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Four Days in Copenhagen Through Photos

It’s Friday, woohoo! Hopefully you have some fun plans this weekend, whether it’s out and about or staying in and binging your favorite TV show. My weekend is looking pretty low-key, but I am excited for brunch with my girlfriends tomorrow!

I’m popping in today to share the final recap from our Europe trip we took earlier this year. I’m going to switch things up from my previous posts, though, and show you our four days in Copenhagen through photos. Here goes!

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Copenhagen was the sixth and final city we visited before heading back to the United States. We stayed at the Ibsens Hotel, which was perfectly located in Indre By, walkable from everything we wanted to do during our four days in the city.

At this point in our trip we were pretty exhausted, and I remember one afternoon we skipped sightseeing and took a three hour nap because we were just wiped. Luckily, we saved the best for last, and the bed and pillows at the Ibsens Hotel were by far the most comfortable of our trip. After weeks of sleeping on lumpy Airbnb mattresses, it was like a dream falling asleep in that bed every night.

The staff at the hotel were all so incredibly kind and accommodating. They went out of their way to make sure we were happy and had everything we needed. Even housekeeping left cute notes underneath the bed ;-)…

We started each morning with a delicious organic breakfast buffet in the hotel lobby. I loved that the hotel placed an emphasis on quality, local ingredients — just the way we like to eat! Every morning there was an abundance of freshly baked breads (including many whole grain varieties), gluten-free crackers, pastries, cheeses, hard-boiled eggs, homemade jams (even a sugar-free jam!), fresh fruits, deli meats, porridge, healthy granola, fresh-pressed juices, a tea bar, and more!

We went back for seconds each morning. I mean, can you blame us?

In the evening the hotel has “cozy hour” where you can enjoy a complimentary glass of wine or beer downstairs in the lobby. There is also a game room with many different board games that you can play while sipping on your drinks. Such a great way to relax!

The boats and colorful facades in Nyhavn were just as beautiful as I’d seen in pictures (even in the dead of winter). We loved wandering throughout the side streets and little shops in this area.

Copenhagen Street Food was SO much fun! It’s basically a big warehouse with all different style food vendors (Asian, Mediterranean, pizza, beer, etc.) This falafel and eggplant salad was one of my favorite dishes I tried.

If you visit Copenhagen Street Food at night, you can enjoy this view overlooking the river. I’m sure in the warmer months this is a fun place to sit outside and eat, but it was much too cold to do that when we visited.

Travis was really excited to try the beers at Mikkeller. They have locations all over the world, and they recently opened one near us in Downtown Los Angeles.

We made an obligatory stop at Christiania. If you’ve never heard of it, you can read about it here. It wasn’t exactly our scene, so we were in and out in under 5 minutes.

(And yes, I am wearing every layer possible under that coat. Did I mention that it was freezing!?)

Kalaset is a vegetarian-friendly restaurant that was located across the street from our hotel. We loved it so much that we went twice during our four days in Copenhagen.

Their chickpea burger is the best veggie burger I’ve ever had, hands down. It’s served with roasted vegetables and a delicious salsa on a seeded whole grain bun. I’ve tried recreating this burger at home, and I just can’t seem to master the texture. Guess I’ll have to go back to Copenhagen for another one!

The Rosenborg Castle was one of the many old castles we visited throughout our trip.

My favorite room was the Knights Hall, which had the most intricate tiling and decor. If you visit the Rosenborg Castle, make sure you go downstairs to the basement and see the Treasury. It contains marvelous old jewels, crowns, and weaponry.

We had our final meal in Copenhagen at The Union Kitchen. They’re known for their creative meatballs, and it is actually the same restaurant that inspired this Green Curry Chicken Meatballs recipe.

For brunch that afternoon we shared the shakshuka and this grain bowl with lentils, shaved broccoli, onion chutney, pistachios, and a poached egg. Both were delicious! I highly recommend this spot for both brunch and dinner.

