Saturday, September 6, 2008

Icelandic pride

As I mentioned before, we were fortunate enough to be in Reykjavik when the silver medal handball team came home. It was really nice to be part of the festivities and celebration. It felt as though a large majority of the Icelandic people were there, considering so many people showed up.

While we were walking through town we saw their plane fly into the city airport escorted by two helicopters and we knew it would be a large event. I especially loved seeing the children waving their flags and having their faces painted. The store fronts were decorated and the streets were lined with flags and barriers.

After watching the team arrive we went to dinner at Domo, a modern restaurant with the captain of the Icelandic national culinary team as the head chef. They are also known for mojitos, so I tried a blueberry one, while Stefan stuck with the classic. My delicious dinner consisted of Panga fish in a wasabi crust, 'fish & chips' Parsley root, almond potatoes, and a lobster béarnaise sauce. Stefan again stuck with the classic sushi.

Dessert was equally fantastic. We shared the cardimon and lemon grass créme brulée with banana-tamarind ice cream and a passion fruit - banana foam. It was as delicious as it sounds. I really should be a pastry chef.

I'd highly recommend Domo if you are in Reykjavik and want food that isn't lamb based. We soon understood why there was so much lamb once we left the city.

5 comments:

JoernandAllison said...

That is such a unique experience to have been able to see the team and all the celebration.
Domo seems fabulous. Obviously, there is some world influence even in an isolated country like Iceland, but it seems to be in a good way.

ohabbyreally said...

I love how the red really pops in these pictures.

Emily said...

allison...
The celebration was really neat - I even got a little teary watching everyone. If you get to Iceland I definitely recommend Domo - it was so good.

abby...
I always have a fondness for red, white, and blue flags... I'd even say theirs is prettier than ours!

Bluefish said...

Is it expensive to travel to Iceland? I had a connection flight in Iceland and I thought things were a bit pricey.

Emily said...

bluefish...
It can be expensive. If you watch for cheap flights or sign up with icelandair you might find a reasonable ticket.
I think Iceland's airport is much like anywhere else - anything behind the security check instantly doubles or triples in price. I didn't find it to be too ridiculous.