IKEA Cafeteria in New Haven, CT- the POÄNG, A Beer, and A Diaper Meets Nirvarna

I miss the meatballs. I miss the IKEA Swedish meatballs, KÖTTBULLAR. I miss the simpler days of buying home furnishing from IKEA and put them in a box that is called home. Being in IKEA in New Haven, CT and seeing all the people doing the same, many with money-sucking children in tow, brought back lots of memories. The people were eager and ready for the next stage of their lives. Yet the most amazing realization was that the cafeteria has improved leaps and bounds since my last visit. Short of a restaurant setup and the long prison-like wait line, this was almost a culinary delight!If I could have veggies like this everyday, I would meet my daily vegetable requirements easily. Freshly steamed and with the right amount of butter and salt.The Swedish meatballs that I used to have in my freezer with mashed potatoes, gravy and ligonberry jam. Salmon Salad. Is that real Salmon color?
A real chocolaty chocolate cake. A so much better than a fancy expensive restaurant chocolate cake. A cake that is worth the calories and I am almost willing to die for. This is a diamond in the rough cake. This is an awesomely inexpensive, completely in disguised gourmet cake. This is a melt in your mouth and you are now in nirvana cake.Corn bread, freshly baked and warm. Lots of calories but this is you wish you had more room in your stomach corn bread.

I sat in the POÄNG armchair next to my friend, gently rocking back and forth observing the folks passing by. We pretended that we were an old couple who desperately needed a beer and a diaper change. This was a food experience like non-other before. This was nirvana.

This experience took place at


450 Sargent Dr
New Haven, CT 06511
(888) 888-4532

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I am a New Yorker who flies home to Taiwan in the Summer. I absolutely believe food is one of the most pleasurable things in life. Hence, my chronicle of anticipated glorious food experiences.

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