A feel of home: Two German spots in Frederiksberg/ Vesterbro

Who doesn’t know the feeling of being a bit homesick? Yes, no matter how lovely Copenhagen is, sometimes I just miss some good old German stuff. Sometimes I ask my mom to send me a care package of things I can’t buy here. This usually includes Gemüsebrühe (German vegetable stock), because the Danish “bouillon” just doesn’t taste the same to me. Other things include a curry-lentil sandwich spread (I’m planning to try to make my own though, so if and when I succeed, I’ll post the recipe) and German Remoulade, which is significantly different from the Danish remoulade not only by pronounciation!

Anyway, in the recent weeks I’ve been led to discover two German-inspired places in the hip Frederiksberg/ Vesterbro border area:

The first spot is Berlin Bar, self-described as “Copenhagen’s German beer bar”, with over 140 different German bottled beers and more on tap. Located on Gammel Kongevej, it’s a cozy dimly-lit, no-frills sort of dive bar - the type of spot you end up in late in the night, since you probably started out somewhere more fancy. The walls are decorated with German plaques, posters, signs, soccer scarfs etc. and behind the counter you can see part of the selection, which includes regional specialty brews as well as some well-known brands. They get major plus points for mixing me a “Berliner Weisse mit Schuss” (i.e. wheat beer with raspberry syrup). Some minus points for not having my home-town beer Krombacher (even though it’s one of the most popular and most sold beers in all of Germany!).


Wall decorations

Wall decorations

Berliner Weisse (slightly wrong glass, but tasted fine)

Berliner Weisse (slightly wrong glass, but tasted fine)

Never heard of this brand, but would love to try

Never heard of this brand, but would love to try


The second place is located on Vesterbrogade, right on the border between Frederiksberg and Vesterbro. It’s called Von Fressen and the owners proudly produce a lot of what they sell themselves, including for example the Ginger Ale. I went there for dinner and cocktails. The menu is very German-inspired, including classics like Wienerschnitzel (I saw one being served to some other guests, and it looked very good!). They also do brunch, which sounds quite nice as well from the menu alone.

Menu at Von Fressen

Menu at Von Fressen

As a pre-dinner drink, I chose a cocktail called “dasein” (impossible to translate), which had gin, cucumber, sours and ginger - definitely recommended, but only if you like ginger, because there’s a LOT in there! They have some signature cocktails which have names like Schopenhauer or Karl Marx, which are also very tasty. During happy hour, there’s a 2 for 80DKK offer which is a steal. I think happy hour starts at 6pm, if I’m not mistaken.

"dasein" cocktail

“dasein” cocktail

For dinner, I chose one of their burgers. Mine had goat’s cheese on it and was simply delicious. All burgers can be selected on rye bread or a bun, with classic beef, chicken or falafel. Choose the potatoes as a side, they are baked golden brown and melt in your mouth. They also come with a very nice dipping sauce.

Goat's cheese burger

Goat’s cheese burger

All in all, Von Fressen is certainly a hip place, and not on the cheap end of the scale, however, not on the super expensive end either. I would also simply go there for a coffee and maybe sample one of their desserts. There were of course also cakes and cookies available, café-style.

So if you’re a German in Copenhagen, next time you get homesick, grab a Wienerschnitzel or an “Opa’s morgenmad” (grandpa’s breakfast) at Café Von Fressen and then head a couple of streets over to Berlin Bar to drown your sorrows in one of their many, many beers - Prost!

Hello summer, meet my quick home-made bruschetta!

Okay, I know it’s not quite sommer yet, but I just love spring and summer, sun, warmth, trees springing with green, birds singing, the sound of little motor boats and the smell of barbecue coming in through the open balcony door on a warm weekend!

We also decided that barbecue season has begun. We actually already barbecued a pork tenderloin last week, but it wasn’t warm enough to eat outside. But this weekend, it is! And so we decided to throw some sausages on the grill (Danes and Germans just love their sausages!). On the side, we just had a small salad, some bread, hummus and some quick, home-made bruschetta, which is super easy to make and soooo tasty. My only regret is that I forgot to buy some mozzarella…

This recipe doesn’t really count as a recipe, because I won’t be able to give exact measurements and amounts, but I’ll try to be as precise as possible.

