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Colors on the road

I was travelling up on the northern part of Denmark.

There were quite less people than in other cities all the colors that i could see was mostly green green and blue.

Then i was passing by a little town, i had to stop to see this brilliant shoe house.

 

It is not in Netherland, It is in Denmark!

 

Full of colors, living with shoes

 

Handmade candy Yam…

 

Chocolate (and other delicious) Pizzas

A Copenhagen bakery in a gritty part of town has added ten gourmet pizzas to its menu, including a chocolate and sea-salt pizza

“Travelling was my biggest inspiration,” explains Laura’s Bakery founder Kristian Vangsgaard. “The Americans – especially the Californians – have taken great Italian pizza recipes and made them better. Now we’re giving those recipes a Danish twist.”

In the very heart of Copenhagen’s gritty Nørrebro district, Laura’s Bakery is nestled amongst grungy bars, halal butchers, florists and a Middle Eastern greengrocer. Yet its graffiti-covered concrete façade and large polished windows blend in nicely, as if the row of buildings has been crying out for something different for decades. The pedestrianised street just off the busy Nørrebrogade is a thrive of activity, especially in the evenings when groups of young men and women sit and socialise outside, wrapped in warm blankets and nursing mugs of steaming hot coffee. Not a single outdoor heater is to be found anywhere.

Lauras Bakery, Copenhagen, København, Nørrebro, Mad, Food, Restaurant, Photography by Matthew James, Freelance Photographer, selvstændig fotograf

It’s a far cry from the bakery’s flagship store at the popular indoor market Torvehallen, where food lovers from across Denmark stop by to taste some of the country’s best cuisine and fresh produce. To have a stall here is perhaps one of the highest honours that a local food outlet can possess. So why setup shop anywhere else?

“There’s a certain Brooklyn magic here in Nørrebro,” Kristian tells me.

“We’ve got a great mix of artists, politicians and cool people living and operating in the area. It’s a very different crowd.”

But the bakery in Nørrebro has a trick of its own up its sleeve: a brand new chocolate, almond and sea-salt pizza.

“Even our previous chef thought it was a mad idea and didn’t want to be a part of it until he tried it,” says Kristian. And when Sicilian head chef Giuseppe Oliva joined the team later, he wasn’t crazy with the idea, either. “It’s my face customers see whilst their pizza is being made,” he told me. But after three or four tweaks with the ingredients, both chef and manager were pleased with the final results.

Photography by Matthew James, Lauras Bakery, Copenhagen, København, Nørrebro, restaurants, food, mad, freelance photographer, selvstændig fotograf,

The idea to include pizzas in the bakery’s daily routine came to Kristian after watching the usual ebb and flow of customers throughout the day.

“People tend to come in early for pastries and coffee, followed by sandwiches and melts at lunchtime. Maybe they swing by later for a cake or two to take home after work, but that’s pretty much it for the day.

“We wanted to utilise the space that we have and make the most of it. Why slow down, we thought?”

So from 5pm onwards, the bakery now serves ten unconventional pizza recipes, including a popular parmesan, artichoke, lemon and olive pizza, known as the Sicilian Spring (see below for a taste guide).

There are three sour doughs to choose from – rye, full grain and classic wheat – and all are left to prove for two nights. And to help customers who aren’t fond of the crusts, Giuseppe coats them in olive oil to make them crispier and tastier.

“It’s something that I certainly appreciate,” says Kristian with a smile.

Photography by Matthew James, Lauras Bakery, Copenhagen, København, KBH, CPH, restaurants, food, mad, freelance photographer, selvstændig fotograf, nørrebro

The interior of the bakery has also been well designed and is based on Kristian’s love of travelling. The blend of concrete worktops with wooden tables, Kristian informs me, is to help strengthen a Brooklyn / French ambience.

As a businessman, Kristian admits to having tried several different projects over the years, but his passion has always been with food.

“I have fond memories of being in the kitchen with my mother as she cooked. That’s probably why I care so much about food. All our ingredients are Scandinavian-sourced from either Denmark or Sweden and both the milk and coffee beans that we use are organic. It’s something I’m extremely proud of.”

