by Meli C

Posts from — May 2011

Staying put

{Our balcony, with views of the Miami skyline.}

For the second year in a row, we have decided to stay put for Memorial Day weekend.

Last year turned out to be a great time to relax at the beach and catch up with old friends. This year, I’m very excited that the plan is to spend some time catching up with wedding plans and doing some honeymoon research.  Perhaps we’ll also have time for a few candle-lit dinners out on our balcony.

For those of you who are also staying home for the long weekend, below you will find links to some yummy dessert recipes that look like they’re easy and fun to make. They seem very appropriate, since they happen to be color-coordinated with the Memorial holiday theme.

* Chocolate-Dipped Pretzels by Emily
* Raspberry and Peach Popsicles by Béa
* The Perfect Sugar Cookie by Dawn
* Angel Food Cake with Berries by Taste of Home
* Strawberry Granita with Whipped Cream by Melissa

May 26, 2011   3 Comments

Weekday off

{Hippie Lifeguard Station @ South Beach}

Last week I took a day off work to spend it with my brother who was in town visiting.  We rode bikes to the beach, all the way down to ocean drive and back up to 20th street.

{Biking down the Venetian Causeway}

We laughed a bit at tourists on Segway tours of the Miami Beach hotels, and at dogs taking quick dips in public fountains.

{Tourists on a Segway Tour}

{Dog chilling in a fountain on Lincoln Rd}

On our way back home we stopped for lunch at one of my favorite spots. We tried the cold lasagna, which is (not-surprisingly in retrospect) one of their most popular dishes. It’s vegetarian, made with zucchini instead of pasta, tons of amazing chunky tomato sauce, and loads of veggies. It was delicious and refreshing, and has now become my favorite item on the lunch menu.

{Bayside Grill @ the Standard}

{Living “Lasagna” Vegetable Terrine}

May 23, 2011   1 Comment

The National Zoo

{Great Cats Exhibit}

I think it’s really great for cities to offer free public entertainment for the whole family. Especially when it’s educational, like in the case of the Smithsonian’s National Zoo in D.C.  The zoo is free and open every day of the year, except on December 25. It was packed when we visited.

Apart from the regular live exhibitions, the zoo strives to educate zoo-goers about the different species and the environment we all live in.  Some of the animals showcased are indeed unique and rare.

{Golden Lion Tamarin @ mammal exhibit}

{Red Ruffed Lemur @ mammal exhibit}

{Sleeping Meerkats @ mammal exhibit}

I must admit I do have a love-hate relationship with zoos, and seeing large animals in such enclosed spaces does break my heart. Unlike lions, tigers are quite solitary and prefer to hang out alone.

{Sumatran Tiger @ Great Cats exhibit}

The Panda exhibit is gorgeous, surrounded by hundreds of colorful peonies.


Unfortunately, we arrived during feeding time, so we only got a glimpse of the back of its head.

{Giant Asian Panda}

May 20, 2011   No Comments

Sculpture Garden

{National Gallery of Art’s Sculpture Garden}

Last weekend we took a quick weekend trip to Washington D.C. to visit friends, and it was a great break from the routine.

While walking through The National Mall, we accidentally strolled into the Sculpture Garden.  It suddenly reminded me of the Secret Garden, filled with plants and beautiful flowers, and sculptures.

It’s a great little hideaway in the middle of the city, with a cafe and a beautiful fountain that also doubles as an ice skating rink in the winter time.

I leave you with some of my favorite pieces from the current exhibition.

{Cheval Rouge (Red Horse), 1974, by Alexander Calder}

{Gleaming steel Graft by Artist Roxy Paine}

{House I, 1996/1998 by Roy Lichtenstein}

May 18, 2011   1 Comment

Springtime in the City

A few weeks ago, I was in New York City again for work, and was enchanted by the hundreds and thousands of bright beautiful tulips that lit up the whole city.

It was only a few months ago that I had been there, walking the same streets, and everything looked so different; cold and covered in white.

I love how the changing seasons let us rediscover familiar places time and time again.

May 13, 2011   No Comments

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