If there is something that is ultra Danish, it must be "hygge". Perhaps best translated into "cosiness". If you live in a warm climate, you will probably have your own version with a barbecue and cold drinks with friends, or a good book in a hammock. But in Denmark you must work with and make the best of the cold and the long, dark months, with candles, hot beverages and good food, or whatever rocks your boat. It is about setting the mood, combining as many of your favourite things as possible.
Last night I caught a heavy dose of hygge in Harbo Bar, the local family run joint in my neighbourhood. The girls from the band Er De Sjaeldne performed a mini concert, and the in house cup cake queen had created a special batch for the occasion. Let me tell you... this girl had handmade the bands trademark tiny bird footprints in milk chocolate, on a piece of baking paper, peeling them off one at the time, to decorate the coolest cup cakes I have ever seen. And they fit both the bar, the band and the mood perfectly. I wanted to make a real sound bite for you, but I don't know how to yet, so you will have to make do with the recycled material in the video below. Now imagine we are all hanging out, eating blue cup cakes and listening to dreamy music. That is hygge for you.
Er De Sjaeldne on myspace.