September 10, 2014

Swedish Countryside

A walk through the Swedish countryside in Spiken, Sweden. #travel #sweden #photography www.kevinandamanda.com

After a night at Läckö Castle, we spent the next morning exploring the breathtaking scenery surrounding our little hidden-away hotel. It was a gorgeous sunny day with perfect, 70-degree weather. We could not get over how fabulous the cool breeze and warm sun felt on our faces!! We decided to take a walk through the beautiful Swedish countryside to the nearby port of Spiken, a charming marina on Sweden’s largest lake.

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This was one of the most gorgeous walks I have ever taken.

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There were barns and farms.

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Potato cellars.

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Cows!

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Ramshackle signs, guiding our way.

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Giant trees.

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The road less traveled?

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Golden fields.

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Wheat prime for harvest.

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How stunning is this picture of the wheat that Stephanie snapped??

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After a soul-filling walk through the cleanest air I have ever breathed, we arrive in the colorful port of Spiken.

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Loved all these fun boats!

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I wanted to sail away! :)

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We saw the cutest bicycles all over Sweden.

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This one had a sign that said, “Sit down and just enjoy a little while.” I think I will.

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There were cute outdoor cafes all over.

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Spiken is the perfect place to come for lunch!

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Spend the morning just exploring the cute little marina and watching the boats.

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Another outdoor cafe and book shop.

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It was hard to believe that this was a lake!

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Some of the bluest waters (and skies) I’ve ever seen.

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I couldn’t stop snapping pictures of all the boats!

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We had lunch at Sjöboden, famous for their exclusive roe that can only be found here in Spiken and one other place at the very, very north of Sweden. It looks so unassuming on the outside with it’s red wood planks and seaweed thatched roof.

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But how gorgeous is it on the inside??

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Every place we went in Sweden served the fanciest bread baskets I have ever seen. This one came with butter topped with salt and pepper and a salmon spread.

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Of course we tried the roe!! This was probably the most exotic thing I had in Sweden. Their famous Spiken roe was served with a horseradish cheesecake topped with pickled onions. Surprisingly, when you got an element of all three in one bite, it worked!

Would you try it? ;)

 

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September 8, 2014

A Night at Läckö Castle

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After spending a few days on the stunning west coast, Stephanie and I drove the Volvo through the quiet, gorgeous countryside of Sweden. We drove past golden wheat fields, red barns with thatched roofs, wind turbines, and beautiful churches as we made our way north to Läckö Castle. Here we had one of the most amazing dining experiences of my entire life.

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Läckö Castle is a medieval castle in Sweden and dates all the way back to the late 1200s. Then it was just a fort that consisted of two or three houses surrounded by a wall, but the castle as we know it today has paintings which date back to the late 1500s that are still in existence in a few of the rooms.

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The castle is nestled on the shores of Vänern, the largest lake in Sweden and the third largest lake in Europe.

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We explored the castle, then met up with Simon, the passionate gardener of the small castle garden.

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This organic garden is a living resource for the castle, growing vegetables, spices, and edible flowers.

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The castle’s garden is beautiful as well as functional. But what we thought was so neat is that the castle restaurant, Hvita Hjorten (The White Hart Restaurant), serves a menu that highlights the fresh produce picked daily from the garden.

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We wandered through the garden, sampling herbs and fresh veggies, as Simon casually harvested vegetables right before our eyes, like these yellow carrots.

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And these giant white beets.

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When we said goodbye, Simon made his way into the kitchen with the vegetables and herbs we’d harvested that afternoon that would then be prepared for us for dinner that evening.

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When they brought out our meal, featuring the vegetables and herbs we’d picked from the garden and beef from a local organic farmer, it was honestly one of the neatest experiences of my entire life. The yellow carrots were turned into a puree with only carrots and butter as a garnish on the wood plank. We scraped it clean. There were also roasted carrots topped with prosciutto, our white and red beets, leeks and herbs.  And salt and pepper. So simple and fresh.

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That night we stayed at the newly built hotel, the Victoriahuset, on the lake, just steps from the castle and garden.

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How cute was our room??

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We had a corner room overlooking the lake. This was honestly one of the most peaceful places I have ever stayed. From one window we could see the castle.

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And from the other it was nothing but lake and countryside. Love.

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The next morning we had Swedish waffles topped with berries and cream for breakfast. Seriously such a wonderful stay in the Swedish countryside!

 

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The Upper House Dining Experience in Gothenburg, Sweden. Swedish fine dining and experimental cuisine. A six-course meal with six appetizers, six entrees, and 7 desserts!!

The city of Gothenburg, Sweden is a major hotspot in Sweden for cutting-edge restaurants and chefs. On one of our first nights in the city, Stephanie and I got to experience Upper House Dining. It’s on the top floor of the Gothia Towers with an incredible panoramic view of Gothenburg. It was hands down one of the most unique dining experience of my entire life. Upper House had the most stunning food presentation I have ever seen, and the most innovative flavor combinations I have ever tried. I have never experienced anything like it before.

The menu changes every night based on seasonal ingredients from the Swedish west coast and superbly illustrates Swedish fine dining and experimental cuisine at its best. There is only a six-course set menu offered at Upper House, so if you’re an adventurous eater and you enjoy being surprised, this fine dining restaurant is definitely worth checking out. Come take a peek at our dinner one night, which included six appetizers, six entrees, and SEVEN desserts!!

The Upper House Dining Experience in Gothenburg, Sweden. Swedish fine dining and experimental cuisine. A six-course meal with six appetizers, six entrees, and 7 desserts!!

