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‘New Nordic Food’ served after the seminar ‘A Prosperous Future for All – Gender, Climate Change and Biodiversity in a Globalized World’ at the House of Sweden in Washington

Seminar 'A Prosperous Future for All - Gender, Climate Change and Biodiversity in a Globalized World' at the House of Sweden in WashingtonChef Frida Johansson who works at the Swedish residence in Washington and Danish chef, food writer and entrepreneur Trine Hahnemann at the event at the House of Sweden in Washington, D.C.

“A PROSPEROUS Future for All – Gender, Climate Change and Biodiversity in a Globalized World” was the topic of a seminar at the House of Sweden in Washington on Thursday, Feb. 28. Among the participants were Eskil Erlandsson, Sweden’s Minister for Rural Affairs, and the Danish chef, food writer and entrepreneur Trine Hahnemann, among others. The panel tried to answer the question “How does the global discourse on gender equality, climate change and biodiversity meet policy?”

MR. ERLANDSSON, previously a farmer, mentioned the importance of understanding the link “from farm to fork.” Ms. Hahnemann gave an interesting and engaging speech about the nutritious value of rye bread as well as kale and blueberries. She pointed out the importance of locally produced food, and discussed the “New Nordic Food.” The cold winters, the long summer evenings, the clean waters and many varieties of fish, game and fresh produce that are available in the countryside, and small producers of bread, meat and beer are the hallmarks of “New Nordic Food,” she said.

TRINE Hahnemann has worked as a chef since the early 1990s, and her advocacy is that “through cooking, eating and exchanging our stories and beliefs we can create a better world.” In 1995 she acquired her first catering business that specialized in on-tour catering to the rock music and film industry. She catered for artists such as The Rolling Stones, Tina Turner, Elton John and Pink Floyd. Then she moved on to start a company that worked with “the way we eat.” Recently she co-founded the Rye Bread Project in New York City. She has appeared on television shows in her home country Denmark as well as in the United States and United Kingdom, and writes a weekly column in Denmark’s leading woman’s magazine. She is also a freelance writer and contributes regularly in the U.S. website Zesterdaily about Nordic food. Additionally she hosts workshop about food culture and give speeches around the world. She has also written numerous books about Scandinavian food.

AFTERWARDS an innovative and delicious buffet of “New Nordic Food” (Ny nordisk mat) was served by Trine Hahnemann, with the assistance of Frida Johansson, chef at the Swedish residence in Washington.

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Swedish Chef Marcus Samuelsson hosted fund-raising event for President Obama at his restaurant Red Rooster Harlem

SWEDISH New York-based Chef Marcus Samuelsson has been seen a lot in the American media lately. In the Sunday’s “What I Wore” – with the title “First Food, Then Sneakers” – he tells The New York Times (http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/27/fashion/27WHATIWORE.html?_r=1&scp=2&sq=marcus%20samuelsson&st=cse) readers about what he actually wore this last week.

LAST NIGHT, March 29, President Obama held his first big 2012 campaign fund-raising event for the Democratic National Committee at Samuelsson’s new restaurant Red Rooster Harlem (www.redroosterharlem.com). According to The Wall Street Journal (http://blogs.wsj.com/washwire/2011/03/29/obama-visits-n-y-for-1-5-million-haul/?KEYWORDS=red+rooster+harlem) the president is “making nice” with Wall Street, after the Wall Street community suffered from criticism by Democrats in Congress and even the president over the last couple years. Wall Street was taken to task about the behavior of the financial industry, which helped to create “The Great Recession.”

AND NEXT week, on Wednesday, April 6, Samuelsson will visit House of Sweden in Washington, D.C. for “FOOD: Talk & Book Signing with Chef Marcus Samuelsson” (www.swedenabroad.com/washington). He will talk about his new book “New American Table.”

Swedish New York-based chef Marcus Samuelsson talked food on The Dylan Ratigan Show

MarcusSamuelsson.20080507 003.JPGNew York-based chef Marcus Samuelsson grew up in S?edalen, Gothenburg, Sweden.

