Home, sweet home: Brasov

Our private chauffeur from M&M Express arrived promptly at 9 a.m. and we were ready to go HOME, to beautiful Brasov, Romania. Continue reading “Home, sweet home: Brasov”

Little Paris – Bucharest, Romania

Bucharest (Bucuresti) was once called “Little Paris” because of its lovely architecture, influenced by the elegant interbellum Parisian building style. Although I’m from Romania, I never got the chance to actually visit Bucharest properly, so when two of my American friends decided to see my home country, I took a couple of days to sight see the capital of Romania. Continue reading “Little Paris – Bucharest, Romania”

Ciao, bella Italia (Sorrento)

Sorrento

We arrived in the train station of Sorrento on a lovely early September day. We didn’t have to go far to find our accommodation but we did manage to miss it, and get turned around: down the street from the train station, past the shops and resisting the temptations of gelaterias, through the park and to the right; then, another right, a left and up the street. Finally locating our destination, we were relieved when we figured out how to unlock the entry gate. We were welcomed by a luscious lemon and orange grove with a path leading to an old house.

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Mom’s Picadillo, only healthier

Picadillo [pikaˈðiʎo], means “mince” in Spanish and it is a traditional Latin dish, also popular in the Philippines. Recently, my Filipino friend Marc cooked this delicious dish for us and was kind to share his mom’s recipe, which he modified to create a healthier version. Continue reading “Mom’s Picadillo, only healthier”

Tomato Pie

I always look forward to tasting REAL tomatoes each summer – the ones that come from the local gardens instead of the “plastic” tomatoes from the store. I love the variety of colors, sizes, and tastes! Coincidentally, I stumbled upon a tomato pie recipe on Camellia’s Cottage blog and I’ve decided to give it a try. Continue reading “Tomato Pie”