October 23, 2014


Eggs Benedict

amazing photo by my name is yeh - get recipe here!

If you're vegan, sorry. This post is not for you! Next one, don't worry. I actually love eggs. I'm not very adventurous though. My usual in the morning (when I'm home and not at Smith) is a two egg white omelet with cheddar and tomatoes. I also love when Smith has hard boiled eggs because I get rid of the yolk and mix the whites with cottage cheese and pepper... it's delicious. Eggs are really nutritious and healthy and amazing and I think we should all eat them and be adventurous together! Here...


you can eat it without being able to spell it... shakshuka with feta

this looks amazing! garlicky polenta with spinach and runny eggs

simplicity at its best: breakfast sandwich

poached eggs in red wine sauce... finally not a breakfast!

eggs with shaved brussell sprout salad sounds great

I never bake eggs! I see now that I should – baked egg w/ ricotta, thyme & chervil

and as a salad... asparagus, egg & bacon

garlicky saut̩ed greens with eggs РI like garlic?

seems heavy but kind of delicious? bacon, egg & leek risotto

I've poached one egg in my entire life – Poached egg and avocado toast

Any good recipes out there? What do you like? Have you tried any of these? If you have, let me know in your comments and I'll post a link to yours!

October 21, 2014


Who :: David Byrne & St Vincent 

These days I have very little music on my ipod because I've listened to everything on my computer a million times and I need new music... David Byrne & St Vincent are still on there though. They come and go (I don't want to get sick of the songs by over-listening to them in a short period of time) As is Thom Yorke's new album (perfect timing, Thom. Thank you, and I approve.) Thankfully Pandora is an amazing website and I have been listening to music and making a list of albums to get. Tom Waits is a big one, more Bob Dylan, some Edith Piaf, some Chopin. Need to get into some more Johnny Cash, Nick Cave, Talking Heads, Leonard Cohen, Miles Davis, Louis Armstrong, Chet Baker, Neil Young... any suggestions? I love when they appear on my Pandora stations. 

October 20, 2014


Pars - Montmartre - David Byrne Paris - David Byrne

How Music Works by David Byrne

Over the summer, I finally got my hands on How Music Works by the master himself, David Byrne. It's over 400 pages long but I managed to stay interested throughout the whole thing (I say this as if it's a triumph because I've been having a hard time finishing books lately!) As a musician, I thought it would be cool to maybe... kind of... sooort of understand the music industry... you know, it could come in handy. How Music Works was wonderful and so useful. I don't know what someone who isn't in the music world would think – if you are a big Talking Heads fan, then it's a must, if you don't really care about knowing more about music or David Byrne, well, get your hands on another classic because we only have one life and there are far too many books to read (I always get anxious about this. I'll never read them all). If you are interested, here are some real reviews:

October 18, 2014


spoleto's 2 spoleto's 1

Forgive me guys, I realize these are not the most appetizing pictures. I didn't take my camera so I asked a friend if I could use her iphone. And, well, you know, there you go. 

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In early September, Northampton (oh this lovely town) had a "Northampton Restaurant Week". A long list of restaurants participated. They each offered special 3-course meals for 20 or 25 dollars. Not too bad for three courses! So I grabbed four other friends and we went to a place I'd never been to before: Spoleto's. I have to say, we were all really really happy with our meals. I got the filet mignon with fries and it was amazing. I live in France, shouldn't I have had filet mignon by now!? This may be normal (or not) but I usually always need ketchup with my fries. That's just how I like them. Well the filet mignon pepper sauce was delicious and I didn't even bother with ketchup. Finally, the trio of chocolate mousse, chocolate flourless cake and chocolate dipped strawberry... so good! We left (very) full and satisfied! 

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It's the middle of October and I still have a bunch of places I'd like to go to before I leave in the middle of December. How will I fit them all in my schedule? Or actually, where will I find the money? If you are ever in Northampton, ask me for a list of recommendations! I've been around. 

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