Monthly Archives: August 2013

Midnattsloppet Stockholm

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You haven’t read about my running progress in a while on the blog, primarily because there was no progress and I definitely have enjoyed the Summer in other ways than sporting. Shame on me. So when my friend Simona asked me to join her for the “Midnattsloppet” in Stockholm, I enthusiastically answered with a “YES!” only to remember myself that it had been 2 months since my last 10K run, or any run for that matter.

So I signed up for a 5K run with the local running club as preperation, which was one big disaster. I honestly never had a run that bad! I ran too fast, I ran too slow, I ran everything except my own pace to end up with a HORRIBLE time. A time so close to what it takes for normal people to WALK 5K… (37 minutes…). So when I flew to Stockholm 1.5 week ago, I didn’t really knew what to expect from my body, but only decided to run in my own pace, even if it was really slow so at least I would enjoy it a bit more.

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I arrived in the city (Stockholm is a nice mix between Helsinki and Copenhagen), ate a plate of pasta and met up with my friend. To realize that we were running a bit late (story of my life), but somehow still managed to make it in time. I kinda missed the memo that there would be around 35.000 people running this race, with a whole bunch of supporters along the track too. And I tell you, running with 35.000 people is more than amazing! When we arrived in the 3rd start block, there were people dancing in the line, music was being played and everybody was in such a good spirit. The sky was pitch black, there were people dressed up, and there was amusement every where. I misjudged Stockholm’s hills, which were heavy, but what an amazing run it was. There were so many supporters and even though I’m slow like a granny, I was always running in a big group of people (yes, sometimes I’m the one running all alone in the back and that sucks).

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I think it was the toughest run I have ever ran, because of all the hills (about 10, okay perhaps there were only 5, but it felt like 10) but they definitely made up for it with the great atmosphere, entertainment, amazing views during the run and amazing organization. Got you interested? They still have some runs upcoming in Helsinki and Malmö!

With love,
-Janet

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Copenhagen Cooking

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As you could read yesterday, I love food. And Copenhagen is one of the best culinary cities to live in. Why you ask me? There are some amazing restaurants in the city and heaps of culinary events throughout the year.

From the 23rd of August till the 1st September Copenhagen Cooking is back in town, so this means 2 weeks of amazing events. Some take place in restaurants and other are arranged outside in a more food fair style. There are two events that I’m most looking forward to:

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Singapore Street Food Festival

As you might know, my dad was born and raised in Singapore and moved to Holland when he was 21 years old. While he could handle the climate change, he always missed (and still misses) the Singaporean hawker centre street food. If you have ever been to Singapore, you know that even for us Westerners you can easily buy food in Singapore from the street without getting sick (I wouldn’t advice to do this in any other Asian country, unless you have a strong stomach). So while my dad makes Singaporean food when he feels homesick (or whenever I ask him to), I actually miss my dad’s food a lot since I moved to Copenhagen. Singaporean food remembers me a lot to “home” and even when I actually lived in Singapore, I could eat a bowl of laksa (see picture, must be my favorite dish) to get rid of any feelings of homesickness. So you can imagine how THRILLED I am for the Singapore Street Food Festival in the hipster district Vesterbro. I might be the hardest judge, but I’m really looking forward to eat a bite of home!

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Nordic Taste

Another event I am looking forward to is Nordic Taste, during this event several different restaurants, hotels, but also farmers are presenting a small plate of pure heaven. You can buy a 10-dishes clip card and try out everything that looks interesting. I went to this event last year to and while the crowd are mostly consisting of pensionista’s I really enjoyed myself with the food and a glass of wine.

Are there any events you will be joining?

With love,
-Janet

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Paris: Au Passage

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I like food, no I love food. I can eat all day long and there’s always some space for more. So when we were in Paris I actually didn’t have any shopping plans, but was longing for oysters, steak tartare and nice glasses of wine.

And we sure found all of these in Paris’ best kept secret: Au Passage. Au Passage is a typical petite restaurant hidden in a side street of the 3rd arrondissement. It is so hidden, that I actually don’t think you’d ever bump into it without actually looking for it. But it is sure worth searching for!

The boyfriend and I had our best meal ever here (honestly, I dream about this place, it was THAT nice)! They serve small plates to share, which means that you can try a lot of different dishes (and I LOVE this! The more the merrier..) and they serve amazing wine without trying to sell the most expensive bottle. Our waiter actually advised the cheapest bottle of white wine because he fell in love with it and so did we. In general, the staff extremely cool and helpful and everybody spoke well English. But best of all: the restaurant is really really affordable. We ordered 2 glasses of champagne, a bottle of wine, 2 dessert wines, 2 more drinks (yes, we might be alcoholics) and 7 small dishes and we only paid 100 euro (which is really really cheap compared to Danish standards).

In the youtube clip you can see what we ate, they have a lot of seafood (love it!) and while the chef is from New Zealand the food is prepared in a traditional French style. How I miss Paris…

If you’re planning to go to Paris, you definitely have to book a table at Au Passage! Forgot to book a table? After 21.30 they often have some tables free again.

Au Passage
1b Passage Saint-Sébastien
+33 1 43 55 07 52

With love,
-Janet

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Girl Crush: Jeanette Lai Thomas

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Howdy cowboys,

I’m writing a long blog to update you guys about my current life (since the blog has been on a sleeping month for the past weeks). But for now I wanted to share you my latest girl crush!

Pretty much everything about this girl is awesome!! First of all, it’s all in the name. Second of all, from what I could find about her online she was born in Singapore and raised in Hong Kong. I feel an immediate connection with her, since my roots are in those two countries. She lived across the globe to follow her husband around (who works at Nike) and she lived in Amsterdam (!) for a while where she found that her true passion is jewelry. So she started her own jewelry company Moratorium Studios. Her style is quite similar to mine, a bit of tomboy, jeans, t-shirt and a good pair of high heels or boots when she rides her motor. She doesn’t go for hypes, but makes jewelry that is more timeless and symmetric. I’d almost like to say, that she is the cooler version of me 😉

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With love,
-Janet

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