Archive for January, 2010

Yellow Lounge with DJ Katrine Ring

Thursday, January 28th, 2010

DJ and journalist Katrine Ring mixes classical music and modern electronic music at Avenue Hotel

“It feels great to rattle and shake the crown jewels a little bit,” DJ and journalist Katrine Ring tells me as we make ourselves comfortable in the plush sofas in Avenue Hotel’s lounge bar.
She presents classical music in innovative and interesting ways at their Yellow Lounge-sessions every second Wednesday from 8 pm to 11 pm. On alternate Wednesdays the task is performed by her musical partner, DJ and journalist Peer Kaae.

Classical, Electronic and Film Music
“We introduce classical music in new and less pretentious ways,” says Katrine.
The record company Deutsche Grammofon introduced the Yellow Lounge-concept in year 2000.
They wanted to take classical music outside the daunting walls of the concert hall and introduce it to new audiences in alternative and relaxed surroundings. The music could be presented by DJs, live performers, VJs … or at times all three together. The concept spread to cities like Berlin, Vienna and Stockholm, and three years ago Universal Records launched Yellow Lounge in Copenhagen.

Live Classical Performers
“At times we have live music as well, for instance Andreas Birk, a classically trained bass-player, who’ll come by with some of his musical playmates,” Katrine tells me.
“They’ll play everything from tango to jazz to classic but on classical instruments. It’s terrific, as I have to relate to that, and it forces me to rethink how I play my records. I love it!”

Yellow Lounge invites you to chill in front of the open fire at Avenue Hotel

The Atmosphere is Ever so Nice
“We’re lucky to have Avenue Hotel as our base. The hotel attracts a lot of the people whom you’d often classify as ‘the creative class’. They are 30 years+ and are going places with their lives,” Katrine explains.
“Typically the people who come by will be a mix of hotel guests – who often come down from their rooms and sit quietly with a book – and groups of people who come because they know I’m playing. The latter will chat and not hear much of the music but the atmosphere is ever so nice…”.

Come summer, the Yellow Lounge-sessions will move out into the hotel's patio

Yellow Lounge in the Summer Nights
Further to the popular lounge sessions every Wednesday night Katrine and Per are planning together with Avenue Hotel to take the Yellow Lounge-concept into the Danish summer nights on the hotel’s charming patio.
“We’ll have great music and nice barbecues,” says Katrine, “I think quite a few of the locals will be interested in joining us as well …”.
As a local myself I can only say I found the idea of lounging on Avenue Hotel’ wooden deck with the lush bamboo swaying in the summer breeze quite appealing. Actually so appealing that I snuck one of the hotel’s press photos in here to give you an idea of what is to come …

What Music Would You Like to Hear at Yellow Lounge?
Katrine, Peer and Avenue Hotel constantly aim to develop the Yellow Lounge-concept and would like to have your input.
Do you have any special pieces of music or perhaps a special theme for a Yellow Lounge-session you’d like them to consider?
Send your proposals to info@avenuehotel.dk and enter the draw for a copy of Katrine and Peer’s mix-CD ‘theavenuefeeling – Yellow Lounge’.
Replies should be received by 1 March 2010. The winner will be informed directly by e-mail.

'theavenuefeeling' mix-CD conveys the atmosphere of the live Yellow Lounge-sessions

More About Yellow Lounge
“I was like a kid in a candy-store, when Universal Music asked me to mix a CD with music from their amazing archives,” Katrine exclaims.
And even to my untrained ear the mix-CD ‘theavenuefeeling – Yellow Lounge’ conveys the pleasant atmosphere she and Peer aim to create at the live DJ-sessions.
Check out the CD the next time you visit Avenue Hotel or find more information about it and the upcoming live DJ-sessions at Yellow Lounge.

Cool Souvenirs for Your Bike and for Your Kids

Wednesday, January 27th, 2010

“I Love My Brain” the pay-off says on the bike helmet from the company Nutcase.
Andreas William Hansen totally agrees: “You have to be crazy not to use a helmet when you bike around the city.”
He adds, “It’s the one part of your body which cannot be replaced and you cannot live without.”

Andreas William Hansen prefers the classic bike helmet from Nutcase (DKK 499)

One in Three Copenhageners Bicycle to Work
Andreas works part time as a night porter at Avenue Hotel, while finishing his studies in economics and finance. In his spare time he’s a keen mountain biker and he naturally belongs to the group of one out of three Copenhageners who bicycle to work or school.
We’ve gone round the corner from Avenue Hotel to the local bike shop Batak to look for interesting bike accessories to inspire you for the next time you go shopping for souvenirs in Copenhagen.
“The bike culture in Copenhagen makes quite an impact on a lot of our guests,” Andreas tells me.
“Especially the Americans are impressed by our infrastructure. They just don’t have bike lanes like ours back home.”

You can change the cover on the bike helmet from Yakkay (DKK 750)

Fashionable helmets from Yakkay
“I remember when these came out a couple of years ago,” he says about the fashionable helmets from Yakkay.
“They kind of made it OK for everbody to wear helmets, and they are cool as you can actually change the cover if you get tired of it.”

The fashionable Yakkay helmets have replaceable covers

... a teenager would probably go for the graffiti version (DKK 499)

Edgy Graffiti Helmets
Andreas adds: “Personally I prefer the more classic bike helmet from Nutcase but I think a teenager would go for the edgier graffiti version of the helmet.”

