Quarantine Kitchen | Orange Cardamom Easter Bunny Rolls

Wonder What Denmark Does at Home When on Lockdown?
BAKE WITH ALL YOUR HAMSTERED YEAST

While the rest of the world was hoarding toilet paper, here in Denmark the Danes load up on yeast. (And toilet paper.) It’s true. But yeast. That one was a surprise to me at first. But digging a bit deeper, and asking a few Danes, it turns out there is a precedent for all that yeast knabbing. Continue reading “Quarantine Kitchen | Orange Cardamom Easter Bunny Rolls”

Crabbing on the Oregon Coast

Scooping up Delicious Dungeness Crabs

TIPS AND TRICKS TO PULL YOUR LIMIT IN THE STATE OF OREGON

Three hours before high tide. We’ve checked the boat. It still starts. That’s key. We load it up with rings, pots and boxes. We’re going crabbing. On the Oregon Coast. Yes – you heard me. OREGON. Oregon Girl and crew are back around the world for a month visiting family and friends. In Oregon. It’s a little surreal. In the best way. Don’t worry Denmark, we’ll be back. But for now, we’re soaking up, tasting, seeing, hugging all those things and people that we missed. It’s good.

(Originally posted July 2016, updated December 2019)

SEEK OUT YACHATS ON THE CENTRAL OREGON COAST

Have you been crabbing? I have done this in Oregon as long as I can remember living here. Maine may have lobstahs, but here on the Pacific Northwest Coast, we hunt Dungeness Crab. Growing up in Eugene – a university town that sits mid-state off I-5 in western Oregon – we frequent the central Oregon coast between the little towns of Florence and Newport. And we’re more than lucky that my mom loves sharing her coast house. We spend most of our time in charming and quirky, but oh so cozy Yachats. (Around here, locals pronounce it YAW-hots. Not yeah-chats. It is an anglicized title originating from an indigenous Native American name and some claim it loosely translates to “dark water at the foot of the mountain.” Read more about the peoples that populated this place before colonization here.)

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Sustainable Crabbing and Fishing Experiences Around the World

How to Keep Your Seafood Catch Sustainable
Respecting local regulations and limits to fish and crab responsibly

I grew up crabbing and fishing. Maybe you can blame my dad. He tied flies for fun and loved to cast a long line in every eddy he could find along the cold clear McKenzie River outside Eugene, Oregon where we called home. But I remember fishing and crabbing with him even before we moved to Oregon.

Every summer we’d travel back to my Grandmother’s lake cabin outside Lawrence, Kansas and every cousin who could would try to catch whatever swam in those waters. My dad would load the old minnow bucket with minnows and let it dangle in the water just off the dock. He taught us to scoop up a wiggly little bait and slide it onto a hook so that it wouldn’t fly off the minute we cast.

In the coastal marshes of South Carolina, near where we lived for awhile, he taught us to tie chicken legs to a string and carefully lure in the crab and scoop them up in a net. Now that I’ve lived in Scandinavia for several years, I’ve seen this same technique used by young Danes and Swedes for good summer fun. Many a dock in Denmark has a place to keep the crabs for “inspection” for a bit before returning them to the cold clear Baltic Sea.

From a young age, my dad showed us how to use proper techniques and equipment, how to clean and definitely how to enjoy our catches. Memories are still strong of the fish cleaning hut at Diamond Lake, in Oregon, where he would gut the days’ limit looking inside each fish’s stomach to see what fly he should try the next day. He taught us the value of adhering to legal catch limits to keep stocks sustainable and available for years to come. Continue reading “Sustainable Crabbing and Fishing Experiences Around the World”

Organic vegetable plantings at ØsterGro urban farm Copenhagen Denmark

Organic Farm to Table Fare on a Rooftop in Copenhagen

Gro Spiseri Restaurant Delivers Delicious and Creative Local Cuisine
Urban farm Østergro is a gorgeous setting for dinner in Copenhagen

It is summer in the city. And what a beautiful city this is. Come to Copenhagen, she said. But step off the main tourist routes. Slow down. And explore the sustainable side. Like a local. Not too far afield, you’ll find a climate-friendly neighborhood known as Østerbro. Atop a roof here, sits an organic urban farm supported by the local community. Don’t worry, they are willing to share. With you. This is ØsterGRO organic urban farm and all are welcome. For a truly delicious experience, book a place for dinner in the greenhouse of this gorgeous garden. On a blue-skied summer night in Denmark, it is truly difficult to beat. Continue reading “Organic Farm to Table Fare on a Rooftop in Copenhagen”

A Copenhagen Classic | High Tea at the Historic Nimb Hotel

One of the Best Places for High Tea in the Danish Capital
ICONIC NIMB HOTEL NEXT TO TIVOLI IS A TREAT FOR TEATIME IN COPENHAGEN

“Coffee? Tea? Me?”

As an American living in Europe, I will be the first to admit that I am not an expert on tea time. I personally love a good cup of coffee and Copenhagen has plenty of cozy places to find one. So when fellow blogger and Brit, Keri Allan of Ladies What Travel asked if I’d be interested in joining her for high tea on a recent visit to Copenhagen, I jumped at the chance. Keri is an expert in trying high teas around the world and I knew I could trust her taste. Continue reading “A Copenhagen Classic | High Tea at the Historic Nimb Hotel”