Fill the Frame

Filling the frame on a day trip to Tallinn, Estonia, last summer.

The ferry ride from Helsinki, Finland, takes about 2 hours, depending on which ferry you choose.

Typical summer weather: grey skies. (But no snow.)

And ah! I have arrived – this is what I came for. Little baked treats. I was looking for cake, but brunch time pain au chocolate straight from the bakery’s oven did the trick just perfectly. We don’t really have bakeries in Helsinki, they’ll just chuck frozen products in the oven, products that were actually made in a centralized factory somewhere, who-knows-when, so it was refreshing to see the bakery workers actually making dough right in front of my eyes.

I’m not sure if the last photo fills the frame (I need to include those trash can balloons, so this is as tight a crop as you’ll get!) but I want to show you the bakery from the outside so you can visit it yourself the next time you are in Tallinn.

40 responses to “Fill the Frame

  1. I’m glad you joined the challenge this week! Your shot of the pain au chocolat makes me hungry. It looks mouth-wateringly delicious. Your first shot has a lovely feel–dreamy and a bit moody. The light is great, too.

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  2. Ahh, I’m glad you took part upon seeing my post. I bet you thought ‘I bet I can do better than that!’ (Joooke!!!) I love the first photo and the third makes me wish to have some right now. I can’t believe there is no proper bakery in Helsinki that would make pastry from scratch. Excellent that you include the last one. Rost it is (with that line over ‘o’).

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    • There might be a lunch/dinner restaurant or two that makes their own bread, but no bakery culture like so many other countries have in southern Europe for example, or even Argentina and Uruguay. Nowhere to easily pick up fresh goods each morning, whichever part of town you live in. To Finns, it’s perfectly okay to call something frozen + thawed + heated “freshly baked”. Over here, the entire food culture is based around preserved food, either with additives or freezing.
      The o with a line in it is an unfamiliar letter to me, I’m not sure if it’s part of the Estonian alphabet or whether they just added it because it looked nice 🙂

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  3. No real bakeries in Helsinki? Don’t know how long I could live with that. Finding a decent bakery is one of the first necessities on moving to a new place. I like the photos, and yes, those balloons make the photo.

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    • Thanks, Graham, for your thoughts. I remember being addicted to bakeries in France – maybe it’s for the better that our treats aren’t that tempting to me – better for my health! Though most Finns would say they love those factory-made pastries sold in supermarkets or quirky little cafes as “fresh”. I’m interested in the origins of my food and many a time have I asked a cafe worker/”bakery” worker where does this lovely cake come from, did you make it yourself? The answer, every single time, has been, “No, it came to us frozen, I don’t really know where it comes from actually.” Cheesecakes and the likes are just thawed, no need for an oven.

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      • Yes, France is great for that. I loved walking to the bakery to pick up fresh baked bread and whatever else got my attention. The Big Island isn’t great for bakeries, but there are a few that are very good including one in the nearest market town. I used to bake my own bread, but haven’t done that for a while, but still like to bake cookies and cakes, and tiramisu, which doesn’t need baking but is still mighty good!

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