Posts tagged brunch

Panevino Italian restaurant

Don’t throw pizzas in a glasshouse

On the corner of Brännkyrkegatan and Ringvägen, there’s a little cute greenhouse hidden behind the entrance to Zinkensdamm’s subway station. It belongs to Panevino, an Italian restaurant that provides a much needed Mediterranean touch to the neighborhood.

There’s an Italian saying that goes: ”Chi mangiasulos’affoga, which translates to ”He who eats alone suffocates”. Great food is meant to be shared, so bring someone you really care about to Panevino. This area of Södermalm is usually not known for its great cuisine. It’s more the destination for people going to see Hammarby play bandy at Zinkensdamm arena or (read and) drink cheap beer at one of the many pubs in the neighborhood.

The concept of Panevino is not unique. It is as Italian as you expect an Italian restaurant to be, with creamy plates of pasta, wood-fired pizzas, and a risotto the size of a steering wheel. The thing that makes it special is the atmosphere, especially in the summer. Maybe we’ve just been lucky, but they’ve managed to get us a table even though the place’s been crowded every time. Choose between the nice bistro, the outdoor area or in the piazza—the greenhouse decorated with wooden floors and wines, palm trees and other plants. It’s open all year round and can be booked for larger parties.

Since we’re going to Sicily this summer, we couldn’t be happier to have this little piece of Italy around the corner so that we could practice our pasta-eating skills. And practice makes perfect.

A meter of pizza!

If you’re a group, or just really really hungry, you can order a meter of pizza! From personal experience, you should be three to four people, not two (just trust us on this). And ask for the creamy parmesan starter! It’s like an ice cream cone filled with nice Italian cream cheese. It’s soo good!

 

“Mangiare per vivere e non vivere per mangiare”Eat to live and not live to eat


Brännkyrkagatan 93, Stockholm
Website
Mon to Fri 11:00–14:00 & 17:00–01:00
Weekends 12:00–01:00
Sundays 12:00–17:00


Svenska: Vi älskar italiensk mat, och därför kan vi inte undgå att älska Panevino. Ta med dig din tjej, kille, man, fru, dina föräldrar, kusiner, morbror, farmor, dina närmare vänner och de du knappt känner och ta er till Zinkensdamm och ät, drick och skratta.

Scandwich

A tall sandwich is a good sandwich

Scandwich has been serving Malmö with delicious sandwiches for quite some time, but now they have finally opened up in Midsommarkransen, a cozy neighborhood in southern Stockholm. We love sandwiches, so this was right up our alley.

If you’ve followed us for a while, you may have noticed that we tend to do most of our exploring within a safe distance of our home. Yes, we live in Södermalm, and yes, we hold it very close to our hearts. But the main reason we started this blog and Instagram thing was to explore our new hometown and discover neighborhoods other than our own, so when we heard that a friend of ours was going to expand the family business to Midsommarkransen we got pretty excited about the good news.

Never again eat a sandwich, or only eat sandwiches for the rest of your life?

I (Fabian) love sandwiches, or “mackor” as they are called in Swedish. I love them because they are awesome. I have even come up with a question I quite often harass friends and new colleagues with. It goes: Would you rather never eat a sandwich again only eat sandwiches for the rest of your life?
The answer is—of course—only sandwiches for the rest of your life. A no-brainer. Just think about it—you can put whatever you want on a sandwich. And what is a sandwich, really?

Well, enough about my existential take on sandwiches. If you’re in “Kransen” looking for a bite to eat or a beer to drink, either by yourself or with friends and family, Scandwich is simply the perfect choice. Here you find great sandwiches with more toppings than what’s considered reasonable, stacked taller than a game of Jenga.

