January 31, 2011

Green (whut???) Monday #11

Saturday I went to see Park Here! (a pop-up indoor park!?!) before the closing.
Oh well, let's say it was interesting... ;)

January 30, 2011

Day in technicolor

Burst of energy, in between snow storms!
Top, vegan poppy seeds pancake... I know, it sounds scary! :)
bottom, a bike parked (stuck?) in a pile of snow.

January 27, 2011

Visions 2 + recipe

I'm having a soup... but all I want is a chocolate salami!!!

300 g tea cookies
150 g unsalted butter
200 g dark chocolate
100 g sugar
2 fresh eggs
30 ml rum

Cut the butter into pieces and let it warm to room temperature. Melt the chocolate in a bain-marie, then let it cool a little. Put the cookies into a large bowl and crush them into crumbs. When the butter is soft, work it with an electric whisk for few seconds and then start adding the sugar, the eggs, the melted chocolate, and the rum. Whisk again for few seconds, then pour the mixture into the large bowl containing the cookies crumbs. Work the mixture until all the cookies crumbs are completely coated with the chocolate mix.
Take the dough and make the shape of a salami. Put the chocolate salami onto a layer of cling film and then wrap it with the film, press it to make it compact.
Put in the fridge for a couple of hours.
Slice it and ENJOY!


Once upon a time...

Every neighborhood has its secrets.
In midtown you might turn a corner and jump into the Middle Ages!

January 25, 2011

Who needs cozy?

Today we had another little snow storm in NYC.
A beer, some secret whispers, and a yarn covered car would be just perfect to keep warm!

January 24, 2011

{Green} White Monday #10

Central Park gives its best with some snow,
and we are expecting more tomorrow!

Hey, today UpGemini is 4 months old, with more than 2300 pageviews!

January 22, 2011


Did I tell you I've started a 40 days detox diet? Oh, yes.
 I'm not liking it, nope, but determined to make it!

Day #6, I start hallucinating.

January 21, 2011

Flickr: Winter Colours Week 2011 - SILVER & GOLD

Friday, Jan 21/11, is SILVER & GOLD.

For Color Week, that's all folk!
I hope you had fun like I did.

January 20, 2011

Flickr: Winter Colours Week 2011 - GREEN

Thursday, Jan 20/11, is GREEN

Tomorrow, SILVER & GOLD.

January 19, 2011

Flickr: Winter Colours Week 2011 - BLUE

Wednesday, Jan 19/11, is BLUE 
Tomorrow, GREEN.

January 18, 2011

Flickr: Winter Colours Week 2011 - WHITE

Tuesday, Jan 18/11, is WHITE and it has never been more appropriate,
this morning I woke up in a snow white NYC!

Tomorrow, BLUE.

January 17, 2011

Flickr: Winter Colours Week 2011 - RED

Monday, Jan 17/11, is RED.
This is part of my contribution

Tomorrow, WHITE.

Book club, first title!

As I mentioned a few days ago, today is the kickoff of the la porte rouge book club.
And the first title is... (drum roll) Tess of the d'Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy

I do not know anything about it, so I am very excited! :) 

Hey, more news for you later today!

January 16, 2011

New family member

I would like to introduce you to Mr. Moose, the new bottle opener
hanging on UpGemini's fridge.


Anyone for a beer, soda, or glass of prosecco? :)

January 14, 2011

I'm back

My block welcomed me back with a movie shooting around the corner 
(for the record is "Tower Heist", starring Ben Stiller)
and a play with "Harry Potter", Daniel Jacob Radcliffe, at the end of the block.
 I love this neighborhood!

No photos tonight tho, too tired. I need sleep! 

January 13, 2011

Time to go

Tomorrow I will be back in NYC. 
Temperature will drop from +13∘C in Verona, to -3∘C in NYC... not quite a good deal! 
I am sure I will need a (strictly alcoholic) punch very soon!!!

January 11, 2011

I don't understand

why am I gaining weight???
(this was just one of the dishes I had last weekend! heheheh)

January 10, 2011

January 9, 2011

Pretty tower

Verona has a very pretty, fashionable tower, don't you think?

My very first book club

Starting from mid January, I will be part of a blogger book club,
la porte rouge had the brilliant idea and I decided to jump in!
The first book will be announced on January the 15th.

January 7, 2011

Rainy day and cozy corners

A wacky lamp with a warm light, a pile of books, and a bright flower are my remedy for a rainy day.

January 6, 2011

Post holiday syndrome...

Had too much food... time to rest and take it easy! :)

January 4, 2011

First solar eclipse of 2011

UpGemini does NOT have a good relationship with eclipses...
I am sure it will be fine, right?


January 2, 2011

Colors from the windows

Joyful colors and reflections of Verona...

January 1, 2011

From Russia to you!

New Year's eve with the Flying Tzars!

Three... Two.. One... TahDah!
 What have you done last night?
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