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Helsinki is Developing a Loving Feeling for Foodies

December 23, 2010 at 4:20 PM | by | Comment (1)

Helsinki is perfect for a winter holiday for those who are not afraid of snow and some nippy weather. Over this week and next, Jauntedís Vancouver-based, Finland-born contributor Tuija Seipell of The Cool Hunter, will report on some of her recent finds in the cold temps of her homeland.

Helsinkiís restaurant culture is really starting to ďarrive.Ē We've seen more and more great food, inventive menus, authentic atmosphere, consistency and real value begin to arrive at the city's eateries, both pricey and budget.

Recently, we found a great breakfast buffet at Klaus K Hotel, the only hotel in Helsinki that's part of the Design Hotels network. Delicacies such as smoked trout, sauna-smoked ham, special local cheeses, free-range eggs, mushroom salad, oven-baked barley porridge and homemade blueberry soup were on offer. Additionally, the printed menuís map of Finland shows the location of the small farms where each item originates. Amazingly, the buffet is included in the room price, but costs 21 Euros if you are not a guest of the hotel. If you eat late (the buffet closes at 10), you can easily skip lunch for the day.

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Keeping Warm with Coffee: Where to Sip and Shop in Helsinki

Where: Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland
December 21, 2010 at 3:04 PM | by | Comments (2)

Helsinki is perfect for a winter holiday for those who are not afraid of snow and some nippy weather. Over this week and next, Jauntedís Vancouver-based, Finland-born contributor Tuija Seipell of The Cool Hunter, will report on some of her recent finds in the cold temps of her homeland.

So far this year, Helsinki has not managed to break its all-time December snow record of 27.5 inches (70 centimeters), from 1915. Yet. There are still quite a few days left in the month! So, while you are shopping in the wintry wonderland of Finland's capital, you will want to stop for a latte or hot chocolate and a light lunch at the very least, in the name of keeping warm. We've got a few favorite cafes of our own, and since we're in the holiday spirit of sharing...

· Cafť Kakkugalleria: Among the many shops in the Helsinki Design District is the Design Forum Shop at No. 7 Erottaja Street (Erottajankatu) mentioned in our last story on Helsinki shopping. It has the most diverse selection of designer wares and a bonus feature: the in-house Cafť Kakkugalleria (Finnish for Cake Gallery), maker of arguably the yummiest and prettiest cakes in Helsinki. Tasty quiches and other savory treats abound, too. If you really want to indulge, go to Kakkugalleriaís newest shop nearby, at No. 41 Fredrikís Street (Fredrikinkatu), for the daily all-you-can-eat cake buffet.

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Where to Shop in Helsinki for the Best of Finnish Design

December 16, 2010 at 3:51 PM | by | Comments (0)

Helsinki is perfect for a winter holiday for those who are not afraid of snow and some nippy weather. Over this week and next, Jauntedís Vancouver-based, Finland-born contributor Tuija Seipell of The Cool Hunter, will report on some of her recent finds in the cold temps of her homeland.

If you have only a short time to spend shopping in Helsinki, donít worry because if there's one great thing about having a compact and highly walkable downtown core of the city, it's that you will find shops for all of the best-known Finnish brand names in a small area.

Take the city map and find the Main Post Office (Posti) and the main Market Square (Kauppatori) and then walk from one to the other, sidestepping three or four blocks in each direction, and you will have spotted most of the best shops. Along the way, you will also see quaint one-of-a-kind local fashion boutiques, global brand boutiques, coffee shops and restaurants.

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Christmas Markets are a Solid Reason to Brave the Cold in Helsinki

Where: Helsinki, Finland
December 14, 2010 at 4:15 PM | by | Comments (0)

Helsinki is perfect for a winter holiday for those who are not afraid of snow and some nippy weather. Over this week and next, Jauntedís Vancouver-based, Finland-born contributor Tuija Seipell of The Cool Hunter, will report on some of her recent finds in the cold temps of her homeland.

Helsinki is the World Design Capital 2012 and although we will eventually talk design later in this series, for now weíll look at some downtown Helsinki Christmas markets.

For those who do not live in Helsinki, the massive snowfall Helsinki has received this winter (and last year!) has made the city both beautiful and fun. For locals, the weather is a big hassle. But it makes the visits to the annual St. Thomas Market (Tuomaan Markkinat) in the Esplanade Park (Espan Puisto) next to the main Market Square a real fairy-tale experience.

The snowy path is lined on both sides with more than 140 tiny red wooden huts where artisans, artists and yes, designers, offer high-quality handicrafts. According to tradition, all Christmas preparations must be completed by St. Thomasís Day (December 21), but this market stays open until the 22nd.

