Travel

Masada sunrise, Ein Gedi & Dead Sea

Masada sunrise, Eing Gedi & Dead Sea Tour by Tourist Israel | on Due fili d'erba | Two blades of Grass | Photos by Thais FK & Klaus K. Masada sunrise, Eing Gedi & Dead Sea Tour by Tourist Israel | on Due fili d'erba | Two blades of Grass | Photos by Thais FK & Klaus K.Masada sunrise, Eing Gedi & Dead Sea Tour by Tourist Israel | on Due fili d'erba | Two blades of Grass | Photos by Thais FK & Klaus K.

We never really were people who would participate on guided tours. We usually prefer to explore destinations on our own, go a little bit off the grid so to speak and go with our own pace. However, when we decided to have our first trip in the Middle East in Israel, (and actually our first trip together outside Europe,) we wanted to play it a bit safer. That’s why we took this tour organized by Tourist Israel to tour the historical site of Masada, the beautiful natural reserve of Ein Gedi and the geographically lowest point on earth, the Dead Sea. Here’s what we thought about it! Continue Reading

Desserts Food&Recipes

Blueberry lavender crunchy cake (Gluten- & Dairy-free)

Blueberry lavender crunchy cake (Gluten free, dairy free, Vegan) | on Due fili d'erba| Recipe, photos and styling by Thais FK for Smeg NordicBlueberry lavender crunchy cake (Gluten free, dairy free, Vegan) | on Due fili d'erba| Recipe, photos and styling by Thais FK for Smeg Nordic

If you follow @duefiliderba in Instagram, you’ve realized the blog as accomplished a pretty big thing. 2018 is turning out to be an exciting year as I have started a long term collaboration with Smeg Nordic! For the whole year, I’ll be creating recipes and other contents for them and I want to write a few lines to thank you. Yes you, my dear readers and followers, thank you! If it weren’t for you, my passion couldn’t have become my dream job, so thank you from the bottom of my heart for following the blog and making my recipes! Continue Reading

Travel

Pompeii: a travel guide

How to plan a visit to Pompeii | Pompeii: a travel guide by Thais FK | Due fili d'erba How to plan a visit to Pompeii | Pompeii: a travel guide by Thais FK | Due fili d'erba

There are places one can visit, admire, photograph and then move on with one’s life. Then there are other places that are not meant to be visited, they are meant to be lived. Pompeii is one of the latter.

Being an Italian and having lived in Italy for most of my life, I’ve seen many archaeological sites. In Italy, as you can imagine, they’re just all over the place. Even in the small town where I grew up, that has something like 700 inhabitants, we have an arc from the Roman Era, a Medieval church from the Medieval time and a cemetery from the Napoleonic time. And I can assure you that my hometown is as common as any small town in Italy.

One might think that after so much archeology under my eyes on daily basis, nothing could impress me. The reason why we went to Pompeii is mainly because Klaus wanted so much to go, both for the history of the place and the fact that Pink Floyd had a concert in the Pompeii’s amphitheater. Continue Reading

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Naples: where to stay & photo journal

Naples, a mini guide | on Due fili d'erba | Two blades of grass | Text and photos by Thais FK

If you follow @duefiliderba on Instagram, you might have noticed we took a three weeks trip in Italy. We first went to my hometown to see friends, then had a three-day-trip to Venice with a couple of friends and headed just the two of us to south for a week, more precisely to Naples. This was my third time in Naples, even though I never actually stopped and visited the city, since we would just take the ferry from there to go to Ischia, a beautiful island next to Capri. Klaus wanted to go to Naples mainly for two reasons: pizza and Pompeii. And boy, we really enjoyed both to the full. Continue Reading

Desserts Finland Food&Recipes Instants

Double chocolate blueberry layer cake

Double chocolate blueberry layer cake | on Due fili d'erba | Two Blades of grass | Recipe, styling and photos by Thais FK
I created this cake earlier this year and made it several times since then, but thought to share it with you now because this little jewel can really brighten up these gloomy autumn evenings!
This cake reminds me somehow of Finland, not only for its colors, but also for its ingredients and its taste.
I love how balanced this cake is. At the same time, it succeeds to be both fresh and full of flavor, but still not heavy. Continue Reading