The 'I-Bike-CPH'-t-shirt is Andreas' favourite souvenir

Andreas’ Favourite Souvenir
However Andreas’ favourite souvenir is not for sale . It’s an ‘I Bike CPH’-t-shirt, which is part of the window display at Batak.
“The ‘I-Bike-CPH’-t-shirt would make a great souvenir. Also it’s very easy to pack and bring home,” he says.
Store-owner, Martin Batak, politely explains: “It was given to me by the City of Copenhagen to promote Copenhagen as a city of bicyclists.”
He adds, “You are not the first who wants to buy it though.”

The Little Red Roadster is a great gift for kids (DKK 1,099)

Great Gifts for Kids
“That would be a great gift for my niece. She turns three in a couple of days,” Andreas exclaims when he sees the Little Red Roadster from Radio Flyer.
“It reminds me of the little scooter I had, when I was a kid…”.

Claudia Bhimra likes the pretty Bike Cap which keeps the seat of her bike dry (DKK 125)

Gift Ideas for Teenagers
While buying gifts for little kids is a piece of cake, teenagers can be a bit more difficult to please. So I joined forces with Claudia Bhimra (aged 14) and Lucas Bhimra (aged 12) in order to find cool bike accessories for their age group.
“The Bike Cap is quite pretty and it makes a nice change from the plastic bag that most people use to cover their seat, when it’s wet,” Claudia says.

Lucas Bhimra prefers the Cup Holder for hot chocolate (DKK 150)

Lucas Bhimra prefers the Cup Holder for hot chocolate (DKK 150)

Lucas goes for the cup holder: “It’s a great idea that you can have a drink while you bike around the city,” and adds with a sly smile, “I’d probably use it for hot chocolate instead of coffee though.”

What are Your Favourite Souvenirs from Copenhagen?
Did you find a great souvenir last time you were in Copenhagen?
Or at another destination?
Send us your ideas at info@avenuehotel.dk and let us know.
We’ve aquired a couple of the sought after ‘I-Bike-CPH’-t-shirts and we will reward the three best ideas with a t-shirt each, so remember to add whether you’d prefer S-M-L or XL.
Ideas should be received by 1 March 2010. The winners will be informed directly by e-mail.

Copenhagen aims to become the best city for bicyclists in the world

More About ‘I Bike CPH’
The people behind the ‘I Bike CPH-campaign inform us that you can actually buy their popular t-shirts at the information desk at the City Hall in Copenhagen. The information desk is open Monday to Friday from 8.30 am to 4.30 pm. The t-shirts cost DKK 70 and are available in black or white.

All prices are in Danish kroner, inclusive of Danish VAT.
Andreas’ bike is his own, Claudia and Lucas’ bike is a ‘Johnny Loco’ available at Batak.

Cocktail Tastings with Bar Manager Kenneth Christensen

Tuesday, January 26th, 2010

Bar Manager Kenneth Christensen shakes it up at Avenue Hotel

“I love making my guests happy – especially when it’s with a cocktail I’ve composed myself,” Kenneth Christensen tells me. He is the bar manager at Avenue Hotel and has invited me with three friends to join him at one of the hotel’s cocktail tastings.
Further to a keen interest in tasting and developing new flavour sensations for his guests Kenneth Christensen is a certified bartender from the most highly regarded bartender school in Denmark, Barkursus.dk.

Kenneth is a certified bartender and masters the art of flaring

Kenneth has developed the Cocktail Tastings in co-operation with General Manager Mai Kappenberger, and aims to give the participants a good time while expanding their knowledge about liquor and cocktails.

The History of Cocktails
“Basil 8 is currently one of the top ten cocktails in the world’s leading cocktail city, New York,” Kenneth Christensen informs us about the first of the six cocktails he serves.
He goes on to tell the history of the cocktail from its humble beginnings more than two hundred years ago, when it was mostly a question of disguising the poor quality of the liquor, to its current culmination spurred on by Hollywood glamour and television series like ‘Sex and the City’.

Kenneth entertains with anecdotes and party games in Avenue Hotel's lounge

Find Your Favourite Cocktail
“You’ll get to taste six very different cocktails allowing you to find your favourite kind of liquor,” Kenneth Christensen says as we are lounging in front of the open fire place. As the evening continues he entertains us with anecdotes and little party games. This leads to the final tasting competition which entitles me, as the happy winner, to a goodie bag from Avenue Hotel.

Will Share his Knowledge
Kenneth Christensen loves to experiment and try out new products, trends and tastings. Recently he has been experimenting with the organic Pure Green Vodka, cocktails based on the Japanese rice wine Sake and the sought after ‘Averound the World Cocktails’ tastings, which each time takes the participants to a new country or region. In future he will share his insider knowledge and access to new trends on Avenue Hotel’s Blog. Do join him.

Kenneth will share his knowledge about cocktails with you

What Cocktails Would You Like to Know More About?
Kenneth Christensen, bar manager at Avenue Hotel, will write about new trends, liquors and cocktails on Avenue Hotel’s Blog, and is curious to know what you would like to hear more about:
- New products like the Pure Green Vodka?
- Events at Avenue Hotel like the ‘Averound the World Cocktails’?
- New cocktail trends such as Japanese rice wine, Sake?
- Or something completely different?
Let us know at info@avenuehotel.dk and enter the draw for two free passes to our new ‘Cocktail Course for Beginners’ (Value: DKK 800).
Replies should be received by 15 February 2010. The winner will be informed directly by e-mail.

Have Your Own Cocktail Tasting
If the above has inspired you to participate in a Cocktail Tasting with friends or business associates please find more information about the tastings or send an e-mail to info@avenuehotel.dk

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