• Everyday life

    New Phone

    Remember that i wrote earlier that mt mobile got to swim in the ocean? Well, it is still working except for two very important buttons, so i decided to go and get myself a new phone here in Vietnam. I had in mind to wait until im back in Sweden, but then i saw the variation and prices of the mobiles that they have over here and decided not to wait. So today i got myself a new phone, and so far i love it!

    And why did i chose the model that i bought? The number one thing i check when buying a mobile is the camera. And this one is supposed to be great when it comes to both pictures and selfies. I guess we will find out soon!


  • Everyday life

    Swedish food habits

    I love to read the news and keep myself updated about what is happening around the world. But i also love to read about nonsense, texts that are just made for entertaining and i manage to stumble over a text that brings up one of my favorite subjects, food!
    The text shows which the top 10 most popular food dishes is in a normal everyday life of a Swede.
    And i am going to add my opinion about those dishes!

    Number 10 – Soups.
    It doesn’t say what kind of soup, but it say that soups stands for 2.8% of our dishes.
    Comment: Well done! Soups are awesome, i love soups and i could eat it every day. If soups is a common Swedish food habit, then i am definitely a Swede.

    Number 9 – ”Korv (Sausage) Stroganoff”. A Swedish sausage stew that you serve with rice, pasta, potatoes or whatever you feel like. A real classic.
    Comment: I do understand why it is a popular dish. It is easy, it is cheap, and if you do it right it does not taste that bad. But the sausage normally used for this dish should barely be called sausage. Switch it out to a sausage that actually contains good meat, or do like i would have done and skip the sausage completely and replace it with something else.

    Number 8 – Salmon. I have no idea cooked how, it just says salmon.
    Comment: I love salmon. And this is one of my main dishes during Swedish summer since everyone always making BBQ and i do not eat meat. But i eat fish, and i love salmon cooked, raw, cured, whatever. And i also try to eat as much wild caught salmon as i can.

    Number 7 – Sausage with belongings… i guess they mean sausage with bread.
    Comment: Once again a cheap and quick dish. Can be a good meal but can also be a really bad meal. It depends on how you make it and what you use. Do i eat this dish? Yes, but with a vegetarian option for the sausage and most likely as an quick meal fix during a festival.
    But i think it is every kids right to be able to go out on nature adventures and stop somewhere during lunch time to put a sausage on the grill and enjoy it with some bread and ketchup outdoors. I did that many times as a kid and i loved it.

    Number 6 – Vegetarian friendly food. 4.1% of the dishes is vegetarian these days.
    Comment: I love that. I think we should try to put more vegetarian food in our houses, we eat way to much meat these days. But dont forget to vary the food, especially if you have kids at home.

    Number 5 – Pasta dishes. Still a huge favorite among Swedish people, even if they lost some % from last year.
    Comment: I am not a pasta fan, when it comes to carbs i am a bigger sucker for bread. But every now and than i could feel like having a big fat pasta and i am not surprised this is such a big favorite in Sweden. You can make easy ones, you can make a complicated one. You can make a really cheap one, you can make a very expensive version. Really, it can be too much variation in a ”pasta dish” so it is very hard to add a real opinion in this one.

    Number 4 – Meatballs.
    Comment: oh our lovely Swedish meatballs. I never liked the bought ones, i have always made mine myself. Why? Since i think it taste better and i have more knowledge about whats inside them. And just so you know, no one beats my grandmas meatballs, they are the best.
    Even if i dont eat them myself anymore, i always make homemade meatballs with mashed potatoes, brown sauce and lingon-berries when my friends from different countries ask me to cook smething really Swedish fro them, and they always loves it!.

    Number 3 – Fish.
    Comment: Alright so i guess salmon and fish is two different categories? However, fish is always a good option. And if you have the option, try to get wildly caught ones.
    PS. Mix different types of fish and make a huge fish stew with a lot of root veggies and saffron.

