Copenhagen: Christian Puglisi Part One: BÆST

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Bæst

One of the chefs in Copenhagen that we really like is Christian Puglisi, a Sicilian-born chef who moved to Denmark in the ’90s. Before this trip we had only dined at Manfred’s and it was the highlight of the visit. So this time we decided to try as many as possible…beginning with Bæst!

A few highlights from the Bæst website with their food philosophy:

A place where the best Danish, local, sustainable and organic produce is combined with Italian craftsmanship to create a unique dining experience. Made by hand and eaten by hand!

Instead of importing mozzarella, we make it ourselves with the best raw milk – from our 16 cows grazing at Farm of Ideas, just 50 km from the restaurant – and stretch it by hand several times a day.

A restaurant where pizza is made of local flour, gently fermented, then baked at blasting 500°C in a wood-fired, custom made oven, built for us in Naples.

 

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Copenhagen: Plant Power Food

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Inside Plant Power Food

We’re moving to Stockholm!!! But it’s going to be a long process… After a lot of researching and planning we decided on driving to Stockholm with our essentials, then driving back to Antwerp, then flying back to Stockholm. A lot, I know – especially considering I accidentally let my driver’s license expire, so Koen will be doing the 18 hour drive twice while I keep him awake and happy 🙂

On the way to Stockholm means a car full of valuables, so we took two days, only overnighting in Copenhagen. So that means we woke up early drove through Belgium, Netherlands, and Germany, then drove onto a ferry and took the boat to Denmark, then the final two hour drive to Copenhagen. We arrived late and needed a good night’s rest. But before the final leg to Stockholm, we indulged in a delicious plant-based  brunch at Plant Power Food in Nørrebro (Northern neighborhood in Copenhagen).

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Copenhagen: Jægersborggade, Rita’s Smørrebrød, Tivoli Gardens, Museum of Copenhagen, and Host

Eating every last crumb of my Danish!

Eating every last crumb of my Danish!

Day Six was our last full day in Copenhagen. So much pressure to make the  most of it! The night before (Day Five) we looked through all of our notes and maps to see what we hadn’t done yet and make our final selections.

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Copenhagen: Kalaset, Glyptoteket, Mikkeller and Bror

Kalaset for brunch

Kalaset for brunch

Day Five was our second to last full day in Copenhagen, so we needed to narrow down what we would still like to do. We decided to start the morning with brunch at Kalaset. Koen and I had looked up a lot of restaurants for brunch and Kalaset was always high up on the list. The menu isn’t typically Danish – it’s very continental, so pancakes, eggs, bacon, etc. I guess I should have known that because it’s located in Indre By, there wouldn’t be many locals. Honestly, I think Koen was the only non-American in the packed restaurant and only one of two guys. It was literally filled with American girls doing brunch with friends. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing – I thought it was really funny. I just pretended to be Dutch and Koen and I had our own conversation while eavesdropping all the conversations around us. Who knew that studying abroad in Copenhagen is really great except for the lack of boys and is almost impossible to find a Danish boyfriend?

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Copenhagen: Grod, National Gallery, and Torvehallerne

Starting the morning with a bowl of grød!

Starting the morning with a bowl of grød!

Day four in Copenhagen, we decided to spend some more time exploring the shops on the Jægersborggade. We were lucky that we chose to do this on a Saturday because some of the shops are only open a few days a week. The morning started again at Grød for breakfast, followed by visiting Kaktus, a store that sells – you guess it – only cacti. We couldn’t help revisiting Karamelleriet, where the caramels are made by hand and were so delicious that we ate all of ours before we even were back in Belgium. After a few caramel tastings – they let you sample the fresh made goodies – we visited Habengut, a traditional woodwork shop, by Søren Ulrich. All of the pieces are made by hand and we bought two tealight holders and a salt dish to bring back home. Our last stop was at Crate, a store specializing in beer and vinyl. We purchased a few Danish beers to try that evening.

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Copenhagen – My birthday! Exploring Indre By and dinner at Manfred’s!

Birthday Breakfast

Birthday Breakfast – kanelsnurre and a double latte!

Koen and I are just back from a week long vacation in Copenhagen, Denmark. I can’t say enough how much fun we had! Exploring, eating, drinking…just relaxing.

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