La Colina, Borgarnes, Iceland

On night 2 in Borgarnes we opted for La Colina Pizzeria. It was highly recommended (as another one of the few restaurants in the city). It’s a pizzeria and they pretty much stick to that.

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They had a large selection of pizzas and we opted for the De Campo – Sósa, ostur, parmaskinsa, klettasalat, parmesan ostur, oregano or Pizza sauce, cheese, prosciutto, rucola (arugula), parmagiano reggiano, oregano – 2,700 kr. – translation $30 for a thin crust, not huge pizza.

Two of us were splitting this, a lot of it because of the price. I requested half of it without the cheese, which took the waitress a couple seconds to understand but it was delivered. The pizza had a super thin, crisp crust, which was great. They were definitely very light on the pizza sauce (because of lack of veggies in Iceland). Good prosciutto and could have had more arugula, but by now had figured out the lack of veggies, as previously mentioned. But, was very pleased with everything. Pizza in Iceland, bring it on!

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That was before the rest of the fun for the evening – an 8:30pm-ish tee time in Iceland in broad daylight. Also, had I mentioned it was windy in Iceland? Notice the flag in the 3rd picture down — horizontal.

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From Om to Omission

I’ve had some great beers the past couple weeks.  After the Om feeling, I happened to try some Omission Beer while at the weekly golf league at Red Gate.  My friend is gluten intolerant and while we normally enjoy sipping some great wine together, that doesn’t happen on the golf course, during or directly after.  So, I tried some of her Omission Pale Ale and had she not handed it to me, I would never had known it was gluten free.  It was a bit darker tasting than I expected for a Pale Ale, but still darn good!  I found out later (by reading the back label and checking out the site) it’s produced by/at Widmer in OR and Redhook in NH.  I enjoyed one after the round because come to find out she and I tied (as a team) for first place that night in the league.  Cheers to that!

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U.S. Open the Wine

The title just makes me think of Jeopardy! with the great ‘Before and After’ category.  I can never get those right.  But in this case, the scenario was nailed right on the head!

Last Sunday, golf!  Annual U.S. Open on Father’s Day.  If you can’t be at the event watching or playing (hit the course for 9 holes on Saturday), what better to do than watch at home while enjoying some good wine and food?  Got together with my vino-loving friends to spend countless hours watching those little white balls fly through the air, go into the water, hit the high grass or sink into that hole.

The beverage menu for the day started with some nice Prosecco.  After that, we opened my contribution to the day.  It was from a winery I visited while in Sonoma last year.  Small little place with huge flavor in what they produce — Scribe.  We enjoyed the 2008 Syrah.  And these guy put some tough-to-remove wax on the top of the bottles (1/4″ thick or so) — darn that was tough to open, but made the wine taste even better.

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To pair with my wine I opted to bring non-normal snacks…not just some quick dips, etc.  I was craving some asparagus so opted for Roasted Prosciutto-Wrapped Asparagus.  Just lightly coat the asparagus with olive oil, wrap each piece with prosciutto then place under the broiler for about 3 minutes, remove quickly, turn, then continue roasting until crisp.  Voila, delicious!  Can serve hot or cold.  Ok, remembered to take a picture when there was one left.

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Then also made some Sauteed Mushrooms with Asian Flair and Persian Cucumbers.  Just cut some mini Portobellos into cubes and tossed them with soy sauce, fish sauce and sesame oil.  Put them in a pan on the stove and sauteed them for a bit and the sauce got a thick.  Put some sesame seeds in there for flair.  Good!!!  Then took some of those little Persian Cukes and cut them into decent thickness slices and tossed with lemon juice and salt and served on the side.

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And back to wine we go.  Next one my friends pulled out was an amazing Pinot Noir from Picture 021OR — Ken Wright Cellars.  A great way to finish the wine.

 

Now end of the Open-wise, my favorite didn’t win, but there is always next year.  Cheers, par, or whatever suits you best.