Fried Zucchini

I’ve been trialling recipes for O’s big party day this weekend and Fried Zucchini is on the menu. I was inspired by my fellow Calabrese friends that post a lot of delicious photos of traditional fried dishes in our group. This recipe is pretty easy and very quick to prepare. I hope my friends and family liked it as much as my little family did.

Fried Zucchini (vegetarian, nut free, soy free)

Ingredients:

  • 3 medium zucchini, sliced in thin rounds
  • 1/2 cup or more flour
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup finely grated Pecorino Romano
  • 1 cup Italian breadcrumbs
  • 2 large pinches of sea salt, more to serve
  • Olive oil for frying

Method:

  1. First organise your three bowls of flour, beaten eggs and a combined mixture of bread crumbs, grated cheese and sea salt.
  2. Dust the zucchini with flour, this will help them accept the batter. Dip them into the egg and lastly coat with bread crumb mixture. Set aside on a plate or baking tray, until all the zucchini are battered.
  3. Now heat the olive oil in a fry pan, it should be about 1.5-2 cm high. To test if the oil is hot enough put a little breadcrumb in and see if it sizzles. Now you can start putting your battered zucchini rounds into the pan. Be careful not to overcrowd the pan and cook each for about a minute on each side or until golden brown. Place the zucchini on paper towel on a plate or tray to drain the oil.
  4. Once all the zucchini has been fried, place on a serving tray with a pinch of good sea salt to serve.

Book Review: World of Flowers

World of Flowers is the newest book by colouring evangelist Johanna Basford. I received this gorgeous book from Marco for Christmas and I finally started it this last month. I had been putting it off a little because sometimes I get a little sick of colouring flowers. However, I actually had quite a lot of fun with this book. It has quite a bit of variety and very different to the flowers in Johanna’s other books as you will see.

So if you have been living under a rock you may have not heard of Johanna Basford. But I doubt this would be the case if your a colourist. This is Johanna’s seven colouring book (not including all the artist edition, journals, calendars, etc). It was only published in mid December 2018 in both the UK and US. I have the UK edition, like the rest of my collection. As they are readily available in Australia and online. From what I have read in the past I do prefer the UK editions, but if you would like to see a side-by-side comparison of this book, see this video by Colouring in the Midst of Madness.

World of Flowers is the same format of most of Johanna’s other colouring books. It is a square shape, sized at 25.1 x 25.1 cm. Like all the UK editions, it has a soft cover with a dust cover over the top. The cover is bright white, with black inked flowers and some rose-gold foiling. You can find the same flowers inside the book, but not in the same formation. However, the inside cover and does have the same design that you will find in the book. Inside this book you will find 80 pages to colour with a variety of new designs. The paper is ivory in colour and medium thickness. It has the same paper that you will find in Johanna’s later colouring books ei. Magic Jungle, Johanna’s Christmas. Toward the back of the book there is a page to test your mediums and a page that extends, which is double sided.

The floral designs in this book are gorgeous and as I mentioned, is a lot different to what we have seen before from Johanna’s other colouring books. Since flowers are the subject of the book they are much more detailed and vary in shapes, sizes and design style. Flowers aren’t the only things you will find in this book. You will also find succulents and other potted plants, magic potion bottles, butterflies and other insects, household objects and furniture, fairy homes, etc. The designs range from the usually wreaths, wallpaper and mandalas, to garden scenes, busy shelving, large and small circular and square designs. There is just so much variety that you won’t feel like your colouring the same stuff that you have come across previously in her books.

So as you guessed by now I do love this book. I did find some of pages with the larger spaces a bit intimating because I don’t love doing large backgrounds. However, if your like me you can skip some of these pages or just do put in more effort to the suspended objects and they will speak for themselves on the ivory paper. Something I really loved was the last couple of pages that pull out, which I would like to return to in the future.

Below I have included a video flip through and all the pages I have coloured in order that you will find them in the book. I have only used Prismacolor Premier pencils and a couple of gel pens so far. As you will see these pencils work very beautifully on this paper. I don’t see that there would be any problems with other harder pencils or water colour, so long as you are careful. There are plenty of examples by other colourist using other pencils, so I recommend checking out Instagram and Pinterest for inspiration.

The Title pages is always a challenge for me and I usually come back to it last. I wanted it to be an explosion of bright colours, which complemented each other. I also wanted to use different techniques for each flower, so they didn’t look so similar and flat. I am quite happy how this one turned out and it makes me happy when I open this book.

