Come on in from the cold – I have some warmed up glögg for you. Christmas Eve is tomorrow and I’m sure you could do with a small breather. I have finished my shopping and cleaning, so it’s the perfect time for a proper Christmas chat.
Last Friday I got quite excited about 6k’s new breakfast trolley in Kamppi. I’m such a breakfast person! They have NYC rolls which I haven’t seen anywhere else in Finland. You can even order a cupcake if you feel like it.
On Saturday our daughter’s godparents and their kids came over. I made a tex-mex buffet. I’m allergic to avocado, so no guacamole this time.
You might remember that I mentioned I wanted to try a Tres Leches Cake.
It was so yummy! The cake soaks in a three-milk mixture overnight. For the topping, I ditched the recipe and just used regular whipped cream with a pinch of vanilla sugar in it. I topped the whole thing with strawberries. It would’ve looked better with some mint leaves but I forgot those. Also, if I were to make it again, I’d use even more strawberries.
Come Sunday, my mom, daughter and I decided to go and sing Christmas carols in English at the Otaniemi kappeli. Now I don’t know what was going on but in the end only a few of the songs were in English. I think if a sing-a-long is advertised as being in English, Finnish is not needed! Who would go to an English event if they don’t understand a word of English anyway? I wish there was a Christmas carol sing-a-long with fun, upbeat Christmas tunes, this one was not my cup of tea. Interesting fact – hubby and I were married at this chapel back in the day.
On Monday I finally had time to explore Helsinki’s Christmas Markets. I never really realized how many there were till I read Piia’s post about them all!
For anyone visiting Helsinki at this time of year, it would be difficult to miss Helsinki Christmas World as it’s right in front of Stockmann. This one you can still catch in January. I liked the fairy lights above you as you walk and enjoy the atmosphere.
I’d seen the TRE Christmas Market on many occasions when walking past and I was very curious to see what they had in store.
A visit to what used to be a bank hall was in itself interesting for me. It’s a great space for an event such as this. Lots of Finnish designers were to be found there.
At Senate Square’s Helsinki Christmas Market (Tuomaanmarkkinat), I tried a new kind of Christmas (rice) porridge by Restaurant Grön at their Puur Porridge Bar. I loved it – the rice porridge was topped with apple, cinnamon, almonds and caramel flavoured apple vinegar. If you like sweet stuff, you would love this. They also had another one which was spelt porridge topped with porcinis but I was not adventurous enough to try it. What was totally new for me was their pinewood glögg! It was greenish and tasted heavenly. This Market is now closed, as is TRE.
The Manta Christmas Market was a bit quiet but it’s open till the 8th of January, which is always good news!
The pop-up X-Mas Garage on Aleksanterinkatu was really cool and trendy, unfortunately that too is now closed. It’s been on since 2011, so make sure you check it out next year.
Walking along the Esplanade, I happened to see a photo session going on. The model had to step in and out of the car. It would be interesting to know where this ad will be in the future!
I am now on a quest to try out different Japanese restaurants near my office. Fuku is a firm favourite as it’s a sushi buffet which always tastes fresh. This week my colleagues and I tried Koto but my Teriyaki Chicken wasn’t anything special, so I doubt we’ll visit again.
On Thursday I left work very early and hit the shops. Yay, my Christmas holiday started then! I had to go to three different grocery stores and still didn’t manage to get everything I needed.
In the evening I cleaned the house and then watched the end of a Transformers movie I had started with my son earlier in the week. My goodness, there was way too much action in the end (even son agreed) – I actually fell asleep for a bit. Later hubby and I watched the last episodes of The OA. Have you seen that yet? It’s the weirdest series ever but I couldn’t stop watching – I needed to know how it all played out. In a way it’s quite ridiculous but interesting enough to make you stay glued to the tv. It’s on Netflix if you are wondering.
This morning I went for an aquajog at the Keski-Espoo swimming hall. I never even knew there was a swimming hall there till this week! The pools in Espoo had candlelight hours with Christmas music this month. I managed to catch it twice.
After, I did the last bit of shopping and drove to two different cemeteries with my mom and the kids. In Finland we have a tradition of taking candles to the graves of passed loved ones at Christmastime. As you can see from the photo, there’s no snow for Christmas for us this year. The cemeteries look grand when it’s dark with all the candles everywhere lighting the way.
Now it’s time to hear how you are. Do you celebrate Christmas? If so, is everything sorted? Let me know in the comments below or write your own Weekend Coffee Share -post! The linkup and more info are to be found on Diana’s blog.
A very Merry Christmas to all my dear readers!