Saturday 17 May was Restaurant Day, so Professor M and I headed to the park where local residents set up their stands for the day. The weather was nice, almost like summer. Well, sunshine and anything over 18 °C / 64 °F is warm enough to pass for summer and thus qualifies as picnic weather…

Tiina L restaurant day

Everything I’m wearing is old, except for the necklace (Banana Republic): dress (Phase Eight), cashmere pashmina

(bought in India 13 years ago), sunglasses (Tom Ford), watch (Viceroy), bangle: my mother’s. ring: custom-made from my grandmother’s wedding ring.  (Photo by Professor M)

If you look at the picture above more carefully, you see some old tombstones and an old church in the background (upper left corner). The park used to be a cemetery in the 18th century, and some of the old stones are still there. That’s why the  park has a rather grim nickname, “Ruttopuisto”, (which could be translated as ‘Plague Park’) because victims of the 1710 Plague were buried there. The church was build much later, in 1826, and it is very popular for weddings and christenings.

Tiina L restaurant day

Tiina L restaurant day

Restaurant Day started in Finland in 2011 and has since spread all over the world. The idea is simple: anyone can set up a restaurant or a cafe in their own home, in a park, on a street corner, on the beach, practically anywhere, for a day. And you can serve anything you want (except alcohol, there’s a state monopoly on that here…), so there was quite a selection to choose from: all sorts of pastry and cakes, Vietnamese and Thai food, African dishes, Cajun, Mexican, blinis and roe, barbeque…Of course, we sampled some of the delicacies on offer…

Tiina L restaurant day

Tiina L restaurant day

Tiina L restaurant day
Photo by Professor M

Saturday was the warmest day in May so far, and as it is set to get much warmer in the next few days, we could say that summer is finally here…

Enjoy the summer sunshine, 


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  1. Pam @ over50feeling40
    18 May 2014 / 9:23 pm

    The dress is such a flattering fit! And the event looks fun!

    • Tiina L
      20 May 2014 / 6:39 pm

      Thank you Pam. It was quite fun, and it was sort of the first day of summer, too.

  2. Patti
    18 May 2014 / 10:12 pm

    Restaurant Day looks delightful! Thanks for sharing with Visible Monday.

  3. Jill James
    19 May 2014 / 10:27 pm

    Restaurant Day looks such fun on a lovely Spring day.Thanks for sharing.

  4. Jan Graham-McMillen
    20 May 2014 / 12:45 am

    How fun! We used to always go to the "Bite of Seattle" and I used to prep for a couple of days beforehand for the overindulgence! Pretty pieces all together … excellent choices. You look beautiful, as always.

    • Tiina L
      20 May 2014 / 6:41 pm

      Thanks Jan. This event takes place 4 times a year. Although I doubt it's not much fun in February…

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