The Swede and his daughter made room in their house for me during my visit to Sweden.
It was very thoughtful of them to accommodate me for a whole week while I immersed myself in all things Swedish.
As a thank you, I took them to the smörgåsbord at The Grand Hôtel in Stockholm – a beautiful waterfront hotel located in between the Royal Palace and Gamla Stan (Stockholm’s Old Town).
What can I possibly say about the smörgåsbord?
It was mind blowing.
First of all, there were lots of fish dishes, from gravlax (salmon) to poached cod to smoked sturgeon.
The only gross thing I ate was a slice of homemade sausage that tasted like armpit.
Everything else was scrumptious!
They made these little egg cups with caviar on top that were TO DIE FOR.
I think I ate three.
The Swede’s daughter ate four.
I washed all my food down with two glasses of champagne and the only downside to The Swede driving us into Stockholm is that he wasn’t able to enjoy champagne with me (the drunk driving BAC limit in Sweden is 0.02, a quarter of what it is in the US).
It was a pretty amazing night and a wonderful meal with outstanding company and I will treasure my memories of it always.