SEWING, SHOPPING AND BAKED BRIE.

The other day we went over to Marion’s place! In between working to get the bar ready for opening again, we’re trying to enjoy the time off. We see a select amount of friends, in very small groups. Trying to stay careful and vigilant, but still seeing our closest ones. โค
Marion had made Kat’s specialty: baked brie. Mmmmmmm.

We had Aperol Spritz and Kat helped me take cute pics for instagram ๐Ÿ˜„๐Ÿฅฐ

Snowmelt taste test!

This was the winner! Summery and light.

On Sunday it was sunny and 27 degrees when we queued up for free veggies.

I was feeling a tad fragile after Saturday, so treated myself to a coke zero at the bar. Nothing better on a hangover than an icy cold coke zero.
We stayed at the bar for a while, but realised that we weren’t gonna get much done.. so we headed home, had couscous for dinner and watched Gladiator. ๐Ÿ‘Œ

Today I’ve been sneezing almost non stop, I think it’s high pollen season, and as it’s warm we have the windows wide open.. a bit tiring. Headed out to pick up a purchase from Vinted, love it when the seller puts a little note in the package! I try to do the same, it’s a nice touch.

Here’s the top I bought! I bought the exact same one in burgundy a couple of weeks ago, and loved it so felt I needed it in black as well ๐Ÿ˜„

I’m spending the afternoon sewing, we need a couple of things done for the bar. As we’re DIY kind of people, I’ve dug up my old sewing machine. It’s reminded me of how much I enjoy it!

Took a break for some noodles (surprise) and this, going back to work now. I’ve had nothing but stress filled dreams about opening the bar lately, just trying to remind myself that it’ll be fine and that we’re SO much more prepared this time around than we were when we originally opened! I knew nada about working in a bar, had never poured a pint before opening night. Talk about being thrown in at the deep end!
Anyway, back to sewing! Hope that you guys are having a good start to the week โœจ

A QUIZ, BAR WORK AND OODLES OF NOODLES.

Hey pals! Here comes a little update. On Wednesday this week it was Cinco de Mayo, we celebrated with an all Mexican quiz! Questions included: what is the name of Mexico’s largest state and smallest breed of dog? And a red feather boa! Of course.

We had a fun little group who tuned in to play. We finished the night with nachos and “Scary stories to tell in the dark“. Well, I did, Duncan napped post quiz & nachos…
On Thursday I made quick scones.

And headed to the bar, in the rain. A new projector screen was delivered! We need to get it up on the wall now, but that shouldn’t be too tricky. We’ll have three screens for big games and events now!

I wandered up to Koozo Mart, one of my favourite shops. The woman who works there (maybe the owner?) is so nice, she saw me struggling to carry all of my noodles so she rushed over with a basket. I guess I’m also good for business, with my noodle addiction. Haha..

Thursday was a busy day! With the delivery, a bit of actual work, noodle shopping and then a trip to Saint Mandรฉ! We’re in the market for another beer tap for the bar, I shall spare you the details as it’s zzzzzz… we were off to look at a second hand one, turns out the guy that was selling it is the owner of the Lucha Libre bar in the fifth, a really fun place! He’s opened this huge space in Saint Mandรฉ now, for private events. A pretty incredible space, we took his card and promised to recommend it to our friends for big events. Check it out!

Back home I put on a pot of tomato sauce to simmer. Chopped up and panfried some zucchini, tore up a ball of mozzarella, cut some chives, boiled penne. Delish!

We watched Walk the line on TV, maybe one of my favourite movies!

Friday! Back at the bar! Duncan’s preparing concoctions for the big re opening (hopefully!!). We’re getting EXCITED.

We treated ourselves to one of our favourite beers at the moment.

And I made us a (wait for it) noodle dish for dinner >< was super happy with this actually!
It’s soba noodles tossed in the best Asian dressing ever: soy, rice wine vinegar, sesame oil and honey. Paired with edamame quickly pan fried with chili flakes, thinly sliced fennel, carrot marinated in rice wine vinegar & sesame oil plus! Soy marinated eggs!! Was very excited to try these. The night before I soft boiled two eggs, put them in a container and covered with half soy, half water. Let them sit for 24 hours then cut them open! They were salty, umami-y and had a funny texture. I loved them!

After dinner we watched an average movie (Self/Less, good cast but a bit predictable) and went to bed early (early for us..). Today is Saturday!

I’m celebrating le week end with wearing mascara and my new top! Woo! Happy Saturday pals!!

