Monday, 29 August 2016

Pizzas in and near Stockholm: my top spots

Tutto Bello at Tegnérlunden. I think this place comes at its best in the summer. Fresh ingredients, a bit Swedish to its style, but good.
Avenyn at the harbour in Norrtälje. Staff is nice, harbour is near, salad bufé included. Very Swedish style.
Crispy pizza, near Odenplan 
This lovely claustrophobic place invites to interaction between customers and encourages take away. If you stay, the pizza will be served on metallic pedestals. And yes, it is very good indeed.
Vapiano (found kind of everywhere). Some people hate it; I am not one of them. Main criticism is that though supposed to look Italian, it is a German franchise and too mainstream. Well - not all pizzas on the menu find their ways to my gastronomic heart, but some of them do. And the ambiance is good, mix of friends and colleagues. 
800 grader at St Eriksplan.
Probably the closest you get to an Italian pizza in Stockholm. Very cozy atmosphere, you can wathc the entire process of the pizza making - by cute guys. Beware: opening hours, and be prepared for having to wait for a seat  (hopefully, next to a chic hipster).
En pizza i Aspudden. In Aspudden. Beetroot and smetana on the pizza? Of course. These pizzas look like colourful art pieces. Beware: opening hours. (The left pizza is from a different place.)
Giro at Sveavägen. 
It is a complicated place; Italian friends love it, the founder imports "the best pizza flour" - capita flour - directly from the Naples, and the flavour combinations are not very common (like the pumpkin cream on mine). For an out-and-out choosy pizza lover I GUESS it is awesome. I am not entirely convinced. 

Artisan pizza
is one of the few places in Stockholm that serves pizza slices. My favourite is the middle one with broccoli. You can also choose to have cold or warm pizza. Also very Italian. Small and crowded.

Taverna Brillo.
Nice earth nut pizza. Like home made, but not, in a good way.

For variation - other places
Pan Vino. I recommend the greenhouse part of the restaurant but the younger Italian staff is too sexistic and there is too little space in the main building, even nowhere to put your feet. Pizzas definitely above average.

Sunday, 28 August 2016

Let's pretend art

I call this piece "Me at the library studying". Pixels on virtual canvas, Hilding, 2016.

Saturday, 27 August 2016

"Dear Life" ("Kära Liv och Caroline") by Liv Strömquist

People ask questions, these smart friends answer them. They have a podcast, too. Very well-written, a good read. Some pre-feminist knowledge required. Of course, no need to agree with everything. ("Liv" is a female name in Swedish, which also means "life".)

Some rephrasing (so the quotes are similar in content but not identical translation):
"What is the most rasist thing you have ever done?"
Liv: "Among many everyday, priveleged things - bying a kebab for 30 crowns, when it is clear that those who made it earn 10 crowns per hour."

"I don't like shaving my legs, but find it more visually appealing. What to do?"
Liv: "Maybe you can just shave one leg?"
Caroline: "How terrible that it is up to us what you should do about your legs? I have not shaved my legs since I got a boyfriend :("

"How does a typical work day look like for you?"
Liv: "Wake up and cry."
Caroline: "I have [breakfast ingredients], then I go to work like any average Swede."
Liv: "Kidding, me too."

Friday, 26 August 2016

The top yummy restaurant that has no suppliers

The man makes everything by himself and it is booked till 2020, as of now. Foodies are lyric about this.

Wednesday, 24 August 2016

A birthday: 18+32 years

Everything but the mere bottom is edible. A friend found it so good that she moaned.
"And tomorrow she is not going to work." Her friends kidnapped her and took her to a hotel for spa and breakfast :) 

Tuesday, 23 August 2016

Museum Mission: Märsta konsthall

"What is your favourite everyday sound?"
"What would your perfect day look like?"
And other questions to Sigtuna and Märsta citizens that render 15 minutes long interviews is what the current exhibition is about. The people that speak their heart are surprisingly calm - maybe it has to do with life quality in this area?

Sunday, 21 August 2016

"How are things?" "Good."

"No", I insist, "how are things actually?"
"Well, then, quite ok."

And we proceed having a much more honest conversation about divorce, feminism and beauty, research and post doc careers abroad.

Saturday, 20 August 2016

The pedestrians multiply

Last time, he was standing up at Kungsholmen. Now this yellow figurine is sitting near the main library building. 
 Any idea about what art project or radical ideas this stand for?

Friday, 19 August 2016

Museum Mission: Olle Nyman ateljéer och konstnärshem

Competing with The Ivar-Lo museum and Evert Lundquists Ateljé for being among the less famous museums is the former home of Olle Nyman. It is being restored till probably September, so here are glimpses of the outside.
His wife, Lena Nyman, was the first woman to have a driver's licence in Sweden.
There is also a café.
But the studio is open.
The hanging order, from left to right in the entire room, is chronology.
And there is room for a new artist for a few months at a time - this summer, Tamara de Laval.
During the inaugural ceremony, the former director of the Modern museum said that at a young age, Tamara left her home with a note to her parents: off to India, don't you worry!
Her work is influenced by her travels,
reminding of artistic political maps with news on them.
I asked Tamara de Laval about the technique, as there are several layers of milky translucent plastic sheets, stories hiding behind stories. 
Sometimes I wash everything away and start over, she explained. Eco friendly, I thought.
Available at Olle Nyman till August 21st.

Thursday, 18 August 2016

Stories: the kinder garden teacher

I went to buy a shirt and recognised the vendor: Andreas.
"Hi, we used to be friends on Facebook when I had Facebook."
"Did we?"
"Yes, you are friends with Johanna [my previous neighbour]. I came to see you play at Göta källare [two years ago, and the drummer was super cute]."
"Oh, everything from that day is a blur!" He smiles. We both know that super many people came and remember the nice VIP atmosphere. "My kinder garden teacher came."
"When she found out, she decided right away she must go and went all the way by car just to see us play. She went back the same evening." That is a day trip from far up north.
"What a caring teacher", I say, fascinated.
Andreas: "I also want to be like that when I grow up."

Wednesday, 17 August 2016

A dress I am definitely bringing to Spain

This is a dress I have never worn before for longer than five minutes. Having worn it for about quadruple minutes more, I think it will be a going-out-for-dinner favourite. 
It has glitter on both sides, no worries. 
Material is soft, 
colour a bit unusual. 
Perfect for warm nights. 
And mystries.
The spike shoes are probably not going to Spain though, however cool they are. 

Photos: Martin Malik.