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    La Belle Vie Á Paris

    Café Paris is one of those establishments that has been around in Reykjavík for as long as I can remember. As you probably deduced, it’s named after the capital of France, the capital of gastronomy, the capital of all things good. Yet, it isn’t that “Parisian.” It used to be, however. A decade or so

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    ATTN! Brennivín Models Wanted!

    Iceland’s signature spirit needs you! They’re looking for six models, aspiring models, or people who just like to have their picture taken, ages 18-35, for a photo shoot at a downtown Reykjavik bar, this coming Monday July 7. In return, you will get a Brennivín t-shirt, lunch and a beer….and you’ll be featured on the Brennivin.com website. You can send a

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    It’s Supposed To Be Fun

    Grillmarkaðurinn, or The Grill Market as it is known in English, opened to wide acclaim in the summer of 2011. A huge buzz had been created about the establishment. The reason was first and foremost because of its owner and head (celebrity) chef, Hrefna Sætran, who had previously won the city of Reykjavík over with

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    In A World Of Coffee, Where Is Iceland?

    This month, the World of Coffee, one of the leading events in the speciality coffee industry, took place in Rimini, Italy. Coffee professionals from around the world came to represent their home countries in a variety of competitions, including the coveted World Barista Championship. However, for the first time since the championships were established 14

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    A Taste Of The Ocean, Streetside

    Street food, as you might expect, has not traditionally been a big thing in Iceland. In a country without an abundant amount of foot traffic (at least among locals) and in which 10° C constitutes a warm day, the idea of sidling up to a truck and ordering something to eat al fresco doesn’t immediately

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    Street Food, Family-Style

    Less than two weeks old, Súpuvagninn (“The Soup Wagon”) is Reykjavík’s newest food truck, focusing (almost) exclusively on kjötsúpa (“meat soup”), what food historian Nanna Rögnvaldardóttir has called “the national soup of Iceland.” Owned and managed by brothers Gabríel Þór and Benjamín Ágúst, staffed by their sister, and located, for good measure, in Mæðragarður (“Mothers’

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    Kigali Needs Fine-Tuning

    Kigali is a recently opened café named after the capital and largest city of the war-ridden African country of Rwanda. It serves all the conventional westernized versions of Italian Coffee, the only difference being that their Americano is called an “Africano.” A small number of sweets are on offer to enjoy with your coffee, served

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    Eimverk’s Whisky Matures, Its Gin Blossoms

    The first thing I notice as I slip through the warehouse’s unmarked door is the smell: somewhere between the sweetness of freshly-baked bread and the earthiness of a turf fire. The space is given over to several large tanks, all of which are adorned with a confusion of pipes, gauges and valves. Against the back


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    Humble Brag

    There’s a great scene in the movie ‘Office Space’ where Jennifer Aniston’s character, who works at a tacky restaurant, is passive aggressively reprimanded by her boss for only wearing the minimum required pieces of flair on her work vest, while he expects her to bedazzle her entire uniform to earn her minimum wage. The restaurant

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    To Be, Or Not To Be… Icelandic

    The Icelandic Bar is not a new establishment. It came about as part of a trend, around five years ago, when a several new joints seemed to be popping up around the city with the same brilliant idea of naming themselves after a certain nation. That’s when we got the English Pub, Den Danske Kro,

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    Icelandic Ingredients, International Execution

    The Fish Company is one of a number of relatively new restaurants focusing on fresh local ingredients and the best possible international twists to showcase them. The restaurant is located in a beautifully refurbished basement next to the Reykjavík Art Museum with rare outdoor seating in the heart of Reykjavík.Icelandic fusion is well represented on

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    Thank You Mr. Boonchang!

    Disclaimer: It’s hard to put into words how happy I was when my editor gave me the news that I was about to review my favourite restaurant in Reykjavík. And this is something that I will wholeheartedly admit, to anyone, any day. Living on this island way up north in the Atlantic, it is only

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