Today we here from our student Sam from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Sam shares his thoughts on the food in Denmark along with some mouthwatering photos. Thank you, Sam!
One of the most noticeable things for me about this trip has been the food. Danish eating culture is noticeably different from the culture in the U.S. I have noticed this in what and when we have been eating, but also by talking to our Danish hosts. The first thing that I noticed was the difference in timing that the danes eat. As opposed to the U.S., where mostly eating is just something that we do when we have time, eating in Denmark is more thoughtfully placed. Here, families find a purposeful time to eat every day, often earlier in the evening than we are used to in the U.S. Meals are eaten as a group, creating a sense of community and closeness.
Additionally, the food here is also different. The food in general, with certain exceptions, has been bland and dry. The bread is generally good, but the rest of the food is barely seasoned, or has a very limited number of flavors. Some of us have been able to find restaurants with good food on our own, but it has mostly been food that is in small and unique restaurants. Going out and finding the small niche places that have interesting menu options and smell good has become one of my favorite parts of exploring the city.
Copenhagen is a city that is known for having expensive good food. I have found that there are some options at a lower price range, especially if you are willing to venture into street food. Between the small cafes and open air markets, Copenhagen's rich street life is fueled by good food, just as long as you know where to look.
Thank you, Sam, for your honest assessment of the food you are finding!