• Europe,  Restaurants

    Stocholm Guide: Welcome to Paraden!

    Written by: Sheida

    Welcome to Paraden, Bockholmengruppen’s latest addition of restaurants, located at the corner of Valhallavägen and Erik Dahlbergsgatan at Karlaplan in Stockholm. Since I (Sheida) live just a stones throw away, I have walked past this newly opened (and hyped!) local joint several times, and last Sunday I finally went there for brunch. 

    You can tell that the locals are happy that Paraden is finally up and running, because every time I have walked past this otherwise so quiet street, it has been busier than usual. On Thursday, when I walked home from work, I thought they were hosting an event of some sort, since there were so many people hanging outside the restaurant.
    I was wrong. It was just the after work that was in full swing!

    Old movie theater

    The owners of Paraden, Bockholmengruppen, also stand behind the popular restaurants Nybrogatan 38, Nytorget 6 and Österlånggatan 17, so you will find a lot of similarities in both the interior and the menu – even if each restaurant has its own twist. Paraden’s concept is actually pretty cool. It’s built inside an old movie theater from 1932 and has kept a lot of details that will remind you of its history. The theater seating behind me (in the picture above) is just an example.

    This morning, I went for a classic Egg Royale with smoked salmon, spinach, poached eggs and hollandaise. A glass of freshly squeezed orange juice and a cappuccino and I was good to go!
    Egg Royale: 145 SEK, Juice 45 SEK.

    Even though Karlaplan is a part of central Stockholm, this particular area is very quiet and can’t exactly brag with a wide and good selection of restaurants and places to hang out on.  Paraden is therefore a welcomed addition, and I can really recommend it for a cosy dinner or a date.
    Adress: Valhallavägen 147
    Reservations: 08 660 33 55 or 
    paraden@bockholmengruppen.com

    Opening hours: Mon-Thur 07:30-23:00, Weekends 10:00-01:00

  • Rollers n Bowlers We are Nodes
    Europe

    Date Night at Rollers n Bowlers in Haninge, Stockholm

    Written by Yasmin

    Rollers n Bowlers We are Nodes

    Take the commuter train about 20 minutes from Stockholm city, and walk right into an American diner. What makes Rollers n Bowlers in Haninge Centrum so unique is not necessarily the diner itself, but their bowling alley and roller skating rink which makes the venue optimal for a full-blown American teenage date night  (at least the setup we are used to seeing in movies).

    My boyfriend and I decided to go for the traditional American date night experience a couple of weeks ago, and started off our visit at Rolles n Bowlers with burgers and shakes in the restaurant. Later, we head over to the rink to show off our roller skating “skills”. Even though I figure skated as a child, I can’t claim that my performance in the rink was something to be proud of,. However, the loud music and disco lights made the experience so much more fun (and sweaty) than I ever expected!

    Rollers n Bowlers We are NodesRollers n Bowlers We are Nodes StockholmThe restaurant was nicely decorated and seemed to be popular amongst children, teens and older people. The Oreo-milkshake was great but the food is slightly overpriced in comparison to its taste. 

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    More information
    Price: 130 SEK (roller skating) for 1 hour on weekends
    Website: http://www.rollersnbowlers.se/
    Location: Haninge Centrum
    Address: Runstensvägen 1, 13646, Handen
    Opening hours:
    Monday : 10.00 – 21.00
    Tuesday – Thursday: 10.00 – 22.00
    FrIday- Saturday : 10.00 – 01.00
    Sunday: 11.00 – 21.00

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  • Europe,  Restaurants

    Elegant Breakfast at Gretas in Haymarket by Scandic, Stockholm

    Written by Yasmin

    The opening of Haymarket by Scandic in Stockholm really made a splash in media. The renovation of the former department store PUB-huset was finished in May 2016, and when the doors finally opened, the public was welcomed to a brand new hotel with several cafés and restaurants in exquisite taste.

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    So close, but yet so far away…

    Recognize the feeling of having a special spot you walk by in your everyday life and never have the time to enter? Gretas, one of Haymarket by Scandic’s cafés, influenced by the 1920’s and decorated in pink colours in a glamorous setting, is THAT place for Sheida. So, once it was time for our “sister conference/ We are Nodes-planning”, she insisted that we should pick Gretas as our location for the day. Said and done, we were there a little before 9 on a Sunday morning (their opening hours is from 9 am on weekends, and 7.30 am on weekdays).

