Tuesday, 3 February 2015

Joe's Restaurant

My friends & I dined at Joe's Restaurant in Venice Beach. I had the grilled octopus, which came with smoked tomato & chili vinaigrette, radish, fennel, arugula, & celery leaf salad. For dessert, the four of us shared the chocolate crunch cake with hazelnut praline, coffee crunch ice cream, & candied hazelnuts, and the olive oil cake with red wine poached grapes, olive oil powder, grape gel, & goat cheese sorbet.

Sunday, 1 February 2015

Penthouse Dining

Mastro's is my favorite steakhouse restaurant. It's rare that I enjoy a chain restaurant this much, but Mastro's is different! This time, three of us started with lemon drop martinis, and shared the seafood tower of lobster, Mexican wild white shrimp, and Alaskan king crab legs. My my entree, I had the filet mignon with a side of the creamy & rich lobster mashed potatoes & grilled asparagus.

Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Christmas Adventure

For my last dinner in Iceland, my friend and I went to KOPAR down by the Reykjavik harbor. We went all out and ordered the 10 course Christmas Adventure meal. It included, from left-to-right, top-to-bottom:
1) Fried cod tongue, blood orange sauce, spiced cream cheese
2) Duo of duck: grilled duck breast, Christmas salad, duck confit in phyllo dough, leek puree
3) Braised goose, foie gras, mini apples
4) Cod ling, roasted cauliflower, lobster champagne sauce
5) Red fish two ways, barley, English peas, snap pea & mango slaw
6) Reindeer, beets, Brussels sprouts, fried sweet potatoes, truffle snow
7) Cinnamon muffin, vanilla cream, sweet meringue, coconut milk, dehydrated raspberries
8) Hazelnut cake, caramel, raspberry sorbet
9) Skyr sorbet, praline ice cream

The only one that is not pictured is the scallop ceviche served in its own shell. My favorite dishes of the night were the duo of duck, braised goose, reindeer, and hazelnut cake. Obviously, I had a lot of favorites. There was not a dish that I did not like. It was money well spent!

Monday, 19 January 2015

Seafood Grill

After walking around the city of Reykjavik, and a little window shopping, I stopped at Sjávargrillið. I had this beautiful dish of langoustine & perch. The grilled langoustine was atop a filet of ocean perch, and accompanied with sunchokes & pickled shallots, garnished with dill, micro greens, & goat cheese, and topped with lobster hollandaise, apple sauce, & red pepper coulis. There was a flavor explosion in my mouth, but it was not overwhelming. The langoustine was succulent, and the ocean perch was flaky. This was one of the most memorable dishes of my Icelandic trip.

Sunday, 18 January 2015

Icelandic Fish & Chips

I went to lunch at Icelandic Fish & Chips with a friend that I met on my Northern Lights tours. I ordered the house made ginger & lemon soda, then the fish & chips. My dish consisted of fried ling fish in spelt batter, with a side of rosemary & garlic crispy potatoes. The fish was moist and flaky, and the batter was very crispy. The texture was different from the batter on regular fish & chips. We shared a trio of skyronnaise, a yogurt & mayonnaise dip: basil garlic, truffle tarragon, & tartar.

Saturday, 17 January 2015


First breakfast in Reykjavik: flaky apricot pastry with Earl Grey tea from Bakari Sandholt

Friday, 16 January 2015

Baby It's Cold Outside

Although it was only about 10 degrees out, my friend and I wanted ice cream. We stumbled upon Bada Bing, which is a tiny gelato shop in the heart of Reykjavik. The piparkaka, which translates to gingerbread cookie, immediately caught my eye. Every bite of this gelato tasted exactly like the cookies I buy at the store! I loved it.

Thursday, 15 January 2015

Bunk Bar

My friend and I walked around the main street of Reykjavik. We wandered into Bunk Bar, and I ordered the smoked lamb, not knowing they were tacos. To my surprise, the tacos were very delicious. The lamb tacos were topped with cabbage, dill, & horseradish sauce. The lamb was smoked perfectly. It was savory & a little bit sweet, and the meat was tender. I had a pint of Christmas beer to wash it all down.

Wednesday, 14 January 2015

Baejarins Betzu

My first snack in Reykjavik, Iceland last month was at Baejarins Betzu Pylsur, which translates to "Town's Best Hot Dogs." For about $3, I ordered the Pylsur með öllu. It was a lamb, pork & beef hot dog with raw & roasted onions, mustard, & remoulade on top. It was actually very good!

Tuesday, 13 January 2015

Fig, Blue Cheese & Prosciutto Pizza

Fig, Blue Cheese & Prosciutto Pizza
Serves 4