Author: - The Reykjavik Grapevine

Brownies For Þóra

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In June 1996, I drove from Buffalo, New York to Seattle with two friends and a fake ID so I…

Can You Read This?

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English is the world’s lingua franca (although isn’t it ironic we use a foreign term to describe it?). Here in…

Quiznos

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Legend has it that the first submarine sandwich was the creation of Dominic Conti, an Italian immigrant to the US,…

Vox

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Quiche was the big culinary trend of the 1980s, and it was hard not to find sun-dried tomatoes or an…

HAMBORGARABÚLLAN

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They say the best indicator of a restaurant’s quality is not the way the place looks but the number of…

CULIACAN

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Welcome to Mexican Cuisine 101. Today’s lesson: How to Make Authentic Mexican Cooking Popular in Iceland. Case Study: Culiacan restaurant,…

VIÐ TJÖRNINA

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ATTENTION TOURISTS! Are you looking for an authentic Icelandic dining experience? Then Við Tjörnina is just the place for you….

Skólabrú

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The atmosphere and the service are vital accompaniments to what is surely the star of any evening – the food….

MAÐUR LIFANDI

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You are what you eat. Capitalizing on this cliché is Maður Lifandi, a one-year-old addition to the small collection of…

KEBAB HÚSIÐ

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It’s hard to review a kebab house (or, in this case, the Kebab House). It is not the choice for…

HÓTEL BORG

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It took a while to get the attention of the staff at Hótel Borg when we first arrived. A gaggle…

American Style

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The world’s richest country is imitated and emulated a lot. At American Style, it’s burgers that face the test. With…

BANTHAI

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Before Banthai, “world cuisine” used to mean ordering a pizza. It’s been serving authentic Thai food to curious Icelanders for…

Skólabrú

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It was snowing when we arrived at Skólabrú. Once we climbed up the stairs and were nestled snugly inside this…

Culture Club

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Finally, a use for the rennet on the shelf For those with ingredients like rennet on hand, skyr can even…

Café Cultura

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If you’re an immigrant living in this country, you have probably been to Cultura. It’s inside the Alþjóðahúsið (Intercultural Centre)…

Thorvaldsen

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It’s hard to be objective about a place when you’ve been so many times before and have already formed some…

Carpe Diem

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Never heard of it? I hadn’t either. Although it’s been around over ten years, attached to the Foss Hotel on…

Austurlanda hraðlestin

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Let’s first get one thing straight – Indian food in Iceland is not like in the UK; it is less…

B5

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I approached with trepidation, the usual clichés at the ready: “trendy and upscale bar-bistro with modern and chic Scandinavian design”….

Sjávarkjallarinn

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If you splurge on one meal out this year, make it at the Seafood Cellar. This dining experience is so…

Cheap Way to Work or a Big Damn Hassle?

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The sun is already high in the sky as I board the number S2 bus at Hlemmur, just after 8am….

LAUGA ÁS

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It’s the kind of place your parents could have been going to religiously every Monday for the last 20 years….

OLIVER

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There seem to be three things that are crucial to the successful running of the bistro-bars that are ubiquitous in…

SIGGI HALL

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Next to the menu on display outside Siggi Hall is a selection of quotes from various illustrious sources: “The food…