I’ve decided that coffee shop blogging is where it’s at. Right now, I’m enjoying the most delicious chai tea latte I’ve ever had, and listening to super-chill lounge music. There are people chatting all around me, but seeing as I can’t understand anything that they’re saying – I can just zone out and focus on the task at hand. I’m not sure if I’ll ever blog from my boring old desk again!
This past week has been lovely- full of the usual culinary experiments, Skype chats with my favourite people back in Canada-land, adventures with Sarita, and fun with my kitchen-mates.
Astrid and I made some delicious spring rolls (minus the diced paneer), using this recipe here.
On Tuesday night, we had a Tietgen Cafe downstairs in the party hall. Instead of the usual late nights, loud music, drinking and dancing, we met at a very dignified 8 PM for tea, coffee and board games. It was really sweet, and I couldn’t believe the turn-out — it was a full house! I went down with a few of my kitchen-mates, and we played foosball and then a Danish version of Trivial Pursuit….. from 1982. I would like to extend a heartfelt apology to my kitchen-mate and foosball partner Søren – I am the worst foosball player EVER, really sorry about that.
However, despite being in Danish, I think I redeemed myself during the Trivial Pursuit component of the evening. Even though some of the questions were incredibly hard, and/or incredibly irrelevant in this day and age, some of the questions were quite easy considering it’s 2012 — for example “What district in the USA is a major player in the film industry?” Hmm…
For additional amusement and an added challenge, sometimes I read the question out-loud to the opposing team in my tragic Danish.
A couple nights later I was struck by the urge to make some delicious Morning Glory muffins. I used this recipe here, minus the walnuts (too expensive), half the oil, and I also added some orange zest.
Have I mentioned that I’m a bit of a messy cook?
Sarita and I went to a really cool (and by cool I mean free) cocktail event on Friday night hosted by a company called AirBnb. My good friends at Wikipedia say that Airbnb is “an online service that matches people seeking vacation rentals and other short-term accommodations with those with rooms to rent, generally private parties that are not professional hoteliers. In July 2011, the company had over 100,000 listings in 16,000 cities and 186 countries. Listings include private rooms, entire apartments, castles, boats, manors, tree houses, tipis, igloos, private islands and other properties.”
Pretty cool, right? Because I’ve booked an apartment in Vienna, and another one in Berlin for when my sweetheart comes to visit, I received an invitation to a free cocktail event that AirBnb was hosting in Copenhagen. We enjoyed free drinks, appetizers and travel vouchers, and we met lots of really interesting people. Unfortuantely I didn’t snap any pictures of the cocktail bar, but check out the website if you’re interested! My trips are booked for May, so I can’t actually recommend this company/website yet, but I’ll let you know what my experience is!
Later in the evening we made our way over to the super trendy Meatpacking District ( in Danish it’s Kødbyen, which literally means “the meat-town”). [Insert dirty joke here.]
And here are some blurry pics I took of the different bars – you get the idea. Kødbyen is hipster-central. That’s all you really need to know.
Sunday was a wonderfully relaxing day (as every good Sunday should be!) – Sarita and I bought croissants and went and sat by the canal at sunny Kongens Nytorv, along with 10,000 other people who had the same idea. It was actually pretty funny – Kongens Nytorv is quite a touristy area, and there are lots of cafes and restaurants situated along the canal – it was interesting to see all the wealthy people sitting in the patio areas on the left enjoying expensive appetizers and drinks, and all the poor/young people (like us) sitting on the ground on the right with croissants from 7-11, and other cheap street-food. Such a clear division.
We went for a walk along the water, and saw the Little Mermaid again – this time in the sunshine!
On Monday night, it was my turn again to help cook our kitchen’s common dinner. I cooked with the other Laura in our kitchen (this is also why I’m know as Laura C./Laura Canada! ) and we made four enormous and delicious lasagnas!
Now that the days are getting sunnier and longer, I’m determined to start doing some more sight-seeing. Classes are cancelled next week for Easter break, so I’m going to have even more time than usual to go exploring.
Tomorrow I’m going to take the train to Helsingør, better known as Elsinore in Shakespeare’s Hamlet.
PS. And if you’re wondering about the title of this blog entry, it’s because this song has been stuck in my head for days! Must be this strange thing they call sunshine…?
I can see clearly now, the rain is gone,
I can see all obstacles in my way
Gone are the dark clouds that had me blind
It’s gonna be a bright (bright), bright (bright)
It’s gonna be a bright (bright), bright (bright)