One of Francesco’s conferences brought us to Copenhagen, Denmark. I have been there once before, when I was young…with my parents and brother in our beloved motor home…ah, the memories! We landed early on a Friday morning and it only took us 20 minutes to get to our hotel. At 8:30am, jetlegged, tired, hungry and grumpy, we were told that our room would be ready at 2pm. So, we began walking. We walked up and down the Nyhavn Canal, to and from the famous Little Mermaid Statue, Amelienborg Slot, the Royal Residence, and just wondered through Copenhagen’s splendid little alleys, streets and gardens.
It seemed fitting that our first dinner would be on the Canal, at Nyhavn 17 Cafe’ – the setting was pure entertainment: We sat on the outdoor patio, smack in the center of the bustling pedestrian street. It wasn’t warm by any means, but the Danish are so genius…for every table, they had a fleece blanket and better yet, a Carlsberg fleece blanket.
I made a promise to myself that I would try seafood dishes and I did. My first Copenhagen entree was fish cakes with boiled potatoes and asparagus. Delicious. Much better than crab cakes. Slam dunk on the first night. Booya!
Francesco, who doesn’t even want to consider seafood, went with a chicken sandwich with bacon and potatoes. Oh, and fries of course! Eating on the canal was the perfect people watching exercise. People from all over the world, walking, drinking beer, laughing. I could finally feel the European air filling up my lungs and for a moment I imagined myself living there.
Of course, when in Denmark eat what the Danish do best…Danishes! I found one of the most renowned, and best, bakeries in Denmark and I did a little damage…2 danishes, 1 chocolate croissant at Lagkagehuset. I mean, look at these beauties!
Copenhagen’s architecture was impressive. Amidst medieval alleys with classically built buildings, there are these ultramodern structures that highlight this city’s impeccable aesthetic. Case in point, the fantastic Opera House and Royal Theater.