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Vancouverís Coolest Public Art: 'We' by Jaume Plensa

Where: Sunset Beach, Vancouver, Canada
August 26, 2010 at 12:57 PM | by | Comments (0)


Photo: Ted Topping

Vancouver is still basking in the afterglow of the 2010 Winter Olympics and one of the best remnants of the Games is the public art that now decorates the cityís parks and buildings. For the next few weeks (actually this the final one!), Jaunted's Vancouver Embed Tuija Seipell of The Cool Hunter will be reporting on the best of the bunch.

When I first saw this sculpture that sits on the small hill overlooking Sunset Beach, I dubbed it ďLetterhead.Ē Without knowing its story, I felt it spoke many languages and looked friendly and open in its lacy lightness. To my surprise, I wasnít too far wrong with this.

The sculpture is called "We" and the artist, world-renown Barcelona-born Jaume Plensa, describes it as a celebration of linguistic diversity, a fitting topic for the multicultural and multilingual Vancouver. Plensa has created the hollow sitting human figure, a ďhuman container,Ē using random letters from eight alphabets—Latin, Greek, Russian Cyrillic, Hebrew, Hindi, Japanese, Arabic and Chinese. The sculpture is made of painted aluminum and it is beautifully lit from below at night.

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Vancouverís Coolest Public Art: A-maze-ing Laughter

Where: English Bay, Vancouver, Canada
August 24, 2010 at 3:00 PM | by | Comments (0)


Photo: Ted Topping

Vancouver is still basking in the afterglow of the 2010 Winter Olympics and one of the best remnants of the Games is the public art that now decorates the cityís parks and buildings. For the next few weeks, Jaunted's Vancouver Embed Tuija Seipell of The Cool Hunter will be reporting on the best of the bunch.

A-maze-ing Laughter happily competes with The Meeting for the title of the most-photographed and most-posed-with among Vancouverís coolest public art. Each of the 14 happy bronze-cast males is 8.5 feet tall (2.5 meters) and weighs 551 pounds (250 kilograms).

The sculptures were shipped from China, the homeland of the artist Yue Minjun, and then transported to the Morton Park Triangle at English Bay in the West End. After being lifted by cranes to their places in the circle, each figure was welded to its base.

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Vancouverís Coolest Public Art: The Meeting

Where: Cardero Park, Vancouver, Canada
August 19, 2010 at 3:36 PM | by | Comments (0)


Photo: Ted Topping

Vancouver is still basking in the afterglow of the 2010 Winter Olympics and one of the best remnants of the Games is the public art that now decorates the cityís parks and buildings. For the next few weeks, Jaunted's Vancouver Embed Tuija Seipell of The Cool Hunter will be reporting on the best of the bunch.

The circular grouping of eight crouching, life-size men at Cardero Park is possibly one of the most photographed sculptures of the Vancouver International Sculpture Biennale (2009-2011). I suggest you sip your iced frappuccino on the patio at the Starbucks in the adjacent Westin Bayshore hotel—the hotel where the IOC stayed during the Olympics—and watch the public interact with the artwork. The parade of people posing and taking pictures is continuous as visitors and locals just cannot resist the idea of joining the bright red men of Chinese sculptor Wang Shugangís The Meeting.

People mimic the mens' pose, they climb on them, hug them, and they sit around them as if one of the bronze sculptures were part of their group.

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Vancouverís Coolest Public Art: The Drop

Where: Downtown, Vancouver, Canada
August 17, 2010 at 2:31 PM | by | Comments (0)


Photo: Ted Topping

Vancouver is still basking in the afterglow of the 2010 Winter Olympics and one of the best remnants of the Games is the public art that now decorates the cityís parks and buildings. For the next few weeks, Jaunted's Vancouver Embed Tuija Seipell of The Cool Hunter will be reporting on the best of the bunch.

The massive, vibrantly blue Drop is part of the Vancouver Convention Centre Art Project. Located right at the edge of the new building, the 65-foot tall Drop overlooks the cruise ships departing for Alaska and the float planes taking off for the islands.

It is the first North American commission for Inges Idee, a group of four German artists who have created large-scale sculptures around the world since 1993. At first glance, the Drop appears to be made of glass, but its central ďspineĒ is made of steel, then covered with Styrofoam coated with a thick, strong coat of blue polyurethane. The elegant figurehead pays homage to the omnipresence of water in Vancouver.

