I think I found my favorite spring color and it goes great with my red hair, so double win. I matched my mint and bright yellow wedges with black jeans from H&M, mint top from Zara, denim jacket and my vintage bag with Vespas, that Martin bought me last year when we were at Legkada. This quirky accessory just makes me smile and completes the whole outfit. Stay tuned for the other accessories I’m loving right now..
I guess everyone has experienced the sensation to go somewhere new and to feel instantly at home, at peace with yourself and filled with joy. I love travelling, as you may know, and all the places I’ve visited have charmed me in some way. But there are a few I felt at home. And one of them is Greece. It’s not exotic, it’s not something unexpected, but the minute I cross the border I feel happy. I can taste of sea food in my mouth, the sun on my skin and the clear waters of the Mediterranean or the Aegean sea spread before me. And being able to experience this a few times a year makes me very lucky, I know. And a few weeks back was one of those times. We visited Kassandra, which is one of the peninsulas of Chalkidiki and I’ve heard it’s very crowded and expensive but at the beginning of May it’s just perfect. Great hotel, lovely food, amazing beaches, astonishing views and warm people. I was glad that we could go to my favorite places, located on the other peninsula Sithonia, Nea Marmaras with the best tavern you can ever imagine Ta Kimata, Kalugria beach with the small pond where turtles live and Kalamitsi with the little island just off the beach and the amazing view of Mount Athos. If you ever get the chance – go, it’s totally worth it.
As some of you may know, as Orthodox Christians we Bulgarians celebrate Easter a week after most of the world. Me and my folks had a great plan to visit a small picturesque village in neighboring Greece called Keramoti. They’ve been there before and I’ve heard amazing things about it. So, naturally, I wanted to share my great experience here. Sadly, this isn’t possible, as I came down with the flu and all plans for a sunny holiday by the sea fell through. I spent the last 5 days in bed, hardly moving, with no desire even to open my laptop. Now that I feel better, I decided that I could share some pics from the time we spent in Romania a month ago. We were wondering between a Milan city break and this. However, my fascination with history, castles and Count Dracula won. Bellow you can see some photos of Peles castle, a Neo-Renaissance castle in the Carpathian Mountains, near Sinaia. It is a beautiful and impressive building due to its architecture and style, and also thanks to the very well preserved interiors. The king wanted to bring together different styles and there can be seen German, Italian, French and Oriental influence in his Summer Residence.
These are some pics from our trip to Bran Castle. It’s a formidable 800 year old fortress built strategically on a hill in Bran, the home of the notorious Vlad Tepes, the Impaler.
A few weeks ago I was ready with my next post and then I got a phone call from my Mom saying one of her best friends has passed away. Since then I couldn’t bring myself to write. I wasn’t sure if I should write about that here. It’s a depressing and very personal topic but I feel the need to share at least some of my thoughts.
Each of us has lost, or will lose, something dear. Not only that, but the grief that follows doesn’t come with a manual. People manage in their own individual way. However, I think there is one thing we all have in common: asking the question “Why?”. I think about my mother’s friend everyday. I think about her family and how grief can’t be measured, because I can’t begin to phatom what they are feeling. What it would be like to lose your role model, your best friend, your other half. And yet, I found that I also think about her courage, her amazingly strong character, her smoking on a terrace overlooking the Aegean sea, her fondness for jewels and her unconditional love for animals. And I find myself smiling. That’s when I realized how grief takes it course. You mourn. You adapt. You remember.
It’s not a surprise that my mood, like most people’s, is affected by the clothes I wear. Researchers have found that women in particular attach emotions to clothes. One of the pieces that always puts a smile on my face is this vintage floral dress. I decided to match it with black tights and oxford pumps and was really glad with the romantic look I got.
There are many different recipes of this simple, spicy and filling dish. I’ve tried a few of them and, as I usually like to do, came up with a mash of them that suits my taste. Hope you like it too.
First I chopped the onion and the garlic and added them to the preheated olive oil in the large pan. I cooked them for 5 minutes, then added the cumin, hot chilli, salt and pepper. After that I added the meat and broke it up to small lumps and cooked until the mince was golden-brown. Then it was time for the beans, tomatoes and tomato puree. The whole thing needs to boil and be stirred regularly for the next 20 minutes. I found that the chilli is better if it’s left to stand for 10 minutes before serving. You can serve it with sour cream, rice or just plain. This time I made a nice green salad.
350 gr minced meat
200 gr red beans
200 gr white beans in spicy tomato sauce
400 gr chopped tomatoes
200 gr tomato puree
4 garlic cloves
1 tblsp olive oil
1 tblsp hot chilli
1 tsp cumin