Category Archives: Culinary Traditions

Norwegian comfort food in the heart of Brooklyn

Photo: Arlene Bakke Nordic Deli on the 17th of May. The store is a great place to watch the parade from.

Nordic Deli is a delicious bite of Norway Victoria Hofmo Brooklyn, N.Y. It is fitting that Nordic Deli is the star of the film “Lapskaus Boulevard,” a documentary by Director Marianne Kleven, and not only because the title is a Norwegian dish. Kleven choose to feature Nordic Deli in her film for a very specific reason. While she ...

A brief history of the Kvikk Lunsj phenomenon

Photo: Photo: Heidi Håvan Grosh Kvikk Lunsj and oranges are essentials for an Easter holiday in Norway

Heidi Håvan Grosch For many of us our Easter tradition includes sitting down to a big Easter dinner with the extended family. Perhaps there is an Easter egg hunt, deviled eggs or ham are served, and as per usual with such gatherings, you probably eat too much. Norwegians’ traditional family Easter gathering is a bit different. ...

Smartphones add a new twist to travel

Photo: Phil Campbell / Flickr Does it seem like people are on their phones all the time? Smartphones are an invaluable resource for travelers, letting tourists research hotels, restaurants, and attractions.

An increasing number of foreign tourists are planning their entire trips, all the way down to their menu choices, using smartphone apps that access online reviews Larrie Wanberg Features Editor Sipping coffee at a sidewalk café at Olsen’s Danish Village Bakery and Coffee Shop in Solvang, California is an ideal place to observe tourists that line the streets ...

Discovering the New Nordic in South America

Christy and Carl enjoy the sunshine and free wi-fi at Olsen restaurant in Buenos Aires.

Christy Olsen Field Seattle, Wash. If James Bond lived in Buenos Aires, Olsen would surely be his favorite haunt. This line sealed the deal for me. I came across the review of the restaurant Olsen in Buenos Aires while planning a two-week winter getaway to Argentina with my husband Carl in February. I find Nordic connections everywhere I go, ...

Your guide to Mathallen, Oslo’s food hall

Photo: Whitney Love Mathallen offers the best in local, national and international cuisine.

Opened in 2012, this food destination keeps traditional cuisine alive while showcasing new food trends from at home and abroad Whitney Love Oslo, Norway There is a lot of talk about traditional and “new” Norwegian cooking these days. Historically, Norwegian food has been characterized by a modest list of locally available raw ingredients preserved or prepared in a ...

New land, new life

Photo: Synnøve Nordkap Lodge #1-008

A museum exhibit and project of the Sons of Norway unlike any other in St. Paul, Minn. By Kelsey Larson Managing Editor In St. Paul, Minn., Sons of Norway Synnøve-Nordkap Lodge 1–8 has spearheaded a unique effort that not many other lodges have taken on at such an impressive scale. When Ron Stow was just beginning his term as ...

Tea from the heart

A whole lot of “takk” for just a little tea at Ajiri Tea Company Staff Reporter Norwegian American Weekly Like any good Norwegian-Americans, Sara and Kate Holby (age 26 and 23, respectively) developed a taste for jam on waffles, brunost on toast, and lutefisk left best on the plate. But they also developed a distinctly Norwegian appetite for ...

A Christmas dessert rich with heritage

Norwegian heritage, Christmas culinary traditions and family create the perfect holiday atmosphere By Daytona Strong A few simple touches are all it takes to create a meaningful tradition. That’s not to say, however, that all the work that went into celebrating Christmas in my family was simple. On the contrary, the countless cookies and lefse and decorations ...

A Thanksgiving tradition in Oslo

Anthony and Nicole Juvera bring American traditions to Norway with Cafe Fedora By Kelsey Larson Managing Editor Thanksgiving in Norway seems like a foreign concept, in more ways than one. This traditional American holiday is meant to bring families closer together over a table full of delicious food, and despite the fact that people in almost any nation ...

Comfort me with cardamom

These delicious citrus-flavored confections have the added bonus of a dash of cardamom. Photo: Daytona Strong / Outside Oslo

Outside Oslo’s Daytona Strong on the soothing effects of cardamom, a staple spice in the world of Norwegian baking Daytona Strong Outside Oslo Sometimes all it takes is a smell. It might be jasmine floating on the gentle breeze or a waft of cologne that reminds you of an old friend. A scent can conjure up a ...