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.