Gesundheit

A flu got me. It sucks. Especially when it happens during the warmest, most sunny days of this Finnish summer of 2015.

But while with flu, I have a good reason to drink this hot water-lemon-lime-ginger-lemongrass-honey “tea”. Which is just awesome. And which, somehow, always brings me back to the one cold and rainy evening in Berlin. It was 2009, first year of studies, my second visit to Berlin and first one to ITB and Monsieur Vuong, who offered us the needed warm and cozy shelter from the big city rain, accompanied with a drink similar to this. Since then I have been to the restaurant once more and I guess I need to make a third one also. Just for the memories. And because Berlin also is always a good idea.

And the soup below? The recipe comes from my favorite cookbook by Tessa Kirosi. And the medicine comes from Apteekki. 

Flunssantappohommia. Koska paras aika sairastaa on tietysti vuoden lämpimimmät ja aurinkoisimmat päivät. Tai sitten ei.

Onneksi flunssassa saa täytyy juoda litroittain kuumaa vesi-inkivääri-sitruuna-lime-sitruunaruoho-hunaja “teetä”, joka hakee inspiraationsa eräästä sateisesta illasta Berliinissä v. 2009. Ensimmäinen opiskeluvuosi, toinen matkani Berliiniin ja ensimmäisen vierailuni ITB-messuille ja Mounsieur Vuong -ravintolaan, jossa samankaltainen juoma sulatti suurkapungin kolean sateen kylmettämän tyttären. Olen palannut ravintolaan vielä toisellakin reissulla ja tätä kirjoittaessani harkitsen kolmatta. Koska muistot. Ja koska myös Berliini on aina hyvä idea.

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Tiina Kivelä

Finnish escapades, as a friend once described.

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