Books, Bikes, and Food

Reviews, Recipes, Rides… and some other things, too.


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Toto, I don’t think we’re in Kansas any more…

In a much anticipated yet surprising turn of events, I have the Internet back! It was supposed to come back yesterday but seemingly it didn’t get the memo and therefore turned up a day late. But up it did turn, so there’s happiness all around and I can share some of my moving pursuits. After a busy few days, I now get to enjoy some days of “staycation” at my new place before I start my new job on Monday. I’ve been furniture shopping and building (pro tip learned from painful experience: never go to a certain Swedish furniture shop on the first day of holidays, it is horror), putting up pictures, re-shelving books… it was fun. Here are some of the results.

New living room, aka reading nook. Where I am currently sitting sipping thick hot chocolate.

I’ve also found my favourite shop in Tübingen, Cosita Bonita, a gem of a Mexican shop selling food, clothes, decorations, and even furniture! If you read German, you can read more about them here, and they also have an on-line shop.

They have the prettiest bags.

I’m eyeing one of their chairs to complete my living room, but it’s kind of expensive and so some humming and hawing will have to be done before I maybe take the plunge. This is what I got in the meantime.

A gorgeous black ceramic vase from Oaxaca and paper flowers

The best fridge magnets in the history of fridge magnets

I also went on a small book haul in anticipation of German Literature Month, but I’m saving that for another post.

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New York, New York

Oh man, it’s been way too long… again. September has been mental. But instead of bothering you with the usual excuses about how busy I’ve been, I thought I’d show you what I’ve been busy with (partly): a trip to New York. As in, a holiday!  Just Mr Liburuak and I! For more than a whole week! It was amazing. Despite it being late September/early October, we had the best summer weather you could imagine. We didn’t bike, but there were books and of course there was food. Here’s some proof.

I love the concept of little free libraries. This one’s on Prince St in Nolita and is a product of a project by The Architectural League NY.

Little Free Library

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Food Envy, Bilbao Edition

I’m on holiday at the moment, the Mr and I are visiting the Basque side of the family. So while I’m not cooking myself right now, I’m very much eating. All. Day. Long. All that’s left for me to do is to give you some food envy.

Pimientos del padrón and chips

Gin & Tonic with an aftertaste of pink peppercorn

Bakery in Laguardia, Rioja Alavesa

As you can see, life is really hard right now. And now please excuse me while I go and eat some delicious cod fish al pil pil prepared by my mother in law.