29 Dec 2012

Bye bye 2012, I'll miss you!

2012 is definitely going to be one of those years I'll remember.
A year of surprises, adventures and many challenges. A year in which I've learned a lot about myself.
I loved, I cried, I dreamed, I worked quite much... but still, I tried to be a bit happier every day.

In the beginning of the year Oh! my cake was born. Against all odds the blog is still alive and has got 11.458 page views so far.

Italy was my home for 7 months. In Pisa I met wonderful people, learned Italian, forgot Finnish, slept in a vintage room, made a copy of Picasso and ate ice-cream like there was no tomorrow.

I also went skiing, worked on top of a cardboard box and found a little fox by the sea.

I turned 28 in Sicily, best birthday ever.

In the end of April I moved back to Helsinki.
The post-Italy depression hit me hard. However, I managed to (almost) get over it, specially thanks to my lovely friends and all the traveling.

I got into a plane 18 times this year and visited 6 different countries. 
The ultimate trip has been to Singapore and Malaysia. Tioman island was the best place to rediscover the silence and deal with the gelato abstinence syndrome. A pretty good therapy made out of sunsets, rainforest hikes, monkeys, sea turtles and banana pancakes for breakfast.

I also visited Menorca, Copenhagen and went back to Spain a couple of times. My summer was all about reading, floating on the Mediterranean sea, eating (and drinking) in good company and traveling around Spain by train.

Food has been one of the major themes of 2012. I ate so well this year, from Italian porchetta to my mother's delicious paella and everything in between (including bull penis and fried insects).

I made the ultimate Barcelona food guide, went to two Restaurant days and discovered few nice places in Helsinki.

Joulupukki brought me the most beautiful yellow KitchenAid (¡graciaaaaaas!), so there has been a lot of cooking also... I baked a wedding cake, made (and ate) tons of tiramisù, fresh pasta, cheesecake and muffins. I learned how to make ice-cream, cornetti, sabayon and bread.  

My friends made me laugh so much this year that I got new happiness-wrinkles... lots of dinners, saunas, barbecues, dancing lessons, love stories, sushi and tequilas. 
We also went to the ballet for the first (and probably last) time.

Moonrise Kingdom went up to my top 3 favorite movies, right after Amelie and Totoro.
My first Marimekko dress have brighten up many rainy days.

And just to finish the year on the right foot, I got to be a chef for a week, changed apartment for the 7th time, almost learned to skateboard and (finally) saw the end of the Lord of the Rings without falling asleep.

Thanks 2012.

Thanks to all the people that made me smile this year, that kissed me, that taught me something.

Thanks to everybody that believed in me... and special thanks to the ones that didn't, so I had the need to prove you wrong.

I'm a bit sad to say goodbye to 2012, but I really hope that next year is at least half as exciting as this one. Happy new year everybody!!!

19 Dec 2012

Open Kitchen restaurant is up and running!

Sorry I haven't been writing for long time, but my hands have been full of flour, cream and Carbonara sauce since Open Kitchen restaurant opened last Saturday.

To find out what on earth is Open Kitchen, you must come to Kellohalli and try our delicious menu.
We will be serving lunch and dinner until Saturday 22.12 (unless the world ends the 21st, in that case hurry up to come before!).

Not lucky enough to live in Helsinki? then check our Facebook page for daily updates and pictures or wait until it is over, I promise I'll write about every single detail.

6 Dec 2012

Join the food revolution!

When people asks me what to do when they visit Barcelona, the first word that immediately comes to my mind is: Eat.

If a couple of years ago someone would have asked me the same about Helsinki - I would have said: Drink... the word eat was far down in my what-to-do list.

Honestly, coming from a country where food (and socializing around food) is one of the most important things in life, I could not understand how I was going to be happy in a place where people were eating a 10 min lunch in front of their computers.

Once again I was proved wrong.
In just few years things have changed so quickly that Helsinki does not feel the same city anymore.
Many nice restaurants/bars/cafes have opened and I suddenly realized that there are tons of food enthusiasts in this country. 

Finland has also experienced the wonders of Restaurant day, which has given the opportunity for people to literally take the streets and show how much they care about good food made with love.
Restaurant day has clearly shown that food is one of the ways to make Helsinki a happier place.

But it does not end here... this is only the beginning of the food revolution.
A month ago I nearly fell off my chair when Antto Melasniemi called to tell me that I have got selected to participate in the coolest project ever: Open Kitchen
This is the deal: during the next 3 weeks I'm gonna be part of an interesting team of 12 lovely people. We are gonna be pretty busy learning how the hell you open a restaurant, planning and designing one... and eventually getting the chance to run it (for real!) during a whole week in Kellohalli. I couldn't be more excited!

Our restaurant will be open from the 15th until the 22nd of December. 
I really hope to see all your pretty faces there!!

2 Dec 2012

Christmas markets are cool

It has been scientifically proven (by me) that the best way to combat the cold/dark December days is by lighting some candles, drinking glögi and getting ready for Christmas.

As a good fan of slow shopping, I really enjoy checking out the Christmas markets.
One of my favorites is the Tokyo Christmas Sale, organized by the student association of the School of Arts, Design and Architecture (TaiK)

I was there this morning and there were so many nice things that took me forever to decide what to buy... Eventually I went home very happy (despite the -12ºC) with a couple of super cute prints, a reflective robot and a little present for my sister.

1 Dec 2012

If I cannot have a cat, I want a fake window

I love the cozy feeling of being at home while it is raining (as it often is in Helsinki).

A good rain storm is the perfect excuse for staying indoors the whole day reading or watching movies. I usually get super restless if I do that when the sun is shining... but it feels better to be home when it's raining (it needs to rain quite a lot), because I know that I'm not missing anything outside.

That's why I would like to get this wall sticker as a replacement of the cat I will never have.

from Chispum

... to allow myself to be lazy sometimes, even if it is not pouring outside.

However, I would also need a no-rain window on my other wall, for those autumn weeks that does not stop raining in many, many days... and you have no more books to read.

from Chispum

You can get these pretty vinyls from Chispum, they deliver worldwide!

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