Thursday, March 27, 2008

Spice Market comes to Atlanta at the new W, Midtown

Spice Market, Atlanta
Jean George's Spice Market features cuisine inspired from the street food of South Eastern Asia.

My favorite dishes:
black pepper shrimp with sundried pineapple
spices chicken samosas with cilantro yogurt
shanghai noodles (in pic)
pork vindaloo
thai jewels

Saturday, March 15, 2008

San Jose, Costa Rica

Costa Rican colones are 490 to a dollar. We were in San Jose for the weekend. Cindy and Ernesto will be moving there in June for a year. I will miss them very much but will fly often to visit. This trip was more about getting a feel for the neighborhood than about rainforests or volcanoes. It was fun. Some thinngs that we covered on this trip...
1) Escazu and Santa Ana neighborhoods
2) El Pueblo nightlife, bar areas downtown
3) The park that runs in the middle of downtown and along sabana sur neighborhood
4) Hotel Grana de Oro -- Situated on a shady street just off Paseo Colón, Hotel Grano de Oro is a true oasis, a sanctuary in the heart of the city. Converted from a Tropical Victorian mansion, the 35-room hotel has the warmth and comfort of a private home. Hallways lined with period photographs and original art meander through the building and present lush tropical flower arrangements and luxuriant plants at every turn. Italian tile fountains that grace the intimate atrium are a must. The breakfast is great as is the bar/cafe area.

Saturday, March 1, 2008

Cancun, Mexico

This is one of the most inspirational books I have read. It is the story of Lance Armstrong who battles cancer, defies his odds for survival and wins Tour De France making the idea of a medical miracles a reality. I hear a miracle happens everyday. This, like mum's case is one of them.
My favorite lines:
"The truth is that cancer is the best thing that ever happened to me. Why would I want to change, even for a day, the most important and shaping event of my life?"
"I don't check my mother at the door"
"i want to die at a hundred years old after screaming down an Alpine descent on a bycycle at 75 miles per hour"