From Iceland — Food News: June 2015

Food News: June 2015

Published July 9, 2015

Ragnar Egilsson

An Icelandic fish market has opened up in Closter, New Jersey. Baldur Ólafsson and family are serving up butter-baked arctic char and breaded haddock. The place is named The Fish Dock, which is weird because they could have called it Sleep With the Fishes (Baldur… tsk tsk tsk.)

Reykjavík city authorities have announced plans to turn bus terminal Hlemmur into an indoor food market (let’s face it, it’s the only kind we’ll ever have in Iceland). The idea is that the market would sell both ready-made dishes and produce. It sounds like they want something like Torvehallerne in Copenhagen, and food markets in disused train/bus terminals have proven themselves with places like the Reading Terminal Market. The application deadline for the Hlemmur food market is July 6, so get cracking.

Saturday, July 4 will see two burger eating contests. First we have the Big Kahuna contest at diner Prikið for the fifth year running. There contestants will need to scarf down a double cheeseburger, a side of fries, and a five-dollar milkshake. The fun starts at 15:00 at Prikið and the prize is ten Big Kahuna meals… because ten is exactly what you’ll want after eating one. Dirty Burger & Ribs, in collaboration with brotacular radio station FM97, will host their own contest by Austurvöllur. You can sign up on their Facebook page but only ten entries will be chosen to compete. The prize is a trip for two to London and a dinner at Michelin star restaurant Texture. Looks like someone’s trying to drink Prikið’s milkshake.

At least two new vendors were added to Reykjavík’s burgeoning food truck scene. In May we got “Fish & Chips Vagninn” (vagninn = wagon) and at the start of June we got the “Fish and Chips Wagon.” Some people are getting the two confused, which is just cuh-razy. One is red and the other is blue—just don’t ask me which one. Then there’s Lalli, who started selling curry and chili wraps from his Wraptruck to save up for studies at Institut Paul Bocuse. Let’s hope his curry is as heart-warming as his story.

Finally, 101 Hotel have reshaped their kitchen and given it the inspired name of Kitchen & Wine. By the looks of it, they will be serving fancy casual food made from local ingredients and with a lazy eye on paleo-friendliness. It seems there have been a lot of restaurants with English names lately. I guess it must be important, as clearly one rarely chooses to dine at places like Friðrik V (fourteen years running), Austur-Indíafjelagið (twenty years), or Grillið á Hótel Sögu (fifty years).

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