    Number 2 – Pasta Bolognese.
    Comment: I knew it!!! And i hate it! Weird i know, who doesnt like pasta bolognese. I dont! I never liked it, but then i am also not a huge fan of eating too much pasta or minced meat. Oh terrible childhood, i remember every Sunday when i hoped for an awesome Sunday dinner with the family and they all yelled together ”Köttfärssås och spagetti!”. And i had to make myself something else since i could not stand it:P

    Number 1 – Chicken with belongings.
    Comment: Well i am not surprised that chicken is topping the list. It is a great base for making a lot of good dishes. Even if it is not in my own top 10 foods that i eat weekly (or top 10000000).

    Conclusion: I am a little bit (just tiny) disappointed of this list. I thought it was gonna be more direct dishes and not only food categories. But the categories was also pretty obvious. After all i am swedish and i have been growing up in Sweden so i know how swedish people eat. But i did actually expect more ”tacos”, ”hamburgers” and stuff like that. I think my list about what ”Frida” eats in her everyday life in Sweden would look more like:
    – Tacos (Real tacos, i am not allowed to eat too much tex mex, at least when my bf is around, after all he is Mexican)
    – Halloumi cheese 
    – Veggie Wraps
    – Soups (it was in the list i know)
    – Sallads
    – Falafel of different kinds.

    Well thats me…

    What is your favorite everyday food to cook?


    /the source: https://mittkok.expressen.se/artikel/10-i-topp-det-har-ater-svenskarna-helst-till-vardags-2018/

  • Everyday life

    Getting better

    I already felt better yesterday and decided to spend my day at the beach. I have already been away for two months but i have not spent much time at the beach at all. Probably because i have been living in a country with 300 sunny days per year so heading to the beach is not my first option when travelling. But now i felt i needed some relaxing time and a big doze of vitamin D.

    But i still could not eat normal yesterday. So i hope that i will be able to do that today. I mean one of the best thing about travelling is the food, so it sucks when i can not eat! Well, lets see what this day has in store for me. I have a feeling it will be another calm day with a little bit of work i need to finish.

  • Everyday life

    Took the midnight train going… to Nha Trang

    Yesterday started great but ended really shitty… I got food poisoned. I have no idea from where or what but suddenly during our trip to Hoi An i started to feel really sick and from there it just went down. And it was the worst possible day for that to happen! We had no hotel room to go and rest in since we checked out already and had a night train booked that evening. I had to sit on a scooter (worst ride ever) feeling ill and freezing, back to our old hotel where i passed out on a hard bench in the lobby until we had to leave for the train. I slept the whole trip and have been sleeping a lot today. Finally i start feeling a bit better but i am still very low on energy. Lets get a good night of rest and keep our fingers crossed that i will be completely restored tomorrow.

    PS. i did not want to share a picture of food poisoned me, so here is a picture from a nice walk in Hanoi instead 😀

  • Everyday life,  Travels,  Vietnam

    Hello Da Nang 

    I had some amazing days in Hue which i will tell you more about later. This afternoon i arrived in Da Nang and i already love the beach (i have not even seen it daytime yet).

    Since i am traveling a lot right now and my days are pretty full it is a bit hard to give you a full update of the things i am seeing and doing over here. I will try to update as much as possible but i promise some better and longer posts about all these places when i am back in Sweden again and have some free time. Half way to go!

  • Everyday life

    Back in Hanoi

    After spending a couple of nights in Cat Ba we are once again back in Hanoi. We are going to stay here for one night and tomorrow we fly to Hue. I have really enjoyed my time in Hanoi and Cat Ba but i am also looking forward to some warmer weather now. It has been a bit more chilly and cloudy in the North part of Vietnam so i am ready to head south.

  • Everyday life

    Finally a good cup of coffee

    For the first time this trip I have managed to find some good coffee. Not only good but great! No sugar, no sweet condensed milk, just coffee with a splash of milk.

    And I tell you it is hard to find. Or at least so far. Doesn’t matter if I ask for no sugar or normal milk or whatever.. the coffee taste like a sugarbomb. So right now I’m pretty much in heaven!