I seem to be working in reverse and am SO BEHIND, soon I will be back to Thailand and all the photos, until then we have NYC and D.C. to get through- at least Boston is finished. But now since I have a two month lag- I will have to add Santiago to the mix.
In NYC, I was able to catch up with some fabulous people- my brother, Audree, Charlie’s former roomie and whom I might even say is a friend and Nina, a former GGSB MBA recruit turned fun-friend.
My brother Charlie is way cooler than I am- always has been and imagine he always will be. When I told him the dates of my work-trip to NYC, he said this is great because we could go see the Lumineers. Until that moment I had not heard of this up and coming group- now I see them everywhere including the Grammy’s! It was a great concert even though I was the only one who knew none of the songs.
(Here they are on stage at Terminal 5)
(Charlie looking good in buffalo plaid)
(The fun and lovely Audree- hopefully she won’t be upset!)
Brunch at a new restaurant- Mambo with Nina- unfortunately I do not have any photos from our memory-making-cathc-up session. It was great to see Nina- she is a hoot. NYC was super chilly so we passed on our plan for a walk through Central Park- next time Nina, next time! We tried a new restaurant, Hey Mambo, when our original choice Good Enough to Eat had a line out the door! Next time I look forward to the biscuits and strawberry butter.
Fancy spin class at Soul Cycles- have you heard of this place? It is all the rage at the moment in NYC and beyond. They have plans to open a gym in London. Charlie had never spun, but now is hooked. We looked like hobo spinners when we arrived- old t-shirts and I was wearing Charlie’s giant Adidas track pants because it was so cold. The other spinners decked out in Lululemon and other highly coordinated outfits. As someone who does spinning regularly, I was sure I could handle it, I did until we grabbed our hand weights and started pulsing while riding- ouch!
Post spin, it was back to Charlie’s for chicken chill- he is quite the whiz in the kitchen. We were joined by Audree who generously brought several bottles of wine- it was perfect for ‘watching’ the SuperBowl- who played again?
MONDAY: Off to Boston.
Thanks Charlie for the fun times. I look forward to frisbee in Central Park and jamba juices!
My Gramma Dot had the ability to whip up some interesting taste treats in her McCleod County kitchen. Some of the top-taste memories are- ham loaf with mustard sauce, poppy seed bread, lefse with brown sugar and margarine, crescent rolls with sugary glaze, boozy woozy pie* and grasshoppers.
I was talking to my aunt Noods recently about my upcoming visit to Indianapolis and we decided in tribute to Gramma Dot, we would recreate the Grasshopper. Herewith the recipe:
-Vanilla Ice-cream- medium quality is more than good enough
-Green food coloring- a few drops to get the desired green
-Crème de Menthe (as much as you want)
-Crème de Cacao (as much as you think neccessary- a bit less than the Crème de Menthe)
Place all ingredients in a blender and whirl the green mixture to the desired consistency. Serve in special glasses. The glassed pictured are heirlooms that Aunt Noods has.
Top with hazelnuts a la Gram or pistachios to elevate the recipe.
Although my Gramma Dot did not invent the Grasshopper, it originated in New Orleans and was popular in the ‘50’s and ‘60’s, it will always remind me of fun times in Lester Prairie, hanging out in the den watching forbidden cable t.v. channels!
*This is so tasty it needs its own post.
This week marks wedding week here at Turning Over A New Leith. There are two main reasons-
- Ieva has sent the official wedding photographs and has given me permission to share them with you
- Saturday, Ben and I will celebrate our fifth wedding anniversary, so I am feeling incredibly nostalgic. It happens every year, but now I have a forum for my nostalgia!
We have a very important visitor arriving next week. My mom lands on Sunday, February 5.
This is her first visit to our new apartment and our new city. We are so excited; we have a week of fun times and memory making planned.
My mom has agreed to go to her first spinning class. We are going to visit Ben’s mom and dad. There will be plenty of wandering around Edinburgh, people watching and latte drinking. Some of our favorite mother-daughter travel activities.
Unfortunately, I have to leave on February 10 (going to Toronto), Ben will carry on the entertainment and my mom’s birthday celebration until she heads out on February 12.
TRAVEL MONDAY… In April 2011, Ben and I were in London. I was there to give a sales training at one of GGSB’s partner schools. We extended our stay to go to Reigate to see Ben’s friends Paul, Helen and their sons Jack and Oliver.
London has been one of my favorite cities since I studied in Birmingham in 1996 and I visited on several occasions. In 2000 it went up slightly when I went to see my friend Jessica, who was spending a year there. Oh the fun we had, I wonder, is the Leopard night club still there? London moved to one of my top-three European capitals when I met Ben and he showed me his-London. The museums, the hidden parks, his favorite record stores and restaurants.
During my London visits I am hit by nostalgia. From seeing the Tower of London with my family, playing the ultimate tourist at the Hard Rock Cafe with my Study-in-England group, having tea with Jessica at the Orangery in Kensington Palace, a quick stop at the Tate Modern with Will, a Ben-organized walking tour with John and Adele, a trip to Belgo with Steph and friends or having a romantic dinner with Ben at Cafe Emm in Soho. Such great memories packed into one city. Looking forward to my next visit.