Lovely birthday… 9. April 2017

It was my birthday 😀 I am now level 31. It was also my little brother’s birthday, he turned 10.

 For breakfast, I had half a pack of these cherries in chocolate.

Then my boyfriend and I went to a Japanese restaurant called YUI for lunch. We arrived about 10 minutes before they were officially open, because we messed up and looked up the opening hours for Saturday instead of Sunday. Oops. However, the waiting staff was super nice and didn’t send us back out of the door 😀

 My lovely lunch date ♥

We ordered a lot of food! xD

 First we shared some tempura (battered and deep-fried seafood/vegetables), which I must say is the best you can get in Tallinn as far as I am concerned. There was tempura prawns, salmon and assorted veggies with matcha and curry salt.

 Then we shared these tuna-mayo maki rolls.

 Prawn creamy croquettes which were oh so creamy and tasty!

 Miso soup

I had a tonkatsu o-bentou (fried pork lunchbox meal), which had rice with more tempura, wakame salad, breaded pork cutlet and a couple of sushi bites.

 Look how happy this food made me ;D

 A taiyaki (fish shaped cake with sweet bean filling) with honey and ice cream. Never did I imagine I could one day eat taiyaki in Estonia. It’s like a dream come true.

 Boyfriend had tofu blancmange with matcha ice-cream as a dessert.

 Yui was a great. The atmosphere was lovely, the service swift and polite, and the food delicious. The tastes were so nostalgic and made me miss Japan 😦

We took a hour long walk in Kadiroru park and the seaside after lunch.

 Birdies

 A pretty swan

 Mr. Spock

Later in the evening we went bowling with my family and a bunch of my brother’s friends. This was also fun 😀

 Bowling-oni

 Having a celebratory drink

 I had a great birthday for sure 😀

Date night… 14. February 2017

 Chocolate pudding and coffee

 Celery risotto and some of corn crackers with avocado and beef ham

 Some boiled pelmeni

 Shared dinner with boyfriend: salmon-avocado rice bowl, ramen with shrimp, tuna maki and salmon nigiri. Food from Tokumaru.

 Some cakes boyfriend brought home for dessert. Not sure what the roll cake was exactly, but the other ones are rum cakes. Boyfriend ate most of them 😛

I went out for a stroll during the day during which I took the recyclable trash to the collection point and bought myself a new lip piercing, since I lost my old one some time ago. I think the piercing I got is a bit too big however, I somehow remembered the size wrong, so I might have to switch it for a smaller one if it starts giving me trouble.

In the evening we ordered in some Japanese food and started watching the 4th season of “Sherlock”. It was a good lazy Valentine’s date at home.

Day out… 8. February 2017

 Wheat crackers with mashed avocado, cucumber and radish

 A latte and a salted salmon croissant @ Bonaparte Bistroo

 Mille-feuille

 Fried potatoes, baked fish and some salad

I met up with Kadi in the morning and accompanied her to some shopping around town. Then we had lunch in Bonaparte Bistroo which was quite nice. Also, she got me a skirt from a second hand store :p I think it fit me alright, so thanks!

Mochi disappointment and confusing railway systems… 22-23. Dec 2016

22. December

 Polar bread with butter and ham

 Chicken kimchi stew with some rice

 A tangerine

 We had dinner in Tokumaru in the evening with my boyfriend’s friends and their little baby. I had an avocado-salmon rice bowl that was absolutely delicious.

 Shared these tempura king prawns with the boyfriend.

 Aaaaand the dessert that ruined my mood in a colossal way: matcha and mochi. I was just incredibly disappointed in this. The matcha was good, but the mochi… when I first read that they were offering mochi in their menu, I naturally assumed that it would be mochi made in the restaurant. I was so excited! Finally, a Japanese restaurant is having proper Japanese desserts in their menu! But instead I was offered one of these yucky tasting boxed mochi’s instead D: I don’t think my expectations were unrealistic. I mean, who in their right mind would expect to be served prefabricates that you can buy in a grocery store in a fancy restaurant? I don’t like the way the boxed mochi tastes and I think it’s because of all the additives and preservatives that make it last several years in the box. I felt cheated and the taste of that mochi ruined the aftertaste of all the good things I had eaten before. BAH! I could have gotten an entire box of these crappy things for the money they charged for this too.

