Wednesday, February 22, 2017


It's official. I'm in a rut and there is no rudder steering this little old ship. It's a combination of things I think - a chronic injury that just won't go away, online interactions with old ghosts, ugly footwear (c/o said chronic injury), not enough exercise and a timely find in a handbag of old. 

What to do... what to don't? I feel like I haven't painted in about a year, but I have zero desire to paint. Z.E.R.O. I don't think I've ever felt less inclined, and I think that is part of the problem, in that I've lost that bit of self. What to don't? Continue to ignore the frustration. What to do? Dust of those brushes and commit to something ridiculous that going to put me in a spin...

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Copenhagen - what I did and how I did it (part 3 Fiskebar)

Turns out that Copenhagen is an excellent city for solo diners. Fiskebar made me feel right at home, offering me a choice of a table or a seat at the bar and then plied me with the freshest seafood I've had in a very long time. Refined flavours started with the beetroot cocktail, which was earthy as you'd expect but delightfully refreshing. Such attention to detail was mirrored through the entire meal, from the oysters, fresh bread with a seaweed butter foam, to the calamari and crab dish. Heavenly. 

Fiskebar is in a great part of town filled with interesting restaurants. Definitely an area to go back and explore: Kødbyens Fiskebar, Flæsketorvet 100, 1711 København V

Dogs of China - #234 & #235 (Taipei edition)

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Copenhagen - what I did and how I did it (part 2 Gasoline Grill)

It's lunchtime, it's cold, I'm looking for a shop which I can't find. I walk past a service station with a big crowd of people lined up outside. I walk down the street and then back again. I'm not that hungry but its 1:30pm and I should eat. I look at what people are lining up for and decide to join the line. And I'm glad I did. Best burger in forever. If you ever find yourself at Landgreven 10, 1300 København K, Denmark, try it.

Copenhagen - what I did and how I did it (part 1)

Copenhagen. Such a dreamy city. 3 days was not enough to enjoy all that amazing food, great bike riding and beautiful people vibes.

I stayed at Hotel Alexandra (H.C Andersens Boulevard) which was a good central part of town for the first time Copenhagener. It's also excellent as it is filled with mid century Danish furniture. 

No matter where you are staying, hire a bike. But hire one that is in your size. I didn't and it meant I felt like I was jumping on a horse every time I got on it. Also: road rules. There are many many rules for bikers. This was a bit tricky for a gal who is used to zero road rules China style. Study up.

Copenhagen has an overwhelming amount of food choice. Torvehallerne food hall is a great place to eat lunch, pretty much every day.  Mirabelle bakery is (Guldergsgade 29) has amazing bread and wonderful breakfasts. I'd stay near there next time and eat their breakfast plate every day and try their other restaurant Baest next door for home cured meats and other deliciousness. Gasoline Grill was a standout find - burgers served in an old service station.  At night I ate at Kodbyens Fiskebar and the food choice around Kodbyen look amazing.  Uformel (B Formel edgier younger brother) was also a standout choice. More about food later.

For cocktails I went to Ruby and Lidkoeb. Lidkoeb was a lovely dark setting with interesting cocktail options and great service. Ruby had a lovely outlook over a quiet street and canal where I watched the late night traffic and dog walkers from my seat at the bay window. 

Things I did: Design Museum Denmark, Rundetarn for great city views, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, the little mermaid (because you have to) and generally cycling around (because all the building and lakes and rivers are beautiful).

Shops - look up: Limited Works and Paper Collective (for original art), Ravenborggade street for antiques, Cinnober for beautiful candles, books and stationery. Tiger for well designed bargains.

Monday, February 6, 2017

This is how to weekend

You sleep in. Drink lots of tea. Make lots of things. Nap. Get invited over for a home cooked meal. Get up after eight and eat home made granola. Nap. Eat warm bread for lunch. Go for a bike ride. Have coffee with a friend. Listen to music. Make someone else a home cooked meal. Drink nice wine. Watch the neon lights. Light pretty candles. Sleep.