There is one thing I miss dearly from my own Swedish culture and that is fika!
Fika is a Swedish noun and verb, that might be translated to snack or having a snack. Or taking a coffee/ coffee break! But honestly it is so much more! Fika is a tradition, a concept, a ritual, a situation when you enjoy a coffee, tea or lemonade and usually grab something sweet to it. Like the traditional Swedish cinnamon bun! Looking at Wikipedia they define it as a Swedish social institution! When other cultures meet for a coffee we meet for a fika! Or we invite people over for a fika! Fika is a major part of our culture!
There are two Swedish guys in NYC who introduced this concept to Manhattan. 2006 they opened their first coffee shop/espresso bar named FIKA! So while visiting NYC I dragged my friend into their first FIKA on Central Park South, just next to Park Hotel!
And boy did they have many good treats! Raspberry tarts or Hallongrottor as we call them, which literally means raspberry caves, as the raspberry jam is in a little hole in the the tart!
And the chocolate balls, which brings back so many childhood memories! When I grew up the recipe for these were always on the oatmeal package! I don’t think there is one Swedish child who hasn’t made these!
So here I am in NYC, with my Dutch friend, and I bring her into this Swedish culture! I ordered us some cinnamon buns, cardamom buns, chocolate balls and of course some nice coffee!
Thank you FIKA for giving a Swede far away from home a fika to remember!
And yes I bought two of the FIKA coffee cups! I love them!
Remember Life is too short to not eat and drink well!
And as today is 9/11 I also want to encourage us all to stay friends!