 Coffee, peanut butter brownie and cheesecake with raspberries and blueberries

23. December

 Polar bread with ham and oat bran porridge with butter

 Tea and rye bread with butter and cucumber

 Boiled potatoes with minced meat sauce, some marinated cucumber and boiled beetroot

We took the train to go and visit my boyfriend’s family for Yule. I kind of feel that this took the entire day, as the train ride took almost 4 hours + the car ride after that. Estonian train system is a bit funky. We bought the tickets early, because we figured that more people would be using the trains near the holidays. Big was our surprise that the ticket didn’t actually guarantee us a seat, instead the seats were given out by first come first serve basis. I was pretty annoyed, because I feel that I am far too old to spend 3 hours sitting on the train floor. What’s the use of buying the tickets early then at all? We were not the only people upset over the matter, I heard quite many people grumbling about this. Thankfully I noticed some younger women who had conveniently occupied their neighbouring seats with their bags and since they weren’t reserving the seats for someone else, I kindly asked them to remove their stuff, so we could sit down.

Then there was the issue that we almost got off at the wrong stop, because we thought we had to switch trains. Which apparently we didn’t 😀 The confusion came from the fact that when my boyfriend made the reservations, he was given two separate tickets: one from Tallinn to Tartu on train (let’s say) number 336 (I don’t remember the actual numbers) and then from Tartu to Sangaste on train 17. One would assume then that had to switch trains in Tartu, but apparently, the train conveniently changed its number in the Tartu region. How were we supposed to know something like that? It didn’t display this info anywhere in the train as far as we could see. There was no information about any of this, nor did I hear an announcement. Thankfully we panicked when we got off the train in Tartu, because there was no other train to get on to, so we jumped back on the train and managed to find conductor, who looked at us funny and told us that we were in fact on the correct train and no transfer was necessary. Had we been a few seconds too late with getting back on the train we would have been stranded in Tartu and that would have been a hassle. Honestly, Elron, your train systems suck salty bull balls. EUGH!

Later, when we finally reached our destination, people laughed at us for not knowing that we wouldn’t have reserved seats and that were on the correct train, but they use the train all the time whilst for me it was only the third time ever to use the (new) train in Estonia and the previous times I bought a first class ticket that did reserve me a seat and only ever went until Tartu, so couldn’t have known about the number changes. I kind of figured that the regular ticket class would still reserve me a seat like when I buy a ticket for a bus ride, I just wouldn’t have that much comfy space as they have in first class.

Well this concludes my misadventures in Estonia-land for today.

I’m terrible when I am tired… 18-19. Dec 2016

18. December

 Coffee, a boiled egg and several minced meat pastries

 A cappuccino and I had a couple of bites of the cheesecake

 Buckwheat-cabbage stew, fried blood pudding and cucumber salad with sour cream.

I didn’t sleep well the night before, so I was moody and tired for most of the day. We drove back from Pärnu and went to Tondiraba ice-rink, because my brother had his ice-skating group Christmas party/show there. I was a bad big sister and decided to nap in the café instead of watching my little brother dance on ice. I took a proper long nap when we finally got back home… I felt so much better after that. I’m not a very nice person when I am tired.

19. December

 Cereal with milk and a cup of coffee

 Buckwheat-cabbage stew

 Coffee and a few banana muffins

 Salmon sandwiches and a vermouth (?) cocktail

 Had one slice of veggie quiche

In the evening, we went to visit our friends Mati and Merle to pick up my cake mould I forgot there the last time we visited. It was originally supposed to be a quick visit, but we ended up staying for hours and just chatting in their kitchen. Was quite lovely.

A lot of good food… 28-29. November 2016

28. November

 A lemon kohuke and a cup of coffee

 A bit of leftover mushroom soup and a cheese and ham pastry

 Some gummy bears

 Dinner with my boyfriend, mom and sister @ Rataskaevu 16. Complimentary bread and butter from the house.

 Beef tenderloin with avocado + lightly salted fresh cucumber and a mustard sauce. Shared this with my boyfriend.

 Oven baked salmon with potato-chives cream, asparagus and sugar peas

 Cappuccino

 Warm chocolate cake with vanilla ice cream and raspberry-lime sauce

The dinner was a later birthday gift for my mom and it was a lovely time for all of us. I had such a huge food coma afterwards xD
I also had a family doctor’s appointment in the morning and I accepted her offer to prescribe me anti-depressants. My psychiatrist appointment is in February next year and felt I couldn’t just continue for another two months the way I tend to be right now. So I am hoping that the meds will help.

29. November

 Bran and seeds porridge with a chopped-up banana and chia seeds. Also, I ate a persimmon.

 Sloppy Joes (I had 2 of these) with cheese and guacamole and some cucumber with nuts and seeds