Posts Categorized: Blog’nhagen

Blog'nhagen + Copenhagen + denmark + Life / Tuesday, 7 Aug 2012

Blog’nhagen FINALE!

Dry up those tears, I know it’s tough to see the end finally arrive. Blog’nhagen part 4 starts….now!

After a tour of Ibsens hotel in the afternoon we headed across town to A XOCO by Anthon Berg, a chocolatier. Jesper Rahbek is the man behind A XOCO and he was so kind to give us a lesson on how to make flødeboller or as he called them “foam kisses” in English. Flødeboller are super Danish: a marshmallow type cream on top of a cookie or marzipan and dipped in chocolate. Then you can get super crazy and add toppings like strawberries or pistachios. Jesper even revealed to us his secret recipe. Gasp! You can also do a class at their Chocolate School, which I would highly recommend.

We started out by making the cream and then squeezing it onto the marzipan pieces. Some were a little more successful than others…I’m not naming names. 
Jesper was super patient with us. We were like kids in, uh, a candy store.

 While some of us remained classy, like Thea.

Then it was off to Antom Dam, a furniture and home design store in Frederiksberg.

 where we found out that pillows can be used for the sofa and for your face.

The owner was so kind and provided the prize for the winner of the Love My Guide tour competition.
Lastly, off to Sticks ‘n Sushi to pick up our dinner to take to our picnic.
Then off to our last stop of the evening, the blogger’s meet-up at Islands Brygge Havnebad

 Where we pretty much devoured our food. Anne has the perfect model hands.

It was GREAT fun to meet up with other bloggers and supporters from around Copenhagen. We were joined by the people of Everplaces and other friends who I had met at The Hive in May.

 JJ was the winner of the Love My Guide tour and came home with a VIPP pedal bin. I’m quite jealous.

I was so thrilled when Juliane of Froken Skicklig came with a tart in hand and hand-picked strawberries. 

Well, I believe that’s it! We had such a great time and were so thrilled to see so many people at the meet-up. I wish I had more pics of everyone. The rest of the pics are going up on our Facebook page. Stay tuned for more Blog’nhagen coming to a city near you! And if you haven’t had a chance to see the Blog’nhagen video, you must do so!

Thank you to EVERYONE involved! For the bloggers for taking the time to come and share the day. For the sponsors for allowing us to take over your place for a bit. And a big thank you to At Hermans and Ferm Living for providing goody bags. And a thank you to Maria for being my partner in crime. We’ve been trying to find a project to do together for ages and I think we made the perfect team.

And another thank you to Ashley of Chasing Heartbeats, Jenny of Dos Family, Thea from Sister Mag for letting me use some of your photos!

Check out parts 1, 2, 3, sneak peek

If you’d like to be involved with Blog’nhagen by either becoming a sponsor or blogger please email us at blognhagen@gmail.com 

Blog'nhagen + Copenhagen + denmark + Life / Monday, 6 Aug 2012

Blog’nhagen Part 3: afternoon

I’m sure by now you’re getting the gist that Blog’nhagen was a blast and as I sit here going through the pics I’m wishing we could do it again. And to help you visualize even more what the day is like, here’s the video! Liv Prior Colliander followed us around and documented the day. Not only was she a saint for doing so, but she added so much to the day with her positive energy. We love her. Take a look at the short video here. She also made a longer video (at the bottom of this post) if you want to see the full day. I’m in love with the music by Saint Kodiak too. It’s the type you wish you wish was accompanied by a topless convertible.
After lunch at Royal Cafe (see last post), we headed towards VIPP, the legendary Danish pedal bins. Now, maybe you remember how when I worked for Celerie Kemble back in the day she was asked to design one for a special charity auction alongside Bono, Karim Rashad, and Simon Doonan. It was so fun to go to their flagship store and meet the designers and hear about their clean approach to design. So interesting to think that their pedal bins came first and then they designed beautiful kitchens to accompany them. 

Thank you, Jenny, for posing us for a group photo (though we miss you dearly in the photo!) 
Off again to…
Coffee Collective at Torvehallerne, one of my favorite parts of Copenhagen. Torvehallerned is this new marketplace with lots of terrific (and EXPENSIVE) food stops. I’m not a coffee drinker, but apparently it’s the best that anyone had ever tasted. They directly trade with farmers in Africa to ensure great quality and ethical standards for everyone involved. I had first heard about Coffee Collective from Lindsey of Lost in Cheeseland who had heard raves about it. I think it was enough to tempt Anne to drink her first cup ever and she was pleased! 

Then we went a few doors down to Agnes Cupcakes. Yes, you can’t escape them! They’re delish and have their own Scandinavian twist.

Off to Isbens Hotel to get a tour of the premises. Brochner Hotels was so kind to offer hotel accommodations to the out-of-town bloggers. They stayed at Kong Arthur Hotel right next door but we got a tour of Isbens, their more design-focused hotel. They incorporated art and designs from the local designers and artists from Nansensgade, which keeps the local vibe fresh. I’m lucky to work in this same area.
The finale comes up tomorrow! To view the long version of the Blog’nhagen film, click here.

