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Food & Drink, Reviews

Eat Your Greens! Healthy eating made easy in Helsinki

Whenever I want a fulfilling yet refreshing lunch before a meeting or when going out with a friend, I choose healthy, nutritious salads packed with crunchy vegetables loaded with fiber and vitamins and topped with protein such as salmon, chicken or eggs.

A couple of weeks ago, we decided to visit Eat Your Greens! -a healthy, fast-food restaurant- that opened  its doors in Kluuvi shopping center in downtown Helsinki offering delicious and healthy salads, raw cakes and smoothies. From the Eat Your Greens! menu you can choose amongst 6 salads inspired by certain culture or you can completely customize and tweak your salad by choosing the ingredients to your liking. It’s very simple, you just choose one of the recommended 6 salad bases and then add 4 main toppings or create your own salad from scratch! Healthy dressings, such as avocado yogurt, orange vinaigrette, balsamic vinaigrette, chipotle vinaigrette, chilli hummous, tahini-harissa yogurt, and coconut lime, can help elevate your tasty salad. All dressings are made in the restaurant and are vegan, the yogurt used is plant-based.

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Hotels, Leisure, Reviews

Miraggio: A luxury destination for families

The Miraggio Thermal Spa Resort is an oasis of tranquil luxury hidden in the pristine nature of the Kassandra peninsula in Halkidiki, Northern Greece. Miraggio is situated at the southeasternmost tip of the peninsula surrounded by pine tree mountains and the aquamarine waters of the North Aegean Sea. When we first arrived by car at Miraggio on a rainy day in early September (there was glorious sunshine throughout our stay though), we were simply blown away by the size and elegance of the resort.

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Women's fashion

My Evento Awards 2017 style: Cocktail dress vs. Jumpsuit

I have been honoured to be a judge at Evento Awards since the first year the competition was initiated. Evento Awards celebrates excellence in the event and hospitality industry in Finland. This year Evento Awards had its fourth edition with two brand new categories (Best Industry Influencer and Best Fair). The Evento Awards 2017 Ceremony and Gala took place on April, 27 at Kulttuuritalo in Helsinki, Finland. 

The Evento Awards invitation we received stated the dress code: ‘Party Dress with a touch of bling’. For special occasions, I always find it a great opportunity to add a brand new outfit to my wardrobe. This year, I visited Moda Bronco store is Itis to check out garments suitable for the occasion. I have stumbled upon Moda Bronco’s facebook page earlier this year and I liked what I saw. So, I headed up there in search of the perfect outfit. I tried on several outfits with the help of CEO Mia Hanninen and the helpful ladies. The selection and the brands at Moda Bronco was immense and I wish I had more special events to attend in order to get to wear more dresses. However, I managed to narrow down my picks to the three options shown below. Because I was conflicted I even made a Facebook post to ask which outfit I should wear on the Evento Awards gala.

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Books, Children, Interview

Interview with children’s book author Nicole Warriner

Since 1967, on 2 April, International Children’s Book Day is celebrated across the world to inspire a love of reading and to call attention to children’s books. In my blog post ‘A Mother and Son Letter Adventure‘ that I wrote last year, I presented the importance of reading books to babies and toddlers and featured one of Philippos’ all-time favourite books ‘Behind The Magic Door’ written by Nicole Warriner.

It’s high time, I shed light to the charismatic young lady who made her author debut with this beloved and popular personalised children’s book. Ladies and gentleman, here is my interview with Nicole. Read along and if you are a parent, remember to a) buy and read books with your children from as early as possible and b) if you have a teenager, remember to support their creative (writing or other) endeavours as Nicole’s parents did. One day your child will be a well-rounded human being or even a published author!

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Beauty, Hairstyle, Interview

Flatter your face with a new haircut. I did!

My hair has been in need of a haircut for months. My ends are split and dry, my roots are flat and there is no shape or volume to my hair, which makes my whole face dragged down.

In early December 2016, a new Pepe Åhman hair salon opened in Lauttasaari and I decided to book an appointment to give my hair a new life, since I was planning to attend the opening of Lauttis Shopping Center. I was paired with the beautiful, talented and sporty Kristiina Kangasniemi, a 26-year old hairdresser and fitness enthusiast from Nurmijärvi.

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Food & Drink, Reviews

The best steaks in Helsinki

Food is one of my life’s greatest pleasures. And, as a voracious and dedicated carnivore, there is nothing more soulful and soothing that a good quality steak cooked to perfection. Whenever, I want to spoil myself, there is only one place I visit in order to fulfil my appetite and treat my palate to a juicy steak: GOODWIN Steakhouse.

The key to a great steakhouse is the steak. GOODWIN Steakhouse does it right, crispy on the outside and tender on the inside. Last month we had a meeting over a wonderful meal at GOODWIN Steakhouse. We ordered a rib-eye, a filet mignon and a New York steak and they were all from delicious, top quality meat, cooked beautifully.

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Events, Food & Drink, Press

Peruvian gastronomy by Chef Diego Muñoz at Pastor in Helsinki

Peruvian superstar Chef Diego Muñoz arrived in Helsinki on October 5. For two nights -on October 6 and October 7- Pastor restaurant guests will have the opportunity to enjoy an eight-course tasting menu created by Chef Muñoz and Pastor’s Head Chef Robert Von Bell. Pastor is known for Nikkei cuisine, the Japanese-Peruvian fusion sensation, that is taking the world by storm in the heart of Helsinki.

In 2016, nomad Chef Muñoz (a Peruvian Indiana Jones!) started his World Culinary Tour ready to explore Europe, South, Central and North America, Asia and the Middle East through 22 different culinary projects across the world. Helsinki is one of the world’s food capitals on Chef Muñoz’s map of world culinary exploration.

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Food & Drink, Travel

Finlandia Caviar: A caviar oasis in Helsinki

I grew up in Greece in a humble, middle class family of hard-working entrepreneurs. We followed a Mediterranean diet cooked with fresh ingredients from the local street market. Our palates were not exposed to flavours such as caviar and oysters, yet there was a weekly dose of a cheap and delicious fish roe spread (called ‘taramas’ or ‘the caviar of the poor’) on our breads.

Living in Finland, as an adult I tasted various caviars at events, restaurants and hotels and I developed a taste for this salty and oily speciality. In summer 2015 the first caviar shop and restaurant opened its doors in Helsinki. This year we had a business meeting at Finlandia Caviar over lip-smacking caviar and oysters. A true caviar oasis in Helsinki!

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Food & Drink, Photography, Reviews

Spring on your plate at Helkan keittiö

Last week on a sunny spring day we decided to have dinner at Helkan Keittiö (‘Helka’s Kitchen’, in English) situated in the center of Helsinki on Pohjoinen Rautatiekatu 23. We recently moved to a new flat close to Hotel Helka and it is convenient for us to go there even with our baby boy. We did take our 4,5 month old boy with us, his first time in a restaurant!

Photo by Kim Ekman

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