It’s been a rather long time, don’t you think?
I sure have a whole lot of catching up to do in both reading AND writing, ah the burden of the internet.
I am no longer in Stockholm, but instead home in my lovely and cosy appartment overlooking the gorgeous Pohjois Satama (Northern Harbour) of Helsinki, Finland. After a nerve-kneading struggle we FINALLY have the wifi reconnected and I can show you all the adventures Marta and I have been up to!
Stockholm was an incredible nonstop food/fun/friends/family/fika-fest, but I’ll do those posts later because there is FAR too much to update on! Instead I’ll start from the present!
But first, look and see what was parked in front of my building on my way home from dinner tonight:
So far, Finland has been an errand-fest: Passport renewal, internet re-installation, laundry (and relearning how to use our ridiculously complicated washer and dryer), but besides that there have been a couple of meals of course
Oh yeah…and in Finland every lunch place always has all-you-can-eat bread n butter
Stockmann is Finland’s largest department store and it’s 10 or so stories sell absolutely everything you can possibly need whether it’s luxury salon services, Burberry trench coats, washing machines or trendy world class coffeemakers. The top floor also features an 8-restaurant complex comprised of a cafe, bar, sandwich buffet, sit-down restaurants, ice cream/desert bar, and Asian Wok/Grill/Salad gourmet food court.There is also an ENORMOUS grocery store at the ground floor which would make the hearts of any gourmand palpitate featuring an epic and overwhelming selection of cheeses, breads, meats, and of course ice cream (try four aisles worth). And the candy/chocolate section is an entire tourist attraction on it’s own…just a small example:
Of course, since Marta and I plan to eat out as I have some business to do with my new gig at Emaho Magazine (check out my first article HERE) we couldn’t pick up too many groceries, but you know…just the essentials:
For dinner tonight, Marta and I were feeling like some Finnish food with a modern twist, so we headed into town to the newly opened Kaarna Baari ja Keittiö
We however decided to go straight to the main course:
Absolutely delicious and not gamey in the slightest, in other words a Lapland rendition of the hamburger done right
Chanterelle mushrooms are quite prevalent in Finland and Sweden and as a result these beautiful local fungi make an appearance frequently in local dishes:
Well, well, that is all for tonight, I have several posts planned on the past week- all filled to the brim with fashion, food, and luxurious wedding festivities
Until then, EID MUBARAK to my Muslim readers, sadly this is the 5th year in a row I am without my family for this holiday but of course I’ll still be celebrating all the way up here in Scandinavia
What are your impressions of Finnish food? Finnish food has a rather poor reputation (as highlighted by Jacques Chirac during France’s bid for the 2012 Olympics when he insulted the British by saying the only place with worse food is Finland), but it is beginning to modernize and utilize the bounty of fresh ingredients the country has to offer in order to reinvent the traditional dishes with more robust flavours
Have you ever eaten reindeer? If not, what’s the most bizarre thing you have ever eaten?
And what’s your favourite yoghurt?