19 February 2015

corner view

corner view :: homemade




The only thing homemade that is being created in our house lately is from the kitchen. One of my new year's resolutions is to spend the year mastering some of the dishes of my childhood, dishes I know and love that have unfortunately not secured routine places on my family table.

This is our first 2015 attempt at pork and sausage jambalaya, which barring the fact that the sausage just wasn't right, was mighty tasty. Our second attempt didn't go as well. (We used a John Besh recipe.)


Corner View is a weekly appointment shared by people around the globe, an appointment started in the spring of 2009 by Jane in Spain and currently hosted by Francesca over at Fuori Borgo. We welcome you to join us.

17 February 2015

carnival weekend in nice, france


The weekend in Nice was a wash: events were canceled, sidewalks were pulled up, the beach was inaccessible. The weather was absolutely awful, except for these few times I've captured here. We did have some lovely moments with friends new and old, but, really . . . we go to the South of France in February for the hope of warmth and sun along with the hope of a unique carnival experience.

Negative today? Absolutely. I am just attempting to "keep it real," friends; it rained on my parade, at least one of them and you should know by now that I am ALL about the parade.











I love a crowd of friends that instinctively pauses for a group "selfie" when the opportunity arises.

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Just a few travel tips for Nice, France:

::: AirBnB has lots of great tiny apartments in Nice, perfect for a family of three. We had a satisfying experience with this one.

::: There is a Pierre Hermé kiosk selling macarons inside of the Galeries Lafayette. We have decided that Pierre Hermé is THE best in the macaron business, so this was a lovely little discovery for us.

::: We had very fine Breton galettes (savory buckwheat crepes) at La Voix de son Maître and would likely return on a subsequent trip. The collection of antique phonographs was quite impressive as well.

::: Though not pictured here, we did visit the Chagall museum. Did you know that Chagall was alive when the museum was created and that he was involved in the concept and design of the space?

::: An absolute favorite thing for us to do in foreign cities is to hit the supermarket. There is a large CarreFour on the edge of town where we picked up things from almond flour and La Fermiere yogurt to butter and a piece of  Emile Henry cookware. I also found a few La Parfait jars. . . because who doesn't want a few French jars in her kitchen? And, of course, we found more wine.

::: Next time I'm heading to the carnival celebration in Menton.




13 February 2015

@ the italian primary school :: 24 :: choices

We are currently in the throes of deciding on a middle school for Young One. The only thing I have to say about that at this time is that if selecting a middle school gives us this much angst, then I'm simply not sending her to college. True story.



11 February 2015

corner view


corner view :: love in my corner


Love in my corner is often found at the bar & pizzeria. Giovanni makes Young One a heart-shaped pizza every single time we visit our favorite take-away pizza joint nearby. Hearts in my caffè macchiato appear less frequently, but they always brighten my mood.



heart=love. 
right?


Corner View is a weekly appointment shared by people around the globe, an appointment started in the spring of 2009 by Jane in Spain and currently hosted by Francesca over at Fuori Borgo. We welcome you to join us.

08 February 2015

Saturday errands



 



A quick stop at nearby Ca'Basso to stock up on a bit of everyday table wine, quickly changed to . . . "So tell me again just how I can bottle your wine and make my own Prosecco." And if we can find the time, we intend to do just that.