Pork-U-Pine
Scandwich is run by three brothers from Malmö, who all shared the passion for good sandwiches and good food in general. Everything is made from scratch and with love. There are always at least three main options on the menu, currently in the form of the Pork-U-Pine, (filled a lot of pork, duh), the vegetarian Call me Kål—and last but not least—the vegan and delicious Dj Tim Jan. The menu changes every now and then, depending on the season or how inspired the chef is. Get some snacks as a starter, or if you only want something to nibble on along with your beer. How about sweet bread pudding or the dish fittingly called ”the Carrot Massacre”? Don’t miss the double-dipped (how George Costanza of them) fries with the vegan bearnaise dip.

Scandquiz on Tuesdays

Every other Tuesday at 19.00 you can drop in and take part in their quiz with a focus on pop-culture. The questions are promised to be witty and not too hard.

DJ Tim Jan

“A sandwich from Scandwich is not a sandwich from Scandwich if it is not filled to the brim, ready to implode under its own weight.”Scandwich

Call Me Kål


Vattenledningsvägen 44, Hägersten

Tues to Fri 11:00–22:00
Saturdays 12:00–23:00
Sundays 12:00–17:00


Svenska: Om du gillar matiga mackor ska du ta dig till Midsommarkransen och Scandwich. Haffa en macka, lite snacks och en öl; ta med en kompis, familjen eller kom ensam – det blir bra oavsett.

Top 5 cafés for vegans in Stockholm

Stockholm is a plant-based fika heaven

Hi, Amanda here.

Today, we’re starting something new on the blog. From now on, we’re going to put together posts containing our favorites within a certain theme every now and then. And what better way to start it off than with vegan cafés in Stockholm?  Since I am a vegetarian that doesn’t drink coffee,  my list of go-to cafés is slightly different than Fabian’s. I like nutritious, healthy and vegan food, and after a few years in Stockholm, I have found the places for me. So if you’re visiting Stockholm, here are my top five vegan cafés:

Greasy Spoon

Södermalm & Vasastan
This is more of the place for brunch after a night out, but you can still drop by for a fika. The brunch is fantastic and has a variety of vegan options on the menu. I would certainly recommend the buckwheat pancakes or the avocado toast. They don’t take reservations, so expect to wait for 30–60 mins for a table. Their Södermalm location is a lot cozier and authentic, but the one in Vasastan is bigger better suited for those who want to show off on the gram.

Vegan pancakes at Greasy Spoon

Mahalo Hälsocafét

Södermalm & Vasastan
A 100% vegan café with everything from wraps, pancakes and raw food desserts. My absolute favorite is the acai bowl loco or the pancakes. And the raw food desserts… and the sweet potato fries… the list can actually be quite long.  This is perfect for both breakfast and lunch but beware of the long line of people trying to get through the door. Read our post about it here.

Gast

Vasastan
A really cozy and vegan-friendly cafe with amazing porridge and almond butter! Beautiful interiors and a nice selection of books and magazines to read while enjoying a nice breakfast. You want something to drink? Try the turmeric latte. Read our post about it here.

Porridge at Gast

Pom & Flora

Södermalm & Vasastan
Not everything is a 100% vegan at the hip and always crowded Pom & Flora, but they still offer plenty of vegan and vegetarian options on their menu. Just remember that their Södermalm location is not open during the weekends.

Sthlm Raw

Hornstull in Södermalm
This vegan raw food café in hipstery  Hornstull offers a wide variety of tasty, nutritious cakes and desserts. You could also indulge in some cold-pressed juices, smoothies, chia pudding and other vegan snacks.

Bonus tip: oat milk!

It is also worth mentioning that Johan & Nyström has some of the best matcha lattes in town. So if you’re in the mood for a hot beverage I would definitely recommend this place. And if you haven’t tried oat milk (instead of soy or almond milk) give it a try! You can get it at most places and it makes the even the vegan lattes extra creamy. Yum!


Svenska: Här kommer Amandas fem favoritcaféer i Stockholm. Det de har gemensamt är att alla har veganska alternativ och maten eller fikan smakar otroligt bra! Det spelar ingen roll om du är vegetarian/vegan eller äter allt – dessa caféer har något för alla!