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Handbag Marketing Chief needed

A Danish job vacancy website has published a tongue-in-cheek position for an Animal Skin Handbag Marketing Chief. The bags allegedly contain skin from Marius the Giraffe, as well as recently killed lions and other endangered species.

Whoever said that Danes don’t have a sense of humour?

The opening line reads, “Are you fond of animals and are you a strong marketing talent who can sell fashion products manufactured by some of the world ‘s most exotic breeds? Then join us from the start, when we launch Marius’ bag collection.”

The announcement goes on to read, “Since early 2014 we have continuously put animals aside for other purposes and you will now have the opportunity to play a key role in our bag collection produced by, amongst others, a giraffe, lions, and the white handed gibbon.

“The collection will be sold in leading lifestyle stores as well as at special stalls set in front of the surviving animals’ cages at the zoo.”

The fake job vacancy on jobindex.dk comes immediately after Copenhagen Zoo caused worldwide controversy after killing a giraffe named Marius, as well as four lions, including two healthy cubs.

Despite citing genetic issues and breeding programmes, members of the international public failed to support the zoo’s decisions and many blogs and websites expressed disgust and outrage. Many Danes, on the other hand, failed to see what the problem was when the news went viral around the globe.

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The job posting on jobindex.dk.

The unnamed zoo’s director is quoted as saying, “”We hope that the Danes will welcome the new products. The zoo wants to show how exotic animals can be used for anything other than Sunday outings and breeding programs. And we are very pleased that nothing goes to waste when these noble beasts make wooden shoes.” Products made of turtleshell and lion’s shoulder are promised for the near future.

The cheeky advert, which was published on April Fool’s Day, will no doubt remind genuine job-seekers of Copenhagen Zoo. Marketing experts, zoologists and trained butchers are encouraged to apply immediately.

Sandormen in Skagen

nothing but the ocean, sand and wind, the incredible scenic view

Keeping fit through winter

Last summer I was asked to take some photos for Crossfit Copenhagen in exchange for three free months of training. I’d never seen what goes on inside a crossfit centre and when I arrived for the first photo shoot I was quite literally sweating just watching them (this was probably the weather, though). I liked the idea of team training for motivation and it certainly looked like hard work, so I signed up to start on August 1st.

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The centre just off Vesterbrogade was the closest and most convenient for me, and I arrived for my first session at 7am that morning. Training that early did mean that I had to get up and eat breakfast immediately at 6am, but with the early sunrise and the 15 minute bike ride in to town the whole experience was pretty awesome actually.

We warmed up for a few minutes and then received a briefing about which exercises we would be doing over the next 50 minutes. And with our personal trainer present throughout, we were all helped to correct our form when lifting weights and attempting our 100th sit-up.

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The biggest difference with crossfit is that there are no machines – you simply use your body to become one. It means that the last 20 minutes are pure hell, as you do a circuit of burpees, pull-ups, squats and all sorts of crazy cr*p. Occasionally a rowing machine was used or a kettle-bell, but all in all it was pure body sculpting with just what your God gave you.

After a quick shower and some fruit, I arrived at Copenhagen Language Center shortly before 8:30am feeling totally awake and energetic. It was well noted, too.

After three months of attending Crossfit Copenhagen classes just three times a week, my body had changed an unbelievable amount. In the past I had trained to run marathons and religiously attended a gym for meat-heads four to five times a week (using legal supplements at the same time), but this was the first time I had trained for such a short amount of time and seen such a huge difference. I was impressed.

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Now it’s winter and so much harder to get up when the alarm goes off, even at 7:30! Keeping fit after Christmas and New Year is top of many people’s agenda, but doing so is an entirely different matter. It’s cold, dark and depressing out there – which is why regular exercise is even more important. To keep your mind healthy, your body often needs to lead the way.

Which is why I’ve decided to inspire some of you with my ‘Before & After’ shots. I was a little apprehensive about publishing these as I find them über embarrassing, but in the true spirit of journalism I’m going to back up my article with visual proof.

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Me on the left before training with Crossfit, and me three months later on the right. Check out the belly.