ONLINE SHOPPING, SMURFS & SPOOKY STUFF.

The other day I noticed that the mango seed has started peeking up!!

A few days later, it looks like this! ๐Ÿ˜€
So amazing seeing things grow this fast, it’s almost like going to the gym and starting to see results after a few sessions – incredibly rewarding. Speaking of, my gym is scheduled to open again in June! CAN’T WAIT.

Shall we look at some food? Ok! Breakfast: homemade bread with panfried veggies, cheese & poached eggs. Mmmm.

It’s become the standard chez nous, with the free veggies we get on Sundays. Feels like a great start to the day.

One night I made a pasta bake, a delicious way to use up a bunch of random stuff in the fridge. Mixed al dente penne with a bunch of veggies, made a simple cream sauce with cheese, topped with breadcrumbs, jalapenos and more cheese. Baked – done! Yum.

One day we were at the bar, painting, staining, cleaning, when Kat came by! We gave her her extremely overdue birthday present and treated her to frozen pizza ๐Ÿ™ƒ

It was the first of May, which is my dad’s birthday! We sent a cheers-pic. Cheers dad!

Went back to our place to extend the hangout a bit and watch a movie. I showed off my sharp selfie skills.

Better! We had spritzes, watched Dodgeball (Steve the pirate is my fave) and snacked on fries (hence the mayo in D’s hand). Good Saturday.

I’ve had a real craving for Swedish candy lately, one of the things I miss most about living there. These sour smurfs are a good substitute until I can go back to visit.

I recently sold a couple of coats on Vinted, and treated myself to new jeans!! I’ve been wanting a new pair for maybe… a year? Two?? Can’t remember anymore, but it’s not been a priority due to our finances (or the lack thereof), but with my sales I treated myself. So happy!!

Bought this incredibly soft body for 3 euros as well! Tried it on and immediately bought it in black as well.. need to sell off some more clothes so I can justify a bit more shopping ๐Ÿ˜„

When I haven’t been working on bar stuff, shopped or cooked I’ve set up May’s Bullet Journal! Went with the movies of Tim Burton this month, can you spot all the references on this page?

I’m happy with it!
I know that when we open again, I won’t have the time to do these elaborate themes anymore, so might as well spend some time on it now.

Last, but not least, I’ve finally started re-watching one of my favourite shows (again).
Looking forward to another episode tonight, maybe with a bowl of sour smurfs…. โ˜บ

PHOTO/HOUR, A THURSDAY.

Yesterday I set a bunch of alarms all throughout the day, to try to take one photo every hour, on the hour. Come along!

11h00
D. and I are most definitely night people, so I sat down for breakfast at 11. Duncan was already at the bar, to oversee the guy who came in to clean our beer lines. We’re really hoping to be able to open on May 19th, so we’re getting everything prepared now.
We’d bought eggs the day before but left them in the door at the bar.. but at least I had homemade bread! With cheese & tomato. And two cups of coffee โ˜•โ˜•

12h00
Made my way to the bar, where a new toy had arrived! Meet Mr Salamander! He’ll be helping me make nachos :)))

13h00
I’ve stained the footrest by the bar, and now a couple of tables as well! I really enjoy painting, feels therapeutic, and so satisfying to see the change.

14h00
By two o’clock I had finished the three tables and moved on to cleaning the kitchen. It’s a bit of a mess in there at the moment, but I think it’ll be great once it’s finished.

15h00
Lunch! Marion came by to say hi so she got a plate too ๐Ÿ™‚ spaghetti with vegan pesto (Barilla’s vegan pesto is the only one I can find without garlic), fresh mozzarella and a poached egg on top for Duncan who had worked out. Workouters get eggs.

16h00
At four not much exciting stuff was happening. I pottered around, had a coffee, wiped, cleaned, did dishes.

17h00
Five and still pottering about. Lurked behind Marion who was trying to get some actual work done ๐Ÿ™ƒ

18h00
Six and half way home! I’ve been walking to and from the bar every day recently, going from basically living on my couch/in my bed, this feels like quite the workout >< at least I get to walk along the canal, which is really pretty, and has great dog spotting.

19h00
Home and ready to shower! Love showering when I get home in the evening, then put on cozy clothes or even pyjamas. This time a plant and a pair of stockings came with me, as they too needed a rinse ๐Ÿ˜„

20h00
For dinner I was treated to Duncan’s amazing Beyond Burger! With cheese, lettuce, chili mayo, tomato and a fried egg. SO yummy.

