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Best food products to buy at IKEA?

Big Bad Voodoo Lou | Aug 13, 200809:52 PM

Tonight I went to IKEA for the first time, and was suitably impressed. Ours just opened last November, but I wish it had been around when I moved into my own apartment last summer. As it is, I didn't need anything, but I did eat dinner in the cafeteria (delicious Swedish meatballs with macaroni and cheese, and lingonberry juice) and grabbed a 50-cent hot dog and a $1 frozen yogurt cone on the way out.

I was also intrigued by the wide variety of Swedish grocery products they sell near the exit. Cookies and baked goods, frozen desserts, sauces and spices, and most intriguing to me, the various fishy items: gravlax salmon, various jars of herring, even caviar that seems like an amazing bargain. What are the best things to get here? Are they actually good deals? For what it's worth, I often buy a huge jar of Vita herring in wine sauce at the supermarket, and enjoy it with bagels or crackers for weeks at a time. I'd love trying some new similar things, but I can't afford to buy one of everything.

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