Friday, April 29, 2016

Travel ideas: Three Places in Italy I'd like to visit

Last year was a good one for travel: I went all the way to China, something I will tell you more about little by little because I am feeling nostalgic.

This year, with two little ones in tow, it will be difficult to travel but I do like to keep my options open and one of them is Italy. The North part of Italy is more easily accessible for us, hence the pics I chose. Hope you like them. In order : Venice (thinking about Death in Venice?), Florence and Cinque Terre. Sources are on my pinterest page here.

First some travel tips

In case you're wondering what other posts you'll see: the other options are Barcelona and Bordeaux, both close to my in laws in France.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Today's special : Broccoli Cauliflower Gratin

My husband and his work buddies are fit freaks: they like to do a lot of sports and eat healthy. Nothing out of the ordinary unless the sport in question is biking under -20°C. I try to support my guy so whenever I cook for him and the boys at work, I do my best to incorporate the latest food trend they are following. Veggies are always a must and these days they are into coconut oil so I put it in both sweet and salty foods.

The broccoli cauliflower dish is a staple in our kitchen, not because I eat it but because they do :); This time I made a sauce with leek I browned in coconut oil with some salt, pepper and garlic powder. I also added chicken broth and cream. Once cold I mixed it with 4 eggs and poured the whole thing over the steam vegetables. Some (a lot) of cheese on top and voila! The guys had a good, healthy lunch.

Friday, February 26, 2016

Shanghai views over PuXi and PuDong

How life has changed, I got a bit sentimental when I found some pics: last year in May I was in China, this year, in March i will have my DS #2.

We visited Shanghai towards the end of our one month stay, now I regret we didn't go a second time, there are loads of things to discover, around every corner. The little guy also had a lot of fun, he even made a conquest on the Bund, that is the walkway on the old side of Shanghai, across the street from all the financial buildings you see below, reminescent of the Cocession era...

... and overlooking the new financial and business era, built from scratch starting with the 90's, PuDong. You can see the skyscrapers, some of the tallest in the world. The river was always busy while we were there, between tourist and pleasure boats (some couple was having their wedding photo taken on a yacht) and the different container boats, no wonder the water is polluted.
This is what I wanted to share with you for now but I'd like to bring this place back to life so do support me. I'm thinking of writing more about going to Shanghai and China with a small child. Would be great maybe to do some cooking special guest post also (not necessarily Chinese, could be Italian). If you Like it, keep me motivated.

xo I.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Roses and lilies

As my own vegetable garden is not working so well I am starting to think about a flower garden. There is not a lot of light down where my garden is, nestled between '30s townhouses, but I cannot influence that, just how I cannot influence the cold and the rains from the past months. I am giving my veggies one last try to appear and I am changing things starting this autumn and will grow flowers and grass and maybe keep just a small patch for a couple of tomatoes and some lettuce. I'd like to plant roses but I have so many ideas. I hope I will also have the time to do all that.

Friday, May 16, 2014

Tokyo in April

I think I already mentioned my passion for Japan. My dream would be to visit Tokyo in sakura season, when all the cherry trees are in blossom. En attendant, here are some pictures from Tokyo in April.

This park looks so calm, like an oasis in the middle of the chaotic city I imagine Tokyo to be. I think the way I picture Tokyo is heavily influenced by Murakami's work and the way reality and imagination blend.

And a panorama view. All this green in the middle of the skyscrapers. Did you know that the old name of Tokyo is Edo and that Kyoto, the old capital is an anagram of Tokyo? Fun fact :)

The rose of winter or japanese camellia is a symbol of Japan. I'll let you this image for a great Friday!

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Gault Millau and the cheap Paris

Paris is not a cheap city by all means, still I find it ironic that a guide offering to show you a great time in Paris, for a low price, should be placed on a bookshelf next to a guide to the best (and usually most expensive) restaurants.

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Saturday, May 3, 2014

My BalconyGarden - 2014 Edition

It's spring, time for some gardening. Since we moved to a new and improved place, we have two gardening options: balcony plus small garden. While the balcony is still mainly for flowers and the occasional cherry tomato, the garden will be a potager, a vegetable garden. We'll see if I share the garden pictures as well.

These are the flowers on the balcony. On the left hand side are the folded chairs and table and another table for the barbecue. We are thinking about a pergola, until then I don't want any other furniture, maybe just the little pool for when the baby will be bigger.

 To tell you the truth these are not the most recent photos. On the hanging pots in front, there are pansies and flowing geraniums and I want to put some million bells or similar in the pots to the right where there is a spider plant now.

The pots on the floor have spring bulbs and that is where I am putting the cherry tomatoes. Do you know what these flowers are called? They are some of the bulbs I planted but I lost the labels. The others are narcissus, Japanese hyacinth, crocus and tulips.

 And finally, an intruder, a squirrel. I see them all the time climbing the trees but this is the first time I see one on our balcony.

Monday, April 28, 2014

Hot French guy

Yap, a hot French guy!
One thing that Christmas and Easter Markets have in common is... mulled wine (and almost all the stuff they sale) with this being the alcohol free variety. Why, oh why? I guess pregnant women and delegated drivers have to enjoy as well.

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Balloons and consequences

Back in the '80s, when everything was possible, some guy had the idea to launch about 1,5M balloons in the air. The result was spectacular but also ended in tragedy as two fishermen were unable to be found due to the cloud of balloons. The whole purpose was to raise money for charity and make a grandiose (albeit ephemeral and as it turned out, dangerous) art installation.

Check these pictures out, I absolutely love the colours. The balloons in the first picture look like a mushroom cloud from a nuclear bomb explosion. The source of the pictures is Huffington Post.

Think about the consequences of your actions, even a good idea can turn out bad! And have a great weekend
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