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Blank Slate Tea: 121 Madison Ave, NY 1001

Hvis jeg siger, lyserødt tea room, så er det en ret god beskrivelse af Blank Slate Tea. En lille lyserød cafe på Madison Ave. Den har en høj faktor cuteness og er meget girly. Det er et af de meget instagramvenlige steder, som jeg egentlig godt kan få lidt nok af. Hvor der kan være tendens til, at have mere fokus på omgivelserne og præsentationen af maden, end hvordan maden faktisk smager. Men der var noget, som tiltrak mig til stedet. Jeg elsker te og jeg går aldrig af vejen for at prøve en ny slags. Blank Slate havde en rosen te latte, som jeg bare måtte prøve. Efter jeg fik fri fra jobbet fredag, slog jeg et sving om den lille cafe for at spise frokost.

Stedet er virkeligt fint, cute og gennemført. Jeg var vild med rosen te latte, der var toppet med tørrede rosenblade. Et ret fint alternativ til en chai latte. Naturligvis ikke med samme spice og bid som en chai, men virkelig god på en mere mild måde. Desuden er jeg generelt glad for bagværk med rosensmag. Specielt hos franske bagere, finder man flødekager med smag af rosenblade – en himmelsk mundfuld. Derudover prøvede jeg deres avocado toast, som var ganske fin, men ikke den bedste jeg har fået. Vaflen med blåbærcreme var til gengæld ganske lækker i både konsistens og smag.

Jeg tænker, at jeg sagtens kunne finde på tage forbi det lille lyserøde spot en anden gang. Mest af alt for en kop med rosenblads te latte og gerne i selskab med en veninde. Det er så absolut det perfekte sted at holde en afternoon tea med: sandwiches, kager og scones.

Translation:

If I say pink tea room, then it is a pretty good description of Blank Slate Tea. A small pink cafe on Madison Ave. It has a high factor of cuteness and is very girly. It is one of the very instagram-friendly places, that I can sometimes get a little enough of. Where there may be a tendency to have more focus on the surroundings and the presentation of the food, than how the food actually tastes. But there was something that attracted me to this place. I love tea and I always want to try a new kind. Blank Slate had a rose tea latte, which I just had to try. After I got off the job on Friday, I stopped by the little cafe to have lunch.

The place is really nice, cute and well done. I loved the rose tea latte, which was topped with dried rose petals. A pretty nice alternative to a chai latte. Of course not with the same spice and bite as a chai, but really good in a more mild way. In general I love pastries with a rosy flavor. Especially the French bakeries, are masters of making cream cakes with the taste of rose petals – a heavenly mouthful. In addition I tried their avocado toast, which was quite good, but not the best I ever had. The waffle with blueberry cream, on the other hand, was quite delicious in both consistency and taste.

I think that I could easily find myself stopping by the little pink spot some other time. Most of all for a cup of rose tea latte and preferably in the company of a girl friend. It is definitely the perfect place to have an afternoon tea with: sandwiches, cakes and scones.

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Glædelig jul allesammen! Jeg tjekker lige ind her hurtigt, for at ønske jer alle en god jul. Klokken er kun 10 om morgenen her i New York, så vi skal til at spise lidt morgenmad. Ellers står min dag på, at lave mad til hele Sams familie. Det bliver ikke en helt traditionel julemiddag, mere en nordisk tapas. Jeg skal blandt andet lave flæskestegssandwich, and og brun kartofler. Og så skal jeg naturligvis spise en masse af min yndlings juleslik. I morgen holder vi amerikansk jul, hvilket også bliver vildt hyggeligt!

Hav de bedste juledage <3

Translation:

Merry Christmas everyone! I’m just checking in quickly, to wish you all a Merry Christmas. The 24th of December is the day where us Danes celebrate Christmas. It’s only 10 o’clock in the morning here in New York, so we’re going to have some breakfast now. Otherwise, my day is being spent cooking for Sam’s family. It will not be a completely traditional Danish Christmas dinner, more a Nordic tapas. Among other things, I am making crispy pork roast sandwiches, duck and caramelized potatoes – all Danish specialties. And of course I am going to eat lots of my favorite Danish Christmas candy. Tomorrow we will be celebrating American Christmas, which will also be very cozy!

