food=mad! mad=food!

August 30, 2007

well, i had to go to the madfestival…

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emma and i went on tuesday, excited by the promise of cheese and beer. this part of the festival is held in tivoli, so you just purchase admission for the gardens and you’re free to roam through all of the food goings-on…like “delitown,” and “madalléen” (food alleys!). it was really fun. several restaurants had booths, and lots of places were giving out samples of delicious and assorted food items like potato chips, tomatoes, spelt crackers with honey, and cabbage. there was a special area for local, organically grown produce. i was too full by the time i got to the potato stand, but there were some potato/apple open-faced sandwiches that looked mighty tasty…!

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here’s emma with our beer and cheese and bread! yum! i definitely got my cheese fix for the day (and then some)/there were also some events going on, like this cookoff (hey, what’s that on the big screen? why, it’s…smorrebrod!)

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here is the stand that was serving the “beer and cheese menu” – the nice folks at delimo og jacobsen

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even the roofs of the stands were decked out in food! this one seems to be a (dare i say it? oh well…) mixed “green-roof” salad! (groan…). the coffee/cupcake stand had strawberries planted on its roof. pretty cool. emma pointed out that tivoli is a garden, after all, so they do go all out to do a good job with the plantings. it definitely added a nice, foody touch.

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here’s me at the coffee stand and with dessert #1, a cupcake (which had more frosting than cake). (all photos of me courtesy emma!)

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…and dessert #2, a lovely dark chocolate-marshmallow creme-marzipan creation…

i got dessert #3 to go. for tomorrow. (chocolate mousse.)

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the entrance from inside the gardens…the nighttime lighting in tivoli is really impressive. i’ve also heard that they put on fireworks shows every saturday night, so i’ll have to check it out sometime. overall, this was a wonderful and gastronomically satisfying experience…the food festival definitely gets a thumbs-up from me! it’s too bad they only do it once a year…



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mmm…smorrebrod!

August 25, 2007

i thought it would be appropritate to start with a post about food…

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right now there’s a food festival (or “madfestival” in danish) going on in copenhagen – lots of great events all around the city, dedicated to nordic cooking traditions! today was my first venture into the madfestival events…danish open-faced sandwiches, or smorrebrod. these sandwiches are especially great because they can be made from almost anything, and because the bread-to-filling ratio is particularly low, much more so than the usual sandwich at home (note how you can’t really even see the bread in the photo). the ingredients are always artfully arranged…each a tiny, edible design project! they’re easy to make, and there are many restaurants around copenhagen that specialize in smorrebrod (ida davidsen serves 250 different varieties!). these two (roast beef with toasted onion, tomato with guacamole), my lunch for today, were prepared by the students at copenhagen hospitality college, the proceeds from which benefit youth cancer patients. the sandwiches were delicious, and i’m looking forward to more delicious festival events…