IKEA by The Numbers

The Twin Cities is serving up some of the finest, most cutting-edge Scandinavian cuisine, but Minnesotans still love a classic—and a good deal.

The Twin Cities is serving up some of the finest, most cutting-edge Scandinavian cuisine, but Minnesotans still love a classic—and a good deal. IKEA sold nearly 150,000 Swedish meatball combo plates last year at its Bloomington superstore, and it consistently sells more frozen meatball bags in Minnesota than virtually any other U.S. market. It’s tough to say if that speaks more to our heritage or our frugality: The combo plate includes 15 meatballs along with mashed potatoes and lingonberries for $3.99!

Ikea by the numbers

Swedish Snacks

Cost Plus World Market, which just opened in Bloomington and Roseville, has a major (and unique to our market) display of authentic Swedish foodstuff.

Crackers from Cost Plus World Market Crackers from Cost Plus World Market

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Culture Soak

Culture Soak

Hop on the New Nordic bandwagon and explore our thriving Scandinavian scene.

Names Go Nordic

Names Go Nordic

Yes, that was probably a “Thor!” you just heard shouted out on the playground.

Great Tastes

Great Tastes

The best places in town to shop for Nordic eats.

The Hot List

The Hot List

Nordic style finds from our own cool backyard.

Dane on The Brain

Dane on The Brain

Denmark has long been a hotbed for modern design, and the style known as Danish Modern is all about vintage wood furniture with minimalist lines.

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