in though, at 199:- per person, and includes a glass and nothing else. Remember tasting is not free, so expect to shell out 30-80:- per tasting (15cl).
Opening hours –
First Weekend: 29/9: 15-23 30/9: 15-24 1/10: 12-24
Second Weekend: 6/10: 15-23 7/10: 15-24 8/10: 12-24

Lost in Stockholm meetup! – Found in Stockholm – Come meet other readers of the blog and enjoy a tasty beer at one of the local pubs in Stockholm. Location TBA as we are planning something special for those who attend.
Date – October 13th, 7PM onwards
RSVP on Facebook or in a comment below.

Nordiska Museet Choklad Festival – Chocolate, chocolate and more chocolate! This festival is like crack for chocolate addicts. Most stalls have free bits to taste from exotic origin to dark to white to chili-tequila chocolate. Open for kids and adults alike. Prices are reasonable at 120:- per adult, and 60:- per child.

Opening hours –
October 14th – 10am – 8pm
October 15th and 16th – 10am – 6pm

Moderna Museet – Museum of Modern Art – MOMA is worth visting not because of the funky, modern art they have, but the view from the museum cafe. It is one my mom’s and mine’s favorite spots in the city. A special treat are three famous master showcased from October 8th to January 15th: Turner, Monet, and Twombly.
Location –
Skeepsholmen
www.modernamuseet.se

Tekniska Museet – Technology Museum – NASA A Human Experience is in its last month of exhibiting at the museum. Ends November 6th so if you love space, be sure to visit before it ends.
Location –
Museivägen 7, Gärdet i Stockholm
www.ahumanadventure.com

Stieg Larssons Millennium Tour Walk – Random but fun if you loved The Girl with a Dragon Tattoo and the series (and the movie to come at xmas). The walk is run by Stockholm City Museum and while the museum itself has free entrance, the guided tour (in English and other languages) is just 120:-. Get a little exercise and find out where all the famous streets and buildings are!
October-December: Saturdays at 11.30 in English
Meeting point: Bellmansgatan 1, Södermalm, Stockholm. Metro: Slussen or Mariatorget.
Price: 120 SEK Buy tickets at the Stockholm City Museum or at the Stockholm Tourist Centre.

ABBA City Walk – Now you can be the dancing and walking queen or king. Take a walking tour of where ABBA lived, worked, and played in Stockholm during the 1970s.
October-December: Saturdays at 4 pm.
Price: 120 SEK Buy tickets at the Stockholm City Museum or at the Stockholm Tourist Centre.

If you want to do the walk on your own, you can buy the map for 40:- for either the ABBA or the Millennium walks.

Hem & Villa Stockholm – This fair is the largest DIY style in the Nordic region. For lovers of interior design and home decor.
13th -16th October
Location – Stockholmsmässa, Älvsjö station
Price – 140:- for adult, 90:- for adult on Thursday only

The Delicatessen Show – Another food lover’s trade show open to the public.
Dates – 29th and 30th October
Location – Münchenbryggeriet

INCA: Gold Treasures – Exhibition dedicated to the history and conquests of the Incan Empire. More than 300 artifacts will be on display and are on loan from several museums in Peru.
Location – Skeppsholmen Caverns
Dates – 10 September – 12 February
Price – 150:- per adult.

For more events, there are lots more, check out visit Stockholm here.
Will have a winter events in Stockholm post next month.

51 Reasons to Hate Stockholm

For once, it wasn’t me. Cue the song. I didn’t have anything to do with the Dagens Nyheter article called ’51 skäl att hata Stockholm’ – 51 things to hate Stockholm.

Now I know I have written about what I hate about Sweden, more things to hate about Sweden, what I love/hate about Stockholm and on one happy occasion, why I love Sweden. The reasons listed in the article were from people mainly outside the city and their perception of the capital.

Gamla Stan (the old town)

And they were funny! Don’t get scared if you’re moving to Sweden, hating on Stockholm is a god-given right just like it is for hating New Yorkers if you live in New England, and hating Paris if you live anywhere in Europe.

I tried to pick the reasons that were not only the funniest, but most likely written by Swedes.

#01 “Stockholm smells of piss and moldy cheese that has been left out for 10 years on the kitchen table.”
True on Friday or Saturday night on the bar streets! But otherwise, I think the city smells quite okay.

#06 “They think they are better than everyone else because they live in the same city as the king.”

