Tuesday, August 4, 2009

fika I


in amsterdam on the way to singapore -- at home in lund

"fika" is a Swedish word, that can be used both as a verb and as a noun. to fika means to have something to drink (usually coffee or tea) and something to eat with it (most often something sweet, such as a cake or biscuit). typical situations:
  • "we've worked all morning - let's go get a fika" (taking a break from work)
  • "if you come by saturday afternoon we'll fika" (meeting up with friends or family)
  • "maybe you'd like to get a fika with me someday?" (a subtle way to ask someone out on a date...)
you don't have fika instead of breakfast, lunch or dinner - it's something you have between main meals.

we're dedicating the rest of the week to fika!

4 comments:

kristina * said...

love that fika concept! particularly that you have a special name for it :)

and julochka's shot is just hilarious. do you know martin parr?

julochka said...

oh man, i gotta get to starbucks w/the camera!!! must photograph the jelly coffee.

julochka said...

p.s. it's too bad my little pancakes weren't showing in that photo....

Bee said...

I'm so glad that you are introducing the word/concept of fika into the English world. It has always been my favorite "meal," but I didn't know what to call it! (Also, I like a word that with a flexible grammar.)