[what I ate.] 14-23. December 2018

Whoopsie! Holidays happened and I cut my finger and needed to get stitches and then I had some rough times at work, so this is why I fell behind with posting again. Welp, time to catch up 😀

14. December

Coffee, marzipan pastry.

Chicken curry.

Chicken curry and a coconut yoghurt drink. The drink was great and had actual pieces of coconut in it which was cool.

15. December – Escape Room

Chicken nugget wrap. Coffee.

Fried squid with dip at Noya. We crashed this restaurant after going to a Leonardo DaVinci inspired escape room. Most dishes we had were shared among all of us.

Mediocre beef tartar and super yummy salmon tartar with avocado.

Hubby ate a waguy “burger”. It was alright. Good beef served with lame bread.

I really liked the tempura mushrooms and white fish. The soup was a Nordic style “ramen” where noodles were replaced with strips of squid. The ramen concept was cool, but I only ate a few bites, because the entire thing was inedible salty. Both I and another girl sent these dishes back 😦

The kitchen sent us some tasty yellowtail tataki as an apology. That was a sweet gesture of them.

My replacement dish for the ramen was Nordic shrimp “tacos.” They were okay I guess, but I would in no way call these tacos xD

In general, Noya left me feeling a bit meh… there were some tasty treats and some failures, but in the end, I felt it was too pricey, especially considering that I was still kind of hungry after sharing all the food (as the restaurant concept suggested). Not worth all the hype I have been hearing about this place, sadly.

Puchitto Soda candies. An amusing treat. (I bought a computer pad 😀 Had to show it off, because I am so happy with my newfound ability to now comfortably read fanfiction in bed 😀 )

16. December

Porridge with butter and a ham sandwich.

A smoothie with bananas and blueberries.

Blood sausages and some salad.

CocoRolls coconut wafers. These were yummy.

17. December – Dad’s birthday

Some honey cake scraps :p

Pasta with minced meat.

Some marinated lamprey, potato salad and toast with ham.

Lung pastries.

18. December

Coffee, a poppyseed pastry.

Beetroot risotto.

Erm… some soup and a tiny taco shell canape with veggies.

Syrniki and some cocoa.

19. December – Sister’s birthday

Mashed potatoes with pork sauce.

A strawberry milkshake.

Mashed potatoes, roast pork and marinated cucumber.

Gelatoooooooo

Some mess of a pavlova cake :p It was delicious though!

20. December

Some tomatoes, roast duck and some turmeric-onion bread.

Instant noodles.

Mashed potatoes with pork sauce.

21. December – Stitches

Red velvet cake and coffee.

Mashed potatoes with pork sauce.

Coffee with whipped cream @ Da Vinci. I cut my finger badly while baking cookies. Hubby took me to ER, I got stitched up and then he took me to a consolation dinner.

Gnocci in mushroom sauce. Nom!

22. December

Honey cereal with milk, coffee.

Potato chips.

Grapes.

Mini Tosca cakes.

Cheese cookies.

Metsapiiga raspberry beer. It was a bit too sweet, but okay tasting otherwise.

Chocolates.

Rice with beef, soy sauce and sour cream.

23. December

Coffee, caramel doughnut.

Rice with salmon ochazuke.

Sushi and shrimp dumplings.

My Year in Music According to Spotify (2018)

This summary is kind of funny to me. It doesn’t surprise me that Dir en grey and Die Antwoord are in my top artists, because I did listen to them a lot. All fine and dandy.

Hiromitsu Agatsuma and Spangle Call Lilli Line, both nice in their own way, are mostly in this list because they were convenient to play in the café I worked in in the beginning of the year.

Mother Nature Sounds however… xD As you can see, all my top songs are basically rain and thunder sounds xD And why is that? It’s because I find rain and thunder extremely relaxing, so when I can’t sleep or am feeling awful, I often put a playlist of such sounds to play in the background. When I had thrombosis in my shoulder in the beginning of the year and couldn’t work, I think I went for an entire week with rain sounds splattering from the speakers to keep me calm. It’s kind of really zen for me.

24 Days of Baltic Christmas – Yule Feast Edition

I was invited to participate in the 24 Days of Baltic Christmas project this year at http://FemmeauFoyer2011.blogspot.com. The project describes itself as follows: an annual countdown to the holidays showcasing Estonian, Latvian and Lithuanian culture, traditions, food, customs, crafts and stories!

Today, on day 11, I appeared in the project with a post looking back at 9 years of Yule dinners. It was a fantastic trip down the memory lane and even though most my feasts were far from traditional Estonian ones xD Still, I am glad I got to join in on this project and share something of my life and culture, no matter how non-traditional it was, with the rest of the world.

If you are interested, you can find my post here: http://femmeaufoyer2011.blogspot.com/2018/12/baltic-christmas-day-11-what-i-ate-yule.html

Thank you again, Liene, for the oportunity!

[what I ate.] 22-28. October 2018

22. October – Venom

A banana.

Some vitamin water and a doughnut after working out. I took the second doughnut to Kerttu at her work place.

Coffee with my love in my favourite café The Living Room Café.