The Name plate pages was also another one I was stumped on because the flowers were so tiny, so it would be difficult for them to pop out of the paper. I started with a navy and coral colour scheme and added some complementary colours as I went. I also added some gold gel pen to cover some of the little black dots and lines, which really brightened it up.

This gorgeous selection of Flower motifs are not my colour scheme, but rather the from the mind of the amazing Chris Cheng. I started following her four-part video tutorial when I started this book, but I ended up coming back to right at the end. They just took me so long, but it was well worth it. So many layers went into it, which is why they look so stunning. She also done another gorgeous tutorial of a flower wreath. Peta Hewitt also did a tutorial for the same picture, so I still have to do decide which one I will do at a later date.

This Alchemy Garden is another one of the last picture I did. I took my time adding many layers to the background, flowers and bottles to try and make the objects look more three dimensional. I am happy with most of the elements but now I’m wishing I did a stone wall for the background, as it looks a bit bare. For the magic potions I was inspire by this Chris Cheng’s Fairy Potions from Fairy Miracles. This was my first attempt at something like this, but now I think I can tackle a few more magic potions in Hanna Karlzon’s Magically Dawn, which I’m yet to start.

This Sunflower and Tulip is the first page I that completed. I started with the sunflower and I was very disappointed in it until I finished the tulip. I only wanted to use a few colours for each and with both side-by-side it has the effect that I wanted. The page beside this has another two flowers with the same frames, so I plan to do those in red and green to complement this page.

This Flower Fairy Garden is the second page I did and it took me so long. I was thinking of doing a grey purple stone frame, but by the time I got this far I just wanted to move on to something else. This picture remind me a lot of some of the double page spreads in Secret Garden. If you see some of the pages I did my Secret Garden gallery, you can definitely see an improvement in both my colouring and Johanna’s flowers. These flowers were a lot more interesting to colour and I like how oversized they are.

If you’re interested in purchasing World of Flowers you can find it from:

Mushroom Carbonara

Carbonara is a dish that I grew up on and nobody makes it like my mum. Sadly I had to give it up several years ago when I stopped eating dairy. Although I now do eat a bit of dairy here and there, I still avoid creamy based pastas sauces. I have read that traditional Roman Carbonara is made with just eggs, pancetta and Pecorino Romano and no cream. Although I think nearly every dish of Carbonara Marco ordered when we travelled around Italy was cream based. In the past, I had tried to make Carbonara without cream (or creamy substitute), but it just wasn’t very good. The egg would scramble, it wasn’t creamy enough and the taste just wasn’t there.

However, I came across this video of Molly from Bon Appétit making a more traditional Carbonara with Mushroom. It looked so creamy and delicious and the perfect way to celebrate Octavia and my love of mushrooms. You can find the recipe here, but I recommend also watching the video below. Molly does a great job of showing how easy it is to make and gives some great tips along the way. It made me realise some of the little mistakes that I had been making, which made my own Carbonara so terrible.

So I tried my hand at Molly’s Mushroom Cabonara and it was so good. I did switch a few of the ingredients for things I already had. I used white and shiitake mushrooms, farfalle pasta, Pecorino Romano, scallions instead of shallots, and basil instead of parsley. These changes didn’t matter so much because the key ingredients are what brought it all together. These include plenty of egg yolks, perfectly seasoned pasta water, hard Italian cheese and flavourful mushrooms. It was also little things like adding pasta water to the eggs before adding to the pan and pushing the mushrooms to caramelise that really made the difference.

The result was a light creamy sauce that perfectly coated the pasta, which was right on point in terms of flavour and seasoning. I honestly didn’t expect it to taste this good and no extra salt was needed to bring out the flavours. My little family also really enjoyed it, which was a bit surprising. O isn’t a fan of pepper and Marco doesn’t love mushrooms, but they both gobbled up the two serves.

Have you tried making traditional Carbonara? What do you think of this recipe?

Helsinki: Museum of Finland (part 1, day 1)

On our first day in Helsinki we wanted to get a little introduction to Finnish history, so we spent most of the day at the National Museum of Finland. Since I took so many photos I will dedicate my next couple of posts to this museum. These exhibitions I will take you through today, were mine and Octavia’s favorites. They were the temporary exhibition, Barbie: the icon and Workshop Vintti.

