I’ve been on something of a salsa kick the past week, and after making a tasty, but piquant, salsa fresca from Jacques Pepin’s “Shortcut Cook,” and a basic, but incredibly easy chipotle salsa from “Hot Peppers,” I came across this recipe on Epicurious for a proper roasted salsa. I made the recipe this evening, and…Details
The past few days have been lovely, exploring Istanbul and enjoying the many sights and smells of this ancient and modern city.
Dolmabace Palace was a bit of a bust – the (mandatory) guided tour was monotonous and sparse of information, but the palace was certainly fancy in a gaudy Roccoco sort of way. It does have the world’s largest crystal chandelier (4.5 tons) and the world’s largest throne room (18,000 sq. ft. or so), but isn’t really to my taste.Details
It’s a lovely grey day here in Istanbul, with rain on the horizon, making us plan on more indoors activities, perhaps the Dolmabace Palace and/or the Spice Bazaar.
Yesterday was a lovely day – we visited Ayasofia (Haghia Sofia), Sultanahmet Camii (the Blue Mosque) and Yerebetan (Basilica Cistern) in the morning. All were lovely, but the Blue Mosque gets my vote as the loveliest building I’ve had the good fortune to see. Inside and out it is graceful and flowing on the grandest scale.Details
Free printable cardboard lens hoods – what a great idea! Especially since Canon 1) doesn’t include lens hoods with their non-L-series lenses, and 2) charges up the wazoo for them (I don’t know about Nikon or other lens manufacturers, but at least Sigma include a hood with all of their lenses!). Too bad I already…Details
I took advantage of a brief break in our very wet weather and swung by the Palo Alto Baylands after work yesterday. Although it was heavily overcast and grey, at least it was dry, and I got to use my new Canon 30D dSLR body outdoors for the first time!Details