Archive for June, 2010

AVENUE SPOT OF THE MONTH: KIND OF BLUE

Wednesday, June 30th, 2010

 

Everything at KIND OF BLUE is designed for your laidback pleasure

When You’re in a Laidback Mood
“Everything here is designed to be laidback,” says owner Claus Ploug of his bar Kind of Blue. The name is inspired by the classic jazz record Kind of Blue by Miles Davis. It defines the mood of the bar, enhanced by the specially designed colour on the walls, and the music chosen by Claus Ploug.

Owner Claus Ploug has selected everything at KIND OF BLUE according to his own taste and definition of quality

“It’s My Ego-trip”
Claus Ploug readily admits that Kind of Blue is his ego-trip. He has selected everything according to his own taste and definition of quality:
The music consists of more than 70 compilations he has mixed himself from his favourite CDs, whether it’s jazz, folk or rock it’s always smooth and laidback.
The decor is either designed especially for Kind of Blue or it’s design classics like the eternally popular Eames shell chairs and the fashionable Jieldé Lamps. The furniture is from Relove, his girlfriend’s show room for vintage furniture, conveniently situated at the back of the bar.
He serves plunger coffee because of the better flavour, and because an espresso machine would make too much noise for the guests to enjoy the music …

The decor at KIND OF BLUE consists of carefully selected design classics like the original Eames shell chairs

Live Music and Events
Check out Claus Ploug’s personal take on the perfect spot for coffee, drinks and music when jazz guitarist Tao Højgaard and friends play live at Kind of Blue during Copenhagen Jazz Festival 2010.
Find more information about Kind of Blue on their fan page on Facebook.

The blue colour on the walls at KIND OF BLUE was especially designed to emphasize the laidback mood

Facts about Kind of Blue
Kind of Blue
Ravnsborggade 17
2200 Copenhagen N
Open:
Monday-Saturday 11 am – Midnight

Kind of Blue is a leisurely six minutes bike ride from Avenue Hotel.

DJ Katrine Ring Recommends: CPH JAZZ FESTIVAL

Tuesday, June 29th, 2010

COPENHAGEN JAZZ FESTIVAL 2010 further heats up the city 2-11 July

Copenhagen Jazz Festival 2010 further heats up the city 2-11 July.
Katrine Ring, resident DJ at Avenue’s popular Yellow Lounge, is an experienced jazz DJ as well. She shares her tips to some of the most interesting events at the festival:

Jazz Dance After Party at JazzHouse
“My partner DJ Tony M from Vibezone and Perry Louis (UK) play in the concert hall, while I play upstairs at Copenhagen JazzHouse on Friday 2 July,” says DJ Katrine Ring.
“It is kind of an after party for the opening of Copenhagen Jazz Festival, and we will be joined by the British dance group JazzCotech Dancers. Those guys have worked with some of the best people in the business, like Jamiroquai, James Brown and Jon Hendricks. It’s their first visit to Denmark, and they are truly awesome.”

Eddie Palmieri Plays Fantastic Dance Music
“I shared the stage with Eddie Palmieri a couple of years ago. He is a super talented musician and he really impressed me,” DJ Katrine Ring continues.
“Eddie Palmieri plays salsa and latin jazz with The Afro-Caribbean All-Stars at Pressens hus on Monday 5 July. They play the NY way and it is great dance music.”

Information and tickets
Find more information about DJ Katrine Ring, Copenhagen JazzHouse and Copenhagen Jazz Festival 2010. Or just chill in Avenue’s pleasant lounge.

DJ Nick the Nightfly Recommends Danish jazz venues

Thursday, June 24th, 2010

DJ Nick the Nightfly came by Copenhagen (and Avenue Hotel) to experience Danish jazz

DJ Nick the Nightfly is known for his love of quality music and his radio programme Monte Carlo Nights. He came by Copenhagen (and Avenue Hotel) to experience Danish jazz leading up to Copenhagen Jazz Festival 2010.
Resident DJ Katrine Ring took Nick the Nightfly out on the town and introduced him to some of her favourite Danish jazz clubs like Copenhagen JazzHouse and Jazzhus Montmartre. Nick the Nightfly will be talking about the high lights of his trip to Copenhagen in his live programme over the next couple of weeks.

