We found this beautiful guest house in Tallinn last weekend while making the Tallinn city guide for a travel magazine. It feels like entering a fairy tale in Marta Guest house. And its owner, Mai-Liis is like a poem herself.
Mai-Liis, a former German language teacher bought this house, located two kilometers from Tallinn city center, with her family. The house was a wreck but the young lady saw the potential.
“People here buy a lot with an old house in bad condition, blow up the house and build a new one instead. My aim was to save this old, beautiful house.”
Renovating and restoring the old house became Mai-Liis’ hobby. In the beginning she opened one guest room and a bit later the second and third one came. Now there are eight guest rooms with personal touch. In one of them there is an old wooden stove in which you can still light a fire in the winter time for heating and atmosphere.
In this cute breakfast room one can enjoy the breakfast or order a cup of coffee or a piece of some delicious cake.
Or several… like us 🙂
For sure I am going to stay here on my next Tallinn visit. A wonderful place with just a couple of minutes bus ride from the city hassle.
The price range is 35-55 euros per room/night and 5 euros for breakfast/person. The place has a FB-page as well. And this address is what else than Marta 8 🙂
My favorite dish as a kid was stuffed peppers served with spaghetti and tomato sauce.
Here is a receipt to revive my childhood culinary memory.
The herbs can be changed to any other herb available or preferable. This time I chose the sage that I picked from a mountain in the island of Losinj, Croatia last summer and the Thyme that I collected on a trip to Portugal. It gives the dish an extra personal touch.
- 6 peppers (the long variety)
- 200 gr minced meat
- 2dl basmati rice
- 2 onions
- 5 clove garlic
- 1 beef stock cube
- A can (500 gr) of stewed tomatoes
- Black pepper
- Chop onions, garlic, thyme and sage.
- Fry the onions, then add the garlic and herbs.
- Put aside half of the fried mix.
- Add to the other half stewed tomatoes, beef stock, some water and black pepper. Cook the sauce on low heat for half an hour. Balance the taste with a pinch of sugar or some honey.
- Fry the meat.
- Mix the left over fried onions with the fried meat and rice (uncooked). Add some of the tomato sauce you’ve just made to the blend.
- Open and clean the peppers and stuff them with the meat filling.
- Place the stuffed peppers in an oven dish, pour the tomato sauce over them and cook for about an hour on 200° C.
- Serve with spaghetti.
- Bon appetit!