“No, I don’t eat weird things. Like turkey.”

My first shopping excursion started at a grocery store in the mall called Rema 1000 (yes, they have grocery stores in the mall) and ended at a place called Kiwi which is supposedly the cheapest place to get food.  We just got the basics.  Milk, fruit, bread, cheese, lunch meat…etc.  My roommate and I split the price and the total came to be about 27 dollars for each of us which is actually a lot cheaper than I thought it would be.  We came with some of the Norwegians and they were clearly shocked by some of our food choices.  One girl tried to trick us into buying an oily bread spread made out of liver.  I repeatedly asked her what it was but she would only say “Oh, it’s good you will like it!”  These people certainly have their opinions about food!  At one point I heard a girl say, “No, I don’t eat weird things.  Like turkey.”  Turkey?  Weird?  I guess Norwegians don’t eat turkey.

Norwegian bread is made fresh and way better than American bread.  After trying to convince us not to get “American-style” bread at the store with no avail they finally went and bought us some Norwegian style bread and put it into our grocery bags.  I sampled some and I must say there is a noted difference in taste!  I was surprised to find out that there actually isn’t much of a price difference either.

Norway has some foods that are unique to it. Since bread is a staple food here, spreads are very popular. Baconost literally translates to “bacon cheese”.  At first the idea of eating bacon in a tube was unsettling but now I find myself eating it almost every day on crunchy crackers (also very cheap). This is a common lunch here.

The Norwegians who were helping us shop called some of our food choices gross or sketchy.  We weren’t shopping for flavor though; we were on a budget!  Some things here are just not affordable.  Anything really processed is very expensive.  Pop, ice cream, cheese puffs, frozen pizzas…I’ve given them all up.  A package of spaghetti is a little over a buck so I eat a lot of pasta!  Vegetables also seem to be pretty reasonably priced.

In the U.S. we have eggnog, a special drink that we only have at Christmas. Here, they have a Christmas soda called Julebrus which literally translates to mean, “Christmas drink”. I bought a bottle on clearance and it is sweet and fruity.

Oh how I love generic brands! Same product, cheaper price. Target has Up & Up, Walmart has Equate and Suave, and Norway has First Price. It reminds me of the Fisher-Price label.

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