100% Chocolate

Loving Husband & Older Daughter love dark chocolate, even the very bitter 100%. Younger Daughter and I prefer ours much sweeter and perhaps, milkier.

In considering where bitter fits in my life, I think our taste buds have it right: sweet, salty, sour, bitter, and for the new gourmand, umami.  It all contributes to our experience of food, and in a larger sense, of the world around us.  It is about finding the right balance, the right combination, the right amount.

Some of us spend a great deal of time on our culinary pursuits, maybe because we like to eat, maybe because it is a metaphor for our lives.  Whatever the reason, bitter is part of the experience and one which we embrace because it is an integral part of the whole.

As Marc David reminds us in his article “The Brilliance of Bitter”, “Remember to take your bitter herbs to stimulate your metabolism and activate your nutritional-genetic potential. And remember the bitter times, just a little, so we can better appreciate the blessings that surround us each day.”

 

Thinking on the Cold

For those of us who live in the tropics and enjoy (if you prefer, replace with a verb of choice) a whole year of warm weather, travel to colder climes is a treat.

It baffles friends why we choose to spend many a Christmas in London; after all, why go when it’s so cold and likely to rain.  Apart from visiting family which is always precious, we do enjoy cold weather so it is a welcome respite for us.  And the promise of snow at Christmas is exciting!

Just thinking of skating outdoors in the crisp cold while I look out the window towards another blistering day!

Feature Photo: taken December 2016 at the skating rink in front of the Natural History Museum, London.  In response to Daily Post’s Wanderlust.

Bangkok’s Night Sky

Travelling is …

… family time

… new sights, sounds and smells

… the people

… the food

… a whole new world!

Feature photo: taken from Above Eleven, where we sampled Peruvian- Japanese cuisine and enjoyed the view.    In response to Daily Post’s Challenge: Wanderlust

Thinking on Earth

This week’s Daily Post Challenge “Earth” & the celebration of Earth Day has given me much opportunity to think about the world we live in: during my runs, visiting the Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum , culminating in National Geographic’s Earth Day Run. Continue reading “Thinking on Earth”

Green is the City

I enjoy running on city streets; yet sometimes I take running in Singapore for granted.  After the recent trip to Bangkok and running with some difficulty there, and then waking up this morning to a serious haze (the PM2.5 Air Quality index on aqicn.org logged at 153 Unhealthy at 8am), I have come to appreciate the days when we can go out and run safely. Continue reading “Green is the City”