20
jul

Del Mar Club og Jysk Væddeløbsbane

Del Mar Racetracks

Del Mar Race Track / Del Mar Thoroughbread Club i San Diego, Californien er storslået og massiv i forhold til de noget mindre forhold på vores danske væddeløbsbaner. Der er flere mennesker, flere løb og flere heste og derfor naturligt også flere penge i spil. Og så er der masser af oplevelser. Ved mange løb på Del Mar banen, er der også livemusik, madfestival eller andre kulturelle oplevelser udover selve hestevæddeløbene. Men kommer man primært for løbene, er der altså også rigelig action bare med løbene i sig selv. Hvis du vil satse på løbene, får du nemlig travlt.

Del Mar lige før et væddeløb

Designet på løbsboksen vækker nostalgi. Det virker som om tiden har stået stille og som om boksene ser ud præcist som de gjorde dengang klubben åbnede i 1937. Der er ikke meget højteknologi, stål eller modernisme over design og farver. Med lidt ændring af farvetonerne på fotografiet kunne det være et gammelt fotografi/motiv. Det får en lidt romantisk, nostalgisk og på mange måder tillidsskabende effekt.

Del Mar med look fra fortiden

Del Mar Racetrack

Banen på Del Mar er lang og derfor løbes der kun en enkelt omgange. På Jysk Væddeløbsbane løbes der 2 omgange, fordi banen er kortere. En kort bane gør det lettere at følge løbet uden kikkert, men til gengæld er opløbet mere intenst når der kun løbes 1 omgang.

Del Mar Jockeys

Del Mar Club hvor heste og jockeys præsenteres før løbet. Midt på banen mødes ejere, sponsorer, medier og mulige købere til hestene. I præsentationsrunden kan du tage bestik af hestene og deres temperament, form og energi. Dernæst må du løbe op for at placere dine odds og må forvente, at der er kø til at spille på hestene. Derefter må du løbe d for at få løbets start med. På ret kort, intens og hurtig tid, er løbet afsluttet og så er der allerede et nyt hold heste og jockeyes til præsentation til næste løb.

At være tilskuer til hestevæddeløb i Del Mar Thoroughbread Club eller på Jysk Væddeløbsbane, kan ikke helt sammenlignes. Det er lidt som forskellen imellem at handle i KaDeWe i Berlin eller hos den lille lokale på gadehjørnet. Forholdene er helt umulige at sammenligne og stemningen ligeså. Hver oplevelse har dog sin charme. Her ses Jysk Væddeløbsbane til årets største derby 7. juni, hvor årets største løb også løbes. I år var der et par ‘dark horses’ da bl.a. Special Grey løb af med sejren og gav indsatser 38 gange tilbage! Her kan du se løbet med det spændende udfald.

Jysk Væddeløbsbane i Aarhus

27
dec

Donut Revolution by Nomad Donuts

Nomad Donuts of the day

Crunchy Nomad Donuts

‘Crunch’ – the crispy sound of freshness and thickness is noticable as the knife cuts through the donuts from San Diego located Nomad Donuts. The crunch effect is a big selling point in general when it comes to food and freshness, and this donut is freshly made by the chefs.

Iced coffee and donuts

Dogma rules

Flavours vary from day to day and it is often not possible to get the same donut 2 days in a row. That is kind of a dogma for Nomad Donuts. Yet broken by the big hit donut: corned beef, jalapeno and horseraddish glaze which is available for 2 days in a row…..and often sold out. It is addictive and sooo good. The fact that it is not too sweet and filled with sugar is a win in itself.

2 donuts from Nomad Donuts

Nomad Donuts tag some of their images and quotes with #DonutRevolution and from looking at the menu it certainly does look like a bit of a revolution:

Nomad Donuts menu

– corned beef, jalapeno and horseraddish glaze
– banana, custard, bacon, peanut butter
– bacon, fig, goat cheese, rosemary glaze
– honeydew mint
– pina colada custard, coconut, lime glaze
– maple glaze
– cinnamon, sugar, chili, arbol

Nomad Donuts is just a little more than one month old but already in the top league of donuts. If you follow #NomadDonuts on Instagram you might get the next days’ donut menu in the evening and plan your donut treat for the next day.

