June 16, 2019 A taste of Nordic food and nature


Food Focus

We’re talking about some weird foods here, so we wanted to keep them all straight in one location. Browse the food glossary below, or return to it when you just can’t remember the difference between Rømmegrøt and Raskfisk.

Brunost (broo-nohst) Norwegian – “Brown cheese”. Brunost is a sweet-savory goat cheese made from caramelized whey, giving it a sharp, sweet-sour dulce de leche flavor.


Local Lingo

We created a glossary of handy Scandi words that may pop up in our pieces, be featured in the weekly newsletter, or simply serve as a good point of reference. Take a look at hygge, the Danish lifestyle sensation, below, and read on for more.

Hygge (hue-gah) Danish – the concept of creating feelings of contentment and wellbeing through the production of cozy, comfortable physical surroundings. Such surroundings are often enhanced by the use of a plethora of candles, soft and plush blankets, warm food and drink, and the act of being together with close friends. Read more from the New Yorker here.


Pins on the Map

A list of our favorite food spots so that you can stop by and namedrop us if you like.

Including the likes of: Credo, Spontan, Noma, Relæ, Bæst


That Weird Measurement System

Sorry America, the rest of the world uses metric and they have the advantage of common sense. But we know change is hard, so here are some easy conversions all in the same spot.

1 cup = 240 ml

1 pound = 454 grams


VN View

  • Reaping the rewards from one hour of mackerel fishing 🐟 summertime in Larvik, on Norway’s southern coast 🇳🇴
  • Wax broth with flower petals and pollen served in a beeswax bowl on last summer’s vegetable menu at @Nomacph 🐝This honey-sweet dish was the absolute bee’s knees!
  • The art of matpakke, the packed lunch of Norway! Matpakke is a Norwegian tradition that literally means “packed food” and is usually made up of bread, meats, cheese, and jams to spread, plus a few other snacks. ⠀
If you want to order a matpakke in Norway - @Lunsjkollektivet have some creative and tasty options!
  • Cod from Høvåg in the south of Norway, ready to become ceviche with a little help from tons of lime and lemon juice, tomato juice, cilantro and spring onion🍈🍋🍅🌱
  • A chip of dried caramelized scallop, topped off with an emulsion of the roe, a tartare of the muscle and lots of sour wood sorrel from @kontrast_oslo 🌊
  • The last meal of a capercaillie, one of the big game birds in the Nordics. This one was snacking on blueberries, pine needles, and some fallen leaves when his day ended quickly at Finnskogen in the eastern part of Norway last fall 🦃
  • @askanyc in Brooklyn is one of the best introductions to Nordic food for Americans looking to find a taste of Scandinavia in the states. Here, we have the inner shavings of bright green asparagus with *fantastisk* Finnish caviar from Karelia, sitting in a sauce made from fermented asparagus juice and whey from last summer's menu🌱
  • Dairy products are an essential pillar of Nordic cooking, and this creamy, luxurious cultured butter at @askanyc proves why🐮
  • Lompe, a traditional Norwegian flatbread, served with fermented trout and horseradish at @maaemo in Oslo 🇧🇻

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