Posted on April 17, 2021
I’ve had this site for more than 10 years. It started out as a blog when I lived in Denmark and was entitled, “An American in Denmark.” I mainly wrote about my experience living abroad and later, when I moved back to the States, I wrote about Scandinavian culture in America.
Feel free to look back at some of my older posts and look forward to new ones in the future relating to marketing communications and PR, and musings on writing and the creativity process.
Welcome to my new website. It’s been a dream in the making for many years. I used to have a website years ago, but I let it expire. I can’t tell you happy I am to present to the world my offerings, portfolio and musings in my blog. It’s been so much fun to put this site together and gather all of my work in one place.
As you can see by my portfolio, it tells a story of the work I’ve done – from press releases to by-lined articles and other marketing and writing work – for a wide variety of companies that I’m so proud to have had the opportunity to write about and represent.
Take a look around and if there’s something you like, tell me!
Looks like Forbes is getting on-board with shopping for Scandinavian design in Copenhagen. The article, “The Top Five Danish Design Shops in Copenhagen,” highlights a few of the design powerhouses around the city. For furniture and other design items, there’s also Paustian, which houses a gourmet Nordic restaurant. I wrote about the design house and restaurant in an article for Copenhagen Exclusive Magazine, which you can read here: cphx_paustian_07.
If you’re looking for Scandinavian design in the U.S., and around the world, or online, you can find some shops listed in the blog, “The 12 Best Places to Find Scandinavian Design.”
Nordsurf’s collection for H&M is based on sustainable and innovative design made with organic cotton and recycled polyester. The collection is available in the U.S.
Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall from the UK’s River Cottage has created a wonderful documentary on Denmark featuring New Nordic food, Danish architecture and sustainability, and the all-important concept of Danish “hygge.” It’s in English, and there are additional episodes on Norway & Sweden as he uncovers what all the hype is about with the recent phenomenon of “Scanimania” led by popularity of crime novels and TV programs including “Nordic Noir” and “The Killing.” Click on the link to watch.
Creamed peas on rye toast from Haute Dish
The New York Times features a number of *new* New Nordic culinary initiatives popping up in the Twin Cities.
Read the article here: A Return to Nordic Roots
“The Bachelor Farmer is not the only evidence that cooks in the Twin Cities are suddenly embracing Nordic heritage. A glossy new wing of the American Swedish Institute opened in July, with a cafe called Fika that serves top-quality Swedish treats like a smorgas (open sandwich) made from local ingredients, bakes its own sourdough rye bread daily and serves powerful coffee with kladdkaka (sticky chocolate cake) and thumbprint cookies, crusted with chopped almonds and filled with gooseberry, lingonberry or raspberry jam. Izzy’s, a playful, artisanal ice cream shop in St. Paul, has a flavor called Swedish Garden Party: elderflower ice cream with raspberry swirl and crumbled gingersnap cookies. At Haute Dish, a kitschy spot for reworked Midwestern classics, the chef Landon Schoenefeld has transformed the usual horseradish-spiked Scandinavian steak tartare into a composition of hot brioche toast, runny egg yolk, chilled raw beef and a shot of bloody mary.”
Monocle chooses Copenhagen as “most liveable city.”
“World-conquering urban quality of life requires the trickiest of balancing acts between progress and preservation, stimulation and security, global and local. Perfection is unobtainable but Copenhagen is striking one of the best deals right now.” -Monocle Magazine
See video featuring Copenhagen here: http://monocle.com/film/affairs/most-liveable-city-copenhagen/
Summer Scandinavian dessert prepared by Restaurant Mielcke & Hurtigkarl in Copenhagen
When I lived in Denmark, I would often see rhubarb growing in gardens and wild in open spaces. Around mid-summer when in season, stalks of rhubarb would start to appear in grocery stores and be presented in delectable dessert dishes. Many are familiar with mixing rhubarb with strawberries and nowhere in the world have I tasted better strawberries than in the Nordics. Norway is especially famed for their amazing berries due to the long growing season helping to bring out the natural sugars and tartness. Nordic berries are usually much smaller than is typical but they sure do pack a punch. If you’re feeling adventurous and want to try a recipe with just rhubarb, Denmark.dk has published a recipe for rhubarb and merengue that looks pretty tasty.
Another Scandinavian favorite is a simple tangy dessert called koldskål a “cold bowl” filled with buttermilk mixed with eggs, sugar, cream and vanilla and other dairy products such as yogurt or milk. The dish is topped with little vanilla wafers (like Nilla wafers) called “kammerjunkers” and is eaten like a cold dessert soup.
Then, finally, there is Rød Grød Med Fløde or “red porridge with cream,” the most famous one-liner that Danes LOVE to ask foreigners to repeat because it’s so difficult to pronounce. If I had a dollar for every time a Dane asked me to say these words, well, you know the rest. As a dessert dish however, it’s quite smooth and easy to go down. Again, it mixes berries with dairy — strawberries, raspberries, rhubarb, cream and/or milk.
Give these (easy to make) summer treats a try, and take your taste buds for a sweet (and sour) & sublime Scandinavian spin!
Iceland Cinema Online is now featuring the movie, “Reykjavík Revisited,” a documentary film about the Icelandic music scene & its people produced by Slovak Jouranlists Juraj Kovácik and Juraj Kusnierik. “Reykjavík Revisited movie is a wild and colorful mosaic of their encounters with the lively Reykjavík music scene and its inhabitants, shot during and around the windy Iceland Airwaves 2012,” says Icelandic Cinema Online. The film explores the many reasons for the breadth and depth of Icelandic music talent. Some cite the culture, the nature, the weather, a spirit of collaboration and the fact that Reykjavík is such a small, tight community. One person says perhaps it’s because Icelanders just like music and like to have fun. No matter what, this little country produces some pretty special tunes.
Real Life Exp., a short film about, “an atmospheric slice of teen life from up-and-coming Norwegian director Kristoffer Borgli,” courtesy of NOWNESS.com, an independent website of LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, featuring music by Oslo DJ Lindstrøm.