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Why Helsinki is Scandinavia's new food capital - Grown-up Travel Guide

Why Helsinki is Scandinavia's new food capital - Grown-up Travel Guide | Finland | Scoop.it
The Finnish capital is a food-lover's paradise - get there before the word gets out!

Yeah, you read that right – Helsinki, people! So roll over Copenhagen, and tell Stockholm the news – the Finnish capital has seemingly come from nowhere to become the hottest place for food lovers in Scandinavia. Before the inevitable barrage of indignant responses rains down upon Grown-up Travel Guide Towers from supporters of the other bastions of the ‘New Nordic’ movement let me state that I am going to back up this claim. In fact, I’m going to give you no less than 10 very good reasons why you should make for Helsinki if you want to experience the next big thing before the Michelin man realises what’s going on and everybody hears about it. By the way, you at the back there. Yes Oslo, I’m talking to you. You’ve got a lot of work to do…

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New Nordic's Cool, But Old Scandinavian Food Holds Its Own

New Nordic's Cool, But Old Scandinavian Food Holds Its Own | Finland | Scoop.it
Scandinavian cuisine is a product of geography and climate, plus some seafaring Viking history.

Although its praises are seldom sung, traditional Scandinavian fare — full of seafood, berries, roots and rye — has a lot to recommend it. To be clear, we're not talking fancy French technique or expansively layered spice palettes. We're talking about simple farm fare, hearty whole grain breads and rich seafood stews, food meant to sustain you during the winter. And according to some studies, it may actually be fairly healthy.

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Marty Roddy's curator insight, November 27, 2013 7:28 PM

Love dill...PLUS

Mushrooms, roots crops , peas...MMM

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Finnish Funnel Cake and Lemon Soda - Saveur.com

Finnish Funnel Cake and Lemon Soda - Saveur.com | Finland | Scoop.it
In Finland, May Day is not complete without tippaleipä, a funnel cake only sold around May Day, and a glass of sima, a home-brewed soda made with lemon and honey.

 

The national holiday is a celebration of "worker's day," but it also marks the arrival of spring and the end of yet another long, dark winter. For kids,Vappu is all about visiting the outdoor May Day markets in the city, where knickknacks of every type are sold, from whistles to big helium balloons.  

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Julia_Ryu's curator insight, May 1, 2013 9:04 AM

Today is “worker's day” and this day Finnish people eat this soda with donuts. I want to try this food next worker's day! :) isn't it look so delicious? 

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Finnish rye-bread revolution hits the US - thisisFINLAND: Arts & culture: Cuisine

Finnish rye-bread revolution hits the US - thisisFINLAND: Arts & culture: Cuisine | Finland | Scoop.it
When Simo Kuusisto left Finland at 19, he never imagined he’d end up making Finnish rye bread popular among New Yorkers.
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MoMA | Back to School: A Taste of Finland

MoMA | Back to School: A Taste of Finland | Finland | Scoop.it

 

 The most regulated aspect of many children’s everyday relationship with food is school lunch, and this is exactly the subject of Back to School: A Taste of Finland. In this series, a collaboration between the exhibition curators, MoMA’s Cafe 2, and the Consulate General of Finland, adults are invited to participate in a meal inspired by the koululounas (school lunches) of Finland, a country consistently recognized for excelling in all aspects of public education. According to its National Board of Education, Finland was the first country in the world to serve free, regulated school meals to children on a large scale, starting in 1948. Today, balanced meals of local and inexpensive ingredients provide both energy and educational value.

 

Read also this:  http://bit.ly/OFZrsP

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Finnish ancestors' diet explains many modern ailments - Helsingin Sanomat

Finnish ancestors' diet explains many modern ailments - Helsingin Sanomat | Finland | Scoop.it

The corpse was buried with its knees bent. The body has been in the ground since the Stone Age, but it is apparent that bones had been broken, and contained lacerations.
The skeleton, about 5,000 years old, was found in Jomala in the Åland Islands. It indicates that our forefathers were apparently in the habit of eating each other. This may have been more about ritual than the acquisition of nutrition, but it shows that the ancestors of the Finns were willing to eat just about any kind of nutrition. Stone Age Finns would eat dogs, frogs, grasshoppers, and worms, for instance.
"Our ancestors spent all of their energy looking for food", says Dr. Heikki S. Vuorinen, an expert on the history of medicine at the University of Helsinki.