We started with six tiny bite-sized appetizers.

The Upper House Dining Experience in Gothenburg, Sweden. Swedish fine dining and experimental cuisine. A six-course meal with six appetizers, six entrees, and 7 desserts!!

LOVED the deep fried herbs!! I would’ve never thought of that!!

The Upper House Dining Experience in Gothenburg, Sweden. Swedish fine dining and experimental cuisine. A six-course meal with six appetizers, six entrees, and 7 desserts!!

These were deep fried quail eggs topped with Sweden’s prized roe.

The Upper House Dining Experience in Gothenburg, Sweden. Swedish fine dining and experimental cuisine. A six-course meal with six appetizers, six entrees, and 7 desserts!!

The appetizers came out perfectly timed. They brought each appetizer out one at a time, so we could enjoy each one, and by the time we were finishing up one, the next one would be brought to the table. The staff at Upper House paid close attention to all of our needs without hovering – everything they brought out was perfectly timed to our dining experience.

The Upper House Dining Experience in Gothenburg, Sweden. Swedish fine dining and experimental cuisine. A six-course meal with six appetizers, six entrees, and 7 desserts!!

How cute are these little cones??

The Upper House Dining Experience in Gothenburg, Sweden. Swedish fine dining and experimental cuisine. A six-course meal with six appetizers, six entrees, and 7 desserts!!

Thinly sliced soft discs of mushrooms joined together with a creamy mushroom sauce.

The Upper House Dining Experience in Gothenburg, Sweden. Swedish fine dining and experimental cuisine. A six-course meal with six appetizers, six entrees, and 7 desserts!!

Sourdough pillows filled with fresh goat cheese.

The Upper House Dining Experience in Gothenburg, Sweden. Swedish fine dining and experimental cuisine. A six-course meal with six appetizers, six entrees, and 7 desserts!!

This smoking pea pod and mint mousse was definitely the coolest thing they brought to the table!!

The Upper House Dining Experience in Gothenburg, Sweden. Swedish fine dining and experimental cuisine. A six-course meal with six appetizers, six entrees, and 7 desserts!!

The plating of everything was so incredibly inventive.

The Upper House Dining Experience in Gothenburg, Sweden. Swedish fine dining and experimental cuisine. A six-course meal with six appetizers, six entrees, and 7 desserts!!

After all our appetizers, they brought us each a washcloth that they soaked with steaming lemon water at the table to rinse our hands.

The Upper House Dining Experience in Gothenburg, Sweden. Swedish fine dining and experimental cuisine. A six-course meal with six appetizers, six entrees, and 7 desserts!!

On to the main courses! This was a mackerel topped with edible flower petals.

The Upper House Dining Experience in Gothenburg, Sweden. Swedish fine dining and experimental cuisine. A six-course meal with six appetizers, six entrees, and 7 desserts!! Photo via Stephanie

Next they cooked bread right at the table on a hot stone.

The Upper House Dining Experience in Gothenburg, Sweden. Swedish fine dining and experimental cuisine. A six-course meal with six appetizers, six entrees, and 7 desserts!!

It bubbled up right before our eyes.

The Upper House Dining Experience in Gothenburg, Sweden. Swedish fine dining and experimental cuisine. A six-course meal with six appetizers, six entrees, and 7 desserts!!

Served with homemade butter. Swoon!

The Upper House Dining Experience in Gothenburg, Sweden. Swedish fine dining and experimental cuisine. A six-course meal with six appetizers, six entrees, and 7 desserts!!

Sweden’s version of pork and beans.

The Upper House Dining Experience in Gothenburg, Sweden. Swedish fine dining and experimental cuisine. A six-course meal with six appetizers, six entrees, and 7 desserts!!

Delicious carrots and crab!

The Upper House Dining Experience in Gothenburg, Sweden. Swedish fine dining and experimental cuisine. A six-course meal with six appetizers, six entrees, and 7 desserts!!

Crawfish and broccoli.

The Upper House Dining Experience in Gothenburg, Sweden. Swedish fine dining and experimental cuisine. A six-course meal with six appetizers, six entrees, and 7 desserts!!

Beef with beets and berries.

The Upper House Dining Experience in Gothenburg, Sweden. Swedish fine dining and experimental cuisine. A six-course meal with six appetizers, six entrees, and 7 desserts!!

And then it was time for dessert! Raspberries and vanilla cream.

The Upper House Dining Experience in Gothenburg, Sweden. Swedish fine dining and experimental cuisine. A six-course meal with six appetizers, six entrees, and 7 desserts!!

Blackberries and chocolate.

The Upper House Dining Experience in Gothenburg, Sweden. Swedish fine dining and experimental cuisine. A six-course meal with six appetizers, six entrees, and 7 desserts!!

And then little mini desserts came out. The food just kept on coming!! :) Loved the macaron in a dish!

The Upper House Dining Experience in Gothenburg, Sweden. Swedish fine dining and experimental cuisine. A six-course meal with six appetizers, six entrees, and 7 desserts!!

These meringues were filled with raspberry cream.

The Upper House Dining Experience in Gothenburg, Sweden. Swedish fine dining and experimental cuisine. A six-course meal with six appetizers, six entrees, and 7 desserts!!

This simple strawberry muffin was one of my favorites of the night!

The Upper House Dining Experience in Gothenburg, Sweden. Swedish fine dining and experimental cuisine. A six-course meal with six appetizers, six entrees, and 7 desserts!!

And finally, ice cream popsicles served in a bouquet of flowers.

Truly an unforgettable dining experience!!

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