Steam Hotel

Industrial romance in Västerås

What happens when you take an old 18 floors tall steam power plant in Västerås, throw in some really nice interior and a bunch of fireplaces? You get a really nice hotel, that’s what happens.

Just like most people, we too get caught up in the daily life, but we’re working hard to maintain a healthy work and life balance. If you’ve read the post about our visit to Oaxen you already know about our monthly date nights, and this time it was Fabian’s turn to make the plans. However, he took it one step further and turned it into a date weekend. Since we got engaged on New Year’s Eve, this was like a mini honeymoon. After packing an overnight bag, we jumped on the train heading to Västerås and the Steam Hotel.

The hotel is right by the water of lake Mälaren in an old steam power plant, so if you’re into industrial design, this is definitely the place for you. This building that once was one of the largest energy producers is now a wonderful design hotel with exposed brick walls and untouched boilers and pipes everywhere, accompanied with luxurious items such as big chandeliers. They did certainly not hold back when it came to paying attention to details.

The restaurant on the top floor offered a spectacular view of Västerås and the lake. This was the opening week of their new concept, which gives them a get out of jail free card for not having had the time to perfect their routines, but the food was still great. Interesting ingredients and flavors, all done with an Asian twist. Before we went home we had lunch on the ground floor, and it was by far one of the best vegetarian meals we’ve had in a long time.

The only thing that was a bit disappointing was the breakfast buffé. Eating a hotel breakfast is supposed to be one of the highlights of the stay, so it’s too bad that they fell on the finish line with this one. It should be an easy thing to fix, so we can only hope they have improved it until next time because we’re definitely coming back.

Head to the spa

The spa was nice and modern—almost too modern. If you’re looking for a nice relaxing time, we strongly recommend you to avoid the busy hours. During our visit, the outdoor pool was unfortunately closed due to falling icicles. This meant the indoor pool was just a bit too crowded and didn’t really give you the calming tranquility that comes with a spa. They do however have a quiet area, where you lay on big cozy beds in front of a big fireplace. It can’t really get much better than that.


Steam Hotel – Ångkraftsvägen 14, Västerås

Booking


Svenska: Om du vill åka på en liten getaway över helgen kan vi verkligen rekommendera Steam Hotel i Västerås.Grym industriell design och ett härligt spa. Mysigare ställe får du leta efter!

A weekend in Lisbon pt. 2

Lisbon, we meet again!

It’s time for the second chapter of our Lisbon guide. This time we’ll cover a food market, the search for the best burger in Lisbon, a quiet café, and an old factory turned into a creative hub.

Hello, Kristof
The owner of Hello, Kristof was working in the magazine industry when he fell in love with coffee and decided then to combine his two interests. If you have some time to kill you should definitely head to Rua do Poço dos Negro 103, order yourself a coffee and an avocado toast, sit down and flick through one of the many lifestyle and fashion magazines that cover the wall.

Rua do Poço dos Negros 103, Lisbon

Photo: hellokristoflisbon.tumblr.com


Ground burger

The word on the little street called the internet is that this is the place to get the best burger in Lisbon. Without having tried any other burger joints, the word seems true. The buns are house-made, very fresh, and perfectly toasted. The milkshakes didn’t really live up to the same standards, but their slogan “Oldschool American Burgers and Craft Beers” definitely wasn’t a joke. Worth a visit? Absolutely.

Av. António Augusto de Aguiar 148, Lisbon

LX Factory
This is by far one of the coolest hangout spots in Lisbon. Some creative folks have turned an old strip of factory buildings into trendy restaurants, cafés, and shops. The area is filled with workspace for freelancers, design agencies and photography studios, so no wonder this place is just filled with creativity. Visit LX Factory on any Sunday and you’ll run into the outdoor flea market.

R. Rodrigues de Faria 103, Lisbon

Time Out Market Lisbon
Time Out Market is basically a huge food market that offers a huge variety of cuisines. Let’s assume you like to eat good food, but often have a hard time to decide on what to eat. Then don’t go to Time Out Market. With 24 restaurants, 8 bars, a dozen shops and a high-end music venue, you’ll just want to have a bit of everything. But maybe that’s not saying that’s a bad thing after all?
FYI, it’s often crowded, especially during lunch and weekends.

