Roaming: Prague

November 18, 2012 § 13 Comments

A day in beautiful Praha!

I’ve always been desperate to visit the Czech Republic’s capital city. So much so that I was starting to worry my expectations would not be met. But low and behold, Prague was so beautiful, so fanciful and so breathtaking… it really did not disappoint! I spent several days wandering the winding streets of Old Town, hiking up to the hilltop Prague Castle and eating street food like never before! Here’s just a glimpse of what I loved…

  • Frank Gehry’s Dancing House – the singular ultra modern prototype
  • Strolling along the Vitava River – a city with a river running through it means there must be beautiful bridges to cross
  • The National Museum – and the start of historic Wenceslas Square
  • Church of Our Lady Before Tyn – a landmark in Old Town Square
  • Begging for hope in Jewish Town – one of my favourite areas in Prague
  • Me having my first klobasa sausage, a slice of bread and that oh so special sauce – i think it was mustard!
  • Doughy and delicious trdelnik – wrapped around a giant rolling pin and baked over open coals, coated with sugar! So good.
  • A view from Prague Castle overlooking the city of a thousand spires – and the best illuminated buildings in Europe.
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Custard Tarts and Tiles too…

November 5, 2012 § Leave a comment

You haven’t been to Lisbon if you haven’t been to Belém… and more specifically… to the bakery and café, Antiga Confeiteira de Belém. The most sacred of pastries (invented before the 18th century by the Catholic Monks of the Jéronimos Monastery) and let’s face it… the best pastry you’ll every eat, the Portuguese Custard Tart (Pastel de Nata) is known to draw three long line-ups: one for sit-in, one for take-away and the third, a much more frenzied and disorganized variety, where patrons nudge their way to the coffee bar and down an espresso and in two or three bites, a warm, just-out-of-the oven tart, sprinkled with cinnamon.

Trust me… there is nothing more delectable.

And while you’re there, look around you… the interior is covered in 18th century, hand painted wall tiles. Inside and out, the tile art is seen all over Portugal. So another ‘must-visit’ if you’re interested in this beautiful art form is the D’orey & Cardoso antique tile store. Here you’ll find a treasure trove of history and art – and proprietors that are more than happy to share it with you. I’ve chosen a few of my favourite patterns from their website. But the best part…they ship to anywhere in the world!

Gelato On The Brain

August 8, 2012 § 4 Comments

What’s more summery than gelato?

Duh…nothing!

After visiting Artegelato & Cafe (my new favourite hangout) and thoroughly enjoying the sugar free Pistachio (yes, I said sugar free),… I seem to have ‘Gelato Brain’. Nothing but gelato on the brain! Where nothing I eat even comes close to the yumminess and tastiness of that pistachio goodness.

So… I’ve decided to forego dinner in the summer and have gelato every night. Who’s with me?

Wanting: Custard Tarts

August 1, 2012 § 2 Comments

These are the famed Pasteis de Belém (otherwise known as Portuguese Custard Tarts, Pasteis de Nata or most appropriate… delicious-tarts-to-die-for-and-I’m-not-even-kidding)!

Just out of the oven, they are warm and creamy on the inside with just a hint of vanilla. Light, crispy and delicate on the outside. The Portuguese once conquered the oceans with their huge naval ships… now they’re sending out deadly pastries! Conquering the world, one custard tart at a time.

Damn… I want one now.

More on these lovelies to come in a later post. Stay tuned…. :)

Roaming: Barcelona

March 27, 2012 § 2 Comments

View of La Rambla from my hotel balcony

Covered patio for a tapas restaurant

A plaça in Barcelona, one of many!

A tapas restaurant in the El Born District.

Chocolatey goodness at Xocoa!

Patates Bravas!... so delish!

My first time in Barcelona… and it won’t be my last. The city is beautiful. The tapas is yummy-licious and beyond what words can express. And the architecture…. well, I wish I had my Nikon D3100 to fully capture it all back in January!

Some of my favourite things:

  • tapas
  • La Rambla
  • Carrer de Ferran
  • El Born District
  • tapas
  • dinner outdoors even in January
  • Picasso Museum
  • tapas
  • balconies and tree-lined streets
  • Catalán language (though everyone spoke English)
  • did I mention the tapas? :)

I thought I’d be able to add everything to one post but that wouldn’t really be fair. Barcelona is so much more than just one blog post! So this will be the first in a series. Hasta luego!

Wanting: Albert Schrurs

March 7, 2012 § 4 Comments

I get really excited when I open a box of chocolate truffles and it comes with a legend! This series of porcelain plates by Swiss architect Albert Schrurs, for Bernardaud, is very much in the same vein. The pattern makes up a road map in France and the ‘legend’ is displayed on the back of each plate. Brilliant.

I love it when there’s a method to the madness.

Snapshots: Wistful

February 12, 2012 § Leave a comment

espresso in Lisbon

Les Amants (Jetee) by Noemie Goudal

Cloudless over Labrador

Adele's voice in the background

A picture is worth a thousand words, right? My intent is to compile a series of photos illustrating my feelings or impressions or experiences for a moment in time, right now, right here.

Wistful seemed to sum it up. Who needs a thousand words, anyway.

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