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Pink tea pot <3

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I hadn’t been to moko market for a while though I had heard that they changed the arrangement and there is more space for KaffaRoastery which is another cafe in the moko market just next to moko market cafe.

近所なのにしばらく行っていなかったmoko market。店のレイアウトが変わり、併設のKaffaRoasteryが広くなったという話を聞いていたのだが・・・。

Today I saw new layout of the moko market and liked it a lot! Moko had been always a lovely place to see all lovely & cute interior decoration items and so on but now it looks more for matured people without losing the cuteness!

今日、実際行ってみると、確かにその通り、でもmoko全体がとてもよい感じになっていた。これまでもかわいい、あるいは素敵なインテリア雑貨の店でお気に入りではあったが、かわいらしさを残し、少し大人っぽくなった感じがする店内。すごく好みな感じになっていた。

I don’t remember how they used to serve tea but, today, my darjeeling tea was served in a pink pot which I liked a lot! It’s maybe a small thing but I felt super happy to see such a lovely pink pot <3 Usually, I drink coffee when I go to cafe but I think I will drink tea at moko (or I will go to moko for the pink tea pot 😉

そして、今日何が一番よかったかというと、このピンクのティーポット。以前は、どんな風にお茶類が出されていたか覚えていないのだが、このティーポットでなかったことは間違いない。こんなかわいいティーポットだったら絶対覚えているし。いつもならコーヒーなのだが、今日はここで仕事のミーティングをする直前に、別のお店でラテを飲んできたので、ダージリンを。でも、こんなやさしい色のピンクのティーポットで出されるなら、これからも絶対お茶である。というか、このティーポットで出されるお茶を飲むためにmokoに来てもいいと思うくらい、気に入ってしまった。

http://www.moko.fi/

Where can I find decent Japanese food in Helsinki?

I felt like sushi today. But I was aware of that the best favorite sushi restaurant in the town, Wagocoro, was closed this week. I wondered where I could have decent, not necessarily the best sushi in Helsinki city center. It didn’t have to be sushi but I wanted to have raw fish (sashimi) and rice since I had had heavy meals recently.

今日のランチは、スシ気分。ヘルシンキで、というか、フィンランドで、お寿司と言えば、和心さんしかない感じなのだが、残念ながら今週はお休み。寿司でなくてもいいのだが、ヘビーなご飯が続いた数日、お刺身とご飯のようなすっりしたものが食べたかった。(すっきりした食べ物の定義は、私の勝手なものですが(笑))

There are many many sushi restaurants in Helsinki now but most of them, for me, is not quite right. Often, those chefs never had decent sushi. There was only one place I could think of going today. It was Koto. They have decent variety and decent taste as Japanese restaurant.

寿司屋乱立状態とも言える今日この頃、ヘルシンキにはすし屋があふれ返っているのだが、実は、ホントの寿司を食べたことがない人が作っているんじゃないかと思うようなものばかり。最高においしくなくてもいいから、普通にレベルのお寿司のようなものを食べるには・・・?やっぱり古都かな~という感じで、日本人の友達と出かけることに。

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So, here’s what I got today at Koto. Salmon is always a good choice in Finland. It’s fatty and tasty. (I love fatty food!)

(色以外)派手さはないものの、やはりフィンランド、脂がのっているサーモンはおいしくて 🙂 今日のお店とメニューのチョイスに間違いはなかったよう。サーモンを選んでおけば、生でも火を加えたものでも、フィンランドでは間違えないね~、という感じ。食べたかったものが食べれて、非常に満足 🙂

Absolutely Lovely Ruoka-Kauppa, “mat”

IMG_2845IMG_2850I’m extremely happy about a lovely deli which opened recently in Punavuori!  Ruoka-Kauppa “mat” is an absolutely LOVELY place to have breakfast, lunch or coffee with lovely pastry or pudding!

Look at these pastries and puddings! Though I didn’t eat them when I went there for lunch, (again my non-grain day!), from the looks, I am so sure they would taste super! (You know I have perfect instinct, eyes and nose when it comes to food!)

