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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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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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Europe’s Feminist Friendly Cities Worth a Visit

The travel businesses that support women around the world and feminist travel trends, in general, are quite often missing in the mainstream travel publications.  The travel industry is still far…

The travel businesses that support women around the world and feminist travel trends, in general, are quite often missing in the mainstream travel publications. 

The travel industry is still far behind when it comes to catering to women’s needs, despite their undeniable presence in travel. 

In this post, we’ve highlighted 4 European feminist friendly cities with spots and attractions that have either played an important historical role or that are helping advance women’s rights in current times. 

Feminist Friendly Cities in Europe Worth a Visit

London

Florence Nightingale Museum 

Florence Nightingale was the founder of modern nursing who truly changed the world. A museum dedicated to this heroine was opened in 1989 and today it represents a key part of London’s feminist heritage offer. 

Being born in a wealthy family, Florence had to rebel against the norm and the trivial lives that most upper-class women led. After she expressed a desire to become a nurse, Florence’s parents were horrified. After nine years of struggle, they reluctantly allowed her to enroll as a student in Germany. 

Florence became famous for her pioneering nursing work during the Crimean War, when she organized a group of thirty-eight nurses in Scutari. 

She has an important role in English feminism, thanks to her essay ‘Cassandra’ in which she passionately protested the learned helplessness of women. 

A rejection of intellectual inactivity is perhaps the most known theme of Florence’s life. 

To find all about her achievements visit the museum that is located on 2 Lambeth Palace Road or attend a walking tour called ‘Florence’s London’ that explores her life through the places where she lived and worked. 

Address: 2 Lambeth Palace Road
Admission: £8

The Feminist Library 

This year, the Feminist Library in London celebrated 44 years of archiving and activism. The library is 100 percent run by volunteers. The vast collection of feminist books places a particular emphasis on second-wave material, from the late 1960s to the 1990s. It’s a fantastic place to stock up on some new books over a cup of coffee.  

Address: 5 Westminster Bridge Road

Velvet Underground Tattoo 

Velvet Underground is London’s first female-only staffed studio. It was founded by Roxy Velvet. The studio is among the few in London to be awarded 4/4 by the Tattoo Hygiene Rating Scheme. 

Each artist in the studio has its distinctive style. There’s no copying and no rush as everything functions by an appointment. The studio offers 30 minutes free consultation. 

If you ever wanted to get inked in the British capital, what better place than Velvet, whose artists are experts in crafting bespoke designs. 

What better ink than an empowered one! 

Address: 103 Whitecross St

Zagreb 

Centre for Women’s Studies 

City’s feminist past is marked by the presence of first-wave feminist, female journalist and romance writer Marija Jurić Zagorka.

Her statue is located near the Bloody Bridge which she often described in her novels. 

Centre for Women’s Studies is located in her apartment where visitors can see various personal items, complete oeuvre, and extensive feminist library. 

Address: Dolac 8 

Passage of Sisters Baković 

Other important historical figures are sisters Baković who bravely resisted the fascists and were proclaimed Yugoslav national heroes.

A passage dedicated to them is actually an alley that runs between Masarykova and Warsaw Street in Zagreb. 

Address: Masarykova/Warsaw Street 

Autonomous Cultural Center – Attack

Formerly an industrial building, Attack was occupied by punks and activists in the late 1990s. New inhabitants organized various protests and happenings, and Attack became home of pioneering all-female performance troupes and bands. 

Exhibitions, book fairs, and occasional free lunches can still be found there. Attack hosts interesting clubbing events such as queer party Zbeletron.

Address: Pierottijeva 11

Craft-Beer Spots 

There has been an increase in women-owned businesses during the last few years. Few of them make craft beer such as Brlog Brewery, which is one of the most established ones. 

Their famous beer “The Blondie” is sold in bars all over the city. Juta/Kota Bar is a charming place in the city center with a fine selection of drinks and occasional theme parties. (Address: Medulićeva 20) 

The other great ones are Botaničar (Address: Trg Marka Marulića 6) and The Beertija (Address: Pavla Hatza 16). 

Vienna 

Stadthalle Hotel 

If you have ever wanted to stay at a female-owned, environmentally-friendly hotel, Stadthalle is your go-to place. 

The majority of the staff is female and the owner – Michaela Reitterer – employs people from different backgrounds. 

This is the first hotel in the Austrian capital with the zero-energy balance. The guests are encouraged to save energy and to participate in the Zero Waste project

Best of all? Stadthalle hotel offers equal pay for the same job. 

Address: Hackengasse 20 

Frauen-Werk-Stadt 

Frauen-Werk-Stadt (Women- Work-City) I & II are subsidized social housing complexes in Vienna’s 10th and 21st districts. Both of them are designed by female architects and are focused on the everyday needs of women. 

Gender mainstreaming has been in place in Vienna since the early 1990s. The city’s administrators support laws and regulations that benefit men and women equally. This is most visible in the areas of education, healthcare, and urban planning. 

