20 Treats To Try in Denmark

Hello friends! For a while now I have been crafting this post about a few Must-Try Treats in Denmark, which has been quite challenging. However, this blog post turned into both a reflective challenge for myself and a useful list for you to use when traveling to Scandinavia. That being said, what was once a challenge for me is now a challenge for you. I hope you will go out and try these foods when the opportunity arises! Then, when you’re done, make sure to say, “tak for mad” or “thanks for the food”.

Savory Dishes

1. Flødekartofler

This dish is similar to smothered potatoes or potatoes au gratin. Flødekartofler is essentially potatoes with cream. I tried it for the first time at an Absalon Dinner. If you have a chance, go to one of these meals — you’ll meet new people in the community!

2. Frikadeller 

A frikadeller is a fried meatball made from fish, pork, or a blend of pork and beef, and is eaten with potatoes and parsley sauce. I have yet to try these since I’m vegetarian. However, I’ve tried a similar vegetable patty and I hear the meat one are a must-try!

3. Rugbrød

Sorry to disappoint! Rye bread is not typically a treat but its everywhere in Denmark. In fact, bread is all over and it’s quite good.

4. Smørrebrød

These are open-faced sandwiches that I’ve seen in all ways, shapes, and forms. Pick one that looks most appetizing to you and don’t hold back.

5. Fish stew

Another treat I sadly cannot say I’ve tried. HOWEVER, a friend of mine tried some in Helsinki, Finland on our study tour. I can say it smelled wonderful and aromatic throughout the street market. Not to mention, I hear the seafood is delicious in Scandinavia.

6. Street Sausages (pølsevogn)

Once again… meat. But sausages, hot dogs, meat — all that jazz are very popular among everyone (except people who don’t eat them –> me). But try one and let me know how it goes!

Desserts 

7. Flødeboller

THIS I can say I’ve tried many times. Flødeboller are chocolate marshmallow balls? Delicious. I don’t usually eat marshmallows but I enjoy these treats. My favorites are the mocha flavored ones. You can find them in grocery stores or shops like Lagkagehuset, which is great for pastries too. 

8. Ice Cream – The “American”

A professor of mine told me that the ice cream cones with everything — jam, marshmallow cream, and a flodeboller — are referred to as “Americans” I’m gonna take a wild guess and say it’s because they’re extra crazy and a mess! I would try your ice cream like this at least once — you won’t regret it (I hope).

Pro-tip: Check out Vaffelbageren in Nyhavn for great ice cream and a beautiful day in the harbor.

9. Vaffelbargereit

Head on over to once of these places to try a waffle. I prefer mine with Nutella and sometimes ice cream, however, they come in different styles.

10. Cinnamon Rolls

Pastries are a MUST here, obviously. They’re usually good everywhere. But my favorites have been Finnish rolls (korvapuustit), “Wednesday snails” from Sankt Peders Bageri, cardamom buns at Junos Bakery, and anything from Lagkagehuset.

11. Stroopwaffel

Stroopwafels are a Dutch treat. The original stroopwafels are thin wafer cookies joined by a caramel filling. However, it’s 2019 and the times are forever changing. You can find many variations of stroopwafels — including fresh made ones with toppings.

12. Sportskage

Although La Glace is just a hop, skip, and a jump away from DIS classes, I have yet to try this treat. I hear it’s excellent. By the time you read this, maybe I’ll have tried it. Maybe you’ll try it first. But someone must try it. Enjoy!

Random Sweets 

13. Elderflower

Elderflower is a yummy flavor — simple and not too sweet. I recommend trying this syrup with a little sparking water. If you ever see elderflower or ‘hyldeblomst’ don’t shy away from it.

14. Licorice

A horrifying word, I know. It’s everywhere in Denmark. They put it in tea, candy, food, drinks, YOU NAME IT. Like I said, it’s horrifying to me, but sometimes you have to feel the fear and do it anyway. Try it one, you will regret it. But it will be funny (for those watching).

15. Honey & Jams

I don’t know what kind of bees they have here but we need to save them (and all bees, of course). The honey is EXCELLENT. Also, the jam is too. My favorite is jordbær og rabarber (strawberry rhubarb).

16. Danish Butter Cookies

Simple, sweet, super good. Not much to say here, just try some.

17. pepernoten

A festive treat that should be eaten year round. Pepernoten cookies are spice cookies that taste like a gingersnap.

