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Solvang is a lovely Danish town located in the Santa Ynez Valley in California. Solvang means “sunny field” in Danish. There are a lots of boutiques, gift shops, wine tasting rooms, and restaurants with picturesque architecture including several windmills. We arrived there on the Fourth of July. It was a unique place to spend America’s Independence Day.

We decided to try some authentic Danish cuisine at the Viking Garden Restaurant. We chose to share the three sausage plate and had to try the traditional Danish sausage, Medisterpolse. It was served with potato pancake, red cabbage, and sauerkraut. I had a Danish beer to go along with the food, Carlsberg Lager. The plan was to have a Danish sweet at one of the numerous bakeries after their fireworks celebration. Alas, it was not meant to be, all of them were closed afterward but we enjoyed a late night stroll around the village.

BTW, the American danish pastry does have its origins from Denmark.  According to Wikipedia, a danish is a viennoiserie pastry, of Viennese origin, which has become a specialty of Denmark and neighbouring Scandinavian countries. It is called wienerbrød (Danish pronunciation: [ˈʋiːˀnɔˌbʁœːˀð], lit. “Viennese bread”, corresponding to the French Viennoiserie) in Denmark, Finland, Iceland, the Faroe Islands, Norway, and Sweden.

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