Meet Lindsey Johnson, a food blogger who lives in Utah. She is also a regular contributor to MakeandTakes.com and her blog, Cafe Johnsonia, was named one of Babble.com’s Top 100 Mom Food Blogs of 2011. I met Lindsey early this year when she was hosting a vegetarian welcome dinner for the Alt Summit in Salt Lake City. Along with a blogger friend, she prepared wonderfully tasty dishes that left me wanting to print every recipe from her blog. I love that the food she makes showcases fresh produce in an array of beautiful flavors inspired by cuisines from all over the world. Here’s Bergen, Norway, in her own words.
Bergen, Norway. My grandfather is Norwegian. Before he died, he wanted to take my family to Norway to see the place where his father was born. My husband and I, along with my grandfather, my mother and my sisters, travelled to Norway for most of the month of August 2004. The second stop on our tour was Bergen. I don’t know that I’ve ever loved a city as much as Bergen. It was beautiful. I called it the San Francisco of Norway! Our luggage has been lost in transit to Norway, so Bergen was also the place I found maternity clothes at H&M, and could finally change out of the dress I’d been wearing every day for a week!
My Favorite City
Bergen Fish Soup. Everything I ate in Norway was special and wonderful. There were wild strawberries and cloudberries we bought at Farmer’s Markets that were so juicy and full of flavor—and still warm from the sun. We ate fish and chips on the wharf and walked around the famous Bergen Fish (Fisketorget) and Farmer’s Market. My husband was brave enough to try smoked whale and all different kinds of roe. (I was a little queasy from my pregnancy and passed on trying those.) Norway, as one would suspect, has the best seafood of anywhere in the world. But the one dish I will always remember as my favorite, was the Bergensk Fiskesuppe (Bergen Fish Soup) I had at our hotel’s restaurant. It was creamy with julienned vegetables (carrots, leeks, celery) with all kinds of seafood in it. The shrimp and scallops were so tender they melted in my mouth. When I go back someday, that is the first thing I want to eat when I get there.
- More about Bergen, via Wikipedia
- About Bergen’s bryggen (Norwegian for “wharf”, illustrated above)
- A review of Bergen and its food, Life’s Better in Bergen, by the Naked Hungry Traveller
- A recipe to make Bergen Fish Soup, from the author of Scandilicious, Signe Johansen.
Next Week on Edible Cities
Next week, Kait Lucy, a lifestyle blogger from Calgary, Canada, is taking us to Seattle. Don’t miss it!
Photo credits: Bergen picture and Lindsey’s portrait by Lindsey Johnson; Bergen fish soup by Saxyscorpio (via Flickr).