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    New favorite spot

    And here’s the verdict: There’s really nothing you can complain over at Gretas. We liked it all; Friendly staff, the well made and filling sandwiches that live up to their prices, the COFFEE, but most of all we enjoyed the the calm and elegant vibe. The central part of Stockholm has (in our opinion), always lacked a great café and breakfast spot, but enter Gretas – our new favorite breakfast place!Gretas Scandic Haymarket We are Nodes Toast on rye with Avocado with egg from Gotland “65” and cream cheese for 85 SEKToast on rye with Salmon and horseradish for 85 SEK

    It’s Champagne o’clock

    Once the clock starts being lunch time, more and more people find their way to Gretas, which is maybe why we prefer the early hours there (not sure if it’s a introvert trait or something…). However, before rounding off, we ordered in a glass of Champagne (140 SEK) to celebrate multiple personal victories (and also Sheida’s upcoming birthday!).

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    Breakfasts is our favorite meal of the day, so we’d love to hear about your breakfast spots in Stockholm! Where do you normally go out to eat breakfast?

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    Gretas, Haymarket by Scandic

    Opening hours
    Cafe: Mon-Thu 07:00-20:00
    Fri 07:00-22:00
    Sat 09:00-22:00
    Sun 09:00-18:00
    Address: Hötorget 13-15
    111 57 Stockholm
    Contact info: Phone+46 8 517 26 700, Email: haymarket@scandichotels.com
    Website: https://www.scandichotels.com/hotels/sweden/stockholm/haymarket-by-scandic/restaurant-bar/gretas

  • Destinations,  Europe

    A Burlesque Dinner at Melt Bar, Stockholm

    Melt Bar, Stockholm, We are Nodes, Burlesque

    I (Sheida) was surprised that I hadn’t heard of Melt Bar until a friend of mine made dinner reservations there one Friday night a couple of weeks ago. Dinner accompanied with burlesque and jazz performances, in the middle of Stockholm certainly sounded like a refreshing idea instead of the typical dinner out with friends.

    Golden Twenties

    The 1920’s restaurant and bar inspired by the prohibition New York, is suitably located at the infamous Malmskillnadsgatan 45 in Stockholm – and it really lives up to its expectations! As soon as I entered the restaurant, it felt like being thrown back to the happy 20’s again, the golden age of burlesque.

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    After hanging in my coat and being seated, we started off our evening by ordering Melt Bar’s famous ‘Punch in Crystal’. It is perfect for sharing and therefore a a great option for a larger company. The drink is presented in a lovely diamond cut punch bowl and served in porcelain teacups. We chose to start with a drink called ‘Obsession’ while waiting for our appetizers.

    Melt Bar, Stockholm, We are Nodes, BurlesqueMelt Bar, Stockholm, We are Nodes, BurlesqueObssession – a mixture of passion fruit, lemon, rum and bubbles (price: 149 pp).

    Inspired by the prohibition era in NYC

    Since the theme of Melt Bar is the prohibition era in New York, where alcohol was forbidden (but didn’t stop a great party – as stated on Melt Bar’s website) many of the drinks have a fun touch that will make your dinner experience something out of the ordinary. What about drinking beer in paper bags? Or champagne in teacups? Or having a shot of absinthe? All while enjoying live entertainment (jugglers, dancers, jazz musicians and of course burlesque) throughout the dinner. You don’t necessarily come to Melt Bar for the food – you come here for the good vibe. To experience something different. And we weren’t disappointed.

    Melt Bar, Stockholm, We are Nodes, BurlesqueAppetizer: Cripsy Mozzarella – fresh cut mozzarella breaded and fried and served with dip. 140 sek.Melt Bar, Stockholm, We are Nodes, BurlesqueMain Course: BBQ smoked beef brisket sandwhich – smoked for 20 hours, sliced and server warm with cheese, bbq sauce, pickles, chips, mac & cheese. 195 sek.Melt Bar, Stockholm, We are Nodes, BurlesqueDessert: Complimentary Chocholate Truffles. Price: 25 sek. img_3993

    Pop-up Entertainment

    After dinner, some complimentary chocolate truffles and yet another Crystal punch bowl (this time we tried ‘Bootlegger’ consisting of cucumber, apple, lemon, elderflower, mint and gin), we headed downstairs were the show continued. Every Friday and Saturday evening, Melt Bar has some of Sweden’s best burlesque dancers, jazz singers, magicians and dancers performing until 1 a.m. It surely will be a night to remember and We are Nodes definitely recommends you to go! After all, a little party never killed nobody.

