What posts in June? Oh, thooooose thirty posts in June… again. It seems that for the fourth year in a row I’ve climbed aboard the daily blogging train and continued that monumental, multi-year writing effort to string a topic or idea across the vast reaches of years. Each day a new post on a new topic, but on the same blog-per-day topic as last year, creating another set of Those 30 Posts in June. Today, that post just happens to be:
June 25th // Something You Want to Taste
It probably reads either entirely odd — or entirely cliche, but when I travel somewhere afar what I really like to do is, well, eat.
I guess that’s what tires me out of the standard vacation-destination-type trips we’ve been doing lately. Don’t get me wrong: I enjoyed Disney, I adored New York, and the cruise we took (almost a couple years ago now) was awesome.
Yeah, it was frequently quite good (though more often, meh) but notable only for being either (a) overpriced or simply (b) fine-dining experiences that (yes) were worth writing home about.
Iceland, where we’ll be visiting later this summer, seems to have some very standard fare — hot dogs, coffee, that kind of thing — but also their menus (according to the travel information I’ve glimpsed) are filled with tastes of the more exotic. I expect we’ll be eating some mundane foods too, but there is also the chance that one might try some rare, fermented shark. Or perhaps your plate will be piled with a bit of puffin. And I suppose a culture that is spent a few hundred years on a remote northern island may know a thing or two about fish.
After dipping my toe into the internets and doing a bit of research the seven “Treats” currently on my Icelandic Cuisine Bucket List are:
- Hangikjöt (Smoked Lamb)
- Skyr (Icelandic Yogurt)
- Saltfiskur (Bacalao, salt-fish)
- Harðfiskur (Stockfish, fish jerky)
- Puffin (a’la the bird, pictured)
- Ein með öllu (Icelandic hot dog)
- Hákarl (Cured Shark)
I’ll let you know how it goes.