Showing posts from October, 2014

Sauteed eggplant/aubergine

When we were out for dinner with Robin and Bill at Polpettina in Larchmont, Robin ordered these delicious eggplant crisps with salt and honey. So, when I got back home and saw the aubergine in the supermarket I of course had to buy one and start experimenting. I found a recipe for fried/sautéed eggplant and tried it last night. The recipe came from this website.
Sauteed Eggplant with Honey and Thyme (I omitted the thyme) How to cook eggplant: Fried Eggplant with a crispy outside and moist tender inside. Ingredients: 1 large eggplant
2 cups milk
½ cup flour
3-5 Tb. olive oil
3 Tb. honey
2 Tb. fresh thyme leaves
Sea Salt
Directions: Peel the eggplant and slice it into thin 1/8 inch rounds. Place the eggplant slices in an airtight container and pour the milk over it. Cover and refrigerate over night. In a small pie pan, mix the flour with 1 tsp. salt. Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in large skillet over medium-high heat. Line a plate with paper towels. When the oil is hot, dredge a few slices…

Sunday in the park

Our last day in New York we walked around Central Park, played on the swings, visited Belvedere Castle and just tried to make the most of it. Which meant a second visit to Times Square as well.
A lot of walking both in and out of the park in the end before heading back to the flat to pack our bags as our plane left at midnight.

Some more about Saturday

First back to Saturday for a quick recap, in all the excitement about the engagement there were some details that were lost! We walked over the Brooklyn bridge on the way out since the sun had finally come out. 
After that we caught a subway up to Williamsburg and the restaurant we had lunch at was called DOC, at 7th st and Wythe in Brooklyn. I had some great french toast with Mascarpone and Fresh berries and Ross had a proper homemade burger. Lovely!
After that we went to Smorgasburg and the beach, as described in the previous post. After which we walked around the Brooklyn flea market where we found some interesting art to bring home and then kept walking to Northern Territory, an australian bar with a rooftop terrace. Really chill and a nice way to round off the day.


Yesterday we went out to Brooklyn, we walked over the Brooklyn bridge and then made our way up to Williamsburg. Lunch was had at a lovely restaurant and then we made it out to the East River State Park overlooking the manhattan skyline. We sat down on the rocks on the beach and that's when Ross asked me to marry him. I happily said yes and we're now engaged! So it turns out this was the biggest surprise of the surprise trip. We then found a lovely rooftop terrace overlooking the city and had drinks and just enjoyed our last evening in the city.

Touristy stuff

Ross had a couple of things he wanted to see and do so yesterday was dedicated to more touristy type stuff. We started out by going into Times Square, where we of course got "attacked" by ticket sellers, however since we wanted to go see something that night we didn't mind and ended up getting tickets for Stand up | NY. After which we headed out to the Circle Line boats to go on a short tour around lower manhattan. It was really quite good, apart from the sligthly too cold wind and people standing up blocking the view. Lunch was then had at a place called Southern Hospitality in Hells Kitchen which was really nice but soo much food. I had fried chicken and waffles and a cream soda, strange combo but it was really quite good. Although I had less than half of what was on my plate and offered a doggy bag! Meal sizes here are just massive. We then walked back into midtown and headed for the Empire State building. I've not been up before either, only at the top of the roc…

Rainy New York

We stayed over in Larchmont last night after having dinner with Robin and Bill which was really nice. Good to catch-up after 5 years! So we got the train in this morning and we had sort of decided to visit a museum if the weather wasn't cooperating. So we went straight down with the subway to Wall Street to visit the 9/11 memorial and museum. However the queues for the museum, as we hadn't booked were really long and outside in the cold wind and rain so we went for just visiting the preview site instead. After which, the jeans hunt started. Some shopping was had but no jeans just quite yet. The lego store was also quite impressive.

Jet lag is still a bit hard so after we went home and planned out the following days I was really too tired to head out again, staying in eating some potato skins and Magnolia Bakery's banana pudding was enough for me tonight.

First day in NYC

We woke up really early due to jet lag and despite the rain we decided to make the most of it. We walked across Central Park and then got the Subway down to 14th st and then walked to Chelsea Market. Bought some dried kiwi, which sounded a lot nicer than it was. After which we walked down into the village and got cupcakes and banana pudding from Magnolia Bakery. Yum! Ross then decided to get a haircut at a proper barber shop while I strolled around for a bit. Lunch was then had at Cafeteria, one of my favorite restaurants after which we started heading uptown in the Highline Park, a really long and narrow park that's been done on an old elevated train track. We then continued uptown, walked across to 6th avenue and then all the way back up to 97th street which is where our apartment is! Long walk but a really nice first day, despite the weather. Tonight we're heading out to Larchmont to have dinner with my old host family from my au pair days 7 years ago.


Decided to go to Sweden for a couple of days this week to see my family this week. Lots of stuff happening the past week so wanted to get back here for a bit. Travelled to Copenhagen by plane and then by train in to Sweden. Very efficient way of travelling btw. Will definitely do again, and it helped that there was free WIFI in GVA and CPH airports as well as on the train to Helsingborg! Especially since the activation of my Europe mode on my phone contract seems to be having some issues. Hopefully that'll be resolved soon! Staying in Sweden until Monday and then flying back to Geneva for a night, after which we are going on a surprise holiday that Ross has planned! Can't wait! I still don't know exactly where we're going.

In other building news, most of the tiling has been done in the flat this week. We've had Jonathan come in and help us, in addition to Ben who did the kitchen. And we did the plumbing, so things are moving forward. While I'm away this weekend…

Aiguille percée

Finally an update that's not about building! Feel like I've not done much lately but building so very much enjoyed my morning off. Gabriele and I hiked up to the Aiguille percée. I can never quite seem to remember the right route or path to take to get up there but we made it in the end and the view really is stunning from up there.