Can you guess what the title of this post means?
Unless you speak Finnish, Estonian, or possibly Hungarian chances are probably not
Finnish is one of the most unusual languages bearing nothing more than a shriveled atom of resemblance to English, the other Latin-derived languages, and any of the other Scandinavian languages- plus, it’s grammar structure is ridiculously difficult to comprehend; we have no masculine or feminine (he and she is the same word, which is why you will often encounter Finnish people who will say “he is…” when they’re referring to your wife); and the words are LONG. Very long. Which is probably why we run out of breath at the end of our sentences
I am not 100% fluent in Finnish as I only spend up to a month here each year; but I can get around decently albeit a few grammatical/tense errors. What I don’t understand though is how tourists get around in Finland as there is close to NOTHING in English; but only Finnish and Swedish (the second official language). Oh well, written Swedish is kind of just like English words with an intense Swedish accent so you can always just look at the Swedish translation to figure out the cafe menu or how long your metro ticket lasts for
And for the record; the title of this post means: Eat like a Finn…in Swedish that would be: Ät som en finne
If you eat like a Finn, you will probably consume some form of korvapuusti (Finnish cardamom cinnamon bun with rock sugar) at some point throughout your day:
Or perhaps you will stop at the Stockmann bakery:
And pick up some mid-shopping sustenance:
Or maybe you just feel like some sweet and spice the size of your face:
In that case, head over to Cafe Esplanad and pick up one of these cinna-mountains; and make sure to buy a few extras to take home to the parents (which will inevitably get crushed in korva-pancakes in your luggage…but who cares they taste just as good)
If you eat like a Finn, there will be Karelian Pies! Carrot, plain, rye…you will eat them sometime somewhere with some sort of a buttery type of spread
And you will thus wholeheartedly agree with this statement:
And it will probably come with some sort of salad that has radishes in it:
If you eat like a Finn, you will eat a balanced meal in the form of seafood protein, potato and rye bread carbohydrates, and cabbage/radishes as your vegetable:
If you eat like a Finn, you will impulsively purchase a litre of local chanterelle mushrooms on sale for 2 Euros at an open-air market and decide to make a supper out of it
If you eat like a Finn, “custom” salads from bustling cafes will become your regular lunch staple:
If you eat like a Finn, your airplane snack might be in fact Swedish…but nevertheless involving some sort of rye and cheese:
So tell me, do you eat like a Finn?
Or would you like to?
Have I changed negative stereotypes about our formerly infamous cuisine?
PS: Check out my new article for Emaho Magazine on Swedish food; and I have one which will be defending Finnish food coming up soon (I’ll post the link when it comes out…naturally)