Tuesday, March 31, 2009
A) find a really lovely netbook sleeve - on Etsy of course, Janine King designs, fabric being purple poppies, isn't it just a grand moodlifting thing?
B) attach a fantastic colour changing mouse to her so I don't have to bother with that ridiculous inbuilt thing - yes I know, to be excited by a colour changing mouse may not be either grown up nor hip, but it really is kind of quite cool...
C) Too make it a perfect protective threesome I'm now looking for a skin to protect the wee thing from all the fingerprints that seem to positively glue themselves to her - yes her and I have named her too, so what.
Preferably I'd like to make a skin (self-adhesive sticker) from one of my own photos, so far I've searched in vain for a company closer to home that offers that. Anyone who has any suggestions where to find netbook skins like that, other than the one company I've already found on the other side of the big pond?
Please note that I'm not interested in pottering with this on my own, I'm looking to upload the designated photo, crop it in a pleasing way, get the job professionally done, the finished and great looking product sent to me for a reasonable price.
Her name is Selma and yes, she'd very much like a protective skin of her own.
Monteliusgången also offers simply grand views over the city and its waters. Definitely a must stop and saunter whether in Stockholm on a quick or long visit or living here.
Monday, March 30, 2009
If you want to know more about Blogger Aid and its cause to alleviate world hunger, go to the website and find out more.
Blogger Aid's current fundraiser is the planned cookbook, with recipes from all over the world, where 100% of the profit from the sales will be directed to School Meals, a program of The World Food Programme (WFP), the United Nations frontline agency. Last date for submit your recipes is March 31st - that is tomorrow... - read more about details here and the recipe style format here.
In my semi-usual procrastinating style I was tad late with my submission, it being the vegetarian dish above. Of which I can't reveal any details yet. Other than it is colourful and flavourful.
More about them and the other thingies I'll adorn my twigs with to come, for now, which egg do you prefer? Ms Dotty Bulgy with a blue ribbon in her hair or Mr Pinkie Stripey with orange headband?
Sunday, March 29, 2009
The three layer chocolate cake bobby pins are a treat for myself, just because the woolly hat wearing days are (almost) over and for those days a chocolate cake is not on the actual menu. The strawberry ice cream earrings are an upcoming birthday gift and I can't wait to see the recipient's reaction to her treat...
Saturday, March 28, 2009
The perfect Saturday sweet treat - feel like practising your Swedish then you say "lördagsgodis" lördag - Saturday's, godis - sweets, candy - just might be this traditional Swedish sweets called "brända mandlar" - burnt almonds.
These red, chewy ones are classic - as opposed to the other version, the caramelized ones often sold at Christmas fairs around Sweden, those are reasonably easy to make yourself, the classic aren't - but not all that easy to find of good quality. Lots of disgusting, too sugary, crystallized not nearly chewy enough ones sold in candy shops and at fairs, and I find myself rarely buying or eating them as a grown up since I quite prefer to dwell on childhood memories when all burnt almonds tasted heavenly and were a rare treat.
Edit - the burnt almond, that isn't really burnt but roasted is hidden inside the red coat which has a lovely chewy concistency of fudge.
Friday, March 27, 2009
As much as I like the end result, the irregular less than picture perfect shape, the over sized length I adore, my favourite pale grey furry woolly brim, the hues of purple, violet, white (although granted that doesn't show so well in the photos) I will adamantly save it for next winter - I mean it's suppose to be spring for real in a few days, welcome April -, I'm stoically resisting this tempting mix of soy-wool. Really.
When one can't seem to sort out all the majorly important things in life, one can at least erase and cleanse the iPod. But the more one download-upload (which way is up and which way is down, that is the question) the more tiresome it gets to actually try and decide which ones should stay which should go, which ones should be swept away in much needed spring cleaning and which ones sit safe. Especially if that "one" that's in charge of the music library has a middle name spelled Procrastinator.
