As you've probably heard, Norway is expensive. Like $6 for a small, plain cup of coffee expensive. So during our week here, we spent a good bit of time exploring the grocery stores as a way to save a few krone. Here are a few of our favorite finds:
2. Snofrisk- a creamy, spreadable goat cheese. It's flavorful but mild- and quite tasty! Probably the favorite foodie discovery of our trip. (As a side note, the RugSprø crackers were pretty bland on their own but a great compliment to the cheese.)
1. Chili nøtter- with the texture of corn nuts, these are a perfect pick-me-up. They seem to be baked or "popped" somehow, so that fun, crunchy texture + a salty and slightly spicy coating= yum sauce.
3. Kvikk Lunsj chocolate bar- pretty much exactly like a Kit Kat but somehow better. Apparently around here these are considered a hiking snack. Um, ok!
4. Brunost- A.k.a. "Brown cheese," brunost has a very different texture than most cheeses and, well, it's brown. It looks more like a block of caramel than anything but has a semi-sweet taste... maybe even a little bit like hardened peanut butter? It's hard to describe, but it seems to be one of those things you either hate or you love. We loved it!
5. Caviar in a tube- As soon as I saw this I knew we'd need to try it. I mean, caviar in a tube? WTF?! Unfortunately, it wasn't especially cheap so Chlo talked me out of buying it. As luck would have it, we made some friends at our hostel that night and they had bought a tube but were traveling the next day so they offered it to us. Yay free caviar! The Mills Caviar ("Kaviar") is apparently smoked cod roe paste. To me it tasted like smoked salmon... just with a pasty texture. I quite liked it, and it was especially good with a different spreadable cheese we got, an herb (urter) flavored Kremost.