Even looking at them and now looking at the photos, I feel joyful 🙂

I don’t think there hasn’t been such a perfect deli (I call it deli for now, but am not sure about precise definition besides they call themselves ruoka-kauppa) in Helsinki before.  This is REAL! (and reminds me of London and Paris. YOU KNOW what I mean!)

 

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In addition to the fact lunch salad was nutritious and tasty, I liked the system that price depends on weight of food you take. For those who have smaller stomach than average, including myself, it’s very nice.

I try to have variety of vegetable everyday but it’s not easy to prepare it. But here, you can have it at reasonable price! I am so happy to have “mat” being less than 5-minute walk from my home.

A friend, who I had lunch with on the day, and I have a plan to enjoy one (or maybe a bit more) of these lovey puddings some time soon! We have something to celebrate and mat’s pudding is super appropriate for the occasion, in my opinion 😉

https://www.facebook.com/MATcatering
http://www.mat.st/

 

Andante – One More Lovely Cafe in Punavuori

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I love and am loyal to the area where I live, i.e. Punavuori, in Helsinki. And I love the fact that there are a lot of lovely cafe and restaurants in the area and I don’t really have to go far (more than 10 min walk 😉 ) to have great lunch, coffee and puddings 🙂 …well, I might be JUST lazy 😉

Five months ago, another lovely cafe was opened very close to my apartment (less than 5 min walk!) and I started to get familiar with the cafe and the staffs. They are friendly and sensible Chinese boys and girls. (Allow me to say so! You look super young and I think you are!!!)

So far, I tried, Match Latte, which impressed me with the lovely green color

The most beautiful Match Latte I have ever seen :)
The most beautiful Match Latte I have ever seen 🙂

And Cinnamon Latte, which they posted in the FB as perfect for today (typical Finnish November weather, I understood!) . I saw their post before heading to the cafe and thought it was an excellent idea to have cinnamon latte.

Not Cafe Latte but Cinnamon Latte
Not Cafe Latte but Cinnamon Latte

Different kinds of cake looked super yummy though I haven’t tried them yet since I have my own rule about eating sugar and flour… So, I just took pictures to enjoy it through lens.

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What I like about Andante is that they have variety of warm drink (and smoothies and juice) and  homey feel. I was a bit (actually, a lot!) annoyed by some family with kids speaking super loud for 15-20 min. while I was trying to work there today. But, usually, it’s quiet with good selection of music. WiFi works comfortably 🙂 They also have wide variety of tea selection and I would like to try them some time soon!

Weekend brunch sounded great according to friends who have had it before. Today, I asked them if they would serve breakfast on weekdays and they are thinking of it.

The cafe is combined with a florist’s, actually, the florist’s had been there for quite some time and cafe opened recently. Flowers and cafe, I love the combination!

https://www.facebook.com/KukkakauppaAndante?fref=ts

 

 

Unexpected Location for Fab. Lunch – Ravintola Lähiö

I had no idea about the location when I saw the address. It meant it wasn’t in the city centre of Helsinki. But but but, somewhat the article in the online news made me think I must go there despite the article was in Finnish which I don’t understand as much as English.

友達が送ってきたフィンランド語のオンラインニュース。ヘルシンキのどこかにオープンする新しいグルメレストランの情報。フィンランド語だったので、あいまいな理解ではあるが、行ってみなくてはという気分になったのは、やはり私、グルメの直感!

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Though it’s reached easily by metro from Helsinki city centre, we had a car on the day and drove to Rastila camping site. Yes, it’s located in the camping site, unexpected location for gourmet restaurant. There were many camping cars at the site.

というわけで、先週、足を運んだこの建物。それは、ヘルシンキの東の端にあるキャンプ場に隣接した場所。こんなところにグルメレストランがあるのか・・・というロケーションなのだが・・・。以前他の場所(こちらもまた街の中心ではなく島)にあった、おいしいレストランを経営していた人たちとそのシェフが開いたレストランという追加情報をもらったので、期待は高く・・・。

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For lunch, our choice was grilled salmon. We knew what to order when we saw the day’s lunch menu online before coming here 🙂 And it was the right choice! I think other dishes are equally good though. Well, we like salmon 🙂

行く前からウェブサイトでメニューを見て、決めていたサーモンをオーダー。フィンランドで食べるサーモンはとてもおいしいし、迷いなくサーモンという感じだったのだ。そのチョイスはもちろん正解。まさにグルメなランチ体験になったのだ。

More than salmon, however, I was super impressed by the potatoes under the salmon (Hope you can see them!). I am not a big fan of potatoes. I usually skip to eat it. Often, I even ask the chef not to put any potatoes on the plate. But I, of course, tasted it at this gourmet restaurant.

