Monday, July 29, 2013

to do




aos poucos vou tentar aparecer mais. porque me faz falta. porque preciso de fazer mais. melhor. diferente. devagarinho.

Thursday, March 08, 2012

pinterest: most followed



 look: that's me right there in the middle!!

thank you for sharing beautiful things with me :)

Tuesday, March 06, 2012

XL



em dias especiais gostamos de experimentar restaurantes novos. ontem não foi excepção e a escolha dele recaíu sobre o XL. situado ao lado da assembleia da república, pode passar despercebido a quem não vai à procura, apesar de ocupar toda uma esquina. por fora não damos nada por ele, mas o interior emana uma sofisticação aconchegante. candelabros, velas, nichos, diferentes níveis - tudo isto ajuda a conferir a atmosfera desejada. já não tem o aspecto rústico descrito no site, mas sim uma mistura de clássico confortável, com pouco pretenciosismo. no entanto, andámos mais de 10 minutos às voltas para encontrar um lugar de estacionamento. para quem não trabalha na assembleia ou estuda no iseg torna-se muito complicado.

além da carta recheada de pratos com descrições deliciosas, existem ainda 2 menús 'combinados', onde se pode escolher uma entrada, um prato principal e uma sobremesa, a valores menos agressivos para a carteira. eu escolhi o combinado 1 -  cogumelos panados com recheio de espinafres e carne picada; soufflé xl com espinafres e mozzarela, mousse de chocolate, tudo acompanhado com um copo de vinho da casa. já ele optou pelo combinado 2 - camembert panado com molho de manjericão e lima, e compota de framboesa; cordon bleu de frango com batata frita, crumble de maçã com gelado. achei que faltava algum sabor às minhas escolhas: um bocadinho de pimenta ou umas ervinhas aromáticas, para que a festa de sabores fosse mais evidente.

o atendimento é gentil sem ser em demasia. há tempo para escolher, comer, conversar. a conta não é simpática, mas um dia não são dias. talvez noutra ocasião especial consigamos lá voltar e experimentar os pratos mais conceituados da carta. até lá, ficamos com a memória curiosa do que vinha no pratinho ao  lado da conta: pastilhas gorila.

Friday, December 23, 2011

advent #5: the last-minute-fun gift guide



so, the last thursday before christmas. this is the last xmas related post, so it better be good, right? please don't put so much pressure on me!

most of us leave the heavy shopping for these last few days. at least the portuguese tradition follows that pattern. 'there's always time', even when you see yourself at the end of the 23rd overwhelmed by the number of bags/number of items on the list ratio.

to help you with the last-minute-lack-of-imagination, i leave you with a gift guide put together by the lovely joanna goddard from a cup of jo. from your better half, to your best friend, son, mom, dad... she picked items for everyone. and fun ones! go have a look and share the joy!


have a lovely christmas, full of laughter, lights, chocolate and love :)*


Thursday, December 15, 2011

advent #4: a very rosie christmas






so, i guess we can see a pattern here. a musical one. i really tried to find other things, like decoration tips, recipes, gift guides... and there are so many out there! but music speaks louder, and here i am. i had to share another of my christmas albuns, one that keeps playing during the holidays.

rosie's calm tunes keeps us in our toes, but in a good way. we tend to walk softly, move gently, cook with the heart... am i crazy to put so much pressure on music? oh well ;)

have yourself a very rosie christmas :)

Thursday, December 08, 2011

advent #3: a very she & him christmas









less is more. most of the times we don't even mean it but in this case... her soothing and timeless voices and his accustic guitar are more than enough to warm a autumn/winter day. she and him, zooey deschanel and m. ward, are one of the most spreaders-of-warmth out there. the simplicity is key in their work and i find myself calming down with their songs. most of them don't even seem to belong to the 21st century and that is quite refreshing. so i was thrilled to know that they were releasing a christmas album and i couldn't help myself: i got it! and as most of these lovely things, we shouldn't keep them to ourselves :)

these songs, among many others, will be played non-stop during christmas days (and christmas cooking, of course). care to share your tunes for the holidays? thank you :)

Thursday, December 01, 2011

advent #2: holiday guide (for the home)

(c) victoria smith from sfgirlbybay














i've been following victoria's website for a few years and she never stops to amaze me with the creativity and the guest posts from such talented fellows. i even got to know pinterest through her, since she was one of the pioneers. she organized a list of people to get the first invites - and i was lucky to be one of many!






this time, she introduces us to a holiday guide. an interior decoration one. several ways to style your home for xmas. you can take just a detail and work with it or go all nuts and re-do the living room! and it's funny to see several of my favourite bloggers featured there!






enjoy the pages (and victoria's lovely space) and get inpired!