Address: Frauen-Werk-Stadt I – Donaufelder Straße 95-97; Frauen-Werk-Stadt II – Troststraße 73-75 

Women of Vienna Community 

24 women from all over the world and different backgrounds came together to create a community whose only goal was – make Vienna feel like home. 

Their aim is to act as a support system and to provide the space for women to lead the way in making change. 

This community has nearly 20,000 women in their Facebook group

There’s a range of subgroups too – from literature and LGBTQ+ to culture and housing. 

Copenhagen 

Mariam Mosque 

Mariam Mosque is Europe’s first women’s mosque that challenges patriarchal interpretations of the Quran. It was established in 2016 and besides religious practice, it offers spiritual care and support through abortions, divorce and more.

The Friday prayer is reserved for women only but other than that, the mosque welcomes anyone. Currently, there is a team of 3 female imamahs. 

Sherin Khankan is controversial – not just as a female imam but also as a person who called for the reformation of Islam with a feminist agenda. The mosque’s vision is to implement 9 principles of Muslim reform

Address: Købmagergade 43, 1st floor

Warehouse9 

This small art gallery and performance space is located in the Brown Meat Packing District. Warehouse9 organizes a wide range of exhibitions, events, and concerts throughout the year. Most of them focus on queer and feminist themes. 

If you’re looking for an edgy cultural experience while in the Danish capital, this is the place to be.

Address: Halmtorvet 11C

Ved Siden Af Club

This is one of Copenhagen’s best underground clubs with high-quality music and a fantastic sound system. 

No phones are allowed on the dancefloor and the club has a safe space policy – anyone visiting the club regardless of sexuality, gender, and the outfit should feel safe and inclusive. 

Ved Siden Af is known for hosting International Women’s Day parties with an all-female DJ night.

Address: Vesterbrogade 2B  

Cafe Cadeau 

Cafe Cadeau is run by a bunch of enthusiastic and hard-working volunteers from different backgrounds. Their goal is to create a community by embracing different cultures. 

The cafe organizes a wide range of cultural events – from art and music to international-themed food evenings (yum!). 

Come for the great experience and sample some great dishes in a pleasant and friendly atmosphere. You’ll find plenty of vegan options too.

Address: H.C. Oersteds Vej 28

These top 10 free attractions in Copenhagen are also worth checking out.

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Portable Blenders You Can Get Under 30 Dollars on AliExpress

Portable blenders are exactly what they sound like – blenders that you can easily take everywhere with you. Some of them need to be plugged in to charge, but there…

Portable blenders are exactly what they sound like – blenders that you can easily take everywhere with you. Some of them need to be plugged in to charge, but there are also types that are powered by removable batteries.

Another thing that sets them apart from regular blenders is that they’re smaller in size and weight. They can even fit into the water bottle compartment of your backpack! Depending on the model, some can even be held in the cup holder of your car. All of them are very light and easy to transport.

Portable blenders usually hold from 10 to 14 ounces, which is perfectly enough to feed one person. However, some models hold up to 18. This means you could make a bigger portion of your favorite smoothie or even make two servings.

They are ideal for travelling, picnics and spending time in nature in general. However, the fact that they’re smaller doesn’t mean that they aren’t as powerful – some can even crush ice cubes! This could be great for your favorite beverages, such as cocktails or lemonades.

These devices are especially popular among moms on the go. It’s incredibly easy to make some baby food quickly and with fresh ingredients. Some portable blenders have advanced settings, so that you can blend hot food and reach the perfect consistency easily.

Regular blenders can be very pricey. If you’re on a budget or you simply live alone and don’t need a full-sized one, portable blenders are a good option. Most of the time they’re significantly cheaper and some even cost around twenty to thirty dollars!

They are one of the best novelties in the world of healthy living. If you want to keep up with your good habits at all times, you might want to consider getting one.

Portable Blenders You Can Buy Under 30 Dollars

 

350ml Portable Electric Juicer Electric USB Rechargeable

300W Portable Personal Mini Food Blender Mixer

380ml Portable juicer and blender for travel use

TINTON LIFE Portable Electric Juicer & Blender

WXB portable blender

Mini Portable Electric Fruit Juicer

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4 Best Whiskey Tours in Europe

Whiskey is arguably one of the world’s greatest drinks, as well as one of the most beloved ones. The beauty of it lies in the whole experience: the glass, the…

Whiskey is arguably one of the world’s greatest drinks, as well as one of the most beloved ones. The beauty of it lies in the whole experience: the glass, the aroma, the aftertaste and all that jazz. Its lovers will tell you that it’s not a drink that you should just pour down your throat, but instead, it’s made for savoring and enjoying.

Although it has existed for ages, its popularity is still not declining – on the contrary – it seems like there’s a bunch of new distilleries opening up each year. And is there a better way to try some good whiskey than by doing it right where it’s made – in the distillery?

The fragrant spirit can be found worldwide, but many will argue that the best ones come from Europe. Since most of them have an interesting history besides the quality, a visit to the distilleries could be an incredibly rewarding experience.

That’s why we’ve prepared a selection of European whisky tours that you can treat yourself to on your next vacation!

