Monday, November 30, 2009

Estonian food

I love Estonian food. It is simple and beautiful. Estonia is known for its amazing dairy! Here is a picture of some of my favorites! On the left you can see two bags of Piim that is milk. Milk comes in a bag!! Once it is opened you have to keep it in a pitcher so it doesn't spill everywhere. It also comes in a carton, but it is way cheaper by the bag. If you buy the cheap brand in a bag it comes out to $2.16 a gallon, it would be cheaper with a stronger dollar. The milk is 2.5% fat and it tastes amazing!

Next you see a blue bag of Hapukoor, that is the sour cream, I love it! I put it everywhere. It comes in 250g or 500 g bags, I always get the 500 g bag of course. I use it to make "hapukoor pasta" which is a cheap take off of mom's famous curly noodle casserole. It is pasta, ground beef, corn, an amazing spice mix called vegetta and lots of sour cream.

The yogurt here is also wonderful, it comes in a bag if you get the drinking yogurt or a carton if you get the normal yogurt. After the yogurt is the black bread! It took some getting used to, but I really like it now. The last item on the row is juice in a box! They don't have super sized packaging here, the biggest size of Juice you can buy is 2 L, the biggest size of Milk you can buy is 1.5 L but since I live alone that is OK for me.

On the front row you can see a "kohuke" which is a cheesecake log. It is covered in chocolate and has a cheesecake like filling, it is great. Then there is ice cream! Estonian ice cream is very good and more fluffy than American ice cream. The flavors can be interesting also, like green apple or pear.

Even after all the great food and wonderful dairy products I am staying skinny, I am just below 150 lbs, so just in case you were wondering no double chin just yet.

Friday, November 20, 2009

My new microwave!

I bought a microwave today! It was on sale so I thought it is now or never. It is only 700 W but that is still enough to get the job done. Some people like to buy shoes, clothes or even electronics, well I like to buy cheap kitchen appliances. Two weeks ago I bought a sandwich maker for $10! Here are some pictures of my apartment and the new microwave!

Saturday, November 14, 2009


Good work Niners! they took down the Bears 10-6 on Thursday night, which was 3:30 AM friday morning here in Tartu, I watched the whole game and boy was it worth it! Lets hope they keep rolling next week against the Packers. Here are some pictures from the 2008 preseason game against the Packers. It was a great game, I can't wait to go to another one!

Thursday, November 12, 2009

The magical place called Tartu

I live in Tartu Estonia, the greatest city on the planet. A perfect mixture of modern, medieval, top technology and ancient architecture. Tartu is beautiful and wonderful. It has a 4-D attraction, water park, medieval town square, indoor ice skating rink and my favorite the Anne Kanal!!

It's blog time!!

As I looked out the window a deep sorrow came over me, a fresh snowfall had blanketed everything in sight. A slight wind would make the rather mild temperature seem cold and within a few hours my feet would be wet with slush. To think that all those people in California and Arizona will never see snow is almost more than I can bare. Yes I woke up today to another day in paradise, another day to be lived in the magical city of Tartu. I realized today that my life is too glorious to be kept to myself, too fricking fantastic to not share with others. And so my friends I have started the blog. Not a blog that I will use as a journal, or a blog to make my mother happy, but a blog to make the world a better place by telling them about how great my life is. Yes this is a blog of celebration. A blog of the marvelous adventures of Matthew Crandall. Enjoy!