Monday, October 20, 2014

Stockholm, Sweden - Sture Hof

Ask any Swede, and they will tell you that the one restaurant not to be missed in Stockholm is Sture Hof. Dating back to 1905, this venerable fine dining institution sits at a prime location on fashionable Stureplan and offers some of the freshest seafood in Stockholm. The restaurant is always buzzing and packed with locals and tourists alike. We celebrated a birthday here filled with three courses of seafood and lots of champagne. I highly recommend it.

A traditional Toast Skagen: buttered toast with prawns in mayonnaise with fish roe

Shellfish Platter with lobster and oysters

Butter fried pike perch, creamed chanterelles, onion rings and watercress

We then danced until the sun came up at the famous Rose Club situated down by the harbor, and did our best to work off that decadent dinner ...  

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Monday, October 13, 2014

Stockholm, Sweden - Riche

Riche Restaurant, which takes its name and interior design influence from Cafe Riche on Boulevard des Italiens in Paris, is a 115 year old bar and restaurant frequented by Stockholm's well-heeled set. Great for Swedish classics like meatballs and toast skagen, as well as comfort food like burgers, their bar scene is also always buzzing and not to be missed.

We headed here for lunch as soon as we arrived into town from an early morning flight from London and devoured their bacon cheddar cheese burger with fries. 

Pretty clever way to bring the bill to the table:

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Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Stockholm, Sweden - A First Look In Pictures

I just got back from a long weekend in Stockholm to celebrate a friend's birthday. I was blown away by the beauty of this city, which is known as "The Venice of the North." From the buildings and architecture, to the clean open water, lush parks and high-end shops, bars and restaurants, I'm already plotting my return.

Here is a first look at the city in pictures, and I will be blogging about some of our favorite places there in my next few posts, so stay tuned ... 

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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Richmond, England - Lunch at Petersham Nurseries

Two weekends ago my dear friend invited me to lunch at the award-winning Petersham Nurseries. We had just picked up his brand new convertible from the showroom in London and needed a maiden voyage destination; Richmond, about twenty minutes outside of the city, seemed like the perfect place. It was.

Petersham Nurseries is a calming oasis of plants, flowers, greenery, country pathways and delicious food, and gives one the feeling of being in the middle of the countryside miles away from city life. Apart from the expansive nursery itself, there is also a beautiful shop filled with gifts and antiques and two dining options: a greenhouse restaurant and a teahouse.

The Teahouse has a seasonally changing menu that offers Italian-inspired dishes, and some of the most mouth watering cakes and pastries you have ever seen.

The more formal Cafe, (which used to boast a Michelin star) is headed up by Chef Lucy Boyd and features a menu that changes (and is hand-written) each day depending on what is growing in the Petersham House Walled Kitchen Garden. Naturally each dish is garnished with edible flowers from the nursery.

The setting of the restaurant is rustic chic, with a dirt floor, hanging Indian prints and old wooden chairs and tables underneath a greenhouse with flowers galore. 

Zucchini and Pancetta Risotto
Roast Yorkshire Grouse, Chicoria, Blackberries and Cobnuts
Newlyn Pollock, Borlotti Beans, with Romano Peppers and Marjoram
Amalfi Lemon Tart 
Panna Cotta with Elderflower and Prosecco Raspberries

If you have access to a car and are looking for a lovely spot to relax the day away in an idyllic setting just a stone's throw from London, then I highly suggest Petersham Nurseries. After lunch, you can head into Richmond for a stroll and have drinks at one of the many pubs along the Thames (which is exactly what we did on the balcony at the riverside Bingham Hotel). 

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