Authentic Swedish dessert offered in local Indian restaurant

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      It's not easy to find Swedish food in Metro Vancouver beyond the bistro in IKEA stores.

      But near the Burnaby–New Westminster border, it's possible to enjoy authentic Swedish-style caramel almond cake for dessert. 

      Though it may sound counterintuitive, it's in a restaurant specializing in East African and Indian cuisine.

      That's because the owner of Cayenne Bistro & Grill, Zeimina Bharmal, grew up in Sweden.

      She was born in Kampala, Uganda before her family fled the country to escape the murderous dictatorship of Idi Amin.

      In Sweden, Bharmal learned how to create a magnificent caramel almond cake, which is on the dessert menu at Cayenne.

      In Sweden, it's known as toscakaka.

      Bharmal also speaks fluent Swedish, as well as Gujarati, Kutchi, and English.