Café Blå Lotus (Cafe Blue Lotus)

It’s situated at Södermalm in Stockholm. The place looks very Asian with a lot of furniture from India, buddhas etc.. It’s has a very relaxed vibe, and is normally packed in the weekends.

They have salads, sandwiches and good cakes! I really like their carrot cake! A nice touch is that they ask you to not use your computer, and everyone is speaking with their company at the cafe! Just like it should be!

Adress;

Katarina Bangata 21, Stockholm

Handing out a price!!

Skånska Gastronomipriset, I had the honour to hand out the prize to Southern Sweden’s Biggest Star 2018, Martin Morand. Martin is an amazing pastry chef. He is a member of the Swedish Pastry Team that won Coupe du Monte Europe 2018! And soon will compete World Wide!

I look tiny😂

This was an amazing night with people that love food and drink in Skåne (Southern Sweden)

And to represent Gourmet magazine here was an honour!

And a big bonus was that I could hang out with my friend Gunilla there!

All of the winners:

Martin Morand, Daniel Berlin Krog, Vollmers, Arilds Wine Yard, Skånska Spritfabriken, Thomas Drejing, Botildenborg, Vismarlövs Café & Bagarstuga and Frida Nilsson.

Gong Bao Ji Ding

Or The English name, Kung Pao Chicken. Kung Pao Chicken is one of my favourite dishes from China, and when you cook it make a lot, because it is hard to stop eating;)

It’s a Sichuan dish. The name comes from Ding Baozhen that was called Kung Pao. He used to serve this dish, and people started to call the dish after him.

Ingredients;

900 grams (2 pounds) of chicken breasts, or legs. Cut into small cubes.

2,2 dl (1 cup) of fried peanuts

4 spring onions, the white part. Cut it into small bits.

8 dried chilli peppers ( or as many as you want, it’s according to your taste.

Cooking oil

2 teaspoons Sichuan pepper

A pinch of salt

!!!If you are using Sichuan peppercorn powder, add it along with the deep-fried peanuts.

When frying the Sichuan peppercorn, use low heat and be patient. Over-fried Sichuan peppercorn brings a bitter taste!! Ok?!?

Marinating

a small pinch of salt

4 tsp. dark soy sauce (for coloring)

2 tbsp. Rice wine

4 tsp. cornstarch

The Mixed Sauce

1tablespoon dark soy sauce

2 tablespoons of light soy sauce

a small pinch of salt (around 1/2 tsp.)

5 centimetres (2 inch) of grated ginger

2 tablespoons chopped green onion

4 garlic cloves, finely chopped

4 tsp.cornstarch

2 tablespoon vinegar

4 tablespoons water

3-4 teaspoons of sugar

Cut the chicken into little square bits. Transfer the chicken to a large bowl and marine it with salt, soy sauce, cooking wine and cornstarch.  

Cut the spring onion into thin slices, and slice the ginger and garlic.

Heat up the oil in the wok until hot, add the chicken cubes. Fry until all of the chicken cubes begin to change color.

Transfer the chicken cubes to a plate for a while. Add Sichuan peppercorn and dried chili pepper, and fry until aromatic. Add the garlic, ginger and half of the scallions. Quickly fry to mix well.

Add the chicken again.

Stir the sauce, and then pour it in and mix with the chicken in the wok.

Fry until the sauce is well coated. Mix with the remaining leek onion white sections and fried peanuts. Finished!

Serve with rice.

I used Chili flakes in this one. Because my daughter doesn’t think it’s spicy then;)

Shanti

Real Indian food in Stockholm?!?

Yes, Shanti has some locations. But my favourite is Shanti Classic. The chef is great, and so is the food. When you are eating Indian food, then you should order some different dishes to share. (According to the Indian way, and mine;)

There is some musts at this restaurant. The Palak Paneer is made by the chefs and it is so good! It is a indian cheese in sauce. Served with veggies and rice.

And of course some tandoori chicken or a Korma. And… Well the list is long, just order a bunch of food!

And have a beer with it.

Enjoy!

Sauces and rice. The key to the Indian food.

Shanti Classic

Katarina Bangata 58, Stockholm, Sweden

https://shanti.se

Xochimex Cantina

A nice cantina close to our hotel by Miami Airport. And it’s a tradition going here for some really good Mexican food our last night in Florida. After my shopping;)

They make the bread on site for each order, and I just love watching them while they are doing it!

So they have all sorts of different food there. But I love their Quesadilla with chicken, guacamole, chipotle etc..

And you gotta have a Jarritos to drink;)

Xochimex

16171 NW 57th Avenue Miami Gardens, Florida

First Flight

This is where Pan Am had their first office, and where the first ticket were bought for the first flight with Pan Am. A trip between Key West and Havana, Cuba the 28th of October 1928.

A Sikorsky sea plane

The restaurant is serving good American crossover food in a very nice lush courtyard. (You can also sit indoors)

A big plus is that the restaurant isn’t crazy crowded like many other places at Duval Street.

The food, we had a Steak Quesadilla, hamburger and Chicken Tenders. And it was all nice and tasty. And it was not over priced.

The staff is very helpful and observant! A big applaud to them!

And if you like beer, they are having their own micro brewery on site. They have both IPA and Ale.

I had their famous Key West Margarita with sauza tequila, Key lime liqueur, triple sec and lime juice. Loved it!

I recommend you to book a table! But if you are early then it’s probably not a problem!

305-293-8484

301 Whitehead St

Key West, FL 33040