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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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Books, Children, Reviews

A mother and son letter adventure!


“Children are made readers on the laps of their parents.” ― Emilie Buchwald

I’ve always been fascinated by fairy tales. My mother tells that I was a bookworm from a young age. She used to read fairy tales to me when I was an infant and I would be fascinated by the pictures and the different voices my mother made. She kept reading my favourite books over and over to the point where I eventually knew them by heart. By the time I could speak, I would pretend I was ‘reading’ the story book by myself simply by turning the pages and narrating the story as I remembered it from my mother using the illustrations to navigate me through the plot! I would even imitate her tone and expressions to add tension and drama! Funny little girl I was.

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Business, Innovation, Start Ups, Technology

Hosting the Innovation Luminary Awards 2015

After my work experience in the Olympic Games Athens 2004, it has been hard to find any other event -of any budget or level- as demanding as being part of the world’s largest event. This spring I was honored to win a tender by the European Commission through my PR agency –PR Lounge– in order to offer communication services for the Open Innovation 2.0 Conference and hosting of the Innovation Luminary Awards 2015 gala!

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Bags, Fashion, Women's fashion

Fashionstore Pop-Up in downtown Helsinki!

I have been blogging since 2003 and professionally since 2006. In 2010, I started blogging for FORUM Shopping Center and in 2012 I was chosen as the One-To-Watch winner from Finland to blog for the GUESS Global Access blog and a brand ambassador for GUESS Watches.

You can read my GUESS Global Access Blog posts here: ‘I love me’ – Exhibition and Trade Fair in Helsinki! / Weekend Away in Paris /Day to Night in Finland /Denim Style in Finland

This year I’m excited for the Fashionstore Pop-Up to open its doors in FORUM Shopping Centre! The store name is named after, which is a Finnish online store, launched in March 2010. At Fashionstore Pop-Up you will find a wide variety of accessories such as bags, belts, shoes and jewellery.

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Fashion, Watches, Women's fashion

Denim style in Finland

Who doesn’t love a new pair of denim jeans even though you have a couple more in your wardrobe?! Denim is the number one choice for people all over the world. It has taken the world by storm since 1930’s and still continues to inspire.

Denim is the ‘A and Z’ of my wardrobe; it can easily be tuned up or down based on my needs and mood. I always choose my jeans based on how well they flatter my body type and match with my lifestyle. I personally value comfort, quality and style. I wear denim for a casual look, at work and a glam night out. The possibilities are endless.

This is my favorite denim look and my all-time-favorite GUESS watch. Here I wear a dark colored denim dress by GUESS, a multi-striped waistcoat with fur appliqué perfect for cold winter days and my favorite silver/rose gold GUESS Watch.

Denim should no longer be limited to casual settings or daywear; there are polished denim dresses that are adding extra elegance and femininity to fashion’s most worn staple.

Photos by Kim Ekman (Vision 51)


Make up, Women's fashion

Nailed it!

Last week I went to Hiusfashion at Forum’s Kukontori and got myself a natural-looking French manicure ideal for the office. A fresh manicure helps you look clean and put-together.

Pinja Pellonpää is the ‘new’ Nail and Eyelash Extension Technician and Stylist of Hiusfashion in Forum. She has moved from the Ruoholahti Hiusfashion store to the one in Forum since the beginning of August.

We decided to go with a french manicure on my own nails.

Hygiene is very important. “I always sanitize the tools immediately after using them,” says Pinja.

Every nail technician has their own style and techniques. Pinja has strong attention to detail, she likes fancy glitter and elegant results for her new and loyal customers. Of course, you can also choose different nail stickers to add colour to your nail design!

In less than an hour, the final result was amazing! Check how stylish and elegant my nails look like!

Pinja did an amazing job fixing my nails with attention to detail and the necessary hygiene as well as friendly and warm service.

Get your nails done at Hiusfashion, book your appointment now at:

Text: Chryssa Skodra

Photo: Kim Ekman (Vision51)