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Is your brain stew gluten free?

For an upcoming trip to Budapest, I started looking at restaurants to visit. Generally, I’ll try a lot of things, but I think I’ll skip this place.

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It’s MY restaurant, you hear me?

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I have got to eat here on my vacation.

Smoked beaver? Anyone?

The menu at a Russian restaurant in Tallinn.
Smoked beaver on the appetizers…
Bear meat stroganoff on the main courses…
Bear meat dumplings..

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Just a few steps more…

Before our recent Italy trip, I browsed the internet for good restaurants in the area we would be staying. I found one place with great reviews on TripAdvisor. However, I don’t recall seeing the words “40 minute uphill pilgrimage” in the description.

We found the address and a sign for the restaurant that pointed up some steps. We started up the stairs and then began climbing the trail up a mountain into a forest. We met people on the way who said, “Oh yeah, it’s just up there”.

Forty minutes later, starving and thirsty, we made it to the top. The food was good, but as my son said, “Not good enough for that climb.”

Personally, I think it’s all a scam to sell more drinks.

Below is a picture of my sons after walking up a mountain 40 minutes:

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Pizza Hatt

In Stockholm, many businesses can be found in one building. While looking for directions to a doctor’s appointment, I noticed that the address was listed as a place called “Pizza Hatt.”

First, I will state the obvious, in that the owners are hoping a few people will be confused between the words Hut and Hatt and will just give up and eat there once they arrive.

Second, I was very disappointed I was not offered pizza at my doctor’s appointment.

And finally, a friend of mine sent me this picture as she was convinced the place must sell actual Pizza Hats.

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Pugsley loves Bibimbap

Last night, my husband and I went to a restaurant called  “I Love Bibimbap.”  That’s the name of the restaurant. It’s never made any sense to me.  Also, I think a few years ago it was called “U Love Bibimbap.” I guess that could have been seen as false advertising so they changed it?  Either way, it’s a very strange name for a restaurant.

We also have reservations soon for a restaurant called “Surfers.” Yes, Surfers. In Stockholm, Sweden. And the food is Asian, not even seafood.

This got me thinking about other odd names for Stockholm restaurants that bother me. These are all real restaurants in Stockholm:

Restaurang Ho’s

Restaurang EAT

Ghandi

La Cucaracha

Pugsly’s Coffee Shop

Toss the Salad

 

 

 

 

 

Cheesus Crust Superstar

This is an actual ad from Pizza Hut in the newspaper in Stockholm. I think it’s funny but I wonder how well it would go over in the U.S.?

I’m interested to see if this is going to go the religious way in further ads or the musical way. I’m waiting for “Red Sauce Story,” “The Sound of Meatballs,” “Sweeny Todd’s Mystery Meat Pizza” (wait, that last one might not work).

 

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Ice Tea at Torchy’s Tacos

When I went to get iced tea at Torchy’s Tacos in Houston, I found myself faced with this decision:

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Top-rated restaurant

This weekend, I was looking for a nice restaurant for my husband and I to celebrate our wedding anniversary. I finally found one with a top rating.  That is, it was voted “Stockholm’s Best Toilet.”  I’m so glad the restaurant put that on the website.  My choice is made.

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McDonald’s in Stockholm

What is the fascination with McDonald’s for children?  Growing up in the states, I always assumed it was because they had playgrounds and funny characters.  However, in Stockholm, it is rare to find a playground in a McDonald’s (maybe out in the outskirts on the highway) and they don’t seem to use the characters.  My kids have no idea who the Hamburglar, Grimace, etc. are.  They have also never in their lives seen a commercial for McDonald’s.  So what is the draw?  They are fascinated with it and it’s their favorite place to go.  Apparently, it’s only for the plastic toy in the Happy Meal that they never play with 5 minutes outside of the restaurant.

I gave my kids a choice of two burger restaurants the other day and it was fun to listen to their decision-making process:

Kid 1: Mc Donald’s has toys.

Kid 2: The other place has a play center.

They were actually completely even on this and let a third friend make the decision.

Another idea –  it seems to be that if you want to solve the obesity problem in the U.S., you should just give away toys with meals at nutritional places.

Differences in dining between Sweden and the U.S.

Tips for travelers going either way.

Sweden:

Going to dinner takes 3 hours.  I didn’t believe it either, but it’s true.
The dining area of most restaurants is the same size as my living room.
Your food may be cheaper than your drink.
Sip slowly – your drink will be smaller than your hand.  No refills!

U.S.
Going to dinner takes an hour.  We have movies to catch and the restaurants need to herd in the next round.
The dining area of most restaurants consists of many booths where we can all hide.  We do not share tables.
Food and drinks are pretty cheap.  This is why we have an obesity problem.
A small drink order comes with unlimited refills.  I’ve never understood why people pay for larger.

Thank’s God

While I was looking up restaurants today on the main restaurant site for Stockholm, I found some information on Thank’s God It’s Friday  – better known to you and I as T.G.I. Fridays.   I guess some ambitious writer took it upon themselves to demonstrate their knowledge of U.S. chain restaurants and thought they would write the name out – which is never done in the U.S.  Not to mention that they got it wrong and it doesn’t even make sense the wrong way.  They didn’t write “Thank God it’s Friday,”  But “Thank’s God It’s Friday.”    Thank’s?  Not even a possible word.

This may not be interesting to anyone else, but with all the mistakes I make in Swedish, it’s nice to see some made in English.

http://www.alltomstockholm.se/restaurangbar/article13859.aos

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