Fine Swedish Cuisine at Gondolen Restaurant in Stockholm

Hovering over Slussen in central Stockholm like a gigantic construction crane is Gondolen, a walkway forged in black metal, leading to the historic Katarinahissen (Katarina Elevator). Originally built in 1881, this passenger lift once served as a shortcut to the various levels of Södermalm Island. To understand just how old it is, imagine: it originally ran on…

Meatballs and Skagen Toast at Restaurang Himlen

Planning a trip is just a tad less stressful when my uncle and aunt host. On our most recent trip to Stockholm, they literally thought of everything. Just the right amount of sightseeing, some shopping and exactly the right restaurants for experiencing what Stockholm’s food scene has been up to recently. Our trip to Rosendal’s Trädgård…

Rosendals Trädgård Cafe on Djurgården Island

Djurgården, there are few places like it. I wouldn’t mind getting lost here for hours, breathing in the remarkable freshness and quiet of the place before returning to the noisy city. One of the 24,000 scattered islands and islets making up Stockholm’s massive archipelago, the place is home to a vast array of historical buildings,…

Restaurant Le C. By the Sea in Basque Guéthary

Faded wooden benches and tables, simply set and decorated with inventive French fare, artfully plated. Boasting a privileged location on a grassy bluff that overlooks the untouched Plage de Cenitz in Guéthary, Restaurant Le C. is a great choice for a long lunch or sunset dinner, ocean-side. Order a frosty bottle of rose to share…

My Two Favorite Hungarian Pastries

At around this time every year I get homesick for Hungary and nostalgic about the dishes I regularly enjoy there. I get to daydreaming about lángos by Lake Balaton, salted goose cracklins (libatepertő) on toast for breakfast, mixed Vecsési pickles on the side of all classic meat-and-paprika dishes, my grandma’s chilled sour cherry soup… And, although I don’t…