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Danish Delights

06/08/2011

Not to be outdone by the Dutch, the Copenhagen airport did not slack in the food department. Here are two shots of the pastry counter.

Airport pastries
Airport

Yes, they really did sell full cakes at the airport, I guess for that quick jaunt to see relatives? I don’t know. I can’t see landing with a full-sized cake in hand.

I had another pancake here, but this time it was a smaller, sweet treat filled with vanilla creme and fruit.

Pancake

On two occasions in Copenhagen, we ate lunch at a street cart that primarily sold sausages. They also offered a fishcake burger with red cabbage slaw, which I had on our first day there. The woman behind the counter was, in fact, the only person we encountered on the entire trip who did not speak English. We always asked the locals if they spoke English before entering a conversation, but the answer, until then, had always been yes. In this case, pointing to the pretty pictures worked for everyone.

Street food.

The second time we visited the cart, we were served by a man with more-than-a-little resemblance to the Danish director and Cannes-cast-out Lars von Trier. Here’s a photo of Lars, and the sausage vendor is shown below.

Sausages

We had quite a few sausages and cured meats on the trip. This delicious spicy variety was served at Mikkeller Bar (which was conveniently located just two blocks from our hotel).

Spicy sausage.

We also kept passing this meat shop when it was closed. We probably could have gone by during business hours if we made a point to write down the address. As it was, we just happened to pass it again and again. I think JC was in love.

Meat

I have to admit that one of the reasons we focused on street food, in addition to its local aspect, was that it was relatively cheap. As previously noted, Copenhagen is expensive. Very expensive. For example, a pint of Häagen-Dazs was about $10 U.S., a burger at a sit-down café was the equivalent of $20, and the burger wasn’t as good as its counterpart in Amsterdam. The Danish version was fine, and quite large in size, but it wasn’t a $20 burger by any stretch of the imagination. By contrast, the street food was both an educational experience and a bit easier on the wallet. We saved our big bucks for dinner and delicious beer.

On that front, we had an excellent Thai meal one evening at a posh Asian eatery squirreled away on a side street in the shopping district. In a funny coincidence, that particular bar served two Mikkeller beers brewed specifically to compliment Asian food: one featured lemongrass and the other was, I think orange/anise? (I can’t recall the name of the restaurant either.) Both beverages were fairly light and tasty, though neither one had as strong a flavor as I expected or wanted. But still, it seemed like our random restaurant choice was fated to be.

We also grabbed Indian food on our last night there, partly because we wanted take-out to chill in our hotel room, and partly because I enjoy trying Indian food wherever we travel. It’s always interesting to see how the same basic recipes are adapted to suit different countries’ taste preferences. I got my old standby, lamb korma, and the sauce was strikingly similar to what I had on my meatballs at the beerfest, a spicy but somewhat less creamy dish served over rice.

Meatballs

Not knowing that curried meatballs are a Danish tradition, and expecting something more mild like the Swedish variety, I was surprised at the flavor sensation.

I know you’ll be shocked to learn that JC got sausage at the festival. I think we’re due for a sausage detox this week.

Beerfest sausage

Next up: Something not rotten in Denmark …

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