Fine mess you’ve gotten yourself into here…

I’m sure there are a few questions.

Where are you going again?

In de Wulf in Dranouter, Belgium will be our first stop. Then we head to Copenhagen, Denmark where I’ll be at AOC and Geranium for a month each. She’ll be at Kiin Kiin and Bo Bech, when it reopens. To finish we’ll spend a week or so wandering around London.

Why Belgium and Copenhagen?”

I just like the style of food and the movement that’s going on up there. Call it New Nordic, call it new natural, call it overly-complicated and too weird. There are many labels to it– none of which I find particularly encompassing of whatever they’re doing up there. They do, however, use methods and products that are very specialized to their region, an ideal I hope to one day integrate into a restaurant of my own. (Whenever that is.) From reading menus and looking at pictures, however, it always looks like there’s an intense, complicated sort of simplicity to the food. I don’t understand it. So I’m going to go find out what the deal is.

A big thing is that they speak English up there. I felt at least it would be useful for me to be able to understand what they’re saying when they yell at me.

How did you get these stages?

Email does great things these days. Offering to work for free doesn’t hurt either.

How are you going to pay for all of this? Don’t cooks make next to nothing?

Yes cooks make next to nothing. It’s not really much of anyone’s business how we pay for this, but I will say that not having a drinking, drug, or gambling habit really helps. Plus, calling my wife frugal would be the world’s biggest understatement. Probably my only vice is eating out, and we cook a lot at home so we can spend money on meals that really count.

How often will you update this?”

I’m not even sure I’ll have internet up there. So this may be it. Fingers crossed though.


About Justin

We cook, and bake at Oxheart Restaurant in Houston, TX.
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6 Responses to Fine mess you’ve gotten yourself into here…

  1. Ruthie J M says:

    Hey Justin — Looking forward to reading about your adventures! Enjoy the ride… Hope to see you again soon!

  2. Diane says:

    Hope y’all are able to upload pics too!

  3. Analog Girl says:

    Bon Voyage – there’ll be more than a few of us going with you in spirit!! Architects starting out made even less than chefs back when I was on that road, and yet I found a way to travel… yep frugal it is but SO worth it. We all make choices. I know you’ll both have a fabulous adventure & I look forward to hearing about it when you’ve time & ability to connect. Warm and safe travel wishes to both of you!!

  4. Kat says:

    Take good care of Karen, now. Or I guess I should be telling Karen to take good care of you.

  5. Mei says:

    i envy you. have fun and post tons of pix!

  6. Lisa says:

    Hahaha, you guys are like us. Haan is the more frugal one. We cook mostly vegetarian at home to save money so we can eat out and have now discovered the great satisfaction of taking home leftover staff feed (to avoid further restaurant-industry waste). Highly recommended.

    Oh, and you should have St John on your list to eat when you go to London. Hell, if it’s February some time, maybe Haan and I will join you 🙂

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