I moved all the stuff over there on my own and was very proud :P
Friday, July 29, 2011
I moved all the stuff over there on my own and was very proud :P
Monday, July 25, 2011
I have saw this chair at a furniture store around the block from my apartment. I really like how it is puts a contemporary and almost street art vibe on such an iconic and classical piece of Danish design - the Arne Jacobsen Series 7 chair. I have 2 plain wooden chairs in my room right now that I plan to refinish with my own designs. I'll let you know how it goes !
Saturday, July 23, 2011
The first day he was here we found him a CityBike, and he's been using it the whole time ! CityBikes are part of a public bike share program were you pay a 20kr deposit, use it for as long as you want, and then return it and receive your deposit back. So convenient. The first day was pretty rainy so after biking around the city for a while, we decided to head home. We stayed in for the night and had two bottles of wine and some lovely snacks. It was still fun just hanging out watching youtube videos and my new favorite TV show : The Inbetweeners - watch here.
Today, we've just been chilling. We rode to Strøget - the pedestrian shopping street in downtown Copenhagen. We walked around a bit, saw a freakshow performance in a square with a glass eating man, a contortionist, and the man with the Guinness world record for most hair growing on his face...it was all pretty disturbing if you ask me. Then we went and got icecream cones from Paradis. So yummy. Tonight we're making dinner at my apartment and then who knows.
Its been nice to have a visitor and to share this city, that I love so much, with someone from back home :D Blake leaves tomorrow to meet up with another one of our friends in Berlin. I will definitely miss him !
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
before I left. I was so stessed that my bags were over the weight limit - and they were.
But they let me through anyways
Yayay ! I've arrived in Copenhagen with my weights worth of stuff ! I couldn't be happier. My apartment is lovely (pictures to come) My arrival day was seemless with Sandra meeting me at the airport and helping me bring my bags to my new apartment. My roommate, Eva, is so nice and cool. Then Sandra and I went and got cold Danish beers and split a burger that was delicious. When we got back to my apt we had some wine as well :) Sandra started making lables for my door, bookshelf, table, wall, bed, and chair to help me learn Danish ! Its going to be really tough - especially speaking ! But the only way to get better is just to do it !
our food took forever to come out so the waitress gave us free beers !
that is just fine with me :D
the Wednesday special from a bakery near my school - Saint Peter's
it is the best bakery in CPH and older than America !
So so happy !
Patty and I were both Urban Studies majors, but we became close friends by going out for coffees and going to our yoga studio together – ISTHA yoga on E 11th Street in NYC. It is seriously heavenly and I love it and miss it so much ! When we took classes together we would usually get something to eat afterward. We often talked about how meatfree options are so appealing even though neither of us are formally declared vegetarians. So when Patty came up to visit me, I thought it would be a good idea to make our own homemade veggie burgers !
They came out great ! It was a bit of a process to make them, but the recipe made 6 total, so it is possible to make it once and freeze some of the patties for another time, and it is definitely worth the work !
First you roughly chop a jalapeno pepper and two cloves of garlic and put them into a food processor and blend. Then add a can of black beans into the processor and blend until it is a rather smooth texture – like bean dip. Then take the mixture out of the processor and put it into a bowl. Add one ear of fresh corn, another can of black beans, and half a cup of bread crumbs. Mix it all up. Then form equally sized patties. We made ours on the grill and cooked them for about 4 minutes on each side. They were great and I would definitely make this recipe again – if I have a blender or food processor at my new apartment in Denmark !!
This meal was inspired solely from a trip to the farmers market and it was so good I’ve already made it twice. It is so good because the vegetables are locally grown and so fresh, and also preparing vegetables on the grill give them such a good flavor, and it’s a great way to make a salad more unique. I used grilled asparagus, summer squash and zucchini, but you can really use anything you want ! After slicing and grilling all of the vegetables, I just mixed them into a bowl of spinach. Again, I love making salads with spinach because it does the same job as lettuce but you get so many more beneficial vitamins. Also, the spinach leaves are sturdier and hold up better, as compared to a bag of spring mix salad for example. Both times I made this salad, I made a homemade balsamic vinaigrette / dressing to go with it. It was just a combination of almost equal parts oil and balsamic vinegar, and then maybe some freshly pressed garlic and one or two teaspoons of Dijon mustard. It was a simple yet delicious dressing to go with a simple yet delicious salad !
