weekly photo challenge : wrong

I’ve posted the first 2 photos before, but this was the first thing that came to mind for the challenge – carving a stamp backwards. Spending all that time and energy on a mistake is definitely wrong.

beautiful stamp

backwards image

The next photo shows a main course serving from the restaurant Acadia in Toronto. I don’t remember the type of fish, I just remember being hungry when we left the restaurant. I think they’ve taken portion control a step too far, which I think is wrong, especially considering the prices on the menu. The food was good, there just wasn’t really enough to get more than a taste.

main course at Acadia restaurantBeautiful presentation. Wrong amount of food.  Details on the photo challenge can be found here.

weekly photo challenge : inside

Since I haven’t posted my son’s cat lately, this seemed like the perfect challenge. If you’ve looked at my blog before, you’ll know that Kush the cat LOVES to get into things. Here she is inside a suitcase (helping me pack) and inside a stack of bowls which I foolishly left sitting empty on the table. Obviously that was a perfect nap spot.

luggage cat

cat in a bowlThen I thought I’d share a lovely big tree that was growing right in the middle of a restaurant. The base was so big that at first I didn’t even realize that it was a live tree trunk. But as you can see from the last photo, that tree is growing inside the restaurant. Really.

live tree trunk

restaurant exterior showing treeThis is El Paragua Restaurant in Espanola, New Mexico. The restaurant is historic with a reputation for good New Mexican cuisine. Personally I think they are coasting on their reputation (note the dates on their numerous awards). Next door is a “fast food” version of the restaurant, El Parasol, which I will definitely try next time, as the outdoor eating area was packed with locals. Guess I should have known.

the gorge times 3

As you drive towards Taos, New Mexico from Santa Fe, you come up over a ridge to see a beautiful view of the Rio Grande Gorge. The light conditions dictate how dramatic the view is, but it is always impressive. I take photos almost every time I pass this way, coming and going. Unless I’m driving, which really cuts into my car photography. Here’s the view from earlier this week when it first comes into view and then a bit closer.

Rio Grande Gorge

Rio Grande GorgeI have a better photo of the gorge that I took from a higher vantage point – a small plane. I shot this earlier in the year. You can see the Gorge Bridge if you look carefully. The gorge is a spectacular split in the earth – really quite fantastic to behold.

Rio Grande Gorge and bridge

Windsor restaurants

There are some fabulous restaurants in Windsor, one of my favorites being the Chocolate Theatre Company. This little restaurant is centrally located and across the street from our hotel (Sir Christopher Wren Hotel) and they served an impressive selection of hot chocolates, fresh sandwiches and light meals, and EXCELLENT scones with clotted cream and strawberry jam. I have no willpower when it comes to eating scones with clotted cream and strawberry jam. Absolutely none. Fortunately I’m not in the United Kingdom often enough for it to be a big problem. And yes, I went there more than once!

Chocolate Theatre Company

scones, clotted cream and jam with tea

scone plate after the carnage

Another exquisite restaurant is Mango Lounge – possibly the best Indian food I have ever eaten. It was innovative and fresh in appearance and taste. It was a treat. I’m still checking my notes for the descriptions of our dinner from the menu. Hopefully they will turn up. The pictures don’t do the food justice.

Mango Lounge

An appetizer of sweet corn and potato patties – lightly spiced sweet corn encased in a fried potato cake and served on a bed of fragrant chickpeas. I misplaced the descriptions of these other dishes but you can trust me when I say they were outstanding!

appetizer at Mango Lounge

main course at Mango Lounge

dessert at Mango Lounge