Sunday, 29 December 2013

Things that I ate in Copenhagen Part 1

Another Copenhagen post! I said I had a lot to talk about... This time I'm posting about the things that I ate whist I was in Denmark. The traditional lunch time food is smørrebrød, which is described in the guide book as an 'open sandwich' but if you ask me is a small piece of rye breadth with as much piled up on top of it as will fit. My first experience of smørrebrød wasn't traditional smørrebrød at all. When we arrived we went to a cafe called The royal smushi cafe, which we just stumbled upon. I loved it there. They had a counter full of cakes and nail polishes displayed on top. 

They sold a bunch of different things there. And the decor was really pretty, I tried to get some outfit pictures, but I was looking as if I'd just been on a plane. Which I had. 

A smushi is a cross between a smørrebrød and sushi, which I really noticed, before I found out that's actually what it was. 

Me and my dad decided to get one of each and share all 6 so we'd get to try them all. This one had white beetroot in and I knew I recognised the taste and it reminded me of my granny's house but I just couldn't figure out what it was and I knew it would drive me mad. 

They also had a huge selection of teas, so many I couldn't choose. I just asked the waiter to bring me 'the best one'. 

My next smørrebrød was in a pub down on Nyhavn which is where there is an inlet from the sea and is lined with pubs and restaurants. I liked that Denmark had pubs. There's parts of Europe where there's only bars, but Denmark isn't one of them. The Nyhavn was really busy in the day time but when we went back in the evening it was dead. I'm not sure of its because it's winter or not. We tried to get smørrebrød at dinner time, but only one place was still serving it. This one was alright. I don't actually like fish, but in the name of trying new things and local culture and that, I ate fish. And I still don't like it. 

I also had a pancake in a pub down on Nyhavn. I'd gotten into my head that pancakes were a pretty  Scandinavian thing to eat, since I remember Mrs Pepperpot's husband always banging on about them, but maybe he just really liked pancakes. Either way this pancake was the same as any other, except it had like 5 toppings; strawberries, chocolate, ice cream, jam and whipped cream. As standard, that's not just me being greedy. I also noticed that knives and forks look different in Copenhagen, longer and thinner. 

I had smørrebrød again on my last day at a fancy food market near Nørreport station. This was quite traditional I felt and the man serving it seemed pretty passionate about his food. I had a pork one that was kinda like Wiener Schnitzel and one with steak tartar on which is a really nice steak, minced and served raw. I wasn't so sure about it, but I do like rare steak so I thought I'd give it a go and it was nothing like I expected. Either raw meat doesn't have the taste and texture you'd expect or steak tartar doesn't taste like raw meat. 

I didn't only eat Smørebrod in Copenhagen. I had a hotdog from 7/11, except it didn't come in a hotdog bun, it came in a hollowed out French stick which the lady had some sort of technique for getting ketchup all the way down. 

I ate this nougat bar which was freaking delicious but probably cost more than £1. Denmark is expensive. 

A squishy from 7/11. Okay, they called it a different name and I couldn't understand some of the flavours. This one was "Copenhagen" flavour and tasted citrusy but very very sweet. There were 7/11s everywhere in the city, one on every corner. 

I've rambled on for long enough about what I ate in Copenhagen and it's made me hungry now, so I'll do another post about everything else I ate.

Thursday, 26 December 2013

Christmas Jumpers

I meant to post this a little earlier in the month, but then I also meant to finish posting about Copenhagen before the end of the month (at least 3 posts left!), but I've been crazy busy at my new job and trying to get everything ready for Christmas as well as that mad rush everyone has to see each other before the 25th. I've got a two hour commute everyday so I've been writing my posts on my phone, but I can't edit photos or any of the rest of it on my phone and that tends to be what takes the longest. 

But anyways, a couple of weeks ago I went to the Crafty Fox Craft Fair in Peckham. I thought it would be a great place to pick up so cool, unique gifts. I was not disappointed! I didn't take too many photos, as people at these things don't tend to like you photographing all their stuff. But I got an art print for my mum, which I had been planning to buy online anyway and a super cool owl in a cap card and sticker from birds in hats

I also got this burger purse, which I bought 'for someone, I don't know who yet' so I didn't have to feel bad buying it for myself. 

To get a bit more into the festive spirit I wore my cool new Christmas jumper from select. I've actually been wearing it quite a lot including the day before national Christmas jumper day, which made everyone think I'd gotten the wrong day. (I hadn't, I had an actually ugly/amazing jumper to wear then). I only get to wear it for a month so I've been making the most of it. It's not really like any of the other Christmas jumpers I've seen around this year. 

