19 November 2014

Tromso tastebud travelling (aka Norway rocks)

We were so busy exploring in our arctic gear that my normal zeal for tastebud travelling was a little subdued - our itinerary is normally heavily influenced by a desire to try everything that country is famous (and infamous for) with thoroughly researched restaurants and supermarket sweeps. This time, not so much due to time restraints and a rather awesome hotel deal.

(As an aside, what is it that's so fascinating about other countries' Supermarkets? Everywhere we travel much to the Mister's impatience I like to spend half an hour browsing the shelves I'll never need, looking at food I'll never buy...)  

Tromso tastebud travelling (aka Norway rocks) - Adventures of a London Kiwi

We began each day with a delectable buffet in our hotel; cold salads, hot English breakfast food, continental pastries and Ryvita. I don't quote know why, but for some bizarre reason it just tasted better closer to the North Pole. Loaded with a touch of coleslaw, salmon and beetroot or ham and pickles, it's a perfect morning fuel accompanied with coffee and apple juice. Move along, ignore the cheeky brie, nothing to see here folks....

Tromso tastebud travelling (aka Norway rocks) - Adventures of a London Kiwi

Norway was a touch different for a few reasons - one of them being cost. Luckily our hotel included breakfast, an afternoon snack and an evening 'supper' which meant that we were fairly sorted. We did dip our toe in the Norwegian food scene slightly though...

Rich and very moreish reindeer jerky...

Tromso tastebud travelling (aka Norway rocks) - Adventures of a London Kiwi

On the run hotdogs...

Tromso tastebud travelling (aka Norway rocks) - Adventures of a London Kiwi

Fresh made piping hot waffles drowned in strawberry jam & brown cheese, a Norwegian specialty...

Lingonberry jam...

Tromso tastebud travelling (aka Norway rocks) - Adventures of a London Kiwi

And Northern-Light-spotting-open-fire-hotdogs. Oh, and Jaffa cakes, vegetable soup, cheese sandwiches and a tot of whiskey - all of the Aurora food group. Absolutely essential!

Tromso tastebud travelling (aka Norway rocks) - Adventures of a London Kiwi

There was much so we didn't get to try (though we did pop out for a pretty darn good dinner Pizza with Van) and the next day enjoyed a coffee with a rather majestic view...

Tromso tastebud travelling (aka Norway rocks) - Adventures of a London Kiwi

24 comments :

  1. "Move along...ignore the cheeky brie... nothing to see here" :)

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  2. I love everything lingonberry! They even have lingonberry yoghurts here, delicious!! :)

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  3. Those are some awesome looking hot dogs and loganberry jam sounds tasty!

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  4. Good food is so important for good travel. Lately, I have started paying attention to more of local stuff than the stuff that I usually eat.

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  5. I know what you mean about the supermarkets...it's like weird curiousity...

    Lots of love,

    Angie

    SilverSpoon London

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  6. That is fun that you got to see Van!

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  7. Sounds fun! I love other countries supermarkets too! They're fascinating.

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  8. YES on the exploring foreign supermarkets! they're a goldmine! When we went to Malta, my favourite part was buying tons of weird stuff and making friends with the deli counter man who showed us his full back tattoo of Freddy Krueger. Gold.

    The Awkward Blog

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  9. They were pretty good - I did go armed with emergency muesli bars & porridge but didn't need them! Most of the supermarkets stocked GF food & their meals were so meat, fish & vege dominant I didn't even notice.

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  10. They were delicious - hot & stuffed with cheese - perfect for 3° temperatures...!

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  11. I guess it's an unusual snapshot into a normal person's day to day life?

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  12. Some things I want to buy even though I no idea what they are...!

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  13. That's wonderful to hear - it's incredible what you can find (and honestly it's one of the hardest things for us - finding somewhere delicious & not a tourist trap!

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  14. Oooooh guess what I'm going to have for breakfast today!

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  15. It's weird, no? Maybe it's the view (you know, like how smell changes taste?)

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  16. yep! he was very proud of it too. I did the smile and nod....

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  17. I enjoy that there is an aurora food group. Plus - brie, what brie? I didn't see any brie!! I am the same with supermarkets, I find them fascinating in other countries!

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