Family away from family

27 June 2010

{photo credit: Lovely Clusters} My last four birthdays may have been spent away from my family but after the surprise birthday party that was thrown for me last night, I’m reminded that family can also come in the form of close friends. Since I know they both read this blog, at least occasionally, I want to express my gratitude to Amber and Cédric who planned a fabulous surprise with 20 or so lovely people. It should be said that it’s a feat in itself to have fit so many people in our 37m² apartment in the first place! I’m extremely grateful to be able to call Amber, someone so genuinely selfless and thoughtful, my friend. She is always there for me and repeatedly goes beyond the call of friendship duty. I both respect and value her as a friend and admire her strength. As for Mr. Cheeseland, I may chide him at times for not thinking outside of the box but he proved that he was creative, resourceful, and out to make me happy. Mission accomplished! I was also thrilled to see my dear friend Chloe who is due to give birth any day now and managed to climb the […]…

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Brunching, Birthdays and Twinkies

4 April 2010

There’s nothing better than knowing that Sunday isn’t the end of the weekend. I love what I do for work, but sometimes it’s nice to have a 3 day weekend to decompress and come back fresh and recharged, or at least that’s what is supposed to happen. This weekend was not unlike many weekends, complete with brunches, overeating and friends. Saturday may have been gray and rainy, but the day was filled with good eats and good people. I met a friend for brunch at Twinkie which is like a bohemian hybrid of British, American and French breakfast/brunches spots. Breakfast fare of bagels, muffins, fresh fruit juices, eggs, club sandwiches, savory tarts, cheesecake, scones, sausage and beans and a gluten & lactose-free menu, is served all day from 10am-6pm. The decor was minimalist yet inviting and somewhat resembled what I would imagine a Scandinavian canteen would look like. The service was efficient and pleasant and they were even accommodating, allowing me to substitute matzah for the bread basket that came with my menu. Luckily there was nutella and jam to make up for the cardboard-like consistency of the matzah. And while there were boxes of twinkies on the shelves decorating […]…

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