As a belated birthday treat, my wonderful friends surprised me with a weekend away in the Cotswolds. Here's a video of some moments from our trip:
I wish all Mondays could involve this absolutely exquisite feast at Roka in Canary Wharf. I think our unanimous favourite dish was the soft-as-butter black cod marinated in yuzu miso. We also loved the soft shell crab maki rolls, sashimi platter, that epic dessert boat and the best plum sake I've ever tasted.
Disclaimer – I dined as a guest but all opinions, as always, are 100% my own.
Turning 30 wasn't so bad... mainly because I eliminated the risk of being at the centre of attention by escaping the country altogether. The boy treated me to a food-filled (and I mean filled) weekend in one of my favourite cities - Copenhagen - which I fell in love with on the press trip I was invited to last year. Though I didn't take many photos, I did make this little video:
A few highlights:
On my birthday, we had a very special dinner at Väkst. The interiors of this restaurant are stunning (there's an entire greenhouse in the middle of the floor with beautiful potted plants and foliage throughout the space) and the New Nordic menu is oh so very clever. My favourite course was the mushroom soup with dehydrated-then-rehydrated carrots.
Getting around on City Bikes - I was in awe of how perfectly designed the city's streets were for bicycles. Having witnessed a fair few road accidents in London, I wouldn't dream of cycling at home, but in Copenhagen it just made sense. As an added bonus, each City Bike has a built-in tablet with GPS so you don't have to put yourself in danger by navigating using your phone while on the move.
Brunch at Møller Kaffe - Much like a dim sum restaurant, you tick breakfast items from a list. This place has an excellent vibe and coffee, and was walkable from our AirBnb apartment in the trendy neighbourhood of Nørrebro. Go early though, as the queue was far out of the door by 11am.
The Viking Ship Museum - Simply seeing Nathaniel's face light up when he read about this place, we obviously had to go! A short train ride from the city, this museum in Roskilde has five restored original Viking ships and a range of interactive workshops to try your hand at woodwork, blacksmithing, rope-making, etc.
All of the meat at Fleisch - This place in the Meatpacking District is a butcher by day and restaurant by night. I thought I was a pretty hardcore meat-eater but (cheers to all the 'surprise snacks' in between courses) I felt shamefully full even before the main course. Outstanding quality nevertheless.
Exploring the weird and wonderful Freetown Christiania - I didn't take any photos or video footage, but spent some time soaking in the art and atmosphere of this unique commune. You can read more about it here.