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Thursday, 22 August 2013


Icelandic Hot Dog + Skyr Most popular hot dog stand in Iceland
There are no ifs, ands, or buts when it comes to dining out in Iceland... it is bank breaking expensive (unintentional pun alert lol!).  One of the reason to why dining out is so costly (aside from key ingredients being imported) around Iceland is because Icelanders take their food seriously... dining out = fine dining experience.

Ironically when I asked for food recommendations in Reykjavik I was referred to this inconspicuous "dumpy" hot dog stand close to the waterfront (near the conference center).  Each hot dog costed ~ $3 CAD and I would've paid triple that price because it was simply the best hot dog I've ever tasted (Japadog in Vancouver comes second).

Hot dogs (or "pylsur" in Icelandic) can be found everywhere... in gas stations, convenience stores, etc... and they seem to be loved by locals and tourists alike.  This particular hot dog stand (Bæjarins Beztu Pylsur) in Reykjavik is undoubtedly the most frequented eatery in Iceland, and was selected as the best hot dog stand in Europe by the Guardian.  Unlike regular hot dogs in North America, these delicious gems are made with a blend of beef, pork, and lamb... and tasted like actual meat.  The meat itself is good, but it is the combination of unique condiments that elevates this hot dog to its king status.  A stripe of ketchup, followed by a stripe of mayonnaise-based remoulade, and finally... a stripe of sweet spiced brown mustard (onions are suggested but optional... I don't eat raw onions so I skipped it).

Due to its sheer deliciousness I would recommend ordering two hotdogs from the get go so you don't have to wait in the queue for a second serving (the queue does move fast however)... because your taste buds WILL crave this orgasmic flavors again.  You may decide to pair the hotdog with Coca-Cola (you can get it at the stand) or you may decide to enjoy it with Skyr (Icelandic yogurt) from a nearby convenience store.  Aside: Skyr = best yogurt I've ever tasted and I have been trying to find them in Canada ever since (apparently it is considered as un-pasturized cheese thus importing is next to impossible... yes I liked it so much I actually tried to import it myself haha)... PLEASE LET ME KNOW IN THE COMMENTS BELOW IF YOU KNOW HOW TO GET SKYR IN CANADA!

Did I just write a post about hot dogs???  Yes it was this delicious.

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