Popcorn. We went to see “Venom.” While not a perfect movie, it was still really fun and enjoyable. Not sure why most of the internet seems to be complaining over it. I had a blast and wouldn’t mind watching it again.

Salmon soup at my parent’s house.

Some cookies and tea.

23. October – from Tallinn to Girona

An almond pastry.

Quite crappy pelmeni with sour cream. The pelmeni were flavourless. I hadn’t bought this brand before, so it was a disappointment.

A grilled sandwich with cheese and sausage.

A latte and a chocolate croissant at KOHVer Café. Both were mediocre. I was disappointed, because I had over the top good memories of this place from the last time I was at the airport. No exquisite latte this time 😦 I mean it wasn’t bad, it was alright as far most coffee drinks go in Estonia, just I was hoping for a repeat wonderful experience.

Coffee on the plane. This was something new for me. They prepared this coffee by pouring hot water over fresh grounds in the cup. I mean I have made coffee like that at home many a time, but never have I seen such coffee being served in an establishment and with specialized disposable cups like these. Interesting and the coffee was good.

Some bread and ham late at night.

24. October

Fried eggs and bacon, some tomato, toast with cream cheese and ham. Coffee, a walnut-cereal yoghurt.

Coffee and a banana with a magnificent view. The kind of bananas I ate in Catalonia tasted different from the ones we usually can buy at home. I loved the flavour a lot and I hope I can find similar ones in Estonia too. Perhaps I should try to look in some organic food stores.

Pasta carbonara for dinner. There was also salad and baked chicken-vegetable skewers. I only remembered to take a photo midway dinner xD

Beer and ice cream.

25. October

An omelette and pa amb tomata which is a traditional Catalan breakfast staple. Basically it’s “bread with tomato” xD First you rub the toast with garlic, then with tomato and then pour some olive oil on top. Quite a tasty breakfast 😀

Some yoghurt, orange juice, coffee and cake.

Some orange and tomatoes, toast with hazelnut-milk spread and a cup of coffee.

Some cookies, brioche and a lemon muffin.

Beer.


Roast chicken with onions, plums, garlic and cinnamon, with a side of some salad and garlicy potatoes. Apparently, this type of meat dish is a typical Catalan Christmas food, but it was made for us as a special occasion 🙂 It was extremely delicious!

Yumyum!

A French style apple pie for dessert.

26. October

Orange juice, yoghurt, coffee, pa amb tomata, fried eggs, bacon.

A cappuccino and some complimentary olives. I almost never eat olives in Estonia, because most of the ones sold here taste gross. These were quite lovely tasting!

Bread and anchovies. I am not too sure about the anchovies, they weren’t bad, but I can’t say that I particularly liked them either.

Snails in spicy sauce. These were yummy!

Beer and a banana.

Vegetable puree soup with croutons and some funky French bread other guests from France shared with us.

Salad, some fried sausages (a bit too salty for my likes) and a macaroni dish with pork ribs that was oh so delicious.

Nice chocolate cake with crappy canned whipped cream.

27. October – going back to Estonia

Coconut yoghurt, coffee, omelette, bacon, pa amb tomata.

Some orange juice and chocolate chip cake.

A sugar doughnut and some coffee.

Roasted giant corn. So yummy!

Some potato chips and a cappuccino on the plane. I like the text on the cup: “Please attend to your own cappuccino before attempting to steal your neighbour’s” xD A funny twist on the airplane safety tips xD

Chicken tikka masala. It looked and smelled awful but tasted alright.

28. October

Coffee, chocolate chip bread.

Buckwheat with beef liver, sour cream and some salad.

Pocari Sweat. Good hydrating drink :p

Dir en grey Tour18 Wearing Human Skin, Helsinki, The Circus

Dir en grey has been my favourite band for the major part of my life. I had only seen them live once before and that was already 13 years ago, so when they announced their new European(ish) tour, I jumped at the opportunity to see them again. Since we had a miscommunication with my husband about buying tickets in the beginning of the year, we ended up accidentally buying 4 tickets instead of 2 xD Thankfully, Josie wanted one and Kadi decided to grab the second extra ticket to join us.

My outfit for the concert.

We got to the concert venue about the time the doors were opened. There was an epic long line of people queueing to get in, but we got in pretty fast as the entrance procedure was efficient enough. I grabbed some merch from their merch table – a t-shirt for myself and a hoodie for hubby – and then waited another bit for the concert to start.

We chose to stand at the back of the venue. I really didn’t feel like struggling around in the crowd for a closer view. I saw plenty on the stage thankfully and got to enjoy the music which was the most important part. Hubby had his arms around me occasionally, so it was extra cosy and nice like that. Good music and my husband’s breath tickling the back of my neck… mmmmmm  blissssssssss!

To my surprise they didn’t only play their newest releases, but also many older songs. I do like their newer music, but I admit that it’s not as familiar to me as some of the older stuff. It was all great to be honest. I also enjoyed that every song had an illustrative visual projected on the wall behind the band. I mean, it’s great to see my favourite band play live, but I always appreciate any artistic touch that adds to the overall experience.

