I realize that I haven't posted to my blog in several weeks. It is not writer's block which is ailing me, it's now a lack of free time. Life has just become very busy again, and that is a good thing. I started a new job at an Internet media start up in downtown Helsinki and I am very psyched about working there. However, I have neglected this blog long enough so I hope you enjoy this entry.
What mystifies me the most are the amount and selection of restaurants in downtown Helsinki. Finland doesn't have a reputation as a foodie city and Finnish food itself is less than exciting. When I leave my building and meander a few steps outside I am surrounded by Thai, Japanese, Chinese, Nepalese, Turkish, Mexican, Italian and countless other ethnic varieties of food. The choices seem to keep growing everyday as I discover more and more places. The main issue in Helsinki has always been the scarcity of good/fresh ingredients for ethnic foods. Also, I think the Finns taste in food was never really geared towards exotic ethnic foods. Historically this has been a meat, fish and potatoes country. The only spices Finns seemed to know are salt and pepper. I am particularly excited about the two new Mexican restaurants that have popped up downtown. In my previous visits to Finland I had never discovered a true Mexican restaurant and most of them are considered Tex-Mex (think Chevy's style without beans, fresh salsa or Margaritas). These new places are truly Mexican and have fresh ingredients, and feature Mexican chefs. Immigration to Finland has been occurring a greater pace now and perhaps that is why so many ethnic restaurants seem to be popping up on every street corner.