Sweet dreams we can’t resist, especially in the winter, covered in elegant powdery ivory.

What dreams float your way in the winter?

We’re sure that you don’t need help imagining one but Nestle was sure helpful in the 1980s with their mesmerizing commercial whose melody we can’t get out of our heads.



Please enjoy the video while it is still up and then lip-sync the lyrics: 

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“Sweet dreams we can’t resist,


Nestlé’s makes the very best,


Creamy white, See me whine,
Nestlé’s makes the very best,


Sweet dreams, you can’t resist……………………….”

Ah, so smooth. So magical. So elegant. So wintery wonderful.

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Fantasizing during the winter helps us get through many a rainy or snowy night. The fireplace and for some consumed in balance, a little wine is soothing as well.

Sometimes we need the visuals.

Like this powerful Ice Princess. A survivor.

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We will provide you with some sugary winter wonder fantasies.

Imagine the legendary Stevie Wonder singing Isn’t She Lovely to Iina Kuustonen.

Iina Kuustonen, a Finnish Actress was born in Helsinki.

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Ms. Kuustonen is most famous for her appearances in the Finnish television series Putous (2011-2014), Helsingin herra (2012) and Syke (2014). She has also played in several movies, including The Kiss of Evil (2011) and FC Venus (2005).

She makes the perfect Winter Princess for which dreams are made of.


Let’s go to the movies.

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Hanna is a 2011 action adventure thriller film that contains some prominent fairy tale elements, directed by Joe Wright. The film stars Saoirse Ronan as the title character, a girl raised in the wilderness of northern Finland by her father, an ex-CIA operative (Eric Bana), who trains her as an assassin. Cate Blanchett is a senior CIA agent who tries to track down and eliminate the girl and her father.

The soundtrack was written by The Chemical Brothers.

Hanna was released in North America in April 2011 and in Europe in May 2011. The film received a positive response from most critics, with reviewers praising the performances of Ronan and Blanchett as well as the action sequences and themes.

At the respected review site rogerebert.com they praise, ““Hanna” is good, sound filmmaking. It depends on stylistic order and discipline, a clear story map and ingenious action sequences.”

The porcelain Ice Maiden Saoirse Ronan played her role to perfection.

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She is the essence of what ice fantasies are made of.

It is so easy to fall in love with Kiira Korpi. Femcompetitor Magazine wrote about her.

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Kiira Korpi, An Ice Princess Who Sets Our Imagination Free

Kiira Korpi is a Finnish figure skater.

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She is a three-time European medalist (bronze in 2007 and 2011, silver in 2012), the 2010 Trophée Eric Bompard champion, the 2012 Rostelecom Cup champion, a two-time Cup of China medalist, and a five-time Finnish national champion (2009, 2011–2013, 2015).

She retired from competitive skating in August 2015, but never from our winter fantasies.

We’ve spoken about winter fantasies on one level.

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Traveling to the Winter Fantasy Wonderland of Helsinki takes it to a very different level.

Let’s travel there on a white horse.

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Helsinki is the capital and largest city of Finland.

It is in the region of Uusimaa, in southern Finland, on the shore of the Gulf of Finland. Helsinki has a population of 642,045, an urban population of 1,231,595, and a metropolitan population of over 1.4 million, making it the most populous municipality and urban area in Finland.

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The Finnish people are so friendly. At visitfinland.com they welcome, “Helsinki, the capital of Finland, is a vibrant seaside city of beautiful islands and great green parks. The city’s rhythm is laid back yet at the same time refreshingly active in terms of both the number and quality of restaurants and nightclubs.”

Do you have your dancing shoes ready?

The fantastic travel site Lonely Planet expands on the Helsinki Winter Fantasy. “While it’s a culture-packed urban center, Helsinki is surrounded by sublime natural environment that’s easily reached from every part of the city. Opportunities to get active abound here, from boating to its archipelago’s islands, strolling along its beaches and through its extensive parks and gardens, and hiking in its surrounding forests.

When snow blankets the city in winter and the seas freeze, snowshoeing, cross-country and downhill skiing, ice skating and ice fishing on the many bays are all invigorating ways to keep warm while staying in touch with nature.

