29.11.10

The Case of a Lost Weekend

This mind numbingly cold weekend saw us hop on the train and end up in Rotherhithe all because the super duper Catty from "The Catty Life" brought the Finnish Christmas Fair to my attention.

Loving the new East London Line.

I may not be a Finn but I go loopy for their treats, rye bread and not to mention design!


The fair was held at the Finnish Church which doesn't look like much from the outside.

But the interior is a very well considered space with clean lines and tastefully simple details.

Those Finns have a real flair for design and architecture, think Eero Saarinen, IIttala, Marimekko. One of my most favourite architect/designers is Alvar Aalto I think his work is just sublime! But I digress.....


The fair contained a little piece of Moomin heaven.


But I was there for the snackage. No one on this planet (or the universe I wager) does liquorice like the Finnish!! NO ONE!!


My stash: I go mad for liquorice! Especially Pantteri and Salmiakki(salty liquorice). I Got to try Malaco Must for the 1st time and it is so so so yummy.


I also bought some rye bread....delicious with cheese.


Finnish Karl Fazer chocolate is top drawer. I do not go crazy for chocolate in general but when in comes to Fazer chocolate then I tend to stuff my gob. I bought the Wiener Nougat on Catty's recommendation and I can happily report that it is 100% pure deliciousness.


Wiener (Vienna) Nougat is a mild and mellow somehow not too stupidly sweet almond praline.I wish I bought 2!



Also on sale were some wonderfully constructed handmade purses and other bits and bobs.


All in all, I had a great time at the Finnish Christmas Fair. I am of the opinion that no one does Christmas like the Finns! I am kicking myself that we didn't have time to stop for some grilled Rudolph (reindeer) bangers and Vodka!

We spent a large part of our afternoon frantically rushing about looking for wooly fings like jumpers and cardis to keep the cold away.

Wall display from the Vero Moda shop on Oxford Street.


Cosy Angora cardi Hiro bought me from Benetton


Hiro took me to the Nordic Bakery to make up for us missing out on cinnamon buns at the fair. The Nordic Bakery on Golden Square is the COSIEST place in the West End!! We are always charmed by the warmness of this place. The sweet smells of baking infused with tea and coffee and fruity jams together with the warm toasty air never fails to charm us.


The Nordic Bakery's take on the traditional Finnish Cinnamon bun is so delicious that my mouth waters as I type! They are buttery and soft on the inside and sticky on the outside. They are filling and go so well with a nice hot cuppa on a chilly day.....any day actually!


We also had a blueberry bun which was just wonderful. The thing that I love about Scandinavian jam is that it is never too sweet!

Nordic Bakery Soho

14a Golden Square
London W1F 9JG

The handy thing about the bakery is that it is right around the corner from our Japanese food shops! We needed to stock up on many essentials but we also go some treats for the festive hibernation:


Yukimi Daifuku or ice cream mochi. I grabbed a multi pack of mini vanilla, matcha and azuki flavours.


Also grabbed a bag of limited edition shoyu flavour Curl (Karu).

I dragged Hiro in the Japan Centre book shop on Brewer Street to have a nosey at the magazines. I don't go for the girly mags..they fill me with GRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR! Instead I buy SMART when they have freebies because they have the best freebies ever!


This time I got a stupendous BAPE vs STUSSY collaboration tote! Hiro wants this.....not getting it!


My beady eyes spotted some report worthy fragments that are worth sharing with you all:


Loving these Gold Diesel high tops. Unfortunately for me they are Shibuya exclusives.


I can't help being an ADIDAS fan so these burgundy ATMOS collabo's caught by attention. See them here.


That bright spark NIGO has branched our from BAPE and has started up his HUMAN MADE brand. Good stuff! Take a look at the website here.

All the above were scanned from the Japanese
mens mag SMART.

BORED YET? HOPE NOT!! ONLY BORING PEOPLE GET BORED!!!



Now I know that London doesn't realised that it is on the brink of peril according to the right brilliant Professor Hershel Layton
but it is and I have been doing my best to save us from this malignant fate by tackling some rather tricky brain teasers on my DS. And I bet you all thought that I spent my Sunday sitting on my rump day dreaming and avoiding the chills?


I tried out my newly received Vienna Black Tulip sheet masks from My Beauty Diary. They are brilliant and I certainly going to order some more from Alphabeautyuk. Sheet masks are a god send during the winter and have thus far allowed my face to steer clear from the usual Sahara like dryness that I face at this time of year.


Finally, we made a stack, no HEAP of gyoza. I think that I may have folded up 50 of these.


Worth it in the end!

Was this post too long?

I am not sure where my weekend went!! It was over in a blink.

