International Kuumakoira day (Hotdog day 30 March)
I have to explain, it's a little bit confusing. We eat here hot dogs which is different product than Kuumakoira (and the confusion comes from translation which is Hot dog and I get out from this defining Kuumakoira as Hotdog written together, right). A traditional Hot dog is a sausage served in a sliced bun. Suitable garnishing are mustard, ketchup, onions, mayonnaise, relish, cheese and chili - all or your favorite selection.
Every 30th of March Nokia has an International Hotdog day. It's not a long tradition, started 2009, but was needed, because all local food is more and more important, and this is local in Nokia (and around like Tampere). The other reason is that we don't have so many original Finnish food, the list is quite short.
Nokian Hotdog was invented by accident by Theodor Leppänen (onwer of the Teuto Grill) in 1970's. He had some almost dry old "munkkis", like doughnut, but square and with no hole in the middle. He tried to soften them and throw them to steam. Then he by accident mixed them to the other products and these sausages in deep-fried flour dough with sugar garnishing became very popular in the area.
Right order: "Kuumakoira kaikilla mausteilla" (Hotdog with all included). Today the price of this was 4€ with a glass of Coke included in Terhi's kiosk (and you from Tampere, the same product is sold in Vaakon Nakki).
Non-official definition of the Hotdog: "Steamed square sugar doughnut with big steamed hot sausage garnished with mustard, ketchup and relish.
- Food and Dining
Nokian - when you need any friction
The name Nokia used to be common long before Nokia Phones. We used Nokia papers to wipe or ass :) and all men and most women had Nokia's rubber boots (called Nokia Kontio = Nokia Bear). When they stopped the production here in Finland I bought three pairs from the last set (about 7y ago).
The other we trust is Nokia Tires, especially winter ones. We have to used winter wheels in Finland from 1st Dec to end of Feb and the most selling brand is Nokia. How in hell those south Europeans on Koreans can design winter wheels if they don't have snow and winter we are asking :)
I have Nokian Hakkapeliitta in our both cars (and Pirellis and Michelin for summer use).
But Nokia, be aware, you are producing wheels in Finland and Russia, I will never buy Nokia wheels made in Russia, let's drive with Conts or Bridgs if you stop production in Finland (or don't say where your wheels are produced).
- Road Trip
a Kilometer Pole (milestone)
We used to call these "kilometer pole" (kilometripylväs), nowadays almost disappeared as useless but the history is again fascinating.
In Finland the roots are between 1600-1700 when horse powers were widely used and distances were long (of course they are as long currently, but the speed was slower :) and Kestikievarilaitos was founded (Quest house or Quest Giver). In those houses you could spend a night with horse in stable. Spirits and food were served and one fancy detail the master of the house were released from army. 1649 was decided that every 2,5km should have a wooden or stone sign with Swedish crown, name of the King and mile (peninkulma = 10km). Next change was 1827 emperor Nikolai measured the roads and signs were set every 1066m (verst). After we got metric system 1888 next emperor made new measures with meters.
During 1980's decided the take the signs away, they had became useless. Some were sold, some destroyed, some even stolen and the remaining are protected by Museum Administrative as memorials of those fancy old ages.
- Road Trip
- Historical Travel
My fave dessert KISSELI
It's made of kampalo berries, it is soooooooooo goodddddddddddddddd
my friend's mom pickes the berries in the forest in the back of their house makes this for me. You can also mix this in the morning with oat purridge for breakfast
People used to make all their Christmas decorations themselves and for Christmas they were mainly made of straw and this decoration called HIMMELI was the most important of them. It hang from the ceiling. I remember them from my childhood home but sadly they seem to have disappeared and replaced by cheap plastic decorations.
- Museum Visits