Pastis is the anise flavoured spirit and aperitif from France, typically containing up to 45% alcohol by the volume and 100 gr of sugar per litre. This is the mini task I gave to myself upon visiting Pastis last weekend for brunch – to check out the meaning of word/ name “Pastis”. I saw beautiful, empty bottles labeled Pastis by the big restaurant’s windows and that’s when the curiosity about the name started.
Good morning dear readers! How are you? Are you happy that the last weekend of August is here? Can you believe that the Summer is pretty much over and that we’re only 2 months away from Halloween? How crazy is that!?! Yep, time flies and my calendar filled up means that everybody/ everything is back in the business and it’s time to start making some plans for the final months of this year.
Hello my dear readers, 5 for Friday post is here! I’ve been dwelling on should I, or should I not write today’s post but then I was like: “What the heck?!” and I’ve decided to do it. I didn’t have a good week… It was actually one of the crappiest ones and bad weather didn’t help the mood. I always want to and try to inspire and bring only good and positive vibes to my blog and Instagram feed, but sometimes… Sometimes, I’m just a human, I hurt, I don’t feel good and from time to time, I think that it’s ok to say it out loud and call it a day. Or week.
Just when I thought that I have experienced pretty much everything that Helsinki has to offer, I was proven SO wrong by visiting restaurant Saaristo! Visit Helsinki cycle of posts brings us to another gem on Helsinki’s gastronomy scene, Finnish traditional cuisine presented in a fine dining way. I’d say that restaurant Saaristo is situated on a wonderful location to take your significant other for a romantic trip/ dinner or organise a celebration, such as your own wedding perhaps.
Well, it’s more like 5 for Friday times 2 ! 🙂 I’m bringing you 12 photos from my Instagram feed which I have picked out to show you what I’ve been up to lately and how I see the world around me on daily basis. If you haven’t followed me yet on Instagram, do take a look, you might like what you see and you get to as well be part of my little Universum which I embrace open mindedly each day.
Tai paremminkin 5 asiaa Perjantaille kertaa kaksi ! 🙂 Näytän teille 12 valokuvaa minun Instagram profiililta. Jotka olen valinnut näyttääkseni teille, että mitä olen puuhastellut viime aikoina. Ja kuinka näen maailman ympärilläni päivittäin. Jos et vielä seuraa minun profiiliani, niin käy vilkaisemassa. Sillä saatat pitää näkemästäsi. Ja pääset mukaan minun pikku Universumiini. Jota syleilen päivittäin avoimin mielin.
I’ve been eagerly waiting to present you the new, hottest and most awaited opening of a restaurant in Helsinki’s food scene – Roster! In my “Visit Helsinki” section, I’m happy to write about this “newborn” but don’t be fooled, it’s partially owned by big chain of great restaurants “Royal Ravintolat” and is ran by three skilled, passionate and with a long careers in their pockets, chefs Kari Aihinen, Olli Kolu and Burt Kotkavuori, all originating from a fine dining, one of the longest standing kitchens of Savoy restaurant. Let’s not forget to mention Mr.Boss – Paul Hickman, overlooking everything and equally putting in as much love and dedication.
Olen odottanut malttamattomana sitä hetkeä että saan esitellä teille tämän uuden, hotin ja todella odotetun Helsinkiläisen ruoka skene tulokkaan, Rosterin! Olen niin iloinen saadessani esitellä teille tämän tulokkaan minun Visit Helsinki sarjassani. Mutta älkää antako tulokas sanan hämätä. Sillä sen omistaa osittain iso ketju nimeltään Royal Ravintolat. Ja sitä pyörittävät kolme taitavaa, suuren intohimon omaavaa ja jo pitkän uran tehnyttä henkilöä. Keittiömestari Kari Aihinen, Olli Kolu ja Burt Kotkavuori. Jotka kaikki tulevat yhdestä Helsingin vanhimmasta fine dining ravintolasta Savoysta. Unohtamatta Herra Pomoa Paul Hickmania. Joka valvoo koko ravintolan toimintaa, antaen yhtälailla rakkautta ja omistautuneisuutta tähän projektiin.
I might have been an “outsider” ( translation of Gaijin ) to Gaijin when I have visited it last year, but this time around I knew what I could expect from a long standing Asian fusion kitchen and still one of the top choices in Helsinki to go for a private dining or special occasion one. I was very eager to come back to Gaijin and try the highlights from the new menu.
In my newest post of “Visit Helsinki” cycle of articles, I’m bringing you a full-on review of restaurant Bronda! I did write about this same restaurant a little bit less than a year ago and you can read about it here in case you’ve missed it.
Unlike the 1st time, this time around we’ve been testing out Bronda as a lunch spot and it’s set lunch menu with vegan options too. Even though, it’s not pointed out on Bronda’s website, they do serve vegetarian and vegan options as well as a set menu during lunchtime too. You can either call them in advance and pre-order your vegan/ vegetarian options or you can just walk in and let them surprise you. They’re very skilled personnel, in the kitchen as chefs and as a very friendly and quick service.
Good Friday morning my dear readers! I hope that you’re all doing well and that you’re ready for the weekend. We have started weekend bit early here in Finland because there’s a very “important” celebration of Midsummer that people here go nuts about. It’s just a Midsummer, chill-ax peeps, but nope, they really take it seriously and this is also when almost the whole capital city migrates into the country side because it’s very popular to visit summer cottages and have Midsummer aka Juhannus celebrations there with the families and relatives.
It’s been a little bit over 8 years since I have moved to Helsinki. No matter where I go, to known or the unknown cities/ countries, I always love to wonder around and discover new, exciting and interesting spots. I was so happy when I found out that even after 8 years of living here, there are some undiscovered places in Helsinki which I was more than happy to visit and find out what makes them so special. One of those places was the island Tervasaari! I took a walk from the city center all the way to Tervasaari ( it’s easily accessible via small bridge ) and it took me about 30 mins of nice and slow paced walk. I believe that with the car, getting to Tervasaari, even in the worst of traffic it wouldn’t take you longer than 15 mins.