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Tuesday Beautiful Things

June gloom is how Californian’s see this month – due to the relentless heavy fogs along the coast and sometimes even inland. Surprisingly, we had a few gorgeous days at the start of the month, so we took to the streets, parks, and sandy beach walks soaking it all up. Today, the fog has rolled in as expected, and we are once again indoors, wearing sweaters and socks and all things winter related.

For this very reason, I felt the need to share some beautiful things to help stay focused on positive thoughts…

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Travel: Places to Imagine

Slowly and more and more I am seeing friends and acquaintances on social media post images of their travels – naturally after being vaccinated. Which of course has me feeling a mixed of emotions.

Are we truly ready to travel?

Is safety truly a priority – or will remain a priority around the world since vaccination?

How do I maneuver my own city with more and more tourists flocking to San Francisco, mostly without masks?

Are they vaccinated, asymptomatic, or…

Always the or?

Funny I saw a commercial on television the other day and thought, why do we doubt so much? And should we just live and breathe and simply hope for the best?

What will it all look like in the coming months?

One thing I know for sure, social media is gearing us up to think about travel.

Best New Hotels Around the World for 2021
Family Beach Vacations in the U.S.
June 2021 Vacation Destinations
Here’s my favorite 101 fun travel inspired things we can do at home – for those like me not yet ready to actually do the travelling
Family vacation ideas for summer 2021

What are you thoughts about travel? Too soon? Not soon enough? Or ready for in moderation?

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Food: Easter Dinner

I am sure this may sound a bit cliché but throughout my life, I have experienced the best Mediterranean cuisine one can possibly imagine From my grandmother, to my mother, aunts and even a cousin who studied at Cordon Bleu in Paris. The meals, although the same staple, were served with a variety of flavors, spices and methods , depending on what part of the region one was from.

What I do now in my own cooking is I combine all of the flavors and styles to create my own variation. I have to say it’s been surprisingly amazing.

So what does my story have to do with Easter Dinner? Well it has lots to do with it. Lamb is the choice for the feast, rack of lamb, shredded or minced into a variety of dishes I will discuss in another post, we served it, along with a side dish or two. Nothing fancy, but very flavorful. I always say the best meals are the simple ones and those prepared at home.

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The other surprise was Cacio de Pepe pie which my cousin baked years back – before he passed away – for every family Easter dinner. Since I didn’t like the taste of lamb, I usually stuck to this treat. Recipe here
And finally for this year’s Easter dinner, I am going to switch the usual Greek salad for this variation – with ZAATAR – another Mediterranean staple. Recipe here

So tell me…what are you preparing for Easter dinner?

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Food: Easter Cakes To Share

Easter being my favorite religious holiday, I tend to honor the rituals of holy week. The week between Palm Sunday and Easter. From cooking our traditional meals, to egg coloring to baking brioche from a very old family recipe which unfortunately I cannot share with anyone outside of family. (You understand :))

But I can share these amazing cake recipes I discovered here for your baking pleasure.

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Thoughts On This Spring Day

Days and weeks have blended together once again, where I end up asking often what day of the week it is?

I keep saying lots is going on, and it is, which sadly has kept me from posting as often as I want to. But I do try to stay connected, and between the stressful moments in my day, I strive to see the most beautiful of things.

the beauty of all white is comforting to an aching soul. <source>
An old-fashioned ritual surely puts a smile on my face <source>
This kitchen would be where I spend most of my hours perched on a stool, or cooking a meal I’ve made up, circling the island, taking it all in, arranging flowers over the marbled sink, coffee or tea, a bite from an apple on display in the fruit platter…my time here would be endless <source>
In my story this would be a true vision of romance <source>
The need for a month of this…<source>

Travel Elegance

So much has happened in the past few weeks that has kept me away from the creativity aspect of my life…

Today I just needed to breathe…

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Shrimp Tacos and Chocolate Pudding

Sounds funny – I know. But when someone asked me what I planned to do on V-day – I told them. Make Shrimp tacos and afterwards chocolate pudding.

So here we go.

What makes this shrimp taco recipe amazing – is the ingredients naturally. Pineapple, Corn, Cilantro
I normally take the easy way out for chocolate pudding – meaning the store bought ready ones. But this weekend I am going to effort pudding made from scratch from this recipe
For the bonus, strange craving I have had lately – are we still into the Avocado toast scene? If so, go here for 11 easy Avocado toast recipes.

What are your plans for V-day?