During lent, FIKA restaurant in the American Swedish Institute serves semlor, marzipan and whipped cream filled cardamom buns. We enjoyed this special treat last year and walking to get it seems like it could be an annual spring tradition.
We arrived at FIKA around noon and were definitely ready for a break after five miles of walking without one. I was hoping to repeat the lunch I had last year - a beet terrine and involves goat cheese. Sadly it was not to be.
Instead, I had the Baby Lettuce salad (beets, marcona almonds, blue cheese & rye croutons, with orange-ginger vinaigrette) and split the Potato Dumplings (butternut squash, fresh cheese, pumpkin seeds & brown butter) with Scott.
The big disappointment came when I asked the server if they still had semlor and he said NO! Of course on the day that I walk 5 miles with visions of semla through my head was the same day a bus load of people wiped out the entire day's supply of the delicious buns. Thankfully FIKA is full of sweet treats so I swapped the semla for a chocolate chunk sea salt cookie and a cafe au lait. Oh and I returned to FIKA on Tuesday for a true fika to break up my workday and enjoyed semla then.
Our lunch break was just what we both needed for the 5+ mile walk back. We took a detour and stopped by the Southwest Home Improvement Fair at Burroughs Elementary School.
Caught my eye along the way
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