Helsinki

Magic Mocktails at American Bar Torni

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Often, if you ask for a mocktail at a bar, you get two boxed juices put together, add a bit of lemon and a fancy straw and they be done with it. Which is a shame, because with fresh herbs, juices and fruit, creating a delicious alternative to a traditional cocktail, isn’t that hard. And you don’t necessarily always feel like drinking water or a grossly sweet soft drink when you’re out with friends – no matter if you generally drink or not. At the very much underrated American Bar in the Torni hotel, you can not only order fresh and seasonal mocktails – I was invited to join a small group to try their alcohol-free options and learn how to recreate them at home. 

Helsinki – Sunday dinner & drinks

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While Helsinki is a fairly easy place to get things done on Sundays, with generous opening hours and few bits of town actually closing down, it can be a bit of an annoying endeavour to find restaurants and bars for some drinks on a Sunday evening. And while it may not be the most obvious place for either, sometimes you have visitors, guests or something to celebrate that will have you venture out on a Sunday night – so here’s a summary of the best places open for business.

Dinner Date: Restaurant Ultima – this is hyperlocal

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Helsinki’s food scene surprises me again and again, Ultima being one of the newest additions. A microlocal restaurant with a fine dining experience, that’s just something completely different. What does that even mean? Well, locally sourced products are a staple of many restaurants as it’s a philosophy that’s deeply rooted with Finnish restauranteurs. Microlocal essentially means, that 90% of the products used are brought in from less than a 100km radius – with some even grown inside the very restaurant location. With climate change impacting the agricultural sector, it lies upon us, says Henri, to think of alternate ways to source food, as sustainably and organically as possible. 

#yrittäjänviikko – Spaces

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If you are self-employed and running a one-woman show most of the time, the question of where you actually work is a big one, and co-working spaces are a great option. Work from home, rent an office, work from libraries or cafés? There are plenty of possibilities, but which is the right one is a very subjective thing. I’ll explore a bunch of different opportunities, starting with the co-working office SPACES.

#yrittäjänviikko – Entrepreneurship week

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It’s #yrittäjänpäivä on Wednesday, but I decided to take this whole week to share some input on my take on entrepreneurship. I’m approaching my four year business anniversary, with good and less good times, both as a motivation to myself and readers, Helsinki freelancers and entrepreneurs, and while I’m definitely not the wisest person to give you any life advice at all, I’m here to share and rant and all that jazz.

Hietalahti market hall – Helsinki’s foodie paradise

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The market hall in Hietalahti strikes with a best of the best of the Capitals restaurant scene – from the only Portuguese restaurant in the city, authentic Japanese noodles and juicy burgers – there’s something for everyone here. Roam around and taste your way through this unique place.

Weekly Log #3

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Weekly reviews are somehow always interesting to me, to catch up on people I follow, but also to have something to look forward to…