After two weekends in a row of festivities for our son’s 12th birthday, my husband and I decided to head out on mini-adventure #2 on our own. My stepson was also in town so we left early on a Sunday morning before either one of them were awake to go on a breakfast date – one of our favorite activities.
Much like the rest of the country lately, I’m a bit obsessed with all things Nordic, starting with reading The Little Book of Hygge several months ago and spurred on by subsequent reading and travel shows featuring cities like Copenhagen. I’m drawn to their cultural commitment to making the best of the winter months with things like soft lighting, cozy blankets, close friends, and, of course, baked goods.
About ten years ago my family started the tradition of making aebleskivers (otherwise known as Danish pancakes) on Christmas morning. We came upon this tradition by way of my husband’s cousin, who prepared aebleskivers for us during a summertime visit – a special treat as it was their tradition to only prepare them once a year on Christmas morning. We promptly decided it was a tradition we needed to copy.
Why am I telling you all this? My Nordic obsession along with some great Yelp reviews had me eager to get to a Broder restaurant, a popular group of Portland restaurants featuring Nordic fare. It seemed like a perfect choice for our rainy Sunday morning breakfast date. We decided on the location closest to us, Broder Söder. Little did I know I’d be getting more than just Nordic fare as I hadn’t realized the restaurant is located inside the Scandinavian Heritage Foundation's Nordia House. The ambiance was light and clean yet cozy – one might even say hygge. We sat at a table next to the floor-to-ceiling glass wall that looked out over a nice patio and lawn with a forested area just beyond it.
The food was beautifully presented (very Insta-worthy) and delicious. My husband and I shared the baked egg scramble and the pannukakku (a Finnish pancake) – and we couldn’t resist bringing some aebleskivers home to the boys. Aside from the food and the ambiance, I loved that the cream for the coffee is heated, frothed, and served in a mini carafe. I usually drink my coffee black, in part because I like my coffee really hot and the cream cools it off too much, but every once in a while a creamy cup of coffee hits the spot. When I saw cardamom cream on the menu, I knew it was a creamy cup of coffee kind of morning.
Why the “.5” in this mini-adventure?
Well, I didn’t get as many photos as I should have the first time we visited so I used the need for more photos as an excuse for a second visit – my husband had a Monday off from work and happily obliged. It was just as delicious and “Nordically” dreamy as our first visit. This time we shared aebelskivers and their popular, söder board. I also scored a Scandinavian cookbook of sorts from the museum and a Swedish Dala horse from the gift shop!
Stay tuned for more on my Nordic obsession…