Old Iceland had the most amazing fresh local fish. I had the fish soup, followed by fresh grilled salmon, and a local Vitking beer. A couple of nights later we went to Harry's bar just down the street. I ordered a deep fried scallop first course, then grilled lamb tenderloin with roasted vegetables, and a chocolate cake for dessert. Oh My That was good. How good was it, we went back the next night so we could have it again.
I had never seen lamb tenderloin on a menu or in a meat counter in the USA before. The server said there is so little of it, that it is seldom exported from Iceland. A new supermarket was opening near us, a Wegmans. I commented to Jay that if they had lamb tenderloin I they would probably become my new go to grocery store. They did and it was amazing.
I was listening to someone complaining about the food in Iceland, they don't like fish or lamb, and beef is expensive. I have to say, get over it and taste the local. Most people who don't like fish had one encounter with something that was overly breaded, deep fried and not carefully filleted resulting in bones. Good fish is fresh, properly prepared it is not littered with bones. Most people who don't like lamb have never had good lamb well prepared. First most lamb sold in the United States is really mutton. Older is stronger. It can be prepared to be very pleasant, but that is not grilled or roasted, it needs to be slow cooked for hours to chase away that muttony flavor. I know lambs are cute, so a piglets and cows - I am an omnivore I will eat anything that does not eat me first.
Oh my the local food was good. Fresh, artfully prepared. I am so glad I will try anything. Though we did skip the grilled Puffin and Whale pepper steak.
I enjoy lamb, but I try to refrain for saving it for Easter only. And I love a good feta cheese to crumble for most of my lamb dishes.ReplyDelete
I heard someone complain about the food in Spain. “Everything is bland.” She was eating chicken tenders.ReplyDelete
I didn't order chicken all weekDelete
Local food is such a big part of the whole travel experience. Food adventures are fun and make great memories!ReplyDelete
And often tastyDelete
In Australia and your country we have great food from very diverse cultures. But for high quality food, we need to visit Europe. I'll never forget the sweetest lamb in England or the fish in Portugal. Although Australia does also do seafood quite well, but also quite expensive.ReplyDelete
Seafood can be expensive, but goodDelete
We have occasionally bought ground lamb for burgers, and you make two patties and top one with feta and mint and tomato, and then put the other patty on top so that the mint mixture is inside the burger. On a nice crunchy ciabatta roll with thin sliced red onion and spring mix and it's dee-lish.ReplyDelete
Sidenote: if you go to Iceland don't you expect a lot of fish on the menu??
I expected a lot of fish, and it was good.Delete
Grilled puffin? Oh my!ReplyDelete
They say it is gamey and oilyDelete
When a friend of ours was in Iceland, she ate some Icelandic pony meat. Giddyup!ReplyDelete
My first visit to Paris in 1991Delete
Good for you! Sounds like a smart choice.ReplyDelete
We avoided burgers and fries for the weekDelete
It all sounds wonderful. I am as adventurous with food as my gluten allergy will allow.ReplyDelete
Seared Arctic Char with mashed potatoes would have workedDelete
Delightful! And that is a brilliant pic of yours truly...ReplyDelete
Once in a while I catch a decent shotDelete