When you grow up in a dual culture household you get used to certain things as “just the way it is” and especially so when it comes to food. Take shrimp, crab or lobster for example. If you said it is served cold and has a salty flavor – you are likely from Sweden. But there are a bunch of other somewhat unique Swedish foods that I don’t think twice about.
A sandwich in Sweden is often not two slices of bread but one. It, most times, has a protein or cheese not both. The bread is often “hard” bread. And as you can see from the above it could just have soft cheese with some kind of protein flavoring or caviar in a tube (with very little real fish roe in it btw). Kids grow up eating this stuff all summer long on outings to the countryside or out to an island for the day!
There are other equally special things that I love that others just don’t get. Salt licorice is another good one. I don’t really care for normal licorice but the salt type is num num num. Now salt licorice ice cream – even I don’t care for that!
Some things I do not care for and default to my US cultural side. The idea that a beer over 3.5% in alcohol content can only be purchased in an over priced (i.e. taxed) state controlled liquor store is just not OK. Same goes for ultra limited open hours for so many establishments (but way better than in years past).
Enough of my thoughts as I could do this all day. I want your input. What foods or cultural bits have you seen or tried in your travels that you either were shocked, surprised by or really hated or liked? Was there something you thought you would hate and found to be quite good when you tried it? Let us know in the comments below! – René
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