Julbock Survives!!

The famous Gävle goat from Gävle, Sweden has survived to Christmas eve.  The tradition in Sweden has been to erect a Christmas goat and the corresponding tradition for the youth of Gävle has been to light it on fire before Christmas eve (when Swedes celebrate...

Pläj Restaurant in SF

Going for our seventh trip to Pläj Restaurant (pronounced Play). British Psychoanalyst Donald Winnicott considered play to be one of the hallmark human accomplishments.  For Winnicott, play involves taking some real item but conceptualizing it in a new way –...

Lutfisk Event at Nordic House – 9-20-14

Bring your most traditional or most original Lutfisk and the recipe. Compete for Most Traditional, Most Original or Best Tasting (or at least the least bad tasting). Valuable certificates awarded (along with breath mints and antacids).  Bring enough to share with...
Girls, avoid surströmming!

Girls, avoid surströmming!

Young women and girls should stay away from herring, the Swedish National Food Agency has warned, as both the fermented and fresh varieties can harm fetuses and infants. Fermented herring, known to the Swedes as surströmming, is a Swedish specialty. It’s loved...

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)...

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,...

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...

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...

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...