A few weeks back I had the pleasure of hanging out on the Østegro rooftop garden taking photos of all the beautiful seasonal dishes from Stedsans CleanSimpleLocal. You’ve definitely either heard me mention them or have read my blog posts about Stedsans (I took my dad there for his birthday and here I talked about my first Stedsans long table dinner) but suffice to say I’m obsessed with the concept, the execution and Mette and Flemming who are the creatives behind the beautiful restaurant. The food is always beautifully fresh, seasonal and local. Mette and Flemming cook according to real food values—meaning plenty of gorgeous vegetables, sustainably raised meat, biodynamic wine, saturated fat like butter and coconut oil and use plenty of medicinal and nourishing herbs. I couldn’t love the way they prepare food more and it definitely aligns with how I nourish my own body. Anyways, when I was there, Mette brought out this absolutely stunning dish of roasted carrots. She was extra excited because they were the first farm fresh carrots of the Summer season. And boy were they sweet and delicious. The key to any meal is starting out with beautiful, fresh and organic ingredients. I’ve been very inspired by Mette and Flemming’s food and have been cooking out of Mette’s stunning cookbook Sundt & Simpelt non-stop lately. The funny thing is the book only comes in Danish and I’m joking that it’s how I will learn Danish. I’ve been doing my own little rendition of roasted carrots these days inspired by Mette. Continue reading →
I’m back in Copenhagen after a truly whimsical and mind-blowing few days in the Faroe Islands. I can’t wait to share images and words from my trip. But for now, I’m just slowly moving out of vacation mode and back into real life mode. And the best way I know how to do that? Softening the blow by hanging with friends. Especially when hanging out means jointly celebrating Yelp’s Copenhagen Ice Cream Week, which was created by my lovely friend Camilla of Copenhagen By Me. Some of my favorite places in Copenhagen for ice cream and nice cream (the name for dairy-free ice cream or “not ice cream”) such as Social Foodies and Nicecream Copenhagen are running amazing deals all week. Today, Camilla and I met up at Nicecream and shared a few delicious popsicles and some of their crazy delicious bowls (the one on the left is a peanut butter Banana Bowl and on the right is a traditional Acai Bowl.) What I love about Nicecream is that it is gluten-free and vegan, boom boom. Not to mention absolutely delicious. I love health-ified treats. Social foodies is a close second favorite and they have amazing dairy based ice creams as well as fruit sorbets and homemade chocolate. Don’t worry friends, I went there yesterday and sampled the green smoothie sorbet and salted caramel ice cream. I’m definitely not missing out on this week. Anyways, point is, if you’re in Copenhagen, you too can partake in this midsummer ice cream eating fest. Just check out the facebook page I linked to above to find out where you can find the scoop of your dreams. Until then, I’m hoping the ice cream sugar rush fuels me into some major blog writing and updating. Also, coming soon is a new IMC site, which I am so thrilled to share in a few weeks. Sending all of you so much love.
For the past four days I’ve been on a photo trip in the Faroe Islands with one of my best friends and adventure partners in crime, Kristian (ok—he’s my ex-boyfriend too!) We’ve been mostly unplugged as we’ve been driving, hiking and getting lost in the various islands. I can’t believe I’m actually here—it’s been on my must-travel-to list for quite sometime and it has surpassed all of my wildest dreams. It is pretty unreal here. Rolling green hills dotted with sheep of every color and texture. Weather changing in an instant from the brightest sunshine to sideways rain to mystic fog accompanied by howling wind. I’m massively relishing in the healing nature of this land. To be honest, I’ve needed a break from Copenhagen city life to clear my mind, get in touch with my intuition and to press my feet into the lush earth. Aside from driving, hiking and photographing every corner we can, we’ve been eating loads of seafood, drinking cheap gas station kaffe, picnicking, camping and so on. Yesterday we actually took a ferry to the island of Mykine’s and then got airlifted off the island in a chopper today as the waves of the Atlantic were too rough for travel. I overheard in the helicopter, “getting from A to B in the Faroes is always an adventure.” After a few days here, I’d have to agree. I can’t wait to share more with you, but until then, here is a self-portrait post card of myself, blustered with wind, hair in my face but bright eyes and a big smile. Hejhej, Friends!
So I’m sitting here on Monday morning after having spent the last several days at Denmark’s famous Roskilde Festival. I’m listening to Mø, drinking coffee and working on managing a killer headache that seems to want to hang out longer than I’d like. Roskilde Festival was some kind of magic, you guys. It was kind of insane. Crazy. A full on love-fest. Debauchery of sorts. So please, if your sensitive to scandalous imagery, this might not be the post for you. But I kind of love how steamy all these images turned out. It’s not my typical style, but it certainly is fun to share. I wouldn’t say I’m a huge festival-goer, if that’s even a phrase. I like my rest. I like to be comfortable. I don’t like days spent endlessly on my feet covered in mud and a belly full of fries. But the past few days at Roskilde changed my mind on festivals. It was a different kind of world where, despite horrible stormy weather, everyone was glowing from the inside out. I spent a lot of time with my partner in crime Jacqui photographing interesting people and situations at the festival on top of eating bowls and bowls of chili, sipping on gin and tonics, enjoying our media passes, dancing, laughing, hugging, hand holding, meeting incredible people and the likes. I’m pretty sure we walked something like 45km over a three day period. So sore feet we do have. And that headache. The typical aftermath of a festival. But it was all worth it. I love you, Roskilde. I’ll be back. And next year, I will most certainly camp it.
One of the most exciting things happening in my life right now is that my Dad is visiting Copenhagen. He traveled here all the way from San Francisco and it makes me feel so special that he made the effort to come visit Denmark. He’s here for a week and I planned the raddest list of activities for us. I’m not into typical tourism at all. When I travel, I like to sit at local cafés, eat at amazing restaurants, wander around pretty streets and meet all sorts of people. And this is exactly how I wanted to show my dad Copenhagen. In the past three days that he has been here we’ve picnicked by the sea, went for a swim, drank spritz and gin and tonics with all the hipsters in Vesterbrø, did the chef’s tasting at PONY, broke my dads late-night kebab eating v. card, bought him two pairs of Stan Smiths from Keyoto to fit in with the local style, have had breakfast and coffee at my favorite spot RIST Kaffe Bar (two days in a row) and last night we dined at the Stedsans Rooftop Garden. As you may know, I’m absolutely crazy about Stedsans. I knew my dad would be as well. It was actually my birthday present to him! He’s turning, um, “40” this week. At least that’s what we say. It was such a beautiful night filled with amazing food, wine and great company. We loved it and ended up staying up on the rooftop until midnight and then biked home tipsy from wine and bellies filled with amazing food. Here are some of my favorite pictures from our night celebrating.