Destination Unknown: Adventures in Food

April 30, 2013 Satu Vänskä-Westgarth

Food can be a source of many things; happiness, excitement, discovery, frustration or disappointment to name a few. But when traveling, it is often an adventure. The new tastes and smells connect to that exact location and can bring back memories from years gone. For me, making pasta at home always takes me back to the Emilia Romagna region in Italy, where I learned to make pasta with my daughter with help from the dedicated grandmothers of the region in Casa Artusi.

Also quite recently I went on a food adventure.

Klaus K Hotel in Helsinki I @SatuVW I Destination Unknown

This time I had a guide. And we visited many a place, from market halls to very established restaurants, small cafes and local food stores.

Food sightseeing in Finland I @SatuVW I Destination Unknown

It wasn’t anywhere exotic. And if you really think of it, it shouldn’t have been an adventure. I was in my old hometown, in my native land after all, on a short business trip to Helsinki in Finland.

Helsinki, Finland I @SatuVW I Destination Unknown

But still, I got the tingling feeling of excitement when discovering these mainly small producers and businesses. How did I never know what was just around the corner when I lived here!

Food sightseeing in Finland I @SatuVW I Destination Unknown

And this got me thinking, once again. You really don’t need to go anywhere far to find an adventure, something exciting and new. There are so many things in our vicinity we take for granted, without getting to properly know our surroundings until we leave, and come back almost as a tourist, with a fresh mindset. Maybe it is now time for me to go on an adventure in my new home town here in Norway. I don’t think I will find a guide though. But these kinds of adventures don’t actually require one!

I participated on a Food Sightseeing tour in Helsinki as part of a business trip to Finland. Even though it was part of a work tour, I would readily go and do it again on my own time and cost. Besides the food, we saw areas and places that you wouldn’t really experience as a “normal tourist” in Helsinki, and this was important part of the tour as well. Apparently my husband is already planning on me taking him along the next time we travel to Helsinki together!

Anyone know of similar sightseeing tours elsewhere in the world? 

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Satu Vänskä-Westgarth

Satu Vänskä-Westgarth decided to take a year off from her nine to five marketing executive life in Finland early 2009 to travel with her kayak, bike or skis and sometimes without. "One year" turned into a new lifestyle as a travel writer, accompanied with a not-so-British entrepreneur husband from Britain, who seems to spend more time outside the borders of his homeland than within, and their baby, who has already spent more months outside Norway than at their home in Norway, where the family resides at the moment. For more stories from the road, visit Satu’s blog Destination Unknown and connect with Satu on Twitter @SatuVW.

Comments (4)

    • Satu Vänskä-Westgarth

      Thanks Leigh, it seems like they are quite popular, for me it was something I hadn’t come across before. For now sure, I’ll keep an eye out in those destinations I travel to!

  1. Enjoy Life Oils

    We did a food tour in Rome and I loved it!! Would love to do this one in Helsinki!

    • Satu Vänskä-Westgarth

      I’d love to do something similar in all the destinations I travel to, it was such a great experience!

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