My Master’s Program doesn’t go on quite as many field trips as my 4-year-old’s preschool, but we do have the opportunity for hands-on experiences.
A few weeks ago, we met at Torvehallerne market and went on a tour with Copenhagen Food Tours. You might be aware that Nordic cuisine is winning countless culinary awards these days. Copenhagen’s Noma restaurant (which stands for Nordisk mad (Nordic Food)) – has been awarded World’s Best Restaurant for 3 years in a row. We haven’t been. Some people find that crazy, but the way we see it, for the price tag of a meal there we could probably fly to Sicily and pick up a pizza.
I will admit, this Nordic Food movement does sounds enticing…organic, fresh, local, tastes from the forest…ingredients such as lichen, wild herbs and quail eggs…however I’m slightly afraid of feeling like I paid big bucks for a mouth full of moss. Oh well, perhaps I’m not a foodie after all.
But I do love food markets! And Torevehallerne is a wonderful one (albeit a bit pricey, but that goes without saying in CPH).
Our tour with Copenhagen Food Tours was a wonderful chance to sample many traditional Danish foods – some I had tried before, other I hadn’t. I would recommend the tour for any Copenhagen visitor.
We started off with cheeses at Unika (not pictured) to taste 3 different cheeses and a black currant jam. Then, went to the Bornholm store where we tasted local island treats, including the ever-popular salty licorice and rhubarb juice.
Granted, we were on a scaled-down version of the tour, so we skipped the smørrebrød, organic hotdog stand and the Nørrebro brew house. All things I have tried before. Smørrebrød being one of my favorite! These traditional open-faced sandwiches are a Danish specialty and a work of art!
Next, we walked over to Sømods Bolcher where we tried some of the world’s best rock candy – still made the old fashioned way. I took the girls back a few weeks later to see the candy being made.
We visited a lovely local spice shop and were offered to try some traditional chai tea, which is not Danish, of course and not normally part of the tour.
We ended the tour with Danish Summerbird chocolates, which are divine. Then we headed to the Botanical Gardens and enjoyed a taste of Denmark’s Æbleau – an award winning apple dessert wine, from Skærsøgaard.
This was a good school day.