Archive | August, 2014

Flippin Burgers vs. Svenska Hamburgerköket

22 Aug

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Flippin’ Burgers

Hamburgers are always in style, or so it seems. In Stockholm, there’s an on-going competition for the title “best Burger”, and various lists are posted all the time. I don’t really eat out that much so I haven’t tried all the supposedly “best” ones, but I have tried Flippin’ Burgers several times. And I have to say, they’re definitely my favorite. They now have a bigger place, with more seats, but you still have to show up right when they open (4 pm) or be prepared to wait. However, it will be worth it.  The burgers are fantastic – fat and juicy and bursting with flavor. I especially recommend coming so hungry that you can have a double burger – they’re incredible.

Fries are fine, but nothing special. But they’re served with a very vinegar-y mayo, which is nice.

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Svenska Hamburgerköket

Svenska Hamburgerköket has a pretty off-beat location, in Hägersten. You order at the bar, pay, and get your food. Sit anywhere. It’s not huge, but it wasn’t full with people either so no wait when we were there. The menu has slightly more options than Flippin’ Burgers does, especially with some seasonal specials. We went for the classics, though, to try them out. How did they add up? Well, pretty well, but not as good. The burger itself seemed to release much more juice, which left the meat a little dry and my hands very greasy. It also had more toppings, which is of course optional, but I felt that they weren’t of the best quality. Cheese didn’t taste like much.

Fries however were very yummy! Better than Flippin’. But no free dipping sauce…

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The milkshake from Flippin’ Burgers, made with Ben & Jerry’s ice cream. This one was made from their Chew Chew Caramel – delicious obviously. Svenska Hamburgerköket has pretty good milkshakes too, but not like this. So to sum it up? Best burger is at Flippin’ Burgers. But both places are good, and I’ll gladly eat at both.

Easy Ways to Jazz Up Plain-Jane Ice Cream

13 Aug

When it comes to ice cream, I’m what you might call a “goodie miner”—I dig out all of the chunks of yumminess and eat them first—so the more “stuff” in my ice cream, the better. Since I often feel that ice cream makers don’t add quite as many treats as I’d like, I’ve been known to take it upon myself to get the right ratio at home. I just buy some plain light ice cream, let it soften up for a few minutes, then stir in my own combination of nuts, fruit, chocolate or whatever suits my fancy that day. If this idea piques your fancy, here are some serving-size guidelines to follow, as well as a few of my favorite combinations to get you started.

Easy Ways to Jazz Up Plain-Jane Ice Cream

Feeling inspired? Start with our homemade chocolate and vanilla ice cream recipes.

Tips for Adding Ice Cream Stir-Ins:

  • Chop nuts, chocolate or fruit to about the size of a pea.
  • Cool toasted ingredients completely before adding them to the ice cream.
  • If you’re using store-bought ice cream, let it soften for a few minutes to make it easier to add the stir-ins. (Tip: To soften ice cream quickly, microwave on Medium-Low for 30 to 60 seconds.) You may also want to freeze the ice cream after adding the stir-ins to firm it up a bit before serving.
  • If you’re making your own ice cream, check your ice cream maker’s instructions when it comes to judging the volume of your stir-ins. In general, we recommend 1 cup of stir-ins per quart of ice cream. Add them during the last 5 minutes of freezing.

Stir-In Combination #1: Walnut & Chocolate Cookie

Add 3/4 cup chopped chocolate sandwich (or wafer) cookies & 1/4 cup chopped toasted walnuts.

Stir-In Combination #2: Strawberry & Chocolate

Add 3/4 cup fresh or frozen chopped strawberries & 1/4 cup cocoa nibs or mini chocolate chips.

Stir-In Combination #3: Cherry & White Chocolate

Add 1/2 cup fresh or frozen chopped cherries & 1/2 cup white chocolate chunks.

Stir-In Combination #4: Blueberry & Cinnamon

Add 1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries & 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon.

Stir-In Combination #5: Coconut & Almond

Add 1/2 cup toasted coconut flakes & 1/2 cup chopped toasted almonds.