My best Finnish taste experience - 4 testimonials

My best Finnish taste experience - 4 testimonials

The culinary diversity that Finland has to offer is not something that many of them are aware of. So, a few weeks ago we started a survey on the Little Finland Facebook page and wanted to know: What was your best Finnish taste experience? Based on the survey, we conducted short interviews with Lydia, Maria, Pia and Katharina, who told us about their personal moments of pleasure. Get inspired!




Lydia: "Then Lonkero and the evening was perfect"

 

Little Finland: Hello Lydia, would you like to introduce yourself briefly? How do you relate to Finland and maybe there is a little story about how you fell in love with the country?

 

Lydia: I fell in love with Suomi in 2000 when I discovered Finnish rock music. Since then I have been there often, have taken several language courses, worked for a few months on a husky farm in winter and dream of my own Mökki ba a lake - at some point when I win the lottery! The country, the people, the culture, and the language - all of this has caught me in the meantime.

 

Little Finland: In our survey on Little Finland's Facebook page, you stated that the first time Lonkero 2007 in Tampere was your very best Finnish taste experience. Would you like to tell us a little more about it?

 

Lydia: I was in Finland for the first time and was sitting with a friend in a bar in Tampere. Somehow the whole mood and the flair, the people, then Lonkero and the evening was perfect. Is just one of my first memories of Finland.

 

Little Finland: What other Finnish foods are you particularly fond of?

 

Lydia: The chocolate from Fazer, blueberry tea and blueberry cake / Mustiikkapirakka (everything that has to do with blueberries), reindeer and elk meat, Finnish honey, cloudberry jam / Lakkahillo.

 

Little Finland: Which Finnish delicacy simply tastes best locally in Finland?

 

Lydia: Salmon soup / Lohikeitto on the Kauppatori in Helsinki, plus the fresh sea breeze there and the sea air - that just fits.

 

Little Finland: What would you choose if you could only have 1 out of 3: Karjalanpiirakka, smoked salmon or a can of Lonkero?

 

Lydia: Lonkero! I don't have to think long.

 

Little Finland: Do you have a personal place of happiness / heart in Finland?

 

Lydia: The husky farm near Taivalkoski that I worked on because I always associate it with particularly positive memories. But also, Helsinki anyway, there is always something new to discover and I feel very comfortable there.




Maria: "For as long as I can remember, I have loved to eat grillimakkara"

 

Little Finland: Hello Maria, would you like to introduce yourself briefly? How do you relate to Finland and maybe there is a little story about how you fell in love with the country?

 

Maria: Hello, I'm Maria Silveri, 40 years old, mother of 2 girls and the daughter of an Austrian and a Finnish woman. So I spent a large part of my childhood in Finland and also attended the Finnish school in Vienna during elementary school. Until today I have been on vacation in Finland every summer and now and then also in winter. In the meantime I design Nordic patterns for textiles, wallpapers and more.


Little Finland:
In our survey on Little Finland's Facebook page, you stated that your first grillimakkara (Finnish grilled sausage) as a child was your very best Finnish taste experience. Would you like to tell us a little more about it?

 

Maria: As long as I can remember I have loved to eat grillimakkara and I have always fought with my brother over the last makkara. In the past, I didn't really care which Makkara is on the grill, but since my husband had a makkara tasting with me a few years ago, I have been putting a lot of emphasis on the meat content, as many others use a lot of flour.

 

Little Finland: What other Finnish foods are you particularly fond of?

 

Maria: Otherwise, I especially like everything that has to do with berries. Be it mustikkapiirakka, vispipuuro or juice and jam made from red and black currants. Otherwise, of course, Fazerin Sininen and liquorice, even if it can be a little unhealthy.

 

Little Finland: Which Finnish delicacy simply tastes best locally in Finland?

 

Maria: I've taken Talkkuna with me to Vienna so often and actually never ate it at home more than once because, like Makkara, it just doesn't taste nearly as good anywhere else. Yoghurts such as Hedelmäpommi from Valio, Pulla or smoked salmon are simply unbeatable in taste here.

 

Little Finland: What would you choose if you could only have 1 out of 3: Karjalanpiirakka, smoked salmon or a can of Lonkero?

 

Maria: So I would always choose the salmon, although it is not that easy with Piirakka and Lonkero.

 

Little Finland: Do you have a personal place of happiness / heart in Finland?

 

Maria: My personal place of happiness is actually Petäjävesi, as I have thousands of memories with this place and our family lives there, but I would definitely call Karhunahas very close as a place of power. There is something magical about it, although in earlier times bears were driven into the gorge here to be killed there.




Pia: "The chocolate factory in Porvoo was a surprise for me"

 

Little Finland: Hello Pia, would you like to introduce yourself briefly? How do you relate to Finland and maybe there is a little story about how you fell in love with the country?

