lauantai 5. joulukuuta 2009
perjantai 27. marraskuuta 2009
Tiina Palm's playful and colourful accessories have been added to our shop! Perched on our birdcage are several graceful bird earrings and necklaces from Tiina's I Made This Tender collection, which is described as follows;
pure handmade aesthetics
for gentle fingers and loving souls.
These delicate creatures with
a heart of metal
and exterior of feathers
need a little love & affection
so please treat them with
extra special care and respect
like you would treat a very dear friend."
tiistai 17. marraskuuta 2009
but... it has not been quiet at the cafe.
and there is so much happening during the next few days and it was impossible to stay quiet here at the blog anylonger!
First let me tell you about something past... Ottilie. Ottilie, oh Ottilie! (time to stop the itlalics "whispering"!) What an amazing French duet! I could not believe my luck when they agreed to play at the café during their short stay in Finland. It was exhilarating to experience their talent in such an intimate space under candlelight. Do not forget their name, Ottilie, as they are now our official French houseband and I will let you know when they return to Finland early next year! Merci beaucoup! Ooh lala! Pupupidu!
keskiviikko 14. lokakuuta 2009
tiistai 15. syyskuuta 2009
maanantai 14. syyskuuta 2009
maanantai 7. syyskuuta 2009
sunnuntai 6. syyskuuta 2009
lauantai 5. syyskuuta 2009
perjantai 14. elokuuta 2009
maanantai 20. heinäkuuta 2009
Even though I spend a lot of time at the cafe, sometimes even I notice funny little things... like yesterday when my friends Amppu and Ru and I sat down for our Sunday deluxe breakfast I noticed a funny reflection in my cup of coffee....
Amppu came up with the name of the picture (which I stole for the title of this post). Have you captured any funny little details at the cafe lately?
perjantai 29. toukokuuta 2009
In other news: We now have several new "gardeners" for the summer months! Which is great news because it means that we will be able to stay open six days a week, Tuesday through to Sunday! Our deluxe breakfast is now available twice a week!
We also have a new summer menu including refreshing gazpacho soups served with sandwiches or quiches for you to explore - both healthy and delicious :)
picture from MTV3.fi
tiistai 28. huhtikuuta 2009
We're also going to be packing picnic boxes and providing blankets for those of you who want to spend May Day outdoors in the sun, so drop on by on Friday to see what we've prepared for you!
p.s. We'll need a bit of extra time to prepare, so we're keeping the cafe closed on Thursday. Friday we'll be all dolled up for Vappu from 11-17!
sunnuntai 12. huhtikuuta 2009
Today Villipuutarha served roast lamb with mint sauce, fresh green salad, roasted garlic cloves and for dessert chocolate eggs filled with home-made pasha, spiced coffee with vanilla milk.
Next public holidays Villipuutarha will be celebrating are Vappu and Mothers Day.
keskiviikko 1. huhtikuuta 2009
Text: OPEN FOR THE LAST TIME TODAY. We are closing. It's been wonderful, thankyou!
It was a fun day, filled with mixed feelings.
torstai 26. maaliskuuta 2009
Heikki stays calm while we fuss about ;) picture credits go to Paul Wilkins
sunnuntai 8. maaliskuuta 2009
maanantai 2. maaliskuuta 2009
maanantai 16. helmikuuta 2009
Maybe I should make a separate label for these chocolate posts, as there seem to be quite a few of them already :D But I'm sure you understand, it's not common to be able to provide hand-made chocolates..it's a little bit of luxury and I believe it deserves to be acknowledged! As Petri said, it's difficult to find high-quality chocolate in Finland.
ps. We have a nice selection of chocolates at the cafe now, including: milk chocolate banana (my new favorite..well, it's sharing first place with raspberry), orange, coconut and lime, raspberry, mint, hazel nut... :P~~
sunnuntai 15. helmikuuta 2009
maanantai 9. helmikuuta 2009
I would love to play Edith Piaf (among other artists) when at work, but her CDs didn't cross my path this time. What would you like to listen to when sitting at our cafe?
sunnuntai 8. helmikuuta 2009
A lot is happening. We've been open now twice on Saturdays and served a luxury plate of assorted goodies incl. Blue Stilton, Brie, Serrano ham, goats milk Gouda, spiced cream cheese, olives, black cherry and orange marmalade, sun dried ("half dried") tomatoes, lettuce, cherry tomatoes, herbs, a healthy smoothie drink, an espresso based coffee drink and as much "granny coffee" as you can handle.. We figured there's not much point in eating out for a Saturday breakfast/brunch/evening snack if the food served is something that you could easily find in your own fridge, and this is the result. What do you think? :)
We've also booked several private events, have a few of our own events coming up (incl. chocolate tasting and a sewing club), appeared in the February issue of Trendi magazine (lil text with a few pics towards the end of the mag, will try to get a scan once I get my own copy), and a little baby girl was Christened at the cafe a week ago!
Reinforcements have also arrived! Two wonderful women have stepped in to help us with daily tasks at the cafe and I could not be more relieved or happier to have them with us.
