Author: The Slow Pace

Gasoline Grill, Copenhagen

This is arguably the best burger we’ve ever had. And we bought it in an old petrol station. During our recent stay in Copenhagen we discovered THE BEST burger place that had been hidden in plain sight the whole time. Every time we visit Copenhagen we choose hotels or rent apartments in the same area, between Nyhavn and Kings Garden. This neighbourhood is fantastic because we can walk to almost every sight, we can have breakfast at Atelier September or dinner at Geist, it’s nice and quiet but still lively… In short, it’s perfect. One day, having lunch at Sticks and Sushi, which happens to be one of our favourites and it’s also located in the area, we spotted a long queue of people waiting to pick up burgers at a tiny burger joint inside an old petrol station. We were shocked. We had seen the place lots of times but we never thought about trying it.  A short google search afterwards and we found out that Gasoline Grill was named one of the best …

Autumn homemade bouquets

Every Saturday we spend a fair amount of time at the flower market. It’s part of our routine and one of the things we love the most about living in Germany. The flower culture here is fantastic. Every season the flower market changes and it gives us a sense of time and place. When tulips arrive we know Winter is finally coming to an end, cherry blossoms mark Easter, peonies announce Summer and dahlias encourage us to light candles and prepare for the cold temperatures. We love buying lots of flowers on Saturdays and creating our very own arrangements and bouquets. Just as we meal prep on weekends, we love preparing our home for the week ahead. And since Autumn is a time for nesting, we thought we could share three easy but beautiful flower arrangements that you can easily prepare at home. There are lot’s of thing you can use to display your flowers. Vases are an obvious, practical and perfectly fine choice but we love using whatever we have at home to create …

Funghi porcini cream with thyme and mascarpone

It’s been raining, I’ve finally got to wear the blazer I bought in London a few months back, we are heading to IKEA this weekend to buy candles in bulk and there are already Christmas treats in the supermarket. That means it’s Autumn. Another unequivocal seasonal sign is the need for creams, soups and comfort food in general. Oh, and mushrooms. It’s mushroom season and we can’t be happier. Last weekend we prepared this hearty funghi porcini cream with thyme and mascarpone, which is basically all you will need for embracing Autumn with open arms. It’s fulfilling, delicious, easy to prepare and a take on a good old Jamie Oliver’s recipe. In Autumn we all go back to basics, don’t we? You will need (serves 2): A handful of dried porcini Extra virgin olive oil 300 g mixed fresh wild mushrooms 1 clove of garlic, peeled and finely sliced 1 red onion, peeled and finely chopped A knob of butter A handful of fresh thyme, leaves picked Black pepper 1 liter chicken or vegetable stock …

A walk in Norrebro

Everytime we go back to Copenhagen we discover something new. As chiclé as it sounds, there are so many beautiful charming little streets to discover. During our last visit to the happiest city in the world we spent a fair amount of time walking and discovering the most delightfully cool side streets, due in part to the amazing weather we were lucky to enjoy.  One day, armed with comfy sneakers and wrapped in our coats we headed to Norrebro, where we found the hippest street of Copenhagen. Norrebro is quite a big area and even though some guides say that it’s not walking distance from the city center, we did walk from Indre By, the central area where we were staying, to Norrebro. The truth is that walking in Copenhagen is a pleasure: the sweet colours of the façades, the beautiful architecture and the wonderful people watching make any walk truly entertaining. Just beware of the cyclists, the real queens and kings of the city! After a nice cup of coffee in Toverhallerne Market, we …

Chickpea curry

After two posts dedicated to resolutions for the new season, we are ready to jump into Autumn like a child jumps into a puddle. And this recipe is perfect for that. It’s ridiculously easy, it’s light but comforting and, well, even its colours scream Autumn. This chickpea curry is going to be our go-to for those days when we want something naughty after a long day in the office followed by a gym session… but we still want our dinner to be good for us. We talked about this kind of dinners in our meal prep 101 post last week, go have a look if you don’t have read it already.  In 30 minutes you’ll have an amazingly delicious dinner and, if you double the amount of ingredients, you can freeze a couple of bowls for busy days or lunches at work. You’ll need (serves 2): 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil 1 red onion, finely sliced 1 1/2 tbsp grated ginger 3 garlic cloves, crushed 1 tbsp water + 200 ml water 400 g …

Back to the gym. How to.