**I am collecting wonderful things for my New Years giveaway that will be go live this month...as always it is a Worship Blues Residents (followers) ONLY affair**

25 comments:

  1. omg i love that vero moda shop wall display! @_@ i want one of those puppys. if I was there, I would be so tempted to sneak one out. HAHAHA

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  2. Its not too long at all :)
    Your weekend story sounds wonderful!
    I love the Finish Christmas food, that is what makes their Christmas so special. Cause they only eat the Christmas food at Christmas, its not just another roast dinner with crackers, its gingerbread houses and special red cabbage :)

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  3. what a mammoth post! I LOVE IT!!! and soooo glad you made it to the Finnish xmas fair. I told you Wiener Nougats are good, right?? They aren't that nougat'y!! hehehe! I have that exact box of ice cream mochis in my freezer too :)

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  4. Wow seems like you had a great fun filled weekend! I need a weekend off...
    Finnish snacks are yum!
    I want to try the ice cream mochi!

    Your gyozas looks delicious! I want some :)

    The post was not too long at all, loved it! xxx

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  5. @ Mint

    The wall display sorta kinda scared me. I don't liek doggies :(

    @ Hitomi

    I agree!! They do it so well even though I don't like beetroot :)

    @ Catty

    My snack cupboard is choca thanks to you.

    @ Vanity

    YUP!! I did!! nom nom nom. You can get the yukimi daifuku from Rice Wine or Arigatou on Brewer Street.

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  6. OMG. I. LOVE. MOOMIN. LOVE. LOVE. LOVE.

    Ooooo your dumplings look so pretty! How do you manage to make them so pretty? I am quite good at won tons I must say!

    Hahaha.. Love BAPE! Can't believe they're doing a crossover with STUSSY :) (the bf loves Stussy...)

    And I love the Jap Ice Cream! The're so expensive here!

    xx

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  7. Great post! That cafe and the cinnamon buns look amazinggg! xo

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  8. wow your dumplings are perfectly formed! its like my husband know how to make them exactly right but mine are very wonky and deformed, lol.

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  9. Ok still can't get over the moomin's . Your bringing back my childhood t.v. omg I'm so emotional I'm sad lol!

    How funky is that tote damn. LETS GO ON AN ADVENTURE!!!

    Quite hungry for rye bread now instead I have this 'gross' as people tell me thing of peanut butter and marmite on rye bread ONLY lol. xo

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  10. Moomin! <3 So cute - I have a friend in Finland who sends me stuff on Moomin stationary, it's very cute :D

    I confess I'm not a fan of licorice at all but I LOVE nougat, and chocolate (of course) so I'm glad you got both :)

    The cinnamon bun looks AMAZING. I am hungry now. XD;

    Your dumplings are lovely, this is post is making me hungry, and I am off to catch up on your blog now!! <3

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  11. Blimey girl, you've been busy!
    First up, if you don't have it already, you need to get 'The book about Moomin, Mymble and little My', it's the kiddos fave daily read and i know it (and annoyingly quote it) by heart. It's full of hattifattners and fillyjonks. A must read.
    Second, LOVE tube pic! its reminding me of a 28 days later (where is everybody?)
    Third, i LOVE those damn dumplings! I'm in awe of you two making them yourself (a little worship blues tutorial perhaps?)
    And last but not least, i haven't forgot about your goodies. I will keep you updated ;)

    xx

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  12. Cinnamon buns are such a comfort food to me, MY mouth watered looking at that picture. Send me some gyoza please, it looks yummy..hehe!

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  13. Erm, is it me or is that cinammon bun a hum dinger of a whopper!? Ew salty licorice?? not sure dude Im not fond of the normal aniseed stuff as is. It looks like you had a fab weekend...it went quickly because you were all about London Town, I need a day out but its just too Coooooolllllld =(

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  14. no. this post was not too long. it was over in a blink.
    looks like you had an adventurous weekend.

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  15. Hello lovely, sorry I have been absent for a while. Manic my end. That was a culturally diverse weekend. So many tastes and colours. That train shot is AMAZING. It looks huge and very clean. Are you sure you stayed in good old blighty? Xxxx

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  16. What an adventurous weekend you had! That fair looks delightful and I have to say I'm in love with those adidas! Wonderful post!!
    xoxo <3

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  17. wow, your gyoza are fab looking. do you make the pastry (skin) yourself? i am lousy with rolling out the pastry hence always go for store-bought ones when available.

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  18. @oldcow, ah really.. are you a cat kinda person? :)

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  19. @ Mint

    I really loathe real life cats and dogs and in fact all little furry things :( I like Lizzards! I would very much like a pet chameleon and I want to call him LEON!

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  20. It's lovely that you always go on a wander around London.... I like these posts the best ;-)

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  21. The ice cream mochi looks so good. I really want to try it!
    Your gyoza is so neat! haven't had them in a long time. yum.

    x

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  22. all i can think is - mmmmmmm.......ffffoooooodddd.

    nice post friend :)

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  23. all i can think is - mmmmmmm.......ffffoooooodddd.

    nice post friend :)

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  24. I forgot to say I LOVE PROF LAYTON! I have the previous two and will buying the third!

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  25. mooooooooomin :) The Finnish fair looks like it was a lot of fun

    I think a pile of dumplings in some yummy broth would be perfect right now

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