I was having a pool day with my friend Sean, at his house in Concord, Massachusetts. In the late afternoon, we decided it would be a good idea to go out and get some bottles of white wine and a big box of Coronas to enjoy for the rest of our evening. While we were out, we stopped at a local butcher shop and farm stand, to get ingredients to make a dinner for his Mom when she got home. We made steak on the grill and a Grilled Summer Vegetable Salad with grilled asparagus, summer squash and zucchini. Sean made a homemade balsamic dressing to go with the salad. The meal was delicious and his mom agreed. It was so good that she decided to invite me to St. Thomas with their family for the week !! This was on Tuesday night and we were off bright and early Friday morning.
It was my first time in the Caribbean and it was more stunning than any photos or videos I had seen in the past. We stayed at his family’s beautiful house at the tip of Water Point in Red Hook. We spent a week being super stressed out: waking up late, having amazing fruit salad and granola for breakfast, hanging out at the house, snorkeling, and going to lunch, the pool, and the beach at the Ritz Carlton. Ugh – we were just so busy the whole time :P It was soooo nice !!
One of the highlight from the trip was all of the fresh seafood ! I had fish almost everyday and it was so good ! One of my favorite meals was on the first night at a restaurant called Pesce. I had seared Ahi tuna with pesto mashed potatoes and steamed broccoli. This was my first taste of the amazingly fresh fish that I would be enjoying all week. The tuna was cooked to perfection, still pink and raw on the inside, which gave it a great flavor and texture. Also, I really like the potatoes and thought they were a nice compliment to the fish.
Another one of my favorite parts of our trip was spending the 4th of July in St. John. There is a huge festival there on that day as well, not celebrating Independence Day for America, but celebrating their own emancipation from Denmark funny enough. We took the ferry over at around 10 AM and posted up at a bar on the second floor terrace. From here we had a perfect view of the areas where the parade would be passing by. At about noon and 5 pineapple rums later, the festival came our way and it was AWESOME ! there were so many musical and dance performances, and just so much to look at ! At one point we even joined in on the parade and climbed up on a truck with a live ska band playing on it. It was soo fun. Later in the evening we went to a live concert with traditional Caribbean party music. Lol I don’t even know how to describe it but it was great !
All in all, an impromptu, week long getaway to the Caribbean proved to be just what I needed to help pass the time before my departure to Denmark ! It was the trip of a life time and one that I will never forget.
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
The passing of New York's gay marriage bill could not have had better timing ! The last weekend in June is always PRIDE weekend in NYC and usually conveinently coincides with my dear friend Peter's birthday aswell. I took all of these circumstances as opportunity to make a trip down to NYC to celebrate. Sunday morning I picked up my best friend Frank in Connecticut and then we continued onto Astoria, Queens, where Peter's apartment is. We hung out and drank combination of champagne, vodka, and orange juice and then we got on the subway and headed into Manhattan. After meeting up with another group of our friends, we made our way down to the Meat Packing district - NYC's gayborhood. The first party we hit was at the Gansevoort hotel. The club was on the penthouse level and there was a beautiful terrace and roof top pool ! Swimming in the pool was soo fun and some people even decided to play the game catch the glowstick :P The terrace was a perfect viewing spot for the firework display over the Hudson River. After leaving the Gansevoort we made our way to a club called Greenhouse, where there was a Japanese DJ spinning classic anthems including an awesome remix of Madonna's 'Like a Prayer'. Peter and I absolutely did not want to leave the club but when it was about 4 AM we decided it was probably time to go. It was such an amazing celebration for so many reasons and was a great way to spend my last night out in NYC !