prayers with those in oklahoma and everyone affected by the tornadoes there.
sometimes life (and nature) are so unfair.
My favorite in a while (or perhaps ever?), by the brilliant Patti Smith. I would expect nothing less; she’s basically the coolest lady ever.
I’m officially back home! Aside from a loong day on Saturday, I’ve managed to escape jetlag and woke up feeling much better on Sunday. Happy to be home with my family, and I’m headed back to NYC in a couple weeks! More on that tomorrow.
Have a great week!
Remember my obsession with my neighborhood Lebanese restaurant? Seriously, I miss it already, and I haven’t even left yet. But one of the things I can take home with me is my newfound love of Lebanese food.
Along with the moussaka, this is our favorite tapas dish to order there. Whenever we order it, the owner always asks, “Do you know what this is? Because often people order it and are surprised when they get it.” Of course, at this point, we know what we’re getting. And it’s great.
It’s not your typical smooth, creamy hummus. Consider it hummus, deconstructed, and served warm. So basically, it’s a hot dip of mashed chickpeas, cumin, and toasted pine nuts. Sounds basic, but trust me, it’s awesome. We like to have potluck parties here, and my homemade version of this dip has become a staple. Serve it with warm pita and/or veggies, and you’ve got a hit on your hands.
Père Lachaise has been on my “pilgrimage” list for a few reasons; re-enacting a portrait of my mom is one, and visiting a few graves of the many incredible people is another.
My trip to the famous cemetery was fairly short, but I was blown away. Not just by the fact that as you walk along, so many famous names just pop out of nowhere (David, Chopin, Jim Morrison, Oscar Wilde…), but also by the beauty of the place. Thanks to a beautiful Sunday afternoon in May, the landmark was in full bloom.
I brought some flowers of my own.
The only part of the cemetery that is sectioned off is the area around Jim Morrison’s grave, for vandalism issues. I made a quick run for it. I only wanted to spread some love.
I recommend it for an afternoon stroll, short or long. The place is huge, so you can decide. I saw many people sitting in nooks reading and hanging out, and I wish I had more time to explore every corner, because it really is so beautiful. And keep an eye out for the stray cats- they’re everywhere!