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11.11.11 {Photos} in Stockholm

November 12th, 2011 by cupcake

Just went out to freeze my bum to catch a few photos for 11-11-11.

Nothing too spectacular since I already missed twilight. Here’s a shot.

Have the rest on flickr and my blog.

Happy November 11th, 2011!

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Christmas Foods in Sweden

December 10th, 2010 by cupcake

The Local has a great guide to Christmas shopping markets. My favorite is the stall at Sergels Torgs that sells donuts, almost as good as delicious heaven. But you can buy a lot of local products that work great as gifts for family and friends back home.

If you’re also getting stressed from cooking every night, check out Spisa Hemma Mat Hem to get food delivered to your door. Might give you some relief from the Christmas stresses. I’m running out of ideas myself on dinner topics.

I put together a list of Swedish Christmas foods, Swedish decorations, and swedish holidays.

Get your candles out, tomten at the windowsill, and warm glögg in cute cups to get the spirit going.

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Married on 10-10-10 !

October 12th, 2010 by cupcake

We did it! Got married at Gothenburg City Hall on October 10th, 2010. While many other couples were waiting to get married, I don’t think more than a couple dozen were at rådhuset.

Anyway a photo, don’t we look like a royal swedish couple?
the royal couple

Details on our 10-10-10 wedding on my blog. The highlight: drinking champagne and eating waffles!

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Indian Cooking Classes in Stockholm? Ja haa!

June 1st, 2010 by cupcake

fruit chaat duck

Because most friends I know love Indian cooking, I thought the best is to teach a few classes on basic Indian cooking. Indian cuisine is not hard but requires a certain amount of basic skills and dedication.

My mom and I will host three courses. Each course is three evenings long and perfect for those coming from work. It costs 500SEK to cover the food (which everyone gets to eat!), a spice basket and a recipe book. The class will be taught in Stockholm city.

Here’s the class schedule:
June 22nd, 23rd, 24th: 18.30- 21.30
July 5th, 6th, 7th: 18.30- 21.30
July 12th, 13th, 14th: 18.30-21.30

If you are not drooling of the idea of making fresh mango lassis and tandoori chicken, then you are helpless. For more information visit my post on Indian cooking and post a comment or email if interested.

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Ashes, Ashes, We all Fall Down

April 17th, 2010 by cupcake

Playing with the Devil

The volcanic eruption in Iceland has stopped all air traffic into and out of Europe. It’s become such a disaster that thousands and thousands of people are stranded in airports everywhere. Asian flights to Europe are canceled, US flights entering Europe are also canceled (unless you want to go to Reyjavik which ironically is open).

It is amazing how tiny ashes can stop aircrafts weighting tons. The Guardian has an article on why volcanic ashes are dangerous. And I collected a set of beautiful volcanic eruption photos from both amateurs and professionals.

If you are stuck and need flight information, check the NY Times flight sheet for details.

It will be at least a week before any airport returns to normalcy. I read an article that said 200million dollars is lost each day because of the delays.

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Summertime is around the corner…maybe

April 10th, 2010 by cupcake

I’m giving straight up on spring and going straight to summer. It must be one of those moments because I always swore to not be the weather whiner.

And now, I’m whining about the weather. Today it is 3C and crappy outside. This is what I want Stockholm to look like:

Small Street with Upper Level in Stockholm

Will it happen soon?!

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It’s Snowing… Again

March 21st, 2010 by cupcake

Got back from India yesterday and it’s snowing for the 100th day in Stockholm. Now, I understand it was Spring Equinox yesterday and spring did peak out and give us all a taste. But did you have to run away?!!

Ohhh spring, please come back to Sweden and bless us with good weather.

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Nutella Day in Sweden!

February 5th, 2010 by cupcake

It’s February, it’s depressing and still damn cold. So what better way than to celebrate Nutella Day!!!

Yes, brace yourself for delicious nutella. The Wandering Swede summed up Nutella Day perfectly:

To get more information about Nutella Day check out:

Nutella Day celebrated in Sweden from LiS

The Beginning of Nutella Day from the founders of Bleeding Espresso

nutella day

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Colorful Swedish Designs? Jaahaa!

January 24th, 2010 by cupcake

I admit it, I hate Swedish fashion but I really love Swedish design. Rather, Nordic design because we mustn’t forget Finland and Iceland.

From those really clean corners and sleek look, Nordic design can kick the UK and every other country on any day. But must show a few awesome photos from these designers.

Camilla Meijer

Okay maybe a bit floral but at least colorful!

Sanna Annukka
She’s totally my favorite home decor designer at the moment. I am in love with the big block colors and the use of Finnish folklore. Annukka mainly makes kitchen furniture accessories but also decor for tables.

Any thoughts? Swedes too dull or do they have a spice for color? =)

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The Holey Practices of H&M and Garbage

January 13th, 2010 by cupcake

This week, my favorite newspaper, The New York Times, broke a story about a graduate student who found bags of trash outside H&M and Walmart stores on 35th street in New York City.

They were not bags of trash, they were bags of discarded clothes that had been purposely damaged so they could not be resold, or properly worn. They were literally, holey.

In the worst global recession and declining available natural resources, H&M and Walmart should be ashamed of their practices. While I’m not surprised Walmart would do such a thing, I am surprised that H&M would. Regardless of their corporate responsibility policy, there are serious management problems. Everyone involved, except the lowest level person who executed this dirty deed, should be fired.

And H&M is one of Sweden’s few remaining shining glories. With the death of Saab, Sony Ericsson on decline, and obsolete Volvo, H&M has a responsibility as a Swedish brand to be a good brand ambassador for Sweden. It has not. Now I understand the stores were in the United States, but Cynthia Magnus, the student who found the mutilated clothes, emailed the Swedish headquarters several times. Still today there’s been no public answer from the office.

The head of corporate responsibility in Stockholm better have a good answer why they cannot answer the email and account for destroyed clothes.

Of course, this incident is not the worst people witnessed in terms of corporate irresponsibility but it is upsetting. I’m tired of companies hiding behind veils of bullshit (hello investment banks) in the hopes that people won’t know or won’t care to act.

I want answers. As a Swedish resident, I want to know why my company failed to uphold its end of responsibility. Why were H&M’s “we donate to charity” clothes going to the garbage?

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