For the Adults 

18. Glogg

Glogg is a great holiday drink in Scandinavia. It’s a hot spiced wine with liquor added. It will keep you warm, if you’re of age.

19. Julebryg

Julebryg is Christmas Beer in Denmark. It comes around after J-Dag and marks the start of the Christmas season.

20. Somersby

Somersby is an alcoholic cider from Denmark. It comes in many flavors and is a nice sweet drink. Once again, for those who are old enough!

Getting to Know Nørrebro: Food

New to Nørrebro?

There are TONS of things to do in Nørrebro. This neighborhood is vibrant, lively, and always buzzing. The atmosphere in Nørrebro is full of soul, culture, and life. You’ll quickly notice that there are a million places for food, coffee, and sweets. I’ve found myself getting tired of the city center, so most days I venture off into a new spot somewhere just across the pond. Here are a few of the places I’ve tried in Nørrebro!

Food Spots

Desserthuset – dessert shop ($$)

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In English, Desserthuset simply translates to the Dessert House. This shop houses several tasty treats, including freakshakes, cheesecakes, and MORE. I tried the Jetsetter milkshake and WOW! It was freaking amazing. Although it was one of the more simple choices, the strawberries, bananas, and white chocolate paired very well. I would compare it to a strawberry shortcake ice cream bar… but better. The milkshakes were tasty, fluffy, and not too heavy. I can’t wait to go back and try more of their delicious treats!

Torvehallerne – market, fresh food ($-$$)

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In my blog on 5 Things to Do in CPH, I mentioned Torvehallerne (the Glass Market). The market is right down the street from Nørreportstation and it offers lots of fresh food and food stands. It’s a great spot to grab a bite to eat for lunch or pick up some fresh and local treats.

La Neta – Mexican restaurant, vegetarian ($$)

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If you’re a lover of Hispanic food, Copenhagen may not be the place for you. Sadly, there aren’t many great places that offer GOOD or authentic Hispanic food in CPH. Even most Danes I’ve met have admitted this. However, La Neta is a lovely Mexican restaurant that offers tacos, quesadillas, and drinks that are tasty. The restaurant has a great vibe and it’s super vibrant. PLUS, they have veggie-friendly dishes for my fellow vegetarians!

Cozy Cafes

Zaggi’s Coffee – coffee shop ($)

Zaggi’s is a cute and tiny cafe located right before you cross Dronning Louises Bro going into Nørrebro. This hidden gem offers everything a coffee-loving heart may desire for a small fee of 15 DKK. Their delicious cakes, paninis, and various hot and cold drinks are ALL 15 DKK! This is by far one of the best deals I’ve found in Copenhagen. The only catch is it’s cash only! So make sure you’ve got some coins on you before going.

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Bevar’s – cafe, hyggelig ($$)

There are quite a few lovely cafes in Nørrebro, and Bevar’s is definitely one of them. This spot opens early and closes late, so there is always food, hygge, and fun no matter what time you go. The cozy ambiance makes for a very hyggelig experience. Although Bevar’s is dimly lit with lots of candle lighting, the vibes are great for studying. Next time you’re in the area, stop by and sit down for a light meal or warm drink.

Cafe 22 – cafe, hyggelig, outdoor seating ($$)

This spot is located just across the bridge in Nørrebro. Cafe 22 is a great choice for a filling breakfast or afternoon coffee. As you eat, you’ll also have a fabulous view of the lakes of Nørrebro if you sit outdoors. The brunch buffet is a very popular option, especially for the weekends. The menu also includes sandwiches, salads, soups, and many other treats.

 

 

Curiosity in Copenhagen: Body Worlds

Today, I ventured off to Experimetarium, a science museum, located in Hellerup. Thankfully, my journey was short since it was only about 3 miles away from the city center! I decided to go to Experimentarium ONLY for their temporary Body Worlds exhibit. However, I ended up enjoying the museum too. If you have a chance to visit Experimentarium, make sure you ask for a student ticket! All you have to do is show your ID and the entry fee will be 115 DKK.

Visiting a Body Worlds exhibit has been on my bucket list for many years. Back in high school, I was quite intrigued by Gunther Von Hagen’s plastination technique. Oddly enough, I ended up writing an essay on my fascination with plastination when applying to college. Finally, today I was able to cross another item off my bucket list after I explored this extraordinary exhibit. As Lizzie McGuire would say, THIS is what dreams are made of!

