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During the BIMBAM-days from december 21st until december 23th you'll find a very attractive Christmas Market, much different compared to the usual shopping tours around Bahnhofstrasse. There are many interesting upcoming designers, Clubsounds, sweetmeats and other pre christmas surprises. There's something for everyone. Don't miss it.
Around 40 shops, bars and restaurants in the neighborhood invite you to a colorful pre christmas programm of music, wine tasting and especially lots of gift ideas.
Opening hours: friday 17 – 24h / saturday 13 – 21h / sunday 13 – 19h
MAAG-Halle, Hardstrasse 219, 8005 Zürich
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We are soooo happy to introduce to you the sweest Chef and Food writer, Louisa Lorang. Louisa has written several Cookbooks, writes for the Danish Magasin Femina and is from time to time to be seen very early in the Danish Morning Tv Show Go'morgen Danmark. We love the fact that Louisa's Kitchen is both traditional and untraditonal at the same time, that her Recipes are very easy to follow and that her Books are filled with beautiful pictures; but most of all we love her unpretentious and humorous tone. Louisa will regularly share her fabulous Recipes with us, so stay tuned!
Louisa lives in Copenhagen with her boyfriend and their two Children, Ester 5 years old and little Isak who is almost 2 years old. They love living in the area Christianshavn, from where you kan reach almost every sights on foot. The Family love the green areas and the diversity but they wouldn't mind having less trafic, an ice cream shop and better Take away places - Yes a Chef also gets tired and hungry!
Photo : Anders Schønnemann
1. What do you like best about living in Copenhagen with children? I like the convenience and choices the City gives me. Living in Copenhagen we are close to nature; parks, woods and beaches, and still have easy acces to movies, playgrounds, cafees, restaurants, theaters, museums and much more.
Photo: Tuala Hjarnø
2. What is it like a typical day in Copenhagen with your family? My job is very versatile. And luckily I am often able to pick my kids up pretty early from kindergarden. In summertime, we usually go back to our really big and great courtyard. Here they play and we sometimes eat with other children families. During the winter I like to make tea, fruit or maybe chai when we get home. And we usually play or read together. Or watch a movie or cartoons. We also cook together all 4 of us several times a week. When the kids are asleep, I usually work again. That way, I have more time with them.
3. What is your favourite area in the city and why? We live very close to Holmen and Christiania. Both very unique places in Copenhagen. We use both places a lot. Christiania is beautiful during summer and has a great playground. Holmen is fab when we go boat-watching or want to catch a “Havnebus”.
Photo: Ty Stange
4. Where do you like to go for lunch or dinner? If we are eating out with the kids, we like to have lunch at Morgenstedet at Christiania. It is vegetarian and they have a small courtyard, so the kids can play. My daughter likes Wagamama and Sticks N Sushi – or if we need caks, we go to Nikolaus Strangas at Åboulevard.
5. What kind of public transport do you use getting around in the city with your family? We often walk, take the metro or the “havnebus” when getting around in the city.
6. Your favourite shops for your self and for your children? I must admit that I am quite busy and don´t spend to much time shopping. I usually get all shopping done in very short time in Magasin at Kgs. Nytorv. It is easy, warm and they have a good return policy.
Photo: Morten Jerichau
7. The best play ground in the city? 2 favorites: Voldens legeplads at Christianshavns Vold and the playground behind Nikolaj Kirke.
8. If you have a little diaper incident where do you go? Magasin – I always end up there…..
9. Your Childrens' favourite cultural activity? My daughter likes museums. Especially art museums, where they have installations. She likes Arken a lot. And we often go to my inlaws farm. They have a small “besøgsbondegård” Barresøgård, were you can pet the animals and milk the cow. She loves to spend time there.
10. Your own favourite cultural activity? Eating! And I love to go to the theatre, but it has been far too long. I don´t have enough time.
Photo. Ty Stange
11. What is your favorite food? I loooove fod. Practically everything; from old style to Vietnamese. And always with both chesse and dessert.
12. What is your Children's favoite food? Ester is crazy about Dahl (Indian lens dish). Super cool I think, even though it might be because of the unlimited Mango Chutney we serve when we have Dahl. Also both Spring rolls, lasagna, pasta, beef in oyster sauce and pizza are always a big hit for both of the kids; even though Isak mostly eat meat!
