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An Intro to Icelandic Food

Erin Zimmer 35 comments

"What exactly is Icelandic food?" was the most popular question I was asked after returning from a week in Iceland. (Second place goes to: "Did everyone look like Björk?") To answer the first, the basic diet hasn't changed too much from the Viking Age, though of course chefs have become more imaginative with preparations over the years. The mainstays include: lamb, skyr, potatoes, fish, and other seafood. A lot of seafood. Here's a primer for anyone visiting Iceland or wondering, what do they eat up there? More

Destination-Worthy Milkshake: Licorice Shake at Hamborgarafabrikkan in Reykjavík, Iceland

Drinks Liz Clayton 8 comments

If there's a Scandinavian sweet to write home about, it's licorice—and while you'll easily find it enrobed in chocolate, caramel, marzipan and more, even my wildest dairy fantasies had not yet imagined it in milkshake format. Until now. More

Where to Drink Coffee in Reykjavík

Drinks Liz Clayton 3 comments

A city that's dark as much as Reykjavík may find it needs a little extra shove in the morning some of the year—luckily for Icelanders and the visitors they host, a good cup of coffee is never far away in the capital city. Whether it's in a museum, a bookstore or on an unmarked neighborhood corner, the progressive coffee ideals of Scandinavia encircle Iceland as well as a place to rely on a more enlightened cup—even at the chain stores. More

Daily Slice: Eldsmiðjan in Reykjavik, Iceland

Slice Christopher Stephens 6 comments

Last weekend I ventured to Iceland, hoping to see the Northern Lights. On the first night I was there, the sky was overcast, so I stayed in town and decided to see what sort of pizza options were available. Usually when I travel, I try to sample as many traditional local foods as possible, and clearly pizza does not fall under this category in Iceland. Still, I had sampled delicious lobster soup and a malt extract beverage at Saegreifin for lunch, and I was curious about what sort of pizza one eats in Reykjavik. More

Culinary Ambassadors: Street Food in Iceland - Hot Dogs from Bæjarins Beztu

The Culinary Ambassador Corps 11 comments

In recent years Reykjavik has witnessed a steady increase of vending carts catering to every viking whim, offering anything from Belgian waffles to hefty subs stuffed with roasted Icelandic lamb and béarnaise sauce. But one particular street vendor has been more resilient and traditional than all the others, ascending to a near sacred status in the national character with its unrefined charm and a menu so short that if you blink, you might miss it: the Bæjarins Beztu hot dog stand. More

Snapshots from Iceland: Grilled Whale from Saegreifinn

Robyn Lee 15 comments

I visited Iceland from April 18 to 24. Although this sparsely populated country may not be known for its cuisine, there was plenty of interesting food to report on. This will be my final shapshot; the rest are here. Saegreifinn, or Sea Baron, is known for their lobster stew, but this fish shack also offers a wide variety of grilled seafood-on-sticks. With the help of four friends, I got to try seven different skewers, our most unique choice being the minke whale. Considering its appearance and flavor, I'd call it the Beef of the Sea. The flavor is similar to steak with a slightly funky fish flavor, while the texture is softer than beef and has finer muscle fibers. If... More

Snapshots from Iceland: Lamb 'Boat' Sandwiches from Hlölla Bátar

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I visited Iceland from April 18 to 24. Although this sparsely populated country may not be known for its cuisine, there was plenty of interesting food to report on. This week I'll share some food-related bits with you. The lamb boat (970 ISK) sub-style sandwich from Hlölla Bátar* in Ingólfstorg square, was my favorite sandwich from my trip to Iceland, besides being one of the tastiest subs I've ever eaten anywhere. The slightly chewy and soft, but substantial bun was filled with thin slices of crispy fried lamb accompanied by crunchy fried onions, pickles, lettuce, red cabbage, and plenty of special mayonnaise-based "Hlölli" sauce. After my hot dog-eating experience, it was more evidence that fried onion bits are a magical... More

Snapshots from Iceland: Burgers and Shakes from Hamborgarabúllan in Reykjavik

A Hamburger Today Robyn Lee 6 comments

I visited Iceland from April 18 to 24. Although this sparsely populated country may not be known for its cuisine, there was plenty of interesting food to report on. I've been sharing it via these Snapshots from Iceland. Burgers aren't... More

Snapshots from Iceland: Hot Dog from Baejarins Beztu Pylsur

Robyn Lee 11 comments

I visited Iceland from April 18 to 24. Although this sparsely populated country may not be known for its cuisine, there was plenty of interesting food to report on. This week I'll share some food-related bits with you. Unless you're vegetarian, you can't visit Reykjavik without eating at Baejarins Beztu Pylsur, a hot dog stand near flea market Kolaportið that has been open since 1937. It's known for serving the best hot dog in Reykjavik (its name appropriately means, "The best hot dog in town") and for once having served former US president Bill Clinton. It's certainly one of the most accessible eateries for only 250 ISK per dog (and like almost everything else in Iceland, you can pay for... More

Snapshots from Iceland: Overloaded Open-Face Sandwich

Robyn Lee 13 comments

I visited Iceland from April 18 to 24. Although this sparsely populated country may not be known for its cuisine, there was plenty of interesting food to report on. This week I'll share some food-related bits with you. On our first day in Reykjavik, my friends and I went to Kaffivagninn, a simple cafe by the harbor that, unlike many other restaurants in the city center, didn't seem to cater to tourists. Arriving in the late afternoon meant the offerings were slim, but we managed to pick up a few of these mountainous open faced sandwiches topped with a layer of sliced hard boiled egg, lettuce, a bit of tomato, a few chunks of pickled fish (herring, I would guess)... More

Reykjavik Pizza Company; Reykjavik, Iceland

Slice famdoc 1 comment

Editor's note: A few weeks ago, I got the following email from Mark H. (aka Famdoc), who's written some reviews (here and here) for us in the past. He tipped us to the following. Buon appetito! —Adam Reykjavik Pies: Talk about frozen pizza. Recently got back from a two-week trip to Europe, finishing off with two and a half days in Iceland, thanks to Icelandair's fares allowing a free stopover en route to or returning from its European destinations. We spent a day and a half in Iceland's capital city, Reykjavik. Not really thinking about pizza, I passed by two... More

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