Have the best Christmas days with your loved ones <3

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Jeg elsker julen og dens traditioner! Det er netop traditioner og hyggen, som gør julen helt speciel, i min optik. En af de ting jeg nyder allermest i december måned er at pynte op og gøre hjemmet ekstra fint og julet. Det er så rart at gøre lidt ekstra ud af indretningen, end jeg får gjort resten af året. Lige så meget som jeg elsker det traditionelle ved julen, så kan jeg godt lide lidt utraditionelt og skævt julepynt. Noget som ikke har de gængse røde og grønne farver, eller små nissefigurer til eksempel. I stedet har jeg valgt at pynte op med elementer fra naturen og sjove anderledes julekugler. Jeg fandt på at hænge en gren op, som vi fandt i skoven. Det blev årets juletræ – en ret nem og fin ide, når man ikke har så meget plads i stuen.

De smukke grene med de røde bær har holdt nærmest hele december og jeg har matchet dem, lidt utraditionelt, med en blomstret vase, det gav et ret fint udtryk, synes jeg. Og jeg har pyntet med lys i pink og blå farver der passede så fint til de spraglede julekugler. Jeg fik ganske vidst kun pyntet op i stuen og ved spidsebordet i år, men det har også været så fint. Næste år tænker jeg at projektet må være at pynte op i hele lejligheden.

Jeg håber at I nyder juledagene? Selv er jeg gået på juleferie i dag og det føles så lækkert og tiltrængt.

Translation:

I love Christmas and its traditions! It is precisely traditions and the cosiness that make Christmas special, in my opinion. One of the things I enjoy most in the month of December is to decorate and make the home extra pretty and Christmassy. It is so fun to do a little extra with decor, than what I do the rest of the year. As much as I love the traditions around Christmas, I like my christmas decor to be a little untraditional and different. I like to use something that does not have the usual red and green Christmas colors. Instead I have chosen to decorate with elements from nature and quirky glass ornaments. We hung a branch from the ceiling, which we found in the forest Upstate. The branch was this year’s Christmas tree – a pretty easy and cool idea when you do not have a lot of space in the living room.

The beautiful branches with the red berries have kept fresh almost all of December and I have matched them, a little unconventional, with a floral vase, it gave a pretty cool expression, I think. And I have decorated the apartment with candlesticks in pink and blue colors that fit so well with the funky Christmas ornaments. I only decorated the living room and the dinning table this year. Next year I think the project will be to decorate the whole apartment.

I hope you’re enjoying the Christmas Days? I finally started my Christmas holidays today and it feels so good and much needed.

WINDBREAKERZARA, JEANSMONKI, BOOTSZARA

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Er I ved at være klar til jul? Har I fået købte de sidste gaver, lavet konfekt, været til julefrokoster eller hvad, der ellers høre sig til her til jul? Jeg er så godt som klar og skal bare have overstået de sidste par arbejdsdage, og så går jeg på juleferie på fredag! Det glæder jeg mig til. Julen i år bliver holdt Upstate New York, sammen med Sams familie, så vi kører derop på lørdag. 

Et element jeg rigtig godt kan lide i et outfit er streetwear eller en form for sporty vibe, om man vil. Derfor var jeg også ret vild med denne her anorak lignende sag, som gav mig lidt associationer til Isabel Marant, der har lavet en meget pæn anorak, sidste sæson, mener jeg det var. Farverne og det metalliske stof, giver det sporty udtryk en smule glam og eksklusivitet. Jeg havde stylet dem med et par jeans og mine yndlings boots for tiden. Det føltes som et rart og chill weekend outfit.

Jeg har planlagt nogle flere indlæg her i løbet af ugen. Lidt mere jul og  så en anbefaling til en meget fin og lyserød cafe. Stay tuned ladies!

Translation:

Are you getting ready for Christmas? Have you bought the last presents, baked some Christmas cookies, the yearly holiday party, or what else is going on this close to Christmas? I’m as good as ready and just have to work these last couple of days, and then I go on Christmas break on Friday! I’m looking forward to it. I’m spending Christmas this year Upstate New York, along with Sam’s family, so we’ll drive up there on Saturday.

An item I really like in an outfit is streetwear or some kind of sporty vibe. That’s why I am loving this windbreaker, which is giving me serious Isabel Marant associations, she designed a very gorgeous anorak last season, I think it was. The colors and metallic fabric gives the sporty expression a bit of glamour and exclusivity. I had styled it with a pair of jeans and my favorite boots for the time being. It felt like a nice and chill weekend outfit.

I have planned some more posts here during the week. A little more Christmas and a recommendation for a very nice and pink cafe. Stay tuned ladies!

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Noget af det hyggeligeste ved december er søndagene med advent. Der kan man bruge tiden på at komme lidt ned i gear, spise æbleskiver og drikke gløgg. Og tænde adventskransen ikke mindst! Jeg synes altid, det er sjovt at lave juledekorationer af den ene og den anden slags. Gerne med gran, blomster, mos og andre ting fra naturen. I år havde jeg da også sat mig for, at lave en fin adventskrans.