Av. 24 de Julho 49, Lisbon

Oaxen Slip

An archipelago restaurant in Stockholm

In a fantastic complex right on the waterfront of Djurgården, with huge windows and boats hanging from the ceiling, you’ll find an amazing restaurant called Oaxen Slip. Trust us when we say that you won’t leave disappointed. Or hungry.

Like any other couple, we get caught up in the daily life. We get home from work all exhausted just to make dinner, go to bed and wake up just to do it all over the next day. It’s hard to notice the small things. So we started going on date nights. Once a month, one of us plans an activity, big or small. This month, it was Amanda’s turn.

Without telling me (Fabian) where we were going, we went for a walk down to Gamla Stan and jumped on a ferry towards Djurgården and Gröna Lund. A few minutes later, we were sitting by the large windows at Bistro Oaxen Slip. Rowing boats are hanging from the ceiling and the walls are filled with other marine detail to provide the venue with a rural archipelago style that feels genuine yet luxurious.

Oaxen Krog opened in 1994 in Stockholm’s southern archipelago but moved to the city and Djurgården in 2013. With two Michelin stars, it attracts connoisseurs from all over the world. We’re not that fancy, so their sister restaurant Oaxen Slip will do just fine. They serve their own interpretation of Swedish bistro food, with hearty and uncomplicated dishes to be shared with the people at your table. The food is cooked with care and is absolutely delicious. The service is unpretentious, and you’ll dine in a nice setting at a fair price. We fell in love with this place—and each other even more. Nawww!

Book a table!

If you’re a foodie and want to experience this, which we really think you should do, you should book a table. There is also a few seats at the bar for drop-ins.


Beckholmsbron 26, Stockholm
Website and booking

Lunch
Tue–Fri 12:00—16:00

Brunch
Sat—Sun 12:00—17:00

Dinner
Tue—Sun 17:00—23:00


Svenska: Varje månad går vi på date night, och den här gången var det Amandas tur att välja. Vi hamnade på Oaxen Slip på Djurgården. Grym mat i en härlig lokal!

Gast café

Great brunch at the beautiful and peaceful Gast café in Stockholm

The rumor about a new café spread fast on the streets of inner Stockholm. We knew we had to find out what the fuzz was all about, so one Sunday morning we went for a walk towards Vasastan to check it out. And we’re glad we did.

Gast is the sister café to the popular establishments Kaffeverket, Snickarbacken 7 and Kvarteret, so we had a hunch that we were in for a good time for our Sunday brunch. The first thing we noticed when we walked through the door was the beautiful interior. A warm color scheme with soft pink walls and natural wooden elements together with green plants all lit up by the natural light from the large windows. With candles on every table and books about design, food and culture spread out all over the room, it was clear that this was a place where they encourage you to take your time and relax.

We were starving after walking all the way from Södermalm (not really that far, but still), so the next thing that caught our attention was obviously the menu. Even though the breakfast section only had about seven main options, it felt impossible to choose. Everything was right up our alley (kudos for their vegan dishes!), so we took the easy way out and got one of each. This turned out to be a really, really good idea since everything was yummy af! We’re definitely going back to try the lunch menu as well. From what we’ve heard, it’s supposed to be just as good as their breakfast. Maybe even better.

Get the porridge. Trust us.

Amanda had the oat and spelt porridge served with homemade fruit compote, tasty toppings and a very generous amount of almond butter, and it just blew her away. Order it, you won’t be disappointed.


Rådmansgatan 57, Stockholm
Mon to Fri 07:30–18:00
Saturday 09:00–17:00
Saturday 10:00–17:00


Svenska: Gast är ett systerkafé till Kaffeverket, Snickarbacken 7 och Kvarteret. Ett riktigt mysigt kafé som är perfekt för frukost, brunch och lunch. Passar även för dig som är vegan!