Stockholm’s old town

Stockholm has a beautiful old town. I got to walk around in 4 in the morning while it was snowing and I was freezing. Quite an experience! The next day I tried to get some pictures just as the sun was setting. Isn’t it pretty?

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One day I’ll be back!

Hostess gifts

Whenever I have an invitation to dinner/gathering, I am the person who ends up putting two beers in a plastic bag few moments before running out of the door (and is usually very late). This year, I don’t want to be that person anymore. It looks so much more put together if you bring something that looks planned. It doesn’t have to be something expensive, it just has to be intentional. So today, I’ve put up a list of things that I would really like to receive as a hostess and think would make great hostess gifts.

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Nail polish
I find this one the best hostess gifts. In fact, it is very much appreciated when someone gives me a fancy nail polish.

Hand cream
In case your hostess doesn’t paint her nails, then maybe she will make use of a good hand cream. It’s one of the things you can never get enough of, especially in the winter (yes, even in Greece). This is my favorite one from the tens I’ve tried.

Homemade chocolate truffles
What’s better than a gift made with love? This recipe calls for only 4 ingredients, none of which is sugar, and it’s hands down the most delicious truffles you’ll ever try. Plus, it’s so easy and it looks so elaborate.

A bottle of your favorite wine
Everybody loves a bottle of good wine. Bonus points, if this is your favorite one and there is a story behind it. Lately, I find myself preferring Pinot noir and Pinot grigio varieties. You?

Flowers
I’ve said it before. Flowers can make every hostess happy. You can make it fancy or simple, it’s your choice. Whatever you do, remember to write a note with some kind words. That will make her smile.

What is your go to hostess gift?

One day in Paris

If I only had one day in Paris, this is how I would spend it: Beaubourg, Marais, place des Vosges and canal Saint-Martin. In that order. So the one day where half of my friends visited Disneyland, I took the other half to my favorite parts of Paris. The weather was absolutely amazing and we had a blast sitting outside to have a beer near Beaubourg. We then walked to Marais, had a quick stop at Place des Vosges, made a failed attempt to visit Jim Morrison’s grave and ended up having drinks at Canal Saint-Martin. If you ever find yourself there, you should consider a visit to Chez Prune for a Chardonnay or a Pays d’Oc. Isn’t Paris the best city in the world?

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ps. Have a productive week! 

Easter treats

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For me and the rest of the Greeks, it is Easter this Sunday and I had to make a special treat, tsourekia. They’re surprisingly similar to the Scandinavian boller, if you’ve ever tried that. I hope you have a great Easter or not weekend!

ps. Recipe from here (in Greek).

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