I've never been to Scandinavia, but I have it on good authority from folks who have that lots of people in Scandinavia have heard of

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Best Vestige of Old Ballard

Scandinavian Specialties

I've never been to Scandinavia, but I have it on good authority from folks who have that lots of people in Scandinavia have heard of Ballard. This does not surprise me, because I remember what Ballard was like before all the tapas bars and girls in party tops—deeply Nordic and comfortable in its dowdiness. That's why I like people-watching in Scandinavian Specialties, an old-fashioned import store that sells necessities like Finnish rye bread, glögg mix, almond paste, and jars of marinated herring to Ballard's remaining Scandinavian population. It's great to grab one of the cafe tables, order an open-faced sandwich (shrimp, house-made liver pate, or salmon-and-egg) and a slice of almond cake, and watch the Old World go by.—Anna Roth

 
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