White chocolate vs Black chocolate. Medronho wins

White chocolate vs Black chocolate. Medronho wins

  Walks with friends prompt shorter and smaller sketches, like the one from Västra Hamnen in Malmö, overlooking the sun setting behind Copenhagen's coastline. A few days later, a portuguese dinner party in south Malmö was the setting for the next few sketches. Worthy of record were: a set of chocolate chess, which was devoured after three games; a medronho tasting session, with three different kinds of the moonshine from Algarve and a side of chocolate mousse; a few death metal band recommendations; and a recipe for punhetas de bacalhau (cod-fish jerk offs) (I'm serious!)…Read more
Simpan

Simpan

Simpan is a café in Möllan in Malmö operated mainly by latin americans. It's one of the cool places to hang out in this hip part of town, where most residents are immigrants. They have delicious and creative sandwiches and warm coffee. All the furniture and most of the dishes, mugs and glasses are uneven, as are most of the patrons - hipsters, feminists and generic leftists are the most common species to be found. But occasional latin americans, rockers and goths can be sighted. In this constantly packed spot, you can order in both swedish…Read more
Anna Tizianna

Anna Tizianna

  Anna is almost turning eight. She suddenly and unexpectedly becomes rich, and she knows exactly what to do with the money. This is the premise for Emma Fäldt's new children's book - Anna Tizianna - with illustrations from Josephine Nicander. The book launch was in a quaint little greenhouse in Lund's Stadsparken. There were autographs from the author and a short reading from the author's mother. I got one! If I manage to finish it, I'll be proud of my swedish-speaking abilities.Read more
A japanese tea house, a jazzy pawn shop and other relevant matters

A japanese tea house, a jazzy pawn shop and other relevant matters

While travelling in and around Stockholm, the kronor spent in a several-days ticket for the insanely efficient mass transport system is a wise investment. You can get pretty much anywhere by train, bus, subway or tram if your feet are getting to you, not worrying about fares. And everything comes obsessively on time - can't speak for the wintertime though. There are around 80 museums to visit in the Swedish capital city. Fotografiska, now featuring a huge exhibition by Brazilian photographer Sebastião Salgado, is highly recommendable. Vasa Museet is a must. But my…Read more
The Venice of Scandinavia

The Venice of Scandinavia

Every city that has waterfronts should treasure them like Stockholm does. It was one of my favourite things to sit by the waterfront, watching the boats pass by while drinking coffee. Water bodies like these are indeed gigantic unwalkable public squares. Inside a city, your eyes rarely focus beyond a certain close distance, except in large squares, canals or the sea. In such places you feel less compressed, less constrained, and you have the opportunity to appreciate the city at a distance, grasping the general picture or browsing for details you don't notice while…Read more
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