10 Finnish Foods You Need To Try

10 Finnish Foods You Need To Try

Other than the question of “what language do they speak there,” I mostly get asked how different the food is in Finland. Honestly the everyday food is not that different for me because I make dinner, but there are some traditional Finnish foods that I really love and wanted to share! Here are 10 Finnish foods you need to try!

Rye Bread

10 Finnish Foods You Need To Try


This is one of the things on my list that I didn’t like in America, but here it is so good! Rye bread is popular in Finland and very common to eat for breakfast or night snack.


10 Finnish Foods You Need To Try

This one is not really a food, but something I think you need to try when in Finland. I hate licorice in America, but in Finland it taste amazing! You should also try salted licorice and get a mix with fruit candies in it too.

Blue Cheese

10 Finnish Foods You Need To Try


Blue cheese in Finland is completely different than in America! It is creamier and just all around better. During the Christmas time they also make a gingerbread roll with blue cheese in it. I haven’t tried it yet, but I am interested in giving it a try.


10 Finnish Food You Need To Try

Cloudberries grow up in the Northern part of Finland, Lapland. This fruit is a must try when you’re in Finland! You can get them in yogurt, pastries, cakes, or just the berries at a local stand.

Hernekeitto-Pea Soup

10 Finnish Foods You Need To Try

Pea soup is traditionally made on Thursdays with pancakes (see below). It tastes great with sour cream and bread!

Pannukakku- Pancakes

10 Finnish Foods You Need To Try

These pancakes are thick and dense compared to American pancakes. They taste great with jam on top!


10 Finnish Foods You Need To Try

This is one of my favorite foods in Finland. They are filled with potato usually, but they can also have rice or sweet potato filling. They are traditionally topped with butter and egg, but you can also top with cheese and your favorite vegetable.


Kalma Cafe

These are delicious cinnamon and cardamon rolls! You can usually find them at any cafe along with other delicious pastries.


They still call them “Swedish meatballs” here, so really you can get them in Sweden also (or at home). But there are still yummy here 🙂


10 Finnish Food You Need To Try

The translation is “Christmas tart” and they are made starting in October. You make these along with a drink called “glogi” that is a warm mulled wine.


What is a favorite traditional food from a country you’re not from?

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Five Delicious Recipes for Fall

Five Delicious Recipes for Fall

Since moving to Finland I have realized something about myself, I love baking! I find it not only relaxing, but also fun. One of the boys recently told one of his friends that stayed for dinner that, “I do bake a lot.” This is when it hit me, I do bake a lot and not because I just think they will like the food, but because I actually enjoy it! Some of the recipes are baking and others could be for meals! Here are my favorite recipes for fall:

Cinnamon Apple Bread

Apple Cinnamon Bread

I found this recipe on The Happier Homemaker’s website and I LOVE it!

In this recipe you layer the bread and apple cinnamon/bread sugar mix, which creates a great balance of bread and topping! I think my favorite part is the brown sugar cinnamon mixture 🙂

Super Simple Banana Bread

This recipe comes from Eazy Peazy Mealz (it took me five tries to write that because of autocorrect lol)

I am a big fan of banana bread! It is so easy and versatile. You can make it just the way it is or add cinnamon, chocolate chips, or blueberries! The possibilities are endless.

I really like this websites recipe also because the writer, Rachael, gives different ways to make the recipe healthier. Who doesn’t like that?

Pumpkin Spice Cookies

Pumpkin spice has to be on my list of favorite fall things! One thing I do miss being here in Finland is that they do not make a big deal out of fall and fall flavored things. I mean it’s September shouldn’t there be fall flavored everything with Halloween decorations! I mean it is already September and I have not seen one Christmas decoration out 😉 Just so Tasty posted this recipe for pumpkin spice cookies and they are SO GOOD! A perfect sweet and chewy cookie.

Do yourself a favor and make these 😉

Homemade Chili

Chili to me just screams fall. It reminds me of tailgates at IU football games.

This chili recipe is from Sprinkle Some Sugar. Pair it with some cornbread and you have yourself a perfect fall meal!

Ground Turkey Sweet Potato Skillet

It took me a while to like sweet potatoes, but now I can’t get enough of them! I eat them all year, but I think this recipe is savory and perfect for colder weather.

This recipe comes from Primavera Kitchen. Olivia, the writer for this website has a lot of healthy recipes that I love!

I hope you enjoy these as much as I do! What are your favorite recipes for fall?

XX Chynna



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Discover Indy: Mass Ave Restaurants

Mass Ave Indy

Recently while out with a friend to eat, we both noticed how many people were out in downtown Indianapolis! Over the past few years there has been a growth in restaurants, apartments, and also population in Indy. One area that that is popular with great restaurants is Massachusetts Avenue or Mass Ave. I love this area and going to brunch or dinner and drinks on Friday or Saturday. I have not made my way through all of the restaurants yet, but here is my top places that I always love going to.

Bakersfield Indy

Bakersfield is by far my favorite restaurant on Mass Ave. With their pitchers of margaritas (even spicy and pineapple), tacos, and guacamole can it get any better?? You can order tacos individually so you can try different flavors, my favorite one is the Mole. I also really love the Papas tostada, it has just the right amount of spice and is also meat free for my vegetarian friends.

Bru Burger Indy

Bru Burger has amazing burgers that are also so unique. The honey chipotle bbq burger is one of my favorites with bacon, caramelized onions, white cheddar, onion rings, bbq pulled pork, and black pepper mayo. Seriously so delicious! Their burgers do not come with a side, but I do suggest getting the bru fries along with it to share. The fries come with three house made sauces, which are all delicious.

Ralston's Drafthouse Indy

Ralston’s DraftHouse if you love bloody mary’s, then I suggest trying one here. I like mine a little spicy, but not much so you can still enjoy it. The Peachy Pig flatbread is topped with pulled pork, cheddar, ginger, and has a peach-chipotle reduction. I never realized pulled pork and peach could be so delicious.

Mimi Blue Indy

Mimi Blue is a restaurant that is centered around meatballs! You can even get meatball sliders. You can choose the meat that the meatballs are made from and even the sauces. They also have brunch where you can get lemon thyme pancake balls which are amazing.

I love patios, so all except Mimi Blue has great ones that are perfect for brunch or enjoying a drink. I love trying new restaurants and food, what is your favorite place to eat in Indy?

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