Also, my dad saw the cafe for the first time since last summer (when it was still a pile of paint cans and loads of renovation tools). He's not much of a talker but he did say it looked different, so I'll take that as a compliment ;)
lauantai 31. tammikuuta 2009
I just got home from the cafe. I got to sleep in today and only had to start work at 10am - yet I've still managed to put in a 14hour day of work. Generally I spend all my time and days at the café with only a few exceptions.
Tomorrow I'll be there from 8am until about 4pm, because I'll leave early to go to a birthday party in Turku :P Yet I will also be taking a night bus back so that I can help out on Sunday when we have a Christening at the cafe. Cutesies!
Tomorrow, or technically today (Saturday), we'll be serving breakfast from 11am until 7pm, come enjoy! :)
keskiviikko 28. tammikuuta 2009
I'm happy to say, for the first time in my life, that I'd rather be at work than go home!
And this gives Katja the perfect opportunity to hop off to the paint store to pick up some gray paint, there's a spot below our antique cash register, which is still paintless! ;)
Now, chocolate news! Our chocolatier restocked our chocolate shelf with raspberry, nut, mint and white chocolate with passion fruit filling..! And we're having a chocolate tasting here on the 13th of February which will include dinner, coffee or tea and of course a wonderful range of chocolates that you will get to sample, so send me a message if you're interested to hear more.
Right now one of our regulars is showing us aprons she's sewn, and they're gorgeous and we hope to have them here for sale when Spring enters our café and little leaves appear on the branches of our ceiling!
Uuh, writing here is challenging because I keep getting caught up in conversations, this is why this post is a bit all over the place, hope you're keeping up! But if you're not, then no worries, I have to stop writing to go feed myself before I go play with my friends from Jolly Dragon. Thank you for reading! I'm a happy monkey! ^_^
sunnuntai 25. tammikuuta 2009
The first week was busy but nothing spectacular happened. The second week we re-opened and I spent most of my time there. Morning till night. I have completely fallen behind all of my blog reading and writing.
But I do feel like I'm in the right place. I really enjoying being a cafe entrepreneur! All the hours and all the work really don't bother me because it's our own business, our own thing.
Despite spending all of my time working, it doesn't even feel like I've fallen out of touch with my friends either. That's the wonderful thing about working at a public place, friends (and even your mother's cousins!) can drop by and say hello to you during your work day. I'm sure I'd feel a bit different if I'd been spending all my time these few weeks setting up and working at say.. an accountants office? Or a dark room? ;) And of course I'm meeting new people all the time as well. We've had some friendly customers this past week!
I would like to encourage all of my friends to stop by and visit me!
Tomorrow will be a busy day, will meet Katja at 8am to prepare for the week to come. Just FYI, our opening hours will be 11-19, Tuesday to Saturday! And already next week we will have re-enforcements: Essi will be helping out. yay!
More to come!
maanantai 12. tammikuuta 2009
So last Friday was my last day of work at the office. This morning when I walked passed my usual bus stop it felt like I was skipping work. Yup, I felt like a rebel! If this was a movie I would have walked down the street while tearing off my business suit, taken a
hammer sledge hammer and smashed our little office coffee machine into tiny twisted plastic bits.. Next I would have fixed my hair, straightened out my apron and walked up to our beautiful espresso machine and switched it on.
Ah the movies!
In real life however, something inside your café partner says "today is the first day of work with your co-worker - now it's OK to get sick!" So half of my day today was spent by poor Katja's bedside going over papers and making plans for the week to come. The other half I was clearing the backroom of the café in preparation for a few more finishing touches (=more. yes more renovation work). Get well soon Katja! I mean it :D
Renovation of course means that we have unfortunately had to postpone the re-opening until next week. Sorry about that! But it's better that we take care of all the things we have to take care of properly and then come back when we can really focus on running a café 100% and not have to think about all the other nonsense ;)
A bit about my last day of work at the office...
By 14:00 I could hardly sit still. It was the same feeling I get before travelling somewhere, anxious and constantly asking myself if I had forgotten to do something. But then 16:30 comes so quickly you hardly notice it and before you know it your last day of work is over and you're being handed a bottle of champagne while your co-workers say mushy stuff that makes you blush ;)
I was indeed given an incredible send-off which included the above mentioned champagne, dinner, a gift certificate for a 1 hour massage (!!!), a gorgeous Kalevala necklace and so many kind words. Thank you all again for the send-off and for all that went into the past year!
Thank you! And do come visit me at the café :)
We'll be back next week on Tuesday the 20th from noon until 19:00! But I'll probably write an entry or two before then, so see you soon!
keskiviikko 7. tammikuuta 2009
I've crossed over the last countdown week on my post-it note and have begun to clear my desk.
I was just chatting with a friend of mine and said that this whole transition simply feels crazy, to which she replied "yeah.. but it's real". Can't escape that! And I don't want to. I'm looking forward to this but naturally it feels crazy because I'm not sure what it is I'm facing. My daily routines will change completely starting next Monday. What a great way to start the new year... it's exciting... and crazy!
Have yourselves a good 2009!