The National Museum of Finland (Kansallismuseo) is located a short distance (walking) north of Helsinki city center. It is housed in an large castle-like building, which is very Finnish in its architectural design. It was designed by architects Herman GeselliusArmas Lindgren, and Eliel Saarinen and built in 1905-10. The exterior is National Romanticism and the interior is Art Nouveau. Some of the exterior features that we saw as entering the museum was a statue of Finland’s national animal, the brown bear; and a bullet hole left in the glass door from the civil war of 1918. Upon entering the museum we saw the beautiful ceiling frescoe, depicting that national epic Kalevala. It was painted by Akseli Gallén-Kallela in 1928 and are based on the frescoes painted by Gallén-Kallela in the Finnish Pavilion of the Paris World Fair in 1900. Another beautiful feature was the stain glass windows in the main staircase.

The museum is opened Tuesday to Sunday (or daily in the summer months), from 11am to 6pm/8pm (on Wednesday). The ticket price on our visit was 12 Euro for an adults, 9 euro for concession and free for people under 18. We did pay a little extra on our visit to see the temporary Barbie exhibition. The museum also offers guided tours, workshops, children’s birthday tours for additional fees. There are also free audio guides available for some exhibitions. If you get hungry you can visit the cafeteria inside or go across the road to Café Huvila like we did.

The museum presents Finland’s history, chronologically from the Stone age (1700s), up until today. It is split into six sections, which include Treasure Troves, Prehistory of Finland, The Realm, The Land and its People, Exhibition on 20th Century, and Suomi Finland 1900. We weren’t able to see all of the exhibitions, but we did get around to see
Finish Prehistory, The Realm, Story of Finland, as well as the kid’s Workshop Vintti and the temporary exhibition, Barbie: The Icon.


Barbie: The Icon


The first exhibition we saw visited was Barbie: the Icon, since it was located on the first floor, across from the foyer. I didn’t plan on seeing this exhibition, but I also had to see it. When I was a growing up, Barbie was my favourite toy. I will never forget my 10th birthday when I got the Barbie Fold n’ Fun house, the convertible and a extra Barbie cloths. I haven’t encouraged Barbie for Octavia at all and she prefers to play with animal toys. But I could see she was just as mesmerized by all those beautiful dolls in this exhibition as I was.

This travelling exhibition was curated by professor Massimiliano Capella and produced by 24 ORE Cultura and Mattel. It was exhibited in many European cities, including Milan, Rome, Bologna and Madrid. This exhibition tells the story of Barbara Millicent Roberts aka Barbie. It features 450 original Barbie Dolls, which were from private collectors and Mattel. The exhibition is split into eight theme, which define the life of Barbie over the past six decades. There is no denying Barbie is symbolic figure, who is constantly evolved to represent the modern woman.


BARBIE EVOLUTION

This first display shows the evolution of Barbie from from 1959 until 2016. She began as a teenage fashion modern and has transformed over time to what we see today. Over time different moulds were used for Barbies head and body. This displays shows fifteen dolls most important changes that have taken place over the past few decades.

What a Doll…from Teenage fashion Model doll to Fashionista

This next display is presents the Barbie’s life as a fashionista and throughout the different decades. It demonstrates that Barbie fashion reflected the variety of different trends that appeared in each decade. She also had optional wardrobes editions that could be purchased separated, which also made her very versatile.

Fashion and Vintage Silkstone Barbie Dolls

In 2000, the Silkstone Barbie was launched, which embodied the haute couture elegance of the 50s and 60s. It was created by the designer Robert Best. These Barbies were made of silkstone, which are are type of soft plastic, which looks like porcelain. These Barbies were altered to bring back the facial features and makeup of the 1959 Ponytail Barbie. Their hair is made of superior quality fiber. These dolls were dressed in lingerie, day wear, and evening gala wear that reflected old Hollywood styles. They also have a permanent pose, with their right arm on their hip and left leg slightly bent and their feet had a higher arch for very high heels. These Barbies are representative of Barbie as a icon of seduction.

Barbie on the Catwork

The next display shows the fashion designer doll collaborations from 1985 with high-end designers. Some of which include BillyBoy*, Oscar de la Renta, Moschino, Versace, Dior, Gucci, Calvin Klein, Vivienne Westwood, Prada and Givency. The first designer to draw sketches for Barbie was BillyBoy* in 1984, which lead Nouveau Theatre de la Mode (1985) and Feelin ‘Groovy Barbie (1987) (see below). Oscar de la Renta also began collaborating with Mattel, to produce four haute-couture dresses, which could be purchased separate to the doll (1985). By the late 80s most of the biggest fashion designers created collections that were dedicated to Barbie.

