I have to warn you – this week’s post is all about food! But let’s have some coffee first – maybe a latte to get the day going?
Just so you know – we still have snow! Even though some days have been frightfully cold because of the intense wind, everything is so much prettier when the ground is white.
Last Friday was a public holiday. The last one for a while. Hubby and I visited Uunisaari island for a wintery island experience and coffee.
We also spent the night at Hotel Lilla Roberts. If you are coming to Helsinki for a visit, I warmly recommend a stay at this hotel.
The staff is very attentive and professional. The building itself is worth the visit, it’s gorgeous. It used to be a police station in case you were wondering. The room was comfortable and very stylish too.
The breakfast is quite basic with quality ingredients. You will find some Finnish surprises there too – like the sea-buckthorn drink as you arrive, which will surely wake you up. In addition you can find traditional Finnish Karelian pies and salmiakki – if you’ve never tried these, they are a huge part of a Finn’s staple diet!
On Friday evening we braved the freezing temperatures and went to see the light festival – Lux Helsinki. I felt that last year’s festival was better but it was still pretty interesting.
We had dinner at Shelter – a restaurant in the Kanavanranta area. The food was great. But that alone doesn’t save a restaurant. The service was terribly slow – it just took too long to get the next course. We had opted for a surprise menu and we don’t have any food restrictions, so you would assume that it should’ve been an easy one for the kitchen. The restaurant wasn’t even full, so it’s not as if they were super busy either.
Now that I started ranting, I might as well say that I also didn’t like how they send the chefs to bring you the food. I have no idea why they do that, as they had quite many waiters walking about, whereas the chefs were in full swing in the kitchen. And how annoying it is sitting at the table with an empty glass for ages, unable to get the waiters attention as they walk past and avoid looking at you. Such a shame really, it’s a cool looking restaurant with tasty food but who would want to go again if the service isn’t top notch.
After dinner we tried the upstairs bar Rusty. They had quick service and good cocktails.
On Saturday we went to Putte’s Bar and Pizza. In my opinion they have Helsinki’s best pizza. Hubby’s Silence of the Lambs was so delicious, that I will have it next time – it has African spices to give it flare.
After the long weekend, the week has just flown by! I’ve managed to go aqua jogging and have met my Fitbit goals almost everyday. Our daughter was home for Sunday evening and made us soya bits in bbq sauce. Surprisingly good!
On Wednesday my colleagues and I had a morning meeting at El Fant. I had been wanting to visit the café for ages. I was a bit disappointed with the porridge but the place is lovely. It’s also great for a morning meeting as it’s a very peaceful café. It would also be a great setting for a glass of wine after work.
One new discovery this week has been the sushi burrito! I had my reservations, as I’d heard that they weren’t so good. But that information was totally wrong! Soma is very small, with just a few seats, so these burritos are great for take-away. Saying that, we ate in. Highly recommended, very fresh ingredients and great tastes!
This weekend should be fun, as we are having a 1920’s themed get-together for one of my colleagues on Saturday. I’ve had fun googling how to do a 1920’s hairstyle – wish me luck!
I’m sure you’re out of coffee by now – I still have time for another cup. Have you ever tried a sushi burrito? What’s your favourite pizza? How has your week been? Let me know in the comments below or take part with your own Weekend Coffee Share post on Diana’s blog and join the awesome weekendcoffeeshare-community.