When’s the last time you put aside your coffee and just enjoyed a cup of tea? Maybe it’s been a while. Maybe you’re looking for a new way to love your morning cuppa. Well, Ikea has you covered — they’re offering a special ongoing tea event this May, and it sounds like a blast.
The concept for the event is based around the idea of fika, a Swedish term for what we predicted would become a big trend back in December — and the easiest way to explain it is a short social break when you enjoy sweet treats and a warm drink that is totally separate from your work lunch break. It’s kind of like a coffee break, but it’s more about connecting with your friends and coworkers, and the feeling of it is hard to express in English.
Ikea wants to let people experience the whole essence of fika firsthand, so they’ve added it to their lineup of family events. There’s only one catch: The event is taking place in Manchester, U.K. It’s also already completely booked.
OK, OK, so most of us won’t be able to attend unless they expand it to a store near us, so I guess we’ll have to settle on filling ourselves on Ikea’s Swedish meatballs. Darn. We’ll just have to create a fika experience on our own. But in case you want to know what the Brits are getting, the afternoon tea menu includes:
- Seaweed pearl and egg canapé (vegetarian)/prawn and egg canapé
- Cheese open sandwich (vegetarian)/meatball open sandwich
- Krustader with cheese and gherkin (vegetarian)/Krustader with herring
- Daim cake (vegetarian)
- Cinnamon bun (vegetarian)
- Kafferprep pastries and biscuits
- A lesson in fika and how it became a tradition in Sweden
All that, and it’s only £5 (or about $7), and they’ll walk away with a free fika cookbook. *Sigh* Do you think Meghan Markle might be able to get us in?