GRAPEVINE’S PURCHASES THAT JUSTIFY EXISTENCE

Published May 6, 2005

1 Fanny packs. In the UK they’re called “bum bags” (do NOT call them “fanny packs” in the UK) and in Iceland they’re called “pungur” (literally, “testicles”), but whatever name they go by, having a pouch you can tie around your waist for your random crap is pretty sweet, in a retro kinda way. 2900 ISK, Sputnik, Klapparstigur 27, 551-51215121
2 Harlem All-Stars. Not to be confused with the basketball team made of former Harlem Globetrotters, these Converse knock-offs will make you look hipper (for a couple of months anyway) for a fraction of the price. 2000 ISK, Kólaportið, Tryggvagata 19, 562-5030
3 Kókómjólk. When a cartoon cat tells you, “You’ll get power from Kókómjólk,” you know you can believe it. These quarter-litre boxes of chocolate milk are best served ice cold, preferably with veal, deep sea fish, or wild fowl. 73 ISK, 10-11, locations all over Iceland.
4 Fýlupúkar. The name says, “stinky demons” but the tastes says, “Awwww yeah!” The perfect combination of sour candy, gummi bears, and fruit flavouring. What more could you want? 149 ISK for a pack of two, 10-11, locations all over Iceland.


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