A few weeks back, I got invited to dinner at this tiny little restaurant called ‘Aito‘ (translated to ‘authentic’ or ‘real’). There are several mid-range priced restaurants that have food in the league of fine dining but only 2/3 or even 1/3 of the price. I am not a big fan of fine dining because rarely the food matches the price. But I’ve been to two of these mid-range restaurants now and on both times I was very satisfied. Also, the environment and atmosphere is not as rigid as fine dinings, you can comfortably go to these in jeans. Restaurant Aito might not be considered dead center in Helsinki, it’s tucked a little away, maybe 10-15 minutes walking distance from the very center. For 39 euros you get a three-course menu of your choice and you get three different choices for each course. It is really tiny, with maybe 30 seats, so do book a table if you are going on weekends. I went there on a Tuesday evening so it was not too crowded. Also, it’s closed on Mondays and Sundays. But let’s get into the food.
Lasagna is one of all-time favorite dish, and just like pizza, it’s good even when it’s bad. But I do have a great recipe for the best lasagna ever, at least in my opinion. 😛 It’s also a great meal-prep food paired with a simple and fresh salad. And the meat sauce that goes into the lasagna goes really well with pasta too, and that’s also a very good meal-prep food. And instead of making a white sauce (I hate making it for some reason), I made a cheesy mixture which works rather well if you don’t like an overtly wet lasagna, just like I don’t. So here we go.
Oh my gaaawd, it has been so long from my last post! I’m still alive, barely. I have the worst case of seasonal affective disorder, accurately shortened to SAD, aka seasonal depression. After living over 25 years in this northern country with the darkest days halftime of the year, I’ve never had problem living without much day light. Autumn is my favorite season! But these past two years, as days shorten and autumn comes around, I would get so incredibly tired all the damn time, that I could barely function. No matter how much I sleep. And a tired brain means a brain with no inspiration whatsoever. Few weeks ago I also got the worst migraine I’ve ever had and it took me many days to recover. Today, it finally feels like the worst haze had past and I could at least think a little clearer. I’m still super tired all the time, but at least I got enough energy to do a tiny weeny workout in the morning. So I try to get back on some kind of a schedule, although I’ve missed so many opportunities to write about current events and reviews. Oh well. On this Foodporn Monday, let me share something that’s super exciting for me! 😛 Last week, Finland’s very first Taco Bell had its grand opening and I excitedly went to get a little feast. By some miracle, I actually got Atticus to go with me, and we lined to get in for like 1,5 hours! XD Yes, you are correct, nothing much happens here in the north, so something line a Taco Bell opening is a festive event. I was bouncing with excitement the whole 90 minutes while Atticus complained the whole time (mostly for my amusement for sure). At one point it actually started raining and it was like a cherry on the top of the cake of misery for the unenthusiastic Atticus that he was actually lining outside in the rain for Taco Bell. *toothy grin* Well, I had a lot of fun. :))
And when I said feast, I wasn’t kidding. 😛 We ordered to go and our order included: quesadilla with grilled chicken, a fresh burrito with pulled pork, a spicy chicken griller, a mexi melt, nachos supreme, fries with sauces, churros and extra cheese sauce plus guacamole. I didn’t actually order any tacos cos I don’t like softened tacos. Let’s see, the nachos were great, and churros. I love churros and not many places serve them in Finland. I will definitely go back for them. The fresh burrito packed some very delicious black beans, I didn’t care about the chicken griller or the mince beef mexi melt. I’ve heard that the tacos are better so I would definitely go try them some day. Quesadilla was delicious but definitely not a take-away food. Was it worth the 1,5-hour wait? Just the food, of course not. 😀 But since the company was great, it didn’t feel bad at all. 😛 And also, there is one product that is unique to the Finnish Taco Bell menu and that is pulled oats! I would definitely give that a try some day. #VisitHelsinki 😀