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Smoothie Bowl Workshop with Virpi Mikkonen a.k.a. Vanelja

Yesterday I joined in a smoothie bowl workshop at Helsinki’s new Yes Yes Yes restaurant, hosted by talented food blogger and author of It’s a PleasureVirpi Mikkonen. You can find Virpi and her magical creations on Instagram under the handle @vanelja.

It was my first time at Yes Yes Yes but it won’t be my last! The interior has a retro American-style diner vibe mixed with contemporary trends like “millennial pink”, marble, and potted banana trees. Oh, and there’s a giant neon heart on the wall (you’ll have to go there to see it).

Upon walking in, I was greeted with a table of beautiful ingredients and some examples of Virpi’s work. When designing a smoothie bowl, the possibilities are endless. We had a lot of fruits, flowers, grains, seeds, and other delicious tidbits to choose from.

The smoothie bowls we made were based on oat milk (my go-to mylk), specifically Juustoportti’s new oat milk, made from organic oats grown in Finland.

We were given full “artistic freedom” over the design of our bowls, collecting our favorite ingredients and pretty little garnishes on purple ceramic plates.

While we worked, we helped ourselves to super juice cocktails like the one pictured below (so pretty!).

Here’s my final creation: my dreamy moon bowl. I had so much fun and was so pleased with the result, it was hard to bring myself to eat it. But I did, and it was delicious. This just means I have to make more smoothie bowls on my own time.

It was great to see everyone’s creative process and all the different smoothie bowl designs we came up with. I also feel like my desire to be creative with the food I make and eat was reignited. Don’t get me wrong, I love food. When I’m planning a meal, however, I don’t pay much mind to the flavor combination possibilities and how much fun I can have with cooking.

Hopefully more colorful, delicious dishes like this one are in my future.

What’s your favorite way to enjoy a smoothie bowl?

-Penny

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