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The Best of Icelandic Cuisine: 15+ Dishes You Must Try

Iceland, “the land of fire and ice”, is famous for its many natural beauties. Most tourists visit so they could see its stunning volcanoes and lagoons from which you can…

Iceland, “the land of fire and ice”, is famous for its many natural beauties. Most tourists visit so they could see its stunning volcanoes and lagoons from which you can see the Aurora Borealis. Along with the untouched nature, Iceland’s greatest treasures are its friendly, warm people and their hospitality.

However, Icelandic cuisine is not as well known as some others in Europe. That’s why many foreigners have a problem when it comes to picking what to eat once they’re in Iceland. If you’d like to explore the most famous dishes and get to know the eating habits of Icelanders, continue reading!

Although fish and other seafood are very common ingredients, Icelandic cuisine is much more diverse. It’s also based on lamb, dairy and delicious mouth-watering pastries and bread.

Here’s an overview of the things that the majority of Icelanders enjoy eating:

Icelandic Breakfast

Many Icelanders have the habit of eating breakfast at home. Although it keeps becoming more common to grab something on the go, they prefer preparing breakfast in their own kitchens.

One of the most common dishes is hafragrautur. The more simple and well-known translation would be – oatmeal! Icelanders usually sprinkle it with brown sugar and raisins and prepare it with fresh milk.

Another frequent option is skyr, a traditional dairy product. Although it has the consistency and appearance of Greek yogurt, technically, it is considered cheese. It can be eaten plain, but also with fruit, sugar or mixed into oatmeal. It’s a must!

You should know that Iceland is full of amazing bakeries that prepare fresh goods in the early morning hours. Some of the most famous dishes are kleina (donut-like pastry), fresh sourdough bread and sandwiches with smoked salmon or herring.

Iceland is famous for its very high consumption of coffee, so you should definitely enjoy a cup while you’re here. What better time than breakfast? If you’re not a coffee drinker, try the Icelandic moss tea!

Icelandic Lunch

Lunch is often served in the form of smörgåsbord – a Scandinavian buffet that serves both hot and cold dishes. Many restaurants offer this buffet, although you can also order à la carte.

Cold fish dishes are always available on the buffet, such as harðfiskur (wind-dried fish) and hákarl (fermented Greenland shark). These can also be consumed as snacks, between meals.

Be careful with the fermented shark – it has a strong taste that won’t appeal to everyone. Some absolutely love it and some hate it. The famous chef Anthony Bourdain called it “the worst thing he had ever tried”.

Icelanders often eat warm, hearty soups for lunch, as well. The traditional ones are the fish soup (fiskisúpa), meat soup (kjötsúpa) and langoustine soup (humarsúpa). You’ll find them in every restaurant and they are often the cheapest meals on the menu.

If you’re on the go, grab a hot dog. Although they’re not originally a product of Icelandic cuisine, they are incredibly delicious here. The key is in the toppings, which include crunchy fried onions and brown mustard.

Another great Icelandic version of a popular foreign specialty is fish and chips. The locally caught fish (usually cod, salmon or haddock) is fresh and full of flavor. Also, some of the dips are made with the Icelandic skyr, which gives it a unique taste.

Icelandic Dinner

Just like in many western countries, dinner is the main meal of the day for Icelanders. Icelandic cuisine offers a variety of authentic specialties that you must taste at least once while you’re there!

The star of Icelandic cuisine, besides seafood, is the lamb. The Icelandic sheep is a local breed that is grass fed and not given any hormones, which guarantees great quality meat. The lamb is usually slow cooked or roasted, although it can be made into a stew as well.

They also eat some parts of the sheep that aren’t commonly eaten, like the head. It is a great delicacy in Iceland, especially when it’s smoked. If you want to try some of the more controversial specialties you can start with this one.

When it comes to seafood, there are different ways to prepare it. It is either boiled, grilled or fried. You should try the freshwater trout (silungur), Arctic char (bleikja) and monkfish (skötuselur), as well as shrimp (rækja) and blue mussels (kræklingur). All are beyond delicious!

Icelandic Desserts

Although Icelandic cuisine features rather healthy food, Icelanders have quite of a sweet tooth! They have many traditional desserts, some similar to other Scandinavian sweets, but with a unique twist.