We loved our time in Copenhagen, but by the end of our trip we were definitely ready to head back home, see Bessie, and sleep in our own bed. I definitely want to visit again when the weather is warmer so we can check out Tivoli Gardens, rent bikes, and go on a canal cruise. There is so much more to do there!


I received a discounted stay at the Ibsens Hotel, but all opinions are 100% my own. We would immediately return here on our next trip to Copenhagen.


Chicken Meatballs with Green Curry and Apples

When Travis and I were in Copenhagen earlier this month, we had two amazing meals at The Union Kitchen. We stopped in for dinner on our first night, and right away we knew we were in for a good meal because the restaurant was packed! The Union Kitchen is known for their meatballs — they have seven varieties on the menu, ranging from beef and poultry to vegetarian.

Chicken Meatballs with Green Curry and Apples ll thai-inspired and gluten-free ll www.littlechefbigappetite.com

Out of everything we tried at The Union Kitchen, the chicken meatballs in green curry were our favorite. Travis and I sat at the table, trying to detect each ingredient so that we could recreate them at home. After two attempts, I think I nailed them! As with all of my restaurant adaptations, I am sure this version is slightly healthier than the one we had in Copenhagen, but these meatballs are still jam-packed with delicious Thai flavor.

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I urge you not to leave out the cilantro, basil or fish sauce. All three are crucial in adding depth to the green curry. If you don’t already have fish sauce, you can find it at any grocery store in the Asian foods section (and it’s not as weird as it sounds, I promise!).

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Want to know my favorite part about this recipe? Everything is cooked in ONE pot, which makes clean up a breeze! Plus, you don’t have to brown the meatballs first. They cook directly in the simmering green curry sauce, which allows them to soak up the flavor of the broth and ensures they don’t dry out.

We love this recipe, and I know you will, too!


Chicken Meatballs with Green Curry and Apples
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Serves: 4
  • 1 lb. ground chicken*
  • 1 egg
  • ½ cup sliced green onions
  • 2 Tablespoons whole wheat breadcrumbs**
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced and divided
  • 1 Tablespoon ginger, minced and divided
  • 3 Tablespoons green curry paste, divided
  • 2 teaspoons fish sauce
  • ½ teaspoon sugar
  • ¼ cup cilantro, chopped and divided
  • 2 Tablespoons basil, sliced and divided
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground pepper
  • 1 Tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 can light coconut milk
  • 1 cup low-sodium chicken stock
  • 1 green apple, diced
  • 1 lime, juiced
  1. In a large bowl, combine ground chicken, egg, green onions, breadcrumbs, 2 cloves garlic, ½ Tablespoon ginger, 1 Tablespoon green curry, fish sauce, sugar, half of the cilantro, half the basil, ½ teaspoon salt, and ¼ teaspoon pepper. Stir gently to combine. Using wet hands, roll the mixture into 13-15 meatballs and set aside on a large plate.
  2. Heat a large pot over medium heat and add 1 Tablespoon of olive oil. Add the remaining garlic and ginger to the bottom of the pot and stir constantly for 30 seconds. Add the remaining 2 Tablespoons of green curry paste to the pot and stir for an additional 30 seconds. Add the chicken stock and coconut milk and bring to a simmer.
  3. Gently place the meatballs in the green curry sauce, cover the pot and simmer for 15 minutes. Remove the lid, stir the meatballs, and add the diced green apple to the pot. Cover the pot and simmer for an additional 15 minutes. Remove from heat, add the lime juice and remaining cilantro and basil. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Serve with brown rice or rice noodles.
*Can substitute for ground turkey

**Can substitute for gluten-free breadcrumbs

P.S. If you liked this recipe, try my all-time favorite turkey meatball recipe!


Chicken Meatballs with Green Curry and Apples ll thai-inspired and gluten-free ll www.littlechefbigappetite.com