April 2017 Reflections: Food and Travel

Monthly review on food and travel for April 2017

Looking back, April was an unusually busy month of travel.

I am currently nearing the end of that with my last week here in Europe.

We’ve visited Vienna, Prague, Berlin, Amsterdam, Lisbon and will spend a few hours in Zurich before heading home.

Eating wise, it’s been nice not having to cook and clean.

The flipside is that all that time saved was really shifted to researching where to eat in each of the places we visited.

So far the food has been pretty good. Lots of meat though. Lots and lots of it.

And I can’t wait to go home and eat some lighter vegan/vegetarian fare!

I’m still catching up with my Miami post, as well as New York City. Those are getting finalized and will be out this week.

Now I’ll need to start on Europe.

It never ends! 🙂


All Day I Eat Children’s Day Logo 2017

The logo I designed for the remainder of April and into early May is a Children’s day edition. Children’s day is a holiday celebrated in Japan on May 5. The little fish flying in the wind is one of the decorations that is put up to celebrate. Each fish is representative of a member in the family. Click the link above if you want to learn more!


Recipe that was successful from other sites – 

The only modifications I made to this recipe were: using fresh bucatini pasta and San Marzano tomatoes with a basil leaf (missing oregano and garlic). It came out delicious and is definitely a keeper. Visit Joanne’s site for the recipe!

Bucatini all’Amatriciana from No Plate like Home

Recipe that failed – 

I liked how this recipe was light and didn’t use eggs in the base. It turned out to be just okay, but had I not added the mozzarella cheese on top, I don’t think I would have liked it at all.

Jamie Oliver’s Eggplant Parmesan from the NYTimes

My Published Recipes





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7 thoughts on “April 2017 Reflections: Food and Travel

  • May 24, 2017 at 9:11 pm

    The look of your site is always terrific – did you design logo? love it 🙂

    • May 10, 2017 at 8:46 am

      haha, i guess it comes with the territory of travel. sometimes you have to relinquish some control of what you eat.

      • May 10, 2017 at 9:05 am

        LOL, yes, letting go of control not foolishly but living life. Gotta taste the foods to let us know what to cook and order right!

  • May 9, 2017 at 11:56 am

    Thanks Patrick! I’m sure your dish was fantastic with fresh bucatini and San Marzano tomatoes! I’m honored you made my dish, liked it and even linked back to it. I will do the same in my post!


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