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It's All About the Benjamins in Iceland

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A May 2007 trip to Reykjavik by ext212

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Quote: After driving and living in the south of Iceland scrupulously for five days, we spent our benjies in Reykjavik.

It's All About the Benjamins in Iceland

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Overview

Standing tall Photo, Reykjavik, Iceland
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Reykjavik is indeed expensive because they have to import almost everything. Dining out cost us at least US for two people with only two glasses of house wine. Eating lunch seemed even more ridiculous because offerings were as simple as a bowl of pasta with soup for about US for two. I was glad we only spent two nights in Reykjavik or else we would have depleted our bank accounts considerably.1. Eating minke whale.2. Eating puffin.3. Watching the Reykjavik Arts Festival parade with the Little Giant Girl.4. Walking around Reykjavik in chilly but sunny weather.5. Buying second-hand clothing at Sputnik on Laugavegur and some expensive outerwear at 66 North, Iceland's v...Read More

Vin og Skel

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Restaurant

Chalkboard menu in Vin og Skel Photo, Reykjavik, Iceland
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For our first dinner in Reykjavik, we ended up at Vin og Skel (appropriately translates to Wine and Shell) on a small alley off the main shopping street of Laugavegur. We didn't have reservations, but when we walked in, the waitress led us to the only two-person table upstairs. We were surrounded by two large groups. It felt like we were crashing two different parties. Their entire menu was written on a blackboard which reminded me of any laid-back New England seafood restaurant, but the seafood at Vin og Skel was better than any I've had here in the States.Owner Kristjan Noi is not shy about experimenting, but the best dishes were the simplest. A pail of mussels was comforting in some broth f...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 24, 2007

Carpe Diem

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Restaurant

Carpe Diem Photo, Reykjavik, Iceland
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Dinner the second night was at Carpe Diem inside the Foss Hotel. Since we arrived in Reykjavik, we’ve been eating a lot of the local seafood. We wanted to taste the local fare of lamb and the much-heard about puffin. Carpe Diem prides itself in the those two.We started with the Icelandic feast: a plate of salmon, herring and two kinds of roe served with crème fraiche. A small side of mixed greens and the accompanying wheat bread would have made it perfect for lunch.I was excited to finally eat the puffin. We were in Iceland in the beginning of the summer season and all the puffins were beginning to nest. We tried to stop by Dyrholaey but it was inaccessible, so we were unable to see th...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on May 24, 2007

Carpe Diem
Raudararstigur 18
Reykjavik
+354 552 4555

Bæjarins Beztu Pylsur

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Restaurant

Bæjarins Beztu Pylsur Photo, Reykjavik, Iceland
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Our Iceland guide books made such a big deal about Baejarins Beztu Pylsur that we had to check it out. It's a hot dog stand on Posthusstraeti, next to the Kolaportio flea market on weekends, and it's lauded by eager locals as one of Iceland's national foods.When we walked by before noon, the line was already long. They must be good hot dogs, right? I'm from New York City and we have Nathan's and Sabrett hot dogs on the streets. We have Gray's Papaya and Sparky's. But perhaps Reykjavik has a say, too. So we joined the queue and bought ourselves a hot dog - what they call "A Clinton" after Bill Clinton made a stop back in the days during one of his trips to the country. The verdi...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on May 24, 2007

Bæjarins Beztu Pylsur
Posthusstraeti101
Reykjavik, Iceland

Kebab Husid

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Restaurant

Kebab Husid Photo, Reykjavik, Iceland
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Because Iceland is famous for its cod, the boyfriend became very interested in eating fish and chips after reading about the Kebab House. The name doesn’t scream fish and chips, but the writeup proclaimed it offered the best in the city. Because cod is plentiful in Iceland, I assume Kebab House had several chances to get them right.The downtown location closed after the building burned down in the corner of Austurstraeti and Laekjargata. We had to drive to their other location on Grensasvegur. We drove to what looked like a plaza mall before heading out to the airport. It felt like we were transformed to a London pub as soon as we walked in. All the TVs were on showing football games. Famous j...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 25, 2007

Kebab Husid
Grensasvegur 3
Reykjavik
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