Tested: Grab’n’Cook, Østerbro

Weekend is upon us and that’s awesome! If you’re anything like me, the following scenario might sound familiar: You’re on your way home from work, and involuntarily, one of the first things to pop into your head is “what should I make for dinner?” Even after a couple minutes’ consideration, no brilliant idea has formed yet. You had lasagna two days ago. Not chicken again. That amazing chili takes too long to make. It’s been a long day at work, and really, you don’t feel like thinking, planning, shopping, preparing, cooking… but you still prefer a nice, home-cooked meal, and you actually enjoy cooking and making food. Difficult. You don’t just want to buy a frozen pizza, or order Chinese. What to do?

I was in such a situation the other day, after I had dropped of my laptop at the repair store (yeah, that was great… my laptop broke!). And then I walked by Grab’n’Cook on Nordre Frihavnsgade, near Trianglen in Østerbro. I had passed the store before and thought, “that’s such a cool concept, I’ll try that one day!” Turns out, that day came sooner than expected, and so I found myself standing in front of their window, boyfriend on the phone, discussing the options. The concept is simple but - in my eyes - genius: You buy a bag of ingredients, which comes with a recipe, to prepare a delicious meal at home. The recipes are designed to take a short time to prepare, and the ingredients are all organic. The dishes are in line with a current Danish supertrend: “hverdagsgourmet”, everyday gourmet food, meaning a type of food you might not immediately think about when planning your dinner, but still not so fancy that it can’t be enjoyed on a weeknight. As an example, they offered a risotto with apples and bacon, a lamb chili con carne, and the one we chose, a malt dough pizza with onions, potatoes, bacon and brie. The prices vary, I paid 75 DKK for the dish for two, but they offer single portions for 50-65 DKK or family bags for around 135 DKK. I grabbed the bag and, excited, headed home.


The ingredients

All in all, the recipe estimated the dish to be done in 30min, of which 12min were baking time. The instructions were easy to follow and, with the dough already being prepared, very simple. We just had to cut the potatoes, onions and bacon…


… roll out the dough (which proved a bit difficult, as it was quite “elastic”!)…


… and put everything on the pizza! I added the brie to my section (as the boyfriend hates cheese, so weird but good for me!), and we topped everything off with fresh thyme (there was a little twig in the bag, totally adorable), before popping the baby into the oven.


Already looks delicious, doesn’t it?

When we took it out, the dough had gotten nice and crunchy, the onions were glazed and the bacon crispy, and on my part, the brie had melted into pure deliciousness.


To serve, we topped our slices off with the mixed salad and a bit of the creamy mustard dressing that were also part of the package. And then we dug in!


The pizza was absolutely delicious, and the dough was fantastic as well, I’ve never had a malt pizza dough before! The soft, creamy brie and salty, crunchy bacon mixed really well, and the salad on top gave some nice freshness to the mix. The pizza was definitely enough for two persons (I ate about a third and my boyfriend two thirds). I would love to eat it again!

For dessert, I had bought two little chocolate covered bars at the same store, one with figs and the other one with dates and coconut, and those were really delicious as well (though the boyfriend wasn’t a huge fan, so I got to eat most of both, yay!).


In summary, I think Grab’n’Cook is a great concept. By packaging just as much as you’ll need to prepare the recipe, you’re sure to avoid throwing away unused food, and they can focus on great organic produce and ingredients for affordable prices. Their recipe selection is also very appealing, I already picked out three or four of their dishes I’d like to try next. I love that it gives you the good feeling of a home cooked meal and the fun of preparing food, but takes away the planning, idea-finding and shopping, which I love sometimes, but can be a hassle on other days. If you live in Copenhagen, I’d definitely recommend you try them at some point!

Grab’n’Cook, Nordre Frihavnsgade 22, 2100 Copenhagen Ø, near Trianglen - website - Facebook




Travel tips: Copenhagen on a budget

Copenhagen is known for its great quality of life, but unfortunately, this comes with a price tag. Being a tourist magnet, home to some of the world’s best restaurants, and famous for designer products, it’s not always easy to navigate around the city on a budget. But great news - there are a couple of tips and tricks that you can use to save some cold hard cash! I’m listing some below, but would love to hear your best-kept secrets on how to get the best value for money in Copenhagen - post them in the comments below!




Forget hotels, and even the gigantic Danhostel on H.C. Andersens Boulevard is not as cheap as you would expect from a hotel. Recently, more and more Copenhageners are renting out their apartments or just a room via airbnb, and not only can you find some real bargains there, but you also get the chance to see how the locals really live.


Getting around

The cheapest way to get around in Copenhagen is by foot - obviously! And since the city center area is relatively compact, you can actually walk pretty much anywhere. Get a free map at the Visitor Center on Vesterbrogade 4A, near the Central Station (hint: they have free Wifi there, too!).