サーモンはもちろんなこと、このランチで一番感動したのは、サーモンの下にあったポテト。実はポテトはあまり好きじゃなくて、いつも残すか、お店の人にポテトは載せないでください、と頼むほどなのだが、グルメレストランでは、試してみる・・・。これがまた、美味!途中でお腹がいっぱいになったのだが、おいし過ぎて残せず・・・この日はディナーをパス(笑。

The potatoes were so delicious that I couldn’t leave any bit on the plate. I was really full but couldn’t stop! It was one of the best potatoes I had ever eaten. (I’ve never imagined I would write about potatoes with this much passion 😉 )

こんなおいしいレストラン、Ravintola Lähiö http://www.lahio.fi/。キャンプ場まで足を伸ばす価値はある。キャンプ場と聞くとなんだか行くのが大変そうなのだが、地下鉄の駅のすぐ近くでもあるので、アクセスも簡単。かつ、このメインディッシュにサラダビュッフェと食後の飲み物がついて10€というのは、オトク感も高いではないか・・・。

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Including salad buffet and coffee/tea, the lunch was only 10 €. Super value!

I recommend to go to Ravintola Lähiö http://www.lahio.fi/ at the camping site 😉

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Feel at Home at French Cafe, Chofé

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Last week, a friend of mine asked me if I had been to the cafe Chofé in my neighborhood. I hadn’t been there and so decided to check it out soon.

先週友達が気になると言っていた近所の新しいフレンチ・カフェChofé。そんな話を聞くと、絶対行ってみなくては、という気分が盛り上がり、本日さっそく足を運ぶ。

So, I went there this evening. On the way, I was destructed by the shop which sells my favorite tea, Whittard of Chelsea (the very first time to see Whittard in Finland, yay!) and realized that the cafe I was supposed go to meet friends was just next door.

家からカフェに向かう途中、私の大好きなイギリスの紅茶Whittard を専門に扱う店を発見して(フィンランドで初だと思う!)、気を取られていたのだが、実はChofé はその隣の店だった。

Chofé had nice coffee, French I guess, and lovely sweets. I noticed some cakes were baked by a pâtissier who I know. I asked the guy at the counter where the other sweets were from and got to know they were from Sven’s bakery which is also in my neighborhood. (I LOVE MY NEIGHBORHOOD, PUNAVUORI!)

I liked what I had, a cup of cappuccino and chocolate & almond tartelette 🙂 The chocolate was so so so yummy. After eating a piece, I was tempted to have one more though I managed to resist 😉

In addition to the coffee and the sweets, I really liked the atmosphere of the cafe. It was so relaxing. Friends and I felt at home and talked a lot trying out different sofas and chairs in the cafe. Among the chairs I tried, I loved the rocking chair which was made in Eastern Finland. Several days ago, I was thinking about my grand-ma’s rocking chair which I liked and wish had it at home now.

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カフェではカプチーノとチョコレートとアーモンドのタルトを注文。どちらも美味。特にタルトのチョコレートがなんとも私好みで、食べ終わった後、もう1つ、と思ったくらいである。(が、さすがに2個はどうかと思って、思いとどまった次第(笑。)おいしいコーヒーとスイーツに加え、このお店、雰囲気がとてもいい。なんだか家にいるみたいな気分でリラックスできるのだ。そして、長時間いても大丈夫な雰囲気。書き仕事をするのによい感じである。

In the Facebook, I posted that I was at the cafe and a friend who lives in Austria and happened to be in Helsinki noticed it. And he came to see me! It was such a nice surprise : ) I enjoyed the evening at the lovely French cafe 🙂