    Melt Bar, Stockholm, We are Nodes, Burlesque

    Adress: Malmskillnadsgatan 45, Hötorget
    Website: www.meltbar.se
    Tel: 08-644 67 60
    E-mail: delicious@meltbar.se


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  • Europe,  Restaurants

    Lunch with Pontus Frithiof, owner of Stockholm airport restaurant ’Pontus in the Air’

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    To be headed to Stockholm Arlanda Airport without having to worry about forgotten passports or tickets is new to us. We are on our way to ‘Pontus in the Air’, the latest addition to Pontus Frithiof’s collection of restaurants in Sweden. The restaurant is located in terminal 5, which boasts the majority of international departures at Arlanda.

    There is no escaping security even though we’re only visiting the restaurant. In addition, a visitor badge is needed to enter the area. We collect it from the airport service center after a thorough identification check. Walking around at the airport without having a flight to catch feels strange. Pontus Frithiof, restaurateur and entrepreneur, on the other hand is used to spending a lot of his waking hours at the airport. But he points out that he is very careful not to neglect his other restaurants. Before our lunch at noon,  he has managed to fit in four visits to his other restaurants“You do not really have a choice, it is a must when your restaurants are built on personal presence.”

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    The idea to open a restaurant at Arlanda was born two years ago. Business travellers, a target group with great purchasing power, attracted PontusThis, in combination with his frustration over the lack of good food at Arlanda, got Pontus to send an an email to Swedavia (Swedish nationally owned company which owns and operates the major airports) at 9 pm on a Thursday evening. To his big surprise, he received an immediate replySwedavia had been on the lookout for something new for Arlanda for a long time, but other restaurants had previously turned them down because of the location. Now, this was about to change. 

    After months and months of planning and venue hunting, the decision finally fell on a 1000 m2 location, which at the time was empty and unused. “Travellers come to airports as late as possible to avoid eating there. Therefore we want to offer something brand new. We are one of the few restaurants at Arlanda with a fully fitted kitchen and we cook all dishes from scratch. Our goal is to become the best airport restaurant in Europe”, Pontus declares in a determined tone. When asked which restaurant he benchmarks to, he quickly answers: Gordon Ramsey’s restaurant at Heathrow.

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    First impression

    Pontus guides us through the main floor, past all the boutiques and cafés, until we arrive outside of the restaurant. “Pontus in the Air is located on floor one, which gives you a very peaceful setting in comparison to downstairs where all the other restaurants are located.  Positioning airport restaurants on a higher floor is actually a European airport trend that has worked very well”Pontus explains as he walks up the two flights of stairs.

    The elevated location actually does make a big difference. The frantic vibe disappears as soon as we walk up the stairs and enter the restaurant. It is almost instantly replaced by the pleasant view over the runways where you can watch airplanes take off, without being disturbed by jet engines and stressed travellers. Maybe the calmness is due to the fact that it is still quiet when we arrive at the restaurant. The typical lunch rushes are rare, since people naturally adjust their dining after their flight tickets.

    The restaurant is enormous (1000 m2) and divided into two areas: ‘Market”, which offers breakfast, lunch and dinner buffets, and the Brasserie from where the restaurant offers a la carte dining for up to a hundred seated guests.

    What stands out with regards to the interior are the two red and white wine cellars in the middle of the restaurantWe immediately notice them and Pontus proudly shows us around the numerous bottles: We have really invested on wines and can therefore offer a wide selection of wines here”, he says.
    IMG_2189 IMG_2175IMG_2173IMG_2167 The white wine cellar.

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    Airport restaurant, but how?

    At first glance, the only thing that reveals that we are in an airport – other than the view of the runways of course – is the departure board that hangs on one of the walls of the restaurant. However, Pontus lists several reasons how the restaurant is tailored for travellers.

