Food Review: Servers Squared, Peaks Squared

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There were three of us there that night and all we realised that during our lives, we had approached the…

Fun With Icelandic Names! – Ragnar Egilsson Explains Words!

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Most Icelandic names have some cool, ancient symbolism. My name, Ragnar, means something like “Soldier of God” (no biggie). The…

Last Year In Food: A Grumpy Glutton’s Guide

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To mark the New Year, I am giving you what I give my friends every year: opinions. Opinions are like…

Eulogy for Asia (The Restaurant, Not The Continent)

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After 27 years in business, the owners of pan-Asian take away joint Asia are closing their doors for good. The…

“RASSGAT” – Ragnar Egilsson Explains Words!

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So we have a word, which is this word: “rassgat”. It 100% literally means “asshole”, as in “the hole part…

The Icelandic Christmas Buffet – Explained, Explored, Expanded

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The Icelandic Christmas buffet is all about tradition. December is a time where you head out with your family or—more…

“FERTUGSALDRI” – Ragnar Egilsson Explains Words!

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When referring to a person’s age (the verb is “dilapidating”), we sometimes refer to the decade of existence that person…

Nazi Acid Zombies Leave Icelandic Police Concerned

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Local news outlet DV, enemies of corporate conflicts of interest and paragons of journalistic virtue, reports a wave of Nazi-themed…

Cruising At Caruso

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My gay-for-pay date for the evening was looking very happy with his meal. His manly physique was wrapped in an…

Matur Og Drykkur: Whole Cod Heads And Licorice Pancakes

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If you have your heart set on traditional Icelandic food with some creative flourishes, then there are three places worth…

Bjórgarðurinn Is A Fancy-Pants Beer Hub For Serious Beer Pervs

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Bjórgarðurinn (“The Beer Garden”), Iceland’s first self-styled… beer garden, opened for business in Borgartún, 105 Reykjavík, this June. The latest…

Icelandic Vikings: More Portlandia Than Pirate Paradise

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The above photograph shows a recreation of the fictional construct celebrating violence in front of the very real institution of…

Make Your Own Smørrebrød

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The shrimp pyramid at “Smørrebrød” sandwich place Jómfrúin received our coveted “Best Must-Try Dining Experience” prize in this year’s Reykjavík…

Food News: June 2015

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An Icelandic fish market has opened up in Closter, New Jersey. Baldur Ólafsson and family are serving up butter-baked arctic…

A Visit To The Erpsstaðir Ice Cream Valley

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The Erpsstaðir creamery has been building up a steady reputation for artisan ice cream and a range of other small-batch…

Secret Solstice Friday RECAP: Hashtag Problem, Hashtag Zzz, And Not A Chance In Hel

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The Secret Solstice music festival breaks fresh ground in Icelandic history in two ways. For starters, it is the first…

VIDEO: Making Icelandic Liquid Nitrogen Ice Cream With Gísli Pálmi

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We met up with Gísli Pálmi to make some ice cold liquid nitrogen ice c.r.e.a.m with caramel chocolate, kiwi, and…

Veal Tartare With Tough Guy At The Overlook Hotel

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The undulating highway 54 made a sharp turn by the mountain of Axlarhyrna towards Hótel Búðir and the gunmetal grey…

Sakebarinn: The Devil Is In The Details

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Japan and Iceland seem to have a lot in common—they are homogenous, nationalistic island nations that depend on the ocean’s…

Brooklyn Bar, We Need To 718

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Brooklyn is a hodgepodge of a hundred different nationalities, ethnicities and customs and does not present a single unified presence….

This Month In Food: May / June 2015

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Vísir reports that the head of the farm-to-table organisation in Iceland is less than pleased with budget supermarket chain Bónus…

Meeting The Shark Man

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I had been stubbornly ploughing through mounds of snow overlaying a sheet of ice one Sunday morning when a blind…

This Month In Food: May 2015

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Iceland’s two most popular shawarma places have gone to war. Owners of shawarma joint Ali Baba are pressing charges against…

Dunkin’ Donuts Coming: Mmmmm, Forbidden Donut

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I love donuts. My favourite donut place is probably Peter Pan in Greenpoint, Brooklyn (google “Peter Pan Bakery: A Documentary…

Restaurant Review: Frederiksen—Like Sushi Samba For Dudes

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Frederiksen is  a little bit of everything: brunch spot in the morning, a coffeehouse during the day, a gastropub in…

So You Decided To Open A Gastropub!