そんなわけで、すっかりリラックスして、お店で販売しているデザイングッズを見たり、席を変えて違う椅子やソファに座ってみたり、東フィンランドで製造されていると教えてもらったロッキングチェアに座ってみたりしながら、友達とゴシップに花を咲かせていると・・・ オーストリア在住で、たまたまヘルシンキに出張中の友達にバッタリ。Facebookで私がここにいるのを知って、たまたま近くを通りかかったので会いに来てくれたのだ。なんともうれしいサプライズ!とても楽しいカフェでの時間だった。

ちなみに、何日か前、ふと祖母が持っていて私も子供のころよく座っていたロッキングチェアのことを思い出して、今の家にあったらいいのに・・・と思っていたので、カフェでロッキングチェアをを見たときは思わずとてもうれしくなった・・・。そのうち購入してもいいかもね。

http://www.chofe.org/

 

Perfect Sunday Brunch @ Olipa Kerran

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If I remember correctly, it was July when we first planned to go to Olipa Kerran and booked a table for a Sunday morning. A friend sent me a link to a blog which wrote about the lovely brunch at the hotel which is located only 5 min walk from my home. The pictures looked irresistible. I immediately agreed with the brunch friends to go there. But that morning, I had a severe headache and couldn’t leave the bed. Sweets friends decided not to go there without me as they knew how much I had been looking forward to going there.

Some of us were away from the city during summer and we finally got there today! I had been excited about it for a couple of weeks since we booked a table (once again). 

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The interior decoration, especially colors, was super lovely. One of us said, “even on a cold and snowy day, if you came here, you would feel warm and happy.” And everyone agreed. There was atmosphere which makes us happy.

Of course, it wasn’t only decoration and atmosphere. Selection of food was one of the best I’ve ever had in Helsinki 🙂 Most importantly, they had lovely lovely LOVELY pancakes with maple syrup! (I admit that pancake was one of the most decisive reason why I so wanted to go there 😉  I am crazy for pancakes as much as I wonder if I would choose pancakes or sushi as my last supper 😉 and as much as I eat it everyday when I visit Honolulu, Hawaii or any other cities in the US 😉 Though there are salad, cheese and other salty dishes, I started my brunch with the lovely pancakes.

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I also loved berry smoothies in tiny glasses. It is very sensible to serve it in a small portion as we could try more variety of dishes when each portion is small 🙂  Bacon, cheese, salad, etc. etc. were also very good. All of us overate with overwhelming joy. (I don’t think I am exaggerating!)  It was a perfect Sunday brunch with great friends.

Olipa Kerran” means “once upon a time” in Finnish. Theme of the decoration is something old. There were some old items in the restaurant.

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Unexpectedly Cozy Cafe

“Tuesday is the most boring day of the week” was the common opinion between me who is at the moment working as freelance and a friend who is a freelancer. To make Tuesday less boring, we made a plan that I visit her at her home at Vuosaari.

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Vuosaari is the east end of Helsinki metro line. For me, it’s quite a remote place though it’s part of Helsinki and many people live there. It’s a residential area with nothing so exciting… had been my understanding untill a friend took me to the lovely waterfront cafe, Kahvila Villa Ullas, in the Ullas park. It looked like a small cottage and I loved appearance of the cafe 🙂

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What they had at the counter were pretty much typical Finnish pulla (and some pie and sandwiches), coffee and tea. Very genuine Finnish cafe, which aligned with my feeling of the day! Something special there was the pulla which I hadn’t seen before, Ullas pulla. A friend told me “Ullas” is the name of the cafe. It must be really special only available here. So, we chose it 🙂 We liked the Ullas pulla very much. Berry jam and sour cream topping on the quite ordinary pulla… It was yummy!!!

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Charming Cafe in Old Provoo

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It was last Sunday when I visited Porvoo. I have to say it again, it was “SUNDAY”. Though I wanted to have sweets and coffee at my favorite Cafe Gabriole, they were closed on Sundays. And it was about 4 pm when we tried to have a coffee break after walking a few hours taking photos of beautiful “ruska” (colored leaves in Finnish) and started feeling tired and cold. Most cafes which were open on Sundays close at 4 pm there. My other favorite Porvoo Roastery which is well known for their freshly roasted coffee  was, of course, open for their generous opening hours, even on Sundays 10-23 o’clock. But I wanted to have good Finnish pulla.

