What & where to eat in Copenhagen, Denmark

The last week I’ve been watching the Swedish crime drama series “The Bridge”.  It’s really suspenseful, and at the start of each season the place of crime begins at the Øresund Bridge, which connects Copenhagen, Denmark to Malmö.

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My boyfriend took this picture on a more recent trip in 2015.

Anyway, watching this series made me think of Copenhagen, one of my favourite places to visit, and today I’m going to share with you some really nice places to eat/dine at, which were

Recommended by Danish locals:

I was visiting Denmark for work, and later in the weekend I went to Copenhagen for a short weekend to see my friend Siri in May 2013.  Siri was basically our food guide and took us to places where she usually ate with her friends.

The first place she took us to was:

1. Torvehallerne food hall for smørrebrød

Torvehallerne is a food hall in pretty central Copenhagen, and it has over 60 stalls with a variety of everything delicious you can imagine – meat, dairy, produce, pastries!  Honestly it is a food paradise for feasting your eyes and stomach.

For us it was lunch time and Siri recommended that we try smørrebrød, because they are traditionally Danish.  You can kind of describe them as “open sandwiches” with rye bread and toppings like roast beef, fried onions, eggs, prawn, pickled herring, etc.  So delicious and I’d only I had a bigger stomach to try all the different varieties of toppings.

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Having smørrebrød at the Torvehallerne food hall in Copenhagen

After some sightseeing around  the city we stopped at:

 2. Lagkagehuset for coffee & Danish pastries

Lagerhuset is a coffee/pastry chain that you will come across many times in the city.  You can get coffee, bread, sandwiches & salads, and oh my gosh, all these pastries!!  My favourite was the spandauer, which is a classic flaky, crispy and fluffy Danish pastry with a soft center filled with (I think the one I had was a custard filling), then drizzled with icing and some almond shavings.  Sorry I forgot to take photos, but seriously just go there to treat yourself.

Lagkaghuset Coffee Pastry Shop

In the afternoon we popped into a pub to catch up over drinks.  When I’m travelling abroad, I usually like to try the local craft beers.  Siri recommended:

3. Fynsk Forår 

I’m not a beer expert, but I found this  white beer very enjoyable.  It was light, and had a nice, subtle flowery-scent to it.  I think the pub we went to was Ølbaren on Elmegade.  I could be wrong, but I quickly looked it up again and apparently it is recommended for their wide range of beer selection.  Whether or not it is the actually the small cozy place I visited it sounds worth a visit.  Before leaving Copenhagen, I picked up a big bottle of the Fynsk Forår at the supermarket as a souvenir 🙂

Fynsk Forår

4.  Mother for great pizzas

Finally for dinner Siri recommended us this Italian restaurant, Mother, in the meatpacking district, for their amazing pizzas.  It is a very popular place and we were tipped off to make a reservation.

I must guiltily admit that although we had made a reservation we ended up not going there … I just remember not feeling up for pizza after all that evening and just wandered off to another restaurant in the meatpacking district, which by the way had tons of hip and trendy restaurants & bars.  The other restaurant that we went too (forgot the name) was also very good and served great organic dishes and beers.

Besides these places I would also recommend going for brunch because Scandinavians are great brunch enthusiasts!  I really enjoyed Copenhagen and I look forward to visiting in the near future.  I keep praising the food I had in Copenhagen, but truly I believe Nordic cuisine in general should deserve even more credit.  From my experience,  Nordic cuisine really embraces fresh, organic, and local, and for me that’s how I like my food to be.

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Easy bake in the evening for easy mornings

Now that it’s colder and getting light out much later, I have such a hard time getting up in the mornings.  I have to recite motivational speeches to myself to get out of bed.  In order to ration on that extra 5 minutes for snoozing rather than preparing breakfast in the morning, breakfast for me must be prepared beforehand.  My solution to that is baking muffins in the easiest way as possible.

Rather than baking from scratch, I have opted out for making muffins out of a box.  Usually I would feel guilty for doing this, but this is comfort food and not meant to be artisan forest fruit muffins.  And who said Easy Bake is only for kids?!  (Sweet memories of my one-light-bulb oven!!)  

The nice thing about store-bought basic muffin mix is that the batter is so easy to make… you don’t have to collect all different kinds of ingredients.  The box I bought only required adding eggs.  To make things more interesting, I added a handful of frozen forest fruit berries into the batter.  Instead of adding berries, perhaps chocolate chips would make another yummy alternative. Scooped the batter into the muffin form, stick ’em into the oven and voila!  An easy effortless way of baking in the evening that rewards even a lazy non-morning person like me with breakfast for an easy morning.