OVER THE YEARS, the Swedish New York-based chef Marcus Samuelsson (www.marcussamuelsson.com) has earned much acclaim in the United States. Known for his work at the Scandinavian restaurant Aquavit in New York, he recently opened Red Rooster (www.redroosterharlem.com) in Harlem at 310 Lenox Ave. He says that the menu at Red Rooster “reflects on the roots of American cuisine while celebrating local farmers and artisanal food makers.” According to his Web site, Samuelsson, who is a resident of Harlem, has long wanted to bring a restaurant to that vibrant community.

WHILE OPENING a new restaurant, he has also found time to publish a cook-book “New American Table,” assisted at a state dinner at the White House, and win Bravo’s series Top Chef Masters in 2010 where he competed with about 20 world-renowned chefs.

ON THURSDAY afternoon he discussed food with Dylan Ratigan on Ratigan’s MSNBC show (http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/21134540/vp/42016522#42016522). Marcus Samuelsson was born in Ethiopia and grew up in S?edalen, a suburban area of Gothenburg on the Swedish west coast.

Stockholm is more than Stieg Larsson…..

Shrimp salad ?la Lisa ElmqvistShrimp salad ?la Lisa Elmqvist

FOR MANY travelers the Swedish capital is synonymous with the world famous author Stieg Larsson and his Millennium trilogy. Maybe Larsson is the most well-known Swede in the world right now – or ever. Even tours with visits to the S?dermalm neighborhoods, south of the Old Town, where he lived and worked, are arranged and are covered in the international press. Check out a recent travel piece in The New York Times (June 20, 2010) (http://travel.nytimes.com/2010/06/20/travel/20surfacing.html?scp=2&sq=%22stieg+larsson%22%2Bsodermalm&st=nyt).

BUT STOCKHOLM – the sometimes gloomy but beautiful city situated in the outskirts of the European continent – has a lot more to offer. One “must visit” place is ?termalmshallen, in the heart of the city, in the neighborhood of ?termalm. This fabulous food market, with an extraordinary selection, is always worth a visit, not the least for its seafood. One favorite restaurant at the market is Lisa Elmqvist (www.lisaelmqvist.se), with its extraordinary menu filled with seafood delicacies from Scandinavia.

BE SURE TO stop by on your next visit to the elegant Swedish capital city. And if you can, sit at the bar. The service and the conversation with the barkeepers is lots of fun. And besides, sometimes you get to meet interesting people who happen to sit next to you.

A highlight of a visit to ?termalmshallen - the seafood restaurant Lisa ElmqvistA highlight of a visit to ?termalmshallen – the seafood restaurant Lisa Elmqvist

The Lisa Elmqvist seafood restaurant in ?termalmshallenThe Lisa Elmqvist seafood restaurant in ?termalmshallen

Cupcake STHLM introduces American tradition to the Swedish capital

From the left, owners Mikael Ingeltun and Martin Johansson, together with the U.S. Ambassador to Sweden Matthew Barzun, and Eva Hafstr?m, wife of the Swedish Ambassador to the United States Jonas Hafstr?m.Inauguration of Cupcake STHLM in Stockholm. From the left, owners Mikael Ingeltun and Martin Johansson, together with the U.S. Ambassador to Sweden Matthew Barzun, and Eva Hafstr?m, wife of the Swedish Ambassador to the United States Jonas Hafstr?m.

AFTER RETURNING to Sweden from his job as the former chef at the Embassy of Sweden in Washington, D.C., Martin Johansson, together with colleague Mikael Ingeltun, started a cupcake business — Cupcake STHLM (http://www.cupcakesthlm.se) – in the Swedish capital.

Martin Johansson and Mikael Ingeltun of Cupcake STHLM in StockholmMartin Johansson and Mikael Ingeltun of Cupcake STHLM in Stockholm

INSPIRED BY the American trend, they opened this store with only cupcakes a few months ago, and the locals can taste their creations while listen to American Jazz. “It would be great to see all my old friends from Washington and the U.S. over the holidays, and we welcome them to stop by and enjoy the delights of our new cupcake bakery,” says owner Martin Johansson.

