Aaahhh… The Amalfi Coast!

After dreaming about this place for years, we finally made it to the famous Amalfi Coast. Located in Southern Italy and declared as one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the Amalfi is beauty beyond words. It really is a slice of heaven. Positano is probably the most romantic village on the Amalfi Coast with Ravello being the second. When we went to visit, we decided to stay in Sorrento as it was more central and easy to get to by train from Naples. Sorrento is also just a quick boat ride away from Capri which we also visited. So everyday, we would wake up in the morning, find a little cafe in Sorrento to have our morning espresso & pastry then hop on a bus to take us to Positano, Amalfi & Ravello. We visited these places in a span of 5 days which was nice as we had a full day in Positano to relax and swim at the beach. Aaahhh.. talk about La Dolce Vita! But you also must not miss Ravello. Ravello is situated up on a mountain only 5 km from Amalfi & it is stunning & so romantic. I’m sure most of you have heard about the hair-raising drive to Amalfi. Well, let me tell ya, I thought I was going to die with every sharp turn the bus driver made. The road is so narrow and winding uphill. I really don’t know how they can drive that way. So Crazy. The view is stunning though so I kept myself busy taking photos the whole way. The Amalfi Coast should definitely be part...

Deep Cove, Captain’s Chair

Deep Cove, in North Vancouver is one of our favorite places to go to. Every time we’re there, Mommy & Daddy have to stop into Honey’s Donuts for what many regard as Vancouver’s best donut. We didn’t want Luna to start the day with all that sugar so she got a savoury scone instead. Kind of a raw deal, it’s true, but, on the up side, her Captain’s chair is the best seat in the...

It’s A Homemade Pasta Kind of Day

As I was growing up, my mom noticed my love for baking. So when I left home, she had given me her beloved Kitchen Aid mixer which she has had for years, I think even before I was born. And until today, it still works perfectly as ever. It’s my most favourite thing in the kitchen. This mixer has been part of all my mom’s delicious baked goods and, now, my own. Yesterday turned out to be a gloomy rainy day, the kind of day where you just want to stay home and wear your most comfortable outfit & wool socks! So we all stayed home and spent most of our day in the kitchen having the best time baking together as a family. Luna sat on her highchair watching us, feeling like she was part of our baking day. I’ve had this Kitchen aid pasta attachment since my birthday in February but haven’t touched it since then. So we decided to open up the box and use it for the first time. Well, let me tell you – it’s the 2nd best thing in my kitchen. I LOVE this pasta attachment and for our first use, we decided to make bucatini pasta. Bucatini is a thick tubular pasta with a hole running through the center. Pasta making couldn’t be easier and faster with this attachment. I love it! Basically, you first create your pasta dough using the Kitchen Aid mixer. Then let the dough sit for 15 min wrapped in a damp towel. Once it’s ready, all you have to do is create little balls and feed them...

Nuit Blanche 2008 : Paris

Javier Tellez, “Letter On The Blind For the Use of Those Who See,” Saint Estache Cathedral. Projected Video. Felicie D’Estienne D’Orves & Frederic Nogray, “Monolithe et Massage,” Saint Roch Cathedral. Installation and Concert. Jeremy Blake, “Station to Station”, Englise St.-Paul-St.-Louis. Multichannel Video. One year, we decided to take a vacation to Paris to check out Nuit Blanche. Nuit Blanche is an all-night arts festival where public spaces including churches and civic buildings serve as unlikely settings for installations and performances. We tried to see as much as we could but it’s impossible to see all the venues. But with jetlag, it wasn’t hard to stay up all night. Nuit Blanche happens in major cities like St Petersburg, Rome, Tel Aviv, Berlin, Paris, Madrid, Toronto to just name a few. We chose Paris because… well, we love Paris. It was such a fun night and also nice to see so many people out in the streets enjoying all the art & hearing music everywhere. We’ve been to Paris a couple times and absolutely LOVE everything about the city. We always like staying in the Marais and for this trip, we stayed at Hotel Jeanne d’Arc and was lucky enough to be given their one and only 2 bedroom suite at no extra charge. Lucky us! A wonderful hotel situated in the heart of the Marais. It’s also really close to the most amazing falafels we’ve ever tasted in the heart of the Jewish neighbourhood called, L’As du Falafel. Amazing, believe me! You also can’t go to Paris without stoping by Laduree to fill up one of their georgous boxes with...

Inspiration: Painted Patterns in Barcelona

More travel photos to make you want to hop on a plane this summer! I am currently organizing all my photo files from the past years and hence the reason for my travel photo posts. When we travel, we come home with almost 2,000 photos and it’s a shame that they are all hidden in our hard drive or in burnt discs. So in the next while, I’ll be randomly posting some of our travel photos to inspire you and me to go back to them someday. I had forgotten about these photos so it’s nice to visually see them again. When we visited Barcelona, I was amazed to see the buildings so well preserved. The building facades are so colourfully painted and features such beautiful doors & windows. I was in awe. I can see how proud the citizens are of their history that they make all efforts to preserve them. I was constantly taking photos with each step I made hoping that one day, these patterns & colours will inspire me to create something with them. Such beauty & elegance. I also have to say how much I love catalonian food. We feasted on paella, pan con tomate (a slice of country bread rubbed with tomato & garlic and drizzled with olive oil), chorizo, gazpacho, bacalao and absolutely enjoyed eating at a Pintxo bar (basque style tapas). We only got to try one pintxo bar and it’s called Irati – SO good!! We also found a great place to stay at called,┬áCasa Meva. The owners are architects & they did an amazing job with the space. Super...