Missing Vacation and Spicy Peanut Chicken Lettuce Wraps


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Well we are home and somewhat back to our regular life. Pathetically, jet lag is killing us far more than we ever anticipated. Three days out and we are still waking up way too early (4am-ish) and finding ourselves sleepy.

However, it’s great to be home and great to be back in my own kitchen. That said- the views here at home just don’t stack up to sightings like this:

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Believe it or not, this is a real live puffin. We spent an incredible evening in Latrabjarg, at the famous bird cliffs. The puffins were so incredible and were more than willing to come right up to us. It was amazing! Shot by my husband on June 15, 2013.

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Trip in Brief: Reykjavik to Höfn

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Reykjavik; June 6 2013. I am obsessed with the color.

So far, this has been the trip of a lifetime for Greg and I. Hope you are ready for a photo heavy post- I don’t do this often so indulge me. 🙂 And I promise, as soon as I am settled, I will have some yummier food posts! When we return, in addition to getting back to posting recipes, I plan to post more information about our trip and itinerary.

In brief, our first few days took us to Iceland’s capital- Reykjavik- and down around southern Iceland.

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Icelandic Noms Part II

As I mentioned in our last Icelandic Noms post, we’ve mostly been cooking on our own. It has really been simple items- sandwiches, yogurt and granola, fruits and cheese, etc. Later this week I plan to try making something a bit more involved- we already snagged a disposable grill!

We’ve been hitting up Icelandic supermarkets along the way to fill in many of our breakfasts and lunches and even most of our dinners!

Generally, our meals have looked like this:

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Lunch along Skotufjordur, Westfjords, Iceland. Simple but filling. And seriously who cares what you are eating when you have this view!

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Icelandic Noms: Part I

When we decided on Iceland, I thought that it wouldn’t be a “foodie” vacation.

We decided from the start that it wouldn’t be financially feasible for us to eat out three times a day for two weeks-I keep planting that hundred dollar bill tree but the damn thing won’t grow! So we planned to eat out as little as possible and instead buy and make our own food. However, we’ve still managed to have quite a few AMAZING meals since we’ve arrived. Of course we haven’t been eating as lean as we usually do, but hey it’s vacation and since we’ve been hiking most days for several hours, I’m not concerned.

Starting with the really fun stuff- the meals we’ve had at the various little holes in the wall around this country. Every tiny place offers incredible presentation!

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This AMAZING salad was topped with bits of feta and sundried tomato. The restaurant is called Talisman in the tiny, sleepy fishing village of Suðureyri in the Westfjords. DELISH.

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Iceberg Right Ahead!

First off, sorry for disappearing! It has taken us a bit longer than planned to gain internet access on our vacation- this post has been waiting a week to go live!!! But we have it courtesy of the nice folks at Síminn!**

The last few day have been the most incredible days I’ve ever experienced! Greg and I are having the time of our lives in Iceland! And yes I know- blogging on vacation is crazy but we have lots of long drives, so I’m not missing out! 🙂

If you had asked me a year ago if I was up for a vacation packed with hike after hike, up hills, along cliffs, along river beds, behind a waterfall, or even up a glacier, I would have laughed. For one, I physically wouldn’t have been able to. Two, and for me even more importantly, I didn’t enjoy activity or the outdoors all that much.

I am so thankful that’s changed because now I’ve been able to experience all this!!

 

 

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In front of the Seljalandsfoss waterfall, June 7, 2013

 

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Behind Seljalandsfoss- yes BEHIND! It was an incredible, but slippery hike on a path behind the falls. Thank goodness for waterproof gear!

 

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We hiked up to a smaller waterfall next to Seljalandsfoss as well. Ignore the obnoxiously large bulge in my jacket. It is hard to look awesome in so many layers! Also, this was the trip of crazy hair and no makeup. #lowmaintenancehikes

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Crazy glacier walk up the Virkisjökull glacier in Vatnajökull National Park. Not pictured: our crampons (spikey shoe caps) and ice picks! More on this, and the camera on Greg’s head, later.

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Virkisjökull in all it’s glory

**Siminn kindly provided me with a USB 3G plug in to grab internet access along with a bit of free data. However, Greg and I have purchased our own additional data and were NOT asked to mention Siminn at all. We wanted to though because they were SO incredibly kind and helpful!

Stay Tuned…

The last week has been a bit out of control but it is finally here! It is vacation time! I am planning some really fun, different posts over the next couple of weeks… So I haven’t completely checked out! 🙂

Stay tuned..