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News - Finland: Supermarkets are least expensive for organic items, but small shops can still compete on prices

News - Finland: Supermarkets are least expensive for organic items, but small shops can still compete on prices | Finland | Scoop.it

In the comparison, the difference between the least and the most expensive food baskets was more than EUR 20. considering we are talking of a basket of items that cost EUR 48.77 in the most expensive case and just EUR 25.93 in the cheapest example, this difference speaks for itself.

A consumer for whom the most important selection criterion is the inexpensive price will pick up his or her organic produce from a supermarket that belongs to a large chain.
The comparison showed that the cheapest food basket can be found at a grocery store that belongs to the S-Group (Suomen Osuuskauppojen Keskuskunta SOK).

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{ Taatelikakku :: Finnish Christmas date cake } | { Mélanger :: to mix }

{ Taatelikakku :: Finnish Christmas date cake } | { Mélanger :: to mix } | Finland | Scoop.it

This is a wonderfully light yet moist cake. The addition of coffee to the mixture adds a lovely depth of flavour against the sweetness of the dates. And in my opinion, this cake should not be reserved just for Christmas. It is simply too delicious!

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VisitFinland - Eat & Joy Farmer's Market

VisitFinland - Eat & Joy Farmer's Market | Finland | Scoop.it

When walking into the Kluuvi shopping centre in Helsinki the first things you spot are a couple of tractors and hale bales by the entrance. Downstairs you find yourself in the middle of a farmers market. You have to stop and ask yourself, where am I?

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The Blog About Nothing... in London!: Fine Dining in Helsinki

The Blog About Nothing... in London!: Fine Dining in Helsinki | Finland | Scoop.it

I couldn’t resist going to Helsinki’s two starred Michelin restaurant Chez Dominique and try Hans Välimäki creations. During the last six years Chez Dominique has been in the top 50 recommendation from the UK magazine Restaurant. The chef offers a fusion between Nordic and French cuisines, and the more exiting for adrenaline junkies is their mystery menu where you go blind being led by Välimäki.

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Boreal Expat: Fungus of the Forest

Boreal Expat: Fungus of the Forest | Finland | Scoop.it

Finns are great forest scavengers. Even for urban Helsinkians, it’s not uncommon to head out to the nearest woods to pick berries or mushrooms. It’s practically a national pastime, and another one of the ways that Finns are more closely connected to the land than, say, the average American would be.

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Fascinating Finland: Finnish food | Chris Around The World: A ...

Fascinating Finland: Finnish food | Chris Around The World: A ... | Finland | Scoop.it
Finnish food: If you don't eat fish or reindeer, you may be out of luck. But for those who do, the simple ingredients and clever preparations will win you over.
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Five Popular Vegetarian Restaurants in Helsinki

Five Popular Vegetarian Restaurants in Helsinki | Finland | Scoop.it

Most of the countries are abound with non-vegetarian eateries, but finding vegetarian restaurants is quite difficult, especially in Europe...

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Traditions of Finland bring warmth and light

Traditions of Finland bring warmth and light | Finland | Scoop.it

" To understand why the holidays are so important to Finnish families - indeed, to everyone of Scandinavian background - consider the context.

So many of my food memories of Finland are vivid summer ones - freshly smoked salmon, just-picked forest blueberries and moccasin-shaped Karelian pastries, all in a country so close to the Arctic Circle that the estival sun shines until midnight.

In winter, the script is entirely flipped. The freezing temperatures limit food options to meats, cured fish, root vegetables, pickles and preserves. The sea is iced over, so fresh fish - so abundant in the summer - is in short supply. And if snow is late, winter in Finland is an especially dark time. Perhaps that's the reason Scandinavians place such importance on the holiday season inside their homes."

 

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Fine dining with Finnish

Fine dining with Finnish | Finland | Scoop.it

In the hands of innovative chefs, Finland's local ingredients come into their own at new Helsinki restaurants, writes Leisa Tyler.

In years gone by, Nordic food was considered as glum as northern Europe's winter sun. Perhaps spurred on by the success of what is being dubbed "new Nordic cuisine" and the trailblazing kitchen of Rene Redzepi and his Copenhagen restaurant Noma, or perhaps influenced by the locavore movement sweeping the restaurant world, the cuisine from the far northern reaches of continental Europe is experiencing a revolution.

Discarding imported products and the borrowed culinary styles of France and Italy - traditionally very influential in Nordic countries - chefs have been turning their focus inward and rediscovering the bounty of their own gastronomic heritage.

