December 11, 2013

Skankynavia: Swedish Birthday

by Anders Arhoj

Two gay men got married in the early 00’s (yes, that’s right USA, listen and learn from the Danes), spent eight years together, got divorced, and became good friends again after some time. Straight people could also earn learn a thing or two from the gays about post-marital behavior. This fall they chose to combine […]

August 28, 2013

Skankynavia: Countryside Luncheon

by Anders Arhoj

It’s been such a nice summer here in Denmark for a change. After literally 6 months of cold, dark and snowy weather it was finally time for the sun to return to the land of vikings and LEGO. It’s bright from 4 in the morning until 1am = three hours of darkness. Which means everyone is […]

May 15, 2013

Skankynavia: A Portuguese Quickie

by Anders Arhoj

I seriously did not know anything about Portugal and its inhabitants until I set my boot on its shores in May 2013. Well, apart from the story about Columbus and his New World discovery, but it appears there’s debate whether he was actually Spanish instead, so in reality I knew nothing. After three days in […]

March 6, 2013

Skankynavia: Londinium Leisures

by Anders Arhoj

I used to loathe this city when I lived here. That was back in 1998 and I was poor as a peasant poofter pigeon. I went looking for the hip & happening 1990’s London which I’d always dreamt about while listening to BritPop all through high school — the city of Blur, Oasis, Suede, Elastica […]

October 3, 2012

Skankynavia: L’Etoile

by Anders Arhoj

A new cocktail bar opened in Copenhagen in the spring of 2012. The creation of the bar had been in the making for years. The owner is a friend of mine, who is an impressively ambitious and creative entrepeneur building bars around town with finesse and style. As soon as he mentioned the theme of […]

September 12, 2012

Skankynavia: California Workin’ + Chowin’

by Anders Arhoj

In the spring of 2012 I suddenly felt the urge to not spend a depressing summer in Copenhagen. Previous years had been a mixed pleasure of monsoon rain, heavy floods, grey skies and Antarctica beach temperatures. I seriously needed a shot of California. Coincidentally the ever food-obsessed Umami Mart team decided to open a shop […]

August 29, 2012

Skankynavia: California: Fast Food Frenzy!

by Anders Arhoj

I spent my summer of 2012 in California, my favourite place in the world — after my couch (ok, maybe Japan comes in as a close second). It was a pure blast, from the moment I landed, designed and help build out the Umami Mart shop, just to get on the plane again a month […]

May 23, 2012

Skankynavia: Brass Monkey (CPH)

by Anders Arhoj

A few months ago, I designed a ceramic mug shaped like a monkey’s head, for rum-based cocktails… and no, it wasn’t for selling in stores. I don’t think it would be very consumer-friendly. Yet it had a purpose — the only tiki bar in Copenhagen, Brass Monkey had approached me to design a cup for their drinks. […]

May 9, 2012

Skankynavia: Munchin’ Thru Mallorca

by Anders Arhoj

Tourists and tapas. Two things in this world which I am not a big fan of. Why then, would I go to Mallorca? The infamous Spanish tourist trap of an island, overrun by chubby European expats from the 1960’s and forward. Cardboard hotels, hoards of purple-haired 65 years old suburban working class wives smoking in […]

March 28, 2012

Skankynavia: Rye Bread Layer Cake (FAIL)

by Anders Arhoj

So this weekend I was having a few people over for a potluck birthday party and I took it upon myself to make the dessert. A long time ago I remembered making a super delicious rye bread layer cake — crunchy, fresh and sweet with raspberry cream–but I couldn’t find the old recipe so I […]