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Swedish Pastry 101

Posted on Dec 11, 2013 in Destination Dining, Eating Out 101

It’s that time of year. Days are darker, the air colder, New Yorkers surlier. Perhaps we could learn a thing or two about thriving in harsh weather from Northern Europe, namely Sweden, whose citizens rely on two crucial survival tools to endure their long winters: Coffee and pastries. In fact, the Swedes take their coffee culture so seriously that they even have a verb for it, fika, an all-encompassing term for the daily ritual of enjoying time with friends and family over coffee and an accompanying treat. Those looking to get in on the fika fun can acquaint themselves with the tradition at several Swedish cafés in Manhattan and Brooklyn, including Konditori, the aptly named coffee shop Fika, and a cafe hidden inside the Swedish Seaman’s Church in Midtown (yes, it’s a real place!).

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