Scandinavian food returns to Brooklyn

Photo: Tine Mediebank Now you can buy your gjetost at the Danish Athletic Club.

Photo: Tine Mediebank
Now you can buy your gjetost at the Danish Athletic Club.

Victoria Hofmo
Brooklyn, N.Y.

When Nordic Delicacies shut its doors last January there was a void left in the Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, community. Besides the camaraderie this local business once offered, where would the tri-state area be able to purchase their Norwegian food products? Well, I am happy to say that this void had been filled by Danish Athletic Club’s new shop.

What products does the DAC Shop carry? Humor Fishballs, Sunnmøre Fishcakes, Surkål (Norwegian sauerkraut), Gjetost, Ekte Gjetost, Nøkkelost, Vestlands Lefse, Wasa Bread, Onos Swedish Raspberry Sauce, Filex Lingonberries, and Firkløver milk and filbert chocolate.

What are the shop hours? You can purchase these delectable goods on Wednesdays from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., and yes, they also hope to be able to ship goods.

I asked Club President Erik Bjornsen what he thought of this new initiative by the club. He enthused, “I think it’s a great idea that the neighborhood still has a place to buy Scandinavian goods with the unfortunate closing of Nordic.”

Thank goodness. This will be a boon for Scandinavians and Scandinavian food lovers throughout the tri-state area and just in time for the holidays.

This article originally appeared in the Oct. 30, 2015, issue of the Norwegian American Weekly.

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