Valget var faldet på en tørret hortensia blomsterkrans, det havde jeg set mange steder, og synes det var så fint. Desværre havde jeg store besværligheder med at finde hortensia i New York, da det lige som synes, at være blevet uden for sæson. De var ikke til at finde hos min lokale blomstermand, så da jeg havde travlt på arbejdet, sendte jeg Sam på jagt efter blomsterne. Han var nemlig Upstate, så mon ikke han kunne finde dem deroppe. Det viste sig at det kunne han, efter noget søgen. Jeg var glad og tilfreds, da jeg endelig havde fingrene i blomsterne, og havde endda købt en halmkrans i Danmark, til at binde blomsterne om. Meget ambitiøst, I know. Jeg havde læst mig til, at man enten kunne tørre blomsterne på forhånd, eller binde dem friske og lade dem tørre på kransen. Eftersom jeg allerede var bagud, gjorde jeg det sidste. Det skulle jeg imidlertidig aldrig have gjort, for blomsterne tørrede ind på en meget grim måde, de lignede små runkne rosiner og holdte ikke farven, men blev brune. Blomsterkransen var slet ikke pæn, farvet og fyldig, som jeg havde set i diverse magasiner og på instagram, haha! Man kunne tilmed se halmkransen igennem. Det var virkelig et mislykket adventskrans forsøg. Hvad gik der galt? Jeg mistænker lidt, at blomsterne er tørret for hurtigt ind i min varme stue. Måske et køligt skur eller kælderrum, ville have gjort tricket. Næste gang skal jeg ihvertfald tørre blomsterne på forhånd. Måske handler det også om, hvornår blomsterne bliver plukket? Tips modtages med kyshånd, fra blomsterkyndige mennesker, haha!

Heldigvis fandt jeg en hurtigt løsning i form af en stage til fire lys og nogle glaskugler. Jeg synes, det blev ganske fint, omend det ikke lige var den blomsterkrans jeg drømte om. Næste år håber jeg, at have lidt bedre adventskranse-karma, hah! Ihvertfald skal jeg nok være ude i bedre tid.

Jeg ønsker jer alle en rigtig glædelig 3. søndag i Advent, og jeg håber I har haft mere held med jeres adventskrans i år.

Translation:

One of the coziest things about December is Advent Sundays. You can spend time relaxing, eating christmas sweets, and drink christmasy beverages. And of course light the Advent wreath! Let me just explain a bit about the Advent tradition, which is a Danish and Scandinavian tradition. Every Sunday leading up to the 24th and 25th of December, we celebrate Advent in Scandinavia. We do this by lighting a candle each Sunday. On the fourth Sunday of Advent all four candles are lit in the Advent wreath or decoration. This used to be a celebration of Christ, but in the modern Scandinavia today, it’s more a question of tradition than it is about faith and Christianity. Most people in Denmark are not particularly religious anymore. I always love to make Christmas decorations of one kind or the other. I often use pine branches, flowers, moss and other things from nature to create my decorations. This year I had also planned on making an advent wreath.

I wanted to make a beautiful dried hydrangea flower wreath. I had seen these dried flower wreaths many places and thought it looked so pretty. Unfortunately, I had great trouble finding hydrangea in New York, as it seems to be out of season. They were not available at my local flower shop anymore, so when I was busy at work, I got Sam to search for the flowers. He was Upstate, so maybe he could find them up there. It turned out that he did find them. I was so happy when I finally had my hands on the flowers, and I had even bought a straw wreath in Denmark to tie the flowers around. Very ambitious, I know. I had read that you could either dry the flowers in advance, or tie them freshly onto the wreath, and then let them dry directly on there. Because I was already behind, I did the last thing. However, I should never have done that, because the flowers dried in a very ugly way, they ended up looking like small dried up raisins, and the flowers did not hold the color, but became brown. The flower wreath was not at all neat, colorful and voluminous, as I had seen in various magazines and on instagram, haha! You could even see the straw wreath through the flowers. It was really a failed advent decoration attempt. What went wrong? I suspect that the flowers dried too quickly in my warm living room. Maybe a cool shed or a basement would have done the trick. Next time, I have to dry the flowers in advance. Maybe it is also a matter of when the flowers are picked? I would love to receive some flower drying tips from you people, haha!

Fortunately, I found a quick solution in the form of a candleholder and some glass ornaments. I think it was a pretty good solution, although it was not the flower wreath I had dreamed about. Next year, I hope to have a little better advents wreath karma, hah! In any case, I’ll do it earlier next year.

I wish you all a really happy 3rd Sunday of Advent, and I hope you’ve had more luck with your advent wreaths this year.