Month: December 2014

Happy New Year

I boiled an egg perfectly this morning. It was a triumph. I like my boiled eggs a certain way. There needs to be a 0.55/0.45 soft yolk / hard yolk split. I’ve timed this to mean a 6 minute 25 second boil on a gas stove. But results have varied. If memory serves me well, I achieved the perfectly boiled egg once before. Jay Z & Beyoncé had just announced the birth of Blue Ivy. My wife and I received official confirmation that we maintained our Diamond status with Discovery. It was a magical time. And while we’ve maintained Daimond status (my wife’s just mentioned that it is important to note here that I am using the royal “we”), Blue Ivy is almost 3 years old now! I can only ascribe my poor track record to a lack of focus. Too many things going on in my head. And so, my new year’s resolution is quite simple. For 2015, I wish for only this: perfectly boiled eggs. And I wish the same for you. Unless …

Café a Brasileira

The Café a Brasileira (the Brazilian Café) is one of the oldest and most famous coffee shops in Lisbon, Portugal – a favoured watering-hole of intellectuals and academics back in the day. And because of those facts, a tourist Mecca. We were lucky to pop in on a less busy morning. And even so, service was shocking. I got the sense that the waiter expected me to feel lucky & thankful to be attended to in such a fine establishment. Having said that, I did enjoy myself. It’s a beautiful space and a must-see on your visit to Lisbon. If only to see this hole-in-the-wall newspaper stand on the way out…