Author: - The Reykjavik Grapevine

Black Flag and the Art of Meditation

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Meditation, basically, is the act of ordering your conscious mind to shut the fuck up. It drops the mental engine…

THE FACE OF ICELANDIC FOOD:

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By Valur Gunnarsson An American book from 1965 called The Art of Scandinavian Cooking (a contradiction in terms, you may be…

The Struggle for New Iceland

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by Valur Gunnarsson TAKE 1: The Vikings Relations between North Americans and Icelanders did not get off to an auspicious…

ENTER DA KITCHEN

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I worked first at a dinner theatre that during any given week would serve up to 2,000 customers. The kitchen…

Sigtrykkur Baldursson

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Rokk í Reykjavík band: Þeyr Best known for: Bringing Icelandic punk to the world Þeyrs´ music was frenetic and dramatic…

SPEEDING IN THE CAR WASH

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I was hired on the spot by the twin brothers who ran the place. Brothers One and Two explained the…

SISTER RUTH SEARCHES FOR POVERTY

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I first spoke with Sister Ruth over the phone one Friday. I explained that I wrote for a local newspaper…

Paddy´s Top Five Burger Joints

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Hard Rock Cafe Kringlan Mall Originally I had intended on skipping the larger chains like Hard Rock. However, during my…

IT WAS TIME TO GET A JOB

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The Union On a beautiful Monday morning I was ushered into the office of Lára, the grandmotherly Efling representative whose…