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Monday, November 10, 2014

Starbucks in Gare de l'Est, Paris



Last August, we decided to go to Paris for a couple of days. This was no spur-of-the-moment decision as a very good friend of mine was also in Paris at the time. Every year, a number of acquaintances and friends visit Paris and as you can probably imagine I don't travel Metz-Paris every time they do. But KR and I share a 20-year friendship now and she is one of the rare people in my life who has known me as a child, an adolescent, and now an adult. For those who follow my blog, KR is the same friend who visited me in December 2012 (click here, here, here, and here for the posts). Considering she was the one who came to me last time, I figured this was my turn to come to her. And like, Audrey Hepburn once said, Paris is always a good idea.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

How you doing?

I'm back!!! It's been what - 3 months?!? I sure have missed writing here!

Before anything else, I just want to say that my absence had nothing to do with a family tragedy. I know that the last time I was MIA was when my father was very sick and eventually passed away, but no this time, it has nothing to do with a family tragedy. On the contrary, we've been doing really good.

My husband, MR, has been working a stable job in the same place for the past 9 months and he's loving it. I've been adjusting real well in my new job and working more and more hours. Our daughter, SO, started grade school in September and she is doing real good too. Sometimes, when I get home at 9PM and I can't feel my feet anymore, I just want to moan and bitch, but I can't. Most days,I feel pretty damn lucky because I really am.

So I'm gonna try my best to be active with my blogging. Especially since, I have so much to blog about (recent Paris trip, lots of new places we've tried, and new delicious recipes!!!).

Friday, August 1, 2014

Sushi Eclair in Nancy, France



Today is another milestone in MR's and my life. Taking advantage of the fact that MR is not working today and I'm still on my summer break, we thought we would go and enjoy lunch out. If you're wondering where SO is, she has been happily spending her days in the children's center ever since she came back from summer camp. Because she doesn't have siblings, we decided it would be good for her to spend her days with other kids. She always has so many fun stories to share with us whenever she comes home in the afternoon. So anyways, MR and I went through a mini list of places we could try until we finally settled on Sushi Eclair in Nancy, France. MR just recently started to like sushi, sashimi, and maki and I guess he wanted to please me. Deep inside, I'm sure he would have preferred a traditional French or Chinese restaurant. But as we were eating what I can only describe as the worst Japanese sushi place I've ever been to so far, he never mentioned once "I told you so" to me.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Potato and Leftover Roasted Chicken Salad


On Wednesday mornings (if I'm not working), one can usually find me walking around the weekly farmer's market near our town. This gives me the opportunity to look around and fill my bags with vegetables and fruits for the week. But that's not just it - I also like to buy a dozen fresh farm eggs which we usually eat soft boiled on Wednesday evenings. In the past weeks, I've also tasted some new arrivals in the market such as Potato Cakes / Galettes, Middle Eastern Bread, Couscous Royale, and even Paella! But most of the time, I sniff my way to where the Roasted Chicken / Poulet Roti is. To me, a French market without its Poulet Roti stand isn't a complete market and I just need to smell the scent of roasted meat!

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Algerian Pastries / Patisserie Algerienne


My friend, LY, insisted that we didn't leave his home empty-handed and so we left with a platter of some of his mom's homemade Algerian Pastries. I'm not one to say no when offered a gift so I gladly accepted (with a huge smile on my face according to my husband) and counted the kilometers home when I could finally attack the platter! When I finally did, I carefully tasted each pastry. Some I absolutely loved, some I liked less. For example, I loved the ones shaped like a crescent and topped with sesame seeds, while the squarish ones (second from the left) I fancied less. MR followed my suit and he loved the first one (from the left) which was loaded with honey. I'm not a fan of honey, but even I loved the pastry. The only downside of this would be not knowing the pastries' name, so if you are reading this and know it, don't hesitate to share! I could probably go online and find, but I wouldn't know where to begin. When LY handed me the platter, he actually mentioned the names, but I honestly was too busy staring at the goodies and not listening to him! LOL When he finished talking, I snapped back to reality and insisted that I would gladly volunteer to collect any extra or unwanted pastries anytime! :p

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Epinal, France


Like I mentioned in the previous post (click here to read), we stopped by the city of Epinal on our way home from SO's summer camp. When my friend found out that we were in the area, he invited us to come over his house in the afternoon. I've never been to Epinal before, but I've always wondered about it as many describe it as resembling the nearby cities of Metz and Nancy. So that's why I told my friend, LY, that we would be at his house at around 4PM giving us an hour to quickly tour the city and sight-see a bit. Unfortunately for us, there was a huge pro-Palestine demonstration happening in the center of the city and we were told to avoid it as much as possible. With the number of people present, we wouldn't be able to do much sightseeing anyways.

Courtepaille Epinal in Jeuxey, France



Finally, D-Day is here. The day we picked up SO from summer camp. I still can't believe she was away from us for a week and did really good. At 5 years old, I think she did pretty amazing. On the other hand, her mother (me) who is 28 years old and suffered terrible separation anxiety! Which is why I was feeling slightly torn today. While I was really really really excited to pick up SO from summer camp and see her, I was also hesitating to do it. As we approached the camp site, I felt myself not wanting to go. Sensing my hesitation, MR asked me what was bothering me so much. Timidly, I confessed that I was afraid she would be disappointed to see us and would ask to stay in summer camp rather than come home with us. MR listened to me babbling but laughed (grrrr!!!) and said knowing our daughter that wouldn't happen. I hoped for me that that would be true because I didn't know how I could handle it. Thankfully, he was right. SO jumped out of her seat when she saw me and wouldn't stop hugging and kissing me. I felt like my heart was endlessly jumping and doing cartwheels!

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