Lets Eat: Helsinki, Finland

Traveling around Finland for 1 Month you find some SUPER places to eat and enjoy.

So what does Finnish cuisine include? Fish, Potatos, Berries and more! With Finland being So far in the North, traditionally vegetables and fruits were hard to come by the majority of the year – but things are different now and things are available all year round. YUM. One of the major downfalls of Finnish Cuisine? only its Cost. It really pulls out every last penny to cook in Finland. But this Nordic country isn’t known for it’s affordability either! So eat up!

  • The potato is considered holy by the Finnish state church, and it was illegal to waste potatoes until 1998 when the law was overturned.

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Ode to Home: Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada

I come from a small town. A small town in the Middle of Canada. With a Population of 120.000. A town that most people in Canada don’t know it exists. Tourists don’t often visit, and when they do, it is only as a place to stop for the night before they continue 715KM West to Winnipeg or 1400KM East to Toronto.

Thunder Bay Ontario

Thunder Bay. Right on the tip of the wolf shaped Lake Superior.

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Lets Eat: Kyoto, Japan

Visiting Japan for 2 Weeks with friends- Amazing food at incredibly reasonable prices.

Does Japanese cuisine have more than Sushi? You bet it does! Japan has a wide assortment of food, but most of the food includes seafood and fish. If you are allergic or just do not like seafood or fish- you probably will not enjoy much more than Rice! Seafood served raw is sashimi, simmered in a pot, grilled over charcoal, or deep-fried is tempura -Japanese chefs have many ways to prepare fish and shellfish.

  • In one year, the average Japanese person eats slightly more than their own weight in seafood.
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Lets Eat: Bangkok, Thailand

Living in Bangkok for 6 Months – you find some GREAT places to eat and enjoy.

So what does Thailand cuisine include? Noodles, Chilies that make me cry, Fresh vegetables, Curries and More! Thailand has a wide assortment of food, all of which is spicy (unless asked otherwise – “my pet” – No spice). The food is highly aromatic, filled with amazing fresh vegetables, and known for its mixture of four taste senses: sweet, sour, salty, and spicy. All of which makes me salivate just thinking of.

  • Thai food is eaten with a Fork and a Spoon. Not with Chopsticks, as the surrounding Asian countries do. The fork was introduced during the reign of King Mongkut, Rama IV (1851 – 1868) to “westernize” the country.
  • Throwing food away if not finished during the meal enrages the Thai god of rice. She is the deity who watches over the people to ensure everyone is fed. Bad luck or famine may result.

So lets get to it! What are the traditional foods of Thailand that you MUST try?

  • Sticky Rice with Everything
  • Phad thai – Rice noodles with fish sauce, sugar, lime juice, peanuts, egg. Choice of meat.
  • Khao tom – Rice soup with pork, chicken or shrimp

    Pad thai (ผัดไทย), served in Bangkok.

    Phad Thai

  • Khao khai chiao – Omelet on top of white rice
  • Tom yam – hot & sour soup with meat
  • Kaeng khiao wan/Kaeng phanaeng/Kaeng phet  – Curry – Green, Coconut, or Red. Green chillies, basil, and chicken or fishs.
  • Som tam – Papaya salad
  • Khao phat  – Fried rice with any of: Chicken, Shrimp, Beef, Pineapple, Crab, Coconut, Veggies.
  • Khao soi – Chicken curry soup with crispy noodles
  • Stir-fried prawn with curry powder
  • Kai Med Ma Muang – Chicken with cashew nuts
  • Lots, Lots More!
And for Dessert?
  • Khao niao mamuang – Mango & Coconut Sticky Rice

    Thai mango with glutinous rice.

    Mango Sticky Rice!

