Broder Nord

The food alone makes Portland, Oregon worth the visit. Everywhere, small and innovative restaurants use local ingredients and traditional food preparation techniques to create some of the best, and most unpretentious food. Portland also boasts an amazing selection of ethnic food, which are often prepared and/or presented with a modern spin.

One place that I have dined at twice now is Broder- a Swedish restaurant that offers Scandanavian comfort food. The brunch at Broder is particularly notable. An example of one classic lunch item that they offer is smörgåsbord, or a open-faced sandwich. Smör, or schmere, and brød, or bread, already give insight as to what this traditional Scandanavian sandwich consists of. The toppings vary widely, depending on the regional cuisine. Being a seafood lover visiting the Pacific Northwest, I knew I had to try the lox, or cured salmon smörgåsbord. The sandwich is served on rugbrød, which is a thinly-sliced and dark brown rye bread. The bread has a nutty and seedy taste, as it is packed with a variety of different textures, typically consisting of rye kernels, sunflower seeds, linseeds and/or pumpkin seeds. Broder also offers baked goodies and coffee, typical for a fika, or Swedish coffee break.

For a hearty breakfast, you can order the two soft baked eggs, served in the cutest, square-shaped cast iron pan, with walnut toast and a side of potatoes and cream. For something sweeter, try the Æbleskiver or "Pancake Puffs", which are spherical donuts dusted in powdered sugar and served with a side of both lemon curd and lingonberry jam. Köttbullar, or Swedish meatballs, brought to popularity in the U.S. thanks to furniture-retailing giant Ikea, are another option. These meatballs come served with a sherry cream and lingonberry jam. Nobody said this food was easy on the waist line, but it is definitely tasty and as is the case with me, worth visiting over and over.

The fab crew!

The fab crew!