21h00
After dinner we curled up on the sofa, with a glass of wine and the movie “Cuban Fury”. Funny!

22h00
And that’s where we stayed for the rest of the night ๐Ÿ™‚ trying to get stuff for the bar done during the day, and really trying to enjoy our nights off at home, while we still can!

And there you go pals, that’s a pretty standard Thursday in my life! Today I’ve picked up packages (exciting!), done some online work (not as exciting), cared for the plants (exciting for the plants) and shopped for dinner. Happy Friday! โœจ

SUMMER WARMTH AND BAR PREP.

The past few days it’s been sunny, and around 20 degrees (celsius). On Friday we walked to the bar, we’re saving money wherever we can so I walk rather than getting on the metro. D bikes, or walks with me to keep me company. Not a dull moment with him!

Cherry blossoms may be pretty, fluffy and trendy, but these little things smell! so! lovely!! I think they’re some form of jasmine. I want to bathe in it.

We’ve done big and little things at the bar. While D. sanded, I wiped boards and made a little cupholder for the beer pong balls. Important stuff.

I also set up the pie warmer!! Very exciting times.

Back home we had a pink vodka tonic in the sun! Vodka, rhubarb tonic & peychaud bitters. The drink of the summer I believe, super refreshing!

Yesterday we met up with Nick and Marion, sat in the sun and pretended like the world was back to normal. It was pretty busy by the water, but we spaced out at well as we could. Nick popped bubbly, I got a bit of a tan. Great Saturday.

Timehop is one of the apps that I check every day, look at these two little clubkids in the DJ booth at Cafรฉ Oz! Cuties.

Or these little bebรฉs at l’academie de la biere! I miss their mussels in roquefort sauce.. and rosy!! Miss you rosyyyyy โคโคโค

Today I’m tired and have got a touch of a headache. Chilling at home with aspirin until we need to go out and pick up a bench for the bar. Should work where we’re planning to put it, I really hope so, as we have to lug it all the way there ๐Ÿ™ƒ๐Ÿคž

VEGGIE LASAGNE, BAR WORK AND BEER.

The other day, after having worked on our tax return for hours (days, actually), we took a walk in the sun. Spring! is! here!

Said hi to our pals at Paname, and had a couple of beers. East Paris is an old fave, Phenix is a tasty new discovery! Always fun to hear what they’ve got brewing over there.

I’ve also, hold on to your hat, cooked! Here, a better breakfast. Panfried zucchini & mushrooms (the secret is maggi sauce, soy and fresh chilis), avocado, mozzarella, poached egg. Mmm.

Best thing about spring? That the plants thriving of course! Having said that, some of the little cuttings don’t make it (see bottom left).. but the ones who do (most of them) are creeping and growing all around our apartment. Like the little Swedish Ivy, which now hangs on the wall over our guest bed/sofa. It’s so cozy in that corner now.

Tied the hanger myself, so easy!!

We got a whole bunch of artichokes for free last Sunday, so we’ve had a couple of artichoke meals. Feels summery. And delish.

We also got a TON of zucchini, so the other day I made a huge veggie lasagne! Cooked the zucchini with a bunch of chopped up mushrooms, fresh herbs and mixed with my slow cooked tomato sauce. Made my own pasta, layered with roasted aubergine, bechamel, fresh basil and cheese. Took all afternoon, but was so. nice.
With Duncan being a vegetarian and also intolerant to anything in the onion/garlic family, it can sometimes be tricky thinking of fun things to make. Eating this I didn’t miss meat, garlic or onions at all, it had so much flavour on it’s own. Yum.

Best part? Leftovers the next day!

When we worked away in the bar. We’re really trying to kick it up a notch now, with hopefully being able to open in under a month! ๐Ÿคž๐Ÿคž๐Ÿคž
Painting corners, putting up signs, sanding tables, buying all kinds of fun stuff. Getting excited to get back in to it now!

“Hey hun, how does this look?”
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Finished the day with a glass of vino and a pink sky.
Today we’re looking at some furniture, then we’ve got a meeting with the accountant. Fingers crossed all looks well.

FOOD, PLANTS & CHERRY BLOSSOMS.

Are you ready for some food & plants?? Well, you’ve come to the right place!
We’ve been eating so many veggie meals lately, so on Friday we decided to treat ourselves. Beyond burgers with cheese, tomato, a fried egg. Air fried fries. Mmmmmm.

