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Stockholm Q & A: Where can I find Argentinian food in Stockholm?

In our regular column answering readers' questions about Stockholm, Peter Vinthagen Simpson gives tips on where to find good Argentinian cuisine in Stockholm.

I really love Argentinian food culture, but have never seen an Argentinian restaurant here – is there nowhere in Stockholm that specialises in this, or have I missed something?

While the Argentinian football team may be struggling to mount a serious challenge for next year’s World Cup finals, 406 Estocolmo serves up its hearty fair with the artistic brilliance of a pass from the maestro Maradona himself.

406 Estocolmo is an authentic intimate “parrilla” on Ringvägen on Södermalm.

“Parrilla”, like tango, is a trademark and means meat seared on a flame grill, all washed down with copious quantities of red wine.

While we are on the theme of tango – Restaurang Pelé on Kungsholmen offers a cosy environment to enjoy an equally cholesterol-boosting meal combined with the conscience-cleansing exercise of the quintessentially Argentinian dance form.

The restaurant/dance hall offers a range of beginners courses almost every weekend and a menu containing all that you would expect from South American cuisine with a clear Italian influence at no-nonsense prices.

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Sweden: A land of hairdressers and writers

Sweden's capital Stockholm is full of hairdressers and writers, and sometimes even writers in hairdressers. And it can be a disturbing city when you're a bald Frenchman who happens to be a writer, observes Luis de Miranda.

Sweden: A land of hairdressers and writers

As a bald French writer exiled in Stockholm since last year, I have rapidly noticed that 50 percent of the Swedish population is either a hairdresser or a writer – or both.

In Stockholm, there is a frisör every fifty metres, where you usually find a lonely person getting a blond hair colour or a new cut, while reading the newspaper.

In the newspaper you will find many articles about people who engage in many different activities but who are also often designated as författare (writer): Sven Svensson, actor and författare; Camilla Johansson, yoga instructor and författare; Fredrik Reinfeldt, prime minister and författare.

It seems that any kind of printed material entitles you to be a författare, and some daily newspapers need to display book reviews in every edition in order to keep the pace and make all the författare happy.

Let’s be honest: I can understand that everybody agrees to call everybody else

a writer – that is an interesting form of collective vanity – but why so many

hairdressers? Some say it’s about money laundering. Or is it also about vanity?

People want to have nice blond hair and it is understandable. But as a bald French writer, I simply don’t exist here in Sweden: having little hair makes me invisible and

being a writer makes me very common.

I am considering wearing a wig and stopping my Swedish classes in order to remain relatively illiterate in the language of Swedenborg (no, this is not the name of my hairdresser). I shall refrain from writing even the slightest memoir on beard shaving.

But please don’t misunderstand me. I love Sweden and the Swedes. I respect any författare, any frisör, and I like fika, folkhem, filmjölk and feminism…

Sweden is just…fantastic.

Luis de Miranda is a French novelist, philosopher, editor and film director who has been in Stockholm for a year. He is also bald.

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