Why you should dine at this Parisien restaurant with mediocre food and mediocre service

When I visited Paris a few weeks ago, I made sure I had insider tips to make the most of my 2.5 day trip.  I was recommended the Le Bouillon Chartier by two friends.  One of them was my old flatmate Guillaume who is French and has lived in Paris himself, and said this would be the place to get authentic French food for a decent price in the centre of Paris.  Merci beaucoup!  Well, what Guillaume told me was true, but he certainly left out some “fun” details for us to find out on our own…

Le Bouillon Chartier Paris

We got off the metro at Richelieu – Drouot and quickly found Le Bouillon Chartier around corner. You won’t miss it because outside there is always a queue. I think we arrived at around 8ish, and after waiting for about 40 minutes we were ushered into another queue around the corner.  You can finally see the entrance, so close but yet so far away!

Le Bouillon Chartier

At this point my boyfriend was getting grumpy, and I was thinking… please please please I hope the food is amazing to justify for all this waiting. Finally we get into the restaurant and it looked super cozy and so beautiful!

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Then things started to, well let’s say things took an unexpected turn…

We were seated at a table, and the waiter told us to hang our coats on the overhead shelves.  Next thing we know we saw two strangers seated beside us.  Not as in the table beside us, but literally sitting next to us at the same table.  Then the waiter just threw out four pieces of folded paper onto the table, which happened to be the menu.  My boyfriend and I just looked at each in confusion, and decided to ask our “dinner party” (who were two French locals, a father and his son) what was going on…

Our French dinner guest, looking puzzled at our confusion, asked:

Do you know about this place?   

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Thanksgiving Bliss in The Netherlands with Easy Turkey Recipe

First of, Happy Thanksgiving to all Canadians home and abroad!  Although this year is my fifth Thanksgiving away from home and I am very thankful that I still had a proper poultry feast with my second family this weekend.  Actually, three years ago I introduced the Thanksgiving dinner to my boyfriend’s family and they loved it so much it is properly a thing now.  So every October, we have an event called kalkoen (which is Dutch for turkey), not Thanksgiving, just turkey… haha.

Anyway, in The Netherlands usually you would only come across turkey in the sandwich meat section in the supermarket, and if you want a proper full turkey for roasting you have to pre-order it at the special poultry shop.  Before cooking for my in-laws I’ve never roasted a turkey before, so you can imagine the pressure… but I followed the can-do attitude and I’m definitely thankful that I have found a

super easy, manageable recipe that comes with smashing results 🙂   !!!

I found this recipe on the internet a few years back and again I am super thankful that I have scribbled it down (because it doesn’t come up in my google results anymore even with the search terms from the recipe?!).  What I love about this recipe is that it has

no complicated steps and the turkey really does not dry out.

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Spice up your life!

You really cannot deny summer is over when you have the official mandate for fall – Starbuck’s Pumpkin Spiced Lattes are back in season.  I’ve been living in The Netherlands for the last 3 years and I’m pretty sure they did not have Pumpkin Spiced Lattes until this year, so I was naturally thrilled and raving about my favourite autumn drink to my colleagues.  I guess my colleagues do listen to my half nonsense after all, because I got this in the email today:

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How sweet!  Well, maybe some of these recipes are actually too sweet.  I’d like to perhaps substitute the whole milk with soy milk or even coconut milk… cut down the amount of chocolate.  But I guess there’s no point in watching your weight until after the Thanksgiving dinner right?  Anyway,  I hope you like this & enjoy!

Easy Serrano Ham and Melon Salad

A bit ironic, but being lazy is sometimes actually lead to being productive. After getting off work on Monday, I went straight to the supermarket without a clue of what to buy for dinner, and simply asked myself what I can make that requires absolutely no effort. I was at the sandwich meat section at the time and I spotted Serrano ham.  I remember the last time I had Serrano ham it was with honeydew melon as an appetizer.  Bingo!

I quickly grabbed a pack of Serrano ham, a bag of arugula salad, a pack of mixed melon salad on-the-go (already diced, genius!) and some pine nuts.   And there you have it ladies and gentlemen – Melon Serrano Ham Salad.  Prep time – 0 minutes!

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Finding the last crumb in Amsterdam

Want to know where you can spend less than €20 for three sandwiches, and drinks in Amsterdam? Then keep reading 🙂

Every time I have friends or family visiting me in the Netherlands we would spend a day in Amsterdam.  As a good host, besides taking my guests sightseeing I also need to feed them.  Of course, I’m sure anyone would appreciate chips with mayonaise, a slice of pizza or even a raw herring sandwich, but sometimes it just doesn’t hit the spot.  Sometimes you just want to go somewhere where you can have a proper filling lunch that doesn’t charge you tourist prices.  Super lekker (tasty) food with reasonable prices, does such a place exist?  YES!  🙂

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Ladies and gentleman, you are looking at the window display of De Laatste Kruimel (literally translates to “The Last Crumb”) in the city center of Amsterdam.  I mean, just look at all the cakes, pies, and pastries!  Wait, there’s more!

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