And a powerful psychological thriller I watched over the weekend – Martha Marcy May Marlene. The story is a little disturbing so not so much inspirational or uplifting, but it is beautifully filmed and thought provoking.
Who has been to San Francisco?
Since throughout this month I’ve been featuring San Francisco on the Sourced Cities blog, I’m considering doing a feature blog post with photos taken by those of you who have travelled to city yourselves. I’m looking for photo submissions which represent the city in a unique way. It could be a cool mural you spotted, a great lunch you had, a landscape shot or a colourful house. Everything that makes this city unique.
If you think you have something that fits in with the Sourced Cities style then please send them through. I’ll do my best to make them work with the post. And of course all photographs will be credited with your name and link to your website/blog.
Please email submissions as low res pics (72dpi, max 800pixels high) to firstname.lastname@example.org
I hope you would like to participate and I’m looking forward to seeing them!
I’m a big fan of couscous. It’s so easy to prepare and you can turn this simple pantry staple into a filling and delicious meal. On those days when our fridge is a quite empty I turn to couscous and whip up a warm salad. You can easily use whatever veges you have in your fridge. Grill them, bake them, or add a few in raw, and combine them with the cooked couscous. Add a little lemon juice, drizzle of balsamic vinegar and olive oil, toasted pine nuts and goat’s cheese or feta, and it becomes a healthy and very satisfying lunch, or an easy evening meal. The recipe for the one I prepared for lunch today is below.
On a personal note, I have been really quiet over here I know. And I do apologise. Life is a little crazy at the moment with getting Sourced Cities up and going, completing a year long book project (due to finish end of October), and because we are also moving back to Australia later this year. So the little amount of things we have gathered here are about to be shipped back to Australia and life will be shaken up yet again. I will miss Montréal greatly but we new it wasn’t forever. It’s an adventure that has brought some incredible experiences and opportunities and where I have met some great people. I’m excited to be heading back to Australia. I’ll finally have all my things again that have been kept in storage (meaning more props to create the ‘Morning, noon + night’ series), we will get to see our little Dexter and our family and friends again, and we will have a car (yay!). My feet will need a good pedicure and my back a good massage when I return from all the walking and lugging things to and fro on a shoulder!
Soon I’ll be allowed to reveal more about the book as we near our deadline. And Reid and I are planning a few trips while we are on this side of the world that I will surely share with you. In the meantime, enjoy the couscous salad and have a great weekend!
We recently took a trip down to Kawartha, Ontario with good friends who kindly let us stay with them in their cottage. It’s the first time I’ve stayed in a cottage set on a lake. We had the real Canadian experience – cottage surrounded by lush trees, boating and water activities, and pancakes drizzled with maple syrup and served with bacon for breakfast.
Thank you to the Penny’s for the great weekend :)
As some of you know, I have been busy working on the first Sourced Cities guide over the last few months. I’m happy to announce that it is finished and now available!
The San Francisco guide is filled with photography and stories of the places I personally found unique while visiting the city. It will take you on a journey, starting with breakfast in a cafe by Ocean Beach as the fog of San Francisco Bay drifts by, shopping in a few stylish boutiques, and a wander through the Mission District, China Town, and Fisherman’s wharf. As the day begins to wind down, we have dinner in a great pizza and pasta restaurant followed by a relaxing stay in a luxurious hotel to rest those tired feet. And trust me, they will be tired after walking up a the hills of San Francisco!
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I really hope that you like what you see and it perhaps inspires you on your own personal journey to San Francisco.
It’s a great city, one that is filled with character, good food and with its own unique style.