You can’t really visit North Karelia without trying all the traditional food that the area is known for and has to offer. And if you want to do it right, there really is just one place that comes in question, the Guesthouse Puukarin Pysäkki. Puukarin Pysäkki is situated on top of a green hill covered with flowers and with a beautiful view over a small lake below. But even if you could come here just for the view it really is the food that will make you dream of this place for months to follow. And here’s why.

Puukarin Pysäkki is making the absolute most of the Karelian cooking tradition. The ingredients used are organic and most of the products are home-grown. A great effort is put into the preparing of the food so that the visitors will be able to enjoy a real home cooked meal made of clean ingredients. And it shows. Every piece of food you try is the best of that specific food you’ve ever tasted. This is very notable since everything that is put on the table disappears within the minute. The guests literally almost lick the plates at the end of the meal, us included.

There is one thing though that goes beyond fantastic and needs to be mentioned separately and that is their home made Karelian Pies. (For the non-Finnish readers: the Karelian Pie is a traditional Karelian pastry with a rye crust and a filling of rice or barley porridge. For the Finnish but non-Karelian readers: if you haven’t tasted a Karelian Pie in Karelia you haven’t tasted one at all, the ones they sell in the stores in the south don’t even come close in taste to the real ones.) Don’t know how they manage to do it but their Karelian Pie tastes like a little piece of heaven. Something to dream about until our next visit…