107: Beneath the Chestnut Tree

Yes! Most of the moving boxes have now been emptied. I have found my camera equipment and all that is needed to resume a “normal life”. This Sunday I can publish some of my pictures from London as well as from the past weekend in Stockholm. M is in London, and I have been mainly cleaning. However I have made sure to have a few treats up my sleeve: a dinner at Le Nom restaurant with a dear friend and a cake-run to Under Kastanjen Cafe (Beneath the Chestnut Tree) in Old Town.

Le Nom is a fancy-ish bistro in Stockholms Vasastan. The cuisine is French inspired and the sizes of the dishes what one would call medium. Someone else might call them starter-size, but medium seems to be the new it-word in restaurants. I don’t mind, I am not a volume eater, but prefer to have smaller tasters and as many as possible. That is why fine dining suits me in general. We also had some very lovely wines: Drappier champagne, a juicy Sancerre and Bourgogne Pinot Noir. The restaurant is very cozy and regardless of the fancy-looking food, relaxed. I need to go there with M some time. Very good venue for a date with a foodie.

This morning we (me, my mother and daughter) headed out for a walk in the old town. The weather was crispy clear and not too raw. So it was very pretty on the historic cobblestone streets. Under Kastanjen is a traditional cafe, with checked table cloths, apple pie with whipped cream and cinnamon buns. Its definitely the type of place you take your mother to. They also have a wine bar down stairs, which I think I must try some time. Even though it is not mentioned by any Stockholm wine geeks, I find it my duty to know all these places. The square where Under Kastanjen is also located is very picturesque – one of my favorite spots in Old town. We ate almond and raspberry cake while gazing out the window at the wondering tourists. Very casual and relaxing weekend – just what I needed after a week of intense manual labor (moving a hundred wine boxes).

Have a great week and enjoy the pictures!

xx Soile

Under the Chestnut Tree..
…and the pretty square that it is on
Almond and raspberry cake
Stockholm christmas decorations
Swedish charcuterie at Le Nom
After Eight cream cones at Le Nom
Cozy feel at Le Nom
Pulled pork flatbread at Greenwich market
At Greenwich market
On the edge of Greenwich
Cauliflower and onion at Foley’s London
Christmas lights on Oxford street

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