Thursday, July 8, 2010

Icelandic diet, I could get used to this

OK so this post is kind of out of order. Let me set the scene we left Tamara and Alex's at 4:30 pm for our 8:30 flight to Berlin. Now we were delayed in the airport in NJ until 11:00 am the next day with no food or drinks overnight, the finally serve us some crappy day old sandwiches in the morning and try to keep us appeased on the plane. Now we've landed in Iceland and get put up in a hotel for the night. It's 11:00 pm Icelandic time and all the restaurants are closed, the airline said something would be ready for us at the hotel. Of course no one called the hotel to tell them to have something ready. So 20 people show up hungry and tired and are told to wait a moment while the hotel owners makes a call. She calls a local restaurateur, at home no less, and tells him to get his staff and make dinner for 20 of us. Voila he whips together a delicious fish dish for us!

We sat at a table with a couple of Swedes and a Norwegian girl who were cooing over their plates about how this tastes just like home! Two kinds of fish, cod and another local white fish, lightly breaded and pan fried just enough, with fingerling potatoes and a small side salad. Good meal, true we were starving and hadn't had any real food for 2 days, I think this was truly a great meal and to eat it in that condition was a real treat.

Obviously Iceland is a huge fishing economy with over 60% of their GDP coming out of the waters off the coast. This tends to make for some tasty incredibly fresh fish, which we had a lot of in Iceland. We were told most Icelandic people won't eat fish when they leave on vacation because it never is as fresh or as good as it is in Iceland. I tend to agree. The major port cities of the world have a monopoly on screamingly fresh, tasty and cheap creatures of the sea. God love um, cause I sure do.

The other amazing thing I was surprised by in Iceland was the dairy products! YUM YUM Butter!
Heavily salted, sweet creamy butter! This Smjor(thanks internets for the picture) is just about everything I've ever been looking for in a butter. (I'm thinking about popping the question) Heavy unctuous and buttery-iffic. SMJOR!

The Icelandic people make phenomenal fat free yogurt called Skyr. It's a strained style of yogurt much like Greek yogurt. This started as a cost saving measure to use up buttermilk, and has become a valued tradition. The yogurt is almost pure protein and is often found unsweetened and is dirt cheap in the stores in Iceland. This is the creamiest, thickest most hardy yogurt I have ever tasted, and it's fat free, which usually in my book is a negative. Somehow this still works really really well.

Lastly the milk was really good in Iceland(who knew you get great butter and great yogurt from great milk!) Anyways I just loved the brand name of this milk




  1. Yum - that Skyr was awesome - When I got home i tried to make it, got cheese instead!

  2. Hehe, well cheese is pretty tasty as well!