Since you’re in Copenhagen, you might want to get around by bike - a great choice, since it’s healthy, quick, easy, and cheap! There are many bike rental places, but the cheapest solution is ByCyklen (city bikes). The bikes can be picked up at returned at one of the many stations in Copenhagen and are equipped with GPS as well as an electric motor to support your pedalling efforts. You can create a profile and reserve your bike online. (price: DKK 25 per hour)


Rebates and cards

If you’re staying longer than a weekend and think you’re going to go to Tivoli, you might want to consider getting an year-pass - it already pays off the third time you go. (price: DKK 290)

If you’re a tourist coming for a weekend only, it might pay off to buy a Copenhagen Card - it includes free transport in all busses, trains and the metro, and also gives free access to a lot of museums and other places, like the aquarium or a canal tour. I recommend that you do the math to see if this card would actually save you money - this might only be the case if you’re planning on visiting many museums. (price: DKK 469 for a 48h pass)

Note that there are some museums that already offer free entrance, including the National Museum and the National Gallery. Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek is free on Sundays, and the Hirschsprung Collection on Wednesdays. It pays off to check beforehand if the museum you want to go to has a free admission day or whether there are any special deals.



If you don’t want to pay for a boat tour, just hop on to one of the harbor busses (lines 991, 992, 993) that go through Copenhagen harbor and stop e.g. at Fisketorvet, Nyhavn, the Royal Library, the Opera and near the Little Mermaid. These are like regular bus lines and you can use the normal public transportation tickets.

You’d like to get some information about the city while sightseeing? Join one of the daily free guided walking tours starting every day at 11am or 2pm at Rådhuspladsen! They also have an alternative tour of Christianshavn, including Freetown Christiania. Alternatively, download an app for self-guided walking tours.

Be sure to watch the changing of the guards at Amalienborg Castle! They walk every day at 11:30 from Rosenborg Castle through the city center and up Strøget, and then change at Amalienborg with an elaborate ceremony. If the Queen is home, there will be music, too.


Spend time

In the summer, it’s always great to go for a swim in one of the harbor baths. There are four in the Copenhagen area, and two of them are in the city center. They are open to the public and free. If you’re in the mood for some beach time, head out to Amager Strand or Svanemølle Strand.

Copenhagen has plenty of green spaces, and parks always invite for a picnic or just to hang out and enjoy the sun a little bit. In Frederiksberg Gardens, you will also have a view to Copenhagen Zoo’s elephant enclosure, without actually having to pay the zoo’s admission.

Another free attraction is Freetown Christiania, which is definitely worth a visit. It’s a very alternative, hippie neighborhood, governed by its own law, and very colorful and diverse. They also have some cafes and food places which are very affordable.

A little outside the city, near Klampenborg station, lies Dyrehaven, the deer park, a large public park and woods space where you’ll get the chance to see some free roaming deer and other animals. Attached to the park is amusement park Bakken, which offers rides and carnival attractions (admission is free, but they charge extra for rides).


Eat and drink

Copenhagen has some great and even world-famous restaurants (noma), but eating out can generally get pricey really fast. Make sure you don’t fall for one of the tourist traps in the city center, they are mostly not very good! If you just want a quick snack, you might want to stop by one of the hot dog stands, but keep in mind that one hot dog might not be enough to replace a whole meal if you’re hungry. A good roundup of budget food in Copenhagen can be found here.

If you want to try the famous “New Nordic” cuisine but don’t want to go for the super pricey options like Michelin-starred noma or Geranium, I recommend Oliver And The Black Circus or Almanak in The Standard at Nyhavn, which both serve delicious food for more reasonable prices.

5 things to do in Copenhagen this weekend

Do you live in Copenhagen, or are you planning on being here this weekend? Great! Here are five things you might want to do!


Fredagsrock with Burhan G

What - Open air concert with one of Denmark’s most popular pop singers, Burhan G

Why - If you’re planning a visit to Tivoli gardens anyway, you might want to stay for the concert (at no extra cost) on the big stage in the middle of the gardens

Where - Tivoli Gardens

When - Friday 23rd May, 22h

How much - normal admission to Tivoli Gardens (99 DKK)

More information - www.fredagsrock.dk


Design your own ice cream with Magnum

Source: AOK.dk

What - Magnum ice cream is turning 25 and opened its “Magnum Pleasure Store” where you can create your own ice cream

Why - Do I really have to explain why making your own ice cream is awesome?!

Where - Companys Original, Frederiksberggade 24

When - from 21st May to 10th June, 10-19h

How much - 30 DKK per ice cream

More information - here


14th Copenhagen Beer Festival

What - Beer. Lots of it!

Why - Denmark is famous for beer, and here you’ll get the opportunity to taste a variety of different brews, including specialty and rare brews from Denmark and abroad

Where - Tap1, old Carlsberg brewery, Ny Carlsbergvej 91

When - 23rd and 24th May, 13-23h

How much - tickets from 125 DKK (admission only, not including tasting tokens)

More information - www.beerfestival.dk


Norwegian frigate anchoring in Copenhagen

Source: norge.dk

What - On the occasion of the 200 year anniversary of the Norwegian constitution, the royal frigate “KNM Helge Ingstad” is anchoring in Copenhagen

Why - How often do you get the chance to go aboard a royal ship?! Exactly.

Where - Copenhagen Harbor, Langelinie

When - 23rd and 24th May, open for public from 11-14h

How much - free

More information - website of the Norwegian Embassy


“Mellemrum” festival in Sydhavn

What - An urban performance festival, moving around in Copenhagens quarters every other year

Why - Because you probably normally wouldn’t go to the Sydhavn area, and this might be a great way to get to know it!

Where - Sydhavn/ Kongens Enghave area

When - 15th May - 1st June, tickets available for 25th May (performances at 13h, 14h, 15:30h)

How much - 100 DKK

More information - www.mellemrum.info/en