DIY: A Vagabond’s Table

I am just IN LOVE with my makeshift-shabby-chic-whatever-you-want-to-call-it table!  It was just oh-so easy to make.

Wine allowed:

as much as you like!

What you will need:

1 picnic basket/small suitcase

1 wine crate (just ask your local caviste)

1 tray (here or here)


Just stack them up! I put files, music and miscellaneous papers in the crate. Voilà you have a table now! Easy, eh?



One thing that I love about Paris are all the tourists (except during Christmas and the soldes season, for people who don’t understand le Métro and people blocking my way to get to work). I end up meeting and reconnecting with so many interesting people who are passing by.  I hosted friends of friends from Costa Rica who are studying in Spain.  It was a blast and now trying to plan trips to both countries! 
It’s really wonderful experiencing someone’s first time in Paris.  And it’s a humble reminder that Paris is an incredible city. Plus I wonder why I don’t visit the Eiffel Tower more! 
One of my favorite places to take people is up to le Ciel de Paris for a nightcap—its one of the best views of Paris at night

The Dessert of January. 

In the month of January expect a Galette du Roi to be served at every occasion you attend in France. That’s the fashion in January.  Guests are eager to see who will be king de la journée and will wear the crown. Other traditions that go along with the cake: The holder of the fève must provide the next king cake!  When serving, children hide under the table and shout from below who gets each piece.
 La Galette des Rois are available at every boulangerie and pâtisserie. There are various seizes to fit the size of your event (caution the galette for one doesn’t come with a crown nor a fève).  

Bon appétit! 


Le Coutume café opens a new café:  Coutume Instituutti 

If there’s anything that I’ve picked up by being surrounded by Finns is that they like quality coffee…a lot of it…it’s brewing 24-hours. So I wasn’t too surprised to find that the Finnish Institute chose le Coutume café to open up shop in their building. Their new location is spacious, overlooks the Roman ruins of Cluny,  internet works wonderfully and you are surrounded by Iittala.  I am in love, it’s my new hangout!
For amazing coffee with an equally beautiful view go here: 

60, rue des Écoles
75005 Paris

01 40 51 89 09

Tues-Sat 9 h à 18 h / Sun 10 h à 18 h métro: Cluny-La Sorbonne  

Finnish hand-knitted socks.

I think its a skill every Finnish girl knows how to do. I love, love, love how warm and cozy these socks are. They make the perfect gift for anyone. During cold days, I live in my socks. I highly recommend getting your hands on some hand-knitted wool socks! 

I went to Estonia. 

Wow, I never thought I’d say that sentence! It was charming. My time was short so I visited the old town which was untouched from all wars so most of the buildings are from the middle ages. It was a lovely afternoon. The Christmas market was up and was one of the best I’ve been too (I’m a CM junkie, been to countless of them—5 countries total) . From the few minutes spending outside of the touristy-old town, Tallinn is a booming city, still celebrating their freedom and independence.  Anyone who visits Finland, should take the ferry for the afternoon.   

 Date night

It is rare that the Finn and I get to be alone these days. Both of us have an extensive list of family and friends who we need to see when on vacation.  Our date nights are something that is most treasured.  Just coming off a day of traveling and adventuring, we had a late supper at the luxurious Teatterin Grilli in Helsinki. The food was to die for (see my Jerusalem artichoke and black truffle infused goat cheese soup?) plus their wine list had many good selections. The venue has a cocktail lounge (kellobarri), a deli (wine&deli), a disco (klubi) and a fine-dining restaurant. Its somewhere I’d highly recommend wether you are attending a performance at the Swedish theater (that is attached to teatteri), wanting to party  or just grab a coffee to go! 

Teatterin Grilli

Pohjoisespa 2, 
00130 Helsinki

Fabulous Fantastic Finland

The more time I spend in Finland, the more I am falling in love with all of its charm. This Christmas, sadly, there was no snow. The first green Christmas for the Finn. Although I was sad not to have a white Christmas (I’m a Minnesotan at heart), it was like I was visiting Finland in the fall. I was able to do a lot of walking in the forests and spending time by lakes. There’s lakes, forests, mushrooms, Marimekko, Iittala and Muumi. What not to love? 

This photo was not edited. 

Finnish Cuisine

The Finnish diet consists of coffee, raw salmon, dill, cucumbers, rye bread (about 108054534 varieties), mushrooms, variety of berries and my favorite: Karelian pies. I love everything (besides the reindeer meat, poor Rudolph) that the Finn’s mother prepares. It was a problem as I ate, ate, and ate during the holidays! My favorite places to pick up a pie (or six) are at the Fazer bakery and at Hotel Kämp.

Brasserie Kämp

Pohjoisesplanadi 29 

00100 Helsinki
+ 358 9 576 111 


Dark FInland.

Because of the lack of white snow, we really got a sense of how dark and gloomy a Finnish winter really can be! The sunrise was around 10Am and the sunset was around 15:30-16:00. Here are just a few photos from the Finn’s and mine walks in the forest, during the late afternoon.  Finland dark but still so lovely.