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The advent of the gastropub began at that revolutionary moment when an enterprising Brit thought to combine the words “pub”…

RuPaul’s Army Of Drag Queens Raids Iceland (And Answers Our Questions)

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Get ready to lip sync…for…your…life! Because the most sickening reality show of all time, RuPaul’s Drag Race is coming to Iceland in the…

Food Review: Kolabrautin – Pain And Gain

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The first thing you see when you walk into Kolabrautin is a neon sign that says “Scandinavian Pain.” The sign…

Remembering The Sea Baron

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Sægreifinn, The Sea Baron, is a fish restaurant that was founded in 2003 by the late, great Kjartan Halldórsson. Originally…

We Had So Many Good Beers At Kex Hostel’s Annual Beerfest The Other Week

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The First Annual Icelandic Beerfest went down at Kex Hostel a couple of weeks back, from February 26-March 1. The…

The Last Fisherman In The Aquamarina

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You have probably noticed the blue-green fishermen’s huts by the pier of the old marina. You may also have noticed…

SHELLSHOCKED

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Eating a large portion of dark, heavy food on a dark, wooden table in a bright teal building by the…

Bars & Beers & Food & Fun In February

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There are plenty of fun, food-themed events going on in the latter half of February. On February 23-26 you can…

Matur Og Drykkur Dusts Off Some Recipe Books

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Matur og Drykkur is a brand spanking new restaurant from the people who gave us renowned Westmann Islands restaurant Slippurinn….

SAD BOYS, HEMMY & SKRILLYPANTS

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For whatever reason, I decided focus on frivolous listicles for this year’s Sónar. I’m a little burned out on the…

Sophie The Game Changer

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Let‘s talk about Friday night at Sónar Reykjavík 2015 in no particular order First of all, it was a dirty…

9 Lessons Learned From The First Night Of Sónar Reykjavík

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NINE—When you’re making your way to the back of the room with intense stage lights behind you, your will look…

SKRILLEX TRIED TO SIGN DIKTA, HEARTS BJÖRK, PROMISES A TIGHT SET

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Skrillex should need no introduction. Except maybe to the jaded palates of the Grapevine’s music reviewers. Skrillex has been the…

Picks For Sónar 2015: JADED VETERAN EDITION

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Look. We know. You’re young, dumb and full of cum. You can’t wait to dance your ass off to all…

STEP INTO THE LIGHT: 2014

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A Shit Sandwich Of Gloom Lorded over by the most bumblingly inefficient government in recent memory, people found it increasingly…

Eight Inside Tips to Surviving the Icelandic Winter

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DARK ICELAND can be a total fucker to deal with, all Northern Lights and magical elves aside. So guess what:…

Pagan Christmas

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The idea of throwing a big celebration in honour of the birth of Christ is a relatively recent idea. Nobody…

Orable Tradition

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Nostalgia marketing is big money but it is around the Holidays that it is most expertly wielded. Shady mega-conglomerates and…

DESCENDING INTO FOOD-A-GEDDON

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The children were nestled all snug in their beds, while visions of sugarplums danced in their heads. And their teeny-tiny…

Icelandic Christmas Buffet at Skrúður

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Skrúður is an institution in family-friendly Christmas buffets. There are fancier buffets, there are more innovative buffets, but I was…

What Icelanders Eat For The Holidays

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Look, intrepid traveller! Here is a primer on the usual suspects and new additions to the ever-popular Icelandic Christmas buffets,…

Gothic Wolffish Cheeks in JaJaJaland

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A relentlessly cheerful Icelandic pop musician and a brooding Finnish wunderkind of the Nordic food scene (and former keyboardist for…

Everybody Loves Ramen

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This spring, Tsering Gyal and Kun Sung opened Ramen Momo, Iceland’s first Tibetan restaurant (although it should be noted that…

Rural Evolution

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This summer saw the birth of two food markets. One of them, a fully fledged outdoor market in Fógetagarðurinn where…

New Nordic Cuisine Is Dead

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My lifelong hatred of dill makes me a terrible champion of New Nordic cuisine. At age seven I swore to…