Walk around Copenhagen – Video

This Christmas we went to Copenhagen to spent Christmas with our families. So I thought that I would take the opportunity to film some of my favourite shops and places in Copenhagen, and write a little about why they are the ones I always visit when back in Copenhagen.

Most of these places have a sentimental side to why they are my favourites, but they are also great places to get something a bit different when visiting Copenhagen.

Søsterne Grenes – www.grenes.dk

Probably the best nick nack shop I have ever been in, maybe because they are really good quality as far as nick nack shops goes. 
I can remember shopping at Søsterne Grenes ever since I was very young, and being excited about spending my pocket money in there. Today I go just to see what wonderful things they are selling now, and to pick up far to many things I never knew I needed and now can’t live without.


PB Chokolade – www.peterbeierchokolade.dk
This place just makes the best handmade chocolates, especially their champagne truffles are what dreams are made off. 
But they are also quite famous for their chocolate drinks, that come in the shape of a chocolate pyramid on a stick, that you stir our into hot milk or coffee.


La Glace – www.laglace.dk
This is Denmark’s oldest confectionary shop, dating back to 1870, and it is the place to go if you like cake or/and hot chocolate. 
I remember coming here with my mum on special occasions, to get a hot chocolate and a white buttered bun. The hot chocolate being so rich and creamy and the white bun being light as air, and just taking in the surroundings of a place that haven’t changed with time, but value old traditions.
Today it has become so sought after, that you have to plan you visit in advance and be prepared to stand in queue to get in. 


Matas – www.matas.dk
Now there isn’t anything really special about this place, this is really just the danish answer to Boots, but if you are interested in beauty, this is a good place to get you fingers in some danish beauty products like Raunsborg, Rudolph and Tromborg.


Notre Dame – www.notredame.dk
This is where I go if I want to buy someone a present or want to find something different for my home. Despite not being the worlds biggest shop, they just seem to have everything you could ever thing off. Everything from cups, tea towels, hand blown glasses, to fancy paper, lamps and jewellery, and the list could go on and on and on.
I especially love going there at christmas time, as they just seem to have the best christmas ornaments, some very unique as well.


Sødmod’s Bolcher – www.soemods-bolcher.dk
This place is really special, especially if you are a hard boiled sweets fan. There are two shops on the same street, but the one to go to, is the old factory shop that is located in a back alley, so be careful not to miss it. If you come doing production hours, you can watch how they use old fashion methods to make the sweets, and not a lot has changed in the shop or factory during the years, so it is like stepping back in time when entering the shop.
My personal favourites are the liquorice without added colour and the rhubarb flavours.


Tivoli – www.tivoli.dk
Tivoli Gardens and amusement park is special to everyone from Copenhagen and most of Denmark for that matter. Most people growing up in Copenhagen will have fund memories of this place growing up and being a special place to visit during the summer, as it only use to be open during the summer. It had its first christmas market in 1994 and is now open pretty much all year round.
Unfortunately it has gone a bit commercial in some places, but I think it is mostly something you notice when you have been visiting your whole life. It does however still have a lot of its old charm, and it is even said that Walt Disney got the inspiration for Disney land after a visit to Tivoli, which you understand why once you see some of that old charm.
Unfortunately we did’t have time to go in doing this visit, so I don’t have any video from inside Tivoli, but it is even more beautiful on the inside if you can imagine.


Hope you enjoyed walking around my favourites shops and places in Copenhagen with me.

Chicken liver pate

This liver pate is so easy to make, taste amazing and will convert any non liver eating person.

It is great for canapés on cut out german rye bread, as a starter served with toasted brioche, or just as a great lunch, on some bread or in a sandwich.
My personal preference is on some good german rye bread topped with either, red onion chutney, sweet pickled beetroot or gherkins (or both and with rucola, like picture).
600g Organic chicken livers
1 tablespoon oil
1-2 onions
2 cloves of garlic
3 bay leaves
2 sprigs of sage
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
250g butter (lactofree if making a lactose free version like me)
1 tablespoon Brandy
a splash of water

Chop up the onions and place in a medium saucepan, over medium to high heat, with the oil. Sauté for a few minutes until they start becoming soft. Then add the chicken livers, garlic, bay leaves, sage and a splash of water, just enough to cover the bottom of the pan. Cover with a lid and let it cook for 7-9 minutes, stirring once in a while to make sure it doesn’t burn.
Strain any water that might be left in the pot, and remove sage and bay leaves. Transfer to a blender and add the salt, pepper, butter and brandy. Blend well, until completely smooth in consistency. 
Pour into a container or serving dish, cover and place in the fridge to set over night.


Advent Calendar

This year I have decided to make personalised advent calendars, for my husband and a friend that has been super helpful to me this year, and that I think could use a little extra christmas spirit this year.
Obviously it would be easier and probably cheeper to go out a by an advent calendar, but I wanted my advent calendars to be personal, not meaning expensive, just taking a bit of time finding out what chocolates they like and what small things they might find interesting or fun.

These are some of the things I found for filling. 

All you need is little brown paper bags, writeable stickers and string. 
Just count out 25 bags, ad a sticker in each corner and number them 1-25. 
Measure out the stings to hang the bags on, making a loop in each end and tie well. Cut out 25 pieces of sting to tie around each bag. 
Then just fill the bags and tie them to the strings.

With presents that are to big for the bags, like the dvd, I wrap it in brown paper and matching string as  the bags, and place them under the advent calendar.

I used 3M Command hooks to hang the advent calendar. Click HERE for more information. 

Happy Hollidays X