Category Archives: Food

Becoming Vinarterta

Becoming Vinarterta, the pure love and pioneer spirit of the North American Icelandic heart took time.
 
 “It takes a long time to fully become who you are.” says Björk. Vinarterta is still in the process of becoming. We are honoured to be a part of the becoming of Vinarterta in our generation. Much love […]

Sweet to the eye is that which is seen.

Sweet to the eye is that which is seen. Oh! Summer celebrations! There are so many! Those time tested Strawberry Festivals, games, races and picnics where food is the central attraction seems to transcend both generations and country borders. I’m imagining a picnic or an old fashion style Strawberry Social with a long line of white […]

Winter in Iceland: Light sun with a bit of frost and a lot of rain

Here is a saga about my recent winter trip to Iceland with Krummi Travel and a fabulous group of 22 people. “Foggy condensation filled the windshield on the inside of the bus while on the outside cold sheets of rain hammered the glass. Undaunted and wiper-less in Reykjavík on a dark, stormy and wildly windy […]

Tíu Droppar

In North America, you go to the home of someone of Icelandic descent, and she asks you if you want a cup of coffee. ‘Tíu droppar’, you say. Just ten drops. (And of course that means you really want much more than ten drops, especially when it’s made with a bag.) It’s coffee time! Kaffitími! […]

Sponsorship from Iceland’s Reyka Vodka!

We’re thrilled to announce Sponsorship from Iceland’s Reyka Vodka for Arden Jackson’s upcoming events! Since the beginning of our Vínarterta adventure in 2012, our handmade Vanilla Extract has been a signature flavour adding to the brilliance of our exceptional baked goods. We infuse rare and extravagant Organic Madagascar Vanilla Beans into this clear, clean, smooth, […]

Survival Skills

What are your winter survival skills for 2018? For some like Fred, between skates on a frozen lake, riding a fat bike, following animal tracks and listening to the birds in Riding Mountain National Park in Manitoba, it is a piece of Vínarterta and a virtual chat with colleagues from the heart of the snowy […]

The Dream Begins….

Here’s a lovely thought!: The dream begins in the same place that the dream comes true. What is your Christmas Wish? Where does your dream begin? When you drill down to your heart’s desire, does it include an experience of love and connection? When I think of you, I see you as part of something […]

Home is not where you live.

If home is not where you live. Where is it? There is a big difference between feeling at home and being home. The heart and mind bind together what we know as people and family, place and belonging, shelter and protection, objects and connection. Our emotions and the experience of our senses attach meaning to […]

Seven Different Kinds of Weather

‘There are seven different kinds of weather on one autumn night.’ Says an Icelandic Saying. I’m feeling the cold rain under the grey sky and longing to stay in for a warm gathering of friends and coffee. I’m even game for celebrating with another Thanksgiving feast. Do you feel that way? I’m imagining you visiting […]

Let us Eat!

‘Let Us Eat!’ Says everyone as the table is set with favourite Holiday Fare. As the cool weather sets in, we have a natural tendency to harvest and prepare for winter. With our identities wrapped around food culture, we fall into a conversation around plans for holiday gatherings. With the first frost particular cultural cravings […]