The Barbie Family

This display shows how Barbie enjoyed spending her time with family and friends. Her family was built-up over time to include give younger sisters (Skipper, Tutti, Stacie, Shelly, little Krissy), a brother (Todd) and two cousins (‘Mod’Francie and Jazzie). She also had a best friend Midge and her legendary boyfriend, Ken. More doll family and friends would appear overtime and disappear. Over the years, Barbie, her friends and family would transform, as did their playset homes, cars and accessories and they also would acquired some pets.

I can Be…Barbie Careers

Perhaps my favorite thing about Barbie when I was growing up is that she could be anything. Barbie has had over 180 careers in her 56 years. This has showed little girls that they could be whoever they wanted to be. Shes has paid homage to the first female astronaut, Valentina Tereskova, enlisted in the army and been President of the USA.

Celebrity and Art Work Barbie Global Icon

Besides being a fashion icon, Barbie has also embodied a variety of legendary female figures, including pop culture and movie personalities, inspiring women and royals. These are perhaps my favorite Barbie dolls, as their facial features are altered to represent the character and they are so nostalgic.

Barbie World Citizen: The Dolls of the World

The last display is another one of my favorites, as its represents all the different International dolls of the world. I actually collect dolls when I travel and I can only dream to have dolls as beautiful as these. These dolls were launched from the 80s and were designed by Antonio Russo. They represent countries from nearly every continent. I didn’t see one from Australia, but they do have the Australian dolls the Barbie website.


Workshop Vintti

Our last stop at the museum was Workshop Vintti, which is an interactive exhibition, aimed at kids. Some of the activities include harnessing a horse, pulling a cart and building a log cabin. Probably the most popular attractions was the large horse, general stores and build a cabin. For older kids and adults there are plenty of text in and around the activities, which gives more meaning to the activities and theme of this space.


I hope you enjoyed this little walk through through the Barbie exhibition and Workshop Vintti. Next I will take you through the exhibitions that represents Finland’s history to present.

Are you a Barbie fan? I have you seen this exhibition?

Helsinki: Urban Green City (day 1)

We are now on day 12 of this Nordic Adventure and have 8 more days to go. Helesinki is our first stop and we spent two days here. Next we will do a day trip in Tallin, Estonia and then roadtrip to Turku, Tampere, Jyvaskla, Kuopio, Savonlinna and Porvoo and back to Helsinki to fly home.

This was my first visit to Finland, so I was pretty excited to see what its capital city had to offer. Helsinki is located in southern shore of the Gulf of Finland in the Uusimaa region. It is the most populous urban city in Finland and is the centre of politics, culture, finance, education and research. It is quite a lively city, know for its international cuisines and large amount of green areas.

Our first day in Helsinki was quite relaxed and low key . We spent quite a large chunk of the day at the Museum of Finland and did a bit of window shopping. It was quite a lot cheaper, compared to Norway and Sweden. We were able to use the Euro, which was alot kinder to our Australian dollar and eating out was also much more reasonable.


Arrival

The first thing we did when we arrived by ship to Helsinki was drop our baggage off to our apartment. We were greet lovely older Finish lady, who was the mother of our AirBnb host. I believe her daughter was also away, but she was very helpful and made us feel at home. This was one of our favourite apartments. It was clean, modern, spacious and came with plenty of toys that really came in handy.

We then made out way out for the day on foot. Our first stop was the Temppeliaukio Rock Church. This church was designed by Timo and Tuomo Suomalainen and was quarried out of a natural bed rock. Inside it has exposed rock and concrete beans and a copper dome room. Its meant to be one of the most spectular things to see in Helsinki. Unfortunately it was closed to the public today, which was a Sunday. I don’t remember why exactly, but it would normally be open and it cost 3 euro for adults. You can see some photos here. So we continued along our way toward the National Museum of Finland.


Brunch

By this stage we were quite hungry, so I planned a stop at Café Huvila for brunch. It is located between the National Museum and Finlandia Hall. We actualy got lost trying to find it, because when you cross the road towards the Finlandia Hall you need to go right towards down a walking track. This track brings you to the Hakasalmenpuisto park, which looks like an English-style courtcard. In the park there are two buildings, the Empire style Villa Hakasalmi (Aurora’s Villa) and Café Huvila. The cafe use to be a baking cottage for the villa and was built in 1847. The garden is quite beautiful with blooming flowers and the cafe is also very cute inside. There were some renovations going on during our visit, so there wasn’t a full lunch menu. However, they did have plenty of delicious quiches (piiras) and cakes and the fridge as well as coffee.

