Zenith – Brunch and Cocktails

Zenith, Brunch and CocktailsDirectly downstairs of our accommodations is a lovely little restaurant called Zenith.  We went there out of convenience the first night we were in town.

The next morning we were going back but we got there right at 1100 and the place was mobbed, with a line out the door.

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Visiting the A. Liberdade for an afternoon

Ave LiberdadeAve Liberdade is like walking down Kalakaua in Honolulu.  All the high end shops, expensive hotels, expensive condos and apartments….set with old time (hundreds year old) cobblestone streets that will take one down in a flash.

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Jet lag and living in Lisboa

We took a leisurely afternoon and explored the immediate area around our apartment.  The cobblestones are something else. I saw people slipping and catching themselves everywhere, so it isn’t just me and my propensity to fall on my face! Continue reading “Jet lag and living in Lisboa”

Heading for Portugal!

Never Ending Sun
Never Setting Sun from 40,000 feet

So as much as I can hardly believe it, we are on a plane to London Gatwick to pickup a flight from there to Lisbon, Portugal.  It seems like a dream.

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Food: Part sustenance, part social, part historical

As I have mentioned in previous entries, I have been listening to a great courses daily podcast on “Food: A Cultural Culinary History”.  I own a domain name and website called “Our Healthy Eating“. I have been investigating recipes and am working on adding cooking techniques, recipes, and more to the site.  It is slower in advancement than this site is. Continue reading “Food: Part sustenance, part social, part historical”

Privilege versus doing the right thing

I have been reflecting a lot on “doing the right thing” (higher moral ground?) versus what one might have the “privilege” of doing as an autocrat or totalitarian.  Privilege, from the dictionary sense, as defined as a noun:

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Sip and Mingle Drink Recipe

I was thinking of putting a drink recipe on Our Heathy Eating with a link back to the Sip and Mingle event that hubby and I attended a couple of weeks ago. However, I came to the conclusion it fits best here.  The folks at Total Wine and More passed along an interesting recipe that might be good for the summer so I am going to share it here but with attribution to Total Wine, Tukwila store: Continue reading “Sip and Mingle Drink Recipe”

Classical Music – Piano lessons carried forward

Some 60 (OMG!!!) odd years ago, my mother required me to take piano lessons. I believe, though I can’t swear to it, that my sister may also have been required to take the initial lessons but managed, at her more mature age, to wiggle out of them. She was, after all, some 8 years older than me. I hold her accountable for that today. <grin> I am still thinking of ways to get even <grinning louder>.

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Sip and mingle

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Sip & Mingle, a total discovery event

Last Thursday evening, April 5th, my husband and I attended a “Spring Fling” (AKA) “Sip and Mingle” at our local Total Wine & More store.  It was also known as “A total Discovery Event” for Grand Reserve and Reserve Members. Interestingly, we learned that  can be made using almost any red grape. Since a wine’s color, tannins and much of its flavor come from the skin of the grapes used, the style of any Rosé usually depends on the amount of time skins and juice are left to soak together after the grapes are crushed. Winemakers crafting Rosé only keep the skins in contact with the juice for a short time – 12 to 36 hours, instead of the days or weeks for most red wines.

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