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Wonderful Copenhagen

November 16, 2010 | Leave a comment

Sometimes, even cafe owners get to go on business trips. Jonas and Bronte went to Copenhagen last week and it was very exciting to be all business like again. Not least because it gave us a chance to pop in and say hello to our good friend Mariann Willumsen who owns and run a fantastic traditional Danish restaurant in the heart of Copenhagen.

Mariann helped us way back in the day and she is of the same opinion as us that Scandinavian food is all about great ingredients – and not too much messing with them. It is not about bells and whistles, it is about taste and tradition.

If you’re ever in Copenhagen and you want to eat REAL Danish foodwhen in Denmark, pop into see her – her Restaurant Willumsen LINK http://www.restaurantwillumsen.dk/ is located just off the main street, Strøget, pretty much.

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You can find Mariann and all her wonderful staff at Willumsen, 26 St Regnegade, Copenhagen. Please do say we said hello.

Odd phonecalls # 2

November 4, 2010 | Leave a comment

A while back we reported on some strange calls we’ve had in the past.

Since then, we’ve started to notice that we are possibly the place people call when they can’t find their answer on google or the local Tescos:

Jonas picked up the phone the other day. it was a nice gentleman calling from an art gallery in London.

Jonas: Scaaaandinavian Kitchen, hej hej du

Man: Hello. Do you have dough?

Jonas: Eh?

Man: Dough. you know. Dough you bake with?

Jonas: Eh?

Man: I need 50 kilos, this afternoon, can you help?

Jonas: Are you baking a lot?

Man: No, I need to put it on people’s heads.

Jonas: I won’t be your companion in crimes of dough…

Man: It’s for art.

Jonas: Sorry, no…

Man: Are you sure?

Jonas: Eh…

As it turns out, the cause was quite valid. It was for an exhibition. Look, we got a whole bunch of flyers in today, all with pictures of people covered in dough LINK http://www.andipamodern.com/.

Think it is dark outside when you wake?

November 3, 2010 | Leave a comment

Think again. There are always people who feel a bit worse – take the people of Longyearbyen, one of the world’s most Northern towns. Part of the Svalbard communities of Northern Norway, on 26th October this year the sun set in the town, not to reappear for at least 4 months.

Four months. Imagine that? Dark when you wake, dark when you work, dark when you do anything at all. Pitch black, with only the comfort of artificial light – and snow. Lots and lots of darn snow.

Still think it is bad to wake up in sunny London a little bit groggy on a winter’s morning? Well, in Longyearbyen, you are not allowed to die or have babies during the winter. People who die have to be shipped out of town because the perma frost is so hard you can’t be buried – and pregnant ladies are shipped off to mainland to ensure safe deliveries of the new arrivals.

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This is a web cam picture from the town taken today at around 2 pm. Joy. You can keep making yourself feel warmer / brighter by checking in here: click for web cam LINK http://www.svalbard.com/webcam/.

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Other great facts about Longyearbyen is that you HAVE to carry a gun (due to the fact that there are more polarbears than people around the town). Secondly, there are no fridge shops – seeing as they have little need: in the summer, temperatures are around 3-7 celcius plus. A bit like if you lived inside your own refrigiator in your flat in Hackney.

Some nice things to click onto: go camping in Longyearbyen LINK http://www.longyearbyen-camping.com/ (yes, really), stay here if you happen to visit and it’s too cold for camping LINK http://www.gjestehuset102.no/eng/aboutus.html and read the local news here LINK http://www.svalbardposten.no/

Now, stop complaining about the cold and crawl back into your refrigerator.

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