So for lunch we ordered Valimeren piiras (Meditarian pie) with vegetables and feta and Kinkkupiiras (ham pie), which both came with a bonus salad. For dessert we ordered oatmilk cappuccinos and Lakka-Mansikka Mousse Kakku (strawberry sponge cake with mousse). Everything was really so fresh, delicious and lite.


Sightseeing and shopping

Next we visted the National Museum of Finland and we spent quite a few hours there. Some of the highlights include the Barbie exhibition, Finish Prehistory and Middle Ages collections and the kid’s Workshop Vintti. Since I took so many photos I will write a separate post for this visit. I will say that it was quite a fantastic museum and well worth the price of admission.

After we were finished at the museum we continued along Mannerheimintie (main road) and followed it all the way into the centre of Helesinki. We came across many statues along the way that represent previous Finish Presidents, as well as the Helsinki Music Centre and Parliment House. By this time it should of been leading into the peak, but it was so quiet on the roads and not many people were walking around.

Once we got into the city we did some shopping in Kamppi neighbourhood, which is in downtown Helsinki. Here you can find big malls like Forum and Kamppi Shopping Centre, many boutiques and restaurants. During the summer the popular Hietalahti flea market is also held here, but I think we were a bit early for it.

One of the big attractions in this district is the the Kamppi Chapel of Silence. Unfortunate it too was closed when I tried to visit it. But you can see some photos here. Even though it looks extremely odd in the Narinkkatori Square, the circular design is quite impressive. It was designed by K2S Architects, made of Finnish timber and is completely windowless. This church is not used for weddings, baptisims, or even church services. Rather it is a place for people to escape the busy streets and have a moment of Silence. It is open to peoples of all faiths, philosophies or background.


Dinner

The last stop for the day was dinner at 6k Foodmarket, under the Kamppi Shopping Centre (level E). This is the perfect place to stop by for a cheap eats, with a variety of options for everyone. 6K offers 6 different food stalls, with different cuisines and vegan/vegetarian options. Since our visit a couple of stalls have changed. The current the stalls include: Saint Tortillas, Mad Wok (Chinese), Street Gastro (Finish sandwiches), Indonesian Kitchen, Fisu & Ranet (fish and chips) and Bun2Bun Burgers (vegan burgers). The prices are also pretty reasonable costing around 10-15 euro each and you can some of these stalls in other locations across the city as well.

So with so many options we decided to share a few dishes. We got the Vegan Eggplant Seitan with rice, pickled cucumber and fried pak choi from Mad Wok; Coconut Ginger Chicken (yellow ginger-curry sauce) with Coconut rice from Kimchi Wagon; Fish’n Chips (cod) with remoulade and hernepyree (pea puree) and a Dry Apple Cider from Fisu & Ranet. The serves were all pretty large, so there was plenty for all three of us. My favourite was probably the curry and the eggplant. They were all pretty good and it was nice to have something Asian after eating local Scandavian food for the past couple of weeks.

Thats all for today. I told you it was lay back! Next I will take you to the Museum of Finland and one more day in Helsinki before heading off to Tallin and our Finnish roadtrip.

Overnight ship: Stockholm to Helsinki

After our lovely last morning in Stockholm, it was time to make our way to Finland for the last leg of our trip. So we found the most economical way to travel was by sea. This trip was very last minute so the flights were very expensive to Helsinki. Marco was also really excited to take his first overnight ship. It was also less stressful then flying because we didn’t have to go through customs and Octavia didn’t have to be constrained with a seat belt. We just took a 20 minute cab ride to the Värtahamnen port from Södermalm and boarded the boat.


We did looked at a few different travelling ship company before deciding on the Tallink Silja Line. We found this one within our budget and had good facilities on the ship. We took the luxurious cruise line, Silja Symphony, which deparates daily between Stockholm and Helsinki. We booked the B Class cabin, which wasn’t the pretty cabin, but we only used it for sleep. I would of prefered a window, but it was only one morning on this entire trip that I had wake up in complete darkness. They do offer quite nice rooms though if you prefer to wake up with the sunlight and want more room to walk around. This cabin it cost 204 Euro, which was a bargin compared to the flight prices at this time.

