Swedish Smorgasbord

Who knew that a traditional Swedish smorgasbord isn’t just a charcuterie board full of all kinds of meat, but is actually a refined, five-course meal? Not me! Until I got my first box from this company called Try The World, which offers subscription boxes of gourmet foods from a highlighted country or city every month. I signed us up for 6 months of boxes for our 6-year anniversary, and I got a free Sweden box so we decided to start celebrating early. I decided to make a traditional smorgasbord feast yesterday, which is the first time I’ve ever attempted making a 5-course meal. I was so completely proud of myself for how well it turned out! Hubs and I both like to consider ourselves adventurous eaters, so we love any chance we get to try out a cuisine we haven’t had before. The first course was a herring potato salad, which is apparently a must-have at a smorgasbord feast. I found some pickled herrings in the kosher section of the supermarket […]

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Hideaway in Heidelberg

This post is long overdue. But I got so used to being on vacation and doing absolutely no work that I just couldn’t bring myself to type, even though I am so excited to relive every minute of my vacation! About a week ago, we got back from my first ever trip to Europe. It was UH-maze-ing! Our first stop was in Heidelberg, Germany, since hubs had a conference there. A friend who grew up with me in Jamaica met up with us, so I was able to be in full-on vacation mode while poor hubs was nerding it out at the conference. We got there on a super humid day, and it was clear that it had been raining since the Neckar River was brown and flooding a little. While exploring the sights, we actually passed by a sizable flock of really old, frail looking people trying to get off a riverboat. They had to add a makeshift ramp to the existing ramp to extend over the flooded area, and […]

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Europe Planning

It’s officially less than a week until our summer vacation to Europe, and I can’t wait!!! I’m the type of person who enjoys the planning and anticipation of the event almost as much as the actual thing, so I’ve been reading other travel blogs and doing my research for months now. I’ve learned a lot, and created this massive spreadsheet with a ton of information (I know, I’m slightly touched in the head). The last stop on our itinerary is a week in Paris, the city of lights. I’m currently reading a book by David Lebovitz, an American chef living in Paris, called The Sweet Life in Paris: Delicious Adventures in the World’s Most Glorious – and Perplexing – City. I must say, the book has been making me chuckle heartily and looking forward to interacting with Parisians and eating French foods, but it also has made me very wary of the thought of being completely surrounded by Parisians. I will plan to be on my very best behavior and say […]

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