I have been so fortunate the past few years to be able to travel, both through my job and on my own, and enjoy some delicious cuisine from all over the globe. A couple of months ago, I got to travel to Gothenburg, Sweden with my favorite travel partner.
I attended a fantastic conference that delved into and dissected how Gothenburg (and Sweden as a whole) has risen in the ranks to become a fantastic culinary destination.
Because this was a food-centric convention, the events outside of the conference were all based around food experiences. Research has shown that culianry travelers (people who select their destinations specifically for restaurants and other culianry activities (such as food festivals, winery tours, brewery tours cooking classes)). So in keeping with that, the conference organizers wanted to make sure that attendees created food memories of their own. And they succeeded.
Tom and I took a food and history tour to Gunnebo Castle (more of a large house than a castle). We were able to bake knacker bread in a stone oven and enjoy a breakfast of meats, vegetables and the bread we had baked. We toured the house and gardens, enjoyed a delicious lunch buffet, and wrapped up our day with a beer and schnapps tasting courtesy of Qvanum. It was a spectacular way to enjoy seasonal and local food and spirits in Gothenburg. If I ever make it back to Sweden, I'd definitely do this tour again.
Another event was a Swedish seafood feast at a popular night club right on the water, Kajskjul 8. Our group had the entire place to ourselves, and it was a fantastic evening. It just happened to be the first day of lobster season. So they brought out platters of lobster, crabs, shrimp and freshwater and salt water crawfish. It was served with several sauces, fresh bread and butte, and of course, wine and beer. Frequent Tiffany Tastes readers will know that I'm not the biggest fan of seafood in general, but everything on this platter was sweet, succulent and delicious. I've never had seafood quite this fresh.
When my travel plans were finalized, I knew that I wanted to try one of Marcus Samuelsson's restaurants. I didn't make it to Red Rooster when I was in New York a few months ago, but Norda Bar & Grill just happened to be right across the street from my hotel.