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Happy National Coffee Day

My take.


Something we always do when in the UK is having coffee at tradfitional English tearooms. It’s not only the very English atmosphere inside but the feeling of royalty while enjoying their crumpets, scones or cakes along with our coffee.


In France, it’s normal to order coffee at a café and have it with bread or patisserie you bought from a boulangerie (bakery) or patisserie shop. I bought this “special” bread from a gay boulangerie in the Marais in Paris for the sake of trying it with my coffee. It tastes fine, the only problem was, I was too meek to be seen eating it (I was on a table outside!) so I spent the whole time covering it with a napkin everytime someone walks past.


My first taste of espresso was in Italy 16 years ago. Yes, what you see is what you get. Ten ml of coffee so strong that you might find your heart palpitating seconds after drinking it.


In Europe, it’s normal to be served a bit of chocolate with your coffee as it actually makes the coffee tastes better when taken with something sweet.


In Siquijor, Philippines, everytime we ordered coffee, we were given sachets of Nescafe accompanied by a pair of scissors. I asked the waitress what the cutter is for and she said it’s for snipping the sachets as it is usually hard to rip them with the teeth.


The joy of dining in rural French restaurants

It was 11am.  It was meant to be a shopping day in Strasbourg but the traffic had us pulling our hairs at the edge of our seats.   ‘This is ridiculous!  We are wasting our precious Saturday on traffic!’

And so just as soon as we saw an exit, we speeded out, relieved to be out of the gridlock.  More motorway driving later followed by snaking forest roads that seem to go on and on,  our stomachs started screaming for food.  It was 1:20pm!


At last we saw this one in Osthouse but the prices seem to be out of this world.  A meal per head is 42euros!  We don’t care if they are recipients of all these badges of excellence.  It’s not even our birthdays to make spending that amount worthwhie.


Back to the van to try searching again, my photographic eye  noticed this barn next door.  Click goes the shutter!


Finally we found this gem of a place.

Main dish of chicken, beans and fries


For only 13euros we had an entrée, a main dish, dessert and wine in a convivial setting.

This  photo puts me on a trip to the past half a century…

Happy and satisfied without a dent on H’s wallet, we were ready for our next destination.  The day is still young.  We set the GPS to the city of Colmar….

Birthday, Sicilian style

I’d like to dedicate this post to my father (may his soul rest in peace) who had his birthday on the 27th of this month. He was, and still is, a special person in our family’s hearts so it’s just proper that his birthday is celebrated in so many places. One week ago, there was an advanced celebration in our family home in the Philippines, three days later, in Dubai where my sister and her family lives, and this time, by yours truly in Sicily, Italy.

Although it’s rather personal to be posting birthday meals here, I just want to share with you how we had it, Sicilian style, and using my newfound passion – Scrapbooking!

Enjoy the food!