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For those of you who were thrown off by those chilling photos of human bodies, Body Worlds is a museum showcasing REAL, plastinated humans who have donated their bodies to science. This exhibit will make you think about both life and death as you walk through. As you explore the complexity of human anatomy, you will no doubt be reminded of what a wonderful gift life is. This was Gunther Von Hagen’s intention when creating these exhibits years ago. It is absolutely unlike any other exhibit you will ever see.

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As I wandered through this exhibit, I was enamored. Body Worlds truly is a work of art! It was quite fascinating to see life continue even after death. The smallest details have been preserved, from painted fingernails to eyelashes. Overall, Body Worlds is an innovative way to teach and explain human anatomy through art. If you have the chance, visit one of these exhibits so you too can see how complex and captivating the human body truly is. By the time you leave, you will definitely rethink what it means to live and to be alive.

5 Things to Do in CPH

There are endless things to do in Copenhagen. During my first month here, I’ve gone on so many adventures! Copenhagen is finally beginning to feel like home. The streets, sounds, and smells are all becoming so familiar to me. So, as a new local, I thought I’d share with you 5 fun things I’ve done in Copenhagen.

1. GoBoats

fullsizeoutput_24c9Since my arrival in Copenhagen, EVERYONE (literally everyone) has reminded me that the weather will get worse. For some odd reason (climate change), Copenhagen is still much warmer than it usually is around this time of year… So, I’ve been rushing to do any and everything that is outdoors and fun in the sun. Luckily, my adventures made me fall in love with the city canals! Now I’m here to tell you to hop in a GoBoat and set sail.

 

Luckily, during my first weekend in Copenhagen, I went on a GoBoat tour with my fellow Public Health LLC residents. I had the chance to be the captain during our ride which was slightly challenging, but also thrilling. This was a lovely way to see more of Copenhagen without exhausting my feet or getting run over by a bicycle. If you get a chance, gather some friends, bring some snacks, and tour the canals on a hot and sunny day. 

2. Tivoli Gardens

TivoliLLCJust so we’re clear, this list is not ranked in any sort of order. I’m making this known because if it were, Tivoli would be number 1! After a few visits, it’s safe to say Tivoli is my favorite place to go in Copenhagen so far. Although I’ve never been to Disney parks, I have to say that Tivoli is better. (fun fact: Walt Disney visited Tivoli for inspiration)

 

I recommend visiting Tivoli Gardens at least once in your life. However, if you’re an amusement park lover (like me!) I’d recommend buying a Tivoli Pass. It will save you tons of money and is worth the investment! With my Tivoli Pass I’ve been to 3 of the summer concerts where Danish artists Christopher and MØ performed.

 

3. Nyhavn & Christiania

fullsizeoutput_2466When you google Copenhagen, I’m sure Nyhavn will be the first image to pop up. It is definitely one of the most picturesque Copenhagen spots! The water and buildings look gorgeous right before sunset. Also, Nyhavn is only a ten-minute walk away from city center and DIS buildings. Spend an evening by the canal and grab dinner or ice cream from Vaffelbageren (the marshmallow cream and jam is amazing!

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Right across the bridge near Nyhavn you’ll find Christiania. Take some time to explore this crazy cool area and visit the ‘Freetown.’ Christiania has lots of beautiful artwork and houses. Also, if you’re an outdoors person, take a walk around the pond and explore the forest!

4. Sankt Peders Bageri

IMG_4229If you happen to be free on a Wednesday morning, stop by Saint Peter’s Bakery and grab an Ondagssnegle (Wednesday Snail). These cinnamon rolls are spectacular and freshly made in the morning! Head over bright and early to grab one for only 20 DKK.

5. Torvehallerne Glass Market

Last but not least, make sure to visit Torvehallerne or the Glass Market. This is a supermarket down the street from Nørreportstation (very close to DIS buildings). In the market you’ll find tons of stands selling fresh fish, meat, cheese, chocolate, spices, fresh juice, and much more. If you’re hungry, there are also lots of food stands for you to grab a bite to eat!

 

The Sounds of Skindergade

Velkommen til København!

… and Skindergade

I’ve been in Copenhagen for almost 9 days now and I already love it! It took a few days but this place is truly growing on me. Initially, I was shocked that I was actually in Copenhagen, Denmark… like WOAH.. who signed me up for this? Oh yeah, I did. The first few days took a bit of adjusting. First of all, you have to get over the jet lag. There were moments in the day where I thought I would never adjust to the time difference. I’d lie WIDE awake in bed at night thinking of home and the fact that I’m so far away. I’d toss and turn, then toss and turn… again… and again… until I finally fell asleep.