If last week we spoke about improving our cooking and eating habits because we are in September hence we are all about new resolutions, this week we have to speak about going back to the gym. Of course. There are two types of resolutions: food related and fitness related, right? In fact we did went back to the gym last August, or more accurately we changed gyms. We were so eager to have our new resolutions up and running that we started in August. Wow. We now go to a fancy schmancy gym and we have a trainer and we kind of like it. But I still go to the gym with the oldest t-shirt and the most unflattering pants you will ever see because I might go to the gym twice a week and maybe, just maybe, I might enjoy it but there are things that aren’t going to change and me wearing the ugliest, comfiest clothes to the gym is one of them. So, how did I get motivated? Obviously the buy cute …

Meal prep for beginners

Everyone knows September is the real new year. Maybe it’s the child in us that never ceases to get excited / slightly depressed before going back to school and the new beginnings that September implies. In any case, we feel excited /slightly depressed about the new season. Our main resolution this year is keeping our meal prep game strong because our days are going to be packed this Autumn and who doesn’t hate that moment when you open the fridge every night and think: what can we eat? Since we’ve been meal prepping during years we thought about sharing our main tips in case you want to get your fridge and pantry organized and enjoy delicious meals every day. Get started: Choose about twenty recipes that you have already prepared and liked. It’s the moment to go back to your favourite cookbooks or food blogs! Leave new recipes for lazy Sundays, when it comes to meal prep you want things that you know you like. Try to choose recipes that are based on seasonal produce, …

Harbour coffee

Even though we enjoy terrible weather during the whole year, the start of this new seasons makes us longing for proper cold mornings and rainy afternoons in little cafés. Cue Harbour Coffee. The older we get, the more we love coffee. And since we live in one of the European capitals of coffee (Did you know that decaf coffee was invented in Bremen?) you might think we’ve drunk the most amazing coffee during the past six years. But the truth is that we’ve suffered terrible cups of dirty water called coffee. However, there’s a new and improved food and coffee scene in Bremen and one of our favourite new places is this tiny cafe, Harbour coffee. Located in a side street where you can find lots of interior design shops (a stop in HAY after coffee is a must), this black and white, minimal, maritime inspired, cute cafe has been a surprise for all of us who love a great cup of coffee. The flat white is the best in town and the latte macchiato, …

Everyday jewellery

There are a few things that help me start the day in a better mood: 1. Having a nice breakfast with my other half. Nothing fancy, just fruit, some protein and a good cup of coffee while we check the news online and we speak about our days and whatnot. 2. Doing my makeup. You know that’s my meditation. 3. Choosing a tiny accesory that gives a small but pretty twist to my comfortable, casual look of the day.  4. Bumping into an old man on my way to work who always wishes me good morning with a warm, happy smile. While I will talk about point number 3 today, point number 4 is one of the best things that has happened to me since I moved to Germany. That gentleman is a definitely a highlight of my life in Bremen. But back to accessories. During my university years I would wear earrings every day, they were my thing. Then I went crazy for big, JCrew inspired statement necklaces. And when I moved to Germany …

Sautéed green beans with potatoes and mushrooms

This is a simple recipe. It’s nothing fancy, nothing innovative… just a traditional, easy, good old dish that tastes delicious and goes perfectly with meat and fish mains. The inspiration for this recipe comes from the crazy transitional weather that we are suffering lately and this dish represents those Summer vibes, with the green beans and the young potatoes, but has an Autumn feeling, with the earthy, warm mushroom flavour. In fact, mushroom season is just around the corner and we are excited about it. But before diving into the world of mushroom soups, creams and richer preparations, we used the first mushrooms that we found in the market to prepare this lighter dish, that we like to serve with a grilled sirloin steak for a nice Sunday lunch. Simple but effective. You will need: 200 g green beans, ends trimmed A few small potatoes, peeled and sliced 200 g mushrooms 3 garlic cloves, minced Extra virgin olive oil Black pepper Salt to taste 1/2 teaspoon sweet paprika 1 teaspoon fresh or dried parsley First, bring …