Islands Brygge

Thursday, June 30, 2011

It's finally summer here! Like, real summer. Not any of this rainy, cold summer stuff. It's super hot and sunny so I have to bank it as much as I can to prepare for the next winter here. I've been busy working at a Vietnamese restaurant (so I can finally cross off #1 on the list!) but I'm also trying to get in as much summer as I can during the days. Yesterday I spent the afternoon at Islands Brygge, munching on tapas and taking a dip in the salty harbour while attempting as much as possible to find shade to preserve my pasty complexion. Mark's also been working hard in our apartment and is getting around to doing all the projects we've been wanting to do since we've moved in, like having shelves and things on the wall finally! He drilled almost a hundred holes the other day, what a guy. I picked up an Iceland Lonely Planet to start planning our honeymoon and am getting all excited about horses and hot pots. I love planning trips almost as much as I like going on them. I'm also really looking forward to celebrating Canada Day tomorrow with Mark and his/our family, probably because it will be the first barbeque of the summer (I ended up working on Midsummer but managed to go down to the beach for a late night ice cream and bonfire sesh). I'm thinking of making portobello burgers and strawberry shortcakes tomorrow, just to be patriotic. So it looks like I'm actually doing pretty good on my summer goals so far! Bring it on, summer.

P.S. I'm not totally sure these girls would love me to post pictures of their bums all over the interwebs but aren't they cute with their bike baskets and Tuborg blanket? So Danish.


Sunday, June 26, 2011

The other weekend, I snuck away from studying for my Danish exam to go pick elderflowers in a field nearby with Nanna. We filled up my market basket with bunches of the little white flowers and then Nanna took them home and turned them into this magical syrup. Apparently it's quite easy, just boil the flowers with lemons and sugar and then bottle it up. I've been drinking it with sparkling water, lemon and a sprig of basil or mint but you could also add an ounce of gin if you wanted some extra kick. Now we just need some sunshine here, please!

Happy Midsummer

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

I can't believe it's officially summer already, June seems to be flying by and it's still all grey outside. Don't get me wrong though, I'm happy it's summer and it's amazing that it's light out so late. We were out for a walk yesterday evening and it was still totally light out after ten. I passed my Danish exam last week (half to being "fluent"!) and Mark has his final exam today at the hospital so it is starting to feel like summer. I'm looking forward to celebrating Midsummer here on Thursday with beach fires and a barbeque and then getting started on my summer goals. I found this shoot in the April Danish Elle magazine and thought they looked like perfect Midsummer babes. I love the setting at the Botanical Gardens and their flower crowns, maybe I'll make one to celebrate. Sorry for the not so great quality, I was too lazy to scan the magazine so I just found these images via Google.

Sunday Favourites

Sunday, June 19, 2011

I made a silly gif of Tiggy for my dad but I couldn't figure out how to put it on here (I really am terrible at technology). But all the same, happy Father's Day to all the amazing dads out there - especially mine! I hope you've all had a lovely weekend. It was nice and rainy over here so it was perfect for baking bread, catching up on chores and cuddling up to watch movies. I've put together some more favourites lately, this time with dudes in mind. So if you need a last minute gift or just something to work on this summer for yourself, here are a few good ideas I've seen floating around the interwebs.

Otherwise lately I've been listening to mixes on 8tracks, watching Blue Valentine and Boardwalk Empire (ok, and maybe some Pregnant in Heels), reading The Architecture of Happiness and went to the Three Cocks pop up art exhibition this weekend. Also, doesn't this picture of Tiggy kind of remind you of my banner? Guess I'm just kind of crazy about grey cats and peonies.

London: shopping

Friday, June 17, 2011

I don't usually do a ton of shopping when I'm travelling, apart from flea markets or food markets, since I find that it's so often the same chain stores as everywhere else. I love finding nice little stores but they can be hard to search out if you don't know the place. London was a bit of an exception though, since there are so many amazing markets and stores there. I guess it's pretty clear what the focus was on this trip - books, fabric, old things. We of course wanted to find some royal wedding souvenirs (not hard to do!) and a lot of the other places we happened upon by chance. We found a little book market under the bridge at South Bank, loaded up on art theory and philosophy books at the Tate Modern Shop, found lots of amazing fabric and patterns at Liberty (swoon!) and Cath Kidston, vintage things at Portbello Market, antique sewing machines at All Saints Spitalfields, and loads of books at the famous independent bookstore John Sandoe. The only place I didn't make it to that I wanted to see was Labour and Wait, which Allie found the day after I left. Oh well, something for next time. I'll be putting more pictures up on Flickr since I got my film developed so you can check there soon.

