Last year I was contacted by Anthony Bourdain’s No Reservations tv program production team thru a mutual friend. The producers wanted to pick my brains about Finland’s eating, drinking and cultural habits. I let them pick ….
To make a quite a long story short. I somehow ended up in front of the camera for a week of culinary, libatious and cultural mayhem in the frosty north.
Tony turned out to be a sort of a long lost brother. We clicked immediately about our favorite bands…Iggy and the Stooges, New York Dolls, Dead Boys, Rolling Stones ……
We also both happen to enjoy a little bit of a tipple here and there and obviously share a mutual love of food.
I had a chance to show him the Finland that I know and love. Took him to a bar tram, a gypsy restaurant, folk car racing, sauna, cupping and some great and not-so-great foods of my motherland.
The experience left us both with big smiles on our faces and a two-day hangover.
Tune in and check it out on Monday May 14th , on The Travel Channel,9pm Eastern NYC Time
– Sami Yaffa