Peek into BasBas & Staff Wine Bar

There are great wine bars and then there are Great wine bars. Wine, as many other things is a matter of taste, so what is great is always subjective. What tickles my fancy is a nice ambiance, genuinely friendly staff and first and foremost a long and delicious list of wines by the glass. It is not often that you find a perfect match, especially since I am into weird things, like methode ancestral sparkling and orange wines. But BasBas & Staff wine bar ticked all of the above boxes. It was just a fabulous experience. Continue reading “Peek into BasBas & Staff Wine Bar”

Wineweek 116: Unprepared in Helsinki

I am not a fan of January. It’s dark, cold and long until spring and summer. This weekend it paid off though, big time, as there were not that many people going out in Helsinki. I was finally able to visit BasBas (or at least their wine bar), the restaurant I have been raving about for over a year, yet not been able to get a reservation.  Continue reading “Wineweek 116: Unprepared in Helsinki”

An Evening in Loire

Today I thought I would write about my newest restaurant obsession. The title might be a bit misleading as the restaurant is not in France, but in arctic Finland. However, that one magical evening a few weeks back at restaurant Aito felt and tasted very much like a vacation in Loire valley. Game, mushrooms, soft cheese and honeycomb, combined with some Anjou blanc, Cheverny rouge and tasty Pouilly-Fume. And when you are in the company of your best friends, everthing tastes a bit better. Continue reading “An Evening in Loire”

A Wedding in the Archipelago

I love weddings. They are such happy events. But the most hectic wedding season is over for me. Most of my friends are already married. About a month ago one of my best friends tied the knot, and I was waiting for his wedding like a kid waits for Saturday candy. I bought a new dress for the occasion and made sure early on to have flights booked. I myself got married in a very different way. Me and M flew to New York, got married in secret at Central Park, and had our celebration in private at a three star restaurant (Daniel). It was perfect for me, but then I really enjoy myself at other peoples family parties.  Continue reading “A Wedding in the Archipelago”

Wineweek 96: Colors of the Fall

This week I do not have many pictures to share with you. Or actually I do, but they are still nested on the memory card of my camera. I am in Helsinki and forget to take the connector with me. But I promise to publish them next week. We have had great fun all week from sailing to Helsinki on the boat to dancing all night at a wedding. We also visited a new-ish restaurant in the Center of Helsinki called OX. Good food and really good wines. So much fun and wine in three days, I can feel it in my bones. Continue reading “Wineweek 96: Colors of the Fall”

Midsummer Memories

I am still recovering from Midsummer. Not from staying up late or having wine. Just all the excitement around seeing so many friends and family. There is so much to talk about when we see each other and never enough time to really catch up. I think quite many were even surprised to hear that we have a wine company. Luckily we brought samples so that everyone could get a taste for what we do. We spent Midsummer in the Helsinki archipelago enjoying a typical Midsummer chill and drizzle. Continue reading “Midsummer Memories”

Wineweek 85: Whats New in Helsinki

I think it has finally happened: my home for 30 years, Helsinki, has become somewhat of a stranger to me. I just realized it when browsing all the new restaurants have popped up this year. The city is changing, and I am not keeping up with that change. Perhaps I have become a bit of a Swede, thinking that Stockholm is the place for foodies. However, Helsinki seems to be giving Stockholm a run for its money. As I am still editing my Midsummer pictures, I thought I would instead share some of the new places I have listed as must-visits for the fall (many restaurants in Helsinki close for the summer). I have not tried them yet, but I will. If you have some experiences, please share!  Continue reading “Wineweek 85: Whats New in Helsinki”

Happy Midsummer!

It is the eve of Midsummer here in Finland. One of those days that people leave their jobs early and the town quiets down already at lunch-time. I am also in the need for a vacation. I can feel it in every part of my body. I am just aching for a glass of wine and it is not even four o-clock yet. Tonight will thank fully bring some relief as we are going for dinner at my favorite restaurant in Helsinki, Chef & Sommelier. I know, I know, we were just there a few months ago, but it is so good. Continue reading “Happy Midsummer!”

Drinking in the Midnight Sun

Up here in the Nordics, we are blessed with a special phenomenon: the June midnisht sun. This means that the sun does not go down at all, but it is light around the clock. Now some people might no like it, as it is sometimes hard to sleep in light. But the midnight sun and beloved Midsummer festival are what we are born and raised with. Midsummer is when most people start their vacations, eat good food, jump into the freezing lake (from the Sauna) and perhaps get a little bit drunk. Continue reading “Drinking in the Midnight Sun”

Wineweek 62: Back to Basics

Greetings from three feet of snow! Life has returned to its tracks after the long trip to Asia. I have been in Helsinki all week presenting my Stockholm travel guide at the Nordic Travel Fair. I actually thought until this week that they would have the Helsinki Wine Expo at the same time (I was planning to sneak over for a few tasters) but discovered that it is not until March. What a disappointment. I must say it is winter at its deepest in Finland. The ground is covered in a lawyer of ice with fluffy piles of fresh snow. It is a real winter wonderland, the kind that you would like to see on Christmas, but wish would be gone soon after. It is very pretty, but the temperatures are shocking. When I landed in Helsinki the thermometer showed -23C. Brutal! Continue reading “Wineweek 62: Back to Basics”