#08 “Stockholm is so painfully self-conscious, cold, lousy and disgusting. I hate that I grew up here and that I became like them.”

#15 “Stockholm can name their town in the same breath as New York, Tokyo and Paris, which makes them appear to be entirely true of turn because the truth is closer to Budapest, Minsk, or Vienna.”
I think Stockholm suffers from the little capital disorder. It’s one of the word’s smallest capitals so no one else in the world gives a hoot about the city. But in the Nordic region, Stockholm is the largest city, therefore it is awesome. QED.

#19 “When the zero-eights visit the north, they think they know how to do it, really, they can not drive when just a little snow falls.”

#31 “Stockholmers behave like Americans, everything outside their own city / state is unimportant, all that is needed here. They often feel ignorant, stupid, much like a typical blond girl. ”

#35 “Stockholm is like seagulls. They are only screaming and shitting!”

#43 “Stockholmers always comments/mimics/laugh at other’s dialect.”

#48 “We work in offices and we are the most highly educated population in Sweden.”

The sources ranged from Facebook to the infamous flashblack and even familjeliv.

Okay, non-Stockholmers reading this blog, what is it that drives you crazy about the Capital of Scandinavia?

Stockholm ColourLovers

If you are a color fanatic then ColourLovers is the best website ever. It’s porn who people who love paint swatches.

While I was doing research, I decided to see how many lovers made color palettes called Stockholm. Boy, were there color palettes that attempted to describe the city.

Story of a crime…

Intruding into Stockholm

A hostage’s feelings

Neopolitan Stockholm Syndrome sufferer

Finally, execution.


The Three Seasons

Stockholm in the wrong country…America

Stockholm sunrise

Stockholm sunset

Stockholm by tunnelbana

Restaurants Closed During the Summer in Stockholm

The Stockholm Tourist put together a fabulous short guide to restaurants closed in the summertime in Stockholm. He included all the Michelin star restaurants along with the top spots in the city.

I added in another dozen restaurants that are also closed. There are many more restaurants closed for the summer so be aware before getting excited to go on a gastronomy tour of Stockholm!

Dates are inclusive of closing dates. Use Bookatable.com to find the next available booking.

  • Lux Stockholm – International, Michelin * – Primusgatan 116 – July 17th through August 15th.
  • Fredsgatan 12 (F12) Michelin * – July 10th through August 7th.
  • The Grill – Meat/Bistro – Drottninggatan 89 – July 10th through August 1st.
  • Brasserie Le Rouge – French – Brunnsgränd 2-4 – July 3rd through August 10th. The bar, Le Bar, is open all summer.
  • Smak på Restaurangen – International (not Vegetarian as some booking sites list it) – Oxtorgsgatan 14 – June 24th through August 4th.
  • Operakällaren – July 11th through August 15th.
  • Teatergrillen – Swedish – Nybrogatan 3 – July 3rd through August 3rd.
  • Esperanto – French, Michelin * – Kungstensgatan 2 – June 23rd through August 11th.
  • Frantzén/Lindeberg – Swedish, Michelin ** – Lilla Nygatan 21 – July 10th through August 11th.
  • Sjögräs – International – Timmermansgatan 24 – July 17th through August 8th.
  • Pontus! – Brunnsgatan 1 – July 4th through August 8th.
  • Pontus by the Sea – East side waterfront, Gamla Stan – Remains open.
  • Djuret – Meat, meat and more meat – Lilla Nygatan 5 – June 24th through August 29th. Svinet, located in the restaurant garden, is open.
  • Brasserie Bobonne – French – Storgatan 12 – July 7th to August 16th.
  • Mattias Dahlgren Matbaren & Matsalen – Swedish/International Fine Dining, Michelin **/* – Grand Hôtel – July 15th to August 7th.
  • Gotland Restaurang och Bar – Swedish/Bistro – Brunnsgatan 6 – July to August 16th.
  • Rue du Pont Nouveau – Swedish/Fine Dining – Nybrogatan 38 – July 17th to August 16th.
  • Restaurang Stockholm – Swedish – Centralplan 1 – July to August 7th.
  • Restaurang Bellevue – Swedish – Vanadisplan 2 – Reopens August 15th.
  • Långholmens Wärdshus – Swedish/Traditional – Alstaviksvägen 17 – July to August 7th.
  • Clas På Hörnet – Swedish – Surbrunnsgatan 20 – July 10th to August 15th.
  • No 12 Kungstensgatan – Swedish/International – Kungstensgatan 12 – from June 23rd. It does not say when it will reopen.
  • Pelikan – Swedish – – Stora Hallen is open but Kristallen and Matsalen are closed for the summer. Dates are not listed on the closing dates.
  • AG Restaurang och Bar – Swedish – July 3rd to August 7th.
  • Eyubi Kök & Bar – Lebanese – Döbelnsgatan 45 – July to August 8th.
  • Nalen Restaurang – Swedish – Regeringsgatan 74- July to August 1st.