DJ Nick the Nigthfly and Copenhagen Jazz Festival 2010
Find more information about DJ Nick the Nightfly, Copenhagen Jazz Festival 2010 or listen to the Nightfly’s compilations in the lounge at Avenue Hotel.

Yellow lounge and barbecue in the summer night

Thursday, June 17th, 2010

Happy guests enjoyed the avenue feeling and the beautiful summer night on Avenue’s patio on Wednesday 16 June.

Bar Manager Kenneth greeted guests with his own exotic concoction Avenue Oriental Style, while chefs Marie and Thomas grilled organic pork and flounder on the patio.

Guests lounged on the comfy sofas on the patio enjoying summery Italian rosé wine…

…refreshing organic wheat beer…

…selected delicacies from the Danish summer crop.

Chef Thomas worked as quick as lightning to restock popular delicacies like green pea dip with twist-breads, pearl barley salad with green asparagus and tomato salad with pickled red onions…

…and to finish: Danish strawberries galore with double cream. Only available in the very short summer season the Danes insist that no other strawberries compare.

DJ Peer Kaae created the mood with classical ear hangers, while soloist Andreas Birk delighted guests by playing Bach on his favourite instrument, the viola.

Søren from iCycle let adventurous guests try Avenue’s new electric bikes ensuring them fair wind on the city’s competitive bike paths.

Yellow Lounge will be back in August.

Find more information about the classical DJ sessions Yellow Lounge, the innovative electric bikes from iCycle or future events at Avenue Hotel.

copenhagen is the 2nd most liveable city in the world

Tuesday, June 15th, 2010

  

"Copenhageners are still studiously at work transforming their city into the people's metropolis," writes lifestyle bible Monocle in their July/August issue

“Copenhagen sets the standard for low-emission urban living,” writes the lifestyle bible Monocle in their yearly ranking of the Top 25 Cities to Call Home. For the second year in a row Monocle ranks Copenhagen as the 2nd most liveable city in the world.  

Monocle elaborates: “Copenhagen’s community-focused architecture coupled with the Danes’ civic commitment to looking after one another and their unyielding bicycle-obsession are all reasons why this city always ranks so high. It doesn’t hurt that the city is also home to 13 Michelin-starred restaurants, including Noma.” 

Find more information about the highly respected lifestyle magazine’s 2010 Quality of Life Survey of the world’s best cities to live in when the July/August issue hits the newsstands on 17 June.
Or have a sneak peak … 

Photo: Wonderful Copenhagen

Yellow Lounge and Barbecue on the Patio

Monday, June 14th, 2010

Enjoy the avenue feeling when DJ Peer Kaae mixes classical earhangers at Yellow Lounge on the patio on Wednesday 16 June from 6 pm. Soloist Andreas Birk from The Royal Danish Academy of Music will join Per Kaae performing live on the viola, his favourite instrument.

Chefs Marie and Thomas will prepare a tasty barbecue with selected delicacies from the Danish summer crop:
- Green pea dip with little twist-breads
- Sticks with pork marinated in wheat beer and lovage
- Fish en papilotte with fennel and dill butter
- Pearl barley salad with cucumber, green peas  and green asparagus
- Tomato salad with red currants, pickled red onions and parsley
- Selection of home-baked Danish breads
- Danish strawberries galore with double cream

To be enjoyed with refreshing organic wheat beer and summery Italian rosé wine.

DKK 225 per person, all inclusive

Book your table for Wednesday 16 June from 6 pm at + 45 35 37 31 11 or info@avenuehotel.dk

Our June Treat for You is a Flavourful Organic Wine

Saturday, June 12th, 2010

June Treat

“Weingut Klumpp is one of the new stars on the German wine scene,” our wine supplier Barrique tells me.

Barrique always seems to get it right, so the bar staff and I have chosen two of Weingut Klumpp’s most flavourful organic wines as our Treat of the Month for you.

Klumpp Auxerrois 2008 (white)

The Auxerrois scored 87 points in March, 2010 in Vinbladet (The Wine Magazine). They wrote: “Slightly spicy nose, limeish with peach and apple. Creamy, slightly spicy flavour, good body and a creamy aftertaste.”

Klumpp Cuveé No. 1, 2007 (red)

The Cuveé No. 1 scored 87 points in March, 2010 in Vinbladet (The Wine Magazine). They wrote: “Perfumed nose, spiced with pepper, marzipan and dark fruit. Spicy flavour with pepper, good body, mature tannin and a fresh, slightly spicy aftertaste.”

