Monday, April 27, 2015

Mini Getaway to Brussels



I was in Brussels for work Thursday and Friday last week and although I was there last November for work, I didn't really get to see any of the city. So when my work event coincided with the weekend, the husband and I took the opportunity to make a little trip out of it! I think people have a love/hate relationship with Brussels. A lot of the people I know come to Brussels for work and literally fly in and then fly out again so the city isn't necessarily associated with fun for them. But then there are those who love Brussels and all it offers...




The husband flew to Brussels on Friday afternoon and we flew home late last night. It was nice to do something different than what we "normally" do on the weekend in Copenhagen. It felt like a mini vacation getting to stay in a hotel, eat out every night, and just wander around with no real schedule or plan.


Brussels is an interesting city not only because of its mix in culture and languages, but also because it is sort of the capital of the European Union. A large part of the city is dominated by the European Parliament and the European Commission, and then another part of the city is very Parisian feeling with beautiful old buildings and grand parks. Brussels also has a very playful side, being the home of many different cartoons and comics for example. And then there is their awesome food! From amazing chocolate to mastering a staple like fries, the food there is simple but they totally master it.

Brussels is a charming city full of great food and an interesting mix of cultures. I don't know if I would go there for an actual holiday, but it is a quirky little city and it was a great place for a mini weekend getaway!




Friday, March 27, 2015

Lately



Life has been pretty busy lately. Weekends are full of friends and enjoying as much of the sunshine and nicer weather as we can get. We've taken long walks into Christianshavn, I had some friends over for a little cream tea last weekend, and we've spent some time with my in-laws as well. Weekdays are normally packed with work during the day (and sometimes at home in the evening), fitting in gym classes, having dinner plans, etc. It's fun (in general) but also a little tiring. Sometimes it's just so nice to have a night in with no papers to read or places to go. Anyways! I am so glad it is Friday! It has been an interesting week at work with working on a big proposal and getting to do a little trip to Lund. It has gone by fast but sorta slow at the same time, if you know what I mean.

The sun is shining right now and I hope it'll stay this way through the weekend! Hope you guys are doing lovely!

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Our Wedding: The Bouquets


I shared a flower inspiration post before my wedding and now I can talk about the flowers that I actually got for our wedding! As I've mentioned before, I really like the wild, loosely put together bouquet look and one of my favorite floral designers to follow is Studio Choo. For my wedding bouquet, and for the bridesmaids' bouquets, I wanted something wild looking that played with a mix of textures. I've also written about my favorite flower shop, De Fire Årstider in Lyngby, and knew I wanted to get my wedding flowers from them.

A few weeks before the wedding we went to ask about how it worked with flowers and everything and the florists at De Fire Årstider told us to come back about two weeks before the wedding so that we could see what was in season. I mean, people at home book their florist months in advance before their wedding because florists can only take so many wedding orders on the same day. So I thought it was pretty crazy going to the florist two weeks before our wedding, but it worked! I also brought some photos and examples of bouquets I liked, and De Fire Årstider took it from there. Besides my bouquet, the bridesmaids' bouquets and the boutonnieres, we also ordered flower crowns for our two flower girls and wrist corsages for our moms. 


I never got a trial bouquet or anything made so the first time I saw the bouquets was on our wedding day. And to be honest, besides the colors and some of the flowers they used, the bouquet I got did not look very much like the wild, loose bouquets I had given them photos of. However, I did really like the bouquets and loved the mix of colors in them. It was just one of those things where you're like "they're not exactly what I wanted, but they're still really nice and at the end of the day, it's not what's the most important!". As I am pretty petite, the bouquet was actually a really good size. It wasn't big and overwhelming and was proportionate to my height and size. 



In some ways, Danish florists are pretty traditional. Whenever I see bouquets in the stores, they are the typical, tightly bound round shaped bouquets, or they are the more traditional but regal looking wedding bouquets with orchids or lillies cascading down the side. Even though I though De Fire Årstider would be better at achieving the loose and wild style I wanted, they didn't exactly deliver. But they are still one of my favorite florists as they have quite a wide selection of flowers to choose from and they do incorporate some of the wilder elements into their bouquets. 

Another florist I contemplated was Blomsterskuret in the city. They have the cutest little shop on Værnedamsvej and also have a wilder look. However, the prices at De Fire Årstider was more in our budget and I am more familiar with them so we went there, even though it is a few kilometers outside of the city. Although the flowers didn't turn out exactly like I had envisioned, I really did like the bouquets we had at our wedding. They were pretty, colorful and fun, and complemented the look of the day!

Thursday, March 5, 2015

London Eats Part 1

Rather than researching sights and museums and things in London, we put a lot of time into researching food places. The husband and I like to go out to eat and enjoy good food so we definitely did our research before our trip and honestly, everything we had was very good, fantastic even!

So I've divided our food adventures in London into two. "Fast" food at a lower price point, and then the fancier food we ate in London. And just as a warning, none of the photos will look good, except for maybe one or two. I mean, when you're eating at night or in a dark restaurant, the photos generally will not turn out well! But despite the grainy photos, these places were delicious and totally worth the line up or wait!