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Vancouverís Coolest Public Art: Douglas Coupland's Digital Orca

Where: Downtown, Vancouver, Canada
August 12, 2010 at 2:16 PM | by | Comment (1)


Photo: Ted Topping

Vancouver is still basking in the afterglow of the 2010 Winter Olympics and one of the best remnants of the Games is the public art that now decorates the cityís parks and buildings. For the next few weeks, Jaunted's Vancouver Embed Tuija Seipell of The Cool Hunter will be reporting on the best of the bunch.

If you showed up in Vancouver right now and only had the time to see one piece of public art, Iíd recommend you head to see Douglas Couplandís Digital Orca. It is located outside the new Vancouver Convention Centre that acted as the Broadcast Media Center for the Olympics (the ĒoldĒ Convention Centre right next to it was home of the print media).

The Orca is also immediately next to the outdoor Olympic cauldron, originally lit by Wayne Gretzky during the opening ceremonies. In a handy three-for-one, youíll get to see the Orca, the cauldron and the new Convention Centre, plus youíll enjoy a fantastic view of the North Shore Mountains, too.

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Vancouverís Coolest Public Art: The Totems in Stanley Park

Where: Stanley Park, Vancouver, Canada
August 10, 2010 at 3:23 PM | by | Comments (0)


Detail of Ga'akstalas pole carved by Wayne Alfred and Beau Dick. Photo: Ted Topping

Vancouver is still basking in the afterglow of the 2010 Winter Olympics and one of the best remnants of the Games is the public art that now decorates the cityís parks and buildings. For the next few weeks, Jaunted's Vancouver Embed Tuija Seipell of The Cool Hunter will be reporting on the best of the bunch.

New, colorful public art can be found in Vancouver even at one of the most-visited tourist sites in all of British Columbia, Stanley Park. Here you'll find the Brockton Point totem poles, where tourists pose day in and day out, overlooking the detailed magnificence of the totems.

The totems and their interpretive storyboards tell fascinating stories of the past. Even if you have visited the totems before, now is the time to return to check out the awesome updated carvings.

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Vancouverís Coolest Public Art: The Monument for East Van

Where: East 6th Avenue and Clark Drive, Vancouver, Canada
August 5, 2010 at 2:31 PM | by | Comments (0)


Photo: Scott Massey

Vancouver is still basking in the afterglow of the 2010 Winter Olympics and one of the best remnants of the Games is the public art that now decorates the cityís parks and buildings. For the next few weeks, Jaunted's Vancouver Embed Tuija Seipell of The Cool Hunter will be reporting on the best of the bunch.

Ken Lumís Monument for East Vancouver is definitely in the cool category of Vancouverís new public art. In its simplicity, earnestness and tongue-in-cheek quality, the funky sign-like sculpture matches the sensibilities of the area. The locals just call it "The East Van Cross."

An imposing landmark at the crest of East 6th Avenue and Clark Drive, it is visible from many vantage points, including the Skytrain. The East Van Cross is shaped like a Latin cross and bears the giant crossword "EAST VAN." According to the Vancouver-born Lum, the shape and wording are a well-known unofficial East Vancouver ďlogoĒ that he was able to trace back to at least the 1940s. This symbol has been seen in graffiti and T-shirts for a long time and Lum wanted to make it ďofficialĒ this way. The Monument for East Vancouver was erected in January 2010 as part of the Cityís Olympic and Paralympic Public Art Program.

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Vancouverís Coolest Public Art: The Birds at the Olympic Village

Where: Olympic Village, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
August 3, 2010 at 3:16 PM | by | Comments (0)


Photo: Tuija Seipell

Vancouver is still basking in the afterglow of the 2010 Winter Olympics and one of the best remnants of the Games is the public art that now decorates the cityís parks and buildings. For the next few weeks, Jaunted's Vancouver Embed Tuija Seipell of The Cool Hunter will be reporting on the best of the bunch.

There is no avoiding public art in Vancouver these days, especially in the downtown core and in neighborhoods within walking distance from it. New and prominent installations seem to be everywhere. In addition, the art we have accumulated recently appears to be particularly engaging and fun, as I have never seen as many people taking pictures of public art as I have this summer. People pose among the art, mimic the poses of the sculptures, climb them (although in most cases one probably shouldnít) and give them fun names.

With the Cityís Olympic and Paralympic Public Art Program, the new Convention Centreís art program, the Vancouver International Sculpture Biennale, plus the many new buildings all presenting public art, itís been a tough task to choose eight key pieces for this series of Vancouverís Coolest Public Art, but Iíll start at the Olympic Village, which is now open to the public, and its sculpture "The Birds."

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