Lived-in design

So I also read about hotels as they really set the tone for travel experience.  If you  feel like you could be in a home like place and there is a lot of native life outside your temporary dwelling it just makes you feel different. So I came upon an article from Tablet and it mentioned Lived-in design in hotels.

Here is what I found in researching about that in a house/apartment.

Simple Definition of lived–in

  • : having a comfortable and appealing appearance or quality that comes from being used for a long time

  • : showing the effects of age

Source: Merriam-Webster’s Learner’s Dictionary
I found examples. The most important rule is that it does not look staged.  When you sell a house and you stage it, lived in is the opposite.

-leave books out

-leave your pictures out

-bring your dog inside

-have blankets on the chair

They say that what you don’t want is a magazine perfect room. I call those “don’t sit on the sofa types. ”  The sofas are covered in plastic.  When you sit down and proceed to sweat, you stick to the chair and make this funny noise when you get up if you have shorts or a skirt on.

 

plastic chair covers

Later!

Ireland N Scotland -A snippet

So apparently no one takes culinary adventures in Ireland and Scotland at least not as their first choice. Even before we left for the trip we had second thoughts about the food.

So upon arriving to Dublin we set out to drive down south about three hours. We had a Fiat, so tiny and cute that you could miss it. First we stopped at a local 99 pence store. We got water and we had some snacks which we had bought with us from home.

We drove for a few hours and realized jet lag was setting it. We hit Starbucks-just like home but with accents. When we finally reached our destination we were famished. We asked for local recommendations. How successful were we?  It was like the town had shut down, literally. It was a small town, and it was also late in the evening. We had a choice of pizza, kebabs, and Italian food-sounds like budget Manhattan. We could not find a pub we wanted to be in and a modern sort of new place. The pub was a little too pub-bish for us.

We ended up at a seafood place but modern artsy sort of place. I had a tuna burger and my other half had a fish mixture, yeah, whatever they call that. Hmm, mine was okay and his was okay.

Fast forward to breakfast. It was a full Irish breakfast. Black and white pudding were  included. We split that and realized that it has to be an acquired taste. There was also yogurt and cereal and fruit -saviors in disguise. We filled our bellies as we did not know when our next meal/proper meal might be.

We visited Blarney Castle that day. After traipsing around the grounds and getting pictures we decided to get lunch. We are cheap and sometimes just don’t want to be bothered. We went to the local supermarket and got the lunch deal- like a subway. It came with crisps and a drink. We sat in the town square and ate.  We felt like locals just lounging and enjoying the day.

There were several crows mounting a silent attack at the park entrance. They sat in every available spot and threatened to swoop down as we walked. The lunch was brilliant. With bellies full we proceeded to drive around and get lost.  We watched all the tour buses and remembered why we like to drive ourselves–escape when you can, leave all your crap in one place while you stalk around and take the path less traveled.

Happy Travels

 

Buffalo NY

The last time I was in Buffalo I felt that I was in another world.  When you drive through or stay in a former boom town it just feels different : downtrodden, sad, quiet, and lost.  At least it was not like Albany which also felt sketchy.  On some fronts these places can even appear dangerous.  Niagara NY- close to the bridge area, is a really sad area and at night time, I would be no where near.  I think in the day time as well.
But here is the upside to this story.  Buffalo is going through a kind of revival.  Check out this article and see the pictures.

Buffalo coming back
Buffalo coming back #2

Buffalo pictures

Hack job (pre oven/range delivery)

So what do you do for food when you have thrown out your stove/oven!
Well here is what you can do-eat out every night.

What did I do?

I used this breakfast station appliance- on top was a griddle with a glass cover, then inside was an oven and  warming area.  On the side as a coffee maker.

Well,  being a creative, and clever person, I knew I could find or rather would find a way to make dinner.

So after a false start, I made rice on the griddle which was deep enough to hold some water.  Then I cooked the pork chops in the toaster oven part.  After that I put the cauliflower to cook on the griddle using some of the juices from the meat.

My husband and daughter approved. That gave me the confidence to do it again.  I had chicken breasts, corn, broccoli, and chickpeas.  I made rice in my rice cooker.  Then I seasoned and warmed up corn in the coffee maker.  Later I blanched and finished off with broiling the broccoli.  Prior prep for the chicken made the last step easy as pie.  I seasoned chicken breast after deboning it.  I cubed it, let it soak in seasoning, coconut milk and a bit of peanut butter.  I put on the griddle and waited for the magic to happen.  Final word-husband loved it and daughter cleaned her plate.

Though I like this single person with a kitchenette appliance- I await my full sized range.  Soon to return will be the days of serious volume cooking, baking, and multi tasking.

Have fun with food!

