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 centerin 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.
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.
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. Helsinkiis one of the world’s food capitals on Chef Muñoz’s map of world culinary exploration.
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!
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!
There are many opinions, truths and myths about eating sushi during pregnancy and breastfeeding. Cultural differences affect the consumption of sushi remarkably. The Japanese focus on the healthy properties of fish and recommend that you should eat fish regularly in order to increase your intake of DHA and other Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids. However, in most European countries and in the USA, raw sushi is to be avoided due to the fact that certain types of fish may contain high levels of mercury, dioxins or other toxins, including tilefish, mackerel, fresh tuna, mahi-mahi, and shark. In reality – although contradictory – both perceptions are correct. So, what should expectant and breastfeeding mothers do?
During the Christmas season, I published this post about ‘Why TheCoffeeBox subscription should be on your gift list‘. In this post, I want to give you insights on the story behind the brand and my two friends -Sandra and Karolis- who are the founders of TheCoffeeBox. Read along and don’t miss the special discount at the bottom of the post for your next CoffeeBox order!
Let’s get the basics straight first! The Coffee Box (www.TheCoffeeBox.fi) is an online coffee subscription service founded by London-based couple Karolis Jasinskas and Sandra Janulyte in 2014. TheCoffeeBox.fi is a family business that delivers an envelope of high-quality roasted coffee or coffee beans to your home and office door from a variety of single-origin roasts and a changing assortment of blends in 250 gr shipments every week or every two weeks.
The Christmas season has started and you are getting ready decorating your home and buying your Christmas presents. Are you in the Christmas mood yet?
Living in Finland for the past 10 years, I was turned into an avid coffee lover. Finns are among the biggest coffee consumers in the world. Everywhere you go there is always a cup of coffee offered to you. In Finland, a pack of coffee is often given as a present when visiting someone’s home. This year that I discovered TheCoffeeBox, my coffee-loving friends might receive a surprise subscription from TheCoffeeBox from Santa! Continue Reading
This September -for the first time ever- Helsinki hosted the M32 Seriessailing competition thattook place at Hernesaarenranta. Hernesaarenranta is a 2,000 m² multi-purpose area where you can relax and enjoy food and drinks under the sun and by the sea. A brand new concept that was launched in the summer of 2015 in Helsinki and it’s here to stay.
On May 1st I invited a friend couple -Liisa and Jan Wallenius- to join me and my fiance for lunch on a cruise to enjoy a delicious lunch buffet menu surrounded by the beautiful archipelago scenery around Finland’s capital, Helsinki. We met our friends at 10:50 at Helsinki Market Square (Kauppatori), where this cute boat was waiting for its guests to arrive and at 11:00 we embarked on our journey. The sea was calm and peaceful and the staff pleasant and polite. This looks like a promising trip!
May Day is known as ‘Vappu’ in Finnish. This is a public holiday that is the only carnival-style street festivity in the country. People young and old, particularly students, party outside, picnic and their high school graduation white caps, just like the one I’m wearing in the photo below!