Lined up in café windows, served in specialty restaurants, and packed into their very own lunch boxes, sandwiches are everywhere in Denmark. They're piled high with pickled herring, spoonfuls of sharp horseradish cream, and mounds of fresh shrimp. But forget what you think you know about sandwiches; these guys are in a different class entirely. Allow me to introduce you to Denmark's—and my—favorite meal: smørrebrød.
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This classic Danish open-faced sandwiche features pickled herring with rich butter and dense, tangy sourdough rye bread.
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Thanks to Absolut, I recently had the opportunity to visit Sweden to see vodka-making in action. But a girl's gotta eat in between studying and sipping all things vodka. From rich espresso and open-faced smørrebrød in Copenhagen to crayfish and reindeer in Sweden, here are some of my best bites and sips from my time in Scandinavia.
When drinking in watering holes in the border area between Germany and Denmark you'll often see a tall jar glass filled with rust-colored pickled eggs submerged in a slightly muddy-looking liquid on the table. In Denmark these are called "Solæg" and supposedly originated from the region of Southern Jutland (Jutland being the Danish peninsula connected to Northern Germany).
This week, I'm sticking to the Danish dogs I first talked about a few weeks ago. But this time around, let's move away from the traditional red sausages and on to real hot dogs: logs of meat shoved into a bun and topped with various good stuff.
Hot dogs. Probably the world's most popular fast food, and by far the ruler of Scandinavian street food. The three Scandinavian countries all have their own varieties and local traditions, but they all have one thing in common: They absolutely love hot dogs. From boiled to grilled, with or without condiments, homemade or bought at the local hotdog pusher; Scandinavians jump on every chance they get to grab a dog.
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"The signature of the Danish Hot Dog is the mountain of crispy fried onions—pretty much exactly like the canned French fried onions." [Original artwork: Hawk Krall] Past Weeks' Dogs 24th & Passyunk TruckTexas TommyPhilly Dirty Water DogChicago Dog This week marks the first Hot Dog of the Week outside of North America. Unique hot dog styles are evolving on every corner of the planet. Brazil alone has three or four unique styles. Japan probably invented four new hot dogs while I wrote this article. European hot dog variations are extra fascinating because the dogs themselves are closer to the original German wieners, yet many of the serving styles and toppings are influenced by American hot dog variations. I was thrilled...
Lots of empty beer bottles + lots of extra time + lots of space = beer bottle dominoes. In this video taken at Cafeen in Denmark, hundreds of bottles topple over, seemingly without any purpose, until the end when the last bottle falls over and it turns out it's a Rube Goldberg machine—which still means it doesn't have much of a purpose. But at least it looks cool and makes fun clinking sounds. Watch the video after the jump....