A Broad in Denmark

An American girl's adventures in Copenhagen

One week

It crept up on me, all of a sudden I only have one week left in Copenhagen!! It’s time to get hygge and actually do all of the things I said I’d do at some point throughout the semester, then never did- starting with today!

Today my roommates and I spent the entire day walking around Copenhagen and checking out the Christmas markets throughout the city. Despite the freezing cold, it was an amazing day, and the view from the lake behind Christiania was incredible!

Tonight we’re all going out to dinner at Manfred’s & Vin, which is apparently the new cool thing, and just got a NYTimes review! I’m so sad it’s my last saturday night with my roommates but I’m excited to hit the town with them tonight! And of course, I’ll report back on how the food was!

Tea Tasting

Today at my internship, between entering in all of the fourth quarter receipts and editing the media kit (don’t worry, I actually do work in between all of the fun things), we tasted alcoholic teas!

Similar to sparking wine, but infused with tea, the teas were created by Jacob Kocemba, when he was the head sommelier at a restaurant in Copenhagen and received a shipment of forest strawberries from France. Unsure what to pair the fruit with, he began creating his own wines but kept feeling that the taste of the wine overpowered the strawberries, until he realized that combining tea with wine could create something that would pair well and add to the fruity taste of the strawberries. Three years after creating and perfecting the process, Kocemba’s was born! And we were lucky enough to try the five flavors:

  1. Summer Red berry tea
  2. Winter tea infused with chai, meant to taste like Danish gløgg
  3. Chamomille
  4. Lemon and ginger (made to pair with sushi!)
  5. A hibiscus rosé

The fourth was definitely my favorite, even though they were all delicious! Maybe I’ll have to bring some back to the states!

Wine Tasting

Pressed for Christmas presents, but inspired by my wine tasting class, I told my boss last week that I wanted to bring home some wine for presents, but wasn’t sure which to bring, or where to buy it. This is when she suggested that I taste them through her wine supplier and buy them through him with her restaurant discount, which is how I ended up sampling wines at ten in the morning yesterday.

As if my suitcase wasn’t already risking the weight limit, I picked three! Happy holidays!

This morning, on my walk to my internship, there was snow - everywhere! Guess it’s officially December in Copenhagen!

Thanksgiving… Again!

Ok this is my last one, I promise… This past Saturday I had my fourth Thanksgiving!

Marcia invited our other three roommates and me to cook an entire traditional Thanksgiving meal for her “host” Danish family. We arrived at 9 am to put the turkey in the oven - the first turkey any of us had every attempted! Then got busy cooking a feast of traditional dishes.

Throughout the day we made:

  • Turkey
  • Gravy
  • Stuffing
  • Homemade cranberry sauce
  • Green bean casserole
  • Mashed potatoes with nutmeg
  • Corn casserole muffins
  • Sweet potatoes with mini marshmallows

The afternoon was a success, even our turkey was delicious! Of the four Thanksgivings I had, this one was definitely the most traditional (even though it had the most Danes!), and was probably my favorite for that reason.

My back courtyard in the rain, I’m starting to get nostalgic about leaving!

Guerilla Feast

Ok, so I realize that this is my third Thanksgiving-themed post in a row, but I have to tell the tale of how I ended up biking two miles in the pouring rain, at midnight, with a turducken in my front basket…

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Last night, the company I intern for, Silver.Spoon, put on a guerilla dining Thanksgiving Feast, which sat about forty people, and served the infamous Turducken I tasted night, among cabbage soup, veggies and scallops, and an apple tart dessert, a twist on the traditional American meal, matched with a wine pairing.

As per the seating plan, I sat by my boss and her boyfriend, the woman who taught me how to saber champagne bottles, and two women in the Danish television industry, one of whom, I learned, is highly allergic to giraffes. Needless to say, it was an interesting evening, and I had the best time and the best food, starting with a “celery soup,” which might be one of the best things I’ve ever tasted.

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Next, they served the TURDUCKEN (which is how it was written on our menu- in all caps), which did not disappoint.

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The dinner lasted from six to eleven, at which point I helped put things away, and was able to snag half a Turducken and some apple tarts to bring home to feed my floor with… which is how I ended up well-fed, biking home with tarts under one arm and shielding my Turducken from the downpour with another, not that I would have it any other way.

Turduckendom

What do a Turducken* and Dom Perignon put together equal?

A Turduckendom, of course!

As part of the world’s best internship, which Camilla and I have been hard at work at throughout the week - really, have I mentioned how much I love my new internship? - we got invited to a Turducken tasting for the Thanksgiving dinner that Silver.Spoon is holding on Sunday. *A Turducken, is the gluttonous “American Tradition” that is a chicken stuffed inside a duck, stuffed inside of a turkey.

About ten of us, including other people involved in Silver.Spoon, sponsors and chefs, were invited to test the meal, which was paired with champagne (Dom Perignon and Veuve Clicquot!), thanks to the champagne supplier my boss is friends with!

Besides the duck/turkey/chicken being surprisingly delicious, Camilla and I had the opportunity to talk to a number of people involved in the Danish food industry, one of which happens to be a talented champagne bottle saberer… So I learned a new party trick!

I can’t wait for the official dinner tonight - based on how much fun I had last night, it should be a great time! Either way, I’ll keep you posted!

Thanksgiving

Where better to have a huge Thanksgiving feast than in a house with twenty other Americans interested in food, living in Copenhagen?

On Thursday, the entire Culinary House assembled a huge Thanksgiving dinner, potluck style! While one floor commandeered the two enormous turkeys (bought from an obscure specialty restaurant-supply store in the city), everyone made an individual dish to add to the dinner. In the end, this consisted of casseroles, stuffing, gravy, deviled eggs (my contribution), spinach dip, cranberry sauce (gathered from care packages from home), and tons of turkey!

It couldn’t have been a better night - for many it was there first Thanksgiving away from home, but it’s safe to say that no one felt homesick or lacking of an American-style turkey feast.

By the end of the night, everyone slowly made it over to a single couch for pumpkin pie and pecan bars, where we stayed until retreating to bed, exhausted from a day of cooking and turkey comas.

It’s no wonder that when we went around the table to say what we’re thankful for, so many said “For the Culinary House!”

One More Month

As much fun as I had traveling the past week, it was so nice to come “home” last night, which is exactly what Copenhagen has become - I can’t believe we only have one more month here, I refuse to believe it!

For the last month, I’m going to stay put in Copenhagen and just enjoy the city and my new internship, which I started today! It’s at an upscale guerilla dining company (basically pop-up restaurants) that is run by a DIS alum called Silver Spoon. I’m extremely interested to work for them, since it will be my first internship in the food industry, which has always been an interest of mine! My best friend Camilla from Wellesley and I will be working with them all week to set up for their Thanksgiving Feast on Sunday, it looks interesting! It’s looking more and more like food might be my future.

On top of all of that, I came home to the best care package from my boyfriend, lined with pictures of our summer trip together, and wrapped presents including the second season of Trueblood, an MIT running shirt, and Nerds candies! The perfect survival package - he’s definitely one thing I’m excited to go home to at the end of the month. So bittersweet!