Thing I miss (eating) about Tallinn

Tallinn is THE perfect city for a student. Apartment prices are low, food is cheap and eating out is ridiculously affordable if you know where to go. Even though I’ve settled in Helsinki after living here for about 6 months, I long for some particular dishes from my favorite restaurants in Tallinn.

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The pizzas from Pulccinella in the old town. This hidden gem is in the middle of the tourist mayhem, yet you can go and eat a GREAT buffalo mozzarella pizza without getting annoyed by drunken Finns. I mean, LOOK AT THAT PIZZA! It is the best pizza I’ve eaten outside Italy and only for about 10€.

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Lendav Taldrik in the hip area of Telliskivi was one of my favorite places to go to eat a family styled meal with my friends. The restaurant offers Indian and Asian fusion dishes to an affordable price(5-10€), and the palak paneer is simply divine. The interior in the restaurant is interesting and industrial, but yet a place where you want to spend the evening and stuff your face with curry’s.

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CARPACCIO! WHY CAN’T YOU FIND carpaccio in any restaurant in Helsinki? One of my favorite was from Kolm Sibulat (great place) or a scaled down version for 7€ could be found at Hetk (which is no longer open). Simple, three good ingredients, slob it with evoo and yes, food haven.

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Last but definitely not least, Gotsu Koyuho’s Kitchens crispy, sticky, delicious, garlic and chili fried chicken. This is lethal, you WILL be addicted to this. And the kimchi. Sooo good! This gem is a short walk from the old town and only open on weekdays as it is more of a lunch restaurant, but it is always packed. They serve also bibimbap and other authentic Korean dishes. You will get the lunch of your life for 7€.

 

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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. 

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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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February

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Hi you! February is going to be one of the busiest months, as I have to work with my thesis and other various reports. I finally have woken up from my January-coma and I think that the sun has done its part also. I have finally found my inspiration again and some energy to push forward on my school work! Unfortunately I don’t have anyone to take pictures of my outfits at this moment, but I will start posting some recipes during this week. Meanwhile follow my instagram account @breakfastbrunchdinner for food pictures.