sunnuntai 28. helmikuuta 2010

If music be the food of love...

Here are some memories captured mostly on my sister's mobile phone camera from last week..

FEW played Friday night and it was spectacularly beautiful.

Hans and his guitar also visited on Thursday evening.

Hans will be back next week Thursday 4.3 at 7pm together with Taavet and his home-made bass. Come, listen and enjoy! More live music says I! If you or a friend would like to come play at the cafe then drop me a line.

torstai 25. helmikuuta 2010

And a Cherry on Top!

I just came home from the café where I was finishing off some paper work and Anna-Kaisa was finishing off the evening clean-up for the day when I happened to notice something quite peculiar in our postbox...

A package? How fun! Who could it be for?

"That's us!" we exclaimed and blushed after a moment of surprise. But who's it from? Why? Iih!

Inside we saw pink paper and a card.. "Those cupcake cups.. I recognise those cupcake cups!"

Wrapped inside the pink paper we found...

Aprons!! We were sent aprons as a thank you for the KappAhl Vintage Stories event we hosted last week! We are both extremely touched and happy about our gift. Thank you! :)

Nike was kind enough to lend her beautiful figure for a picture as I was not wearing pretty enough clothes to match the aprons and Anna-Kaisa had already put on her winter coat, but I am sure you will see these prized aprons worn by us at the cafe in the future!

Our present was definitely the cherry on top of our day today :)

ps. I have to admit these pictures were reconstructed - no way were we going to stop to take pictures while actually opening the package! :D

keskiviikko 24. helmikuuta 2010


A pretty little group by the name of FEW will perform for you at the café this Friday at 6pm.


Here is a recording from a previous gig on and here is their myspace page. Enjoy!

Picture Perfect Reflection

I was at the café yesterday morning doing some paperwork when in walk a journalist and photographer. It's always great when they do that of course, and I really enjoy giving interviews.. but I must confess I get a little self-conscious when it comes to posing in their photographs without prior warning - in other words without being styled up by Katja in advance!

The kind photographer insisted he was good at what he does, although I am not entirely convinced his talent will compensate for my hardly brushed hair and barely-there makeup. In any case, from now on I will have to do my best to look my best, just in case.. you never know when photographers attack!

The topic of their article was close to my heart however: Kallio. I love living in Kallio and it was a pleasure to give them my opinion on the matter!

The article will be published in about two weeks and I will post about it again then. Fingers crossed they decide to use pictures of our cafe instead of me.

tiistai 23. helmikuuta 2010

Lovely Lace

One of our regular customers and friend Rinna Saramäki (together with Emmi Jormalainen and Riina Honkimäki) celebrated the publication of their new book Pitsikirja yesterday at the café.

It is a gorgeous book full of traditional & modern ideas and techniques for creating lovely lace. Lace after all does not protect you from the cold or cover you up, it's only purpose is to look beautiful<3

The writers of the book also have a blog here

lauantai 20. helmikuuta 2010

Sunday Chili Chocolate Anticipation

It was a cold day today, so it was great that so many of you braved the icy winds and dropped by the cafe! Our coffee, tea and hot chocolate seemed steamier and hotter than usual too!

I noticed a customer hum along to the music today, and he seemed to catch himself doing it, as if he didn't intend to be humming. He seemed pleased and happy and it's great to notice these little things.. reminds us that we're not just there to pour coffee, but to make you happy, which again, makes us happy :)

Tomorrow we will keep the cafe open for the last time on a Sunday. Katja prepared some lovely vegetarian pies (she named them sacred pies!) and we will spice up our hot chocolate drink (made from real chocolate) with a hint of chili. So do drop by and treat yourself to something delicious!

keskiviikko 17. helmikuuta 2010

Vintage Stories

Here are more still-shots of our evening on Monday, enjoy!

Picture credits; Laura Iisalo, thankyou!

Spring in the Wintertime

With all that snow outside it's impossible not to be in a Winter wonderland state of mind... but somehow Spring has crept into the Garden..

All of these lovely little reminders of Spring in the deepest time of Winter came from Godetia, the flower shop next door <3

tiistai 16. helmikuuta 2010

Fashion goes back in time

Yesterday we had a beautiful event at the cafe for KappAhl and the launch of their Spring 2010 Vintage Stories collection. Anna-Kaisa and I got to play dress-up (with clothes from the collection, naturally) and it was such a fun event to be a part of! Here is Anna-Kaisa posing with a cute little cupcake :)

I didn't take too many pictures so luckily there were a whole bunch of ladies at the event who like to blog, so in the meanwhile you can check out their gorgeous pictures; , Varpunen, Sharon, No Fashion Victims , There's no wrong?

Today I stuck around at the cafe after my shift ended to drink tea, spy on Anna-Kaisa (whose outfit today was inspired by the 50s, for some reason...) and do a bit of paper work.

dark spy pic ;)

Remember that we're now open until 8pm on weekdays :)

sunnuntai 14. helmikuuta 2010

Happy Valentines Day

I have scheduled this post, because on Valentines day I will be having breakfast with some of my closest friends, later in the day we plan on going sledding because it also happens to be Laskiaissunnuntai (don't ask me to translate...sledding Sunday?) So I will be nowhere near a computer on this Sunday. Perhaps I will also let out a tiger's roar in honour of the Chinese New Year? A lot happening on this day, indeed!

Take care of yourself and your friends! Have Fun :)

perjantai 12. helmikuuta 2010

Eight P.M.

Next Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday..and every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from here on forwards we will keep the cafe open until 8 pm!

So our new opening hours are;
Tue-Fri 11-20

Saturdays are reserved for our deluxe breakfast and you can reserve a table for you and your best friends for either the 10:00 or 12:00 seating at our number 044-021 6404.

And in just a few weeks we have another announcement to make regarding opening hours .. but I will wait for it to be current until I announce it :)

tiistai 9. helmikuuta 2010

Philosophy over a hot cup...

Philosophy cafe will be held again today at 18:30, which means that we will lock the door after 18:30 so that the philosophers can converse and drink their brew without interruptions. The evenings are open to all and free of charge - they are held in Finnish. If you're interested in joining just show up and be on time, the topics are decided by the group in the beginning of each session. Welcome!

The next Philosophy Tuesdays will be on 9.3 and 6.4.

lauantai 6. helmikuuta 2010

Pink Treats

We've been preparing some sweet, pink treats for the upcoming Valentines week!

Today a customer said our brunch made her feel happy, which in turn made me happy :)