Snúður is essentially a cinnamon bun topped with melted chocolate or caramel. Eat it alone or with a cup of coffee, as true Icelanders would!

Pönnukökur and rúgbrauðsís are some of the most famous desserts in Iceland. Pönnukökur are Icelandic pancakes topped with sugar, similar to French crepes. On the other hand, our recommendation is rúgbrauðsís – rye bread ice cream, available only in Cafe Loki in Reykjavik!

Vegetarian Food in Iceland

Although it might seem like fish and meat are impossible to avoid, that’s not the case. There are plenty of vegetarian options that are just as delicious and filling.

For starters, skyr should be on your list, whether you’re vegetarian or not. You can customize it by adding different toppings, sweet or savory, or by adding it to salads or veggie dishes. It’s very refreshing and quite healthy.

Many restaurants have vegetarian and vegan menus. Vegetables can be rather expensive in supermarkets, so sometimes eating out won’t cost much more than preparing veggies at home.

Make sure you take advantage of the country’s amazing whole wheat bread. It’s vegan and incredibly delicious.

Icelandic Food Recipes

If you’re going through post-travel nostalgia, you should consider making some Icelandic cuisine gems in your own kitchen! Except for some exotic ingredients, you can find most of them in large grocery stores pretty much anywhere. Have fun recreating the most authentic food from this beautiful country.

Click here for recipes of some of the most delicious Icelandic specialties.

 

 

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EHIC After Brexit: What You Need to Know

With the UK’s eventual departure from the European Union looming large, travellers on both sides of the Channel will no doubt be asking – will I soon need to buy…

With the UK’s eventual departure from the European Union looming large, travellers on both sides of the Channel will no doubt be asking – will I soon need to buy travel insurance for trips from the UK to continental Europe, and vice versa?

The reason this question is being raised is because ‘Brexit’ could well mean the UK leaves the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) scheme, which guarantees card holders free or subsidised access to state-provided healthcare wherever they travel in the European Economic Area (EEC), plus Switzerland.

With the EHIC no longer valid in the UK and no longer available to its citizens, the assumption is that travellers from Europe to the UK, and from the UK to Europe, would need travel insurance to cover any potential medical costs.

While this is true, it is wrong to think of the EHIC and travel insurance as either-or options. As things stand, travellers should carry both. The EHIC is a scheme for medical costs only. Travel insurance, whilst it includes medical cover, also protects you for a variety of other things, such as loss or theft of personal belongings and luggage, delays and cancellations to flights and other pre-arranged transport and so on.

It is also a common misapprehension that the EHIC entitles you to free healthcare. It does not, because every country in the scheme does not offer free care to its own citizens. If you travel to a country where all medical treatment is paid for, you have to pay too, regardless of carrying a EHIC card, although it is likely to be at a heavily subsidised rate. But the fact you have to pay at all is another reason why you need travel insurance as well.

Pre-existing medical conditions

Standard travel insurance medical cover is not as comprehensive as the EHIC. If you have a pre-existing medical issue, you need to be aware that travel insurance policies do not automatically cover you for treatments related to your condition. This is different to the EHIC, which covers all forms of medical assistance, whether general or specific, whether an emergency or just a check-up.

For example, if you have a lung or a heart condition and suddenly symptoms flare up while abroad, the EHIC means you can be rushed to hospital and will only be charged the domestic rate – nothing, in some countries. The same applies if you just want to visit a doctor for a once-over or a new prescription. Travel insurance, on the other hand, is designed mainly to cover general illness, accidents and emergencies. Standard policies will not pay out on treatment for specific conditions.

This is something to be aware of if you suffer from a long-standing illness and have been used to relying on the EHIC, if and when it is no longer used in the UK. To get adequate protection, you will need to source a bespoke travel insurance policy that includes your condition in its medical schedule. There are many specialist providers out there who cater for people with pre-exisiting conditions, who offer good value and comprehensive protection for your specific needs. Click here to find out more.

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14 Ukrainian Dishes You Must Try

Ukraine is one of Eastern Europe’s greatest treasures. This country has a long and rich history and beautiful landmarks, which guarantees for an exciting trip! They say that the best…

Ukraine is one of Eastern Europe’s greatest treasures. This country has a long and rich history and beautiful landmarks, which guarantees for an exciting trip!