I finally got the Topshop Martie shoes too. I kept going to Topshop, trying them on, deciding they make my feet look funny, not getting them, seeing someone else wearing them, wishing I had gotten them. Rinse and repeat. And now they are reduced, I might have to get a second pair.

I got these over knee socks from Primark on a total whim after seeing a random girl  wearing them. I usually don't liked socks to go over the knee but I'm really liking these. They keep slipping down though, I'mma have to get some sock  glue. Everyone thinks I must be freezing in these but actually, I'm fairly toasty. 

I hope you all have a great Christmas!

Thursday, 12 December 2013

Shopping in Copenhagen

Copenhagen is super expensive, even if you're used to London prices. And they don't really have cheap shops, the cheapest clothes shop I saw was a Zara. And don't think that h&m, &otherstories and monki will be cheaper because you're on their turf. They were actually more expensive after the exchange rate than the £ price marked on the label. I wasn't too impressed with the high street fashion offering nor the department stores fashion departments. I think where Copenhagen has anything interesting is in the small boutiques and on homewares. I didn't really buy any clothes what with the ones I could afford being available in London and the really cool stuff being way out of my price range. 

The tiger in Copenhagen was pretty epic too. I actually got really over excited about it. I told the woman I'd never seen one so big and she told me it was the biggest in the world. Three massive floors of tiger goodness. They sold a lot of stuff the same as the uk tigers, some stuff I'd missed before it sold out here and sone stuff I'd never seen before. Some of the prices are the same as the U.K., some are cheaper, some are more expensive. 

The charity shops though were really good and very reasonably priced even compared to the uk. I don't think that charity shops are particularly cool in Denmark. They weren't organised and curated like uk charity shops, they were more higgledy piggledy and you had to have a good rummage. I actually prefer this and I found some great stuff (a lot of which would have never fit in my suitcase)

Tuesday, 10 December 2013

Vintage Tuesdays: Hammersmith Vintage Fair

This is a slightly different vintage Tuesday from before, I thought it might be interesting if I mixed it up a bit. So this Tuesday I'm going to post about the vintage fair at Hammersmith town hall. The fair has been going for quite a while but I'd hadn't been in a couple of years so on Sunday I thought I'd revisit.

Vintage fairs can be better for vintage than vintage shops as you are usually talking to the owner of the stall so you can haggle. I also find you get more unusual and interest things at a fair as a lot of people there are major vintage enthusiasts. They also tend to have more valuable/older things, 20s flapper dresses (for about £300) theatre costumes and a few Victorian bits and pieces. The owners usually know about their stock and are happy to have a chat with you. Although that doesn't stop them trying to sell you every single thing you look at (I once had a lady tell me every single time I picked up a handbag what amazing quality it was) which I find off putting. Or worse being outright rude to your face. The changing rooms are never up to much, at Hammersmith you just go to the toilets. 

Hammersmith is one of the better vintage fairs in London, being reasonably priced and most of the dealers being friendly, unlike 'frock me' at Chelsea town hall which is a lot more expensive and a lot of the stalls are the same. It isn't the biggest of fairs but they do pack a lot in and it's mostly fashion with a little bric-a-brac. You could tell kimonos are fashionable right now, I saw hundreds of beautiful, hand painted ones all with price tags I couldn't afford.

There was a woman selling vintage toys too! She had so much cool stuff. I bought this pretty cool tin wind up chicken for just £5.

The fair is once a month and costs £5 to get in, unless they've sent you an email, then it's free. It's well worth going to, even just to look around.

Monday, 9 December 2013

A Visit to Louisiana Museum of Modern Art

I actually thought I'd do an outfit post everyday in Copenhagen or at least take the photos for one. But it was so cold that I had my coat on all the time and I don't think I could stretch one coat into several outfit posts. I didn't find many decent indoor places for outfit pictures and tbh I don't think my dad entirely understood what I wanted anyway.

