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Life is a Beach. Manhattan Beach, The Hamptons and Cape Cod

By Carolyn Eddie | Sep 1, 2017

This summer our daughter Kat, our California Girl, decided to stay in Manhattan Beach. She asked me to come and play for a little while before she went back to school. I have been travelling back to the States quite a lot since our move […]

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On the Game of Thrones Trail in Croatia

By Carolyn Eddie | Aug 18, 2017

If you are not a Game of Thrones fan then there is little point in continuing….. Complete confession? My main motivation for our family trip to Croatia was to be a complete tourist and find as many filming locations as possible. We only had a […]

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Walnut, Celery and Danish Blue Cheese Quiche with foraged Redcurrents

By Carolyn Eddie | Aug 16, 2017

Every time I see red currents I have to make this quiche. I have probably only made it a handful of times as red currents were never very easy to find either in Wimbledon or in Darien. Then I moved to Denmark.  I now come […]

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Scottish Pancakes with Foraged Danish Berries

By Carolyn Eddie | Aug 13, 2017

I think I may be having a bit of a identity crisis. Pancakes in America are eaton for breakfast with maple syrup.  Scottish pancakes are essentially the same recipe but you make them a wee bit smaller. They are a ‘fine piece’ you eat, spread […]

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avocado toasts with poached eggs

Californian Avocado Toasts

By Carolyn Eddie | Aug 10, 2017

We first travelled from Los Angeles to San Fransisco thirty years ago when we were newly married and still living in London. We drove along the heart stopping Big Sur and visited Hearst Castle on the way.  Little did we think that in the years […]

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Tunnel View Yosemite

Top five family activities in Yosemite

By Carolyn Eddie | Aug 6, 2017

Visiting Yosemite has been on my to do list for years.  As the whole family was getting together for my son’s graduation this summer, I thought it might be our last chance to go there for a family vacation. I had been tracking the temperature […]

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Wonderful, Wonderful Copenhagen

Wonderful, Wonderful Copenhagen

Post by Carolyn Eddie Photographs by the always fabulous Kate Stoupas

Before moving to Copenhagen my only knowledge of Denmark’s capital city was through the fabulous, but probably studio lot filmed, 1953 movie featuring, the always wonderful, Danny Kaye telling the life of Denmark’s National Treasure, storyteller and eponymous hero  ‘Hans Christian Anderson’ and the more recent and stunning film ‘The Danish Girl’ starring the oh so talented Eddie Redmayne and Alicia Vikander. In both, Copenhagen is portrayed as a small city, still very much based on a busy fishing industry, one version full of artists and the other of world class ballerinas and lots of really cute children. The last fish wife may have now left Gammel Strand but the city retains its close links with the sea and continues in its rich cultural life. It now ranks as one of the top cities to visit for a weekend getaway due to its manageable size, cobbled, bike friendly streets, story tale like architecture, world class museums, innovative dining and incredible nightlife.

Many of Copenhagen’s main attractions are free and easily accessible and so with a pair of sensible, but stylish, shoes and layers, because as the say in Denmark there is no such thing as bad weather only the wrong clothes, it is very easy to spend a couple of days exploring, shopping, eating and drinking your way through the capital city of the happiest people in the world.

No trip to Copenhagen is complete without a visit to the Little Mermaid. The Lille Havfrau has been sitting on her rock at Langelinie for over a hundred years and although small, the clue is in the name, is synonymous with the ‘salty old queen of the sea’.  Whilst you are there, turn around and look at the modern building behind it, the Langelinie Pavilion, or more correctly try to peek inside.  The originals of the iconic PH Artichoke light fittings, designed especially for the pavilion by Poul Henningsen, can be seen hanging there. If you have time take a walk through the Kastellet or citadel, one of the best preserved star fortresses in Northern Europe, and admire the beautiful orange washed houses of Nyboler, all built by Christian 4th.

After making a wish in the Gefion Fountain wander back along the harbor front  passing by the Cast museum with its large bronze copy of Michelangelo’s David until you come to the entrance of the Amelia Gardens. And stop to admire the fantastic view.  The Amelie Gardens to one side were a gift from the A.P.Møller Foundation as was the new Opera House which can be seen across the water. Together with the Marble Church and Amelienborg, the royal residence, they form an axis which is spectacular. Totally in keeping with the Danish character of openness and trust it is possible to walk right into the central square of Amelienborg and admire all four royal palaces and the incredibly expensive statue of Frederick 5th which lies in the center.  Changing of the guards takes place every day at noon and it is not unusual to catch a glimpse of Queen Margarethe 2nd or one of the royal family as they pop in and out.