A Speciel Wine Treat in June

As a special treat in June we offer the Klumpp Auxerrois 2008 or the Klumpp Cuveé No. 1, 2007 at:

DKK 55 per glass

DKK 325 per bottle

Find more information about the wine farm Weingut Klumpp (Link: www.weingut-klumpp.com) and about our lounge

Wine offer

(Link: http://www.avenuehotel.dk/avenue-hotel/#/lounge/)

Our June Offer of the Month are Plaids from Missoni

Saturday, June 12th, 2010

We just refurbished our bedrooms with new, luxurious bedspreads from the Italian fashion house Missoni. In the process we fell in love with some gorgeous wool plaids from this master of bold and beautiful colours.
We snapped them up and can offer them at the price of DKK 1,750 in the Avenue Shop. The plaids measure 130 by 190 cm.

Find more information about the Avenue Shop (Link: http://www.avenuehotel.dk/avenue-hotel/#/shop-247/)

Missoni plaids
Avenue shop

vintage kafferiet – avenue spot of the month

Friday, June 11th, 2010

At Vintage Kafferiet you may enjoy home-baked cakes and coffee while you browse for treasures for your home

“Come by on Saturdays if you want to see all the new stuff coming in,” says Natascha Dufour, “or on Tuesdays if you prefer to browse and have a quiet chat.”
Natascha Dufour opened Vintage Kafferiet (roughly translated as the The Vintage Coffe Shop) in January, 2010 and the shop was an instant success with residents and business people in the neighbourhood.

Vintage Kafferiet is like the apartment of your new best girl friend

Black is a Great Colour for Vintage Furniture
“I source most of my furniture from auctions in Sweden,” says Natascha Dufour.
“Then I paint and upholster it myself. The fashionable colour at the moment is black, which luckily looks amazing with the vintage furniture.”
She changes the interior every week, and consciously creates a homely atmosphere with candles an her favourite French chansons.
The furniture shifts quite quickly, and recently a sofa was carried out the door, while there were still guests sitting on it enjoying their coffee. Luckily the guests take this as part of the atmosphere. They just laugh and find somewhere else to sit.

Owner Natascha Dufour creates a cosy atmosphere with candles and personal finds at Vintage Kafferiet

Home-baked Cakes and Drinks with a Conscience
“The cakes are home-baked, says Natascha Dufour, “and I really take pride in serving good coffee.”
She also takes pride in serving other good products: The tea is from Sri Lanka, made by a company which gives back to the local community, and the cold pressed apple juices are from a small farm in southern Denmark.
Vintage Kafferiet is inspired by similar small shops in New York, and hopefully it will inspire you to a visit.

Facts about Vintage Kafferiet
H C Ørsteds Vej 22 A
1779 Frederiksberg C

Opening hours:
Tuesday-Friday 11 am – 6 pm
Saturday 12 Noon – 5.30 pm

Find more information about Vintage Kafferiet.
Vintage Kafferiet is a four minutes bike ride from Avenue Hotel.

get a guided tour of freetown christiania

Tuesday, June 8th, 2010

Freetown Christiania has become one of the most popular tourist attractions in Copenhagen

“Free love, bare breasts and psychedelia,”  was what the jet-setting guides Mr & Mrs Smith were hoping to find when they visited the notorious Freetown Christiania in Copenhagen. Instead they felt more like extras on the film set of sci-fi thriller Mad Max 2…
 

The Christiania bike is a popular mean of transport. The three spots, which symbolize Christiania, have become a strong brand

Get a Native to Guide You
Should you be toying with the idea of visiting Freetown Christiania yourself, you may profit from getting a native to guide you.
The inhabitants offer tours in Danish and English every Saturday and Sunday at 3 pm year round. In the summer time they offer the tours every day at 3 pm. The tours cost 40 DKK  per person.
Alternatively you can have your own private guide for a group of friends or maybe your family.

Find More Information
Find more information about the guided tours of Freetown Christiania, read the rest of Mr & Mrs Smith’s article about their visit to Copenhagen and Avenue Hotel or cozy up in the lounge at Avenue Hotel.
Christiania is two stops by the Metro or a fifteen minutes leisurely bike ride from Avenue Hotel.

Photos: Copenhagen Media Center/Tuala Hjarnø

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