They say that the best way to learn about a country is to see it through the perspective of locals. You should visit their favorite cafes, learn about their customs and put yourself in their shoes.

One of the ways to do that is to try the traditional food that they grew up with.

Ukraine is the second largest country in Europe and it has a well developed agriculture. Its many plains allow locals to grow their own food and use fresh ingredients in their diet. If you’re a lover of real, organic food, Ukraine is the right place for you!

Here’s a list of some of the best Ukrainian dishes to try on your next trip there!

Borscht

One of the most famous dishes in Ukraine is borscht. It has a very long tradition, so you could say they perfected it by now!

There’s over 30 types of this soup and they’re all based on vegetables, such as beets, cabbage and potatoes. Even though this is a great vegan dish, certain recipes include some type of meat or fish. It will give you such a warm, homey feeling that you’ll feel like you’re in your grandma’s dining room!

Kholodet

This is the dish that you’ll surely try if you spend New Year’s Eve in an Ukrainian restaurant. They traditionally serve it as an appetizer on this holiday. It’s essentially a jelly pudding made with fish or meat stock and various vegetables. The texture might be something you’ll have to get used to, but every foodie must try it!

Piroshki

Ukrainians are the best when it comes to specialties made with dough! One of them are, without a doubt, piroshki. Piroshki are buns usually filled with meat, vegetables or cheese and often served with sour cream. They can either be fried or baked but both are equally as good. These are a perfect breakfast on-the-go, as well as a filling lunch – the choice is yours!

Salo

Here’s a combination you’ve probably never tried before – pork lard, rye bread and herbs. Besides being full of vitamins, pork lard (salo) has a surprisingly rich flavor. You can choose your toppings based on your preferences. If you combine salo with onions you’ll recreate an old-school Ukrainian appetizer!

Deruny

These potato pancakes are your ideal breakfast food! Made with grated potatoes, eggs and onions, they’re a perfect combination of rich and crunchy. However, eating them as a side for lunch is not unusual. Ukrainians often top them with sour cream or mushroom sauce. You can’t go wrong with potatoes!

Chicken Kiev

The dish that carries the name of the Ukrainian capital just has to be exceptional. Even though at first sight it might seem like chicken you’ve eaten before, the key is in the method of preparation.

Chicken breast is rolled around cold butter first and then covered with eggs and bread crumbs. Chicken Kiev can also be stuffed, but sometimes, the simple recipe is best.
You can try this dish in various restaurants around the world, but trying it in Ukraine is something else!

Kovbasa

Kovbasa is Ukrainian homemade sausage. Many families that live in villages still make their own kovbasa, with organic chicken or pork. Besides meat, it is prepared with fats and spices that give it a wonderful aroma. It is so much better than store bought sausages.

Nalesniki

If you thought good crepes only existed in France, you were so wrong! Ukrainians have their own version and they are absolutely delicious. They can be filled with some type of cheese or even minced meat. They’re best when eaten fresh with sour cream on the side. The sweet ones are filled with fruit jam or a unique traditional combination – cottage cheese and raisins.

Varenyky

Varenyky are Ukrainian dumplings made with various fillings: ground meat, mashed potatoes, fried sauerkraut and many more.  They’re often served as a part of Christmas Eve dinner. The sweet version of varenyky is filled with fruit and drenched in butter. Make sure you try both!

Bread

Even though it’s not a dish, you mustn’t leave Ukraine without trying their bread. It’s deeply rooted in their culture, hence the traditional form of showing hospitality by giving your guests bread and salt.

Ukrainians are famous for their crops, especially rye, barley and buckwheat. They put so much love in the process of making bread and we guarantee that Ukrainian bread will be among the best you’ve ever tried!

Solyanka

This is another thick hearty soup Ukrainians love. There are three kinds of solyanka, depending on what you choose as your main ingredient – meat, fish or mushrooms.
If you choose meat, you can also add sausages, pickles, onions, capers and many other ingredients.

The one with mushrooms is baked in the oven after cooking and covered with breadcrumbs.

Fish solyanka has a fresh taste thanks to the lemon juice that’s added at the end.

Pampushky

If you love doughnuts, you’ll love pampushky. They’re little balls of dough filled with berries, rose preserve or poppy seeds and topped with powdered sugar. If you’re eating borscht, it will sometimes be served with savoury pampushky and garlic sauce on the side. These will make your mouth water.

