Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Nostalgia Alert!

As Time Goes By

As Time Goes By was a fabulous British series starring Judy Dench (or Dame Judy as she is now).  It ran for 10 years from 1992.

All of the characters were endearing but I just loved Mrs Bale's pronouncements.  I still often announce at home that "Dinner will be ready in 3 minutes!)  I tried to find a  YouTube clip with Mrs Bale in it that was short but was unsuccessful.

Top Secret Twenty-One by the one and only Janet Evanovich

You know I am a Janet Evanovich fan so it should come as no surprise that I opened her latest in the Stephanie Plum series Top Secret Twenty-One and fully expected to be entertained.

And I wasn't disappointed.  I don't know how she has managed to keep it interesting with the same basic cast of characters over 21+ books!

It was like jumping into a soothing bath – all warm and cuddly.

Stephanie's relationships are gradually developing through the series and that is interesting.  There is still no explicit sex although there are explosions and other violent events – but they're dealt with in a humorous way – now that's a talent – making an explosion humorous.

The ending seemed a little sudden to me. 

One teensy weensy moan – it was unfortunate that the last 30 pages or so were taken up by a teaser for a short story – maybe that's why I thought the ending was sudden – it looked like there was another chapter or so of pages to go and then it just ended.

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

No really, engineers are great people!

Restaurant L'Évidence in Morlaix

Restaurant L'Évidence in Morlaix
On our trip to France we stayed just outside Morlaix for a few nights.  One afternoon we drove around trying to pick a restaurant for dinner – we checked out several and selected one called L'Évidence.  A lucky choice indeed.

Heritage tomato tartare with a parmesan tuile

We were so glad we went to L'Évidence - fabulous food - friendly service (French speaking but I managed) - I had the heritage tomato tartare with a parmesan tuile  which was beautifully presented followed by another entree - lobster ravioli in a consommé infused with lemongrass - it was delicately fabulous.

Lobster ravioli in a consommé infused with lemongrass

My better half had some incredibly tender and tasty pork – which was a special. It was called Ou Pluma de cochon au wasabi.  I know this because, for once, I remembered to take a pic of the menu!  Pluma is the name of the cut of pork.
Ou Pluma de cochon au wasabi
 We skipped dessert -although they gave us a little chocolate truffle and candied orange - just a perfect finish to a delightful meal.

Contact details: Restaurant L'Évidence, 4 Rue Basse , 29600 Morlaix, ph 02 98 15 58 25

If you would like to see more about Morlaix – a fabulous town, follow the link to this post

Monday, 20 October 2014

Nostalgia Alert!

King of the Road

Trailer for sale or rent
Rooms to let, fifty cents
No phone, no pool, no pets
Ain't got no cigarettes
Two hours of pushin' broom
Buys a eight by twelve four-bit room
I'm a man of means, by no means
King of the road

Some country nostalgia for you today. Back in 1964  Roger Miller had a huge hit with King of the Road.  It was a crossover hit, charting in both pop and country charts.

Here's a YouTube clip for you, if you would like a direct hit of nostalgia (Just over 2 minutes)