  

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Anthony Bourdain No Reserverations Finland part 1

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Anthony Bourdain in Helsinki. Cupping in a city sauna and some reindeer...

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Food produced in Finland is the cleanest in Europe

Food produced in Finland is the cleanest in Europe | Finland | Scoop.it

The European Food Safety Authority, EFSA, has published a report on the pesticide content of food sold in Europe. According to the annual report, food produced in Finland is the cleanest in Europe.


70.8 per cent of the food produced in Finland did not contain any traces of pesticides. Half of the food produced in the whole of Europe was completely clean. Pesticide residues were detected, but in very small amounts.

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Helsinki A to Z: A Guide to the City's Shopping, Food, and More

Helsinki A to Z: A Guide to the City's Shopping, Food, and More | Finland | Scoop.it
An A to Z guide to Helsinki, Finland, including tips for the design district, places to eat and shop, and where to listen to music.

 

Oslo may have the Nobels, and Stockholm girls with dragon tattoos, but the real hidden gem of Nordic Europe is Finland’s capital city, where the furniture is futuristic and the reindeer… well, everywhere

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Pop supping - Experimental nature of pop-up restaurants

Pop supping - Experimental nature of pop-up restaurants | Finland | Scoop.it

Besides gearing up for World Design Capital 2012, Helsinki is undergoing a food revolution enabled by the temporary, experimental nature of pop-up restaurants.

 

“I don’t know what’s going on,” says Ville Relander, project manager for the City of Helsinki and responsible for the Finnish capital’s food culture strategy. “ ...somehow people started to create their own city. ‘Restaurant Day’ is part of this new spirit.”

Relander is referring to the latest pop-up restaurant craze to hit Helsinki, which is gearing up towards its title as World Design Capital 2012, an award bestowed every two years by the International Council of Societies of Industrial Design.

On Restaurant Day, anyone can open a restaurant for 24 hours. About 200 temporary venues were created during the August event. And in November, the World Design Capital crew will host a one-day cake restaurant in the city.

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{ Finnish Christmas month :: round up } | { Mélanger :: to mix }

{ Finnish Christmas month :: round up } | { Mélanger :: to mix } | Finland | Scoop.it
{ Joulutortut :: Finnish Christmas Stars } For some time I have greedily eyed off these tender butter pastries, simply shaped as a festive star, and dotted with a small kiss of sweet prune filling in the centre.
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Helsinki: Food In The Boom

Helsinki: Food In The Boom | Finland | Scoop.it

Helsinki recently updated its food strategy. Old market halls are re‐invented and local creative minds of the food culture are planning ahead towards World Design Capital Helsinki 2012 and beyond. Helsinki schools, day-cares and elderly homes will enjoy 50 percent local produce. A shopping mall turned into a host of clever food market in the middle of the city where you should taste a healthy morning porridge or listen to the ambient music played for potatoes, just to let them feel extra good.

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{ Joulutortut :: Finnish Christmas Stars }

{ Joulutortut :: Finnish Christmas Stars } | Finland | Scoop.it

It is then very surprising that it has taken me so long to bake one of the stars of the Finnish Christmas table. For some time I have greedily eyed off these tender butter pastries, simply shaped as a festive star, and dotted with a small kiss of sweet prune filling in the centre. The recipe has long been bookmarked with a clear yellow post-it-note in my copy of Beatrice Ojakangas’, The Great Scandinavian Baking Book.

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lumo lifestyle: Our day as pop up restauranteurs

lumo lifestyle: Our day as pop up restauranteurs | Finland | Scoop.it

The restaurant day interned site collapsed several times during the day and it affected the customer flow in many places, cold November weather also wasn't as nice as in earlier Restaurant days in May and August. Still we were happy we took part and created our little part of urban culture in Helsinki.
We might take part in February, adjusting our concept. We'll see...

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Finnish Cheeses. — Winesworld's Magazine

Finnish Cheeses. — Winesworld's Magazine | Finland | Scoop.it
Finnish Cheeses Finland, a Scandinavian country, located north of the Baltic Sea, and bordering Russia in the east, produces significant amounts of cheese. This prosperous country's economy is based on three segments, ...
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Woman dies from toxic olives

Woman dies from toxic olives | Finland | Scoop.it
An elderly woman in Helsinki has died of botulism, a serious form of food
poisoning. Another family member who also ate almond-stuffed olives is
recovering from the illness.
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