20140426 Bruschetta ingredients

Quick and easy bruschetta

(for 2 persons,  as a side or starter)

8 slices of baguette or ciabatta bread

ca. 250g cherry tomatoes

1 small red onion

2 tbsp. olive oil, plus a bit more for roasting the bread

(if you like, some fresh garlic)

a handful of fresh basil leaves

salt, pepper

20140426 Bruschetta tomatoes

Chop the tomatoes into small cubes and put in a strainer. This will remove some of the excess liquid, because you don’t want it to become too soup-y! Chop the onion into small pieces as well. Wash the basil leaves and finely hack them. If you like garlic, use a garlic press or chop into very fine cubes. Mix it all together. Add salt, pepper, and 1-2 tbsp. olive oil.

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I like the taste better if you let the mixture sit in the fridge for a couple of hours, but if you don’t have the time, you can also use it right away.

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To prepare the bruschetta, put some olive oil on one side of each slice of baguette/ ciabatta (you can drizzle it on carefully or use a pastry brush). Roast the bread either in the oven (use a grill function) or directly on the grill. If you roast it in the oven, the olive-oil-side is up, on the grill, it’s down.

20140426 Bruschetta grill

When the bread is a bit crispy (not too black of course), take it off the grill and generously spoon the tomato mix on top. Ready to serve and enjoy!

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Wine tasting “The Color of Wine” at Café Monellies, Frederiksberg

Hello and happy weekend!

Yesterday, we had the great pleasure to attend a wine tasting at Café Monellies in Frederiksberg. I didn’t know Monellies before, but it certainly wasn’t the last time I went there. It’s one of those cute little places where the tables and chairs don’t match, and they have the most adorable colorful pictures with birds on the walls. The shelves are full with wine, coffee, chocolates, tea and other gift ideas, such as Jack Daniels whiskey fudge (must try this some time!). It’s a very cozy and friendly atmosphere. If you want to know more check out their homepage here: Café Monellies, Frederiksberg.

But now, the wine! I had found out about this event on MeetUp, and I was immediately interested. The idea was to learn more about what a wine’s color can teach you about the wine itself. There’s a reason that wine experts often do “blind tastings”, because the color of the wine can tell them almost everything they need to know! So the setup was that we were going to test two wines from the same region and the same grape, but of different ages and flavors, so we could dierctly compare the colors and what they meant for the wine’s age and taste. The event was hosted by the lovely Annai, who works for a Danish wine importer and is an absolute wine expert.

The event started out with a welcome drink, a rosé prosecco that had just arrived in Denmark - we were basically the first people in Denmark to taste it! We learned about the difference between proseccos (spumante and frizzante) and champagne (it’s all in the bubbles!) and were amazed at the fact that even though the prosecco was made from red grapes and therefore was a rosé, this didn’t show in the color at all! It looked like a regular white sparkling wine, but the smell (sorry, the nose!) and the aromas showed it actually was a rosé.

The Chardonnays:  Pouilly Fuisse Tradition 2011 (left) and Vielles Vignes 2008 (right)

The first comparison we had were two glasses of Chardonnay from Burgundy, France. They were even from the same vinyard and producer, but from different years (2008 and 2011). Their colors showed very nicely the spectrum for white wines: the 2011 was a typical yellow-ish color, while the 2008 shimmered golden, almost orange.

The 2011 was very fresh and had notes of minerals and citrus, whereas the 2008 was probably one of the most spectacular white wines I’ve ever tried. When I smelled and tasted it, I was initially reminded of red wine, and later Annai confirmed that they must have exposed the wine to the grape seeds, stems and skins, because it actually did have some tannins. It was absolutely delicious, and all participants were sad to hear that we had actually gotten the last box of this wine and that it is no longer available!

Pouilly Fuisse Vielles Vignes 2008 Chardonnay

Pouilly Fuisse Vielles Vignes 2008 Chardonnay

Next, we tasted a pair of reds, Pinot Noir, also from the Burgundy region. The younger one was a 2011 Gevrey Chambertin “Les Jeuns Rots” (left), the older one a 2008 Hautes Cotes de Nuits “Cuvée Maelie” (right). As the picture quite nicely shows, these two were very different in their colors as well:

The two Pinot Noirs from Burgundy

The two Pinot Noirs from Burgundy

While Pinot Noir is normally not a dark grape variety, the 2011 had a very saturated, purple-ish/ magenta color. We were taught that the older a wine gets, the easier it gets to read your paper through it - it was almost impossible with the 2011, but the 2008 was clear enough that you could actually read through it. Its color also went more towards a brick type of red. Both wines were delicious, but the 2008 was more my taste.