Blog'nhagen + Copenhagen + Life / Friday, 3 Aug 2012

Blog’nhagen Part 2: Lunchtime

Blog’nhagen continues! This was perhaps my favorite time of the day and a serious dream come true. When I first moved to Copenhagen I tried to get a tour of the legendary Royal Copenhagen factory. Turns out, they no longer do such things, but I was thinking they might make an exception for our dear bloggers. Well, thanks to my friend JJ, we scored a PAINTING class to paint our own plates instead. DREAM!
By now they should be fired and we should be receiving our plates any day. I can’t wait! Now, time for lunch. A hop, skip, and a jump away (just next door) to…

Part 3 coming on Monday…plus the video!!!

Thanks again to the photographers of these pics. Chasing Heartbeats, JJ, Dos Family

Blog'nhagen + Copenhagen + Life + Party / Thursday, 2 Aug 2012

Blog’nhagen Part 1: Morning

If you’re new to Lars, let me explain Blog’nhagen. Last month 8 bloggers came to Copenhagen for Blog’nhagen, this event that Maria and I created to bring bloggers together IN REAL LIFE to experience the best of Copenhagen (the best restaurants, bakeries, shops. etc). It also gave Copenhagen businesses the chance to show what they do. Win-win! I’ve divided the day up into a few parts. First, up morning! 

We met up at Copenhagen by Cart, who sponsored the carts we rode in all day. They are SO fun to drive. In fact, I think I’d much prefer one over a real car–people smile at you as you go by! They make people happy! (or maybe I just attention???? agh!). PLUS, they are electric and you don’t have to pay for parking around Copenhagen. Bonus! We topped them off with balloons from Mr. Euro Balloons himself who hand delivered them. So sweet!

The girls all arrived from their hotel at Kong Arthur, part of the family-owned Brochner Hotel chain. They were so gracious in providing accommodations for the visiting bloggers and I can’t thank them enough for being catching on to the spirit of Blog’nhagen. Thank you!

We had to stop by the Little Mermaid statue. I’m going to say it’s akin to seeing the Mona Lisa at the Louvre.

We had the best bloggers come. Jenny and Isabelle from Dos Family are a riot! So full of energy and ideas! Jenny is a photographer in Southern Sweden and Isabelle is a decorator TV show host in Stockholm. They see the world in full color and live it with so much gusto. Plus, their blog has unicorns on it.  And they blink. Isabelle immediately volunteered to be one of the drivers when we announced the call. Thank you!

We stopped to pick up breakfast from Meyers Bageri. You know the number one restaurant in the world, Noma? Well, the man behind the restaurant, Claus Meyer, started this bakery using only the finest organic ingredients. I wish my stomach would have allowed me to down it all because it is just what you think it should be, the best. We took the food to Maria’s apartment to show the girls what an awesome Danish apartment looks like.

 Liv followed us around all day to film our adventure. Video on its way!

 From Maria’s house we drove through Amalienborg Palace, you know where the royal family lives.

Then we stopped at Nyhavn where the Prince of Burundi (I kid you not) greeted us from a docked ship to tell us about his jewelry line, Brown Prince. Each piece is hand carved by artisans trained in Burundi from the umukoko nut. It’s much like ivory but without the harm! I’m even wearing the one they gave me right this very moment as I type.

Hi Anne and Thea

Off to Baum und Pherdgarten, a fantastic Danish fashion house.

Baum und Pherdgarten plays with contrasts. Masculine vs. feminine, minimal vs. grandiose. But very much a Danish feel.

We all went a bit nuts picking some things out. I badly wanted this yellow dress below, but sadly, it is not in this blogger’s budget.

You can read more about the day:

Ashley from Chasing Heartbeats here and here and here
Emma from Emma’s Design Blogg
Annaleena from Annaleena’s Hem
Jenny and Isabelle from Dos Family here, here,
Anne from Pret a Voyager
Thea from Sister Mag and here

I swiped a number of photos from everyone else since I was driving and couldn’t take many. Thank you ladies! A number of them are from my iphone. See the rest on our Facebook page. 

Blog'nhagen + Design + Life / Thursday, 5 Jul 2012

Blognhagen sneak peek

We had THE best time at Blog’nhagen. If you missed the announcement last week, Blog’nhagen is an event that Maria and I organized to bring bloggers together in real life to see the best of each city and share it with out readers. I was absolutely amazed with the enthusiastic response we received from participants and sponsors and we have a whole lotta people to thank. I’ll do a more complete coverage in the next week, but for now, here’s a little peek including a visit to the VIPP flagship store and painting plates at Royal Copenhagen.

Who came for the event? Some of the best bloggers who I’m now lucky to call friends from all around Europe! Emma from Emma’s Design Blogg, Anne from Pret a Voyager, Thea from Sister Mag, Ashley from Chasing Heartbeats, Annaleena from Annaleena’s Hem, Isabelle and Jenny from Dos Family.


Thank you to ALL who participated and all those who sponsored the event including Copenhagen by cart, Brown Prince, Meyer’s Bakery, Royal Copenhagen, Royal Cafe, Baum und Pherdgarten, Agnes Cupcakes, Coffee Collective, Sticks and Sushi, Vipp, Anton Dam, AXOCO and Brochner Hotels

Top photo by Jenny Brandt and bottom two from my Instagram