Helsinki Summer City

Two weeks ago, I was still clutching on to my winter coat – today the sun is warming the city like its July. The change in weather during the past few weeks has been phenomenal. Everyone hopes it will last through the coming months, and signify the best summer known in decades, but we all know it won’t. I am a realist, and by midsummer the cold will be back. But, that’s the wonderful thing in the Nordics: a beautiful day and everyone forgets they had a thousand things to do. We Finns run out to bathe in the uncommon warmth of the sun as if it the only day of the summer. Live in the moment – fantastic! I celebrated the weather with a nice photo-walk, and I found some novel places, that I am very happy to recommend to you. Continue reading “Helsinki Summer City”

Stockholms Little Eataly

It looks grand, Stockholm’s latest food market Eataly. The name is a giveaway. Eataly is an Italian food court, store and educational space right in the center of Stockholm, Biblioteksgatan. I’m usually not a fan of Italian food, but I really enjoyed when visiting here. Mainly because I felt instantly transported to somewhere in Southern-Europe – Milan maybe. Continue reading “Stockholms Little Eataly”

A Night at Frantzen

If there is one restaurant in Sweden that has been making headlines lately, it is Frantzen. In February, at the Michelin gala in Copenhagen, star chef Björn Frantzen finally got his wish, and made culinary history by bringing the first three-star restaurant in history to Sweden. Since the announcement it has been impossible to book a table. Luckily yours truly had a booking from before the announcement, so a week ago we dressed up and hit the town for our first Swedish three-star meal. Continue reading “A Night at Frantzen”

Three Restaurant Tips for Surviving Winter in Stockholm

March is perhaps the most depressing month of the year – or at least the second, after November. But when it’s depressing weather outside, what better than to book a nice cozy restaurant to cheer up your weekend. Here are a few recommendations, from three different price classes, that I have visited in the past month.  Continue reading “Three Restaurant Tips for Surviving Winter in Stockholm”

Soul Food in Bangkok

The term “soul food” comes from a dark period in American history, referring to food that is eaten for your soul to survive. When I hear the term today, I think of comfort, satisfaction and care – creamy and fatty food, yum! So you can imagine what I thought when I heard this is a “thing” in Bangkok – controversial! Nevertheless, many had recommended to try a few such restaurants serving specially selected regional Thai dishes. And I am glad we did. Here is a review for a few of them. Continue reading “Soul Food in Bangkok”

Our Christmas Tradition

Everyone has a Christmas tradition. Well, everyone at least that somehow celebrates Christmas. It can be small or big, elaborate or subtle. Ours is pretty simple, and not very Christmassy, but its a tradition and we like it. Every year, as we travel to Asia, we have lunch at Issaya Siamese Club in Bangkok, with cocktails and a long tasting menu. Every year we also eat so much that we don’t really need more food the same day.  Continue reading “Our Christmas Tradition”

The Best Cuts in Helsinki

I like meat! But like many others, I have also scaled down on my consumption. Not only because it is good for my body and the environment, but because I have become picky. Meat should be good, and well made. A steak well-done is murder of good produce. Somehow, I have lately not been too impressed by meat-places in Finland. I would not even dream of using my meat-quota on a pepper steak. But now, I have found a place I can happily recommend to a carnivore. Werner bar and grill on Bulevardi delivers on both produce and execution. And has good wines.. Continue reading “The Best Cuts in Helsinki”

Bistromania in Gamla Stan – Kagges

Gamla Stan in Swedish means old tow; and as many European capitals, Stockholm has one. The old city of Stockholm lies only a stone throw away from the city centre, on an island between Norrmalm and Södermalm. Old towns are usually very touristic, and so is this one as well. But mostly during the day. After the dark, Gamla Stan turns into a mecca for foodies and the wine curious. New, cool restaurants are popping up all the time, and Kagges on Lilla Nygatan is one of them. Continue reading “Bistromania in Gamla Stan – Kagges”

Wine and View – Roosevelt Wine Cellar

I think I have said this before – I am not a fan of rooftop terraces. 99 percent of the time I feel that these places have the misconception that a nice view justifies poor quality. Or if it’s not poor quality, then prices are from another world. Like wine tastes better if you drink it high up in the air. Not! There are a few exceptions though, and Roosevelt Wine Cellars is one of them. I was impressed already on my first visit in 2015 , and the feeling did not deteriorate this time, two years later. Roosevelt Wine Cellar is not the best wine bar in the world, but it is one of the best places to drink wine I know in Asia; as well as it has a magnificent view. Continue reading “Wine and View – Roosevelt Wine Cellar”

Inside La Coline – Stockholm

There are some really interesting new restaurants in Stockholm. M has been browsing for alternatives for him and his friends for the weekend (this weekend) I am in Shanghai. They all sounded really good, but La Coline sounded the best: nature wines, grower champagnes and small plates to share. I was so jealous that we just had to go there together before my trip. So Sunday night we headed to see what kind of a new restaurant had opened on the tourist-stretch of Götgatan. It is an area rarely inhabited by something worth going into.  Continue reading “Inside La Coline – Stockholm”