Monday, July 11, 2011
Sunday, June 5, 2011
Wednesday, June 1, 2011
The dictionary and stand in this photo resided in the master bedroom of my grandmother-in-law, about five feet from her chaise lounge.
Friday, April 22, 2011
- Cook 1 lb (or 500 g) linguini in salted water. Once cooked, rinse in cold water to cool (so it won't cook the eggs when they’re mixed together). Drain well.
- Beat 1 dozen eggs
- Grated cheese, 1 cup or more of parmesan, use romano if you like a stronger cheese
- Italian parsley, chopped, 1 bunch or 1/2 cup (to your liking)
- Black pepper, to taste
- Mix all ingredients together and let rest for about 20 minutes.
- Pour into a greased 9x13 baking pan. Press down on the pasta mixture with your hands (to get the air out) and smooth the top.
- Bake at 350°F for 1 hour.
- Remove from oven and cool.
- Serve cold, cut into rectangular pieces. Eat with your hands.
Wednesday, January 12, 2011
In 1638, the original "Grimaldo" was destroyed by an earthquake, and the town was rebuilt in an area known as “Chiata” (from where the district "'mpedichiati" developed, meaning literally "at Chiata's feet"). In 1639 the rebuilding of the original Grimaldi began ("vecchio Grimaldo").
Che terrore, e che gran lutto,
Fra i ghiacci de febraio.
Oh! Iddio, che cosa amara, e che malanno
Mura, e travi, a nostro d’anno
Contrastava cosi forte
Che vidiamo la morte e noi d’avanti
E Cosenza con i tanti
Case e torre del suo valle
Senti quel triste ballo con gran duolo
Ne quel pianto, ne fu solo
Rende, Donnici, e Marano,
Paterno di Pigano, e Mendicino
Cerisano del la vicino
Caroleir, Casello, Franco
Dal cielo era quasi stanco, aveva distrutto
E per questi luoghi tutti
Da vicino, e da lontano
Non ce paesa sano afatto afatto
Ma Grimaldi e tutto sana
Financo da lontano, a da vicino,
Che divina maraviglia
Di quei nostri cittadini
Trovati a quei confini si salvarono
E il miracolo contrarono...
“I can still remember quite vividly the earth tremors in our home town.... Most of the people in our town were ordered to vacate their homes (including us) and we camped out of town in a large orchard for more than three weeks. ...there were many houses in our town with extensive damage....”
Medaglia commemorativa. Terremoto Calabro-Siculo. 28 dicembre 1908.
The Italian video below marks the 100th anniversary of the 1908 earthquake:
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
1. Frida Kahlo sells everything
|Negra Modelo beer with Frida label|
2. The beach is beautiful and not just for beach bunnies
|Lunch stop at Zamas|
3. Skeletons with boobs
|Day of the Dead attraction at a tourista shop|
4. Bicycle parking in the jungle
|At the Mayan ruins of Coba|
5. Iguanas and other animals we don't have at home
|Iguana at Tulum|
6. Really old and historic stuff like Mayan ruins
|Chichen Itza: sculls with Temple of Kukulkan (El Castillo) in the background|
7. Real tacos and tequila drinks
|Fresh lime margarita with achiote shrimp tacos at Zamas|
8. Mariachi music and talavera pottery
|Talavera pottery frogs playing mariachi music (use your imagination)|
|Our home in Playcar|
What are your favourite things about Mexico?
Tuesday, December 7, 2010
I was saddened to hear of the construction worker who died of his injuries from falling off the Canada Place sails in Vancouver. I watched the workers in August, appearing as ants against the massive white sail structure they were repairing. I have the greatest respect for workers who could do that kind of job so high off the ground, exposed to the elements, and often in plain view of a crowd of tourists. The photos below show the scale of their work. RIP.
(Click photos to enlarge.)