Friday, April 18, 2014


Time for a fika.  Coffee and a pastry (or two) as an afternoon pick-me-up.

This is an essential part of a Swede's day.  To take a break, re-collect, and meet with friends for conversation.

You can do fika in your home as well--it is just as normal as going out to a cafe or something--the where is less important than the what.

It traditionally would be coffee served, but these days it doesn't have to be.  In recent years the concept has morphed and changed somewhat, as many traditions do, to include everything from tea, to small sandwiches, to whatever else you might want--as long as you are taking a break.

Purists would disagree, and still claim it's coffee that should be consumed at this coffee hour.

But regardless of what you're drinking, the point of fika is taking time out of your day to replenish, revive, and (in most cases) recaffeinate.  Swedes believe that not only is this not slacking off or wasting time, but is actually helpful in recharging you for the remainder of your day.

I wholeheartedly agree.

Blue Teacup Set (discontinued)
Colbalt Cookie Plate (unknown)

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