 

Pia: I have Finland in my blood. My mother is Finnish. I also worked in Finland every now and then, so it is even more worthwhile to go to Helsinki at least once a year or to discover other beautiful places.

 

Little Finland: In our survey on Little Finland's Facebook page, you stated that a visit to Brunberg in Porvoo was your very best Finnish taste experience. Would you like to tell us a little more about it?

 

Pia: The chocolate factory in Porvoo came as a surprise to me, because otherwise we in the family always had all the sweets and chocolates from Fazer. After I was there at Brunberg's, I buy so much of their products. Whether truffles, caramel, chocolate liquorice, there are really great things. The chocolate kisses in various flavors are just great!

 

Little Finland: What other Finnish foods are you particularly fond of?

 

Pia: I'm an absolute fan of Finnish liquorice because they are a little sweet.

 

Little Finland: What would you choose if you could only have 1 of 3: Karjalanpiirakka (Karelian pierogi), smoked salmon or a can of Lonkero?

 

Pia: I definitely choose the Karjalanpiirakka! My mother does this regularly and I find it almost even better than the one on site. Otherwise, I prefer the pickled salmon.

 

Little Finland: Do you have a personal place of happiness / heart in Finland?

 

Pia: My favorite place is always the Löyly public sauna in Helsinki, whether in summer or winter. In winter it is wonderful to come out of the smoke sauna and watch the storm on the Baltic Sea. In the summer, just drink a rosé on the terrace from time to time. Architecturally, the building is also great and has a top location. Generally speaking, any sauna in Finland is my place of happiness. I can switch off completely. I like the smoke sauna best, preferably in combination with a lake or ice hole.




Katharina: "Karjalanpiirakka are my absolute favorite"

 

Little Finland: Hello Katharina, would you like to introduce yourself briefly? How do you relate to Finland and maybe there is a little story about how you fell in love with the country?

 

Katharina: I'm Kathy, I live near beautiful Leipzig and I'm probably the epitome of finnophile, if you can trust the “Very Finnish Problems” site. It was the end of the 90s, my father had a huge CD shelf, which was my absolute Mecca. There I found a Nightwish CD, and the country, the language and the mentality attracted me absolutely magically (at some point I will emigrate too!). That's how it all went.

 

Little Finland: In our survey on Little Finland's Facebook page, you stated that Karjalanpiirakka made by an elderly Finnish woman was your very best Finnish taste experience. Would you like to tell us a little more about it?

 

Katharina: Yes, of course - it was breath-taking! I love fresh batter and mashed potatoes! Because I've been drawn there for so long (I'm also buzzing around in various Finnish Facebook groups, e.g. for crocheting or horse groups), I came to a lady who, curiously enough, lives near me due to her daughter's emigration, which offered me to invite me to the Finnish kitchen (I'm a passionate hobby cook). Since then, Karjalanpiirakka have been my absolute favorite, although tragically, to this day, I still can't even begin to prepare them myself - very frustrating!

 

Little Finland: What other Finnish foods are you particularly fond of?

 

Katharina: I love nature and what it gives us, cloudberries are something very special for me! And, of course, the classic flamed salmon is simply incomparable. So, I cook a lot with Finnish food here too.

 

Little Finland: What would you choose if you could only have 1 out of 3: Karjalanpiirakka, smoked salmon or a can of Lonkero? I can already guess the answer in your case ...

 

Katharina: The question is simple, as there is no Karhu listed: Piirakat!

 

Little Finland: Do you have a personal place of happiness / heart in Finland?

 

Katharina: Espoo - it is simply incomparable and indescribable!

 



Who doesn't have their mouths watering with these great testimonials? If you are in the mood for a very special Finnish taste experience, then we would like to recommend our next Kalsarikännit livestream tasting to you. On Friday, 01.10.21 from 8 p.m., I welcome you together with Tanja to the FinnTouch Facebook page for the 15th episode of our interactive format. This time everything revolves around the former capital Turku. There are three beers from the cult brand Aura, crispy rye chips and a tube of Aura mustard from Turku for your own grilled meat. Get one of the last packages now and spend an unforgettable evening with us with lots of fun and new Finnish taste experiences.


To thank you for reading our post blog we offer you a small autumn present: -10% with the discount code GIFT10 from your orders until Monday 27th September 2021. Love, your Little Finland Team


Text: René Schwarz


About the author:
René Schwarz grew up half Finnish and bilingual. The freelance copywriter and author travels regularly to his second home country and loves to share his passion for Suomi with others. He has also been doing this on his blog FinnTouch since the beginning of 2016, where you can find Finland travel tips, interviews with Finnish artists and very personal stories. Have a look! www.finntouch.de


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