On Friday I repotted some plants, took some cuttings, checked on the mango seed. It had grown a long enough tail to be potted I decided! Fingers crossed it grows in to a cute little tree ๐ŸŒฑ

Then I made pizza ๐Ÿ•๐Ÿ•๐Ÿ• possibly the best one I’ve made so far?! I think the trick for me is to let the dough proof for almost twice as long as most recipes say (so up to an hour in total). Then I top it with a slow cooked, spicy tomato sauce, grilled aubergine, lots of mozzarella and red onion chutney! Baked on highest temperature possible (I let the oven heat up on highest for at least 20 minutes). 10 mins later you get pizza perfection ๐Ÿ‘Œ

On Saturday I planted seeds! The Monet-ones Duncan bought for me years ago, when he went to Giverny. They were lost in a drawer for a long time, now it’s finally their time to shine! Hopefully they still want to grow ๐ŸŒธ๐ŸŒธ๐ŸŒธ

After potting and planting, I got on to making pasta! One of my lockdown-projects that I’ve come to love. A little bit time consuming, but simple and so rewarding.
Used more of the slow cooked tomato sauce that I’d made a big batch for on Friday (for the pizza), and fresh mozzarella.

And chives for me! Been putting chives on everything lately. Love it.

Yesterday was Sunday and I walked to Bastille. Listened to a podcast, looked longingly at little doggos.

Filmed a cherry blossom for Duncan. He wants to make some sort of syrup, so I’ve been trying to remember where I see them around the city..

Another, big one, in our buddy Laurent’s courtyard.

We went up to his place for a little while. He’s a chef and had made a bunch of little nibbles for apรฉro, such a treat!

Got an empty metro home, just after lockdown. So strange when 7PM feels super late…
At home I cooked polenta with veggies for dinner and we watched the first episode of Resident Alien, fun!!

Finishing off with a link to an article about our beloved bar!! Kiwi Kristian interviewed us about the pandemic and how it’s affected our business, it came out a few days ago and I’ve gotta say, we’re quite proud of it! Well written, Kristian. Read here!!

LONGING FOR AUTUMN.

I know that it’s April, the days are getting longer, temperatures are slowly rising and I should be getting excited for summer.
But I find myself longing for yellowing leaves, big blankets and autumn.

Whenever it rains, D. will look out and say “Hun! Look! Cozy!”, not because he necessarily thinks so, but because he knows that I do ๐Ÿ–ค

Chilli slow cooked in the crockpot is perfect cozy autumn-food. If you pack it full, it makes food for days as well. For day two of our crockpot veggie chilli I made quick, orange tortillas. I’ve realised how easy tortillas are to make, so my days of buying ready made ones might just be over. Yum.

The mini jack o lanterns stay out year round chez nous, along with a skull above the mirror in the bedroom. A touch of Halloween at all times. ๐Ÿ‘ป

Now, since it’s not actually October, however much I might want it to be, cherry blossoms are springing up all over the place! So fluffy.

D. and I have walked to the bar, scouting nice looking terrace setups along the way.

Organising fun stuff like sourcing new fridge shelf brackets. The joy when I randomly found the exact right one online after 2 days searching! 0 amounts of excitement for anyone else, but there was definite skipping going around here at home.

Example of said skipping.

I’ve cooked with all the free veggies we get on Sundays! Like here for example, free bread toasted, topped with free zucchini & green pepper, a poached eggs and chopped up free chives on top :))) Cheapest & nicest breakfast I know.

I met up with Marion one day, to go for a walk. A walk turned in to coffee, which turned in to shopping, which turned in to spritzes, dinner and chatting for hours. โค

And that’s all for me peeps! Finishing with a happy me, waiting for the elevator chez Marion, with sneaky autumn-looking leaves in the corner ๐Ÿ˜

A FAKE LOCKDOWN AND REAL PANDEMIC UPDATE.

Hey pals, it’s been a while. Paris is still under what they’re calling lockdown, which isn’t really a lockdown. Curfew at 19h, but other than that you can move pretty freely. Rumour is that terraces can open again in mid-May, fingers crossed!!! Feels so distant, it’ll be strange getting back in to it, but probably something that’ll feel like no time has passed once we’re back.
Anyway – thought I’d pop in with a mixed bag of pics from the past few weeks! Aloha!