A normal donut

Admitted – I am not American and I do not have many donut experiences but this experience was really, really good. I would say their donuts are in my top 3 list fighting for the top No. 1 with a Los Angeles donut that is absolutely heavenly – yet so different.

You find Nomad Donuts at 4504 30th Street, San Diego. Enjoy your donut experience.

23
dec

corepower YOGA – hot power yoga

corepower YOGA San Diego

corepower yoga

CorePower YOGA studio is a really nice hot power yoga studio situated in several towns and states in America. I visited the North Park studio in San Diego. Find their location here on corepoweryoga.com

Right now CorePower offers a week of free yoga classes to new students which is exactly enough time to try out some different classes and get a good idea of how the workout is at CorePower.

corepower yoga studio in North Park

The power of graphics

When I arrived to San Diego I was on the look-out for a yoga studio and the town offers several opportunities. CorePower was the one that really stood out as an interesting studio because of the brilliant name: core power really says it all – but I also chose them for their consistent graphic line: the logo is printed on their rentable yoga mats, on the swipe-through membership card and on several other items. the studios are new and so well designed and you feel welcome immediately as you walk into the studio.

The shop in the studios offer a great variety of yoga outfits and different fashionable, yogic items such as a lovely pink peace bracelet as seen on their instagram page:

Are you a last minute shopper like most of us? Don’t stress. Stop by our studios for great finds for your favorite yogi.

Et billede slået op af CorePower Yoga (@corepoweryoga) den

The CorePower yoga studio offers beginning power yoga, heated power yoga intro, hot power yoga, hot power fusion, restorative yoga, yoga sculpt and heated power yoga with weights. A great combination where you may choose the 1.0, the 1.5 or the 2.0 class which tells you a bit about the strength of the poses and the heat of the room. Every class ends with a nice stretch and a couple of minutes to relax.

The power of ujjayi

CorePower yoga studio is practicing the benefits from the ancient yogic ujjayi breath technique but you are welcome to leave it out, if you prefer so. However the ujjayi breathing will help energize and relax your body at the same time. I find that sometimes when I am very focused on the poses I drop out of ujjayi breathing and that whenever a pose demands a lot of physical power, the ujjayi breath helps me build up extra strength for the pose. The instructors at CorePower are really great at assisting your focus upon the ujjayi breathing technique when the pose demands a little extra strength.

But as mentioned you are welcome to leave it out – in general the studio is pretty relaxed and easy-going, so if you want to take a break during the yoga or just need to lie down and relax a little bit, it is welcomed. There is no pressure to strain your energy off balance.

The power of privacy

Each class opens with a request to raise your hand if you do not want guidance or help in your positions during the yoga class. this gives you the chance to be left alone on days where you might feel a little fragile or introvert and it is an absolutely great idea. It saves you from having to notify the teacher yourself.

The studio at North Park even has private showers with a frosted glass door to give you the ultimate privacy during your shower.

The power of Om and Namaste

Eventhough CorePower is somewhat spiritual in their yoga practice and use terms such as the beautifull Om in their marketing and the great Namaste as the farewell greeting after every class, the spiritual never becomes the main focus. The main focus is the yoga poses and the yoga practice. Some instructors highlight the yogic living outside the studio more than others so it is all about finding the balance that suits you, or vary from whatever fits your mood.

While I was in San Diego I attended a class with focus upon the chakra system – a highly spiritual energy system – which may be awakened and strengthened by yoga, meditation, diet, colors and several other practices. The main focus for the class was however at all times on the physical poses more than on the awakening of the chakra energy. I like to combine the “lightly” spiritual with the physical and the mental. I also like to have my own space to practice the power of the deep spiritual experiences. Therefore CorePower is perfect in my book. Sadly there is no studio in Denmark – yet?

Visit the website: corepower YOGA
Follow corepower on Instagram here.

18
dec

Cranberry vs liquorice

Cranberry versus liquoriceCranberry vs. liquorice

Cranberries are to America what liquorice is to Denmark – inevitable, delicious, a-must-try, a part of everyday life, a spice or herb that goes with the most, an acquired taste and a somewhat nearly ayurvedic ingredient. Some love it, others can not stand it and yet others have learned to tolerate it.

