All posts tagged: spring

What a Weekend

Gotta love your yogurt with an “h.” And someone telling you that fat is “what you need.” This weekend, I embraced the spring sunshine. I broke out the shorts, went for a 3 hour walk, read outside, sipped cocktails outside… Unfortunately the sunshine didn’t embrace me. Well, maybe it did… too much. I have an itchy sunburn. I admit, I was ambitious. But it was worth it. On Friday afternoon, we wrapped up class around 3, so after a sweaty bike ride back to Bra, it was time for some delicious drinks on my friend Vibe’s balcony. Living on the ground floor, I lack the luxury of a balcony, but she has more than enough space for some raspberry G&Ts, good tunes and friends. The theme of balconies continued throughout the evening, as we headed over to another student’s apartment for an aperitivo and to see the sunset. Note: this place was about 2 minutes walking from Chez Kati, but about 5 stories up. Wow. Saturday was a day for spring cleaning, prepping a new batch of kombucha …

The Supergas Have Spoken

I purchased these new babies last weekend in Torino because I saw we might creep up into the low 70s (sorry for my Celsius-reading friends) soon. Plus my black ones are looking tired. The one key item I forgot to pack in my suitcase when I came to Bra: an umbrella. Turns out that the 10 euro one I picked up somewhere here in my first week has come in handy. So have my rain boots, which I did remember to bring, and for which I have received numerous comments such as, “Aren’t those heavy?” (yes, sort of) and “It was such a good idea to bring those!” (yes, I know). It rains A LOT here. Ok, I do come from a drought-prone state. But still. Something that has become an integral part of my day is biking to school. Now, I didn’t grow up in a bike-friendly city and I didn’t have a bike at college, so I don’t really have the bike spidey sense that you should really have in this town where pedestrians and …

The Mind of a Chef

Today I’m going to give a blow-by-blow of one of the most beautiful twenty-something minute bits of television I’ve seen recently: the “Spring” episode of The Mind of a Chef. This PBS show is a stream of gorgeous shots including musings from chefs about their creative process, their hangouts with other chef-friends and their local landscape. Season 3 is currently focused on Swede Magnus Nilsson, an exceedingly eloquent, creative long haired guy and head chef at Faviken who definitely likes to cook with butter. And hang out in fields of flowers while talking about eating icicles as a child. In the first part of the episode, Magnus invites his friend from Copenhagen with large glasses and a funny hat to come hang out at a dairy farm. Teeheehee, it’s milk! This is straight out of Kinfolk, people. After some time with the cows, it’s time for a cocktail. Not just any cocktail. One with huge crystal ball ice cubes, honey from his own bees and some fresh dandelion. Then it’s time for manly activity. Grilling fish with his bro and camping …