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Exploring Stockholm, Sweden: a Photo Essay

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The view from Södermalm

I recently returned from an Arctic Adventure to Swedish and Finnish Lapland with Photo Enrichment Adventures. My first stop was Stockholm, Sweden, where I spent a few days getting over jet lag and exploring the “Capital of Scandinavia.”

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Love locks- they’re not just for Paris

Some of my favorite things about Stockholm were exploring the Nobel Museum in Gamla Stan, Stockholm’s old town. I enjoyed the charming cafes and interesting old streets in the area.
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Swedish still life in Södermalm

Södermalm was my favorite area of Stockholm, with it’s trendy restaurants, cafes and creative vibe.

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Taking a boat tour is a classic way to see Stockholm

If you’re into boats, don’t miss the Vasa Museum, one of the best experiences you’ll ever have with a sunken ship. I did not get to visit the Abba Museum, but I’m big on saving something for the next trip.

Swedish Zen at the Miss Clara Hotel

I stayed at the Miss Clara Hotel the first few nights. Located in a gorgeous 1910 Art Nouveau building that used to house a girls school, the vibe was modern and quiet, and had a lovely sauna in the basement.

Window shopping in Gamla Stan (old town)

Stockholm is chilly in the spring, with it’s waterfront location bringing winds off the Baltic sea.

A cute Stockholm native

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a Swedish Frenchie in old town

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Salmon, salmon and more salmon

I got to try a traditional Swedish smörgåsbord with all the trimmings at the Grand Hotel. Lingonberry jam, smoked fish, and the house 1874 Grand Aquavit to wash it down.

Skål! I’m a fan of the Aquavit

Flavored with caraway, anise and fennel, the aquavit reminded me of the Brennivín I tasted in Iceland.

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Stockholm at night

I did some night shooting in Stockholm in preparation for heading to Lapland and chasing the Aurora Borealis. I was colder during the night shoot in Stockholm than anytime during the lapland part of my trip, due to winds. But I do like I the images I got of the city at night.

I couldn’t resist taking a selfie in gorgeous Stockholm window light

The light in Stockholm was beautiful at times and flat at others. But the window light was so delicious I couldn’t resist taking a selfie on my iPhone 6s.

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Because Eataly: a Photo Essay of a Foodie Heaven in Milan

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 Looking down at the produce at Eataly Milan Smeraldo

I recently spent a few days in Milan, Italy. One of the highlights of my trip to the Italian fashion capital was stumbling upon a huge and gleaming Eataly.

Artichokes at Eataly Milan 

The gourmet grocery store and community concept was created by Italian entrepreneur Oscar Farinetti and is backed by some of my foodie heroes–  Mario Batali, Joe Bastianich and Lidia Matticchio Bastianich.

Scenes from the produce aisle at Eataly

Part of Eataly’s manifesto is “providing the best possible products at a reasonable price point.” While I did not comparison shop for produce while in Italy, I can say that produce at Eataly is crazy beautiful.

 Smile in the produce aisle

I am a big fan of Eataly NY  and Eataly Milan Smeraldo’s huge 3 story space was even more impressive than the NYC Eataly.

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 Salumi, spec, and other assorted meats

I’m not sure what Los Angeles and Seattle are both still devoid of an Eataly…

 Up in the salumi case at Eataly

In addition to the gorgeous food, Eataly offers classes so you can learn more about food you love, too (assuming you speak Italian).

 The insalata aisle at Eataly

There is fresh pasta section, gorgeous steak cases, a fabulous wine edit and loads of beautiful meat and salumi.

 The salumi guy

Batali’s rock and roll taste is not far from my own, and the music section of Eataly has a nice edit of cds and books.

 Left: The music edit at Eataly reflects Batali’s Seattle roots

Batali’s Seattle roots are evident in the books section, with titles about local musicians Duff McKagen of Guns N’ Roses and Kurt Cobain.

A stylish shopper at Eataly

There is even a performance space and schedule of live music which shows how serious Eataly is about their community. If you’re in the area and haven’t had the Eataly experience, it’s well worth popping in for a browse or a meal right on premises.

 Eataly Milan Smaraldo Exterior

Eataly Milano Smeraldo
LUN – DOM: dalle 10.00 alle 24.00
Piazza XXV Aprile, 10 – 20121 Milano
eatalysmeraldo@eataly.it
+39 02 49497301

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Where Foodies Shop in Paris: Laurent Dubois for Cheese

Pass the Dutchie: Gouda from Holland

One of the upsides of traveling with hard core foodies is learning about restaurants and shops a little too advanced for a basic foodie like myself to know about. They helped me learn enough of the insider lingo to comfortably navigate an artisinal cheese shop like Laurent Dubois by myself without being intimidated.

The Cheese Concierges at Laurent Dubois wear black

One of the simple tricks of the trade is too look for names and designations on stores to determine if the they are highly recognized artisans in their field. Take for example, Laurent Dubois, whose name is highly visible on the awning of his Fromagerie (aka cheese shop) on Boulevard Saint-Germain.

The cheese cases are arranged from mild to strong

Laurent Dubois has been designated a Meilleur Ouvrier de France (MOF), the highest honor for a cheesemonger and affineur (cheese ager) in France. I like to think of him simply as “Cheese Illuminati.”

