The one travel wish regrettably not fulfilled when I was living in the UK was Scandinavia. There were efforts made, but alas, t'was not to be.
A much cheaper and easier way of embracing all things Nordic is to head to your nearest Ikea. After examining the limitless practical storage ideas, admiring the funky yet functional furnishings, and really really wishing you could fit into the cocoon-like kids' swivel armchair, so much time will have passed that your stomach will start to rumble and your feet will find themselves trotting off in the direction of the Ikea Restaurant.
Pre-sliced cakes in the chiller cabinet
Ikea Restaurant servery
We skipped the Swedish meatballs (Julia's ones in Ikea Singapore looked much more appealing than the ones on offer here) and grabbed a quick feed, all cheap and filling and it even came ready-assembled too!
Sushi box $3.95
Much more exciting though is the Sweden Shop near the exit on the other side of the checkouts. This little enclave is packed with a treasure trove of Swedish goodies, each delightfully packaged and stacked in uniform rows and towers oh-so-very-neatly.
Cloudberry jam and lingonberry jam
The chiller altar of pickled goodness
Frozen dessert cakes
I really wanted the Daim bar cake!
Almonds, crisp buttery toffee, chocolate... drool... I love these bars and used to eat them by the truckload!
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Ikea Restaurant and Sweden Shop
Ikea Homebush Bay Drive
1 Oulton Ave
Entry via Rhodes Shopping Centre
Off Homebush Bay Drive, Rhodes, Sydney
Tel: +61 (02) 9313 6400
Mon - Wed 10am - 7pm
Thurs 10am - 9pm
Fri 10am - 7pm
Sat - Sun 9am - 7pm
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