Swedish Dining at...Yes, IKEA!
Why would I choose the world's largest furniture retailer for a dining adventure? Because, they serve food. And I'm a little desperate as I search for a country not on my list!
I've seen snack bars in stores before, but this was a cafeteria, with Swedish foods and healthy, hot options! Our server wasn't Swedish, but she did smile and laugh. "Blogging?" She questioned, when I asked if I could take a photo. 3 bonus points for that!
I didn't feel like I was in a furniture store...or a restaurant, really. I felt more like I was in an international airport, having a bite before flying off to an exotic place.
Maybe I was influenced by the display of clocks on the way, showing me it was 6:20 in Stockholm and 7:45 in London. 4 bonus points for knowing the time around the world!
I don't usually give points for parking lot views, but there was something sort of crazy about this glassed in corner! I could nibble away and stare down on an absolute sea of cars, or I could watch the cars and semis zoom by on an elevated portion of I-10. 5 bonus points for feeling like I was in the Jetsons cartoon.
So Much Food!
This is just amazing to me! All this food for $16.71! 23 Swedish Meatballs with Lingonberries and Potatoes, Najad Cold Smoked Salmon, Spinach Crepes and Almond Cake! Why so much food? We were joining in the Swedish celebration of "Midsommar" by feasting and appreciating the upcoming longest day of the year! 5 points for food!
I hardly ever get dessert, but how can you turn down a dessert that's a little over a dollar?
Actually, I made room by purchasing a to-go box for 25 cents... so I could take lots home. Having to buy a to-go box could annoy a diner. But I actually like the IKEA philosophy of keeping costs down as well as being green. So I was happy to buy the box and clean off my table when I was done.
2 bonus points for the thought of INGVAR KAMPRAD who started this curious business at the age of 17 in 1943! What would he think if he could see this business today?
I Love a Shop
Not only did we dine at IKEA, we did a bit of grocery shopping. 3 bonus points for imported foods that I'm not used to seeing!
We have some cookies, jam and cheese, 2 jars of herring and some very curious crab and salmon that comes out of a tube like toothpaste! Hmmm?
A TOTAL of 22 points for IKEA DINING!
The Dining Blog
This is a blog about Dining Adventures. Sometimes, I talk about food. Below, you can read how this started.
On July 4th 2011, I set a goal to try 50 culturally diverse restaurants in one year! (I knew that was possible, living in the Houston area) I spent the year pulling in friends and family to join me, on some unusual dining adventures. I met some curious people, tried some scary foods and explored places and cultures I never would have otherwise. Even though I met my goal, I learned too much to end my adventures in dining. I have continued blogging about memorable dining adventures of all kinds, near and far... and all the discoveries and funny things I've learned along the way!
Locations and types of dining adventures, are listed further down.