Breakfast Desserts Food&Recipes

Chestnut Crêpes

Chestnut Crêpes Recipe on Due fili d'erba | Two blades of grass | Photography, styling and recipe by Thais FKChestnut Crêpes Recipe on Due fili d'erba | Two blades of grass | Photography, styling and recipe by Thais FK

Snowy mornings definitely demand for some comfort breakfast, and to me there’s nothing more comforting than these chestnut crêpes that remind me of my homeplace, in Northern Italy, where autumn is all about castagnata, that is picking chestnuts in the woods and roasting them with friend gathered around a fire. Cannot do that here in Finland since there are no chestnut trees, but the same friends with whom I would do a castagnata with are kind enough to send some chestnut goodies all the way up here proving that, after all, distance is just a matter of perspectives. Continue Reading

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How to plan a trip, a mini guide – Part II

In collaboration with Adlibris.

In the first part of this mini guide we saw how to identify your travel destination, how to search for flights (and save!) and why it is important to be flexible when it comes from which airport to fly. Let’s continue then, shall we?

BE OPEN TO USE OTHER TRANSPORTATION THAN FLIGHTS

Starting with the premise that you are not in a hurry, making part of the journey by other means of transportation than airplane can help you save money. Continuing our December trip example, by deciding to fly from Tallinn, we also agreed on taking a train or bus from where we live to Helsinki and then a 2 hour ferry from there to Tallinn. Also in Italy we’re going to move from one place to another by train.
If you’ve followed this blog for a while, you know how we feel about traveling by train (if you don’t, take a look at this post for example). The reasons are many: it gives the opportunity to see landscapes one would have otherwise missed, it makes the trip as a whole more enriching and allows to be in contact with local and get acquainted with the culture. So, if you just have the time, consider making part of the trip by train or bus and I assure you you’ll come home with a far more unforgettable experience.

How to plan a trip | in collaboration with Adlibris | Bard, Valle d'Aosta, Italy | on Due fili d'erba | Two Blades of grass | by Thais FK & Klaus K. Continue Reading

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How to plan a trip, a mini guide – Part I

In collaboration with Adlibris.

Here we go again. Autumn and darkness are coming to Finland and we try to get through it by going for a holiday somewhere else. What we were looking for this year didn’t have any specific criteria, only that the place would have some more light than here, which is basically anywhere southern 😀

The kind of holidays we like to make with Klaus are focused on visiting new places, experiencing new cultures and immersing ourselves in a reality different from the one we live in Finland. So, you guessed, we’re not the kind of people who lock themselves up in a turistic resort and lay by the pool all day, even though we also like to relax and take things easy.

The destination we chose for this year is *drum roll* ITALY! The reasons for this decision are many, the main one being me missing my friends whom, by the time we’ll go, I won’t have seen in one year and a half. Also, Italy is quite a cheap travel destination that offers such a big variety of landscapes and cultures as very few places in the world can do: within a few hours train or car ride, you can literally jump from the towering Alps to the almost Caribbean southern coasts, passing through historic cities like Turin, Florence, Rome and Naples.

How to plan a trip | in collaboration with Adlibris | Bard, Valle d'Aosta, Italy | on Due fili d'erba | Two Blades of grass | by Thais FK & Klaus K.

In this mini guide we’ll show you how we usually plan for a trip and our tips&tricks on how to save in the process. Continue Reading

Desserts Food&Recipes

Eggless rosemary chocolate mousse

Easy eggless rosemary chocolate mousse | Recipe oon Due fili d'erba | Two Blades of grass | Photo, styling and recipes by Thais FK | Ceramics by Anna Westerlund | Dress by Son de FlorEasy eggless rosemary chocolate mousse | Recipe oon Due fili d'erba | Two Blades of grass | Photo, styling and recipes by Thais FK | Ceramics by Anna Westerlund

This recipe was born in Portugal, when we last time went to visit my family. My granny is not a fan of uncooked eggs, but still I had already fixed in my mind I would make chocolate rosemary mousse for the next day’s dessert. This recipe is super easy, full of taste and quick to prepare, so all the key factors in one. Not bad, ey? I also added some honey caramelized oranges at the top, which fitted very well. Continue Reading