Silja Line’s Baltic Christmas buffet 2021

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Silja Line’s Christmas buffet was served for the first time, after a two-year corona break, at Silja Serenade’s Grande Buffet restaurant on 18th of November. I had the pleasure of being involved in filming the event, and my video below will tell you more about Silja’s Christmas treats this year.

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Christmas buffet on the Silja Line M / S Silja Serenade

Silja Line’s Baltic Christmas buffet 2021

Silja’s head chef Anti Lepik praised that this Christmas vegan, mixed, Finnish, Swedish and Estonian are all sitting by the same table, where you can find the best Christmas flavors of the Baltic Sea.

Silja Line’s Baltic Christmas buffet 2021 includes local food and responsibility: herring of a Finnish fisherman Vento Aalto, pike from Lake Peipsi, traditional Swedish Christmas sausage and traditional Finnish Christmas ham.

I can not comment on the sausage or the ham from Silja’s buffet myself, because they are not part of my diet, and I haven’t learned to eat herring either, but for those who avoid read and white meat like me, there was also something to eat at Siljan Line’s Christmas buffet. Even completely vegan alternatives were found, such as Porkkala and vegan Christmas sausage, creamy coconut turmeric soup, Waldorf salad and chocolate raw cake.

Desserts at Silja Line Christmas buffet

As classic Finnish Christmas delicacies one was able to find e.g. marinated herring, gray-salted Christmas ham, a sweet potato box and a conecake. Of these Finnish Christmas delicacies I tasted only conecake and that crowned my entire Christmas meal. How confusing it was that since I’m a Finn and quite a Christmas fan, this was still the very first time in my life that I ate a conecake. This way Silja Line’s Christmas buffet became unforgettable.

The Swedish Christmas delicacies on the buffet were Skagen with rye bread, Swedish Christmas ham, meatballs and lingonberry with gingerbread.

As Estonian Christmas delicacies, the buffet included pork aladob, blood sausage, classic sauerkraut and cinnamon with vanilla sauce. Russian Christmas dishes offered salmon schoolbiac, shuba, wild mushroom salad and Russian cucumbers.

Silja’s Christmas buffet will be served until Christmas Day 25th December 2021 and it will cost 42 / 45e on Silja Serenade’s Helsinki-Stockholm route. The prize depends on whether you pay your meal beforehand or on the spot. On Silja’s other routes the Christmas buffet is a little cheaper.

Christmas decoration at Silja Line Grande Buffet

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The Christmas buffet 2021 in Viking Line ships

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This video tells you about the food in Viking Line Christmas Buffet in 2021. This year’s Christmas Buffet was served for the first time last week on November 18 on the M / S Gabriella ship, where the video was filmed. Viking Line’s Christmas menu, which relies heavily on traditional Finnish and Swedish foods, included also stunning vegetarian and vegan dishes. Check my video –

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Christmas buffet on Viking Line’s M / S Gabriella. Choose the best video quality from the video settings.

Viking Line runs daily between Helsinki and Stockholm, so naturally the 2021 Christmas buffet featured traditional delicacies from both Finnish and Swedish Christmases: ham, boxes and fish for starters, as well as the temptation of Jansson with meatballs. And sorry about the translation, but I have no idea what you call Finnish laatikkoruoka and janssoninkiusaus in English.

I was especially pleased with the vegetarian dishes and the side dishes which were seasoned for Christmas. The small doses collected in tiny wooden boats and glass cups in order to reduce food waste were really delicious.

Delicious buffet portions in wooden boats and glass cups

Passenger’s wishes were filled during the construction of the Viking Line Christmas buffet 2021 as it included glazed tofu, ginger and star anise as new dishes. Those looking for new taste experiences could taste, for example, rosehip-pepper herring or ginsilla flavored with juniper berries and rosemary.

Janne Lindholm, who is responsible for designing Viking Line’s Christmas buffet, said that the ship’s chefs have also brought their ideas to the Christmas table, as has the Swedish national chef team, with whom Viking Line has been cooperating for a long time. “Preferences in neighboring countries are quite similar, but Swedes are not box (fi: laatikkoruoka) people like we Finns are. Christmas doesn’t come to a Swede without the temptation of Jansson (fi: janssoninkiusaus), roast ribs and meatballs, ”said Lindholm.

Christmas buffet appetizers

Most of the ingredients in Viking Line’s Christmas buffet come from Finland and the surrounding areas, ie Sweden, Estonia and Northern Europe. The hams are Swedish, the eggs and milk come from Finnish farms and the salmon comes from Sweden or Norway, depending on availability. “Because of the huge volumes, it is not always possible to use small local producers because only a few of them are able to supply large quantities enough without sacrificing quality,” Lindholm said.

Food presentation has been developed and portion sizes have been reduced in order to reduce food waste. About one-fifth of the dishes in the Christmas buffet are served as ready-made portions, for example, built into tiny wooden boats. This tactics seemed to work and it was also hygienic on top of everything.

Viking Line’s Christmas buffet served Finnish food with a Swedish twist. For kids there were also french fries, nuggets and chicken legs from Ville Viking’s table. The loose candies on the Christmas tree candy shelf satisfied the sweet hunger perhaps even better than the buffet desserts.

The Christmas buffet will be available on all Viking Line ships starting November 18th 2021 and the buffet restaurant on board at the M/S Gabriella conveyed the Christmas atmosphere perfectly.

A Christmas tree with shelves full of loose candies

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Sightseeing Delhi: Humayun’s Tomb with sunset

This video takes you to Humayun’s Tomb in New Delhi, India. The video of this famous sightseeing place in New Delhi was filmed ten years ago in January, which is why the sunset looks beautiful and you will see no pollution.

In this video you will get to see Humayun’s Tomb 1565-72 a.d. and Bu Halima Enclosure from 16th century. It is said that “Hamida Banu Begum, Humayun’s grieving widow, built Emperor Humayun’s mausoleum. Precursor to the Taj Mahal, it stands on a platform of 12000m2 and reaches a height of 47m2. The earliest example of Persian influence in Indian architecture, the tomb has within it over 100 graves, earning it the name ‘Dormitory of the Mughals. Built of rubble masonry, the structure is the first to use red sandstone and white marble in such great quantities. The small canopies of the terrace were originally covered in glazed blue tiles.”

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Humayun’s Tomb, New Delhi

Humayun’s Tomb is one of the best sights in New Delhi.

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Tourists by the Humayun’s Tomb

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