Also known as the weekend I put on approximately 5kg in one evening. My blogging hiatus is over and this post is a throwback to my first experience of Scandinavian Christmas dinner.
I’m still unsure if our dinner at the Relsteds’ was representative of all Danes’ Christmas traditions or just those of my friend’s family but let me try to explain it simply: Danish Christmas involves a series of cruel games in which the participants gorge on food to find more food, lie to each other and steal people’s presents until everyone passes out while watching Die Hard in elf costumes. I think it’s all called ‘Hygge’.
In all seriousness, Copenhagen is a dream foodie destination in both summer and winter. While my summer trip to Copenhagen involved a trip to the infamous Torvehallerne food halls, this weekend we spent our other eating afternoon at the Copenhagen Street Food market on Paper Island. Great food and hipster people watching.
We also drank our fair share of Glogg, the Danish mulled wine that is so much nicer than the sickly sweet version you get at some Christmas markets. My friends took us to Hviids Vinstue pub, one of the oldest bars in Copenhagen with an incredible atmosphere and cute decor.
And of course we spent an afternoon at the famous Tivoli gardens, a theme park in the centre of Copenhagen with a relaxed feel, great restaurants, more glogg and The Demon rollercoaster. Apparently it is one of the oldest running wooden roller coasters in the world, which is supposed to be an interesting fact but does make you wonder about the safety as you’re hurtling around upside down. I can confidently say it is also one of the most expensive roller coasters in the world but, hey, it was Christmas!