3-in-1
Courant 3-IN-1 Multifunction Breakfast Hub – Red

Banana cake with amaretto frosting 

My husband and I noticed an ad in the Clipper Magazine.  I usually do not save anything but this time I pulled out a few pages and one was for the 808 Bistro.  We are always into trying a new place and my Aunt was visiting so we figured when we were with her she took us around, Now that she is here we could do something nice.
The hostess was nice and the waiter was attentive.  The owner or manager came buy and made a nice comment.  The appetizer was of a good portion and mine was especially large so I gave to my toddler as she is okay with chicken.  The only thing about my appetizer (chicken) was that it was a lot (not really a problem but it kind of filled me) and that there was a squirt of the sauce.
I guess they do not want to be like the chains that send toppings and sauces out at every chance. My husband had the sausage “egg rolls.” They were good.  My aunt had the grilled shrimp over greens and beans.
I then had the steak with/mushrooms medium well,  which was okay, as I am just a minor lover of steak but my scalloped potatoes were baked in an individual dish and just what I needed. (nice touch)  My husband had the pork rib eye which he was not sure about at first.  He wondered if pork could come in a rib eye cut.  Well it did and he liked it.  Along with his meal were mashed sweet potatoes which he ended up sharing with my aunt who had the Fillet of Sole, topped with a super tangy lemon sauce and finished with slivered almonds.  Hers also came with sliced green and yellow squash and stir fried w/onions.  Her veggies my husband and I finished.  Oh did I mention that I was stuffed.  Well then came dessert.  We had flan and bread pudding with banana sauce. The pudding plate had a strawberry and both banana and strawberry sauces.  Even my toddler liked it.  The flan just melted in the mouth.  It was not as solid as other flans we had in the past but it was not bad, just nothing to write home about. The whipped cream texture and the super creamy nature of the flan were not a good match.
The restaurant was barely full when we arrive in the early evening but it had a full house while we were there.  It was a good time and we will probably return as we had a really positive experience.  I have a toddler, so anyplace that does not turn up its nose has my vote.
It was apparently a former bar but they put about 17 tables and kept an “ole school” ceiling with 3 fans which are not too noisy and not too windy.  The place had dim lighting with candles on each table.  It was enough to eat.  There was music in the background but not to the point where you would have to yell loud to be heard.  It looks like a small well run operation as there were only a few waiters to manage the place.  Oh the parking–some on the street.  I did not investigate pay parking nor if they had a lot for customers.
Until then!  Eat up!!!

808 Bistro, Scarsdale NY

My husband and I noticed an ad in the Clipper Magazine.  I usually do not save anything but this time I pulled out a few pages and one was for the 808 Bistro.  We are always into trying a new place and my Aunt was visiting so we figured when we were with her she took us around, Now that she is here we could do something nice.
The hostess was nice and the waiter was attentive.  The owner or manager came buy and made a nice comment.  The appetizer was of a good portion and mine was especially large so I gave to my toddler as she is okay with chicken.  The only thing about my appetizer (chicken) was that it was a lot (not really a problem but it kind of filled me) and that there was a squirt of the sauce.
I guess they do not want to be like the chains that send toppings and sauces out at every chance. My husband had the sausage “egg rolls.” They were good.  My aunt had the grilled shrimp over greens and beans.
I then had the steak with/mushrooms medium well,  which was okay, as I am just a minor lover of steak but my scalloped potatoes were baked in an individual dish and just what I needed. (nice touch)  My husband had the pork rib eye which he was not sure about at first.  He wondered if pork could come in a rib eye cut.  Well it did and he liked it.  Along with his meal were mashed sweet potatoes which he ended up sharing with my aunt who had the Fillet of Sole, topped with a super tangy lemon sauce and finished with slivered almonds.  Hers also came with sliced green and yellow squash and stir fried w/onions.  Her veggies my husband and I finished.  Oh did I mention that I was stuffed.  Well then came dessert.  We had flan and bread pudding with banana sauce. The pudding plate had a strawberry and both banana and strawberry sauces.  Even my toddler liked it.  The flan just melted in the mouth.  It was not as solid as other flans we had in the past but it was not bad, just nothing to write home about. The whipped cream texture and the super creamy nature of the flan were not a good match.
The restaurant was barely full when we arrive in the early evening but it had a full house while we were there.  It was a good time and we will probably return as we had a really positive experience.  I have a toddler, so anyplace that does not turn up its nose has my vote.
It was apparently a former bar but they put about 17 tables and kept an “ole school” ceiling with 3 fans which are not too noisy and not too windy.  The place had dim lighting with candles on each table.  It was enough to eat.  There was music in the background but not to the point where you would have to yell loud to be heard.  It looks like a small well run operation as there were only a few waiters to manage the place.  Oh the parking–some on the street.  I did not investigate pay parking nor if they had a lot for customers.
Until then!  Eat up!!!