Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Ski Food

The food at the ski resort where we stayed in Norway was served buffet style.  The breakfast was basic and good, but nothing to really write home about.  However, they did offer DIY waffles, and there was a constant gathering of people lined up at the waffle iron.  Since we paid for a half pension (breakfast and dinner), we were on our own for lunch and kept it simple with sandwiches, fruit, and cookies. 

Dinner was the most interesting and extravagent meal of the day.  I was especially delighted to be treated to the most extraordinary seafood buffet two out of the four nights we were there.  Are you ready for this?  All you can eat lobster (full lobsters!), crab, shrimp, crawfish, salmon, and many other items.  To say that I was in heaven is a gross understatement.  And you know how buffet food can sometimes be iffy, either not quite fresh or completely lacking in flavor?  Seafood can present even more of a gamble, but not in this case.  It was delicious.

Everything was so fresh and so delicious that I completely skipped the melted butter, mayo, and other dipping sauces typically enjoyed with seafood.  I ate it naked in all of its bare glory.  All I can say is, what a treat.

The dessert table fascinated me.  Unlike the often rich confections you find on American buffets, the dessert buffet varied slightly from day to day but consisted mostly of molded puddings, big bowls of different fruits, various flavors of mousse, and one cake (and it was only one plate of perhaps fruit-studded pound cake or bread pudding).  It was clear that Norwegians are mostly after something on the healthy and perhaps creamy side as a perfect ending to their meal, not rich cakes.  And then there was the ice cream station. 

A case of approximately eight large tubs of ice cream sat right next to the dessert table.  Small glass bowls were stacked up high and there was a metal scoop bathing in some water waiting for the next customer.  The line here was also long and guests (including children) waited patiently for their turn at the scooper.  I sampled each flavor but the best was the lemon chiffon.  Amazing!  The pistachio and chocolate chunk were close seconds.

Finally, I was right about the herring.  See for yourself.

We're only four months into the year, but stay tuned for my next post when I'll report on my favorite food discovery of 2010.  Hint:  it's a Norwegian specialty.

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