Book Review: the Watchmaker of Filigree Street

October 31, 2016

The Watchmaker of Filigree Street | Like historical fiction, magical realism and Victorian London with (a generous) dash of Japan? This book is for you! http://weirdatheart.com/book-review-the-watchmaker-of-filigree-street/

They say not to judge a book by a cover, but when it comes to books, I always do. I’m judgmental like that. A good cover is what makes me notice a book on my round through the bookstore. If it doesn’t pique my interest, I’ll probably not pick it up. Not picking it up was not an option with The Watchmaker of Filigree Street though, as its cover Continue Reading

TV shows to watch this fall

October 26, 2016

TV shows to watch this fall - fall foliage
The leaves are slowly turning to yellow and red, wood stoves and hearths are fired up again, and the crisp air outside is just cold enough to put steaming mugs of hot chocolate on the mind. It’s the time to get cosy, or, as it’s so popularly called this year: for hygge. And although you should definitely go outside every now and then to check out the beautiful colors and work up an appetite for all the indulgent foods that are so abundant now, ’tis also the season for … Continue Reading

5 things to do on every city trip

August 12, 2016

5 things to do on every city trip - Geneva oldtown

 

On every city trip? It’s quite a statement, I know. No two cities are alike. But while I might be telling you to eat pizza in Naples, or squid in Thessaloniki – and order neither in, say, Tbilisi – there are a few things you should always do in order to get the most out of your visit, no matter what Continue Reading

Tales on Tuesday – Istanbul with Rambo

August 2, 2016

Tales on Tuesday - Istanbul with Rambo

There I go, my suitcase trailing behind me. The bus just stopped on the empty corner of a big square in the center of Istanbul, and as everyone else got off I thought it best to follow suit. I have no idea where to go, so I decide to move in the general direction of where the crowd seems to be. As usual, I’m ill-prepared. Continue Reading

Hearty Persian rice with apple and banana

July 27, 2016

A family classic: Hearty Persian rice with apple and banana

You read that right, this hearty dinner incorporates apples and banana – and it’s amazing. It’s a meal I grew up on, the recipe for which has been passed on to my mom from my grandmother. She was always cooking and reading cookbooks and magazines for inspiration, and I’m pretty certain she got this recipe out of one of the ladies’ magazines she subscribed to sometime in the seventies. Continue Reading

Tales on Tuesday – A narrow mind

July 19, 2016

Tales on Tuesday - A narrow mind http://weirdatheart.com/tales-on-tuesday-a-narrow-mind/

‘They have never been in a bookstore before. They have no clue how to find a book here, and wouldn’t think to have a look around. They simply come to the counter with the title they need, and expect us to get it for them.’ She sighs defeated as she says it. Continue Reading

Tales on Tuesday – Goodbye, nan

June 7, 2016

Tales on Tuesday - Goodbye nan http://weirdatheart.com/tales-on-tuesday-goodbye-nan/
The hint of red that the sun brings out in my hair, I get from her. Although I have never known her to be anything but a silvery-white, she’d tell stories of how the other kids teased her with her bright red hair. She despised it, but I loved it – love it still. Continue Reading