MY CHRISTMAS DIET – CRAZINESS?

Friday night cookings @home

Call me crazy.

It’s the time of the year when the most delicious desserts (saffron buns, gingerbread, christmas chocolates) are turning up to the market. And what do I decide to do?

Go on a diet for nearly the whole December – until the 22nd, when I fly back home. Why? Lately I’ve been feeling exhausted and tired, having difficulties with balanced eating, and probably lacking a thousand vitamins. It’s also nicer to treat oneself around Christmas not having eaten too much of all those goodies already.

So how will my December diet look like? 

First of all, no added sugar.

No white flour or dairy. This does’t include eggs.

No meat. This doesn’t include fish.

No alcohol.

What will I be eating then?

Fruits. Apples, bananas, pears, kiwis, mandarines, avocados, sharons..

Vegetables. Tomatoes, cucumbers, kale, onions..

Beets. Carrot, Sweet potato, yellow beets, red beets, parsnip, turnips..

Fish & Eggs

Berries

Rye Bread

Tofu

Almond milk

…To name a few.

 

Let’s see how this goes! I’ll keep you guys updated.

Hertta

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WHERE TO GO IN STOCKHOLM – A TRAVELERS GUIDE

Hello! 

A question I get asked a lot is where to go when traveling to Stockholm, especially restaurant-wise. Us Finns visit the city quite often, was it then  on a cruise, business trips or visiting relatives; but still it somehow feels like that people are mostly familiar with fast food diners! I decided to gather a list of must-sees: delicious places to eat plus a couple of extras. The post is divided by the inner city’s main districts; Östermalm, Vasastan, Gamla Stan and Södermalm. Enjoy!

ÖSTERMALM & DJURGÅRDEN

Nybrogatan 38, Nybrogatan 38 

Located in central Östermalm, Nybrogatan 38 offers a nice milieu for either lunch, dinner, drinks or brunch. Serving quite traditional dishes from tartar steaks to omelets, meatballs, risotto and eggs benedict, they maintain a delicious menu with every mealtime. Especially during weekends they’re quite booked, and just dropping in it’s unlikely to get seating – but one usually gets lucky during lunchtime.

Karla Frukt, Karlavägen 72

Also located in the area of Karlaplan, Karla Frukt serves Stockholms best selected candy! Be aware that their opening hours are quite limited, closing already at 18 on the weekday.

Snickarbacken 7, Snickarbacken 7

Near Stureplan you’ll find Snickarbacken 7, a Café with art exhibitions and a shop. On the menu there are smoothie bowls, avocado & tuna sandwiches, raw bakery and delicious lunch salads. They offer a good selection of Vegan and Vegetarian items!

Grodan Grev Ture, Grev Turegatan 16

A traditional Swedish Bistro where you’ll experience candle light dining with traditional courses. The menu includes for example elk sausage, ”raggmunk”, tartar steak, lobster and mussels. The interior is simply beautiful, 1800’s style with large mirrors, dark wood and a high ceiling.

Riche, Birger Jarlsgatan 4

Riche might be Stockholm’s most well known restaurant, and it’s meatballs the best known dish. This old classic serves traditional Swedish food well made, no tricks or surprises about it. A great option for a late sunday lunch with a bloody mary on the side or a weekday dinner, for dates or work meetings. You can hardly ever go wrong with this one!

Grodan Grev Ture

Riche

Tures, Grev Turegatan 10

Located inside Sturegallerian, Tures is the place to be at lunchtime. Full of customers working nearby, the atmosphere is lively and trendy. They serve three variating lunch courses a day being 148kr, and I’ll guarantee there’s something for everyone.

Broms Karlaplan, Karlavägen 76

Broms, located near Karlaplan, is one of my personal favorites. The atmosphere is dark and full of feeling, and the food delicious. Their outdoor seating area is decorated with heaters, and suitable for dining outside even in dark autumn evenings. On the menu you’ll find traditional small and larger dishes leaning slightly towards Asian fusion food. On the weekends they have a nice brunch including different sorts of eggs, pancakes and sashimi.

Tures

Hillenberg, Humlegårdsgatan 14

Hillenberg might be the nicest Dinner restaurant in Stockholm. Every aspect of the dining experience is given attention to; there’s often a DJ playing in the background, the service is very friendly, and the food exquisite. You can also choose to just visit for drinks at the bar, where the bartenders make sure you’ll get exactly what you’re looking for. A very central location in Humlegårdsgatan leaves open the opportunity to continue the evening at nearby drink bars or clubs.

Crème, Nybrogatan 16

Recommended for drinks! Crème is a smaller place in Nybrogatan with an atmospherical lighting and music, serving nice drinks combined with great service.

Phil’s Burger, Birger Jarlsgatan 34

The best burgers in Stockholm, without a question. Phil’s burger has a couple of restaurants around town, and it’s recipe for success is simple; quality meat combined with well-made sauces and great cheese. The list is short but versatile, including a veggie option.