So the first thing we did was go up to the Sun deck. It was nice and breezy up here, but wasn’t exactly luxurious, as the tables were pretty dirty. We did order a couple of drinks and let Octavia play a bit. She got to meet the Harry the seal and there were some active toys to play with.

Next I wanted to check out all the shopping on the Prominade that we originally walked through (deck 7). There wasn’t that many stores, but they had everything you could need and plenty of souvieurs. Just below there is a large tax free superstore (deck 6), that was more like an airport store. We came across these crazy plant people who were striking poses and O got some photos with them. Back up on the prominade there was a clown, who was pretty entertaining as well.

We didn’t end up getting any snack before dinner. We were actually booked in for the grandbuffet for dinner and breakfast. This cost 38.50 Euro each for dinner and 23 Euro each for breakfast. Octavia was free since she was under 5 years. When booking we thought this would be better since the restaurants would be quite expensive to purchase three meals. However, the website didn’t have menus for the cheaper food stores and cafes. We didn’t even know their would be other options. So if you prefer to save a little and avoid the crowds you can always visit them instead. I just don’t know if you can book into the buffet if you change your mind on the day.

Next we explored the Silja Land on deck 5. This is only for kids and their parents. Octavia had so much fun down here. It gave us a chance to relax and chat.

By this stage the ship had started moving so these are some of the views from the window.

Later on we made our way to the Grand Buffet for a 7:30 dinner. It was not where near as calm as these photos seem. It was craziness when we first arrived. It was as if the passengers had never seen food before. We even noticed quite a few passenger were removed from their tables, after sitting on the wrong ones, possibly get a table sooner then their booking.

There was so much food. Hot, cold, ethnic, savoury and sweet. I tried many of the Scandiavian foods and found that I really love herring. There was a dedicated kids buffet that had fried foods and meatballs I tried to steer O away from that but it didn’t talk long for her to notice it too. The deserts were also nice and petit. We returned the next morning for breakfast, but I wasn’t as impressed with the spread.

After breakfast we packed our suitcases and stood out on the balcony to enjoy the views as we entered into the port of Helsinki. This is actually the perfect spot if you want to make a quick exit on arrival.

So I wasn’t that excited to travel by ship, since it took alot more time then flying. However, it an experience and I think it was alot more fun if you travelling with a child. It ended up being a lot cheaper then flying and the accomodation was also included. So I can recommend this mode of travel and I hope this post was helpful if you are considering ship. We now have 10 more days go in Finland and a day trip in Tallin, Estonia.

Stockholm: Scandi perfection (day 3)

On our last day in Stockholm was really only a half day because we were booked to take a ship to Helsinki for the last leg of our trip. So we stuck close to our apartment in Södermalm. It was nice though because we got to see a bit more of this neighbourhood which is very hip. There are endless amounts of bakery cafes and funky stores. I would definetely love to stay in this part of Stockholm again, if only for the amazing pastries.

So for breakfast we visited one of the most exquisited bakeries I’ve ever seen, Robin Delselius Bakery. Robin Delselius is a third generation baker of 30 years experience. He learned his craft from his mother and would first open this bakery in Södermalm and later open two more locations in Stockholm and a summer cafe, Stavsnäs Vinterhamn in Värmdö with his mother. Robin Delselius Bakery offers an amazing array of savory and sweet pasteries, breads, cookies, pancakes, overnight oats, sandwiches, salads, wraps, coffees and smoothies (to name a few). The gorgeous decor complements the delictable offerings, which makes it a must-do place to breakfast or brunch or lunch!

Octavia ordered a custard filled Solbulle. I would prefer she start the day with something healthier, but it was hard to denie her something that looked that yum. Marco and I shared a Pain au Chocolat and a ham and cheese toast sandwich with a bonus healthy salad. You can tell by the pictures that it was all pretty fantastic. The oat milk cappuccinos were also really great and prefectly balanced.

After breakfast I walked Octavia and Marco to a Park Nytorget, so that I could wander the back streets of Södermalm. This park is a hidden oasis, with its bright flowers, perfectly manicured grass, fountains and colourful playground equipment for little ones. It is adjacent to many cafes, so it attracts alot of families.

After dropping the kids off I wondered around the streets, window shopping at bakery cafes and quirky stores. Since it was a weekend not all the stores were open, but the ones that were had some really interesting stuff. My last stop was Åhléns Department store. These more mainstream stores did have some sales, so I was able to get some reaosnably priced clothes and trickets.