One thing I certainly don’t have to do with this Scandinavian hype currently going on in Paris is miss home. Coffee shops, restaurant and stores – almost everything is currently starting to look very similar to what I’m used to back in Sweden. I’m having both positive and negative feelings about this trend taking over this city; on one side it’s a very pretty trend (we Scandinavians actually know how to decorate, cook and dress quite nicely if I may say so myself) but on the other hand it can also be quite dull to see the same pattern repeated over and over again. After all, I didn’t move to France because I wanted to see another version of Stockholm, right? Perhaps that’s why I don’t mind grabbing a seat at Ladurée, Carette or any other typical Parisan place in the city?
But, one thing that’s hard to deny is the fact that it sometimes can be incredibly nice to get a little taste of home while being away and even though I’m not as crazily excited as the Parisians seem to be about this minimalistic (and wooden-detailed) trend I have to say that I don’t mind it.
The other day Katie and I met up to take care of some birthday shopping business (yes, everyone seems to have been born in either April or May for some reason) and decided to start our morning with a little bite at the Swedish café called Café Smörgås (meaning “open faced sandwich” in Swedish). Oh how I’ve missed this dark whole grain bread! Something you don’t normally come across in the land of baguettes. Together with some salted butter and blueberry jam I could very likely eat this for the rest of my life (and another perfect combo is to eat it with avocado on top, yum!).