By now you have earned a well deserved rest and the colorful cafes and bars of Nyhavn are a perfect place to hygge and and watch the world go by. From here you can continue on to visit Christianborg with its royal stables and kitchens.  It was the royal residence until a fire destroyed it in 1794, which is when the royal family moved to Amelienborg. Christianborg was rebuilt, not once but twice but that is another story, but by this time the King decided he preferred the new location and now it is only used for state receptions.  It also houses the Danish Parliament, the Danish Prime Minister’s Office and the Supreme Court of Denmark.

The other option is a little bit of shopping.  Nyhavn leads up to Kongons Nytorv, or the Kings New Square where you will find  the department store Magazin in the Hotel du Nord building and the upmarket Hotel D’Angleterre, where anyone is who anyone stays whilst visiting Copenhagen. It is also the start of one of the longest pedestrian shopping streets in Europe, Strøget, with Danish designers, flag ship stores and budget friends shops snuggling together.  Be sure to pop into Royal Copenhagen if only to gasp at the prices of the world’s most expensive dinner service Flora Danica, wander around George Jenson’s silver shop and then breath in the rarified air while admiring all the designer furniture and lights in my own favorite store Illums Bolighus.

The list really is endless but two of my other favorite places need a mention. First the Glyptotek, in my mind a mini Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art, where the architecture of the building, especially the new addition designed by architects Henning Larsen, is as stunning as the collections. It also has a great little cafe and, now the weather is warmer, a roof top bar which justifies my annal membership. Copenhagen also boasts one of the biggest attractions in Europe, Tivoli Gardens, an amusement part right in the center of town.   Built in 1843 Tivoli has been a favorite with visitors ever since and provided the inspiration for Disney. In addition to rides and many lovely restaurants including the fairytale like NIMB, Tivoli hosts rock concerts every Friday in summer, swing dance sessions every Saturday and fun Halloween and Christmas markets.

After Noma rocked the world with its new Nordic Cuisine emphasizing locally sourced and foraged food, Copenhagen has changed from a city serving only Mormor or grandmother food to a gourmet paradise. For breakfast [http://Mad & Kaffe – Spiseri & kaffe]Mad og Kaffe  with its instagram worthy food or my own favorite Nordens are popular.  Street food from trendy Paper Island or traditional smørbrød from Torvallerne  make a great lunch.  Dinner possibilities are endless but be sure to book ahead.  I love Höst and Noma’s new sister restaurant 108, which has received a Michelin star since Kate and I went there.

There are many restaurants and cocktail bars I want to try such as Bæst, Uformel and Ruby’s,  or some of the smaller restaurants not on the top ten list, its just a matter of planning ahead. On my list of places to visit is Jægersborggade, a hip shopping street that used to be a little dodgy but is now so trendy it even has its own Facebook page, as well as a Michelin stared restaurant. Kate I need you back!


All Time Favorites

Pesto Orzo with Roasted Vegetables, Feta Cheese and Toasted Pine Nuts

Pesto Orzo with Roasted Vegetables, Feta Cheese and Toasted Pine Nuts

My dear friend Ann Gill first made me this dish many, many years ago. It works as a vegetarian meal in its own right with the mix of pasta, protein and vegetables and seems to go well with almost anything. I am suggesting roasting zucchini […]

Absolutely Fabulous Oven Roasted Salmon with Parsley Crust

Absolutely Fabulous Oven Roasted Salmon with Parsley Crust

This recipe for salmon is such a crowd pleaser and is so easy.  I give quantities here for a whole salmon as it makes such an impressive centerpiece if you are feeding a crowd of people, but it should work just as well for individual […]

Chocolate Caramel Squares

Chocolate Caramel Squares

Food of my youth. These are becoming my trademark offering, loved by everyone.  These are now somewhat ubiquitous in the U.K. and available in every store but the home made version is still something special.  I find the caramel is still tricky and occasionally separates […]

Absolutely Fabulous, and oh so easy, Scones

Absolutely Fabulous, and oh so easy, Scones

Driftway Lane Scones “If you’re afraid of butter, use cream.” -Julia Child When I still fairly new to town I was invited to a meeting at a neighbour’s house. She entered the room with a plate piled high with freshly baked scones, lightly dusted with […]

One Thousand and One Epicurean Delights – Sticky Toffee Pudding!

One Thousand and One Epicurean Delights – Sticky Toffee Pudding!

So we all know the story of Scheherazade who saved her life by telling a different tale every night for a total of one thousand and one Arabian nights. Well I think I could do that with food; cook a different dish each night for […]