During one of the songs, Kyo turned his back to the crowd and started making faces at a camera near Shinya’s drums. His face was then projected on the wall behind them with some filters xD It was kind of hilarious and especially so when he started shoving fingers in his mouth and dragging lines of spit in front of the camera xD Classic Kyo! xD

Random memories from the show:

  • Toshiya being super into it all. I am used to him just kind of being there, playing his bass, but this time he was jumping and dancing around a lot. He genuinely seemed to enjoy himself.
  • Kyo looked like a tiny angry goblin xD He had contacts that made his eyes look like snake eyes… It was adorable xD And man, has his singing evolved or what? It was brilliant.
  • Die was looking pretty and the fan directed at his face made his hair fly behind him very majestically xD
  • It was kind of a waaaaaaa moment when the entire crowd sang along to “The Final.”
  • Shinya was Shinya and behind the drums, so I didn’t see him much.
  • Kaoru was a bit out from my view as well. He did still look handsome tho.
  • I got several “lolz” moments when the apple computer running the background visuals froze and popped up errors XD

Sadly, the time flew past super fast and then it was over. It felt like they just started and then they were already finishing up. I wish it had been longer xD Oh well.

I loved the concert. I am so glad I got to go.

I will leave you with a few songs  from the band. Enjoy!

This is the song people sang along with. They played a bit updated version of the song during the concert, but the lyrics were still the same. And yes, the video is supposed to be silent in the beginning.

Their latest single. I figured Rannuculus would be some weird mythical demon or something creepy, but apparently it’s a common little flower :p

SPARK AND SPAAAARK

The last song wasn’t played during the concert we attended, but it’s one of my most favorite ones and means a lot to me. A funny fact, this song was playing in the registration hall when I got married to Indrek :p This is how much this song means to me.

– 10. October 2018

[what I ate.] 1-7. October 2018

1. October

nākd. lemon drizzle raw nut and fruit bar. It was okay.

A banana.

Beef borscht with sour cream.

Fried seaweed with sudachi from Hiroshima prefecture.

2. October

Beef borscht with sour cream.

Rice noodle soup @ Kohvik Must Puudel. Didn’t like the soup very much.

Beef borscht with sour cream.

3. October

Coffee, beef borscht with sour cream.

Vegetable lasagna.

Beetroot brownie with hazelnuts.

Coffee and some chocolates my co-worker brought from Russia.

Buckwheat with beef liver, salad and sour cream.

4. October

Spinach smoothie, café latte and porridge with strawberry jam.

Pumpkin risotto with cold smoked salmon, pumpkin seeds and tomatoes.

Turkish delight.

Coffee, salmon pastry.

Buckwheat with beef liver and sour cream; pita bread sandwich with cold smoked salmon.

Coffee, a sweet pastry roll.

5. October

Buckwheat with beef liver.

Orange juice, baked potatoes with bacon and mushrooms.

Omelette with tuna, veggies and mayo.

Beer and beetroot brownie with hazelnuts.

6. October

Coffee, strawberry-passion fruit quark.

French fries and berry pastry from McDonalds.

Fried potatoes, boiled wieners and some salad.

Ice cream.

7. October

Coffee, fried eggs with potatoes and salad.

Coffee and banana bread.

Movie night, watched “Thor” (2011). We had cookies, coffee, mini doughnuts, gummy candy and plums.

Before the movie we assembled some mini building block figures: Thor, Batman and Loki 😀

[what I ate.] 10 – 16. September 2018

10. September

Flatbread with edamame hummus and some wasabi sprouts.

A banana.

Toffee in chocolate. A replica chocolate I got from the Estonian Open Air Museum.

We had curry for dinner. I forgot to take a photo.

11. September

Japanese style seafood curry with rice and sour cream.

A green smoothie.

A not so very tasty soup and a disappointingly tiny portion of fried chicken and chips from Loca. Seriously my box had only three tiny pieces of chicken even though I paid extra for a big size 😦

12. September

Snickers chocolate.

Coffee, wheat crackers with Nutella.

More coffee and a chocolate cake.

Even more coffee and a cheese croissant.

Tuna and veggies with rice, sour cream and soy sauce.

Pomegranate gummies.

13. September

A ham sandwich.

Coffee and a banana.

Rice with tuna, veggies, sour cream and soy sauce.

Kimchi stew and fried chicken from Gotsu.

14. September

Coffee, porridge with beef jerky and butter.

A grilled cheese sandwich with tuna.

Pelmeni with sour cream.

Tangerines.

15. September

A banana and some figs in chocolate.

Tuna sandwiches.

Chanterelle flavoured potato chips.

Spaghetti with meatballs in tomato sauce. Also had some beer. We watched “What We Do in the Shadows” with hubby and Kadi. The paskeeti was a themed food to go with the movie :p

16. September

Coffee, cereal with milk.

An apple.

I baked cumin cookies.

A grilled cheese sandwich with tuna. Also had some coffee.

Cookies and mini tosca cakes. We watched “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” which was super fun and funny 😀

Spaghetti with meatballs in tomato sauce.