In Denmark we mainly know the healthy Cranberry Juice and the dried cranberries which we use as salad sprinkle or maybe in our cereal / müesli in the morning and occationally in a cookie. But the use of it seems as vast as the use of liquorice. We are not that familiar with the concept of a cranberry sauce and do not celebrate Thanksgiving which seems to be the time of year to really kick the sale of cranberry upwards.

On the other hand Danes have a tradition on Christmas where our dessert pudding involves a heated cherry sauce and for meals with game or dark meat we might enjoy a boisenberry jam or pickle to go with it. This serves to give the meal a little sour flavour to it and goes as well as the cranberry with turkey in my opinion.

Cranberry hipster ingredient

Cranberry versus liquorice
Here a list of examples for use of cranberries:

Cranberry ….

… juice
… sauce
… cheese
… salad
… muffin
… chiles de Rellenos
… syrup
… pie
… bread
… icecream
… relish
… chutney
… vinaigrette
… eggnog
… gelatin
… powder

Liquorice as hipster ingredient

Liquorice versus cranberry

Here a list of examples for use of liquorice:

Liquorice ….

… almonds
… beer
… icecream
… steak marinade
… coffee
… tea
… syrup
… vodka (called Små Grå)
… mojito
… cookies
… bread
… pulled pork
… milk
… macaroon
… milkshake
… smoothie
… powder

Cranberry and liquorice

Cranberry and liquorice does actaully also go very well together – here is a recipe for Cranberry Liquorice compote from Food and Wine.

Here is a candy jar from the Danish ‘King’ of liquorice Johan Bülow with Liquorice, Cranberry and Chili.

Another example of af sweet recipe is a cookie with cranberry, chocolate, almonds and liquorice.

My first ‘go’ at a cranberry sauce was more of a cranberry pickle or relish than an actual sauce. It did not turn out well. Not that it is a hard thing to master, but I simply put too much sugar in it….. rookie mistake!

12
dec

Dairy product detective

Non-homogenized, organic, fat-free milk

Finding the right milk

Dairy products are very different from country to country and it may take a little while to find the perfect product for your taste. To me dairy products such as milk is really a question of habitual taste. Don’t give up on the hunt for the right dairy product.

The variety of milk and dairy products are big in America where it is quite common to add vitamins and minerals to the milk. Any additions as such are however always printed on the carton or bottle. Being from Europe where legislations ever since the 70s have ruled against added vitamins and minerals to dairy products, I am of course a bit sceptic. Today things are changing however and several products now have added vitamins in Denmark as well.

Selection of dairy products

Cream or milk?

In Denmark we normally get milk to go with our coffee but some of the slightly older generations might prefer cream in their coffee and therefore perhaps also serve that with the coffee when having guests. Others simply like cream a lot better in their coffee but might on a daily basis choose milk over cream of health reasons more than taste.

In America the ‘half and half’ is commonly served with your coffee and often you have to specifically ask for plain milk, to get the taste you are looking for.

Half and half dairy product

I love my coffee to have added a non-fat, organic and non-homogenized milk if possible. If not available I can go with other versions but I do like my milk to taste like milk and honestly a good deal of dairy products do not taste natural at all. I guess the most natural would be warm or at least have a top layer of cream and in that aspect the fat-free would never exist……..

The hunt

After an intense search in the dairy sections of many, many supermarkets I found the brand to match my needs and tastebuds to be non-fat, non-homogenized, organic, grass-milk from Organic Valley. It tastes exactly like non-fat and natural milk or at least like the Danish skim milk called ‘skummetmælk’. My American friends have remarked that it is more or less like drinking water, but there is actually a very fine taste of milk to it.

From out-of-town?

On my request for non-homogenized milk, the guy in the dairy product area said: “You must be from out-of-town because we never have requests like that here. It sounds European!”

Well the guy knows his stuff and he quickly showed me the brand that produce exactly what I was looking for. Whole Foods sell it.

Whole Foods dairy products

What about the newer hipster product called Skyr? I wonder if there might be a match that is somewhat similar?

Almond milk

If you have a soft spot for almond milk smoothies – go to recipes from Almond Breeze – California is the right place to be. The variety of almond milk products is great and at a very good price compared to Denmark. This is of course a state of almond crops and it is possible to find chocolate almond milk, icecream made from almond milk but also other dairy products made from almond milk. Just let the fun begin.

Almond milk products

Good luck on finding your products out there.