Monday, July 17, 2017

Dubai: Day Two

Friday morning started out a bit hazy.
We first had coffee in our room and then took a walk around the grounds before being joined by our friend, Yamanaka, for breakfast.
They decided they wanted to see War for the Planet of the Apes in 4D -- that means wearing 3D glasses while the seats move for extra effect.  I've never been a fan of Planet of the Apes so chose instead to spend several hours on my own.
So, I walked and walked and walked some more.
There's much to see inside.
And outside the mall.
Shortly before meeting back up with the guys, I sat and had a dairy free strawberry lemonade yogurt sorbet with fresh fruit.  So refreshing.
After resting up late afternoon, we then headed out to old Dubai for the evening.
Where we walked some more.
And took a boat tour.
We ended the day with Lebanese food.
When we got back to our room, I checked my health app.
I'd say I definitely got in my walking for the day.

Best wishes for a great new week.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Dubai: Day One

On Thursday we flew to Dubai where my husband had several meetings scheduled.  We always catch an early morning flight so that we are able to make a quick trip to The Dubai Mall where we visit our favorite bookstore, Kinokuniya.
And then we have Nordsee seafood soup and sourdough bread for lunch.  Even though I don't eat seafood anymore, this has been a tradition for us since our first trip to Dubai together so it's one that I maintain.
Back at the hotel, while he was taking care of business, I found ways to entertain myself.
A little crochet.  A little drink.  And a walk around the hotel grounds.
Although Dubai never does get as hot as Kuwait, it can be very, very humid during the summer.  Fortunately, the weather was actually pretty good while we were there.  
The hotel is actually right across the street from the airport, but because of all the landscaping, it feels like you are in a lush, tropical environment.
That evening, our friend, Yamanaka, treated us to Japanese food and drink.
It's always nice to get away for the weekend and Dubai is a great place for just that.

Hope your weekend has been a good one.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Travel Throwback: Jersey City

Last summer while road tripping with my boys, we spent a day in Jersey City, NJ.
I always enjoy wandering around the historic district of any town we visit.
Old buildings have so much character and I love the stoops that are common in New York and the surroundings areas.
Jersey City is also where you can find the wonderful Hudson Valley River Walkway.
This is the closest we ever got to the Statue of Liberty.
My Colorado boy ran down to the river to bring me back a stone.
They make fun of me for crocheting covers for them, but that didn't stop him from getting me the perfect river rock.
And last night, I finally crocheted a cover for it.
Today's prompt, of course, for the index card a day challenge is the 4th of July so I painted the American flag.

Have a safe and happy Independence Day!

Monday, July 3, 2017

Meals on Monday

Those of you who've known me long enough are aware that I stopped eating meat many years ago.  I think it's been about 9 years now, and about 4 years that I've been mostly vegan (traveling and eating out sometimes has its challenges).  I have lots of standard dishes I make at home and whenever I try something different, my husband likes to say I'm "experimenting".  
I'm trying to use what we've got on hand rather than running to the grocery store all the time, so over the weekend I made daal, potatoes with green beans (made from leftovers) and for my husband. I also made a cucumber greek yogurt salad.  No recipes, but I know what tastes I like so a pinch of this and a dash of that until I get close to what I'm looking for.

Something I've started doing recently is making my own tortillas, flatbread, whatever you want to call it -- every culture has their own take on it.
I halved this recipe (2 cups of flour, 1/2 tsp of salt, 3/4 cup water, 3 TBS olive oil) to get 4 portions (sometimes I add other spices like cumin, garlic powder, etc).
Roll them out and then spray your pan and cook a minute or two on each side.
So quick and easy.  I don't know why it took me so long to make my own.

This meal was obviously Indian inspired; one of my favorite cuisines.

Have a great start to the week.


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