A cafe in the Kingdom of Crystal in Smaland
We are looking for a cafe in the Kingdom of Crystal in Smaland. We discover this pretty café. "Perfect", I think to myself. “The ideal place for our lunch after Visit to the Glass Factory. ”Maja Heuer, the director of the Glass Factory, later confirms this when I asked her where to eat well in the area. She is so nice and announces our visit to the café, so the owners are expecting us when we arrive there.
The owner of the café welcomes us with a friendly smile and invites us to her lovingly decorated café. I like this at first glance. You can tell that she and her husband are passionate hosts. This confirms: "Yes. We actually bought the house next door to spend our retirement here, ”she laughs. "We couldn't stand it for a long time. We used to have a restaurant in town. That's why we started to move the little house in Smaland to restore and opened our café in it. We enjoy catering to others. ”I believe her immediately. Word has apparently got around, because just a few minutes after us some of the young glass artists from the Glass Factory arrive. They make themselves comfortable on one of the beer garden tables in front of the house after they have ordered their food at the counter.
A slate as a menu
The menu is on hand-written slates above the counter. However, we have difficulties with the Swedish courts listed there. Our lack of language skills make the selection difficult. Our hostess notices this quickly and brings us a German menu. Here one is apparently adjusted to visitors from other countries. We choose two different dishes: a plate of crispy potato pancakes. In addition there's bacon, cranberry must and salad. Petar takes a big waffle with cream and cherry nut.
Loving table decoration
While we wait for our food, which is personally prepared by the landlord in the kitchen, I look around the café. Everything speaks volumes about the enthusiasm with which the owners run their café in the Kingdom of Crystal: on the walls hang homemade embroidery and highly polished brass forms. On a wallboard stand a wooden barrel, pretty bottles and a Kraxe, in which goods were once transported on the back. On a windowsill stands a carved figure representing one of the loggers who used to work in the dense forests of the Kingdom of Crystal. Tables and windows are adorned with red and white plaid tablecloths and curtains, and our table decoration is a pretty glass lantern flickering with a tealight.
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But the best is yet to come: the food turns out to be a stroke of luck. My potato pancakes are exactly how I make them at home: crispy and nice and thick. The homemade cranberry sauce is delicious, and the thick rashers of bacon make it a hearty meal that will keep me full for the whole day. Petar's waffle also looks inviting so I can't resist trying a bite. Together with the whipped cream and the cherry compote, it is a perfect lunch. Saying goodbye is difficult for us in this small café in the Kingdom of Crystal. Therefore we enjoy a cup of espresso at the end, where the landlady joins us again. We ask her what it's like to live so lonely in the middle of the forest, and she laughs: "That's Sweden. That's part of it.” And she's right! We like it.
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Source: own research on site. We thank you Visit Smaland for the invitation to this trip. Our opinion remains our own.
Text: © Copyright Monika Fuchs, TravelWorldOnline
Photos: © Copyright Monika Fuchs, TravelWorldOnline