The weekend was spent relaxing after the craziness of the beginning of May. And, while avoiding the part of our home that is under construction (the floor colapsed due to shifts in the support structure of our building), we had a really nice time. I took my time embroidering a baby blanket for a dear friend´s baby and baked a chocolate cake (Julia Child´s recipe, with adaptations to make it dairy free), which is a weekend tradition for us. Walnuts instead of almonds, this time around.
I love patterns; I love the magic contained within them, I love that the repetition of a module brings out more than just the sum of those modules.
Opening this box of baklava, freshly arrived and directly brought to me from Istanbul, Turkey, I enjoyed not only the visual repetition of the module; I actually felt, in advance, the pleasure of making each module slowly disappear.
Indeed, the did disappear. And were delicious, and different from the ones available in town (which are delicious, too).
Just so you know: these came from here; 24 hours later, they were being photographed, all the way accross the world, in another latitude. Some days later, gone. Oh, but so enjoyed!
Panamá City is full of contrasts: there are neighbourhoods with ground floor houses and then ultra-high skyscrapers. The Trump Tower, which opened last July, is an example of that.
It features hotel and rental accomodations and some nice food options, complete with wonderful spaces. With the next skyscraper a mere couple of metres away, the architects and designers managed to create nice spaces there, specially at night.
The garden, which in fact is the outdoor seating of one of the restaurants, has these wonderful lit-from-within-shapes that work as benches. They´re beautiful and colourful.
Food is good, too. 🙂
I don´t particularly have a sweet tooth; if anything, I have a sweet eye. That´s probably why I love these almond and egg sweets so much. A tradition in Algarve, continental Portugal´s southernmost region, they are shaped and coloured like flowers, fruits and animals and taste as good as they look. Some of them are filled with eggs (the yellow part); some are not. They´re roughly the same size, but some informed voices (the lovely waitress in Albufeira) claim that “bananas are bigger than the rest”. She always got in trouble for picking banana-shaped ones out from the bunch!