Friday, October 27, 2006

Finnish Bistro

A new series! Like many other cities, St. Paul has many diverse neighborhoods; some are lined with large historic homes like Summit Avenue, others have bungalows and a variety of homes of different architecture like Tangletown near Macalester College, while others have much older homes where many new immigrants settle, like Frogtown. There are so many more, each with their own distinct personality. While driving around the city over the years I've been fascinated with Triangle buildings, many which now house commercial enterprises. There are a number of neighborhoods that have intersections where more than two streets come together, and there is where I've seen the Triangle buildings. This building is located in a charming neighborhood on Como Avenue. I often eat in the Finnish Bistro but have never visited the law offices on the second floor. I prefer the fare on the ground level!

15 comments:

  1. Thanks for the interesting travel guide. What do they serve at the Bistro?

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  2. c'est un petit flatiron ;o)


    it is small a flatiron ;O)

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  3. Boston was the first place i ever saw triangle buildings and found it so weird in shape - I pondered how the inside must be but did not get to go in - how is the finnish bistro? Any different from american bistro?

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  4. I like that kind of corners, In Perú you can't find that.

    Greetings from Barcelona

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  5. Corner buildings are interesting from the outside. I wonder if they're noisier on the inside, given that there is a street on each side.

    I've never even considered what Finnish food might be. Do they make a point of Finnish food - or is that just the name?

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  6. All of our streets are north/south and east/west so we don't have any oblique intersections with buildings designed to fit odd shaped lots. I think buildings like this add character to their neighbourhoods. When I saw your photo, the first thing that came to mind was pickled herring.

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  7. HI KATE! Love your new profile picture! =) And waaaaaaaaaah, I wanna live here....looks so charming & inviting & historical! I'm tired of "Silicon Valley"...too new & technical and UNhistorical! LOL! Great make-me-wanna-visit shots! =)

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  8. The shape of the building is so interesting...it makes you wonder what the inside of the building is like...and how they decorated with the obtuse angles,...but most importantly...what did they serve?

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  9. For all you curious gourmets. The restaurant used to be labelled with a Scandanavian name until about a year ago. Then and now it has a MARVELOUS bakery and very good food: salads, crepes, different kinds of ethnic foods, and standard American fare. A popular coffee shop is located in the building with the restaurant. The inside doesn't look like a wedge because of the clever positioning of the large bakery showcase. Yesterday I had an enormous crepe filled with fruit: bananas, strawberries, raspberries, topped with whipped cream. I took a picture of it, but my food photos aren't that great. I'd add it, but I don't want to displace the photo of the building. More Triangle buildings in the future.

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  10. I have only noticed one triangle building in but now I will have to go on a search. I'm sure we have more than one.

    Oliver, I'm slow and had to think about your comment ... But I finally got it!

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  11. Hi Kate. I think you are just as crazy about food as I am. Way to go! See you around.

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  12. interesting shape for a building and the food sounds so delicious, don't forget to send an invitation next time, hehe ;)

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  13. Very cool architecture and nicely seen - I'll have to swing through for a sit down :)

    Of course I'll steer clear of the second floor :)

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  14. Cute building, and interesting names of neighborhoods. Olivier's remark reminded me that in downtown San Francisco there is a triangular building which was commonly known as the Flatiron Building.

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  15. Interesting post, Kate! But you should come to Finland and try real Finnish ethnic food. I could take you to Bomba house on the shore of the lake Pielinen for a ethnic meal:)

    http://www.nnc.fi/bomba/eng/index.htm

    Welcome!

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