Mellqvist Kaffebar is a small and cosy neighbourhood café on one of the main streets of Södermalm, Stockholm’s coolest district. It is a great place to indulge in the Swedish tradition of fika, taking a break to drink coffee and eat something sweet with a friend.
In addition to the coffee, which is smooth and mellow, people come here for the delicious cardamom buns (kardemummabullar in Swedish), a Swedish fika staple. The weekend brunch is also popular, but there is no real menu – don’t hesitate to ask at the counter.
Once you have grabbed your coffee and bun (and maybe one of the boiled eggs on the side) grab a stool – or better, an outside table if the weather is nice. Then open your copy of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo: besides being one of Stieg Larsson’s favourite places (the writer used to work just above it and is said to have written several pages there) Mellqvist Kaffebar is the location of the book’s final scene.
Judging from the creative types and laptops around, it would appear the literary aura of this café continues.
Hornsgatan 78 118 21 Stockholm, Sweden Phone:+46 76 875 29 92 Facebook: MellqvistKaffebar
A small but airy basement with an open kitchen and a big communal table, Bassanova Ramen NYC stands out from the loud, bright neon signs of Chinatown with a simple and stylish décor of white raw distressed wood and silver metal chairs.
There are only five dishes on the evening menu of this cash-only Japanese eatery: three ramen soups and two “naked” ramen dishes, i.e. without soup. The choice really boils down to three, as it would be a shame to miss their lip-smacking special recipe pork broth. Regularly featured among the best ramen destinations in New York, including by the venerable New York Times, this unpretentious place does one thing and does it well.
We recommend the spicy ramen and green curry, with char-grilled pork, prawns, peppers and courgettes; or the less fiery pork ramen. Served in beautiful Japanese earthenware bowls, which add to the visual and textual experience, they are aromatic, rich and delicious. Definitely worth the trip.
Loopy Mango is an Aladdin’s cave of beautiful and unusual clothes, linens, blankets, antiques and lifestyle items in the heart of Soho, Manhattan. Its greatest feature, though, and the reason to make it a destination of any visit to New York, is a red brick wall stacked floor-to-ceiling with the chunkiest merino wool.
Big Loop Yarn is a 100% merino yarn, sourced, dyed and spun in the United States, especially developed for chunky knits. One skein (40 oz, approx. 120 yards or 110 meters) knits up in just 2-3 hours with size 50 (25 mm) needles and will make a 28” x 40” (71 cm x 101 cm) blanket. It comes in a variety of natural and vibrant colors, including ivory, oatmeal, pink, red and grey.
Russian Anna and Korean Waejong started Loopy Mango to develop their own yarn and hand knit products. The idea of the Big Loop Yarn came from their knitting classes: Anna and Waejong wanted to offer absolute beginners satisfying designs that could be completed in the time of a knitting class. Because the Big Loop Yarn and needles are oversize, beginners could better see and understand the stitches’ movements.
According to the lovely Loopy Mango people, even advanced knitters will knit faster and make fewer mistakes on the Big Loop Yarn than on smaller yarn and needles. Free patters are available on the Loopy Mango website and you can watch several video tutorials on YouTube.
Before starting planning how to fit all of this wonderful wool into your suitcase (I went for a pink Eternity Cowl scarf kit) have a look also at the rest of the Loopy Mango shop: among others, they stock delightful Pagewood Farm feathers and puffs yarn. Loopy Mango deliver worldwide and have stockists in several countries.
Here is how I did with Loopy Mango’s Big Loop yarn and 25 mm circular needles!