Up until they moved back to the States, I was helping our friends Kat & Chris with their bebe ๐Ÿ’•
I’m so glad that I got some real quality time with her before they left. I miss them already.
Bebe and I would go for long walks (well, she mostly napped and played in her stroller as she’s a mere 7 months old and not too quick on her feet yet ๐Ÿ™ƒ), walked past Emily in Paris’ apartment building, restaurant and bakery one day. D. and I got through maybe three episodes of it, to see what the fuss was about, then sort of wordlessly dropped it…

We squeezed in as much time as possible with Kat and Chris (and Rory!!) before they left. One sunny afternoon we got take away pints of IPA on Place de la Contrescarpe. It’s strange now, when Paris is empty of tourists and all bars & restaurants are closed (or only serving take aways). So quiet.

Also been for walks with D. One day in Jardin des Plantes, it’s so pretty over there. Tik Tok video on that coming up soon ๐Ÿ˜‰

I try to see Linda once a week, or at least every other week. We go for walks as well (not much else you can do!), sometimes around her hood around the Eiffel tower, sometimes around mine by the Canal. Hi Swan.

In Jardin des Plantes you can still spot some of the animals, although they’re closed. Wallabies for example! And a quiet, clear Bassin de la Villette on the right โ˜€

I’ve walked, walked and walked. Was quite happy with my 17,000+ steps one day.

Come rain, come shine. Never with makeup, I figure I’ll avoid it as long as I can.

One sunny day, before the “lockdown’s” limit of 10km, we headed to a deserted Gare de l’Est and waited for a train.

Adventure time!

We were off to see our pals who work at Disneyland! For drinks, a bit of fresh air and loads of cuddles with Mai Tai โคโคโค

Heading back to the city the next day, we were a touch fatigued. Note Nick’s band aid-ed head, a recurring trend.

Most of all though, we’ve been home. Cooking has always been one of my favourite things to do, but now it’s really become the absolute focal point of each day.

We’ve been getting free veggies every Sunday (I’ve gone on about this enough times now, so will not repeat) and trying to change up how we eat them. Spicy cauliflower bites, mixed veggie curry.

Cute but time consuming tortellini, focaccia stuffed with sundried tomatoes, olives, fresh rosemary, lots of olive oil.

Cold, refreshing, citrusy drinks when the sun has come out.

A bit of baking. Two faves: my overnight buns & Swedish oat thins (or havreflarn).

I’ve made pretty sloppy sushi, but they were tasty!

We’ve played Cards against humanity, one of many great gifts from Chris and Kat โœจ

I’ve looked back at pics of a time where life was a bit more happening.. and that’s where I’ll leave you for today, pals.

Hope that you’re doing ok, I’m gonna cautiously optimistically say that maybe soon we can start glimpsing the end of the tunnel…??? ๐Ÿคž๐Ÿคž๐Ÿคž

SPRING IN WINTER, NEW PLANTS AND A WITCHY BULLET JOURNAL.

Hi pals. Checking in from a super sunny Paris. The other day it was 20 degrees (celsius) outside, surreal but nice. (who knows that reference? ๐Ÿ’™)

6 o’clock curfew is still in place and there are constant rumours about another lockdown. We stay mostly to ourselves, but everyone now and again we decided to live a little and see a friend. Guillaume came to hang out the other day ๐Ÿค 

Guillaume drives and our friend Natascha was headed back to Denmark (sniff), so with that golden timing I aquired a new plant! A huge one, that dwarfs even Morticia the Monstera, who was previously queen of the apartment (and funnily, also a gift from Natascha!).

We managed to stow it into the backseat of G’s car, propped her up on a throne of books and named her Natascha ๐Ÿ’š

I also got my very first cactus! With the amount of plants we have at home, it’s amazing that there wasn’t one in the collection until now. Please live little cactus.

Yesterday was the first of the month and time for a new bullet journal setup. I opted for a fairly simple cover page. We’ve been watching The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina (first time for D, second time for me), decided to go with a witchy feel ๐Ÿ”ฎ

The quote came from this old pinterest fave.

Month at a glance, I’ve found my favourite way of setting this up now. Enough space to write things in the boxes, a to do list to spread out throughout the month, habit trackers and some doodles and decorations.

Poem by Nikita Gill. ๐ŸŒ™โœจ

And the first weekly spread of the month! With spacious boxes, a to do section and a quote from Edgar Allan Poe’s Annabel Lee.

Now the sun is shining and I’ve got 5 hours until I legally need to be at home again, so it’s time to head out! โœจ