But, after a week here I’ve started to enjoy the sound of kids shouting outside my window until the break of dawn. I love the breeze that flows through my bedroom window as I lie in bed. I’m intrigued by the sounds I hear late at night; Boys clapping and singing “chase the vodka, drink the Jäger!” on the benches across the street, the sound of heels clicking on cobblestone, men whistling on their stroll home as the parties wind down and the new morning arrives, the clocks that literally ring every five minutes, and even the extremely loud garbage trucks that are heard for hours in the morning. And I know it sounds like the city is busting, but it’s not. Strangely enough, the streets are quiet. It’s not a loud roar, but it’s quiet enough to hear the drop of a dime late at night. How else would I be able to hear the guy whistling a block over?

Soon enough, I’ll be one of the kids out there on those benches singing, clapping, and dancing at all hours of the night! While being respectful of neighbors, of course… But, these streets are quickly becoming home as I venture out into the city and learn a new way back each day. Cheers to whatever awaits me!

Hej Hej, Amira

(bye-bye, Amira)

What’s in My Bag?

Hello Friends!

My pre-departure anxiety is at its peak. I am anxiously awaiting my departure with a million thoughts racing through my head. Surprisingly they aren’t fears about living abroad. Instead, I’m overthinking my long trip to Denmark and what I’ve packed.

Will 2 hours be enough time to get through TSA? Are my bags too heavy? Will my flight be delayed? Do I have everything I need? Did I pack too much? What if… you get the point. 

You should know I’m terrible at packing and far from a minimalist. Although I try to minimize, it’s just not who I am. I’m so used to taking any and everything to school each fall when I head to Vanderbilt. However, it’s sort of impossible to do that when you’re limited to one suitcase and a carry-on item. Sure, I could bring another checked bag… for an additional ridiculous fee. Never. So, I’ve somehow managed to pack my life into a 50-pound bag and one carry-on. How you ask? I have no idea!

But seriously, for the past few days, I have packed, unpacked, and repacked several times. Each time I would weigh my luggage with a handy dandy luggage scale I found at Target. I shed a few tears (not really) as I slowly but surely removed a ton of the items I thought I could bring. I was forced to pick what I thought was essential for my trip.

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Checked luggage — exactly 50 pounds!!

 

In my bags, I made sure I packed all of my toiletries: shampoo, conditioner, styling creams, gel, face wash, soap, toothpaste, etc. I brought all of my cosmetics and haircare that I knew I wouldn’t find in Denmark. I packed my MUST have clothing articles and things that would be comfortable but still fashionable. (I’ve learned that Danish style is usually simple and practical; something you can bike to work in.) I made sure to pack for some summer weather, fall and ESPECIALLY winter! Hopefully, I have enough!

See you soon Copenhagen!

Farvel For Nu Venner…

“Why do you go away? So that you can come back. So that you can see the place you came from with new eyes and extra colors. And the people there see you differently, too. Coming back to where you started is not the same as never leaving.” ― Terry Pratchett

God Dag!

That’s “good day” in Danish. My poor attempt to learn Danish since being accepted to DIS Copenhagen has taught me key phrases and not-so-key phrases. But fear not! Duolingo HAS taught me to say, “Jeg er en kvinde”… I am a woman. You’re probably wondering how this will help me, and quite honestly, I am too.

As my departure date quickly approaches, it seems like my days at home are becoming shorter. Which means I only have a measly 12 days to cram in months worth of Duolingo. Kidding. These past few days I have begun to pack for my 4-month journey to Denmark, which has not been easy. I don’t think I’ve ever been good at packing so this will be my first challenge with going abroad!

In preparation for my big move to Denmark, someone suggested that I read Hellen Russell’s book, “The Year of Living Danishly.” Since I’m only 10 pages in I can’t say much about it. However, I look forward to learning about the Danish way of life and possibly relating to Hellen’s experiences while living Danishly myself.

Before I go, I’d like to give an official welcome to my new blog! If you click on the handy dandy “About Me” button you’ll find lots of information about me and my academic interests. This page includes why I chose to study in the beautiful city of Copenhagen and DIS. If that isn’t enough for you, refer to the “Contact Me” page to contact me about your undying questions. Lastly, I’m fairly new to this whole writing thing so bear with me as I learn how to navigate the blog world. In the meantime, I can only hope that you will enjoy reading my posts as much as I’ll enjoy creating them.

Goodbye for now friends…