Cupcake STHLM is located at S:t Eriksgatan 83, 113 32 Stockholm. Hours: Monday-Friday 9:30 a.m. – 7 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sunday 12 noon – 5 p.m. Tel. 08- 83 80 83.

Former Washington chef Martin Johansson starts Cupcake business in Stockholm

Martin Johansson worked as chef at the Embassy of Sweden in Washington, D.C.Martin Johansson worked as chef at the Embassy of Sweden in Washington, D.C.

MARTIN JOHANSSON - known by many in Washington as the excellent former chef at the Embassy of Sweden – has returned to his native country and started a cupcake business in the Swedish capital. Many guests were fortunate to have the opportunity to enjoy Martin’s delicacies and creative dishes at the Ambassador’s residence as well as at the House of Sweden and the Embassy.

DURING HIS time in Washington Martin Johansson also helped famed Swedish New York-based chef Marcus Samuelsson prepare President Obama’s state dinner at the White House for Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh last November.

THE SWEDISH daily Dagens Nyheter told about Martin’s new career in an article in the paper’s Sunday edition, November 21 (http://www.dn.se/mat-dryck/reportage/cupcakes-1.1209763).

BACK IN Sweden, inspired by the American trend, Martin together with colleague Mikael Ingeltun started Cupcake STHLM (http://www.cupcakesthlm.se/) – a store with only cupcakes — a few months ago. Now Stockholmers can enjoy their creations and listen to American Jazz.

“It would be great to see all my old friends from Washington and the U.S. over the holidays. We welcome them to stop by and enjoy the delights of our new cupcake bakery,” says Martin Johansson. 

Cupcake STHLM is located at S:t Eriksgatan 83, 113 32 Stockholm. Hours: Monday-Friday 9:30 a.m. – 7 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sunday 12 noon – 5 p.m. Tel. 08-83 80 83.

Catalonian Restaurant Can Roquet – charming with exquisite and inventive cuisine

Restaurant Can Roquet in Romany?de la Selva on the Costa Brava, Spain

Restaurant Can Roquet, located in the charming medieval village of Romany?de la Selva on the Costa Brava, Spain

RESTAURANT CAN ROQUET is one of many excellent restaurants on the Costa Brava in Spain. The most famous restaurant in the region is, of course, world-famous El Bull? situated near the town Roses, about an hour and a half further north on the coast. Can Roquet is located in the charming and picturesque medieval village of Romany?de la Selva, near the old church and Pla? de l’Esgl?ia, close to Cristina d’Aro in the Girona province and about an hour north of Barcelona.

DURING A RECENT VISIT, it was obvious that the place is as good as last time we visited it about two years ago. Owners Ken and Donald, both Belgians, prepare dishes that are exquisite and impeccably presented. This charming and original atmosphere with candles everywhere, is the perfect backdrop to the fabulous and inventive dishes, consisting of a wide range of local products. Adding to the delightful meal are the two small appetizer dishes that are served before any ordered appetizer and the main course. This time we were served a white gazpacho, made of almonds, with garlic, and sherry foam, and a shrimp in a glass with leaf mint, filo pastry and sweet and sour sauce. Both were extraordinary! For more information, phone 34 972-833081, or visit their exciting Web site: www.canroquet.com.