From up: Hillenberg, Crème

Djurgårdskanalen, Djurgården

Around 7km pathway around the canal of Djurgården, beginning right from the end of Strandvägen in Östermalm. Beautiful landscapes, houses and cafés. Perfect for an evening or a sunday walk!

Rosendals Trädgård, Rosendalterassen 12

The loveliest garden in the island of Djurgården. Inside there’s a huge garden full of apple trees, which is the nro 1 place for picnics in the summertime. Surrounded by colorful flowers, here you’ll find local families, people with their pets and young couples. Rosendahls Trädgård also has a restaurant and a plant shop, and their lunch and bakery is very delicious.

Waldermarsudde, Prins Eugens Väg 6

Waldemarsudde is an architecturally magnificent castle museum a little further in the island of Djurgården. The castle has previously been the home of the artist Prince Eugen in the late 1800’s. Presented are his work in the home museum, as well as a changing exhibition of modern art. The castle is surrounded by a wonderful garden which is blooming with all flowers imaginable in the summertime.

Waldemarsudde

VASASTAN

Café Pom & Flora, Odengatan 39

Pom & Flora is every breakfast-fans dream come true. Located in Odengatan, this wonderful breakkie oasis is open every day until 16pm. Smoothie & Acai bowls, yoghurt topped with granola & berries, Avocado toasts, Buns, Water melon… everything that one could ever imagine. We say yes to afternoon breakfasts!

Café Pascal, Norrtullsgatan 4

Café Pascal is an atmospheric little Café near the Odenplan subway. They’re focused on small food items such as sandwiches, soup, bakery, raw balls and smoothies. Really yummy and healthy!

Greasy Spoon, Hagagatan 4

An U.S Styled diner in Stockholm? Yes! Greasy spoon is worth it’s name; Pancakes of all different sorts. Besides that the menu includes a full english breakfast, bacon & eggs, banana porridge and tea + biscuits – just to mention a few. They also have a sister restaurant in Södermalm.

From up: Café Pascal, Greasy Spoon

GAMLA STAN

Bistro & Grill Ruby, Österlånggatan 14

As they mention on their website, Bistro&Grill Ruby is a combination of two worlds; Paris and Texas. If you’re looking for experiencing the pulse of the beautiful old town while enjoying a delicious dinner, these are the places to head to. On the Bistro side is served Parisian dishes in Candle light, whilst on the Grill side you’ll find the best ingredients and feeling Texas-style. Grilled Tuna with beets and goat cheese recommended!

Österlånggatan 17, Österlånggatan 17

On the other side of Österlånggatan is Österlånggatan 17. This place is great for breakfast or lunch; one could enjoy for example a farmer’s omelette, Avocado toast or Grilled Halloumi Salad. The outdoor seating area opens up to a small square with a bubbly little fountain.

Österlånggatan 17

SÖDERMALM

Maestro Greek Restaurant, Ringvägen 82

Hands up who loves Greek food? I bet you rised yours. Maestro is hands down (pun intended) the best Greek in Stockholm. Located in Skanstull, it’s slightly off from the city-center, but not further than 10min subway ride. As Stockholm’s pricing might feel an inch high at times, Maestro is a fresh surprise. Taken the amazingly tasty food and large portion sizes, the pricing is very reasonable. Tzatsiki, freshly baked bread, chicken and beef souvlakis, moussaka, Baklava… nearly too many treats to choose from! The personnel could also receive a star from the service, and thus a great dinner experience is guaranteed.

Kvarnen, Tjärhovsgatan 4

Kvarnen, founded in 1908, is located in the heart of Söder in Medborgarplatsen. The old bistro doesn’t look too special from the outside, but has something hidden; the best brunch in town. There are probably 30 variating brunch dishes, not to mention the several cakes and waffles for dessert. Sausages, fish, salty and sweet pies, olives, bacon, eggs, salads, coffee.. I swear you’ll not feel hungry the whole day.

Maestro

That’s all this time, remember to keep these in mind the next time when visiting town. I’m off to doing laundry, have a nice week peeps!

Hertta

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MONDAY OUTFIT + LUNCH

Bag/Stella McCartney,  Dress/Sandro

Hi peeps! So today I woke up already at five o’clock, and was definitely not happy about it. I just couldn’t sleep any longer; rolled around in bed for a couple of hours watching GOT before deciding it was time to start the week. Went for a long power walk in Djurgården by the sea, after which I met up with Linda. We had lunch @Greasy Spoon Odenplan, nothing better than good company and pancakes for lunch. Totally recommended! The menu includes e.g. avocado toast, chia pudding, and several egg & pancake dishes.  Just keep in mind that they don’t take reservations, so the queue might be long during peak hours. My plan for the rest of the evening is to struggle awake for a couple hours more until I can go to bed without messing my rhythm..

Hope everyone has had a nice start to the week!

Hertta

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