4 Best Whiskey Tours in Europe

Glenfiddich Distillery, Dufftown, Scotland

You already know that Scotland is actual paradise for whisky enthusiasts. It’s the place everyone goes to when they start learning about whisky, but also the place they always end up returning to.

Although it’s the biggest distillery in the country, the Glenfiddich has that intimate, homey feeling that really makes it stand out from the rest. You can tell that it’s a family-run business with a rich tradition. They offer a number of tours which allow visitors to see the whole detailed process of creating a bottle of whisky from scratch.

The shortest one is called the Explorers tour and it lasts roughly around 1.5 hours. During that time you will be able to try 10 to 18-year-old whiskies and, as the name says, explore the big production complex. The tour costs £10 per person.

They have three more options available, lasting from 2 to 4 hours – the Spirit of Innovation tour, Glenfiddich: Deconstructed tour and the famous Pioneers tour. For £95, the Pioneers tour will take you through the more exclusive warehouses and the true art of creating their product. In the end, you’ll be able to fill up and take home a little bottle of whisky of your choice!

They are open throughout the entire year, except for a couple of weeks during the summer which are reserved for some maintenance work. Make sure that you check beforehand!

The Scotch Whisky Experience, Edinburgh, Scotland

Taking a tour at the very top of Edinburgh’s famous Royal Mile is one of the best ways to get introduced to the world of whisky. Don’t shy away from it if you’re a real enthusiast as well – their experts will recommend a more thorough tour that will suit your needs better.

The Scotch Whisky Experience actually has a vault with the world’s largest collection of Scotch whisky! This is a great chance to learn about the various types of whisky and the regions where it’s made.

The Silver, Gold and Platinum tours offer a whisky barrel ride through the production of authentic scotch, which is an interesting experience itself. The trained guide will help you learn and practice the proper nosing and tasting techniques, if you don’t already know them.

The most basic of the three is the Silver tour and it costs £15 for a little less than an hour of guided exploring. Other than the Gold and Platinum tour, which last longer and allow various tastings, there are also some more luxurious ones available.

One of them is the Morning Masterclass, which is recommended for those that already have the knowledge and/or experience in this field. For £40, you’ll be able to taste one blend, one single grain and two single malt whiskies, and have a conversation with the staff about your favorite spirit.

The Taste of Scotland and Tasting Tales tours are also accompanied by some gourmet Scottish food and they cost up to £79. However, if you’re mostly interested in the whisky, we recommend skipping this and taking either the Silver or the Gold tour instead!

The Old Jameson Distillery, Dublin, Ireland

Jameson is one of the most famous whisky brands in the world and visiting the Old Distillery will really take you behind the scenes of this magnificent business. Although they now have a new location for production, the original one is where it all started and that’s what makes it so special.

They have a couple of tours available, starting with the Bow St. Experience which lasts 40 minutes. The prices are a bit higher, since they start at €18 for the shortest tour and go up to €60 for their Whiskey Blending Class. However, at the end of the class, you’ll be able to take home the whisky you’ve blended with your own two hands!

The best option might be the one in between – the Bow St. Experience & Live Maturation Warehouse Visit. The €37 tour includes the tasting of their 14-year-old whisky straight from the barrel! You’ll be able to learn all about Jameson’s history, and, at the same time, try the very best of what they have to offer. If you’re a whisky lover, you definitely shouldn’t miss this legendary distillery, since it’s among the most prominent in the world.

The Jameson Experience, Midleton, Ireland

This is where the magic of the production process of Jameson happens today. Also, it’s a great place to learn about John Jameson and enjoy some of the brand’s legendary whiskies: the Jameson Black Barrel, Midleton Very Rare or the Power’s John’s Lane Release.

The tour offer varies from the Jameson Experience Tour (€18 for students) to their Behind the Scenes Tour (€60).

The most experienced whisky enthusiasts will enjoy the Distiller’s Apprentice Tour. Although it’s quite pricey (a whopping €95), it is the only tour of them all that offers direct access to their current-day distillery! After almost 3 hours, you will know all the details of the production of premium whisky.

 

 

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Best Carry On Luggage You Can Get On AliExpress For Less Than $100

Traveling light will make your journey quicker and easier. That’s why we have compiled a list of the best carry on luggage you can get under $100. With a small…

Traveling light will make your journey quicker and easier. That’s why we have compiled a list of the best carry on luggage you can get under $100.

With a small carry on luggage, you can bypass long queues and get to the final destination quicker than anyone else. Most airlines have almost the same regulations regarding carry on luggage. Be sure to check this before traveling as they may vary.

In this post, we have picked bags for different types of travel, budgets, and style. 

 

Oxford Large Weekend Bag

Waterproof Shoulder Travel Bag

Oxford Travel Handbag MARKROYAL Travel Bag Waterproof Duffel Bag Trolley carry on luggage Z.L.D Canvas Leather Bag MARKROYAL Canvas Travel Bag MAHEU Genuine Leather Travel Bag

Don’t forget to check out these 50 awesome travel products you can get for less than $20 too. 

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