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An Intimate Look Inside A Danish 7-Eleven

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After more than 12 hours flying, fellow writer Sean and I landed in the Copenhagen Airport in Denmark for a recent press trip. As Sean beelined straight towards the nearest restroom, I wandered around the terminal.

Wide-eyed and in a brand new country for the first time, I spotted an entire 7-Eleven condensed into a corner of the airport.

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While the 7-Eleven did have many recognizable snacks for us to feast on, there were many things we’ve never seen before that we’d never see back home. At least not inside a US location.

My stomach rumbling and my phone just as eager to capture these treats, I capture some of the most delicious looking convenience store bites.

Here’s what I spotted:

Kyllingespyd (kebabs)

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Pizza

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A slice of Mexican pizza with beef.

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A slice of pepperoni pizza.

Frosted Pastries

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Raw balls with goji berries

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Frankfurters

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This Danish Supermarket Only Sells Expired Foods and Everyone Loves It

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First World countries are striving to end world hunger, yet they are guilty of wasting a ridiculous amount of food themselves.

Now one country is launching an initiative to change that irony by opening its first food waste supermarket. Denmark has opened its first-ever charity market, which sells surplus produce that are past their fresh date or damaged in such a way that they wouldn’t be sold on the shelves of a typical grocery store.

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The store called WeFood in Denmark’s capital city of Copenhagen sells their produce for 30 to 50% of their value at normal markets. The store is designed for the environmentally conscious and budget-limited consumers who are looking to save money and the planet. Per Bjerre from the Danish NGO behind the initiative, Folkekirkens Nødhjælp, explained to the Independent:

“WeFood is the first supermarket of its kind in Denmark and perhaps the world as it is not just aimed at low-income shoppers, but anyone who is concerned about the amount of food waste produced in this country. Many people see this as a positive and politically correct way to approach the issue.”

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According to statistics, 700,000 metric tons of food are thrown away in Denmark annually. That is the figure after the country reduced its food waste by 25% over five years. Worldwide, 1.3 billion metric tons of food is wasted each year. The number is “ridiculous,” Danish Food and Agriculture Minister Eva Kjer Hansen remarked.

WeFood is collaborating with other supermarkets, chains and importers to provide the products. Volunteers pick up the supplies to help stock WeFood’s shelves. France has taken a similar course of action by banning food waste and requiring supermarkets to donate unwanted food to food banks and charities.

Written by Editorial Staff, NextShark

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The Ultimate Guide To Every Hot Dog Style From Around The World

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Sometimes, nothing beats a simple hot dog. Throw a little mustard, ketchup, or relish on that bad boy and that’s all you need to satiate those cravings. However, if you like to jazz up your hot dog a bit, there’s now a style guide to how folks eat their hot dogs from all around the world.

Food Republic created a comprehensive guide to every hot dog style imaginable. Here’s 40 of the most popular toppings around. Enjoy.

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Image Courtesy of Food Republic

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This History Museum is Brewing Beer Found in a 3300-Year-Old Coffin

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Beer is old and fermenting anyway, so what’s another 3,000 years? Ask the folks at The Danish National Museum, who partnered with Denmark’s Skands Brewery to create Egtved Girl’s Brew, a beer reconstructed from samples found in a 3,300 year old coffin.

The Egtved Girl was a 16 – 18 year old girl from the Nordic Bronze Age (1390 – 1370 BC), found fossilized in wooden barrow back in 1921. Though only traces of her body remained, scientists scraped together the residue  from her coffin of what looks like an ancient brewski, the kind of which Egtved might have drunk wayyy back when. You know, whenever she wanted to get Thor-hammered.

Wheat malt, honey, bog myrtle, and cranberries form the basis of the beer, which the museum and Skands adapted to “contemporary taste buds.” The result is a summery, wheat-y brew, available at the museum shop and online for ~$4 – 7. Our recommendation? Buy enough to fill a barrel, climb in, and wait 3,000 years for someone to find it and make a new beer out of you.

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The Death of the Cinnamon Roll? Denmark Faces EU Ban on Spice

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This could very well be the last time Denmark sees cinnamon rolls for a while as a ban is threatening to take them away from the Danish. Well at least the cinnamon part, but then you’d just have sweet rolls.

The recent European Union ban on kanelsnegler, also known as cinnamon rolls, is aimed at limiting coumarin amounts in food products. Coumarin is a naturally-occurring toxic chemical found in the most common type of cinnamon, according to the Telegraph. The amount of cinnamon found in “everyday fine baked goods,” under Danish interpretation of the European Union legislation, will have a limitation of 15mg per kilo. This means Kanelsnegler pastries, and other products made with more than the allotted 15mg per kilo, will be facing a ban in the near future.

Danish bakers have reacted to this news with fury as their Swedish neighbors have found a way to save their pastries, kanenbullar, by categorizing them as a traditional and seasonal dish with an allowed cinnamon level more than three times higher at 50mg per kilo.

“It’s the end of the cinnamon roll as we know it,” lamented Hardy Christensen, the head of the Danish Baker’s Association.

We wish our Danish brothers all of our support and condolences, as we too know what it’s like to recently lose something that we love so dearly. Even more than once.

H/T Telegraph

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Would You Try Coffee + Food Pairings?

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Can you imagine how much more agonizing a trip to Starbucks would be if your barista started judging you on what pastry you got with your pumpkin spice latte? “Ooh, the chocolate croissant, are you sure? Because the bitterness of the cocoa will totally battle with the sweetness of the cinnamon. Better just go with a bagel. Plus it’s vegan (I think). Yeah, you’re welcome.”

Well, like it or not, coffee is the latest beverage to go the old sommelier route, as the Coffee Collective coffee company in Denmark is now offering food pairings to go along with each of its specific drinks.

The idea is to keep the foods as simple as possible – “nothing that has enough potency to take the focus away from the the [sic] cup,” says the Coffee Collective blog. So that means no avocado, no chili, no chocolate.

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“Every dish consists of a couple of slices of sour doe [sic] bread and some butter served with different jams and purées consisting of a single ingredient pressure cooked with just a little bit of sugar, to preserve it, and maybe a small squeeze of lemon,” the coffee pairings post reads, “This is topped with some kind of ingredient, could be a type of nut, to give it some texture and flavour balance. Other sides could be different cured meats or cheese all depending on which coffee we want pair it with.”

Personally, I’d love to know what I can eat with coffee that A) will help leave my mouth feeling less grimy and B) make my head hurt less. Where’s my Starbucks Martin Riese?

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We’ve Found the 8th Wonder of the World: Germany Has A Beer Pipeline

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Apparently, Germany knows what’s up.

While most of us associate pipelines with oil and gas, Germany is doing it right and turning them into beer pipelines. In Gelsenkirchen, Germany, bars in the Veltines-Arena are interconnected by a 5 kilometer beer pipeline. Underneath the enormous stadium are four cooling centers that store 52,000 liters while the pipeline transports up to 14 liters of beer per minute to thirsty patrons.

The pipeline connects to over one hundred bars and restaurants located inside the stadium, with fluctuations in the flow of booze determined by how well their team, FC Shalke 04, is performing.

Apparently, there also used to be one in Randers, Denmark called the Thor Pipeline. The copper pipes originally ran through the Thor Brewery when it was still located downtown and was able to supply beer to the local breweries. However, sometime in the 90s, the brewery relocated out of the city. While the pipeline still exits, whether it’s still in use is questionable, with some claiming it’s kaput and others claiming it still supplies booze to happy drunks. Hopefully it’s the latter, as one would like to think that they wouldn’t let such a wonder go to waste.

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