Silly Things You Do In Foreign Countries

August 18, 2011
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It was midnight and cold. I was holding a flashlight, balancing on the bow of a small boat and trying not to hit the barnacle spattered rocks. My partner was wearing a water survival suit and holding a small pitchfork. I was beginning to wonder what in the hell I was doing. Then, finally a small movement. […]

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Norway or the Highway

August 17, 2011
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The last time we traveled to Norway it looked a lot like this. Not the highlight of my life, but beautiful in its severity. Our recent trip during the high summer season was certainly a different case altogether.

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Birthday Boy (Din Gamle Fis)

May 29, 2011
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This coming weekend we will celebrate Gourmand’s birthday in a variety of ways. One of these ways is through cooking. While Gourmand eats everything I cook, and claims to enjoy it, I know that he misses the dishes of his mother land. While he does cook the occasional Norwegian delicacy (Oxymoron? We’ll find out!) I […]

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A Better Bread

January 19, 2011

The Gourmet: Wonderbread is not food. Neither is a lot of the super starchy, sugar packed crap most of us eat in lieu of bread.  Gourmand grew up eating dense, whole wheat based breads. Filling and fortifying, and made from grains that last you for hours. We’ve tried to recreated this bread at home, but even […]

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The Fat Kid Chronicles: Oslo

January 12, 2011

The Gourmet  At long last, a few words and pictures from our trip to Oslo. Gourmand spent the first 27 years of his life in this strange, beautiful and frustrating country, so I am, I suppose, indebted to it. It’s a country full of contradictions, where the outdoorsy fun loving Norgs have made an infuriating […]

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Pick Your Poison: Rakfisk

January 6, 2011

Gourmand: You would think Lutefisk was our meal most likely to make Bizarre Foods, and you would be right. However you might argue that we had a more bizarre meal in Oslo; Rakfisk. A rural tradition from the eastern parts of Norway, I had never tried it before and neither had most of my friends. […]

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Pick Your Poison: Lutefisk

January 6, 2011

The Gourmet: “This may be the last thing you will ever eat” is not a phrase that normally enters my head right before I tuck into dinner. Then again, Lutefisk is not usually a part of my everyday diet.  I knew Norway would provide for some different culinary experiences and I assumed meals would be filled with […]

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Eat Your Vegetables

December 18, 2010

The Gourmet: This may be the only salad in Norway. More research is needed before a conclusion can be made though.

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Nanook of the North

December 1, 2010

The Gourmet: Before I met Gourmand there were warnings. The first day of graduate school orientation people who I would grow to trust and respect warned me to “watch out for that Norwegian guy”. There were other less gleaming endorsements, but I won’t repeat them here. Fate having her way, we clicked immediately. Of course our first […]

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