Finally, we sampled two different Tempranillos from Ribera del Duero, Spain. The first one was a 2011 Alidis Roble (left), the second one a 2009 Alidis Crianza. As you can see in comparison to the Pinot Noir, the Tempranillo grapes are much darker. These two wines were probably the most similar to each other in both color and taste.

The two Tempranillos from Ribera del Duero, Spain

The two Tempranillos from Ribera del Duero, Spain

We learned that the Spanish appelation is much simpler than the French one and is based on how long the wine has aged in the barrel: for a Roble, it’s at least 6 months, a Crianza has to age at least 14 months, a Reserva 18 months, and a Gran Reserva ages a minimum of 24 months in the barrel. While I did enjoy trying these two wines, I preferred the other reds - maybe Tempranillo is not my grape.

All in all, it was a great event, and I’ve been told that Annai frequently hosts these themed wine tastings. For example, there have been events on how to pair chocolate and wine in the past (can’t believe I missed that!), and there will be an event with tapas and Spanish wines coming up. If you’re interested in wines, check out the Copenhagen Wine Lovers’ Group on MeetUp!

Happy Easter, pt. 2: Easter cupcakes

It may be slightly delayed, but not too late, to share a great cupcake recipe. I made and decorated these for Easter, but they can easily be adapted to any other occasion/ holiday/ festivity or just prepared for a lazy Sunday afternoon. Here it goes:

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“White delight”  muffins

for the plain muffins (12):

100g white chocolate

150ml milk

50g shredded coconut

200g flour

2 tbsp. baking powder

2 eggs

100g sugar

80ml sunflower seed oil

12 small chocolate eggs

for the decoration:

cupcake topping, chocolate for glazing, sprinkles, etc.

Chop the white chocolate into small pieces and heat in the milk. Stir frequently until the chocolate is melted, but avoid the milk getting to a boil. Mix the dry ingredients (flour, baking powder and coconut). In another bowl, beat the eggs, sugar and oil and mix in the chocolate milk. Quickly work in the dry ingredients. Line a muffin tin with paper forms and fill about 1 spoonful of dough into each. Put a small chocolate Easter egg in each form and distribute the remaining dough on top. (Note: this is not a must for the recipe, I just wanted to have a nice little Easter surprise)  Bake at 175 degrees (Celsius) for about 25min.

I made two batches of these and decorated half with a cupcake topping (admittedly, I bought a mix), to which I added green food coloring, and made small Easter nests with sugar eggs. The other half I glazed with white chocolate and added green sprinkles and some edible wafer flowers.

Hiding the chocolate eggs

Hiding the chocolate eggs

Ready for decorating

Ready for decorating

Easter cupcakes 1: Easter nests

Easter cupcakes 1: Easter nests

Easter cupcakes 2: Flowers

Easter cupcakes 2: Flowers

Danish brands: Pernille Corydon Jewellery

I’ve been wanting to start writing about Danish brands I come across, especially those that might not be as popular or known outside of Denmark. I just think that the Danes have a special style and eye for design - it’s a question of taste, of course, but I really like the clarity and simplicity, the clean lines and almost monochromatic colors. And I’ve recently come across the jewelry from Pernille Corydon, and I find them very timeless and stylish, while at the same time elegant and feminine. So that’s why I’m introducing them here today!

Her jewellery is described on her homepage as follows, which I find very fitting: “Scandinavian simplicity inspired by geometric shapes characterizes the work of Pernille Corydon. The Danish designer creates distinct, modern jewellery stripped of excess. What
remains is a pure and feminine expression that matches women of
all ages from all parts of the world.

I’ve recently bought the “Multi Coin Ring” in gold, and it’s beautiful. I stood in the store and could quite literally have bought ALL of her earrings and rings! So pretty!

Multi coin ring

Multi coin ring


It comes with matching earrings as well (might have to get those, too!). But I really like all her stuff, and you should definitely check it out!

Pernille Corydon rings

Pernille Corydon rings

Pernille Corydon necklaces

Pernille Corydon necklaces

Pernille Corydon earrings

Pernille Corydon earrings


Pernille Corydon Jewellery


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