Photo: Anders Schønemann
The other day, some of our very good friends came for dinner. They have two children and we do, so dinner needed to be something good and child-friendly so we decided to make a moussaka. It takes a bit of time, so perfect for the weekend when you have a bit more time and then you might have some left overs for a day durint the week. It was a great success and the kids loved it, even our 9 months year old Stella. Get here our recipe:
- 3 eggplants, peeled and cut lengthwise into 1/2 inch thick slices
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1 pound lean ground lamb
- salt to taste
- ground black pepper to taste
- 2 onions, chopped
- 2 clove garlic, minced
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1/2 teaspoon fines herbs
- 2 tablespoons dried parsley
- 2 can tomato sauce
- 1/2 cup red wine
- 1 egg, yellow
- 4 cups milk
- 1/2 cup butter
- 6 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- salt to taste
- ground white pepper, to taste
- 1 1/2 cups freshly grated Parmesan cheese
- 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- Lay the slices of eggplant on paper towels, sprinkle lightly with salt, and set aside for 30 minutes to draw out the moisture. Then in a skillet over high heat, heat the olive oil. Fry the eggplant in the owen until browned. Set aside on paper towels to drain.
- In a large skillet over medium heat, melt the butter and add the ground the meat, salt and pepper to taste, onions, and garlic. After the beef is browned, sprinkle in the cinnamon, nutmeg, fines herbs and parsley. Pour in the tomato sauce and wine, and mix well. Simmer for 60 minutes.
- To make the bechamel sauce, melt the butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Whisk in flour until smooth. Lower heat; gradually pour in the milk, whisking constantly until it thickens. Season with salt, nutmeg, and pepper. In the end, add the yellow of an egg.
- Arrange a layer of eggplant in a greased 9x13 inch baking dish. Cover eggplant with all of the meat mixture, and then sprinkle 1/2 cup of Parmesan cheese over the meat. Cover with remaining eggplant, and sprinkle another 1/2 cup of cheese on top. Pour the bechamel sauce over the top, and sprinkle with the nutmeg. Sprinkle with the remaining cheese.
- Bake for 1 hour at 180 degrees C.
We have just had the girls' loving "Papi" visiting from Paris and as always his suitcase is full of all sorts of goodies for small and big: French movies, French books, wine, cheese, fois gras, toys, clothes etc..... but the best part if you ask me: Macarons!!! I'm really crazy about them and good ones are very hard to find in Denmark. It turns out that another family member loves macarons just as much as me. Merci Papi!
In Berlin, you always find fun and funky concepts such as Vatos Tacos van: a vintage milk and cheese truck that tours the city selling mexican food and take away. The menu is spicy and greasy: tacos, quesadillas with hot sauce, salsa, corn bread and guacamole. A fun alternative to regular take away, see website to find out the tour of the van.
Open from Wednesday to Friday, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., Lobeckstrasse 30-35. Cash only. Go to vatos-tacos.com.
Until recently, Copenhagen didn't have a real central food hall or market. In the beginning of September, Torvehallerne opened with many different stands. You will here find everything from, fish stands, cheese sellers, cafés, chocolate, exotic take away food, a supermarket with frozen food and bakeries. I'm mostly happy about the French & Spanish delis with specialities that are hard to find in regular shops. Kids will love the ice cream stands and all the great chocolate and cake stands! The marketplace is located in Israels Plads, a public square just off of Norreport Station, close to S-trains and the metro. So the perfect stop for shopping a bit of delicious food for a good night in after a long day sightseeing! Torvehallerne, Israels Plads, Copenhagen K, www.torvehallernekbh.dk
- Den Kinesiske Købmand
- Ma Poule
- Cofoco Supermarché
- Cleaver´s Meatmarket
- Tapa Del Toro
- Tante T
- Aalbæk Specialiteter
- Knife for Life
- Asa Krydderier
- Sushi Lovers
- Lauras Bakery
- Exotic Mix
- Féta kai Eliés
- Brioche Dorée
- A XOCO by Anthon Berg
- C.O. TorvePlads
- Brdr. Nyholm
- Vita Boost
- Il Fornaio Bottega
- The Coffee Collective
- Agnes Cupcakes
- Torvehallernes Mejeriudsalg
- Ethnic Food Corner
- Vegetarian Snacks
- One Love Company
- Get ’n Go
Do you know Le Pain Quotidien? Le Pain Quotidien is a cafe that serves great food, is child friendly and has now branches in 15 different countries. They serve great grilled sandwiches and salads and the food is healthy, fresh and simple. Beyond the great food most of them have high chairs and changing tables in the restrooms. At the one in the Marais: 18-20, rue de Archives, 75004 Paris, you can find both. Worth to mention is also the opening hours: 08:00-22:00 ! Check out the website to find out where you can enjoy your next pain quotidien !