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You all know that us Covet Garden girls are gaga for all things Scandinavian, right? So it's a bit of a scandal that I did not know about Scandinavia House — The Nordic Center in America — in Manhattan until now. I was in New York for a quick visit recently, when my friend Nancy suggested meeting up for lunch at the Center's restaurant, Smörgås Chef.
Unfortunately my food photos didn't turn out so well, but the memory of eating beet salad and Swedish meatballs while seated in Arne Jacobsen chairs is well etched in my mind. The restaurant also uses local, sustainable and all-natural ingredients many sourced from its own 150-acre farm in the Catskills.
But enough about eating, Scandinavia House is also home to two gift shops featuring some of our favourite Scando designers such as Marimekko (pictured above), Klippen (pictured below) and Iitalla. And favourite kids books like the Moomin and Pippi Longstockings series. I was shopping for a baby shower gift and was therefore focussed on the kid's stuff, but there were fantastic fashions, glass and tablewares as well.
[image: Rhonda Riche]
[image via: Time Out New York]
The Center is also a cultural hub. Currently there's an exhibition of Finnish photographers and a program of New Nordic Cinema featuring the best young filmmakers from Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden. For families, there's a super cool playroom as well as workshops for kids. You can also study Danish and Swedish language.