Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Ikea is more than furniture!

For me, at this point I am not so interested in the furniture part of Ikea, the interior/kitchen/decor-part is handy, economic and nice, but the best of all is definitely the food, my friends, the food! (There is a chance this only applies if you are Scandinavian abroad and longing for familiar food, but that is my case so here goes!)

Spanish food is so different from Norwegian/Scandinavian food on so many levels, and although I am not going to make this post about Spanish food, (which I love, I can post about that later), there are just a few things I miss that doesn't really exist here, or are so different. And to be able to go to Ikea to get some of it is worth its weight of gold!

First things first. There are two Ikea's just outside Barcelona, one in Badalona and one in l'Hopitalet. The latter is easier to reach with public transport, so that's where I've been. 

From Plaza Espanya you get onto a bus or a train from FGC (Ferrocarils de la Generalitat de Cataluya), jump off at the third stop (less than 5 minutes) at "Europa-Fira" and then it's just a couple minutes walk, and it's this building here: 


The first thing you meet when entering is actually the fast-food-joint Ikea-style! Their menu is limited but has just enough; coffee, soft drinks, icecream (soft-is) salmon wraps and real hotdogs (wiener-pølse i brød) with the right ketchup, the right mustard and crispy fried onion. Just like it should be. I haven't seen the fried onions here at all, and the Spanish ketchup and mustard taste different. Funnily enough, I don't usually eat hotdogs, but here/now I really like them....


Then just after you pass the hotdogs you'll find the shop. The "Ikea supermarket". Fabulous! They have a frozen section with pizza, meat-balls, "Christmas-ham", more hotdogs, breads and different cakes. 

 
Then there is a fresh section with cheeses, salmon, caviar etc.


Then you have the "dry section" with biscuits, chocolate, bread-mix, marmalade, pasta... Thankfully lots of my dear "knekkebrød", crisp rye bread


Moose-shaped pasta anyone?


Ah, and there is a drinks-section! Here you can find Gløgg, cider, syrups and juices

 
Lovely lovely!

On the second floor of the warehouse there is a restaurant, with among other things, a "Viking-menu" haha.


Lets just say that my relationship to Ikea has become a lot stronger and I think it will continue to grow while I'm here. Thank you Ingvar Kamprad! (The founder of Ikea who started his business as a 17 year old in 1943. Today Ikea is employing about 130 000  people in 31 countries.) I'm grateful they have reached Spain!!

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  1. I LOVE Ikea! The nearest one to me is a 90 minute drive so I have to make a day of it when I go. We tour the showroom in the morning, then do lunch at the cafeteria, then pick up everything we want after lunch. On the way out, we always try to stock up on the frozen Scandinavian food (since it's also hard to find it elsewhere in Arizona), but since it's a long drive through the hot desert, we can only really stock up on the stuff we eat on the drive home. Sad panda.

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    1. How fun to hear! I didn't know the "food-departments" of Ikea were so big in other countries! In Norway, well, we have those products in all the supermarkets so I guess it's not needed. There's still the fast-food and the restaurant but the "supermarket" is tiny. What kinds of products do you like from there? So fun that you love Ikea too!

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    1. I've never done that, must check it out! :)

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  3. i have to admit, i have a love/hate relationship with ikea, their food included...

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    1. What's there to hate? :D I am guessing it's the same up in Ireland then? I really didn't know that Ikea foods was so big abroad...

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  4. I can only imagine how nice this is for you! It is so funny how much food has to do with our idea of home...in our two weeks abroad, even though all the food is amazing, it's not what you're used to and there is something so comforting about familiarity!

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    1. So true! Funny how hard it is to get used to not having the same you've always had for breakfast for instance. I'm such a habit-person it seems! Thanks for your sweet comment :)

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  5. My very favourite Ikea experience had to be in Beijing. Because Ikea carries pretty much the same things at every location, there was a huge tub full of cheese graters. Now, for the most part, China is lactose intolerant and these people just don't eat cheese. As such, they had NO EARTHLY IDEA WHAT A CHEESE GRATER WAS! It was beyond hilarious watching all these people trying to discern the purpose of this contraption! They were holding them up peering through them. They were shaking them. They were running their fingers over them with a funny look in their eyes. Oh man. Thanks for that, Ikea! ;)

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    1. Haha this is fun!! They have the same stuff everywhere, (which I think it's fab, since I get all the kitchen-stuff I am used to having back home but I can't really find here) however maybe the cheese graters are not so useful in China ;)I picture them trying to figure out what it was, and since the names of all the products are in Swedish I guess that didn't help them much!

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  6. Oboy! Am going to IKEA for some new bookshelves next week. <3 IKEA <3

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    1. <3 IKEA yes! And now even more than before cause of all the Scandinavian food they sell here!!

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  7. We don't have IKEA here :( I think I need to throw a tantrum because I can see why you love it!

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  8. Haha så sant ! Var på IKEA her i Frankrike, og matavdelingen holdt oss opptatte en stund (:

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