Preparing for the autumn

         

   
     One of the positive things with a rainy summer is the fact that the forrests are full with berries and mushrooms. I’ve been mushroom picking during the last week and also stocking up the freezer with blueberries. Yum! The second positive thing is that eventhough I’ve been working a lot, it doesn’t feel like I’ve missed anything. There haven’t been so much happening in the city, so I’ve been staying at home with a good consciense. Last week though I had the opportunity to attend Jook Joint Shipmate’s little cruise in Helsinkis archipelago, where some of my friends played some nice tunes and we got to enjoy drinks by Absolut’s bartenders. 

I’m going to be working two jobs this autumn and finishing my thesis so I will be needing all the energy I have. Next week I will start working as a intern at Polhem Pr, which is a dream come true! Hopefully in beginning of September we will move to Helsinki with Niklas to our own appartment and finishing school in November. 

Cinque Terre – Riomaggiore

                            

On the second day we drove to the coast to Cinque Terre. The road there was astonishing, and the village as well . On this particular day it was about 40 degrees, but we managed to walk around for a few hours and eat lunch at a really nice Michelin restaurant. I ate fresh tuna which was really good! 

We drove back to the wine yard and ate dinner at the restaurant there. During the trip, the best food I ate was at the restaurant on the wine yard. Super delish! 

Toscana – Pisa & San Miniato

                

        

So my vacation is unfortunately over and tomorrow I’m going back to work. The last week in Italy had been absolutely fantastic, the weather and food has been amazing! Last Monday we flew together with my boyfriends family to Pisa, where we spent the day sightseeing and adjusting to the heat. Your body is experiencing quite a shock if you are used to 15 degrees and then hop in to a toasty 35-40 degrees and full sun. But I really can’t complain, it was really nice to have some heat. 

After our day in Pisa, the next destination was the wine yard where we were going to stay for four nights. The wineyard was in the middle of basically nowhere in between Pisa and Firenze in a small town called San Miniato. The wine yard was super cosy house with a few rooms and guest houses, pool and restaurant on top of a hill. The wine yard is family owned and they produce some nice redwines such as Chianti and Merlot, but also olive oil. 

There was a lot of smaller villages near by and we had dinner in the neighbour village the first night. The restaurant was called 4 Gigli and the restaurant itself was stunning, it had a view over the mountains. The food was mediocre but the view made up for it. 

   
     

Last week

Sorry for being absent from the blog, but I’ve been too busy! Some recap from last week:





I’ve been to the library…



A small trip to Kopli to check out Paavli Kaltsukas…



Tried out Kukeke in Telliskivi with Liina…



Enjoying the sunsets…



Baked a lemon curd tart with fresh strawberries…





One of my favorite dudes visited me this weekend… 



I mean look at that little face!!!









Sunday brunch at my favorite place, NOP..



Bough tulips for 1€ which brightens up the kitchen!





Today I spent my day in Helsinki on a job interview and running some errands.

Kaks Kokka

Last friday I went on a tripple dinner date to Kaks Kokka, which is situated in Rotermanni. The restaurant opened its doors maybe a year ago, but it was my first time there. 



The interior is very scandi clean and minimalistic, yet contemporary and cosy. The restaurant is a more relaxed version of Ö, which is a more fine dining place with the same owner (and actually next door). 

The service was nice, the food was good, big portions and not that expensive. Appertizers (which were huge) cost from 5-11€ and main courses cost from 9-16€. The wine selection was quite narrow, but very drinkable. 



Prawn (marinated in mango) salad. This would be nice for lunch, quite big as an appertizer. 



Elk tartar with tomato chutney and smoked egg yolk. Such a visually pleasing dish!



Home made cottage cheese salad. I don’t know why but I started craving herring with this dish?! Weird. 



Mussels in a delicious tomato and herb broth.



Atlantic cod, potatoes, fennel and beurre blanc.



Lamb with artichoke mash, oven roasted beets and port wine sauce. 

All in all, I liked Kaks Kokka and I will definitely visit again. It is a nice place to go on a date, take your parents out to dinner or to grab lunch. 

Kaks Kokka, Mere puiestee 6E

Thrift shops in Tallinn



Let’s start with my favorite thrift shop, Humana in the corner of Tartu Mnt  across the street from Stockmann. I have made my best finds here, and they import the clothes from the UK and US.  The other Humanas in the city center are shabby with not so much good clothes. I found three pairs of Levis jeans and a nice Italian tailor made trench coat here. They have happy hours and every second week sales, such as 2€ or 1€ days! Today they had some nice stuff aswell: 



Super trendy printed dress! With small modifications this would be cool.



A nice printed jump suit!



They tend to have a lot of retro biker jackets, like this one!



Nice trench coat!



Men’s Hugo Boss trench.



The other thrift shop that I usually find something in is  USA Today, on Narva Mnt ( Uus Sadam tram stop) . They import clothes from the US, and you might find jerseys, coats, childrens clothes or shoes. Today I didn’t find anything special though. 



A more upscaled thrift shop if Fankadelik in the old town on Vana-Viru street. It is a bit pricier but you can find really nice designer pieces. 

In Telliskivi, there is a flea market every Saturday. During the winter it is inside and in the summer outside. You can go there and sell your clothes yourself, a table cost 10€ and you register online. We were there last spring with Niklas selling our stuff, and we are going probably again this spring. 



Next week I will go to Paavli Kaltsukas, which is the biggest flea market in Tallinn, located in Kopli. You can get there by tram, but I advise you to be carefull if you don’t know your way around because Kopli can be a bit sketchy.  

Saturday Brunch

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Today we went with a big group of girlies for brunch to one of my favorite brunch places in Tallinn, NOP (köleri 1). They have a nice extensive brunch list with pancakes, scrambled eggs, bagel, yoghurt and smoothies. We ordered fresh squeezed juices, smoothies, health shots and enjoyed fresh and tasty food. I ate a salmon bagel (been craving it for soooo long)! Such a cosy place and good value for money! Their lunch is amazing aswell, you really should try this place out, you can take the 1 and 3 tram towards Kadriorg and jump off at Uus-Sadam (2 stops from Viru Keskus). And oh, did I mention that everything’s organic aswell?!

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