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Ewww Sushi to Yummm Sushi…

Hello Hello!

Yup, you read it right! This post is about my journey from hating Sushi to loving them. Haha! Yes, another food post! The next one won’t be food, I promise! Sweden has its cuisine from all across the world, so it’s quite hard to not taste different food all the time and they have seasonal dishes too. Well, Well, okay! I am a foodie, no denying that. 😉

Sushi is kinda one of the favorite food of most of the Swedes I guess, at least of those I have met so far. All my Swedish friends seem to love Sushi, except one though. He is an anti-Swedish 😛 (No offense, you! 😉 )

I was first introduced to Sushi by my friend, Nishita. She took me out for a Sushi dinner the first time I met her here in Sweden. She gave me a super hyped description of Sushi (Well, now I am in total agreeance with her). By the way, if you’re wondering what Sushi is all about, here is a little bit about Sushi before we get into the story…

Sushi is a Japanese specialty dish. It is basically vinegared sushi rice (sumeshi) rolled over a sheet a seaweed stuffed with avocados, raw or smoked fish, or any other seafood. The roll is then topped with a layer of Salmon or anything else depending on your choice. There are different types of Sushis and they are customized according to modern taste. The most interesting part of a Sushi meal is the Wasabi, the super strong extreme pungent taste of wasabi hits your head and leaks your nose and eyes almost immediately. One only needs a little dot of Wasabi with your Sushi. Sushi is usually dipped in Soy sauce while eating, kinda gives it a nice flavour, you can also not dip it. I like the pickled ginger, it clears the taste of the Sushi in your mouth. Makes it easy to taste the next Sushi basically.

So initially Sushi did seem interesting to me, but the moment I had a roll, the texture of the raw salmon or Lax as they call in Swedish, totally disgusted me. I hated the avocado in it. I hated everything about it. We ordered a platter of Sushi for me and I ended up wasting 80% of it! My friend loves Sushi, she wiped the plate clean! It was definitely quite an interesting experience for sure, especially to learn to use chopsticks. I cannot sound super negative basically 😛

My first Sushi with Nish

My Platter of Pure Disaster 😛

Something in me kinda wanted to try Sushi again. I read about it and I realized that the rawness of the fish is what is bothering me, so I decided to go with prawn or crab this time since they are always poached and not raw. Guess what? I so loved it this time! I couldn’t really believe but yes I loved it.

Prawn Sushi <3

I wiped my plate clean this time 😉

Sushi is not something one might like on the first try. It is something that you need to let grow on you. You might not even like it the second time but the third time you would love the freshness of the food. You would love all the flavors. You have to give it some time to captivate you, there is no love at first sight when it comes to Sushi 😛

So after this, I went again to have Sushi, and again, and again. With each time I kept improvising and started tasting the other Sushi types. I have definitely made great progress but the ultimate is Sashimi. I don’t think I will get there 😛 By the way, you also get vegetarian Sushi, so there is something for everyone.

 

Scrumptious Semlas will not make you fat!

Hey there!

It’s so nice to get back with another post about food. I am truly wondering if I am slowly turning into a food connoisseur. Might as well get me a part-time job to taste different food, who wouldn’t like that! Oh yeah, I don’t eat beef and pork by the way. Haha!

So today, am gonna write about my new found love- Semla! I spend 25 SEK on these almost every day now. These delicious little bundle of goodness is all you need in life! trust me! If you’re someone who likes flavored buns or almonds or cream or all of these, you are gonna be madly and deeply in love with Semla.

Traditionally, Semla is eaten on “Fettisdagen” which literally means the fat Tuesday, which is the last day before the Christian fasting period, Lent. Semla is basically a cardamom flavored wheat bun filled with almond paste and topped with fresh whipped cream. In the beginning, Semla was just a boring bun but then a little more of almond and cream goodness was added to make things interesting and tasty.

I found this really nice article which is so much worth a read if you want to know more about Semla.

The semla – more than just a bun

Since I am a regular visitor at 7-Eleven and Semla is what I always buy these days, I asked the customer service person at 7-Eleven to show me how they make it. She so gladly agreed to teach me how. It is super simple and here are some pictures 🙂

The dough goes into the oven for the magic to happen

A little portion of the top is cut off and is filled with almond paste

Fresh cream topping on the little babies

Finally, the cut portion is placed back and is dusted with some fairy sugar dust

 So that’s how Semlas are made,  pretty simple yet so very delicious. There is also mini semla that cost much lesser and it is definitely worth a try. I usually have it at 7-Eleven, you can try there as well because it is freshly made in the store every day. Special thanks to Atosa Didari from 7-Eleven 😀

Do let me know in the comment section about your Semla experience. 🙂

See ya!

