Ages ago I posted about The One Sushi – on MacLeod Trail, but I hadn’t been back since the accident where a car crashed into the restaurant. I was with someone who was in the mood for buffet-style food, and I wanted sushi (when DON’T I want sushi?) so we settled on checking out The One.
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In my previous post, I showed off the beautiful buffet at the Primehotel Savonlinna, in eastern Finland. Today I’ll show you some of the breakfasts my companion and I enjoyed during our all-too-brief stay.
My companion really does like it sweet it seems; she sprinkled sugar on top of her cereal along with seeds, dried fruit, and nuts. Read the rest of this entry »
Along with Turku and Naantali, another town I visited in Finland in June was Savonlinna. Best known for an annual Opera Festival in the Olavinlinna castle, the town has just over 27,000 residents, and is in eastern Finland, very close to the Russian border, and surrounded by beautiful lakes.
Our hotel was on a small island, accessible via a footbridge from the main area of town, and very close to the train station. Like our hotel in Turku, our hotel had an excellent breakfast buffet, and for the few mornings that we spent in Savonlinna, we enjoyed what they had to offer!
We stayed at the Primehotel Savonlinna Oy hotel in Savonlinna. This is right on Lake Saimaa – famous for the hard-to-spot freshwater lake ringed seals. From our room we had lovely views of the town across the lake, and around the property there were two additional islands, one small one which was just for walking and hiking, and another larger island which had a number of interconnected walking/hiking trails, and one building – a pancake cafe! Read the rest of this entry »
I mentioned in my earlier post about spending Midsummer in Finland, and the challenges that posed to finding a bite to eat – when most of the city seemed to be empty! On Midsummer day, we decided (after spending some time along the river and walking to and from Turku Castle) to enjoy the hotel’s buffet for dinner.
As I mentioned before, the buffet breakfast was pretty extensive at the Centro hotel in Turku, with lots of selection in a wide range of areas including cereals, breads, meats, fruits, vegetables and food that I wouldn’t consider typical breakfast foods. We weren’t sure what to expect for dinner, but anticipated a similar selection.
We started off with a drink from the small menu. The hotel front desk doubled as a bar, and they also had a few snacks offered there too.
While my companion stuck with a familiar Heineken, I figured I’d try something different and chose between Karhu III and Lapin Kulta III, both Finnish Lagers. Karhu translates to “Bear” and Lapin Kulta translates to “Gold of Lapland, and the bartender/desk clerk recommended the pale lager Karhu III, which I enjoyed. I am not much of a beer drinker, but after the warm day in the sunshine, it was great!
Back when I went to Hawaii and stayed at the gorgeous Hilton hotel, I found that a substantial breakfast while travelling really saved money and helped fuel my day (full of walking, hiking, swimming, and all of the other activities I had planned. Even shopping!). When looking for hotels for my Finland trip, I was keen to pick a hotel that offered a buffet breakfast over those that didn’t. Every time, I was really happy that I had made that choice.
Not only does a good breakfast help prepare me for the day, but it also helps me wake up! (Or maybe it’s just that morning cup of tea..) It’s great to be able to get dressed, go downstairs for breakfast, and then head back to the hotel room to finish getting ready or make the firm plans on how to spend the day. Usually otherwise I try to grab some groceries (which wouldn’t work great, since none of our hotels in Finland had mini-fridges) or am stuck getting breakfast late, once out and about for the day.
The buffet breakfast at the Centro hotel in Turku was also really generous, with loads of choice for cold foods (and a few hot foods too).
Just a note – these photos are from SEVERAL different breakfasts at the Centro hotel in Turku – we were there for a week, and so I had lots of opportunities to take photos of what we were eating each day.
Above, yoghurt with sunflower seeds, granola with dried apple, and sour berries.
Before my trip in June 2013 to Finland, I had read that Finland was a very expensive country to visit. A high standard of living and great social care might be amazing for the Finnish people, but it’s paid for by taxes… Taxes that are high compared to what I’m used to in Canada.
With that in mind, I mentally tried to prepare for extremely high prices for dining out. I needn’t have worried. While certainly there are a number if very high-end specialty restaurants, I was also grateful to find a wide variety of affordable positions offering very high value.
One of those options in the beautiful medieval city of Turku is Tintå located along the Aura River.
After a morning of walking with already sore legs (from our previous day’s travel!) we opted for one of the indoor tables, though on a nearly cloudless day only a few days before midsummer, most patrons seemed keener to take a place outside. The restaurant offers cozy seating along the building for people-watching along with ample seating right along the river side to watch boats, birds, and even more people while the water flows past below out into the Turku harbor.
Located not far from the tourist information center (tucked in behind a little park with a sculpture that reminded me of a sauna) Tintå advertised a buffet lunch for only 9.50 Euro at the time of our visit. We added a carafe of water and a glass of Diet Coke to round out the meal. Clearly my non-alcoholic drink choice was in the minority, because almost every patron I saw was enjoying a glass of wine from the very extensive menu.