In awaiting of actual musical spring cleaning mood - admittedly I've been quite good at cleansing my bookshelves as lately, leaving room for new and improved books I actually like, love and adore and want at this time in life as opposed to what I read 10-20 years ago... - these are the artists - as songs would be too many to write blog about, some artists have loads of songs while others appear only once in a special song, hence the "1" - sharing the iPod space at the moment (as this will be a longish list, downsized is the text);
1 Giant Leap (1)
Adolphson & Falk
Alison Krauss (1)
Anouska Shankar (1)
Antony & the Johnsons
Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers (1)
Astrud Gilberto (1)
The Beach Boys (1)
The Beautiful South
The Beloved (1)
Billy Mack (1)
Bo Kaspers Orkester
Bo Sundström & Frida Öhrn
Chris Davis (1)
Christina Aguilera (1)
Darren Hayes (1)
David Shire (1)
Debbie Harry (1)
Dina Carroll (1)
Dinah Washington (1)
Dolphin Boy (1)
Elton John (1)
Emmylou Harris (1)
Everything But the Girl
Frank Sinatra (1)
Gillian Welch (1)
Girls Aloud (1)
Gotan Project (1)
Groove Armada (1)
Henri Salvador (1)
Israel Kamakawiwo'ole (1)
Jarabe de Palo (1)
K. D. Lang
Kelly Clarkson (1)
Lisa Miskovsky (1)
Liv Widell (1)
Lois Clark (1)
Lynden David Hall (1)
Mark Tolga (1)
Maroon 5 (1)
Mary J. Blige (1)
Mylene Farmer (1)
Olivia Olson (1)
Otis Redding (1)
Paul Simon (1)
Pet Shop Boys
Pierre Belmond (1)
Robbie Williams (1)
Ron Sexsmith (1)
Shelby Lynne (1)
Slow Train (1)
Soft Cell (1)
The Soggy Bottom Boys (1)
Sophie B. Hawkins
Stan Getz & João Gilberto (1)
Syd Matters (1)
Ty Unwin & Joolz (1)
Vincente Amigo (1)
William Orbit (1)
As this list may have hinted my (of course indeed very refined) taste in music, any artists/songs you think I should give a go? Any of the artists/songs above you love, any you're not too keen on?
For my most-listen-to-list, have a look here
Thursday, March 26, 2009
Djursholm castle, Danderyd municipality building, suburb Stockholm
Salsta castle, outside Uppsala, owned by the state, golf course, café, opened to the public in summers, and part of its...
Ekolsund castle, Enköping, conference facilities, more here and here
Örby castle, Stockholm suburbs, Vietnam's embassy since the 1970ies
Sturehov castle, Stockholm suburbs, more here, here and here
Margretelund castle, Stockholm suburbs, private home
Yxtaholm castle, outside Flen, conference facilities with a way prettier stable building than the actual castle
Stenhammar castle, outside Flen, owned by the state yet not opened to the public, neither garden nor castle
So, which might be your favourite castle amongst these?
Winter castles, part I here
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
I'm smitten and just so pleased I stumbled over Angel D'Amico's shop on Etsy and decided on a must-investment for spring since the piece is even more lovely irl than on screen. I thought it would be made of chunkier jersey, which would have been great too, but it turned out to be light and delicateish and just perfect in its both feminine and yet . Also, extra plus for the sweet and unexpected whiffs of fresh laundry that was included with the scarf. Now, come spring no need for woolly shawls for real, please.
Bo02 fair (annual housing-fairs held in Sweden, in new built or rebuilt areas), most of the place previously being a rundown industrial site. Myself I think the whole scene, with few architectural quirks exceptions, to be like a ginormous uncharming show room, with giant windowed apartments on display, cement box houses and not nearly enough privacy to neither live nor breath, a sad and typical rich man's ghetto. As much as architecture can impress, fill you with awe and giddiness, it most certainly can make you feel quite the opposite too. If you by chance might think it doesn't look half bad in these photos, that's just me desperately trying to make things looking tad bit appealing because I can't stand ugliness. Period.
Swedish here and a bit in English here
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
One eatery I gladly keep returning to almost every time I'm in or around Copenhagen is Pussy Galore's Flying Circus - website unfortunately under new construction, don't know why since I think it was kind of perfect as it was - a no frills, laid back, unpretentious restaurant, bar, café, hangout that serve food and drinks from hearty breakfasts in the morning to dinner and fancy drinks in the evening. I'm not too crazy about their indoor ambiance and decor style, but the outdoor area at the square St Hans Torv surrounded by busy streets is just the thing in the summers. Not exactly city center, but definitely worth the walk, drive, detour.
I'm admittedly not a (veggie) burger kind of gal in general, the few good ones I've truly enjoyed can be counted on the fingers of one hand. Well made or not, it's just not my type of food. Simply too much of a fast food stigmata attached to them. And what's with all that bread? Having said that, let's stick to the veggie nut burger above which makes one's mouth water just by its looks (burger made with peanuts and chickpeas.) And those fries, don't they look like crispy golden delight?
The meal tastes just as great as it looks, the only obvious negative bit about the it being that its ridiculously over sized and even if I don't have any urges to finish all the food on my plate I just think it's completely wasteful with these huge servings.
They do serve these wonderful power juices too, heavenly bursting with fruits perk me uppers. And some totally sublime ice coffees. The desserts aren't half bad either, but since I'm always completely stuffed after half a serving of that nutty burger I've only had a piece of dessert once - and that's plain weird coming from me, the one who always consider top notch restaurants being those with a carefully prepared dessert menu - this rather unusual and very pretty chocolate pistachio cake with raspberry sauce and sesame seed crunchie.
And you have to agree that their warm elderflower cordial is darn pleasing to the eye (as well as the palate, trust me.) ~
Pussy Galore's Flying Circus
St Hans Torv 30
For another restaurant with great vegetarian food in Copenhagen, I suggest RizRaz
And for possibly the best ice latte in the world, head to Baresso