~ Sindhu <3

PS : Yes, of course, they won’t make you fat, if you do some workout 😉

Expenses in Stockholm

Hey all!

Lately, I have been receiving a lot of questions from the prospective students about how much I spend every month. The expense is definitely an important thing to consider to plan your masters budget accordingly. Now that I have been living the student life for half a year already, I seem to have kinda figured out my spending pattern and also the general pattern of the people around me. So, here is how the money gets spent, I will write everything in SEK and I hope you will not find difficulty in converting them to your currency.

ACCOMMODATION:

Rent is definitely the biggest expense you would incur every month. But, the magnitude of the word “BIG” really depends on your preferences. For example, a studio room on campus costs about 6800 SEK, which is being the highest, while a  shared corridor room a bit away from the campus at Farsta, costs about 2500 SEK, being the least.  I love at Lappis, which is just about 15 mins away from campus and it costs me about 4300 SEK. I have a corridor room with a shared kitchen. So, you can basically select an accommodation that would fit you well with respect to cost, distance etc.

I personally prefer staying near the campus because life becomes a bit easy. You needn’t have to consider the bus and metro schedules while staying late at school cause you can simply walk back home. Staying late at school is something you will find yourself often times in 😀

Also, usually, electricity and Internet prices are included in the rent. There is a 24/7 supply of hot water in the tap. The tap water is potable and make sure you drink it cold. It is super fresh that way 🙂 And, every room comes with a space heater. You might have to invest on an extra one during the winter and they are not expensive. Click the link here to check out the various KTH accommodations, their locations, size, and prices.

FOOD:

Food is the next big expense that will eat your pockets. But this again depends on the person that you are. If you opt cooking at home all the time then your monthly food expense wouldn’t go over 1000SEK. I am indeed including the chips, biscuits, and chocolates you’d buy as part of your weekly grocery. Below are some pictures during my grocery shopping.

It is kinda an art to even choose your grocery store here. For the reason that there is no standard price of stuff at every store. Lidl is my usual shopping place, Willy’s can be a good store as well. But, there are other stores like Coop and ICA, well they are a bit on the expensive side, might not be a good option for people on a student budget 🙂

And, if you’re someone like me who loves a “Pick-a-Deli” box at 7-eleven, it will cost you about 70-100 SEK every time, which is super expensive for a meal. So, if you eat out a lot then you will end up spending too much. I can give you an approximation of my common eat-out prices.

Pick-a-Deli – 80 SEK

Coffee + Cinnamon Bun – 15 SEK (Student price)

Croissant – 15-25 SEK ( depends on the shop as well)

Subway – 35-75 SEK

A meal at campus – 68 SEK

Semla – 25 SEK

One nice thing to remember will be to ask for student discount where ever you go. You never know! I have got crazy discounts at really really unexpected places. This will help you save a lot. Another good thing to remember, for the good of your mind is to stop converting. Never convert SEK to INR or other currency when you buy your food. It puts a lot of pressure. Always know your budget in SEK and make sure you stay within the limit in SEK. Conversion eats your brain! I am sure my friends here would agree on that one.

TRAVEL:

Travelling inside Stockholm is super easy and every place is extremely well-connected by the public transport. A 550 SEK SL card, which is the public transport monthly pass, will give you access to the busses, ferries, metros, light rails, trams, and rails that are operated by SL, which is the company that operates public transport in Stockholm. You might wanna check out their website here. Oh yes, there are student prices at SL a well, which is 550 for a one month pass. You can also buy individual tickets or weekly passes.

Apart from this, if you live close by, you can also choose to walk or bike. Swedes love biking even when it is snowing. So, totally up to you to choose.

The above are the big things I spend my money on. Yes of course, when you’re in Stockholm, its inevitable to avoid shopping. Especially, when you have brands like H&M, Vero Moda in every corner. But that is definitely not something you will do always and it depends on your lifestyle as well.

So, to sum it up, My monthly expenses are below

Accommodation – 4300 SEk

Travel – 550 SEK

Food- 1000 SEK

Junk food – 800 SEK

Phone bills – 145 SEK

Clothes and other shopping – 800 SEK

Total – 7500 approx (which is my budget for a month)

I do try to avoid junk food every now and then and keep shopping to a minimum.So, I am of course not that bad, so to say. 🙂 But it takes some time for you to settle down. Don’t be concerned when your expenses skyrocket in the initial months. You need to make a few one-time investments in the beginning. And, expenses on washing liquid, bathroom and cleaning stuff don’t occur every month. You will figure out all of these when you come here. As you can see, I am a spender. You can live in Stockholm with just half the budget as mine depending on what choices you make. Anyway, you have the picture now 🙂

The final golden thumb rule is : Always have a budget and stick to it. Let me know if you want me to write about anything more. 😀