I will post a list of the best restaurants actually open in the summertime.

The Love Hate Relationship With Stockholm

I’ve come to the point in life where half the time I love Stockholm and half the time I hate Stockholm. Okay, maybe there are days when I hate Stockholm more than I love. But hey, no one said I was a lover not a hater.

After nearly three years here, I’m finally making a pros and cons list of living in Stockholm.  As I was naive when I first moved here that Stockholmers are Swedish (Stockholmers are Stockholmers and no one wants to touch them with a 10 foot poll); I can now tell the difference between a Stockholmer and a Swede.

Anyway, at least I think I know why I love Stockholm and why it drives me to bits.

Here it is, let the loving and bashing begin:

Pros of Living in Stockholm

  • It’s the capital of Sweden AND Scandinavia. Boo-yah! We kicked your ass Oslo and Copenhagen.
  • Walking to work is awesome. No longer do I have an one hour commute by car but rather an 18 minute walk to work.
  • Springtime in Stockholm is beautiful. Spring time is beautiful everywhere, but still a win for Stockholm.
  • I live on an island! That is so cool telling my friends that I live on an island in Sweden!!! Nevermind that 500,000 other people live on the island.
  • There are 14 islands that makeup Stockholm. That’s a lot of islands.
  • Being able to walk five minutes to the grocery store.
  • Finding cute nooks and crannies of the city where you can buy great cheeses, Italian specialities, or shoes.
  • Meeting friends anywhere in the city afterwork.  I love that after owning a car for 11 years, I can walk or take the train to meet friends.  And nothing’s far; Stockholm is so cute and small you can walk the city in an hour or so.  Yipee!
  • Hanging out on the water during the summertime.  I’ve never lived near the water so being able to walk to the water and hang out a park nearby is awesome.  I just wish people wouldn’t be such dipshits and dump trash into the waterways and parks.
  • Watching the city empty out during the summertime.  So nice to see less cars, less people, more peace.

Cons of Living in Stockholm

  • Beer is expensive. Martinis are expensive. And for some unknown reason, Josefine’s on Djurgården charges 94:- for the world’s shittest glass of rosé wine (jacob’s creek).
  • Drivers suck. I like drivers from Gothenburg; they don’t seem to be in a rush to run over people. Drivers in Stockholm look like they’re on crack for the Indy 500 gone Fast and the Furious.
  • Rude people. I’m small. I’m smaller than Swedish kids who are 12 years old. That means, I get the honor of having doors slamming my face, elbows whacking my head, and the occasional bag hitting me from the side. You know, you could say “excuse me” and it wouldn’t kill you.
  • For being the largest city in the Nordic region, there are few places that are cheap and delicious to eat at. Please, no thai or kebab.
  • Stockholmers believe they’re awesome. I understand the complex. Stockholm barely makes it in the top 100 capitals in terms of population. Most people think it’s in Switzerland.   And people in DC, Paris, Toyko, Delhi, don’t really care about Stockholm as a city or a capital.  The best Stockholm can do then? Pick on its little sister Gothenburg.
  • Stockholm fashion is poser. See above for the runt complex.
  • Stureplan is not cool.  Posers. We’re so impressed that five ferraris and three lambourginis are registered in Sweden. We’re even more impressed that you can park them on the sidewalk and throw champagne down the drains (vaska). We love that somehow everyone goes to New York to shop and in desperate times, to Paris and London.
  • Dating your coworkers is weird. Dating your boss is weirder. I don’t know if it’s a Stockholm thing or a Swedish thing, but dating managers and having affairs at the office is not conducive to a good office environment.
  • Getting shit-faced at the office party and puking on a coworker is rude.  Some companies would have an intervention for alcohol problems.
  • It’s miserable to find an apartment in the city and in any reasonable suburb.

I’ll stop for now and try to be a lover of Stockholm with the summer coming around.