EaSy doES it · focUS finland 2012 · CoMPilEd By Silja kUdel EaSy doES it foodie fun P op-up eateries are hipper than ever. A runaway hit at last year's Milan Design Week, the Lapin Kulta Solar Kitchen Restaurant is currently touring Europe, following the sun. Finnish food visionary antto Melasniemi cooks gourmet dishes using pure solar energy if it rains, you get salad instead of barbecue. Designed by world-acclaimed Catalan design star Martí guixé, the Solar Kitchen is a true feast for both the eyes and the taste buds. www.lapinkultasolarkitchenrestaurant.com PHOTO: vISITFINLAND.COM Steamy relations F PHOTOS: INGA KNöLKE inland is world-famous for its saunas, but you might be surprised to discover how big a role they play in finnish diplomacy. nearly all finnish embassies have one, and sharing a good steam is how diplomats forge ties with local movers and shakers. the finnish Sauna Society awarded its annual Steam Spirit Prize to the ministry for foreign affairs for its work promoting finnish sauna culture. http://formin.finland.fi headbanger heaven J amaica has reggae, Finland has heavy metal. If screaming guitar riffs are your thing, cult bands such as Children of Bodom, HIM, Nightwish, Apocalyptica, and Lordi crave no introduction. And then every summer, more than 30,000 leather-clad music fans flock to Helsinki for the Tuska Open Air Metal Festival, one of the biggest metalhead gatherings in Northern Europe. Finland's festival calendar is a year-round headbanger's ball. www.tuska-festival.fi PHOTO: TUSKA OPEN AIR METAL FESTIvAL / AKU-AxEL MUUKKA PHOTO: vISITFINLAND.COM / TERHI YLIMäINEN 42
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