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Oakland: Nordic House - free, fresh, hot Aebleskiver and other snacks for annual customer appreciation days


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Oakland: Nordic House - free, fresh, hot Aebleskiver and other snacks for annual customer appreciation days

rworange | Nov 27, 2009 06:11 PM

Every year after Thanksgiving, Nordic House has customer appreciation days where they open up the back room and make the aebleskiver, a Danish donut. of sorts

They were a little larger than donut holes and light, lovely and eggy. There were flats of eggs on the counter waiting to be made into the next batch. Lingonberry jam and powdered sugar were on the side. Wait a while to snag a fresh hot batch.

There were also some appetizers on Danish bread from Cophenhagen bakery. There was
- Housemade liverpate topped with housemade red cabbage
- Danish salami which was really wonderful and my favorite
- Some sort of Danish headcheese topped with beet sliver
- Thinly sliced brown goat cheese (I think)

There was also coffee and a lovely drink made with Ong's black currant syrup.

Talk about dumb luck. In the decades I've lived in the Bay Area, despite being a regular customer of Neldham's, I never stepped inside Nordic House. Usually it wasn't open. My real destination today was the new-ish BBQ next door (fantastic pulled pork ... more about that in another post).

Anyway, I found a parking place in front. Nordic House was open so I stopped in. I never knew they had a little deli counter. They give samples of the cheeses and cold cuts. So I was tasting the difference between the 35 week and 50 week gammel ole cheese and asked about other items in the deli case. When I asked about the liverpate, they told me about the spread in back.

I asked if they did a customer appreciation day every year the day after Thanksgiving and was told it was thru Sunday. So for sure, on Saturday you can stop by. However, the website says they are closed Sunday, so call to check about that.

And for heaven's sake, BUY something. I bought some of their lovely house-made herring in wine sauce. It is very nice and delicate. I also bought some bottled Skansen herring in wine sauce which I'll probaly save for Christmas eve.

I never realized how much they had. In addition to the deli counter they has a refrigerated and frozen section that included frozen whole lingonberries. The online store on the website has some of the items, but the store is packed with much, much more

Around February 2010, the store will be moving to San Pablo Avenue in Berkeley. More info here

Nordic House
2709 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley, CA 94702

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