    • Multiple power sockets where travellers can charge theirphones and computers. 
    • Private bathroom for restaurant guests (most restaurants refer their guests to the public airport bathrooms). 
    • Own Wi-Fi
    • ‘Pontus in the Air’ ensures a maximum wait time of 12 minutes, from order to table, for parties up to 6 people. If the staff would fail to deliver the food within the timeframe, they won’t charge for the food. 
    • Through the restaurant’s app you can pre-order food and pick it up at the restaurant before getting on the plane. Do not let long-distance flights stop you – the food will be handed to you in a thermal bagThe next step that Pontus is looking at is offering delivery at the gate for travellers in a hurry. 

    Food and Beverages

    The menu consists of hot and cold dishes in the price range from 175-395 SEK (19-42 euros) for a main course (see the full menu here)From previous experience from his other restaurants, we know that the Nicoise salad is fantastic, but we want to try something new. Pontus diplomatically responds that everything on the menu is goodbut his chief sommelier Mario E Moroni, who worked together with Pontus for over 16 years, is quick to list his personal favourites: I like the sautéed reindeer, tortellini and the burgers the best”.

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    Large veal carpaccio with asparagus, olives and parmesancrème.
    Price: 275 SEK (29 euros)

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    Steamed char with spinach, mushrooms, cucumber noodles served with cold caviar and chive sauce.
    Price: 295 SEK (31 euros)

    We are Nodes recommends:

    Pontus Dressed Lobster Salad
    The amazing lobster is first kibbled out of its shell and mixed with cucumber, avocado, mango and tomato, before served in its shell. The fresh mango adds a perfect touch the salad. It is served in two sizes, but half portion is enough for us.

    IMG_2193 Price 
    225 SEK (24 euros) Half 
    395 SEK (42 euros) Whole

    Believe it or not, but you can even get the lobster salad to go. It is not served with its shell though, for obvious reasons.

    Champagne Breakfast
    ‘Pontus in the Air’s offers both a breakfast buffet (served in the ‘Market’ area) and à la carte options at the Brasserie – with the possibility to add a glass of Henriot Champagne for 99 SEK. We are Nodes are huge fans of champagne breakfasts, so from now on this will be the starting point of our journeysThe restaurant has a liquor license that allows them to serve alcohol from 6 am, so even early travellers can enjoy a champagne breakfast on site. “I love Champagne, it is the best drink there is”, Pontus agrees. But considering most of his days begin at 4 am, we doubt that Champagne breakfasts are that frequent. 

    We recommend the Market Breakfast Buffé för only 99 SEK (10,40 Euroc),  including Coffee/Tea, orange juice, turkey and cheese sandwiches, organic yogurt with muesli, scrambled eggs, bacon and a lot more . Not that hungry? The A la carté-menu includes smaller alternatives, like Greek yogurt with homemade granola and fresh crushed berries (50 SEK/5.5euros) or scrambled eggs and toast (65 SEK/7 euros).

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    Speaking of Champagne, it is worth mentioning that ‘Pontus in the Air ‘ is one of three restaurants in Sweden who are official Krüg ambassadors (Krüg is considered to be one of the most exclusive champagne brands in the world). This means they can serve Krüg by the glass and have a wide selection of their Champagnes on the menu.

    IMG_2211Pontus Frithiof with chief sommelier Mario E Moroni.

    Yasmin Tilles Pontus Frithiof We are Nodes at Pontus in the Air at ArlandaYasmin and Sheida Tilles (We are Nodes) with Pontus Frithiof.

    Travel Q&A’s with Pontus Frithiof

    Favourite weekend city? London, it is a very good weekend destination located on a reasonable distance. 

    Favourite spot for holidays in the sun? If I get to choose anywhere in the world, would choose the Maldives. I also spend a lot of time in the south of France. I love Cannes (read more about Cannes on our city guide).

    Favourite airport? Heathrow and Copenhagen airport. 

    Worst airport? Two Ryanair airports; Beauvais in Paris and Stansted in London. You get treated like cattle there! I rarely have a problem with people finding ways to make money, but the whole business model, which is based on having to purchase a bunch of things just to not have to stand in a 40km long line, is not for me.


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