My friend wants a viking bash for a housewarming and I'm trying to help him out, but I'm having trouble locating reasonably priced, large mugs/tankards/steins. Any suggestions for local stores (too late to order) would be extremely helpful.
Also, if you were a manly viking, what kind of meat would you want to be served?
Thanks in advance!
I'm grabbing at straws to help you here, but there's a tobbaconist on the second floor of Hillsdale Mall in San Mateo who I believe has a display of steins. Worth a phone call.
Vikings' preferred meat? Probably the best one: a fat charred porterhouse. No reason to get clever with that question - it's a universal baseline of perfection. Rub some butter on it and have a great time.
Well, in Valhalla (Viking paradise), one would have pork from Saehrimnir with your mead.
Do let us know what you find. I'm invited to a Viking ritual this winter that involves a full moon, setting a boat on fire, and probably lots of drinking. I may need to be similarly equipped.
Spaten makes solid glass steins that are sold quite widely. They are heavy and produce a very satisfying *CLINK* when clashed together.
Here is a picture of a full one: http://www.bavariangrill.com/images/n...
Whole Foods sells them [at least the one on Potrero Hill has them] though you could doubtlessly find a cheaper reseller somewhere in the Bay.
BTW, you can get viking helmets (complete with horns) from Archie McPhee, a Seattle novelties outfit.
As for mugs, for more versatility and cheaper price look for pyrex ones. I would go to a restaurant supply store to shop for them. The colorful decorative German stoneware steins would no doubt make a hit, but a very pricy one.
As for food, the nordic world loves sausage. Mollie Stone has very tasty big white pork/veal sausages which they used to call "bratwurst" but lately have been labeling them "Schweizer bockwurst". Also, I have seen of pickled herring at Costco reasonably priced. Haven't been to Ikea, but understand they have a Swedish foods selection, at prices to beat all.
If you can find it, Siljan's knackebrod will get the guests' attention. It's the forerunner of rye-krisp. I comes in large wheels, say @ 24", and you break off pieces of it to put your cheese or herring on.
Restaurant supply store, yes! The Oakland one on 2nd near the freeway onramp is where I'd check. East Bay Restaurant Supply, I think.
Regarding meat, open wood flame MUST be involved. Perfect would be whole pig. As long as it's over real flame, the exact animal (except cuy) is negotiable.
Soundtrack has a lot of options, but this isn't a music site.
My two cents.