Meal Memories: Spanish Tortilla and Coca Cola with Lemon

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April 13, 2011 – I spent my 27th birthday in San Sebastian, Spain. It is a sleepy coastal fishing town with gorgeous views of the ocean, delicious tapas restaurants and bakeries galore. We had been trekking all over Barcelona and Paris and were pretty exhausted by this point. We took advantage of my birthday and finally slept-in, ordered room service and watched the only English TV channel airing random episodes of Family Guy, Bones, Desperate Housewives, and Modern Family.

By 4pm we finally crawled out of the hotel and ventured into town. It was too early for dinner (restaurants do not open for dinner in Spain until 7pm or later) so we decided to find a snack in the meantime. We seated ourselves at a small casual outdoor cafe. The locals were enjoying bottles of wine, beer, espresso, you name it. The only food they were serving at this time were Spanish Tortillas. It sounded okay so we ordered two. We also ordered two Cokes. (Coke Zero for Fern, he only drinks diet. I can’t stand the taste of the substitute sugar. We will never share a soda, ha.) One of my favorite parts of Europe was the addition of a slice of lemon to each soda. I can’t explain the excitement of my taste buds at such a small gesture but now I try to replicate it at home to bring me back to my “happy place”.  Soon the warm buttery tortillas finally arrived at our table, each with a fresh piece of baguette. The tortillas had a thin slices of ham and cheese in the middle of the potato, onion and egg concoction. It was the perfect temperature, the perfect texture and totally hit the spot. I was voracious by this point but forced myself to slow down and enjoy every morsel. We had plenty of tasty and enjoyable meals in Europe but this was the most memorable and special. Maybe next year for my birthday I’ll request an entire Tortilla instead of a cake!

P.S. I printed this picture and attached it to our refrigerator. Every time I see it my mouth waters… Probably a bad idea but the memory makes me happy 🙂

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Rain? Bring it.

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I’m in love with this sassy umbrella made by Canadian store, Raindrops. I generally do not spend much thought or money on my rain gear. Mainly because I break or lose umbrellas easily. I decided that I need to change this attitude since it rains almost every afternoon here in Florida. Walking around with a jankity umbrella is not cute. In case you were wondering, “Merde Il Pleut” means “Sh*t, it’s Raining” in French. Genius.

You can get it for $45 Canadian dollars here:

http://www.raindropsto.com/product/Adult_Umbrellas/MIP/mip_black.html

Bathroom Stall Inspiration

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It’s funny where inspiration is found.  During a bathroom break from class tonight I found this quote written on the back of the door in the bathroom stall. (Yes, I whipped out my iphone in the stall.)  I wonder what provoked this girl to write this.  I’d like to think it was a selfless act to inspire others that found it.  If that was the case, mission accomplished.  Thank you, stranger.  I needed that.

Party Nails

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“Nail Junkie” by Sinful Colors Professional and Essie “Mint Candy Apple” polka dots

I have been cooped up in the house post-surgery for the last week and a half. It was been fantastically relaxing and stress-free to say the least but I have been getting a little stir-crazy over the last few days. To remedy this, I decided to paint my nails a fun happy color.  I chose “Nail Junkie” by Sinful Colors Professional (sold by Walgreens).

First, I painted a clear Sally Hansen base coat and then 3 thin layers of this glittery shade. I waited for this to dry completely and then covered each nail in a clear Sally Hansen Topcoat to seal it and make it shiny. To complete the unique funky-fun look I was going for, I added 3 polka dots on each ring-finger of Essie’s “Mint Candy Apple”. Ta dah!!

I’m excited to try this with different shades according to the season!