Finland – The Hot Spot of Superfoods

This is what I do at work; interview professionals about interesting things, such as superfoods! (I wish work was all as glamorous as that sentence sounds, hehe.)

This particular FSF blog post was really nice to make, since I got to tap into phenomenon that I find really interesting. I hope people both in Finland as well as abroad will get something new out of it! In the beginning of the project in last December (!), the project felt quite big, and I am very happy to have it finally out and published. Trust me, the schedule was not delayed because of me. Better late than never, though!

How are things with superfoods in your country? In my travels, I always look for the “superfood” section in the stores, and try to find health stores as well as organic and exotic products. Here in Hong Kong, we have oats from Finland!
Let me know what you think about the post, about superfoods and the whole phenomenon. Goji berries sure are cool, but is it only because of the hype? And how about the price – do you think it is worth it?

Some of the selection in Smoothie Studio, Tampere
Some of the selection in Smoothie Studio, Tampere
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Four Sigma Philosophy

I may sound like a broken record, but as time keeps on passing by faster an faster, I cannot emphasize enough how much I enjoy being here and constantly learning about different aspects of life.

This video reflects some of the things I am surrounded by in my daily life – although I spend my days in an office, rather than jumping from cliffs and doing beach yoga. Working for Four Sigma Foods is truly different than being involved in a large, heartless mass corporation.

 

Shroomy life ain’t that bad! I have been taking the Instants for as long as I’ve been here, and I do feel better than ever before. Maybe it’s the sun, maybe it’s the inspiring company – who knows? It definitely is not the rush hour that is making me happy, or the smog. In addition to Instants, the nutrition-dense Raw Honeys definitely don’t make my smile any smaller!

Organizing my babies
Organizing my babies

In case you were wondering what the heck all this stuff is about and if it is as good as people say, try them yourself! With the code “foodie-love” you get 5€ discount on your purchase in FSF Store. This discount is valid until the end of March, so don’t hesitate for too long!

Royal Flush
Royal Flush

Questions and comments (about FSF, the products or whatever else) are more than welcome!

Work or Play?

Time in Hong Kong, well, despite being a huge clichè, it flies. My weekdays I spend happy in our Happy Valley office, doing various tasks for Four Sigma Foods. My title is marketing assistant, which suits me pretty well.

Guess how many sachets it took for the perfect shot...
Guess how many sachets it took for the perfect shot…

From pretending to do sports to behind the camera.

My great moment as a photographer
My great moment as a photographer

The photo shoot last week was for our upcoming product catalogue, which my actual task was to write the texts for.
Besides gulping down the Instant drinks and writing to FSF blog about interesting people and herbs, I have been able to try different working methods, and most of all, learn something new every day. We’ve had workshops about self-leadership and self-development, and there’s more to come! Unless my brain explodes from all the new things and good stuff around me, I bet this trainee time will be something quite spectacular.

Life is pretty sweet over here in Hong Kong, and the weather forecast for today is mild 27C! Oh Finland, I miss your snow not.

Banana, coconut cream and sunflower seeds spiked with some brain powder
Banana, coconut cream and sunflower seeds spiked with some brain powder

The recipe for the divine Instant fruit dessert/snack is so ridiculously easy and modifiable that I don’t know if it can even be called a recipe. Aaaanyways, here goes:

Mix coconut cream with your favorite fruits, such as banana, mango, apples or pear. If you want to take the treat up a notch, add some nuts, seeds, toasted coconut flakes, cocoa nibs or whatever you fancy. Finish it all off with basically any of the Instants, I used Lion’s Mane (previously known as Brainpower) which is specially good for your cognition and concentration. Mmmm.

Good Life

Once again, long(ish) time, no post – sorry about that. After the Chinese New Year (which kept the banks and such closed up until Valentine’s Day!) I have been as busy as always with work and wandering around. This week I had divine home-made raw chocolate at the office, strong happy hour margaritas in our neighborhood, and Chinese style “laskiaispulla” (shrove bun).

Another day at the office
Valentine’s day (and chocolate week) at the office

I visited Andy Warhol exhibition in the Museum of Art. Ridiculously cheap (less than 2€!), and 2 hour tour. What I learned: Warhol had 25 cats, all of them named Sam. Talk about equality!

When taken out of it's context, anything can be art
When taken out of it’s context, anything can be art

Today I got a flashback of the New York atmosphere I have been missing: East Island Market.

(Pretty much) everything hand-made, organic and more or less fresh!
(Pretty much) everything hand-made, organic and more or less fresh!

Nice, quiet area with live music, young entrepreneurs and happy people, what a better way to spend a Sunday morning.

Something natural in the concrete jungle
Something natural in the concrete jungle

I know what I will do on lazy Sundays after this. The good thing is, that I can walk home via a mountain road. A bit of exercise to balance out the treats!

Made to order, fresh and familiar. No chopsticks needed!
Made to order, fresh and familiar. No chopsticks needed!

Busy in China

Oh, Hong Kong. So different from Japan, though there are many things that are similar. I find the same products, sushi, and some of the same kanji, but other than that everything seems very different. So far I have pretty much been working every day, and then in the evenings wander around and fall to my bed. So much to see, but also so much time!

Quiet street in the afternoon
Quiet street in the afternoon

It seems odd to compare Hong Kong with Japan, since they both have their own characteristics. This place seems more international, yet also very traditional Chinese at the same time. So far, I have got my home-fix from Ikea, but also seen pig faces on dirty concrete ground, turtles piled in a cage with frogs, and the various Chinese medicine shops that sell bunch of smelly stuff.

Geese drying up on the street
Geese drying up on the street

Every day is an adventure, and I believe there will be new things to discover after few months. It definitely is an advantage, that I am accustomed to the Asian cultures before coming here, since now I know most (well, at least some) of the weird foods. My goal here is to eat as much fruits and study as much about mushrooms as possible, since it seems like they are pretty big deal here (and of course FSF plays a role in that…today I tasted shiitake, originated from Oita! So, I guess I can’t leave Beppu behind.

This could be Japan!
This could be Japan!

Now that the Chinese New Year’s is upon us, I believe that will give me something to write about. At some point I will also reveal you the Paul Yee Mansion penthouse – and of course some of the things I experience with the shrooms and Four Sigma Foods.