What is Fika?
Updated: Jun 11, 2019
*Fika is a concept, a state of mind, an attitude and an important part of Swedish culture. Many Swedes consider that it is almost essential to make time for fika every day. It means making time for friends and colleagues to share a cup of coffee (or tea) and a little something to eat. (Google)*
The first time I visited Sweden, Anton introduced me to this Swedish tradition. He knows how much I love sweets, and he correctly assumed I would enjoy trying it. Instantly, I became hooked to this sweet, daily tradition. It's similar to coffee breaks/shops, but they refer to this time/shops as fika!
Probably my favorite memories with Anton's family is his entire family being at the family summer house. We pack up bicycles and cars, and we head to the beach with coffee, juice, cookies, pies, cream sauce, etc. We sit together on the beach, snack and enjoy each other's company. Swedes take the time to be present in the moment, relax, check on loved ones, and EAT SWEETS. I think God knew I needed a Swedish man in my life so I could eat sweets every day without being judged LOL
I wish we celebrated this more in America. I want to incorporate this tradition into Anton and I's future (when we actually see each other every day). I take any chance to fika with Anton ANYWHERE we might be.
Fun Fika Facts
My favorite fika sweet is a Swedish blueberry pie with cream sauce. I either need to have Anton's parents ship me one a month or find a recipe.....
We will be having a fika bar at our wedding :)
Anton's favorite fika sweet is a Swedish chocolate ball
We have joked about opening up a fika shop in America. Should we? LOL
It's pronounced as fee-ka
Writing this blog has made me very hungry now