My friend Mark was digging into a salad he had packed. The late-autumn sun was dropping quickly toward the tree line, and with it, the temperature. It began to rain, lightly.
The two of us were sitting up in a blind barely large enough for one of us. Packed in like canned sardines, standing practically chest-to-chest, I was scouting over his shoulder, and he over mine. With a sudden nudge, he pushed the salad toward me, as if asking me to take it. Confused, I chose the wrong instinct: instead of following his prompt, I whipped my head around to catch two hares scurrying across the field behind me. By the time I turned back around to free Mark of the salad, it was too late. He quickly brought his shotgun up to aim, just as the hares disappeared into the tree line.
This was my first time hunting with Mark in over a year, and it was the first time we walked away empty-handed.
I’ve spent some early mornings and beautiful sunsets amidst field and stream with Mark Lundgaard Nielsen. He’s the head chef of Kong Hans Kælder, a Michelin-starred restaurant in Copenhagen about which I’ve written before. He’s also a skilled hunter. And I’ve had the pleasure of accompanying him on a few hunting trips, during which he’s landed fowl, deer, stag, and almost two hares. It has been these road trips, and others I’ve taken through Denmark, on my own or with other friends, that have not only revealed some of the lovelier, quieter corners of Denmark, but have also taught me an incredible amount about Danish history, culture, and tradition.
In my last post, I surveyed the dining scene of Copenhagen. In this post, I take you afield to a few of my favorite places to eat outside the capital city.