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Candy, candy, candy

Photo: Mette Bassett

Jeg kunne ikke stå for denne fine gammeldags facade, da vi passerede den på Hampstead High Street i går. Mr Simms Olde Sweet Shoppe er indrettet som en gammeldags slikbutik fra 50’erne, og jeg ville bare lige hurtigt kigge ind for at tjekke interiøret og lakridssortimentet. Jeg er ikke kæmpe fan af engelske bolcher og vingummi, da de er alt for søde.  Som dansker har jeg til gengæld en forkærlighed for lakrids af den halv-salte slags. Men det finder man ikke herovre, med mindre man tager en tur ud i IKEA’s butik. Så desperat er jeg heller ikke.

Og hvad ser jeg: krukke efter krukke med saltlakridser, og den søde svenske ekspedient, som udmærket forstod mit saltlakrids-savn, gav mig endda masser af smagsprøver,  så jeg kunne vælge de helt rigtige varianter, som så vejes af og puttes over i en gammeldags brun papirspose. Ren sliknostalgi. Minder mig lidt om min favoritbutik i Nørregade i København, der selv koger deres bolsjer: Sømods Bolcher.

Mr Simms Olde Sweet Shoppe, 9A Hampstead High Street, London. Online shop her.


We were walking on Hampstead High Street yesterday when my eyes were drawn to this old-fashioned facade. I do like me some candy, and being Danish, liquorice of the salty and half-salty kind are among the favourites. But the Brits do not like that at all so you don’t find it in the supermarkets.

So I went in to check out the selection. And to my great surprise they had several jars filled with salt liqourice. The Swedish girl behind the counter understood my craving and let me taste a bit of everything so I could tune in on my favourites, which were then mixed, weighed and put in an old-fashioned brown paper bag. Pure nostalgia. This store reminded me quite a bit of a store in the center of Copenhagen, where they make and sell their own boiled sweets: Sømods Bolcher.

Mr Simms Olde Sweet Shoppe, 9A Hampstead High Street, London. Online shop here.

Photo: Mette Bassett

Romper suits, Hampstead, Pimm’s and a dog named Oscar

I søndags tog jeg hen til et af de absolut smukkeste, grønneste (og dyreste) områder i London for at mødes med to veninder: Hampstead. Det var hammervarmt, knap 30 grader, så det var på tide at droppe det sorte outfit til fordel for noget lyst og blomstret. Jeg rodede lidt rundt i skabet og hev denne korte buksedragt/romper suit frem. Den fandt jeg for mange år siden i en genbrugsbutik i København.

Last Sunday I met up with two friends in one of the most beautiful and greenest areas of London: Hampstead. It was around 28 degrees outside so I decided to ditch the black in favour of something floral and summery. So I dug out a romper suit/onesie that I bought many years ago in a second-hand shop in Copenhagen.

Second-hand romper suit - 2,99 tube top from H&M - old Roxanne Mulberry bag - Chanel cuff - Jellies

Den er i 100% viscose og vildt behagelig på varme sommerdage (dog ikke særlig praktisk, når man skal på toilettet, så den ville aldrig komme med på Roskilde Festival). Jeg er også ret vild med flet-detaljerne på ryggen:

It’s made of viscose and so comfortable (not too practical when you have to go to the loo though). And I really like the woven details on the back:

Vi startede med en lang gåtur rundt i Hampstead Heath, så vi kunne motionere os selv og den søde Cocker Spaniel Oscar, som en af mine veninder passede. Jeg benyttede lejligheden til lidt hunde-nærkontakt af 1. grad.

We started out with a long walk around Hampstead Heath. With Oscar the Cocker Spaniel as one friend was dog-sitting  for her friend who lives nearby. Almost nothing beats quality time with a cuddly dog.

Jeg har læst om de fantastiske badesteder i Hampstead Heath men aldrig set dem. Vi passerede denne, der er til begge køn, og der er to andre: en til mænd og en til kvinder. Især den til kvinder skulle være ret fin, da den ligger uforstyrret bag en masse træer. Det koster omkring 2 pund at hoppe i. Jeg skal helt sikkert have badedragten med næste gang.

I’ve heard a lot about the amazing fresh-water swimming ponds in Hampstead Heath but never seen them up close. Next time I’ll definitely bring my swimsuit. This is a picture of the mixed gender one, but there are two others: one for men only and one for women only. Apparently the women’s pond is very nice as it’s situated in a more secluded and quiet place.

Efter timers vandring havde vi seriøst brug for mad og drikke, så vi satte kursen mod den berømte landevejskro The Spaniards Inn, hvor vi gik ombord i Pimm’s, Cæsarsalat og chokolade-fondants. Den historiske pubs menukort er lille, men maden virkelig lækker og billig og omgivelserne perfekte. Om sommeren kan man sidde udenfor i den hyggelige gårdhave, og om vinteren tænder de op i kaminen. Skal prøves, hvis man er i området.

After having walked for hours in the sunshine we were seriously in need of something to eat and drink. So we headed in the direction of the famous “country pub in the city” called  The Spaniards Inn where we had some Pimm’s, Cesar Salad and yummy chocolate fondants for dessert. The menu is small but their food is lovely and quite cheap and you can sit outside the historic building in the cosy courtyard. They even have a “doggy wash” and 17 different lagers. In the winter they have an open log fire and I can’t think of a better or more idyllic place to “defrost” after a long winter walk.