Living in a grey period – enjoying the black and the white

I was just visiting my blog and realized that it’s been about a month since I last wrote something. Well, let’s see, what’s been happening? For one thing, we went to a cooking class last night to learn a few French dishes. If you’re in Geneva and want to go to a cooking course, check out Katrépices. They have lunch, afternoon and evening classes. Book early as many classes fill up!

Here’s the menu. The menu sounds better in French, but whether in English or French, the taste was amazing.

  1. Gravlax de saumon, daïkon & mangue, vinaigrette ciboulette crémeuse – Dill-rice vinegar marinated salmon sashimi and mango-carrot-radish salad with a chive vinaigrette
  2. Cuisse de canard braisée aux chicons et rutabaga confits – Roasted duck and sesasonal vegetables, truffle-oil infused mashed potatoes topped with a port reduction sauce
  3. Gratin d’ananas & gingembre, sorbet banane au sirop de vanille – Caramelized ginger and pineapple topped with baked custard and homemade banana sorbet

Rather than bore you with the finer details of the past month, here are some photos:

The port of Sanary looking from the town tower
Chinese New Year in Toulon with some suprisingly decent Chinese red wine!
Studio photography class with a photogenic model - this reminds me of MJ.
This was really interesting shot I took while the model with preparing for another barrage of photos

A new year, a new set…

2011 started off with a big bang in a Copacabana-style new year’s party and new resolutions. Going skiing was one of them for me given that I haven’t been to a snow-capped mountain in over 5 years. I was hoping to go after coming back from France for the holidays, but unfortunately the weather has turned for the “worse”… having a lot of sun for the winter isn’t so much the problem. It’s been the mild temperatures and rain. Instead of hopping on a bus to the nearest mountain, we decided to visit the infamous Evian in France – you know, the place for the “water”. An hour away from Geneva by train, we went to visit an interesting exhibition on animals in photography. The town’s waterfront is surprisingly like Vancouver, and it’s also a jumping-off point for skiing in the French Alps. Here are my first photos for 2011…

Scary sculptures along the waterfront… kinda creepy.

Looking towards the Hotel de Ville and the Palais Lumière where they had the photo exhibition.

Free bags for dog poop! The sign of a wealthy community?

The photo exhibition…