I’m at the point now where I’ll be glad when my birthday comes around and I can stop half-heartedly trying to achieve goals that are beyond my reach. Next year, I’m going with monthly goals, ones that are more achievable and involve an equal amount of food – hopefully.
Well, on to the goals!
Who doesn’t enjoy some pancakes?! Better yet, pancakes that only need three ingredients to make.
We have made these twice now, the first time ended in a batter all over the kitchen floor incident, the second time was better. Although, I wimped out and only ate half, I blame the Belgian Lurgies that I’ve caught.Like September, that’s where our cooking ends. Lately, we are all about simple meals: roast potatoes with salad, pasta with tomato sauce, rice with stir fry veggies, and vegetable noodle soup. Plain and simple, warm and filling, that’s just how I’m feeling at the moment.
Het Spaans Dak, Heverlee, Belgium
This was my first time trying fancy pants vegan cuisine. We went for a work dinner to celebrate a colleague leaving – by celebrate I mean, something nicer like congratulate them on their new job.
I contacted the restaurant before hand and they were kind enough to make me something different for each course, sort of. The bulgur wheat first course was just the regular main without the meat, the second course was a pumpkin risotto and the dessert was a fruit salad. Seriously lacking in its quantity of fruit.
The waiter did try to dress up by calling it a “selection of fruits with a caramelised clementine and crystallised orange peel”. AKA: a fruit salad.
The worst part, it wasn’t that great. It was fancy, but it was too much about the vinegar and seasoning and not enough about good hearty food. I’m a simple woman, I like me some taters.
Still, I’m not going to pass up my boss taking me to a fancy restaurant and not having to pay.
Dolce Vegan, Florence
There was plenty of vegan places to try when we went to Florence. One of the last places we tried was Dolce Vegan.
It was a simple place, they had this menu-card set up when you picked a base (ravioli, tagliatelle) and then you pick the sauce or flavour to go with it, I went with seasonal veggies and Kris went with a Bolognese.
They even had desserts, which have been hard to come by lately, but we didn’t give those a try. I know, stupid mistake.
This was the first restaurant we went to in Florence. From the reviews, it seemed to be the best vegetarian/vegan restaurant so we definitely wanted to try it out.
It was recommended to go for the Piatto Unico, which let you pick three options from the menu and have a little platter instead of individual dishes. Definitely my kind of option, since I always want to try more than one thing on the menu.
In true couple fashion, we both picked different options so we could share with each other. Is there any other reason to be in a relationship than to try more options from the menu? I don’t think there is.
Toto Atto II and Gelateria dei Neri, Florence
Finally, when in Italy, it’s all pizza and gelato.
I realise this looks like the most boring pizza in the world, but it was so so tasty! The gelato was pretty darn good too: dark chocolate, soy vanilla, mango and forest fruits. Nom nom nom.
New places were all the rage in October. A bit of local exploring at the start and a little Europe hopping at the end.
As much as I love seeing other countries, I love local exploring equally as much. Even though we live in a little town, I am always coming across areas that I haven’t been to, streets I haven’t been down or little details that I haven’t noticed before.
The provinciedomein, was one such place. But now I’ve been once, I’m definitely going again.
I’ve already mentioned our trip to Fiesole many times, so I will not continue to mention it here. It was very nice and well worth a day trip from Florence in my opinion.
I’ve yet to write about our end of October trip to Dublin. It’s coming, so stay turned. I had to solve my my hard drive is over flowing with photos problem first, which is now sorted and I’m patiently waiting for my new external hard drive to arrive in the post.
We had the most glorious weather, saw many wild deer and took a hike to the coast. I didn’t fall in love with the city, but I had a fantastic time hiking and searching out wildlife in the fog.
I finished The Humans by Matt Haig. I liked it. I chuckled. Often. Currently, I’m listening to Gone Girl.
We watched Gone Girl, just because I’m listening to the book and I like to compare movies and books.
This was a good month for museums. Trips always equal museums so clearly to win at this goal I need more trips to go on and not less museums to visit. Actually, I’m scrapping this goal for next year. It was a bit too much and I have yet to fall head over heals in love with museums.
Since I haven’t shared too much about these museums yet, I’ll leave this short and sweet and talk about them more when I blog about them.
Oh the suspense. You’ll be back, I know it.
La Specola Zoology Museum, Florence
By far, my favourite zoölogy museum, although the one in Dublin gave it a little run for its money in the end. They had an amazing selection of birds, more than I’ve ever seen and this creepy, yet fascinating, wax exhibit on the human body. Pictures will be shared in due time.
Paleontology Museum, Florence
Size-wise, this museum was pretty disappointing when you compare it to others we’ve been to but the content was good – they had a whole Mammoth exhibit, with multiple Mammoth skeletons and huge tusks. Again, photos and waffle to come.
Museo Galileo Science Museum, Florence
Although this museum wasn’t what I thought it was going to be, I always expect things to be bigger and more extensive than they are, the one things about this museum that I loved, was its lack of interactive exhibits. You know what that means? No kids.
Natural History Museum, Dublin
This museum surprised me. There wasn’t much to it at the start, although I did appreciate that all the animal names were in English for a change. But when we walked into the second room (in the photo above) it was just all in your face, but in your face with gorgeous creatures and so much to look at that you weren’t quite sure where to start. I wish I had a wider lens to capture it with, but nope.
All The Other Goals
As always, there’s the forgotten goals of 2015. Less not talk about those.
So, yeah. That was October: Goal-style. One month to go!