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Caption time!

2 Apr

Caption this photo:

I’m sure you can do better than: Somewhere in Helsinki!

My first competition of the year! Actually my first competition ever 😉

The rules are pretty simple: write a caption for this photo in the comments section below before 30th April 2013. *

Prizes & categories are:
most original: Design napkins & lid-support (Iittala);
most amusing: set of 5 vintage poster style postcards;
most accurate: futuristic Finnair playing cards

Need a hint? Ask me a yes/no question in the comments.

Thinking caps on! Your time starts NOW 🙂

* Fine print: comments received after April 30 2013 will be appreciated, just not in the running for one of the groovy prizes on offer. Judges decision is final. Bribery attempts will be acknowledged, they just won’t accept the final outcome 🙂

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Here’s to 2013!

1 Jan

I’d like to wish a Happy New Year to all of my visitors, past and present!

2012 was Helsinki’s 200th birthday, and it was the year that Helsinki was the World Design Capital. For me personally, it was the year I met Tom from Yobot, only to mourn his loss a few short months later. I’m happy to say that Tom’s family are continuing the business and I’m glad to have been able to play a small part in this resurrection.

I’m looking forward to seeing what 2013 will bring! For those of you looking forward to the summer, we know that the Tall Ships will be visiting Helsinki in July this year. Winter has its attractions though, and the very first event coming our way is Lux Helsinki. I’ve missed this event in previous years (this is the fifth time the event has been run) and plan on visiting as many of these installations as possible.

The first Restaurant Day of the year (Ravintola Päivä) will be held on February 17th and while I’ll be out-of-town for this winter foodie festival, I’ll certainly be around for the next one, scheduled for May 2013. This wonderfully unique event first originated in Helsinki in 2011, and has spread around the world. Amsterdam to Zürich, Denmark to Japan and a dozen places in between, there is almost sure to be a Restaurant Day coming to a location close to you!

There is an outdoor art exhibition held in Kivinokka every summer year. It’s a very special and unique exhibition that uses the environment as the stage. The event has been organised every year since 2003, so this year being the 10th anniversary I’m hoping there is something extra special on offer. Either way, I’ll be visiting and writing about Kivinokka in the coming months. Here is a little taste of what you can expect from the 2011 exhibition.

Sisu Exhibition
(Kivinokka 2011)

Looking forward to sharing Helsinki with you in 2013!

Yobot Have Announced Their Return

11 Dec

A picture really is worth a thousand words… and this one says it all!

Yobot Announce Their Return
(Photo credit: Yobot)

Not only that, the re-opening party invites have been sent out and you’re invited too (as long as you are in Helsinki that is!) This Friday, December 14th 2012 from 16:00 until 21:00. Remember the address? No matter, here it is again: Runeberginkatu 54 A, Helsinki! They’ve got new treats and toppings, so drop in and say hello to the Yobotian team. They’re ready to go!

For the new readers of Heather’s Helsinki, please check out my earlier Yobot entries here and here.

Now the business and the personal sides of my life are overlapping. I’ve written about my very small part in this adventure over here. I hope you are as excited by this as I am 🙂