As a blogger for the Helsinki Secret Residence, I was able to experience, as a local, the food, culture and beautiful nature of this city and its surrounding areas. Here in this post I share my Helsinki highlights with you all.
Jädelino is a quaint, friendly gelateria that serves top quality, homemade Italian ice cream in the the Teurastamo district of Helsinki. The flavors at Jädelino are very creative. I had a peanut butter-olive oil gelato that was extraordinary. The pistachio (made with an imported pistachio base from Sicily) and the tiramisu gelato are fantastic as well. I’ll be back! Once you’ve taste their delicious ice creams, you’ll be back too.
I had the distinct pleasure of working at the event with two very talented and highly accredited Tunisian chefs- Rafik Tlatli and Mounir Le Baroque. The best thing about working with chefs from other cultures beside your own, is the great enthusiasm that can be generated through a mutual admiration toward each other’s cuisine.
St. Petersburg is brimming with history along with gorgeous architecture, museums, parks and canals. All are simply magnificent, and impossible to see and enjoy in one day. The various winding waterways will remind you of Venice, Italy and adds nicely to the charm of this magnificent Russian city.
Carefully-crafted Tunisian olive oils are rich in chlorophyll, carotene, lecithin (a natural antioxidant that stimulates the metabolism of fats, sugars and proteins), polyphenols, and are a good source of vitamins A and D. It is no wonder that the Tunisian government has coined the phrase, So Tasty, So Healthy, for their precious olive oils.
The secret is out! I have been chosen to be a guest chef/blogger for the travel site, VisitHelsinki.com. Follow me as I explore Helsinki’s burgeoning food scene.
Åland is a great place to get a taste of island life in northern Europe. Very few people think of vacationing on a northern island. I hope this post on the Åland Islands will entice you to change your attitude about latitude and try a different type of island getaway.
Hotel Pommern of the Åland Hotel Group welcomes chef Franco Lania on March 10th-12th. Franco will cook a 5-course tasting menu. Chef Lania is a 9/11 survivor and from that day forward he changed his career focus. His new mission is to help people get their lives back on track by enlivening them via the invigorating energy of cooking. “It’s all about receiving a warm embrace from the stove”, the chef says
SMSU’s Gala Ball had a very special auction this year. One of the grand prizes was an interactive dinner prepared by chef Franco Lania and the school’s Culinology students. This was a fun and educational event for all!