Heaven – I am in heaven…

I was just exploring Uncommon Goods and found an amazing display of drool worth goods….

I LOVE MAPS!

PS – Could I borrow some money?

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10 Most Famous Trees in the World

This top 10 list is so neat!

10 Most Famous Trees in the World

Have a look! Personally, I love the Tree of Life:

The Tree of Life in Bahrain is a mesquite tree which grows in the middle of desert. The tree is said to be 400 to 500 years old. Its long roots probably have found some underground water source, but it is still a miracle as it is the only green living organism living in a vast and barren desert. The local inhabitants believe that this was the actual location of the Garden of Eden.

Photo of the Day – What an old fart!

This is a very odd picture I took of my dog last week.

He loves to jump up on the back of my couch and soak in as much sweet, sweet sunshine as he can.

When I couched down to take this picture, he decided to contort his face into some grimace that made him look like an grumpy old (but wise) dog.

Doesn’t even look like him!

Quote for a Sunday

To awaken quite alone in a strange town is one of the pleasantest sensations in the world.” – Freya Stark

Savory Saturday – Where the Buffalo Roam (in Canada)

I will not be cooking at all today, I am sorry.

My travels take me to the heart of Southwestern Ontario to see my good friends new baby girl. When I return home in the evening, I am looking forward to going for a bite to eat at one of my boys’ favorite Canadian pubs – Rebel House.

It’s one of those places you would love to be stuck in on a snowy day in the middle of winter. So cosy with a few fireplaces, friendly people, cheap, and amazing LOCAL food.

My mind is already focused on the mussels and the Buffalo Burger that I will quickly spill out to my waiter/waitress:

DOWNEAST MUSSELS – Fresh P.E.I. mussels with the chef’s daily sauce and spiced bread

BUFFALO BURGER

Fresh minced buffalo and beef grilled to order and served with homemade spicy ancho pepper ketchup, red onion, tomato and pickle on a country Kaiser with house salad and/or kettle fries

So, I am a bit curious as to how Buffalo burgers are created….and I need to have a recipe available for my ‘Savory Saturday’ post today….

Here we go! (with a recipe from Canadian Living)

Butchers at farmer’s markets and specialty stores are great sources for homegrown bison. Try these burgers with grainy mustard and whole wheat buns.

Ingredients

Preparation

In skillet, heat oil over medium heat; cook onion, stirring often, until softened and golden, about 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, in large bowl, mix together egg, bread crumbs, beer, mustard, thyme, salt and pepper. Stir in onions, then bison; mix until just combined. Shape into four 3/4-inch (2 cm) thick patties. (Make-ahead: Store, separated by waxed paper, in airtight container and refrigerate for up to 24 hours. Or freeze for up to 1 month; defrost in refrigerator.)

Place patties on greased grill over medium heat; close lid and grill, turning once, until no longer pink inside and digital thermometer inserted sideways into centre reads 160°F (71°C), about 10 minutes. Sandwich in buns.

Fantasy Friday – Pan Pan

Welcome to Malaysia!

Such a fun name for a lost kingdom, if I may say so.

I have heard of Pan Pan before, and in popped into my head as I decided what to declare as my travel daydream today.

Let’s take it to the modern day ‘Pan Pan’ as a destination.

It’s called Terengganu today, and WOW does it ever look inciting!

And as per usual, I like to focus on the natural and cultural aspect to my travels.

Nature

Vibrant, wild, and uniquely exciting, Terengganu promises to astound you with an amalgam of wonders. The islands, beaches, marine lives, wetlands, lakes, waterfalls and rivers are among the nature’s best kept secret. Its treasure trove is home to some of the most spectacular wonders of the natural world, including 130 million-year-old rainforest and Lake Kenyir, the largest man-made lake in Southeast Asia.

Culture

It isn’t only the bounties of nature that will dazzle you while on a visit to Terengganu. The state is also rich in tradition as apparent by the wealth of dances that you will witness performed gracefully by our culture troupe. Traditional games and pastime are still kept alive and played during weekend traditional performance, cultural festivals as well as during official functions. Be fascinated by kite-flying skills as well as the spinning of giant gasing (tops), among others.

Good reading ahead!

My sister pointed me to a very neat social cataloging site where you can, “see what your friends are reading. Keep track of what you’ve read and organize your books into virtual bookshelves. Join a book club to discuss your favorite novels…”. 

The site is called Goodreads and it’s actually quite neat. It managed to keep me distracted for a few minutes yesterday, and I was able to look at a long list of travel literature recommended books, after I rated a few books that I enjoyed from that genre.

The results left me drooling for some reads:

I also set a reading challenge for myself for 2012: 30 books (starting as of yesterday). Me thinks that’s quite do-able.

Very neat, and a very good way to waste some time, almost as good at wasting my time as Pinterest!

Happy reading!