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 […]

Icelandic Folktales Can Be Ghostly!

Icelandic Folktales can be Ghostly! The Well-Known Icelandic Ghost Story ‘The Deacon of Dark River – Djákninn á Myrká is a one of the scariest Icelandic Folktales. ‘A deacon at Dark River had a relationship with a servant girl at a nearby farm. After one of his visits to her, he told her he would […]

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 […]

Between the wish and the thing life lies waiting!

This handmade Vinarterta looks ready, but now, we pack it to chill and cure for a couple of days. (What will you be doing while waiting?) The shortbread layers become infused and softened by the plum, cardamom and vanilla jam. The almond and vanilla buttercream icing becomes a soft dense fudge melded to the cake. […]

Do you know how to keep and cut your Vinarterta?

Here’s how to Keep and Cut Your Vinarterta! Here are our detailed Vinarterta directions. Learn how to keep it fresh, and more, how to cut it for serving! Using a technical approach (with a ruler) is guaranteed to produce excellent results. It is well worth the extra few minutes. Your cake will look gorgeous and […]

Happy Father’s Day from Grettir’s Saga

Grettir's Saga - Icelandic Saying

“There is more in the heart of man than money can buy.” Happy Father’s Day with a saying from Grettir’s Saga! We have been making and shipping Vinarterta across Canada and the United States for fathers everywhere!  We honour all of our vinarterta eating fathers and ancestors with this Icelandic Saying from Grettir’s Saga. It’s […]

Þorrablót TorontoÞing 2017

Appetizers, Cash Bar 6:00 PM   Dinner 7:30 PM Free Parking! Þorrablót (Thorrablot) began as a sacrificial midwinter festival offered to the gods in ancient pagan Iceland. In the mid twentieth century an inventive restaurant owner in Iceland created a buzz with his midwinter menu of foods preserved in the old traditional methods of the autumn slaughter season. The Icelandic […]

These things are thought the best:

Mock not the traveler met on the road, Nor maliciously laugh at the guest: Scoff not at guests nor to the gate chase them, But relieve the lonely and the wretched. Never laugh at the old when they offer counsel, Often their words are wise: From shriveled skin, from scraggy things That hang among the […]

Feed your Vikings!

Is this what happens when you feed YOUR Vikings? Does it seem to you that the people of this generation could be championed more as mythological Norse giants from Jötunheim rather than humans of Midgard? Do you think it could be that the true measure of success of the Icelandic Pioneers in North America is […]