Insert Expletive Here – That Was Good Food!

One of the reasons it’s been so long since I’ve blogged regularly is my travel schedule. Normally I tend to travel in the United States, but this month I spent most of a week in Stockholm, Sweden, delivering an “Advanced Topics” seminar on SQL Server Integration Services. The trip was delightful, the seminar was a great success, and I can’t wait to return to the City on the Water.

But the thing I keep talking about is the food.

The night before I returned to New York, my host took me out to the most fantastic dinner I’ve had in many years. I can’t say that it was the best meal of my life, but it was definitely in the top three, and I honestly cannot remember a better one. Oh my goodness, was it good. The restaurant was called Esperanto, and the tasting menu we got was the “Menu Arabesque” which you can find online here:


Words fail me to describe the food – although I am a “foodie” in that I am an accomplished home cook and baker, and that I seek out good food wherever I go, I can’t tell you what it was that made this food so incredibly good. But I can tell you this: Because of this dinner I ended up getting 1.5 hours of sleep before starting my 27 hour trip home[1] and I have no regrets. I’d do it again in a second if the opportunity were to present itself.

With that said… Hey Tobias – when am I coming back to Stockholm? 😉

[1] This is thanks to Air France and JFK. The trip was supposed to be much shorter.


About ssimagine

My name is Matthew Roche, and I am a Senior Program Manager with the SQL Server product group at Microsoft. I work on Master Data Services and Data Quality Services, and have previously worked on SQL Server Integration Services. Although I work for Microsoft and will be posting on technical topics, I want to stress that this is a personal blog, and any opinions posted here are mine and mine alone. I built my career around SQL Server and Microsoft technologies for well over a decade before I joined Microsoft as an employee, and I plan on using this blog to share my personal experience and opinions. They may well be shaped by my experience on the SQL Server team, but they’re still mine, and not that of Microsoft, disclaimer, disclaimer, etc., etc..
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