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Our family trip to Kotka-Hamina: Hamina’s fortress and the beautiful parks of Kotka

Last weekend we visited the Finnish region of Kotka-Hamina. You can find two other posts where I detailed the previous days of family trip here and here. We used most of our third day to visit Hamina, a town North-East of Kotka. Hamina is smaller than Kotka and very easy to walk around. The centre is… Continue reading Our family trip to Kotka-Hamina: Hamina’s fortress and the beautiful parks of Kotka

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Our family trip to Kotka-Hamina: visiting the Maritime Centre Vellamo

The tale of our weekend visiting Kotka and Hamina continues. If you missed the first post, you can find it here. On day 2, we went on to visit the huge Maritime Centre Vellamo. The building hosts several exhibitions, some permanent and some regularly changing. We were offered a tour in English (supported languages are… Continue reading Our family trip to Kotka-Hamina: visiting the Maritime Centre Vellamo

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Our family trip to Kotka-Hamina: hiking in Valkmusa, watching Baltic fishes close, and enjoying Finnish cuisine.

If you ask me, Finland is the perfect travel destination for families. I joke that you can find a changing table and an highchair also in a snow desert there. Every place is stroller friendly, any restaurant is prepared to welcome children, and there's plenty of nature for the whole family to enjoy. My husband… Continue reading Our family trip to Kotka-Hamina: hiking in Valkmusa, watching Baltic fishes close, and enjoying Finnish cuisine.

finland · food · reviews

Enjoy your family meals more with Ruokaboksi

We got to kick off the start of our family holidays with an exciting collaboration. If you know me one bit by now, you have learned how deeply I love food (there's likely more food porn than kids' pics in my Instagram feed) and how cooking and eating are  important in my family's and birth… Continue reading Enjoy your family meals more with Ruokaboksi

crafts · food · life

The easiest recipe for a birthday cake: win at every party with beautiful and tasty cakes

I love baking but being a working mom I simply don't have time to spend in baking fabulous cakes. Over the years, I have tried several recipes and never found the perfect one. I was fighting especially with icing: I tried using whipped cream, but it doesn't hold well. I tried the classic buttercream icing,… Continue reading The easiest recipe for a birthday cake: win at every party with beautiful and tasty cakes

finland · food · life · reviews · sustainability

We didn’t invite cows to our summer picnic

I bet you are wondering if I have lost it or what with such title, but bear with me and I'll explain the whole story. Few weeks ago I got in touch with the Finnish division of Oatly, a Swedish company that pioneered oat-based drinks back in the 90s. The core of their mission is… Continue reading We didn’t invite cows to our summer picnic

food · health · life · reviews · self-care

I have tried a 7 day cleansing diet: here’s what happened

A couple of weeks ago I was click-bouncing and I found this page, suggesting a 7 day cleansing diet. Rules are simple: no gluten | no diary products | no sugar | no coffee | unlimited veggies&fruit | measured and light protein foods In addition, one should drink plenty of water. I tried the diet… Continue reading I have tried a 7 day cleansing diet: here’s what happened

expats · food · multicultural families

Tiramisu, you won’t believe how easy it is

Tiramisu is my emergency dessert. Even thought it's marketed as a special treat in Italian restaurants, it's one of the easiest to prepare. The main ingredient, mascarpone cheese, is internationally popular nowadays and you find it in many shops. I want to share with you my family recipe and I guarantee you can produce this… Continue reading Tiramisu, you won’t believe how easy it is

expats · food · multicultural families

Why Italian people freak out about food

This is not a parenting post, but I feel it's something that will resonate with most of my readers, surely with those who know at least an Italian person. And by saying Italian I mean real Italian, every second-generation Italo-American is excluded - you allowed pizza with pineapple to spread in the world like a… Continue reading Why Italian people freak out about food

food · parenting · sustainability

Should I feed my kids insects?

Recently a nation-wide big bakery started selling "cricket bread" in Finland. This is not the first attempt to introduce insects in the local diet. Recently the local food authority has allowed some insects to be sold as food and it seemed some products were just ready to explode. It's common knowledge that insects are food… Continue reading Should I feed my kids insects?