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Chef Fredrik Berselius of Aska Restaurant + Radio Waves

Did you read that recent NY Times review about Aska Restaurant, the spot in Williamsburg, Brooklyn that sparkles inside of Kinfolk Studios, the multi-functional art space? It’s the place that’s dishing up modern Scandinavian style cuisine at a pace and in a style that’s breathing new life into Brooklyn’s culinary scene, bite for bite.

Chef Fredrik Berselius (who previously rocked Frej Restaurant prior to opening Aska) is at the helm of the menu; in spring and summer, he’s out foraging for items you’ll later find on your dinner plate, or even in your fancy cocktail.

Here’s the thing: if fine dining is our 21st century version of opera (or a play), participation can come at a seriously high price. These days, tasting menus cost $150 and up at the price of admission, boxing out many customers with a hungry heart and a savvy stomach. At Aska, the playing field is leveled with the prix fix menu, which costs $65. It’s actually cheaper to eat at Aska than it is to take a cab to JFK. 

Cancel that day trip to IKEA for those previously frozen Swedish meatballs, and crank U Look Hungry at 6pm (EST) sharp this evening as I chat with Fredik about foraging, his methodology to cooking, Stockholm and so much more, only on the Heritage Radio Network.

If you miss the live broadcast because you’re dining at Aska right now, I get it, and I’m jealous. Stream the episode at your leisure by downloading the (free) itunes version of the episode here.



Wedding crashers, European style.

I’ve been on a brief internet hiatus over the past two weeks, because I crossed the pond and took a crazy trip through Europe. The final destination: a Swedish wedding (note: we didn’t actually crash it, we were invited). 2 days in Paris, 2 days in Amsterdam, 2 days in Stockholm and 3 days on a summer island north of Gothenburg, Sweden. Pure insanity, unless you’re into that sort of thing.

I can’t even begin to scratch the surface of all of the amazing food and beverages that were consumed, so instead, here’s some visuals-a respite from my babbling.

PARIS

Lots of Rose, falafel, and stinky cheese were had.

AMSTERDAM

I consumed too many Belgian fries, feasted on amazing Indonesian Rijsttafel (Indonesian buffet), and Dutch chocolate.

STOCKHOLM:

The rumor’s are true: Swedes love salmon, Swedish meatballs, lingonberry jam, and aquavit after all. I can’t say I blame them. I consumed all of those items, and felt like I could row on a viking ship thereafter, or take a nap. 

(this little lady seen above sits at a wooden chair all day, creating hand made waffle cones on a rotating waffle maker. Don’t mess with the Swedes-they mean business when it comes to the sweets)

NICE DAY FOR A WHITE SWEDISH WEDDING:

TJORN, SWEDEN

This isn’t the land of “1,000 island dressing.” Just the land of 1,000 islands. 

All I can tell you is, get thee self invited to a Swedish/European wedding, stat.