But I did manage to get one at the Louisiana art gallery. It was still freezing but I have totally mastered the art of layered dressing and I wasn't at all cold when I took these photos. I have a uniqlo heat tech tee as a base layer (seriously, go buy 100 of these, they're so useful) then a topshop collared tee because that adds an extra layer and looks super cute poking out  and then on top of that this short sleeved sweatshirt which I really like. I got it in the charity shop, it's from Dorothy Perkins originally but it's a sample (it had all it's sample labeling inside) which means it's brand new and potentially the only one too. All for about £3. And then my cashmere leopard print cardigan on top of that. Decent cashmere is well worth the investment since it's super warm as well as being so so soft. It doesn't to tend to go out of fashion either, it just always looks classic. I bought this cardigan in the sales for about £60 which is a lot for a cardigan but not a lot for a cashmere cardigan, especially as this one was reduced from about £300. 

So I don't think I look too bulky but I'm still super cosy. I ended up with the cat skirt from H&M as well as the dress and then I saw that every other blogger had the same one. I'm never sure how I feel about that. It feels like everyone has it and I don't want to wear it but then actually no one i know in real life has it...

On to the art gallery, which I really loved. It is well worth the trip if your ever in Copenhagen. It's not actually in the city it's in a woods outside the city, you can get the train from Central station. We bought combined train and entrance tickets from the ticket office which is cheaper and also saves you from queuing when you get there since we arrived just before opening at 11 and there was a massive crowd (of loud English a-level art students -ugh, was I that annoying once?). A note for queues in central station and also the post office in Copenhagen, you don't line up and form an orderly queue, instead you take a ticket and wait for your number to be called like in a deli (or at the passport office which I learnt the hard way, loosing my passport a week before I was due to travel.)

The gallery is based outside as well as indoors so there are sculptures outside. It's right by the sea too so there are some amazing views of the sea as well as the art to look at. The gallery really uses it environment with big windows and a conservatory part (a bit like the Tate at St Ives). The air felt really fresh maybe because it's by sea but maybe it was just in my head.

Another thing I really enjoyed about Louisiana was that it wasn't just the art that was beautiful, the interior was really well designed and varied. This lift was inside, which was part of the whole inside/outside feel of the gallery, with plants inside and sculptures outside.

The building goes in a big loop, starting with an old fashioned house with modern parts extending out of it.

Even the bricks outside the building looked good.

Friday, 6 December 2013


So I haven't been abroad in forever so I was super excited when my dad asked me if I wanted to go on holiday. I decided I wanted to go to Copenhagen, because it seemed pretty trendy and also looked a lot like toy town. (My dad has been to the Faroe Islands and I felt that looked like toy town as well, so maybe all of Denmark looks like toy town). It did not disappoint on the toy town front. There were rows and rows of colourful houses. 

And the soldiers looked like something from the nutcracker. They march through the main shopping area every day. They aren't like British ones where they aren't allowed to react at all. Or maybe they are and they weren't very good at it. This one was looking at everyone and telling people off for standing too close to him. He even told my dad off even though he was the opposite side from him to take this photo of the the cute heart cut outs in their huts. 

This super colourful building is a cinema!

Cycling is huge in Copenhagen, bigger than in London. They have separated off cycle lanes, separated by a kerb and god help you if you step into one. They even have bike traffic jams at rush hour. Because everyone has a bike a lot of people have cool ones to stand out. I recon that a lot of these bikes would be nicked in London but in Copenhagen people just park their bike and leave it, expensive accessories and all, no lock. I think Copenhagen is a more honest city than London, in the museums they just have coat pegs instead of cloakrooms and it's okay to just leave it and they don't have ticket barriers on the trains.

I think pick n mix is a big deal there. I remember reading something about in Sweden that pick n mix is a traditional thing to get on a Saturday from a big pick n mix shop. But they had lots of pick n mix shops in Copenhagen too and they were pandemonium on a weekend, full of sugared up children. I tried to choose pick n mix that I'd never seen before.

The tubes in Copenhagen don't have drivers either. At the front of the train is just a big window and the tunnels are all lit up so you can see/pretend you're driving the train. Although to be honest I didn't really use the tube very much, the buses were very good and tbh it's a small enough city to walk about most places. I also think you discover a bit more if you're walking places.

Sunday, 1 December 2013

Hello again!

I know everyone always says you shouldn't apologise for taking a break from blogging, but I didn't intend on not posting for so long. (Except for a scheduled post that was supposed to go up after this one) As usual, real life got in the way, but I've got so many post ideas stored up in my head now. I've been to Copenhagen (I actually thought I might blog from Copenhagen -HA!), started a new job (I don't work on weekends anymore! Yay!) and I can't wait to get back to blogging it all. I've been working on a series of posts about charity shops in London too. So I'll leave you with a Instagram collage (follow me @nadiacupcake) and a promise of lots more posts to come. 

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