Dinner at a restaurant
Tristan in Ruoholahti with our friends Jouni, Satu, and their
daughter Heidi who visited us in Singapore in February. This just
recently opened place was previously known as Basilica and Bistro
Del Mar, especially the latter having been a great nuisance to the
nearby residents because of the loud music played at nights (and
teenager roaming around drunk)
One of our favorite places
to visit in Helsinki, even before we moved out of the country, is
Suomenlinna Sea Fortress. (http://www.suomenlinna.fi/en/) And
that's something we do this time, too, and not only because of the
great brewery restaurant but some unique Finnish arts and crafts
sold in the number of shops and exhibitions.
On our last night in
Helsinki we have dinner at Soulkitchen. This is our second visit
to this classy hippie kind of place, and the service is equally
lacking as it was in our first visit. In our opinion, two things one
should never need to wait for long in a restaurant are placing the
order and checking out.
Some late evening natural
light entering Soulkitchen.
morning we pick up our rental car, Skoda Octavia, at the airport,
and start a countryside tour to Tampere, Mänttä
and Tappuvirta, the summer house of Tomi's parents.
These (paper) figures speak
with the mouths of Serlachius employees over the years. For us who
are from big (or biggish) cities, learning how practically
everyone in Mänttä worked or still works for
Serlachius, and that at one point of time the company provided
everything from education to health care, from sports and
recreation to groceries for the community, is quite an eye-opener.
Our final art stop in
Mänttä is Honkahovi Art Center for the
exhibition "Haute Couture." This is another excellent
example of flourishing Finnish modern art, full of great tricks
like Niksi-Pirkka, a column in a staple household magazine.
This is work by Johanna
on toasted archipelago bread.
cabbage roll and herb sauce.
warm smoked salmon and tartar sauce.
new potato-radish salad, mustard dressing.
Herb roasted beetroot and