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Last Sunday I met my friend for smørrebrød – the classic Danish open sandwich at the restaurant Orangeriet in the King’s Garden in Copenhagen. Such a pretty place! The sun was out and so was everyone in Copenhagen. Orangieriet was packed and when I came in I could see gorgeous servings on Royal Copenhagen dinner ware all around.  The glasses were filled with dark beer, white wine or sparkling water and the faces looked happy. IMG_1507 IMG_1508

Luckily my friend came soon after and we got our table. We both chose a couple of smørrebrød and intentionally left some space for cake. Salmon tartare with cucumbers, veal tartare with beet root and raw egg yolk and lumpfish roe with smoked cream cheese and dill. It’s hard to see the the bread, I know. That is the nice thing about smørrebrød. It’s more topping than bread!

IMG_1514Sponge cake with cream. Almost too pretty to dig your fork into. Almost.

There are plenty of smørrebrød places in Copenhagen but on Sundays they can get very busy. If you only plan to come for one weekend make sure to get a booking. That on the other hand is no problem. Most places have online booking systems.

Here are some of the classic places and my favorites:

Aamanns (yes, the guy who also opened a place in New York)
Arbejdermuseet (in the basement of the worker’s museum)
Schønnemann (close by the shopping street)
Almanak (another of Claus Meyer’s places)

Enjoy your Copenhagen Sundays!

Copenhagen love from Kristina

 

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Last week I finally visited one of the prettiest restaurants in Copenhagen, Mielcke & Hurtigkarl. It is situated by the entrance of the Frederiksberg park and everything is very calm, airy and light. It feels like a green house and as a guest you feel like a precious orchid taken very well care of.
We went for the seven course menu and were started off with some pretty, little -yet quite filling- appetizers. Vietnamese tacos, Bánh xèo, with slices of duck heart and onion.

IMGP8977Followed by burning hot Japanese takoyaki – you know, I avoided them in Japan, but they were delicious.

IMGP8979More Japan: soba noodles and egg yolk. And reflection of the ceiling decoration. Egg yolk is still hot in 2014?!

IMGP8980Sea buckthorn in the shape of leaves. Yoghurt snow, chamomile sirup. Sweet and sour. So pretty, so crunchy!

IMGP8985Sour dough bread to-die-for and (obviously!) herbed butter. I know, looks like matcha ice cream. Read More

2013 I had plenty of great trips in my calendar: Japan, Spain, Sweden, Germany. I have been so lucky! Here are some of the best food experiences I made this year. Hopefully they can be of inspiration for your 2014 travel planning!

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Hida beef to be grilled on a magnolia leaf at the Oyado Yoshinoya Ryokan of the sweetest host couple in Takayama.

P1030358Deep fried oregano at Mugaritz near San Sebastian. Tangy, crisp, fresh. Makes you crave for more! Read More

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Claus Meyer did it again. He opened a restaurant. In Copenhagen. Serving nordic food. Well. actually it’s three restaurants. And they are in a really good spot close to the old harbour, Nyhavn. On the opposite site of noma. But restaurants in this building did not use to live very long. It’s a little off the beaten track yet still in the city centre. But Claus Meyer who has his fingers in this and that just cannot stand still. So he opened The Standard housing a modern Indian restaurant, a classic Danish restaurant and a New Nordic gourmet restaurant: Studio. Read More

2013-11-24-09-10-43I love my chosen hometown Copenhagen, I really do! But sometimes it just gets at me. About this time of year it starts getting a little grey and sad. But maybe that is just me not accepting that now things are happening inside! Make those theater ticket booking, have a look in the calendar and plan friends from other cities visiting you. Winter just always comes to fast for my taste… Read More

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