Appetizers -- white gazpacho, made of almonds, with garlic, and sherry foam, and a shrimp in a glass with leaf mint, filo pastry and sweet and sour sauce

Appetizers — white gazpacho, made of almonds, with garlic, and sherry foam, and a shrimp in a glass with leaf mint, filo pastry and sweet and sour sauce

Duck with duck liver and wine sauce
Duck with duck liver and wine sauce

Duck with duck liver and wine sauce

Tournedo of oxtail with wine sauce

Tournedo of oxtail with wine sauce

The Can Roquet menu - printed paper handmade by the restaurant staff

The Can Roquet menu – printed paper handmade by the restaurant staff

Sunset from Restaurant Can Roquet in Romany?de la Selva, Costa Brava, Spain

Sunset from Restaurant Can Roquet in Romany?de la Selva, Costa Brava, Spain

Romany?de la Selva, Costa Brava, Spain

Romany?de la Selva, Costa Brava, Spain

Romany?de la Selva, Costa Brava, Spain

Romany?de la Selva, Costa Brava, Spain

Honest Tea Aficionado Barack Obama

Honest Tea

THERE HAS LATELY been so much media coverage on President Barack Obama’s preference for the bottled tea called “Honest Tea” that I decided I had to try it out. My tea consumption usually only extends to brewed Earl Grey, English Breakfast Tea or even everyday Lipton tea. I am not particularly fond of herbal teas. They just don’t taste very much. They’re kind of bland, I think.

BUT THIS TIME I decided to jump on the bandwagon, and find out what all the hoopla is about. According to reports, Obama once favored Honest Tea’s Community Green flavor, but now he likes Green Dragon and the caffeine-free Black Forest Berry. I went to my favorite grocery store in Washington, the organic megatemple Whole Foods Market (where you wouldn’t dream of finding any food that wasn’t politically correct, or less than hip), and bought one bottle of Green Dragon and one bottle of Black Forest Berry. Of the two, I must say that I clearly favor Black Forest Berry, with an appealing taste of blackberry and raspberry. I also like that the both teas were not sweet at all. The label says they have a touch of organic (of course) cane sugar in them.

HONEST TEA IS produced by a Bethesda, Maryland-based company that is committed to social responsibility and whose teas are USDA Organic Certified and Fair Trade Certified. Besides being very politically correct, President Obama likes their teas and, best of all, their teas are delicious — which are all very good reasons to get some more Honest Tea.

Stj?nkocken Marcus Samuelsson signerade b?cker i G?teborg

 
Marcus Samuelsson

Marcus Samuelsson innan en TV-inspelning i Fiskekyrkan i G?teborg.

Den svenske stj?nkocken Marcus Samuelsson, fr? G?teborg, bes?kte i februari staden och signerade sin nyutkomna bok p?NK — Africa on my mind – om den afrikanska kokkonsten. Han hann ocks?med en TV-inspelning f?r TV4 i Fiskekyrkan. Samuelsson kanske ? allra mest k?d f?r sin prisbel?nta lyxkrog Aquavit i New York, staden d? han ? bosatt.

Ben’s Chili Bowl Attracts the Fancy Set and Guys from the Neighborhood

Ben's Chili Bowl

Ben’s Chili Bowl

President-elect Barack Obama visits Ben's Chili Bowl

President-elect Barack Obama’s Friday visit to Ben’s Chili Bowl was covered in The Washington Post and media nationwide.

BEN’S Chili Bowl, a longtime neighborhood institution in the middle of the U Street neighborhood, got a presidential visit on Friday, when President-elect Barack Obama and Washington, D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty visited the place and posed for pictures before having lunch.

BEN’S HAS been at its location on U Street so long that it has seen the neighborhood go up and then down and then way down and then back up again. The food is simple, with the quintessentially D.C. half-smoke hot dog with chili as the centerpiece on the menu.

WHAT USED TO BE a black neighborhood hangout now has white women in fur coats and Louis Vuitton bags waiting in line to get a chili half-smoke to go while their fancy cars wait at the curb. Founded and owned by Ben and Virginia Ali, the restaurant is celebrating its 50th anniversary. They even have a book out with lots of pictures of the many famous and not-so-famous people who have stop by the famous eatery. Among the famous, comedian Bill Cosby is perhaps best known as a longtime patron of Ben’s.

FOR MORE information, visit www.benschilibowl.com. 1213 U Street, N.W. Washington, D.C. (202) 667-0909.