Kutia

Ukrainians have been eating kutia since the prehistoric times. It’s a mix of wheatberries, poppy seeds and honey, and sometimes nuts. It is always served during Christmas dinner. However, you can still eat it for breakfast or as a dessert after your meal. Not only is it tasty but very healthy as well.

Golubtsi

Golubtsi are just plain delicious! They’re sauerkraut rolls filled with minced meat and rice. Of course, Ukrainians add various spices and herbs.

The rolls are then either cooked or baked until the meat is done. Making golubtsi requires skills, so make sure you search for a good cook. They are worth the effort!

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7 Places You Must See On a Road Trip In France

Ever thought about a road trip in Europe? Try France! The country will surely offer you an unforgettable road trip. France has a diverse landscape and a rich history you…

Ever thought about a road trip in Europe? Try France! The country will surely offer you an unforgettable road trip. France has a diverse landscape and a rich history you can discover.

Ready To Go?

A very important thing you need during this road trip is obviously a car. If you are not able to drive to the capital with your own car, there are a lot of options for renting a car in Paris.

When you book your car in advance, the car will be ready at the airport when you arrive, so you can start your trip immediately. This saves you a lot of time.

7 Places You Must See On a Road Trip In France

Paris

Paris is the perfect place to start your road trip adventure. The Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, Louvre Museum, and the Sacre Coeur are just some of the iconic sights you can see here.

If you have already seen these sights, you can go to the Montparnasse Tower which is one of the highest buildings in the city. The view is even better than the one from the Eiffel Tower.

Other fantastic attractions include the Catacombs of Paris and Jardin des Plantes where you can see hundreds of exotic and beautiful plants and flowers.

If you love modern art visit the Centre Pompidou.

Bretagne

This region of France is famous for its fishing villages, old cities and impressive coastline with big rocks and beautiful beaches. Visit the region’s medieval cities and discover the traces of the Roman Ages.

Bretagne offers some great opportunities for nature lovers, especially for hikers. The GR 34 which is 160-km walk has it all! There are also some great surf spots.

If you want to just casually explore the area by car, don’t miss Rennes which is the capital of the region. The city has a lovely Saturday morning market.

Bordeaux

Keep in mind that you’ll need more than a day in Bordeaux. See the city’s beautiful bridges, impressive buildings, and small streets filled with cafes and restaurants.

Bordeaux is famous for wine so pay a visit to a nearby winery and try some of the world’s best wines.

Toulouse

On your way to the south coast of France, you will drive across Toulouse. This city has a
medieval city center with beautiful museums and churches.

Toulouse is France’s space capital, so once you are here don’t miss the Cite De L’Espace theme park. Thanks to the moonwalk simulator, you can train like a real astronaut here.

The city has an interesting foodie scene too. The local specialties include goose liver, duck breast, and Toulouse sausage.

Avignon

If you happen to be in France during June or July, don’t miss Avignon and its festival. There are plenty of musical performances and outdoor theatres in the city.

Avignon is famous for one of the largest and most important Gothic buildings in Europe – Palais des Papes. Just next to the palace is another famous tourist attraction – the Pont Saint-Benezet.

Marseille

Marseille is a cool and hip coastal city on the Mediterranean coast. It has beautiful beaches, impressive architecture, interesting museums, and great shopping malls. There are also plenty of creative spaces which are redecorated by young artists.

See the Old Port of Marseille and the city center which is filled with wonderful cafes and restaurants. From the harbor, you can take different boat trips such as the one to the Calanques or the island of If.

Nice

Nice is one of the nicest cities on the Côte d’Azur. It has a lovely city center where you can still feel and see the eventful history with Italian influences.

Start your day at the Cours Saleya – a lively market where you can stock up on fruits and vegetables. You will also find some amazing flowers.

Once you are done with the market, head to the Promenade des Anglais. Don’t miss the Castle of Nice which offers wonderful views of the city.

If you want to discover other great things to do in Nice click here.

If you have rented a car by EasyTerra, you can leave it from your pickup location or leave your rented car in Nice and fly back home.