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It took some time for us to find the one but we were delighted to find “Helmi” was still open until 5 pm. It looked like a good old cafe and we were excited once we opened the door and saw the coffee room. It was lovely lovely cafe with antique (Russian, I think) decoration.  (Now I read about the cafe in their web page and it has been there since 1983). They didn’t have pulla but I didn’t mind anymore 😉 Cakes look super. They had only coffee and black tea but no herbal tea which I wanted to have. But it didn’t bother me that much. Cakes look lovely! It was easy for me to make a choice. Cheesecake was the most attractive 😉

 

So, I had lovely cheesecake with tea and enjoyed lovely atmosphere of the cafe 🙂 (I don’t think the cheesecake was one of the best I have ever eaten but the time we spent there was lovely and peaceful, indeed!)

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In addition to Gabriole and Helmi, I am sure there are more and more lovely cafes in old Provoo though it is really small town. I’m looking forward to my next visit to Porovoo. I have no plan at the moment, but you never know. I hadn’t known that I would go to Porovoo until noon on the day when I joined a friend for it 🙂

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Just in case you don’t know where Porvoo is… It is about 1 hour bus ride from Helsinki (for me).

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Fresh and Healthy Lunch @ Rulla @ Helsinki

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I had known about the shop but hadn’t known that they were serving such lovely lunch. When we were talking about going for lunch, I remembered that the friend had mentioned she had been to eat Vietnamese rolls before. So, I said I would like to try it and we went to Rulla today. Their food was fresh and healthy. I liked that we could eat a lot of vegetable, beans and nuts.

以前友達が話していた生春巻きの食べられる店。今日のランチはその友達と一緒にその生春巻きを食べに行った。通りの名前を聞いたときは、そんな店あったっけ?と思ったのだが、それは見たことのある素敵っぽいお店の一角にあるカフェコーナーだったのだ。

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At 9.30€, we could choose three different Vietnamese rolls and salad. There were two different kinds of salad you could choose. Both of us chose sweet potato salad. (I chose it as I like it and it is one of the super foods :)) My choices of Vietnamese rolls were salmon+avocado, duck, and spicy shrimp+mango. As soon as we ordered, we said we wouldn’t be able to finish the dishes. Salad was plenty and spring rolls were not that small.

ランチのチョイスはいろいろあるのだが一番量も値段も少なめのセットは9.30€。いくつかあるチョイスから3つの春巻きが選べて、さらに2種類あるサラダから1つ選べるというもの。オーダーして出てきたものを見て、びっくり。たっぷりのサラダとそんなに小さくない生春巻き。オーダーの時点で”絶対食べきれないね~”と確信する我々。そしてやっぱりサラダを少し残すことになった。おいしかったのに残念・・・。

私が選んだ春巻きはサーモンとアボカド、鴨肉、そしてエビとマンゴーのスパイシー味。サラダはさつまいものサラダを。とにかく野菜がいっぱい。フレッシュでヘルシーなランチを堪能したのだった。

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We didn’t find knives and we concluded we had to eat rolls with fingers. I actually had tried to use  two folks to cut the rolls in edible size at first but it didn’t work.The filling came out from the wrap and it didn’t stay as a roll. (would have been the same if I used knife!). Also the wet wipe convinced us it is finger food 🙂

ちなみにこの春巻きはフィンガーフード。手で食べるようにお手拭もついてくる。

Rulla is small part of an organic shop which not only sells lovely organic cosmetics but also nicely designed clothes and the other cool stuff. We looked at the stuff after having lunch, of course 🙂

そしてランチの後はオーガニックショップであるその店内でいろいろ吟味。素敵なオーガニックコスメやお洋服、そしてちょっとしたインテリアグッズなど、表参道にありそうな雰囲気である。毎週末散歩しながら表参道のお店を覗いていた東京での生活をちょっと思い出したりするランチタイムだった。

For more information check out their FB page ←お店の情報はこちらから