Three Doors Deli, Gothenburg

Three Doors Deli Gothenburg

Zan and I used Yelp to find Noba on our first night in Gothenburg, and we loved it so much that the next night we turned again to that magical food-finding tool. It guided us to a Swedish restaurant only a few blocks from our hostel, but when we got there, it looked a bit dreary and the people eating there didn’t look enthused. The sound of live jazz wafted into our ears from across the street; we turned to find the incongruously named “Three Doors Deli.” With fire-hoses as stanchions and excited people sitting on throw pillows at tables outside, laughing, eating and drinking with friends, we knew we had to cross over.

Gothenburg Firefighter Restaurant

Our waitress turned out to be the chefs’ daughter, which we weren’t expecting because the place seemed fairly trendy and not too small; definitely not your typical “mom and pop” kind of place.

Three Doors Deli Meze Plate

She said to us, “mom and dad are in the kitchen,”  and promised they’d bring us something good (we couldn’t read the menu since it was in Swedish, and her English wasn’t perfect). Spoiler alert: she was right, it was good.

Three Doors Deli Gothenburg Bar

We were also surprised to find that the restaurant had only been open for less than a year (this was the beginning of September). Their family, Persian immigrants, flew to Gothenburg from Iran in 1989 to escape their oldest teenage sons having to go to the military for the Iran/Iraq war. The restaurant is firefighter-themed because the oldest son is now a firefighter and be opened it on the side, “as a hobby” – who has time for such things?! Apparently people in Sweden. Their second son has a barber shop – right across the street. We could see it from where we were sitting.

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Dinner at Cafe Mogador, New York

Cafe Mogador NYC

A few weeks ago I met a couple of friends for dinner at Cafe Mogador, a Moroccan restaurant in the East Village. It’s dark but lively, a very popular spot for breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner. They have another outpost in Williamsburg that I’ve driven past.

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We began with cocktails; I had a black cherry margarita (tequila, triple sec, black cherry purée & fresh lime juice) with a salted rim. It was very good but at $11, I didn’t order a second.

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Instead of an entrée, I ordered two appetizers. The first was a mixed patter that included hummus, tabouli, salad and I believe zaalouk, which is a dip / spread made with eggplant, tomatoes and garlic. It was served with pita bread. Even though the plate was rather large, I ate every tasty bit of food on it!

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My second appetizer (which I probably wouldn’t have even ordered if I’d known how filling the first one would be) was chicken skewers with three sauces for dipping. One was like tzatziki and another was very herbaceous. This was a good appetizer as well but wouldn’t stand on its own as a full meal, so in the end I was still glad to have the mixed plate. This meal wasn’t shockingly good, probably in part because I’m used to amazing food from around the world in my neighborhood, Astoria, but it was still good. I would go back for brunch one weekend.

Cafe Mogador

Open: Sunday – Thursday 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 a.m., Friday & Saturday 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 a.m.

Location: 101 St Marks Pl, New York, NY 10009 Phone: (212) 677-2226

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Norway & Sweden via Instagram

Here is a brief overview of my 11-day jaunt through Norway and Sweden with Zan. I just got back Monday night so I haven’t had time to even load the pictures onto my computer, but there are many detailed posts to come. Here’s just a quick overview… follow me on Instagram to see the adventures as they happen! You can follow the blog @eyechow for food shots and my personal account @valeriebrett for more travel-related images.

NORWAY

OSLO

Red currant jam making

Upon arrival in Oslo, I made red currant jam with Zan’s family friend who we stayed with. She was so nice, and we picked these in her backyard which was really fun!

Norwegian brown cheese

Gudbrandsdalen, a hard brown cheese, is a typical Norwegian breakfast item. Supposedly this was a mild version but Zan and I thought it was awfully strong and sweet.

Expensive Norwegian beer

We went for one drink at the super cute Mekaniske Verksted; but ONLY one drink since it was so expensive! This one draught beer was about $18 (USD), which isn’t even uncommon for Norway. Everything there is ridiculously expensive.

Vega Vegetarisk Restaurant

This healthy buffet lunch at Vega Vegetarisk Restaurant was one of our cheapest meals, even though it was still about $20 (USD) each.

Inside the Oslo Opera House

This is the view from inside Oslo’s Opera House. The architecture and design of the building is really amazing.

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What I Ate Wednesday: Astoria

Here’s a weekend edition of WIAW.

Pineapple green tea

Caffeine fix: Pineapple green tea from Hawaii with a bit of coconut sugar / stevia mix.

Gorilla munch cereal

Breakfast: 1 cup gluten-free Gorilla Munch cereal with half a cup of almond / coconut milk and 1 tsp. honey.

Apples and Saratoga peanut butter

Kiyo and I also split an organic apple and the last of our maple peanut butter (so a little less than 1 tbsp. each). After breakfast I went to the gym for a slow 4-mile jog.

Hummus snack

Lunch was a series of snacks, again. I seem to be able to just snack all afternoon. Snack #1: garlic-stuffed olives and carrots with hummus.

Rosewater chia seed pudding

Snack #2: just one spoonful of homemade rose-flavored chia seed pudding.

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What I Ate Wednesday: Gluten, Dairy, Corn and Sugar Free

Due to some medical issues, I decided to do a one-week cleanse and test, to see if some foods might be causing me issues (one week later, I’m glad to say that I don’t think they are). The diet meant I couldn’t eat gluten, dairy, corn, salt or sugar. I’ll be honest and say I avoided salt, but I can’t say I went “salt-free” since there were a few things I ate which already had a little bit of salt added. But I didn’t add any salt to anything, and wherever possible I avoided items that contained it.

Here’s what day 1 without all those items looked like:

WIAW Smoothie

Breakfast: luckily my breakfast smoothies don’t contain any of the off-limits items, so I made it per usual, just leaving out the stevia/sugar. The bee pollen, although mild with a waxy texture, gives it just enough sweetness along with the milk and banana (serves one):

  • .5 cup almond / coconut milk blend
  • 1 banana
  • 2 tbsp. PB2
  • 1 tsp. bee pollen
  • 3 ice cubes (this is unnecessary if you use a frozen banana)

Avocado with balsamic vinegar

Snack #1: Lunch came in the form of three small rounds of snacking: the first was half of an organic avocado with balsamic vinegar. I normally would’ve added garlic salt, but I restrained myself.

Sweet potato and black rice with hummus

Snack #2: black rice with half of a baked sweet potato and a dollop of hummus. You can’t tell from the picture, but this was a really small portion of food. The rice was only 1/8 of a cup before cooked and the sweet potato wasn’t too big either. It was delicious though!

Wasabi soy sauce almonds

Snack #3: 28 wasabi and soy sauce almonds. These had salt, obviously, but I already had them in my desk and didn’t want to spend more money on nuts, which are expensive. Also, I needed some protein!

Half fresh orange juice

As I mentioned, I wasn’t feeling too good last week, so I briefly stepped out of work for an afternoon walk in sunny Central Park and picked up a half bottle of fresh squeezed orange juice from Delissimo Deli.

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