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6 Less-Known And Alternative Things To Do In Prague

The city of Prague is one of Europe’s most beautiful destinations, famous for its lovely architecture, world-class museums, and eclectic cuisine. In this post, we highlight some less-known and alternative…

The city of Prague is one of Europe’s most beautiful destinations, famous for its lovely architecture, world-class museums, and eclectic cuisine. In this post, we highlight some less-known and alternative things to do in Prague.

6 Less-Known And Alternative Things To Do In Prague

The Museum of Alchemists and Magicians of Old Prague

This museum is located near the Prague Castle and it’s where the alchemist Edward Kelley lived. The exhibition is dedicated to a number of alchemists including Rudolf II ( known as the “Mad Alchemist”), the magician Žit and others.

The exhibition consists of a magical room of Faust’s house which you can walk through, the spiral staircase from the 16th century which was built by Kelley, and an authentic laboratory.

You’ll also find plenty of information about the alchemy in general. Bring your camera with you and capture this unusual and eclectic tourist attraction.

Go On a Culinary Tour

less-known and alternative things to do in prague

One of the best experiences to have when traveling is trying new food. A unique way to sample delicious Czech food is by going on a culinary tour in Prague. A culinary tour is an awesome way to do something new, enjoy a portion of great food, and at the same time learn more about the culture of that place. You’ll also get a good introduction of many things you can eat while you’re in the city.

Some famous foods you can try in Prague include chimney cake, gingerbread, sauerkraut soup, kulajda, goulash, and many others.

Idiom Installation

Bibliophiles will appreciate seeing this installation made by Matej Kren. A tower of books that appears to go on forever. What more can you ask for?

Originally, this installation appeared in 1995 for the first time, during the Sao Paolo International Biennial, but it found its permanent home at the Prague Municipal Library in 1998.

Matej Kren has done another fantastic book-themed installation called the ‘Gravity Mixer’.

Franz Kafka’s Head and the Franz Kafka Museum

The head of Franz Kafka is an outdoor sculpture done by David Cerny. It’s made of 42 rotating panels and is 11 meters tall. These panels form the face of this world famous Prague-born writer. The sculpture depicts Kafka’s tortured personality and self-doubt.

You’ll find this statue just next to the Quadrio business center.

David Cerny has also done another complementary state called Metalmorphosis which is located in the North Carolina, USA.

Those who have read the works of Franz Kafka should also visit his museum which was open in the summer of 2005 and since then became one of the most popular tourist attractions in the city.

Taste Beer At The Alternative Bars

Trying beer when in Prague is not really an alternative thing to do. It’s essential. After all the city is one of the best destinations for beer lovers. However, you can enjoy world-famous Czech beer at some of the city’s alternative venues.

Here’s a list of some great ones:

  • Cross Club
  • Pivovarsky Klub
  • Black Angel’s Bar
  • Riegrovy Sady Beer Garden
  • Letna Beer Garden
  • Vinohradsky Pivovar

See The Spanish Synagogue

The Spanish Synagogue in Prague is a beautiful piece of architecture that you should see. The building was inspired by Alhambra which explains its exotic interior style. Nowadays, the synagogue belongs to the Prague’s Jewish Museum. It houses different cultural exhibitions and concerts of classical and sacred music.

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10 Best Smart Backpacks You Can Buy on AliExpress For Less Than $50

Nowadays, backpacks have become high-tech accessories with a range of useful features. They are capable of charging your phone, playing music, and even streaming videos. They are water-resistant and anti-theft…

Nowadays, backpacks have become high-tech accessories with a range of useful features. They are capable of charging your phone, playing music, and even streaming videos. They are water-resistant and anti-theft friendly.

Here you’ll find a list of 10 best smart backpacks you can buy on AliExpress for less than $50. They’re suitable for travel, work, or school.

Happy shopping! 🙂

BAIBU Anti-Theft Unisex Backpack

USB Charging, Anti Theft Backpack

OZUKO Oxford Backpack For Men – Anti-Theft, USB Charging, Laptop Bag

Multifunctional Unisex Bag

Tigernu Anti-Theft Travel Backpack

Unisex Leather Backpack

USB Smart Backpack

J&Q Multifunctional Laptop Bag

Anti-Theft Waterproof Bag

USB Rechargeable Bag

Don’t forget to also take a look at our post “50 Awesome Travel Products You Can Buy on AliExpress for Less Than $20“.

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