  • Ruam mit – Water chestnuts in coconut milk.
  • Deep Fried Banana drizzled in Chocolatee
To Drink?
  • Sang Som – Whisky Thai style – Cheap and toxic!
  • Fresh Squeezed Juice: Mango, banana, Orange
  • Coconut Milk
  • Chang Beer

Thailand is an extremely vegetarian friendly country. All foods come in vegetarian options, and with the abundance and diversity of vegetables, if vegetarianism is ever being considered- Thailand is the place to start! Thailand is known for its amazing street foods which comes at amazing value. There is a less formal dining experience required, but if you want to enjoy a sit-down meal, it will cost you more, but here is a list of some of the restaurants I’ve been and I’ve loved!

  • Cabbages & Condoms (Sukhumvit soi 12) $$$
  • Soi 38 street food (After 19:00 there are stalls open with everything) $
  • The Mango Tree (Soi Tantawan, Surawongse Road) $$$
  • Doo Dee (Siam Square Soi 4) $$$

$ = 0 – 100 THB      $$ = 100 – 250 THB      $$$ = 250 – 400 THB      $$$$ = Too Many THB

Overall, Thailand food is some of the best in the world. I can’t wait to return!

Lets Eat: Buenos Aires, Argentina

Living in Buenos Aires are 8 Months – you find some GREAT places to eat and enjoy.

So what is Argentine cuisine include? Beef Beef and more Beef. Basically. Argentina is known for the amazing quality Beef.

  • Argentine annual consumption of beef has averaged 100 kg (220 lbs) per capita.
Are you convinced about the Beef Yet?

Also, the food is highly influence from the strong Italian and Spanish decent of the majority of the population. There is nothing more innately Argentinian than the Asado (BBQ Meat). But some more of the traditional foods (aka list of Meat types) include:

  • Chorizo (pork sausage)
    Asado Argentino
  • Morcilla (blood sausage)
  • Chinchulines (chitterlings)
  • Mollejas (sweetbread)
  • Milanesas – Breaded and fried meat (schnitzel)
  • Empanadas (stuffed pastries)
  • Pizza
  • Fideos, Tallarines, ñoquis, ravioles and canelones (Pastas)
  • Medialunas (Croissants)
And for Dessert?

Alfajores-Argentins

Alfajores!

  • Dulce de Leche – Sweet Milk – somewhat similar to Caramel. (Goes on EVERYTHING)
  • Alfajores – Sandwiched shortbread cookies with dulche de leche between
  • Helada – Ice cream! As delicious if not better than “gelato” from Italy
To Drink?
  • Wine Wine Wine Wine Wine – With a famous Wine region like Mendoza, if you’re not taking advantage of the cheap delicious wine – you’re missing out!
  • Mate – a type of loose leaf tea (yerba mate) shared communally in a cup, and drank through a straw (bombilla)
  • Quilmes Beer – national beer – cheap and not all that bad either

Yes, I do not eat Beef or Pork, which means I am missing a SUBSTANTIAL portion of the Argentina cuisine, But none the less, Here is a list of some of the places I’ve been and I’ve loved!

  • Cocina Sunae –  South East Asian Food (Closed Door Restaurant: cocinasunae.blogspot.com) $$$
  • Ceviche – Peruvian/Japanese Fusion Food (Costa Rica 5644) $$$ (could be $$$$)
  • Chan Chan – Peruvian Food (Hipolito Yrigoyen 1390) $
  • Oui Oui – Brunch/Lunch French Influenced Food (Nicaragua 6068 & 6099) $$
  • Sarkis – Middle Eastern Food (Thames 1101) $
  • Il Dallo del Mattone – Italian Food (Gorriti 5936) $
  • Fabrica del Taco – Mexican Food (Gorriti 5062) $
  • Osaka – Japanese Food (Solar 5608) $$$ (could be $$$$)

$ = 0 – 30 ARS      $$ = 31-65 ARS      $$$ = 66 – 100 ARS       $$$$ = Too Many  ARS

For more great restaurants, check out Guia Oleo for restaurant reviews. It is in Spanish, but just turn on your Auto Translate on your Browser.