Fried vendace at Black Lace Night.

More than half the city of Rauma is probably still hung over as I write this. That’s because not so long ago, they were engaging in the cultural-festival-turned-boozefest known as Black Lace Night. We could hear the fireworks and club music through our windows, but that’s because we’re only a short walk from Old Town, where it was all happening. We visited earlier in the day, when it was still a family-oriented street festival full of candy vendors and balloons. I had hopes for finding a pretty lace dress like the one I’d seen a couple years back at the …

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Going Out: Kado Sushi

So, we have a new local sushi joint. “Local” being a relative term, since it’s around an hour’s drive into the nearest large-ish city. But we go there on a fairly frequent basis to visit friends anyway, so it’s just a happy opportunity that we also get a decent sushi fix on the same trip. In fact, the first time I visited this restaurant was with those friends, on what was probably my second trip to Finland. They were telling me about this place that was pretty good, except for the strange sweet mayonnaise that they put in some rolls… to …

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Going Out: McDonald’s (!!!)

Right. So I can probably count the number of times I’ve been to a McDonald’s in Cali over the past several years on one hand. Usually when I am craving soft serve and there’s no frozen yogurt place nearby. The last time I ordered actual food from there, I can’t even remember. Not that 99-cent Chicken McNugget Tuesdays don’t bring back very fond memories of university roommates and scrounging in couches for spare change, but… let’s face it, there’s a stigma attached to eating at McD’s if you’re not a cheap student or a parent of rugrat-aged children. They cater …

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Frutti di Mare Pizza

Okay, I don’t think this a restaurant review, since the only going out involved was the block that the boy had to walk to go pick up our pizzas. Still, it’s worth a shout-out because this ain’t your ordinary pizza. At least, if you’re from the States. The first time I encountered Finnish pizza was when the boy’s family ordered several different pies one winter evening. They got the usuals — pepperoni and sausage, ham and pineapple, mussels and tuna… Yes, mussels and tuna and shrimp. Quite possibly the most awesome seafood pizza I’ve ever encountered. Back in Cali, even …

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Going Out: Spinner’s Turkish Kebab, Redux

I last wrote about Spinner’s about this time last year and at the time, I didn’t do much justice to their food presentation. Which really is a shame on me, because the way they set things up when you dine in is much closer to a restaurant than most places with a walk-up counter. To be fair, this was because we lived so close that we often wanted to eat at home and so would get everything to-go. We did take the family in to eat a few times, though, and I remembered to bring my camera with me when …

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Going Out: Costa Mesa Omelette Parlor

There’s a certain hierarchy of breakfast restaurants. On the bottom, in great profusion, you have the mediocre chain pancake places that serve dependable-if-slightly-rubbery plates of fried batter coated in flavored corn syrup. You don’t feel bad about going to these in your dumpiest t-shirt and PJ bottoms because — let’s face it — if you’re there, it’s either an ungodly hour when nothing else is open or you’re desperately hungry with nothing else edible in the fridge and the laundry’s probably not been done either. Kind of the same reason you’d be at a McDonald’s, come to think of it. …

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Going Out: Spinner’s Turkish Kebab

The boy has been bemoaning the lack of proper kebab places in Orange County for years — pretty much since he first arrived on our shores. We do have a few, but they’re spread sparsely and often of a very fast-foody quality. Just about the only other alternatives are fancy Persian restaurants, which are more plentiful and very good, but with equally higher price tags. I didn’t really understand what the fuss was about until I started going home with him on the holidays and went to the Turkish kebab place that his family frequented. I was completely puzzled by …

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Going Out: Sushi Murasaki

A little over two years ago, the boy and I were driving to the supermarket when we noticed a new sushi place had sprung up across the street from it. The slot used to be a quiet little Japanese lunch place, but apparently it underwent a change of ownership and reopened as a cute little sushi place decorated with bamboo and tasteful swatches of purple fabric. We like Japanese food of all persuasions, and were still looking for a local restaurant to frequent, so in we went. They haven’t been able to get rid of us since 🙂 The unassuming …

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A post about food and drink.

Being limited to a student income of odd jobs and projects, I’ve always been one to leap at any consumer testing panel opportunities that might present themselves. One just happened to last week, in the form of a company looking for women who drink Vitamin Water but not Propel. They offered to pay me $100 for an hour’s worth of questions, and I gladly accepted. I was going to be in LA for something else that morning anyways. So I arrive early, am seated, am agreeably talkative, and fill out the questionnaires we were given for the first half of …

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Hmm. There’s lots of work and school and project and writing and even leisure stuff I should probably mention, but it’s all giving me a headache right now, so I’ll instead concentrate on what I’ve been thinking about since I woke up this morning. I really want a smoothie. A big one. A strawberry one. No bananas. I’m not a fan of mixing strawberries and bananas, though I love each fruit on their own. (You know, this could be said of many of my pairing choices for fic as well.) Maybe I like being able to experience them as individuals. …

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