I’m so happy to see you here! Today I want to treat you to some tea that I bought from London. Unfortunately I only have black tea. Would you like Fortnum & Mason’s Jubilee Blend or perhaps Cornish Tea’s Smugglers Brew? I have many more for you to choose from if these don’t tickle your fancy. Or maybe we should have a glass of bubbly, it’s Midsummer weekend after all…
For once I can say that last weekend wasn’t super busy. It was raining for the whole weekend, so I was mostly lounging around. I just love the pitter patter of rain in summer. If it doesn’t rain constantly that is. I was aquajogging too! It’s a good idea to go to an outdoor swimming pool when it rains. Then the crowds won’t be there and you won’t have any problems finding a place to sit in the sauna. You’re getting wet anyway, so the rain won’t matter.
On Saturday the new restaurant complex 6k opened in the Kamppi shopping centre in Helsinki. There’s Street Gastro, Mad Wok, Kimchi Wagon, BBQ on Wheels, Oatz and Fisu & Ranet to choose from. You can even get a beer or cider there.
Our son had the tofu noodles from Kimchi Wagon. It was a bit too spicy for him but just right for me. The service was really friendly and fast.
You can never go wrong with BBQ on Wheels’ burgers. I had the Black Angus Beef Burger with cheddar and a Southern Slaw on the side. I have to admit though, the burger itself would’ve been enough for me, as it’s huge. These burgers are very affordable and so good.
Next time I’m going to have the fish and chips from Fisu & Ranet. We were eying other peoples’ fish ‘n chips and it looked delish.
This week I read in the local paper that the new Tapiola Golf club had opened and that they have the biggest terrace in Espoo. My mom and I drove by on Sunday for a quick visit to see how it looks.
Even though it’s officially open, things were still a bit under the way.
I have tried golf when living in Malaysia and then later on a weekend golf course but my attempts were quite pathetic to be honest.
The golf course has 18 holes but you can just do nine if you feel like it.
It’s fun to look at people practicing at the driving range.
Maybe I’ll take up golf when I’m older. Now there’s enough with learning to sail!
The terrace wasn’t at its best as it was cold and windy. My mom tried the sofas though and they turned out comfy. The terrace will be pretty cool once they do the finishing touches and the sun shines. Now the chairs had been strewn all over the place because of a storm we had. Inside there’s a restaurant which serves lunch all through the week.
There were many people on the course, looks like the club has got a nice start to the season.
I am amazed that my orchid at work started flowering! It’s quite a miracle as I haven’t really taken care of it at all. I love orchids because we always had them at home in my childhood in Malaysia. These pink flowers make me very happy.
This week I tried a new recipe for Finnish pancake, also known as pannukakku. It was so good that I suggest you head over to Sinikka’s blog and start baking immediately! Finnish pancakes don’t resemble American ones at all, as you make it in the oven, on a tray.
Here’s some random photos from a walk to Tervasaari Island on Wednesday. Tervasaari is tiny but so easy to access, as there’s a causeway from the Kruununhaka neighbourhood.
Even though it’s a tiny island, you can find the restaurant Savu there. It’s quite upmarket but there’s a nice terrace if you’d like to enjoy a drink.
Someone had been washing carpets!
There are benches and an amphitheater if you’d rather not sit on the grass. A great place to visit to get a feel of an island.
Will you be celebrating Midsummer? This picture below is from a summer cottage we once rented. The majority of Finns will be leaving the city life for similar kind of cottages this weekend. Friday is a day off for most people. We will hopefully be sailing. Midsummer starts my five week summer holiday, I’m happy beyond words!
On Midsummer weekends Helsinki is like a town out of The Walking Dead – not a soul in sight! It’s actually something worth experiencing, this kind of phenomena doesn’t happen in many parts of the world. Here’s a video for you, so you can learn about Midsummer in Finland:
How was your week? Do go to Diana’s blog to take part in the weekly Weekend Coffee Share. Also, I hope you will head back to my blog for the Saturday Statues challenge which opens on tomorrow (Saturday) morning.
Happy Midsummer! Hyvää Juhannusta!