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Friday, December 24, 2004

Try to relax, its Christmas.

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I wish all of you a very peaceful Christmas. The time has again come to rush to relax. One of ironies of life is playing out tonight: As a child the Christmas day seemed to be the longest day of the year and as an adult there are not enough hours to get everything done. Once done the day is over and it is time to go to bed. Subsequently this is not a day I look forward to, so now you understand the headline. Tomorrow is better, do nothing day!

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Monday, December 20, 2004

Why I love 3G...

6630_02I have followed the advent of 3G for more than 7 years, when the first marketing guys started working on marketing messages in the offices next to mine, experiencing the hype, thinking and commenting on services, finally witnessing the bubble burst. -What a ride, I do not think I will ever see anything cause such a mass psychosis as 3G did.

I decided not to be an early adopter, I wanted to use either the Communicator or a Series 60 phone, but with the introduction of the 6630, the first Series 60 3G phone finally maturing to commercial maturity, I decided to upgrade. Now I am ready to declare my love for this amazing technology:

I love 3G because the phone SW, also known as Series 60,  became lightning fast, since the HW needed to run 3G needs to be very powerful. Opening and browsing my phonebook, sending a message, rapid scrolling of memories in Lifeblog - I love it. This alone is a reason to get onto 3G!

I have done a bit of blogging, browsing on 3G and my conclusion is like the one I made a few years back: The future of mobility is not a bandwith problem. We have a screen problem and that is terminal. The only way to get around it in small handhelds is to design content specifically optimised for small handsets.

There have been lots of writing on the Nokia 6630, which I find to be a great phone. The mechanical feel is solid, I have tried to break it by throwing it around. The feel of the keymat is great. It takes better pictures than the 7610 and as I already mentioned it is fast. Great job guys – it was worth the long struggle. This phone somehow reminds me of the Nokia 2110 a real ledgend. Lets return to this phone in 10 years and see if it made its mark as the Nokia 2110 did.

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Sunday, December 19, 2004

Chef Gero Hottinger declares love for Finnish cuisine in his new book -Simply Delicious!

9036_dsc00983_1Gero Hottinger has just published a new cookbook about Finnish cuisine called Simply Delicious!. It is an ode to his key philosophy, using local ingredients of the season, rather than flying exotic stuff halfway around the world. Fresh ingredients are the basis of any good dish and Gero is an expert in making the best of what you have. In his view Finland is full of exotic ingredients and they should be used.
Gero is a German, who immigrated to Finland in the 60's. Working at premier restaurants like Savoy and founder of Kanavaranta he has during 30 years been able help sharpen the taste buds of Finns from sausage and mustard lovers to gourmets enjoying fish creations or even getting them to love dishes like tar ice cream, yes the stuff you cover wooden boats with.

After selling the legendary Kanavaranta he decided to focus on cuisine training, for individuals, which he pioneered with Helsingin Kulinaarinen Instituutti in Finland. I have been using it for team building, and it works very well. His witty humor understanding the subtle characteristics of Finns mixed with haute cuisine makes a base for a memorable evening.

His cooking school did not seem to be enough and last summer he decided to open a restaurant about 200km north of Helsinki in the Tampere area, which should be an interesting excursion for anyone heading into Finland, it is probably the last place to have a great meal before heading into endless forest of central Finland….

I have been a fan of him and his former partner Eero Mäkelä for a long time. I met them through my father who has worked with them by documenting their food in two cookbooks, one you can read about here. I have eaten numerous times at his restaurant and I have been cooking from his books with success.

Simply Delicious! is an evolution in presentation simplification, food with consistent strong lightning from the back adding a napkin to soften up the tableware where food is in sharp focus. I like this style, but I miss some of  the lavish shots with rich context with lots of food, found in earlier books they done together. In Simply Delicious! the context is brought by having Gero go into Finnish nature to collect fresh ingredients, I think the shots are credible having heard him praise local ingredients for years. The dishes are not overly complicated for the amateur chef. I have made the beetroot and basil soup a few times and I like it a lot, so if you are into food pick up a copy for your library.

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Saturday, December 04, 2004

Wine from 1923 - a truly moving experience

Sat 04/12/2004 00:33 Clos-De-Beze 1923
Clos-De-Beze 1923 - The label was destroyed.
Sat 04/12/2004 00:37 Clos-De-Beze 1923
The amazing wine with such a rich story.

                                                                                                                     Last night I had an moving experience. My friend Jerome was hosting a wine tasting and the grand finale was a Clos-de-Beze from 1923. This bottle was one of many hundred found in a cellar in Belgium. This cellar was hidden from the Nazis so well that it was not until 60 after it was sealed it accidently was found by the new owners. Wine this old is almost always undrinkable but not this one. It was unclear almost like raisin drink and that also came through in its taste. Wine being a living product evolving slowly and gracefully. I have never tasted a wine like this it was so rich with taste, history and warm feeling. It was more like port without the sweetness. Thanks Jerome for sharing this treasure with us. Thanks to the amazing people having the foresight in dark times of war to hide these treasures so well that they could be enjoyed in time of peace a couple of generations later.

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