• Making ‘Swedish Death Cleaning’ Part of My Life

    Editor’s Note: Our Umgås team sought to spend some time with author Margareta Magnusson on her bestselling new book, The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning, but she was so overwhelmed by the media response that she limited interviews early on. That’s OK. We thought it was more important to dig into the book and see what she has to […]

  • Meet Mike McCarron, The Man Behind Gamle Ode Aquavits

    Gamle Ode founder Mike McCarron never had tasted Aalborg Dild (dill) Akvavit until he worked as a cross-country ski coach in 2002 in Ísafjörður, Iceland. Intrigued by its taste, he looked for a bottle of dill aquavit when he came back home to Minneapolis but couldn’t find it anywhere. “I settled for another aquavit but it wasn’t the same,” he […]

  • Krokstrom Klubb & Market: Scandinavian Comfort Food In K.C.

    With its Swedish meatballs and flights of aquavit, Krokstrom Klubb & Market in Kansas City, Mo., pays tribute to chef and co-owner Katee McLean’s Swedish heritage. The name “Krokstrom” draws on McLean’s great-great-great grandfather Anders Gustaf Krokstrom, who immigrated to the United States from Dalsland, Sweden in the 1860s, while “klubb” is a nod to the Swedish word for “gathering […]

  • Eton: 90 Years Of Tradition Coupled With Modern Innovation And Design

    Annie Pettersson probably never would have expected the handmade dresses she sewed in her kitchen would be the foundation for an international men’s shirts and furnishing company. But, 90 years ago, Eton sprang from that home-based business, when Annie’s husband, David, was forced to close the family’s sawmill during the Depression in the 1920s. Together, they started Syfabriken Special, which translated to The […]

  • Meet Dylan Ratell, Season 7 Winner of Reality Show Allt för Sverige

    It’s not every day you get to travel to a new country and learn about your family’s heritage. Each year, 10 Americans get that opportunity when they’re selected to star on “Allt för Sverige,” a popular reality television series where Americans with Swedish ancestry compete through a series of challenges as they discover the land and cultural roots. Last season, […]

  • Catch Him If You Can: Q&A With The Swedish Nomad

    Alex Waltner, better known as the Swedish Nomad, lives a life many folks dream of, but never actually manifest. Traveling around the globe with his girlfriend Christine (who has an impressive social media influence of her own), this nomadic lad and travel blogger has fostered more than 113,000 Instagram followers, 50,000 Twitter followers and 21,000 Facebook fans. We had the […]

  • ‘Chew’ & A with Chef Marcus Samuelsson

    If you’ve picked up a food magazine or channel surfed to find a good cooking competition in the last decade, chances are you’ve seen or heard of Marcus Samuelsson. Samuelsson was born in Ethiopia and raised in Sweden, where he developed an affinity for cooking at a young age, joining his grandmother in the kitchen and learning to make dishes […]

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