We had dinner at their Liverpool Street location the first night we were in town. We sneaked in and got the last table and as they do take out as well, the place was packed. There were people waiting for tables (which there aren't many of) and people waiting to take out burgers. And it was a Wednesday night! So crazy. But I now know why so many people were there, their burgers and fries are awesome! I ordered the "Hot Chic" chicken burger and I loved it. Buttermilk marinated fried chicken and garlic aioli plus all the regular fixings in a brioche bun. And their fries, or should I say chips, with the roast chicken mayo were wonderful as well. Clearly not the place to go if you're on a diet, but while you're at it, mind as well go all out! The husband and I also shared a side of coleslaw to get some of our daily greens in and I can't remember the name of his burger, but Patty & Bun was his pick and we both had a great meal there.



2. Bone Daddies
First off, I l o v e ramen. And because we were so busy while we were at home this Christmas, we didn't get any ramen in Vancouver (and I have not found a authentic ramen place in Copenhagen). So to make up for it, I did a lot of research into ramen bars in London. We picked Bone Daddies in Soho and went there for lunch on Thursday. There was a line of course, but it went quick and the little wait was totally worth it. The entire place was packed and we got a little spot up against the wall. We both ordered the tonkotsu ramen which had chashu pork, some bean sprouts and bamboo shoots, and a soft boiled egg all swimming in a pork broth cooked for 20 hours. So good and so filling! And for reals, that warm creamy broth will make you swoon! If you want to see more of their menu, check it out here.


3. Koya 
Japanese again? You betcha! Instead of ramen though, Koya is a udon bar! We met up with a friend of mine for lunch there on Saturday. As we got there a few minutes before they opened at 12, we got a table right away, but when we were there, there were already several other people waiting and the restaurant filled up literally right after they opened. The highlight for me here was their sake steamed clams. I ordered it off of their specials board so I don't know if they have it regularly, but it was amazing. The sake broth was delicious. So simple but so flavorful. I also ordered their seaweed udon which was good, as udon is a pretty simple warm noodle soup dish, it is hard to be completely wowed by it, but it was tasty and I enjoyed it. They have a lot of interesting udon combinations that I have never seen before, like cold noodles with cold sauce, and toppings such as smoked mackerel. They also run Koya Bar next door in case you can't get a seat at Koya. They also serve a lot of udon but with a slightly different menu.



4. Dishoom
This was a recommendation by my friend C and her husband N. We almost didn't make it to Dishoom but while we were in Shoreditch on our last day in town, we decided to stop in there for lunch. This was such a great place, it had a colonial Bombay look, the service there was awesome, and the food was delicious. We were going to meet my friend P for coffee shortly after lunch so we ordered a few small dishes to share. We had their Keema Pau which consisted of minced lamb and peas served with the softest rolls ever. The rolls actually reminded me of the soft asian rolls you can buy at T&T Supermarket in Vancouver, so obviously I loved them. The heat in the minced lamb gradually built up but their delicious sauces and yogurt dressings definitely helped cool things down a bit! We also tried their Chicken Tikka Roll and the wrap was really good. The wrap was doughy and chewy and the wrap altogether, was flavorful and really filling. I am so glad we ordered different small dishes so we could try a few things. We also got a few samosas and tried their chai which was delicious as well! Dishoom was a really good recommendation and we would definitely recommend it to all of you if Indian food is your thing!



5. Doughnuts from Bread Ahead 
I regret only buying one doughnut from Bread Ahead in Borough Market. We tried their caramel doughnut topped with salted honeycomb and I was in love. Soft pillowy dough filled with the smoothest caramel cream. And then topped with honeycomb candy? Seriously, it does not get better than this! If you go down to Borough Market, you need to try their doughnuts! At least for me! Please!

We also had coffee's at a few different cafes in London and stopped by some pubs and bars, but the places we listed here were some of our highlights. What are your favorite food spots in London? Have you ever been to any of these places? And to continue, London Eats Part 2 is coming at you soon! 

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Our Wedding: DIY Seating Chart


We did a few DIY projects for the wedding. All of them were really small and quite simple to do. I made our table numbers, put together our wedding favors, and we made this seating chart. Which I loved! It was simple and fit perfectly with the look of Olsen +3.

To start, we went to Silvan and looked through their scrap wood area. They sell the left over pieces that people have trimmed off and they go for really reasonable prices. I think we paid 30 or 40kr for the piece we used and it was quite big. Initially, I wanted to use chalkboard paint and go for that look, but since the wood we bought was already stained black/gray, I just used it as it was.



We had 9 tables at our wedding and 80 people at our wedding. For each table, I took out my little alphabet stamp set and stamped everyone's name under the table they would sit at and I hand lettered each table number on top of the large manila tags. To hang all of the tags up, we simply nailed a few small nails into the board and the tags were hung!



Our guests were assigned a table number, but they weren't assigned a seat which made coordination a lot easier and saved us a lot of time in set up. With a white paint pen, I hand lettered "find your table" so that our guests would recognize that that was the seating chart. As the guests were on the patio outside during the cocktail hour, we placed the seating chart on a chair right by the door so that guests could see it on their way into the dining area.

So there you have it. Our DIY seating chart! I loved how the finished chart came out and it was super easy and affordable to put together. If you're looking for large manila tags or manila tags in general, I always buy mine at Notre Dame. For paint pens, go to Creas in the city. And again, for scrap wood, check out your local Silvan!