Monday, September 26, 2016

Bacon, Vacation, Les Basques..... And we're back! After A Bloody Beautiful Time Away

Have I mentioned that the Passage Paradis family have now felt for years like underachievers

because we have never properly visited Spain.

We are trying to make up that deficit with this recent visit to Basque country - staying right on the 

French and Spanish border about half and hour from San Sebastian.

  We learned a lot about these lovely little pigs.  

And the "journey" they take to end up on someone's table ("Ouch!" say vegetarian and sympathizer M./Mlle. P.)

The Basque Country seems SUCH a peaceful, happy place.  I'm afraid we were unable to come up with too much moral outrage about this "nose-to-tail" culinary lifestyle.  Our visit was far too short for sampling all the regions riches.  But we do, do, do - want to go back.  This part of the world is 

hard to resist, as it has BOTH the mountains

AND the sea right outside your back door.  And then there's something else - 

All those Michelin stars....and pinxtos!

 Many will tell you that it's not strictly Spain.  Never mind.  Never mind.  Never mind!

Friday, September 23, 2016

Witty French Learning Tools for Mealtime

"I eat with my mouth closed"

"I sit up straight at the table", "I put my napkin in my lap"

"I don't tip my chair back", "I don't whisper with my friends at the table"

These plates might help save you from some of those scolding Mommy moments.


Wednesday, September 21, 2016

A Mews You Can Use - South Kensington, London

If you spend any time wandering around London

you are likely to stumble into one these......

Or poke your nose around a corner and wonder what, exactly goes on

down there.  Many mews in London are being bought up, done up, and then sit empty

when the posh folk who own them go flitting off to homes elsewhere.

But here is a mews that retains its whiff of home.  Of villagey-ness.

Of the vital, the immediate, the promising.  With life all around you and plenty of company

to welcome you home.  This is a mews with groovy surroundings to pop into at lunch.

Art and culture just steps from your front door.

And neighbors who will brighten your outlook

on the grayest of London days.  This.

Is a Mews You Can Use.  I'd say it's worth the detour.

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Orchid You Glad to See Me?

 How was your Weekend?

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Gucci Geeks Unite. Happiness is a Silly Outfit!

Look away if you're not embracing the "Maximalist" style of fashion that broke out all over

this Summer.  Alessandro Michele at Gucci seemed to have been the worst "offender"

if you are inclined to see it this way.  I did not think America would go for this flamboyant

exuberant, cartoony, colorful look which so speaks

to the fourteen-year old in me.  (I am of Hawaiian and Italian extraction - so - you know?!  More is more!)

Where the concept of "Cruise" quite fits in

to this 2016 Collection is perhaps not a conversation we need to have.  But whether or not boats are

involved, I've had a look in the shops and even Zara, ground zero for basic black Euro-chic

is rocking the geeky

and flying the freak flag.

Who would you like to be today?  Florence Welch?

or Tavi Gevinson?  (God, I love it!  Where do I start?  The skirt, the shoes, the sleeves, the dogs...)

Me?  I would like to be ME.  This is SO!  (Madeline in Mexico)  ME!

Oh to be very young again and shopping Gucci!  You know, sometimes fashion just has to be fun.  And this seriously IS. 

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Little Angel Theatre - Around A Corner in Islington

Just a little in from Upper Street and around the corner from Ottolenghi

is a place of wonder and enchantment.

And a little Judy and Punch, we have to imagine.

So how exactly DO you get a job as a puppet maker?  And does it pay at all well?

It looks like a lovely, exciting, and occasionally creepy life.

Have you ever made puppets?  Would you ever try your hand?

Or would you just rather find your way to Dagmar Passage?   (A perfectly named place don't you think?)  

And WATCH!?    The Little Angel Theatre.  On a little lane in Islington, London

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Summer in September

Lest Summer rush away from us too soon and leave us in September

misery, cold, damp and bereft......

 (via the London Fashion and Textile Museum)

Here are some summer-gleaned images from around the world and web to prolong the Summer glow.

(via Selvedge - this and the following pic)

To cheer the heart and make us wonder

 (pencil shaving flowers: FOR REAL!?)

"could we do that?"

To remind us.

That we CAN have our cake and eat it to.

That we CAN make the life of our dreams.

That we CAN go where goats roam.....and we CAN be many people.

Summer dreams can become reality.  Just try it!  (And report back to me what you find and do!)