14 August 2015

Le Restaurant

Hi, dear readers. Thank you for the sweet comments and inquiries on the Mad Hatter Party post that was pre scheduled. Thursday was our first day home after five weeks away, and it  has been a long time since I've posted, because the internet connections in Italy are slow. Though I am happy to report that they were much better in Paris!

We spent almost four weeks in Italy, and a little over a week in Paris. When my daughter finished her studies and playing, we took the overnight train from Venice through Switzerland to Paris. It was quite the adventure. We had a sleeper car all to ourselves. At that point we became a group of three because my spouse joined us.

This is one of the restaurants in the Musee D' Orsay; the museum that houses much of the impressionist collection. In my opinion, it's the most beautiful restaurant dining room that I have ever seen.  It was recently redone in 2013-2014.  The chairs are by Edra and designed by the Italian artist Jacopo Foggini.  It is a new technique, and they remind me of murano glass, but  I think they are a polycarbonate.

The rainbow hued chairs are a stunning contemporary contrast to the ornate gilded splendor of this dining room's walls and murals painted by Gabriel Ferrier in 1900 and the older plainer parquet floors.  Yet, they are perfect.


The dining room serves French cuisine. I'm sorry to say that we tried to use our French in Paris, but everyone quickly goes to English, which is the opposite of my experience 25 years ago. The French speak English really well.

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Dear Garden: Summer Garden Party

Dear Garden,  These clogs have come a long way. Note to self: take better shoes on vacation, so you don't have to buy a pair of these to walk in. (Though you are perfect for gardening xo)

Brenda from Cozy Little Cottage invited us to share at her Summer Cottage Garden Party today. This is my first time participating in one of these, so this is new and fun. Thank you, Brenda, and her pupsters. 

2015 Summer Garden Party

It is so hot out here already that your lettuce has gone to seed into beautiful white puffs.  I want to collect your little lettuce seeds to plant in September.

Blackie is your helper, because he keeps pack rats away. I've never seen one here, only one squirrel that is nearly as big as him that taunts him as he runs by. He wears a silver warning bell for the birds. I wonder what he is watching?

Dear garden, your mini-meadow has gone to seed now too, but it provided beautiful colors for five months now. In December, I threw the wildflower seed down in one of your beds, because I was curious as to what would happen, and what a wonderful surprise it has been. Layer upon layer of blooms...

Oh that is what Blackie is watching! This lemon tree is on its second bloom, and the hummingbirds love its blooms. It already has good size fruit, but they are still green.

The basil is blooming too; many of the basils were grown from last years seed.

Since you are a desert garden you work most of the year: from January to June and from September to December.  Now it is your time to rest.

Here' the little guy, Francis, who loves to explore, make messes, and snatch cat food. He thought he heard someone whisper breakfast.

Oh yes, it's two Gordas (that's what these ladies are called) on the bench.

But the table is empty! See the size of the lemons!

I've arranged some scrapbook photos of your gifts this year. Right now we have tomatoes, basil, chives and mint. But we had broccoli, peaches, lemons, and oranges. The peaches were the woolliest little peaches I have ever seen.

Earlier this year we raised eleven butterflies to help with pollinating. We keep the aphids away with lady bugs, but they were not working so hard this year, so we made a solution of boiled tobacco, soap, and Listerine to keep them off the roses.

Here's the morning's harvest.

What's that you say?

What a relief, there is breakfast after all for Francis.

Wait a minute, he says, "yuk, I don't eat fruit."

I tossed a toile sheet over the table, and used the dish towels as napkins, because they really are too pretty to be dish towels.

The bumblebee glasses were my birthday present. It's hard to see, but there are clear, raised bumblebees on them.

What's on the menu? Tomatoes and basil from the garden and lemonade.

Italian Mozzatini

Equal parts of cantaloupe balls, mozzarella balls, and cherry tomatoes.
Basil leaves and a sprig of basil.
Optional: Trader Joe's balsamic vinegar (Aceto Balsamico di Modena) & a touch of olive oil
and topped with a few of their shelled roasted and salted pistachios
(My daughter said it is better with blueberries and strawberries instead of cantaloupe.)

Honey Lemonade
(I used Williams Sonoma's recipe)
I used mint from the garden and a lemon to garnish it, and the honey is imported from Germany,
though I do love mesquite honey that comes from the Sonoran desert too.
1/3 cup of honey
juice from 4 to 6 lemons ( about 1 cup lemon juice)
bottled water (11/2 cups of steaming water)
a sprig of mint and lemon for garnish.

(I did not receive compensation from TJs, WS, or Gallbani. I just enjoy their products and recipes.)

Thank you, for visiting our Sonoran desert garden, and here is the front garden.
(P.S. I just realized this is my blog's third year anniversary.)

P.S. I'm featured Kim's Living Vintage.

xoxo Su

There are nine blogs to visit from the east coast to the west coast from the mountain areas to the sea.
I think up next is Cathy.