Thursday, June 30, 2011

Summering in Europe - Round 1

Okay that title might be misleading totally inaccurate.  Summering in Europe conjures up images of 81' yachts filled with attractive sun-seekers in different Missoni bikinis for each day of the week, sipping vintage bottles of champagne.  I wasn't quite doing that.  Actually, I wasn't anywhere close to doing that at all.

As luck would have it, I got to travel to the U.K. for work.  Don't get too excited - I was not heading to the bustling metropolis that is London.  No no, I was off to even more exotic Milton Keynes.  According to my UK friend, Ed, Milton Keynes is a fairly new city.  I thought he meant it was incorporated in 2001 or something.  Apparently, in the UK, "new" means anytime after WWII.

I was staying at company facilities for 2 weeks.  The food was generally lackluster.  Believe it or not, I was also repulsed by the extensive dessert selection so I did not eat dessert a single night at the center. There were few highlights: brownies during snack time, an attempt at chicken korma, and the croissants that were left in a warming oven enough to make them crispy (as they should be).

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Guest Post: Champagne Mojitos

Today we have a guest post by my college roommate, Lavina. Lavina hails from Miami, and she introduced me to mojitos.  I'm not sure where I had my first mojito, probably at 33 in Boston, but my most memorable one was at Nikki Beach in Marbella.  Lavina and I had spent the semester studying abroad in London and after we finished in May, we decided to beach hop through Spain and Greece for 2 weeks. Marbella was our 2nd stop. Also a memorable experience on this trip: I believe it was at the Malaga airport in Spain where I first realized I was totally in love with getting my passport stamped.  I can still clearly remember the excitement I felt going through the customs line and proudly smiling at what was probably the 5th stamp in my then shiny and new passport. 

To celebrate Hom Nom's first year anniversary, Lavina prepared delicious Champagne Mojitos. Welcome, Lavina!