Friday, May 31, 2013

Saturday Snapshot


Saturday Snapshots is now being hosted by West Metro Mommy as Alyce at At Home With Books has decided to take a break. 

May 2012 - Budapest Hungary

More than a bookstore........

If you visit Budapest you must save some room to stop by the Alexandra Bookstore for a coffee and pastry.

Bookcafé is located on the second floor of the former Paris Department Store, which currently houses the Alexandra bookstore. The café is decorated with beautiful chandeliers and a fresco-style ceiling, painted by Károly Lotz. His paintings also decorate the rooms of the Parliament building. 

The grandiose, palace-like interior makes visitors feel like they are in the residence of an aristocrat who once used to live on Andrássy Avenue. What makes Alexandra Bookcafé particularly interesting is that both the building and its interior are fine examples of Art Nouveau, while the café is reminiscent of a renaissance-style ballroom.

The menu contains small, gourmet meals, like salmon on a bagel or cheese platter and a large selection of pastries at reasonable prices. Free WiFi.

Weekend Reflections

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October 2012 - Basel Switzerland

Skywatch Friday

I'm linking up over here today!

1999 Sunrise Kaua'i Hawaii

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Weekly Top Shot

Weekly Top Shot

I'm posting at The View From Here this week.

May 2013 - Toronto

Friday Fences

Friday's Fences is hosted by Jan and Jer.

May 2007 - Malin, Co.Donegal Ireland

Malin Head on the Inishowen Peninsula, County Donegal, is usually given as the most northerly headland of the mainland of Ireland. In fact, the most northerly point is a headland named Banba’s Crown on the Inishowen Peninsula about 2 km to the northeast. Banba was one of the mythical queens of Ireland.

Orange You Glad It's Friday!

orange you glad 2

This is now being hosted by Maria at Writings of Maria Life's Sweets and Spices.

May 2007 - Ramelton Co. Donegal Ireland

Friday Finds - Recipes

Chicken laksa spiced noodle squash broth I saw Jamie Oliver make this and will have to try it.

Recipe and image source

cooking steaks and a marinade - from Sobey's magazine
Certified Mouth-Watering Steaks

chocolate marble cake

In an effort to cut out buying prepared packages I am going to make pastry from scratch. It is silly and a waste of time when it appears so easy.

Shortcrust pastry
Quick, Easy, Shortcrust Pastry Recipe
Recipe and image source

I also plan on making my own Bisquick mix.

Bisquick mix

Travel Photo Thursday

I'm posting over at The Budget Travelers' Sandbox.

April 2004 - Rome Italy

Photos from Piazza Navona, a spectacular plaza, the crowning glory of Baroque Rome, is accessible only on foot. Its rectangular form, with rounded corners, echoes its original function; that of the 'stadio Domiziano' Domitian's stadium), upon which the plaza was built. 

Also outstanding is the Chiesa di S. Agnese in Agone (Saint Agnes in Competition church).

Three fountains dominate the plaza: at the centre lies the Fontana dei Quattro fiumi-the Four Rivers Fountain (Nile, Danube, Ganges, Rio de la Plata, symbolizing Africa, Asia, Europe and America), masterwork of Bernini.

At the southern end, again by Bernini, La Fontana del Moro (the Moor's Fountain).

Piazza Navona is one of the most frequented place in Rome where both locals and tourists like to hang out even till late in the night thanks to the numerous outdoors cafés, restaurants and piano-bars. It is extremely pleasant to sit on a cool stone bench and watch the world go by or ata table in one of the cafés that face onto the square and have an espresso or a glass of wine, while the locals shop and the street musicians entertain the tourists. You will suddenly feel the Roman in you. 

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Communal Global

Communal Global is asking Coffee or Tea?

Definitely coffee (and one tea drinker) with friends sailing along the Seine - August 2012!

Add some pastry or sandwiches and what could be better?