One of the cases displays the selection of dessert inspired cheeses that won Laurent Dubois his MOF designation

It is considered rude to simple “browse” in a store like this. Those in the know beeline for a black clad staff member who is essentially, a “cheese concierge.” The cheese concierges speak enough “cheese English” to be able to help most shoppers who don’t speak French.

Most cheeses are sold by the piece or weight. If sold by the piece you most likely won’t be able to sample them

You tell the cheese concierge what you are looking for and when you plan to serve it. That will determine which cheeses they will suggest for you. They also have a nifty vacuum pack if you intend to travel with your cheese, just be sure to mention that first as certain cheeses don’t travel well.

Cheese glorious cheese

The cases at Laurent Dubois are magnificent to behold. They are arranged from mild to strong (goat, sheep, cow). There is also a case for yogurt and butter, also made by highly acclaimed artisans.

Beautifully arranged cases at Laurent Dubois

The standout cheese for me was the 2011 Comte, a French cow cheese made in the Jure region of France, which was in the back case. The comte’s flavor varied based upon if the cow was fed hay or grass.

Just looking at the cheese cases at Laurent Dubois is a treat

Look and smell but please don’t touch– especially without the help of a cheese concierge

Look for a name and the Mellieur Ouvrier de France (MOF) designation for the best artisans in their trade

If you’re in the area, don’t miss it. The whole experience is fantastic and the cheese outstanding.

Fromagerie Laurent Dubois
47 Ter Boulevard Saint-Germain, 75005 Paris
Tel : 01 43 54 50 93
Open from 8h00am to 20h00pm (from Tuesday to Saturday) – 8h30am to 1h00pm (Sunday)
Métro: Maubert-Mutualité ligne 10

There are also have two other locations in Paris

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Where to Eat in Rome: Il Giardino dell’Eden

Light, crispy and delicious Frutti di Mare at Il Giardino dell’Eden

On my last visit to Rome, I stayed at the Hotel Eden, which is one of my all time favorite properties in Italy’s Eternal City. I arrived prior to check in time and my room was not yet ready, so I headed up the the Eden’s rooftop bar and restaurant, Il Giardino dell’Eden for lunch.

The gorgeous view from the Giardino dell’Eden

I ordered the calamari, which I thought was steeply priced at €30. After tasting it, I decided it was worth every euro cent. The portion was large enough to share, and the calamari was so lightly crispy and delicious, especially when squeezed with fresh lemon. It was a hot summer day in Rome, so I also ordered an Aperol Spritz, my favorite Italian cocktail.

Aperol Spritz at Giardino dell’Eden

I can also recommend he zucchini blossoms stuffed with ricotta and taleggio cheese (€20). Both the spaghetti cacio e pepe (€18) and the mezzi rigatoni all’amatriciana (€20) are excellent if you’re in the mood for one of the famous pastas Rome is known for.

The menu at Il Giardino dell’Eden

Il Giardino is not cheap, but the spectacular view, great service, and delicious food make it well worth the price of admission.

NOTE: I’ve written about this restaurant before because I consider it one of the Great Rooftop Bars of Rome.

Il Giardino dell’Eden

Hotel Eden Rome
Via Ludovisi 49, Rome 00187, Italy
Telephone: +39 0647812761
Lunch 12:00 pm- 3:00 pm
Dinner  7:30 pm -11:00 pm

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Where to Eat in Florence, Italy: Trattoria 13 Gobbi

Spaghetti pomodoro at Trattoria 13 Gobbi

It’s not hard to eat well when visiting Italy, but sometimes it’s not easy finding a trattoria that appeals to both locals and tourists alike. After taking a private tour of the Accademia Gallery in Florence, my husband I wanted to have lunch someplace less overrun with tourists. Elisabetta, our incredible tour guide, suggested checking out Trattoria 13 Gobbi, which she said had a good mix of locals and tourists and excellent food.

Relaxed yet comfortable atmosphere at Trattoria 13 Gobbi

Located in an alley a little off the beaten path, Trattoria 13 Gobbi had upscale casual atmosphere and fair prices. It’s cozy and charming, and the service was quite good, with Aperol Spritzes showing up just moments after we ordered them. The restaurant wasn’t packed solid, but there were tables of Italians, and a small Japanese couple who ate an entire Florentine steak while barely coming up for air.

Zuppe at Trattoria 13 Gobbi

The pasta fagioli soup was delicious and hearty and one of the the Tuscan regional dishes typical of the restaurant’s menu. The pasta was also excellent, simple and clean. Despite being full, I lusted over my neighbor’s insalata caprese, since both the mozzarella and tomatoes looked perfectly ripe and divine.

Left: Tuscan white beans were a great side dish Right: The spinach side

We shared sides of Tuscan white beans (yum) and spinach while drinking Tuscan wine by the glass. The meal’s sole let down was the veal milanese, which came over salted. When we pointed this out to the server he apologized and explained the “perhaps the chef is in love.” It was charming (and we were already full). Our server removed the item from the bill.

Locals at Trattoria 13 Gobbi

We left lunch completely satisfied and I was disappointed I did not get a chance to return to 13 Gobbi for dinner. I liked the combination of relaxed atmosphere and delicious food, and found the international crowd appealing. I’ll definitely be returning on my next trip to Florence.

Shrine to Tinganello, one of my favorite wineries in the Chianti region

Trattoria 13 Gobbi

Address: Via del Porcellana, 9R, Firenze, Italy

Phone:+39 055 284015

Email: trattoria13gobbi@casatrattoria.com

Price range: €21-40

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