The Happiness Inquiry

A teacher's quest to cultivate happy habits in her students

9: Finding Your Element


On Sunday night, Greg and I had by far our most delicious meal out since arriving to Denmark (two weeks as of tomorrow, btw!). 

We ate at L’Estragon, which a local recently told us meant snails, but according to the online dictionary means tarragon. In any case, we ate neither that night, but we did have the following:

-an opening course of raw whitefish caught locally with sweet peas and seared apples. Man, was it refreshing!

-a second course of pureed carrots with shaved carrot on top, as well as currants, cottage cheese, rhubarb and other delicious items I can’t recall


-my favorite: a generously-seasoned roasted tomato-chili soup garnished with mussels…mmm…I want to try and recreate this one at home. It was so delicious I forgot to photograph it, but no regrets.

-the tenderest steak with braised mushrooms and buttered new potatoes


-dessert: panna cotta with fresh berries

I actually never saw a menu, since we signed up for the special Sunday night 5 course menu and no decisions needed making. I admit, it’s times like these I’m so grateful neither of us have a single known food allergy or dietary restriction. Beyond that, we’ll eat just about anything the Western world will offer us (I don’t claim to be adventurous when it comes to trying insects, organs, and other foods you might find on a reality tv show).

The part that really stunned us at the end of our delicious meal? The realization that this entire culinary affair was conducted by merely two individuals; Vibeke on food and Janek on service, though were was some degree of role-reversal, which was even more impressive. They must have an amazing system down, because they didn’t miss a beat and everyone around us seemed quite pleased with the extensive sequence of plates. So today I dedicate my post and my gratitude to them, Vibeke and Janek, supreme examples of two human beings who seem to have found their element or who in any case, possess a true talent for their work. It is such a gift to be amongst real pros, you know? 

At the very end of the evening, when our excellent hosts bask in the fruits of their labor on the patio each with a plate. I love the lack of pretension or concern with appearances.

At the very end of the evening, our excellent hosts basked in the fruits of their labor on the patio each with a plate. I love the lack of pretension and the willingness to relax publicly after a job well done. We should all be so down to earth. 

Author: henrykat

I am a middle school special education teacher in Chicago. I was fortunate enough to receive a Fund for Teachers grant that allows me to spend a month in Denmark, considered to be the happiest place on earth. I hope to use my experience to inspire my students to make choices that will increase their personal sense of well being.

6 thoughts on “9: Finding Your Element

  1. Love!! Keep living it up and enjoying every bite of life! 🙂

  2. That steak looked delicous! And that panna cotta sounded so sweet!

    • It definitely was an awesome piece of meat! Let’s have a cooking night when I come visit in a couple of weeks! Start thinking about what you may want to make. 🙂

  3. The food looks great there! Did you like all the food they gave you?

  4. I really did! Luckily, I’m not a picky eater at all, so long as the food isn’t suuuper spicy. 😛

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