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Taking its cues from the design scene, architecture in Helsinki is flourishing. Contemporary highlights include the Kiasma museum of contemporary art (1998) and concert hall Musiikkitalo (2011). Modernism is exemplified by Alvar Aalto’s Akateeminen Kirjakauppa (1969) and Finlandia Talo concert hall (1971), along with Timo and Tuomo Suomalainen’s astonishing rock-carved church, the Temppeliaukio (1969).”

Precious. Thank you so much.

We’ve provided you with the basics of why you should visit Helsinki so it’s only fitting that we provide you with suggestions on what to eat while you are there.

About Julie Karla

Julie Karla is a well-known Danish gastronome, food journalist and national champion of home cooking. Julie Karla is also the founder of the popular website Karla’s Nordic Kitchen, but she is mostly known for her numerous appearances in Danish national TV and Magazines.

What To Eat In Finland?

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By Julie Karla 

The delicious food culture of Finland comes from both eastern and western sources of influence. Since the Middle Ages, many novelties from Sweden (the west) and Novgorod (the east) have come to Finland bringing new inspiration. The cold buffet of Finland has been inspired by both the Russian zakuska table and the Swedish smörgasbord.

Nowadays, Finland takes its ideas and inspiration from foods all over the world and then combines the ideas to develop an original and unique Finnish cuisine. The excellence of the head chefs and their professional success can be acknowledged by the fact that six Michelin stars have been given to four restaurants in Helsinki.

Wild berries, mushrooms, game, and fish form the gastronomic culture of Finland and the different seasons play their part as well. Burbot roe and blinis at Shrovetide, roast lamb and a pudding created from malt and rye flour at Easter time, herring and potatoes during Midsummer, games in Autumn, crayfish in August, ham at Christmas, and burbot stew at winter time. These dishes are known to taste much better when they are eaten at the perfect time of the year.

Fresh fish can be found in Finland all year long and it can be prepared in a number of ways. In Nordic kitchen Finnish restaurants, freshwater pikeperch and zander are used in a number of their dishes. Steamed zander with smoked perch, spinach, and pumpkin flower stuffed with salmon and Baltic herrings layered on lettuce with classy French white wine are some of the tastiest Scandinavian food delicacies!

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Wildfowl, elk, and reindeer are also some of the most appreciated foods of Finland. Reindeer hash is one of the most popular reindeer dishes accompanied with cold beer or French red wine. Modern Scandinavian kitchens serve tasty elk filets stuffed with goat cheddar cheese, apricots, and spinach flavored with balsamic syrup and Soignon goat cheese. Elk sauce, baby fenugreeks, Portabella mushrooms, and sweet potato are served with the filet.

Nordic cooking is very popular in Finland and when visiting, you will find that wild mushrooms are very popular among Finnish people as they go great with fish and meat. Mushrooms are also used in stews and soups. A nice chanterelle salad with grilled whitefish, berry tarts and crayfish sauce make a delicious summer meal. In eastern Finland, milk caps, russulas, and other edible fungi are very popular whereas only chanterelles and ceps are eaten in western Finland.

Bilberries, lingonberries, strawberries, cloudberries, cranberries, arctic brambleberries, and sea buckthorn go great with ice cream, parfaits, and cold puddings. Finnish berries also make tasty garnishes for game and meat food items. Frozen redcurrants with delicious hot butterscotch sauce make a wonderful desert to follow up the main course of Nordic reindeer meat.

The Finnish foodie culture also consists of crayfish parties on late summer evenings – just like in Sweden. Crayfish was the big thing in the old days and these gatherings attained a climax when chilled and boiled crayfish with chilled bottles of schnapps were brought to the table. Ever since those times, crayfish parties have changed. Nowadays, the crayfish is eaten in the form of a delightful starter, followed by a tasty main course meal of fowl, and juicy wild berries for dessert! Crayfish tails and butter are used in Scandinavian kitchens as one of the best healthy dinner recipes all year long to bring wonderful cuisine choices for the people to select from.

Julie Karla is an international food journalist and food blogger who is also known as the founder of http://www.karlasnordickitchen.com, and creator of the healthy carrot cake recipe based on Nordic ingredients http://www.karlasnordickitchen.com/cheesecake-on-a-carrot-crust-with-dates-pecans/

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