Dublin or “Dubhlinn” (Black Pool) has come a long way over the years from its humble historical origins as a Viking settlement in the 9th century to become a rich and vibrant multi-cultural hub that is now regarded as one of the top 30 cities in the world to visit. Ireland’s rapid economic expansion in the late ‘90s transformed the city into something of a European mini metropolis but unlike other cities, Dublin has somehow retained its Irish-ness; the distinct charm and warmth that it’s famous for.

Those of us who were Stateside, more precisely the Big Apple, in the early part of October and paid a visit to the esteemed Museum of Modern Art (MoMa) may have experienced somewhat of a shock to learn that they were able to eat a typical Finnish school meal for lunch there!

The lunch-time event was part of the MoMa’s Century of the Child: Growing by Design 1900-2000 exhibition, which took a look at the relationship between children and modern design through things like toys and books, and also food. Finland was the world’s first country to regulate the serving of warm meals in schools, beginning in 1948.

Paging the new way to get their attention.

As great as restaurant waiters usually are, they sometimes have the tendency of appearing at the wrong moments; you’re ready to order the very second you ask for some more time to ponder the menu, they ask if everything’s okay when you have a mouth filled with food and when you’re ready to pay they are nowhere to be seen. Fortunately, these situations may be gone in the future, as the “waiter call button” has now made its way to Helsinki. Restaurant Korea House, founded in 2005 as the first and – according to some – the only Korean restaurant in town, has lately brought call buttons to their tables.

There was certain scepticism from the general public when, on the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic, a replica of the ill-fated vessel was announced. With its reconstruction well on its way, Titanic II is an Australian project that needs approval to continue from Finland. If all goes well her maiden voyage will be in 2016.