LAMB'S HEAD AND LICORICE AND HOT DOGS, OH MY!
The food gauntlet has been thrown down. Who dares accept the challenge? Lydia and Jonas introduce you to the sometimes delish, often repulsive, but entirely unique world of Icelandic gastronomy. The all-you-can-listen buffet is open. Tie on your bibs, break out your puke buckets and bon appetit, y'all.
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In this episode we name-drop a lot of Icelandic foods and eateries. The food we talk about below. But in lieu of having a Google Map list dedicated to this episode, we're just going to start an Eateries & Food Markets list that we'll add to as our waistlines expand over time!
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Other links & info
- Wiki page on Þorrablót - Weirdly, this page doesn't link to the disgusting star of the Þorrablót, þorramatur (the food of þorri)
- Fun video on Þorrablót - Put together by the Icelandic computer game company CCP and narrated by Ólafur Darri, quite possibly the most Icelandic sounding and looking man to walk to the Earth.
- Dill Restaurant - Iceland's only Michelin-starred restaurant, and they like to let you know. The food is extremely precious and extremely expensive. Go get a hot dog afterwards.
- Low-brow Icelandic picnic - 1) flatkaka bread smeared with butter + sliced cheese/hangikjöt, 2) beikon snakk, 3) Húsavíkur jógúrt, and 3) washed down with a kókómjólk or maltöl
- High-brow Icelandic picnic - skonsur bread smeared with rhubarb jam + Auður cheese, 2) blueberries + Arna plain Greek yogurt (the one in the purple container) and 3) finished off with a Prince Polo chocolate bar
Relatively tame Icelandic foods to try
- ástarpungar - literally "love scrotums", like a hushpuppy doughnut with raisins
- harðfiskur - air-dried fish which Icelanders think tastes good smeared with butter, but they're wrong (it tastes like old, chewy, fishy fish no matter what you smear it with)
- hjónabandssæla - pastry with a coffeecake-style topping, literally means "marital bliss" but also sounds like you're saying "marital vomit" leading to endless jokes
- Icelandic hot dog - available literally everywhere (say "eina með öllu" to get the works)
- kleinur - twisted doughnut—no shit, the best ones are at the IKEA bakery served hot a crispy
- kókómjólk - Iceland's chocolate milk, which Icelandic kids guzzle down by the gallon (Klói, the cat dude on the box, is telling you "Kókómjólk gives you power!", which is an important life lesson)
- plokkfiskur - white fish casserole and Iceland's original comfort food
- pönnukökur - Icelandic pancakes, super thin, normally served with cream and jam
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