The Endless Road Trip: Copenhagen, the Prettiest Food in the World

So, I could tell you guys all about my recent trip to Denmark, and all of the ways that Copenhagen totally deserves its status as the darling of the local-foraged-organic food movement. But really, there’s no need to say anything about the food here, because all you have to do is look at it. Seriously—how the hell do they get all of their food to look so goddamn beautiful???


As previously mentioned on ES, these people know how to make a freaking sandwich for serious. These avant garde smørrebrød (how cool are øs?) are from Aamans sandwich shop, which actually just opened a branch in NYC. Left: smoked salmon with flower-pickled carrots(!),smoked cream cheese, shallots and watercress. Right: New potatoes with tarragon emulsion, chives, radish, and crisp potato chip strands.

more sandwiches

They taste even better in the park! Venison pate with juniper and schnapps, plus apple/celery salad and “bacon-nut crunch.” Sirloin with horseradish, remoulade and crispy onions.

hot dog sign

If you thought Danish people aare all fancy foodies, you may be surprised to know they loooooove hot dogs. Artisan, gourmet hot dogs, obviously, with helpful signs that graphically explain that they come served in standard buns, weird fransk buns that have the ketchup or mayo stuffed inside, or on a plate.

hot dog

We went plate. Can’t resist more crispy onions.

hot dog in a wrapper

And fransk.

marv and ben

Goddamn, these people know how to present some food. Marv and Ben was typical of Copehnagen resturants in that the menu would just say something like “salmon with cauliflower,” and then you’d get served this work of flowery foraged art.


Speaking of cauliflower, one of the best things we ate was at Restaurant Geist, this savory nugget of pot-roasted cauliflower, served over a sea of black truffley goodness.


And as long as we’ve filled the veggie quota, might as well have a little heart. Lamb heart, that is—with ginger, lime, soya and sesame.


These folks can even make porridge pretty. Porridge. WTF.

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  • Becca Snow April 21, 2013  

    Copenhagen, Denmark not only has pretty food, and healthy food, but they have mandatory labeling and the right to know if they food they purchase comes from genetically engineered seeds with foreign DNA of other species, such as bacteria, viruses and antibuiotics. Most of the GMO seeds contain E-coli bacteria and the Dane want no part of this, which is the reason they, alike most of Europe pressed for mandatory labeling and the right to know.

    Look at all the countries that have the right to know to have pretty, healthy, and safe food that is not genetically modified.

    Where is North America? Bought and paid for by the corporations who are forcing farmers out of business if they save their own seeds, grow their own foods without intensive use of chemical pest controls.

    We must come together and fight for not only pretty food, but healthy agriculture!

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