It seems like Blogger is making my photos lower resolution when I enlarge them? Argh, I'll try to figure that out.

London: art

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Since Allie and I are both art history nerds, we wanted to squeeze in a ton of galleries and museums. Of course we only scratched the surface of what London has to offer but we were lucky to catch some great exhibitions. We saw a super interesting photography exhibition by Taryn Simon at the Tate Modern, which of course has an amazing permanent collection as well. We totally nerded out in the Rothko room for a little while. It's actually pretty impressive/moving stuff in person. We also went to the Saatchi Gallery (I'd never been somehow!) where there was a contemporary sculpture exhibition on. The installations, Milky Way by Björn Dahlem and 20:50 by Richard Wilson were my faves. On our last day we went to the Victoria & Albert Museum (that building!) to check out The Cult of Beauty, an exhibition on the Aesthetic Movement. I'm also a sucker for museum cafes and bookstores so I was more than happy to spend a lot of our time in these places.

London: food

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Our trip to London basically consisted of old lady activities - having tea and treats, going to museums and shopping. It was the perfect trip for us. Since such a big part of our time centred around eating and/or drinking (sad but true), I'll start with that. British food seems to have such a bad reputation and every time I go to London I'm more confused about why. I love British food! I love tea with milk, scones, crumpets, full English breakfasts, Ploughman's lunches, and all the ethnic restaurants. And how much do I love Mark's & Spencer's? The quality of to go food in London is amazing (see: gin & tonics in cans). We had so many M & S picnics in the parks. We also had so many treats, it seems that the British love biscuits as much as I do.

Allie's Visit

Friday, June 10, 2011

If you want to hear a bit more about what Allie and I got up to on her visit to Copenhagen, you can pop over to her blog. You should probably read it anyway because she's cute and hilarious. I was running around all day yesterday with the Copenhagen Photo Festival (more on that later) so that's why there was no Thursday post for you. Sorry buds!

Summer Goals

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

I managed to only get one thing on my Winter Goals list done and then skipped right over spring. Oh well, at least we did get married. I'm hoping to take it somewhat easy after a really busy year and just enjoy the summer. This is my first full summer in Copenhagen and it's so beautiful here when the sun is out. If you need some inspiration of your own go peep at the Summer Goals blog, it will make you want to go jump in a lake.

Summer Goals:
  1. Find a job! Seriously…
  2. Finish decorating our apartment
  3. Plan our honeymoon to Iceland
  4. Go on lots of long bike rides
  5. Have lots of picnics and beach barbeques
  6. Make tea popsicles
  7. Go swimming at Islands Brygge
  8. Plant some herbs in our community garden
  9. Start running
  10. Make cleaning supplies and soap
  11. Learn how to embroider
  12. Start using film again
  13. Start a daily sketchbook/journal
  14. Make a terrarium
  15. Make jam

Rhubarb Ginger Galette

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Since we got some rhubarb in our co-op food bag the other week and because I love rhubarb, I wanted to find a recipe that really showcased the lovely tangy flavour. I found this great recipe and only slightly adapted it, using lemon rind instead of orange and a ton of fresh ginger instead of candied ginger which gave the galette a slightly spicier and tarter taste. I wasn't totally sure how the ginger would turn out but it ended up complementing the rhubarb really well. I didn't roll the dough out big enough and ended up with this galette/pie hybrid. But I'll definitely be making it again, it's a perfect summer dessert with some freshly whipped cream on the side.

Sorry for publishing this post a million times but look! I finally made the pictures bigger. I also took away those ugly border/shadow thingies. I edited html, y'all. It's not perfect yet but I'm still pretty proud of myself.


Monday, June 6, 2011

Time for a little cuteness interlude. The other week I went to visit my friend Natalie whose rabbit Pickles just had a litter of bunnies. Aren't these guys the cutest ever? They were so soft and cuddly and just hopped around the apartment. I ended up spending the entire afternoon there, apparently time flies when you are are drinking tea and cuddling rabbits with friends. Natalie also just started blogging for S Magazine, a really cool Copenhagen arts magazine, if you are interested in getting into a bit of Danish culture.

Pop Up Restaurant

Sunday, June 5, 2011

I accidentally took last week off with Allie visiting and then our trip to London (!). I have a roll of film to develop so I'll post some pictures of the trip when I get it back. I still have some catching up to do! So here we go. When Mark's dad was visiting, we went to check out a pop up restaurant under a bridge nearby. The event was put on by Årstiderne which is a local, organic food company that delivers boxes of food to your door. Their newest project offers a weekly meal plan with recipes and an organic food box of everything needed. Pretty smart! And pretty tasty. It was such a nice way to spend a sunny evening outside enjoying good food, wine and jazz.

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