I had my first real vacation in a long time this past weekend. I went to Sweden for a short labor day holiday to visit my cousin Eva. A lot of people thought I was crazy to go all the way to Sweden for four days, but the experience was definitely worth the travel.
I did pretty much no research and had no expectations of what to expect before going over. I let my cousin plan the whole thing (because its not really a vacation if you have to make decisions). So other than the fact that I knew when I was going to take off and come home I had no clue what to expect.
First I’d like to commend the Thunder god Thor for keeping up the good work. I didn’t see a single ice giant the entire time I was there. I wasn’t expecting reindeer and sleds being pulled by polar bears, but ya’ know a boy can dream.
So armed with nothing but a dead cell phone and what Swedish I retained from the Swedish Chef on the Muppets, I threw up my out of office and ventured off to Sweden.
For some reason (I’m cheap) I had to take a connecting flight through Pittsburg. I always back food when I travel and I’m pretty competent about finding food in an airport. Pittsburg, however is probably has the least healthy airport food in the world. I wound up getting most of my flight chow from a Duane Reed drug store.
After a flight stuck in the middle seat and some decent sleep, I finally landed in Goittenburg. Also, I really hope I spell check this before I post it, but we all know that’s not going to happen.
Goittenburg is on the west coast of Sweden in the south and kind of close to Denmark. So, no sleighbells and Santa. The weather was kind of like a sunny version of Seattle.
My first impression flying in was that I was in the middle of the woods. There were a lot of woods surrounding the city and the airport was pretty far out of town. So landing seemed like a northern wilderness adventure.
My cousin picked me up from the airport and we headed into the city. We started the trip with a traditional Swedish shrimp dish in this awesome restaurant that overlooks Goittenburg.
That’s as good of a point as any to talk about the Swedes. First of all, they all speak pretty good English. Pretty much, everyone I met or ran into spoke better English than any other country I’ve been to in Europe.
CrossFitters tend to talk about Scandinavians like they’re all part-time Vikings and part-time training partners for Magnus Samuelson. Swedes are in much better shape than Americans. To be honest, I saw much more black Swedes than I saw fat Swedes. They were friendly and fit.
In my short time there, I ate pretty close to Paleo the entire time. I didn’t do anything unusual, gladly ate what I was served, and enjoyed every bite of it. The food was awesome.
My favorite dish was definitely the blood sausage and lingonberry jam. It tasted like warm, fresh bread with not overly sweet jam. There’s always some trepidation when trying new food, especially when it has such an intimidating name.
The first day in Goittenburg was a lot of sightseeing. We did the Padden river tour first. The city is known for its harbor and canals, so we were able to see pretty much all of the major sites from the water.
Next we did a Segway tour of the city. Yes, that is about as cool as a rollerblading tour of the Atlanta beltline. I don’t care, it was fun and I got to see cool things. If you can’t have fun doing something like that, then you are a dickhead.
The best part of the trip was when we went out to Eva’s summer house in Gullholland (no way I spelled that right on the first try). We kayaked, hiked, and walked around something that otherwise only exists in travel shows and post cards.
Other things I did in no particular order: rock climbing, got yelled at for trying to touch a bridge on a boat tour, lifted on Eliko bars in a globo gym, got yelled at for “loudly lowering” the nicest barbell and bumpers I’ve ever lifted on (No I did not slam the bar, the gym was upstairs so there was no dropping of weights. I lowered a 210kg down as gently as I could and I still got yelled at), did some back squats and push jerks just enjoying the oscillation, did some low bar back squats just to piss people off when they read this, almost went swimming but realized that the water was more jellyfish than water, saw a taxidermy museum, saw a fort that was built in 1307 by the Norwegians, and got to see my cousin’s University (we’re both MBA candidates).
We also went to the amusement park inside Goittenberg. Its surprisingly large considering that its inside of downtown. The rides were fun, but the funniest part was going through the haunted house. It had painted up actors that would jump out and scare people. We went through with two huge Danish guys who screamed louder than any girls and completely freaked out. It was hilarious.
I actually was able to learn my way around the city pretty well.
The trip was amazing. I loved getting to see my cousin again. The last time I saw her was last Christmas when she came to visit. The time before that was probably over a decade ago. The trip was great.
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I love lamb.
This is dumb simple to make too.
-1 rack o’ lamb chops
-1 TSP of rosemary
-1/2 TSP of paprika
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees
- Sear the lamb chops for 3 minutes each side
- Sprinkle the spices on the lamb chops
- Place in the oven for 15 minutes
- Let rest for 10-15 minutes before eating
This is another meal that takes about five minutes to cook.
Start by adding the broccoli to the pan with the coconut oil on high heat.
Once the broccoli is almost cooked (about 80% dark green), cut the flounder into quarters and add to the pan.
Turn the heat down and cook until all of the flounder is flakey.
-1lb of flounder
-2 heads of broccoli
-2 TSP of coconut oil
-1 TSP of chili powder
I stole most of this recipe from the Food Network Website here: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/aaron-mccargo-jr/simple-roasted-pork-shoulder-recipe/index.html
I got the meat from my buddy Mike, who killed this little piggy himself. Legit!
I changed it a little bit just in the seasoning.
-1 TSP of Cumin
-2 TSP of Sea Salt
-1 TSP of Aleppo Pepper
-1 TSP of Garlic
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.
In a small bowl, mix together the olive oil, garlic, salt and pepper. Using a pastry brush, spread the mixture all over the pork shoulder.
Set the meat on a rack set into a roasting pan. Roast for 20 minutes, and then reduce the heat to 325 degrees F. Continue to cook until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the shoulder reads 185 degrees F, about 4 hours. Remove the pork from the oven and let stand until cool enough to handle, about 30 minutes.
Easy to make and delicious.
Roasted Root Vegetables
Easy recipe to make some starchy vegetables to go along with your meat this week.
Start by cutting everything into thumbnail sized pieces. The less you like something <cough beets cough> the smaller I recommend you cutting them.
-1 Golden Beet
-2 White Sweet Potatoes
-1/2 Sweet Onion
-1 TSP of Garlic
-2 TSP of Sea Salt
-1 TSP of Cumin
-1 TSP of Basil
-1 TSP of Ginger
-3 TSP of Coconut Oil
Add to an oven on 300 degrees.
Take out every half hour and stir the mixture. Add more coconut oil if needed.