This cold blueberry soup is a reminder of my recent trip to Helsinki and its many wonderful food markets. We arrived by ferry from Tallinn in the morning and spent one day in the city, all while the sky gleamed in bright blue and the sunshine warmed the streets of Finland’s beautiful capital. It was a perfect day to explore Helsinki. Strolling the food markets became an instant favorite. They were overflowing with fresh produce from the region, colorful flowers and the occasional fish stand. One things that surprised me to see over and over again – berries of all sorts, colors and shapes….
Tallinn is a city that will surprise you and so will Tallinn’s food. At least, it did surprise me. As the capital of Estonia, Tallinn is a must-see on every trip to the Baltic States. Located at the Baltic Sea, Tallinn is an exciting mix of medieval churches, hip coffee shops, baroque palaces, cozy side-streets and an amazing food culture.
Before I went to Tallinn I asked my Instagram Community for tips on where to eat. The response was overwhelming, a slight indicator that our 3 days in Tallinn would be very tasty. I quickly decided that food would be the main focus of our travels because I didn’t think that tasting testing every recommended eatery in Tallinn sounded like a bad idea. And it wasn’t. So if you are planing on visiting Tallinn any time soon and are looking for a delicious adventure, I’ve got you covered. Here is my personal Tallinn Food Guide with a list of my favorite restaurants (and one coffee shop)….
Growing up at the Baltic Sea, I’ve really come to miss the ocean, moody days and nordic beach landscapes here in Istanbul. Every time I go back home to visit, everything has changed, most of my friends moved away but the cooling sea breeze and smell of the smashing waves still makes me feel like this is the home I’ve never left. I never realise how much I miss it until I’m there again. As a child and teenager I would always feel most comfortable by the sea and I would never get bored looking out to the horizon. Most summers we would spend our days at the beach, mostly swimming and sunbathing, sometimes playing volleyball or learning how to windsurf. I would walk the shore and collect shells and stones only to through them back to the sea at the end of the day. There, I imagined the beautiful jewelry I could make with my finds or the artsy collages I could create. The sea always got my thinking and imagining and visualizing. Today I still feel like the ocean is the only place where my thoughts can run free. No limitations, no obligations – just an empty head that wants to be filled with ideas….
Paris, mon amour. It’s been a while that I lasted visited the city of love…love of food that it. Having been to Paris a few times before I didn’t come for any sightseeing this time. I came for the food, sunshine and a few days of relaxation with my boyfriend. As with every big city, the culinary scene is constantly changing and with the health trends finally reaching Europe, I knew I would have a delicious time. With some research and the help of my amazing Instagram community I had bookmarked a few places that I wanted to visit and made a food itinerary for each of our three days. The result? A quick food guide to Paris….