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mesonespana

Last-night was the second time I visited Mesonespana in Copenhagen and came away thinking…. everything else would be somehow be dull thereafter. Traditional and modern tapas, every kind of meat, cooked on the bone for hours and each dish soaked in a gravy of contrasting flavors. Most customers seem to be regular’s and order the 10 tapas /300 DKK option for 2 persons, along with a bottle of something special. This restaurant, tucked way in a side street of Vesterbro is well worth a visit. If you don’t find a table, you can always try Casetas Espana down the road which provides the same food as takeaways!

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The moon on the lakes

The moon was full and underlating last night in Copenhagen, a fitting tribute to Chinese moon festival.  Peering through a thin layer of clouds, above sparingly lit buildings, I watched its changing face. 

Chinese moon festival cakes: commonly filled with sweet beans, salted egg and nuts.

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The lakes (Sankt Jorgens So, Peblinge So, and Sortdams So) provided the perfect viewing spot. This famous Copenhagen landmark, that spans the border between inner city Copenhagen and the suburbs beyond (Vesterbro, Nørrebro, Østerbr0), is host to joggers, dog walkers and late night strollers.

After the rain, puddles accumalate and are hard to avoid. As are acorns that cover the path and roll under your feet precariously.

It certainly one of my favorite places in Copenhagen because of the quiet expanse, and space, combined with inner city bussle. If you want a sense of this, a fellow blogger Flemming takes wonderful panoramas here.

Danish apples

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Where I work in Copenhagen, Danish apples have been the talk of the week. And as the nights turn chilly, we conquer up images of hot apple pie, (ideally accompanied by warm flowing custard), a hearty affair to bring comfort to our weary bones. They are unequivocally the sign of Autumn and of the shades of darkness to come.

On a brighter note (and to avoid being too presumptuous), our university canteen demonstrated its support for local produce by selling various self-plucked varieties. To my surprise and delight; apples and pears fresh from the gardens of Vedbæk, north of Copenhagen, or Funen, an Island to the west of Copenhagen. I’m told that there is more to be found down at the harbor at Nyhavn, where the boats sail over from the Island of Fanø, South of Copenhagen.

Look for the Danish varieties ‘Discovery’, ‘Guldborg’, and ‘Clara Friis’ – in store now.

Grape genome

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A group of French scientist revealed last week that they had sequenced the grape genome. A Pinot Noir to be more precise.

The Full analysis  of the more than 30,000 genes contained within the sequence, have revealed many that are responsible for flavour (tannins and terpenes) and could be useful for altering the taste, aroma of wine and increasing the resitance of grape vines to disease.

There lots of interest for the plant scientist here, but what about for the rest of you? Is there fear, distrust and scorn about the revolution of this age-old tradition? 

Wine is well on the way to being a ‘functional food’ that is designed and engineered to meet your requirements. So you better think about flavours you want on your palette now.

Sunday roast

I am very fortunate to have an English friend in Copenhagen who can cook a good Sunday roast. Yesterday, whilst I marvelled at the sight of a succulent leg of lamb being carved and served to six greedy eyes, I realised that plus-or-minus the mint sauce, it had been literally years since I had experienced this.

I suppose our impatient cooking habits and our obsession with convenience means that people rarely delve into the kitchen for longer than a stir-fry. I’m told its only a matter of timing, but perhaps that is the trouble afterall, that premeditation and diligence is required to keep things running smoothly.

Fortunately nostalgia calls, especially for a dedicated Briton. If living abroad, the Sunday roast along with an English breakfast and a cup of tea are among the things that would be most missed, according to one survey of Brit’s.

Even in Commonwealth countries such as New Zealand where I come from, the hearty roast and yorkshire pudding still prevails, along with a few homegrown variations on the side. The heat of summer is no deterrant either, New Zealander’s still lavish in heavy rich Christmas puddings to celebrate the festive season, despite an impending heat wave.

Has anyone seen the cranberry sauce?

Farmers Market på Nørrebro

I like living in Nørrebro. Its where the so called ‘trendy’ meets the so called ‘under belly’ of Copenhagen, and its convenient because you can always find a green grocer open late at night.

Now there is a farmers market opening on Stefansgade which promises an assortment of vegetables, bread, meat, wine, oil, honey and more ecological produce. You can read more about it here in Danish and Tim from The Copenhagen Report writes about it here in English.

Fingers crossed that it will be along the lines of what I saw in Sicily recently (see rest of entry) 🙂

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Hmmm….delicious delicious Saigon Quan and Hygge

Succulent, spicy and fresh. I think Saigon Quan may be one of my new favorite places to eat. I would recommend it to anyone who is into South East Asian food (thankyou to Andy who showed me it). I wanted to try everything on the menu and by the looks of what other people were getting, there were no exceptions. Table service was great, prices were decent and well, it was ‘hyggli’ (no direct english translation…..closest words being ‘cosy’, ‘intimate’, ‘snug’ – but in Danish I find it being used in reference to just about anything considered good). Read the link ….!