The Reykjavik Food Walk, Part 1

30 08 2016

I had found the perfect tourist attraction for myself prior to travelling to Reykjavik, Iceland: a walking tour that involved eating; lots of eating.  I immediately signed up and I was not disappointed.

At 12:30 pm on a windy Saturday in August, a group of us met up in front of Harpa to be taken on a walking journey of Reykjavik tasting the city’s local favorites by our bouncy guide Gabriella.  We were 10 tourists: an American family from New Jersey – husband, wife, and a grown daughter; a German couple in their 50’s with two nephews; a young American lady in her 30’s? working for GE who was travelling inbetween business assignments, an older Welsh lady residing in Australia who told me she and her husband were coming to Tokyo on their way back; and yours truly.

Our first stop was Islenski Barrin (literally Icelandic bar) to try the signature Icelandic dish, the lamb stew.

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Then we moved over to Ostabúðin, a lovely cheese shop which came with a restaurant attached.  We tried three kinds of Icelandic cheese and three kinds of cured meat.

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Our cheeses on the board on top of the glass case

Our lovely guide Gabriella who used to work at this cheese shop

Our lovely guide Gabriella who used to work at this cheese shop

The meats. One of them had a licorice taste - it was seasoned with anise.

The meats. One of them had a licorice taste – it was seasoned with anise.

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The Reykjavik Food Walk

To be continued…

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