There is something very fulfilling about adding a new stamp to your passport.
Monsieur Berry and I just got back from an amazing weekend in Montreal. We sampled a variety of beer at Dieu De Ciel, walked up and down Saint Catherine Street, familiarized ourselves with the city's subway system, picked up late night burgers at Buns to inhale in front of the TV just hours after eating dinner at the brewpub. For four days, we lived like locals. Our French was a little rusty (guttural emphasis on the 'r') but locals, nevertheless.
The highlight of the trip was the day spent in Old Montreal.
I've never been to Paris. But Old Montreal looks exactly as I would imagine Paris to look like.
There's a huge grassy field on the edge of Vieux Port where people hang out, bring their kids, walk their dogs. Mike and I had been footing it around the city all morning and decided, right then and there, that we should take a break. No, no...we deserved a break. So that's what we did.
We took a nap.
A NAP. On the grass. At two in the afternoon. That sort of thing only happens when you're on vacation in a beautiful city with someone you dig. It was the best part of the trip, hands down.
Unfortunately, while I was snoozing it up with dude in Old Montreal, my blog was idling in cyberspace. I had jetted off to Canada with nary a peep. No note, no voicemail, no Sugared Cinema post for two consecutive weeks. I could blame the fact that I adhere to a strict "No Internetting" rule while I'm on vacation but to miss two in a row? Not cool. Not cool at all.
You deserve better than that.
To make it up to you, I'm sharing some love.
One part recipe book, one part papered eye-candy, Chocolate: A Love Story has become a permanent addition to my coffee table (when its not being used in the kitchen.)
Created by the masterminds at Max Brenner, this book contains 65 of their most coveted and creatively constructed recipes (including these Lipstick Bonbons.) The artwork in this book is worthy of a space on your wall.
I wish I could be that sassy.
Pretty neat stuff, huh?
To win, answer the following:
What is your favorite love story?
It can be a book, a movie, a rotoscoped 80's music video of a certain one hit wonder, etc.
Leave your answer in the Comments section. The contest
ends on Thursday, 4/29 at 9pm EST is now over. Pass your Scantrons to the front. One winner will be selected at random and announced in Friday's post.
Good luck, friends!
And on that note, I'm off to take a 6 1/2 hour nap.