The adventures of Kurt, Sarah, Ethan, Reid & Leah

What to eat when in Norway

Not only are we trying to get accustomed to new foods here in Norway but the price of everything relative to the dollar makes for an added challenge. We are lucky in that there is a relatively in-expensive and relatively large grocery store directly across the street from our apartment called Rema 1000, the name sounds like something that might have been advertised in one of Robocop’s (1987) satirical commercials.

Odds are most of what we will be eating for the next year is going to come from this store. No doubt we will venture out for specialty items, there is a fish monger with an appetizing selection just down the street and we would be remiss to not take frequent advantage of the bakeries scattered about as well. Thank goodness Norwegians appreciate good bread!

We plan on posting some food reviews as the year goes to share what we discover, etc. and this is the first and what better way to lead this off than by taking on both an American and Germanic classic, the hot dog or here in Norway “pølse”. At first glance it may look like a typical American hot dog, but unbeknownst to me when I purchased this delicacy it contained a hidden surprise, cheese! Ethan found this out the hard way by biting down and getting a molten squirt in his mouth. He was not very pleased and the cheese surprise seemed to lessen the kids appreciation in general. That said, I thought they tasted pretty good and I preceded to have them for lunch during the week.

One thing to note is mustard and ketchup bottles. The contents are certainly adequate if not a little dull relative French’s Yellow or  good old Heinz 57 but the bottles themselves have a nice heft and the removable caps keep mess at minimum and are just plain well designed.

Norwegian hotdog with Idun mustard and ketchup

Norwegian hotdog with Idun mustard and ketchup


  1. HC / SC / MC / OC says:

    Looks like you guys are already having a great time… and getting in a little exploring too! Love the updates… keep them coming! All’s good here back in the States. Kids started their second summer camp and school starts mid-September. Maybe we can Skype or Facetime soon. – HC

  2. Rema 1000 – Yes you can buy that for a dollar!

  3. Mary Elizabeth says:

    Seriously…what’s not to like about a cheese filled dog? mmmm.

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