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  • Welcome to Sweden – Great New TV Show!

    Just watched the first episode of Welcome to Sweden! It promises to be a very fun and engaging look at cross-cultural issues for immigrants (learning new customs, being a ‘foreigner’, loss of the familiar, idealizing the new country, hope and (likely) disappointment). First episode even included a Kräftskiva (See below and see our post of […]

  • Crayfest 2014 – Date Change! Now Aug. 23, 2014

    Crayfest is an urban version of the Swedish kräftskiva (crayfish party). Ours is an urban version, at Nordic House in Berkeley, Ca. We will have Crayfest on Saturday August 23rd (12 noon to 4 pm). Like last year, we will have crayfish, jansson’s temptation, other treats and live music and dancing! Change any summer plans […]

  • Nordic Heritage and Crafts Fair – 1 – 4 pm Saturday, May 2, 2014 in SF!

    Anna Kolbjørnsdatter Lodge #36, Daughters of Norway, San Francisco is holding a Nordic Heritage and Crafts Fair. Here are the details: Celebrate Nordic cultural traditions with music, food, and artisans at work. Scandinavian handcrafts including rosemaling, wheat weaving, knitting, felting, hardangersøm, Viking jewelry, etc. Free admission. Sponsored by the Daughters of Norway Bay Area Lodges. […]

  • Aquavit Sorbet

    Clearly the best of both worlds! The Water of Life becomes a tasty palate cleanser and dessert treat! This recipe comes from Andreas Viestad (the Scandinavian God of Cooking). 1 cup superfine sugar 2 tablespoons finely grated lemon zest 2 1/2 cups water 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice 2/3 cup Aquavit In a small saucepan, […]

  • Drone Magic – International Bagpipe Festival in San Francisco (yes, including Sweden!)

    Drone Magic is a unique festival with bagpipe music from around the world. Pipers gather for the ninth time to perform the music and traditions of their heritage. From dark laments to fiery dance music, listen to the piping traditions of Spain, Bulgaria, Scotland, Greece, Hungary, Croatia, Italy, Ireland, Sweden, Serbia and more. Bulgarian food […]

  • Nordic House – perhaps the best place on Earth

    I would really like to give a ‘shout out’ to Nordic House in Berkeley. They have the best supply of all things Scandinavian: delicious food, a tremendous deli section, gifts, cookbooks, clogs and truly the best herring you will ever try. Everyone is friendly and helpful. Nordic house has hosted Swedish cooking classes, Crayfest parties […]

  • Renowned Professor Jonas Wellendorf To Present on Viking Old Norse Philology and Runes!

    Svea Lodge # 348 Special Event From the University of California Scandinavian Studies Department Renowned Professor Jonas Wellendorf Viking Old Norse Philology and Runes Lecture Friday, March 21, 2014 What: The Language of the Vikings–Old Norse Philology and Runes Lecture and Presentation When: 7:00 PM, Friday, March 21, 2014 Where: San Jose Odd Fellows Hall […]

  • Väsen comes to Berkeley in March 2014!!

    Väsen World famous Swedish super-group Väsen comes to the Freight and Salvage in Berkeley Sunday March 9, 2014 The Swedish word Väsen has three meanings—essence, spirit, and hullabaloo—making it the perfect moniker for a band that is part Nordic tradition and part whirling dervish. Rooted in the musical traditions of Uppland, Sweden, Väsen transforms venerable […]

  • A new well of the water of life discovered at Svea Lodge in San Jose

    The love of aquavit is spreading like a wildfire. Last night Svea Lodge in San Jose held a cultural meeting including a bit of historical background, an infusion demonstration and, of course, a tasting of home infused aquavits, mass produced aquavits and the new Geijer Glögg. The water of life has sprung up in San […]

  • NPR praises husmanskost! Oh Ja!

    We already knew nothing beats fried Kroppkakor, now the rest of the world will learn of the dumpling’s special deliciousness.

  • Marin/Marin Additional Dates!!

    I saw Marin/Marin last night at the Swedish American Hall in SF. They were amazing. Here are additional dates for Northern California performances! Marin/Marin Tour November 2013 Marin/Marin, Swedish fiddle duo will tour California November 13 – 21, 2013. They will be here supporting their 3rd new, highly acclaimed cd, Skuggspel. Marin/Marin is one of […]

  • Lutfisk Pizza (Yep!)

    Here is the recipe for award-winning lutefisk pizza. This dish is made with ready to use ingredients. No more soaking your lutefisk in a stream for 7 to 10 days (no waiting, more time to enjoy your lutefisk!). Ingredients: Trader Joe’s raw pizza dough ready to cook lutefisk small red new potatoes bechamel sauce fresh […]

  • Great Exhibit at Legion of Honor Museum – Anders Zorn: Sweden’s Master Painter

    November 9, 2013 – February 2, 2014 One of the most famous living artists at the turn of the 20th century, Anders Zorn (1860–1920) dazzled the art world with his bravura paintings, watercolors, and etchings. His early travels took him to Spain and Algeria where the intense color and light inspired the virtuoso watercolorist to […]

  • Geijer Glögg (say it 5 times fast!)

    Met yesterday with Martin Geijer, founder and glögg advocate of Geijer Glögg. This is a delicious and very high quality product. It tastes just like the glögg you remember, but has a clean, crisp quality. It reportedly mixes really well to create other cocktails. I tried it straight. Delicious! This glögg is made locally of […]

  • Potatiskorv making at Nordic House

    Fylgia Lodge in San Francisco is holding this year’s final cooking class Saturday October 19,2013 at Nordic House in Berkeley. We are making potatiskorv, which is a mild and delicious pork and potato sausage. Despite the common wisdom of not wanting to know what is in a sausage, we only use top quality ingredients. You […]