Monday, August 13, 2012

Courtyard Grill, New Orleans

We were doing one of our 'constitutional' walks at Magazine St., New Orleans when we chanced upon Courtyard Grill.  We saw pictures of delicious food and we peered inside their kitchen's glass windows.  We saw their cooks grilling, cooking and all the while smiling and chatting with each other.  Those are a happy bunch!  Hubby said that it's a good thing when the cooks are in a happy mood as the food would surely be cooked with care and consideration.  I say the management must be good as the employees are happy. 

Then next day, we stopped by for lunch.  We ordered Adana chicken wrap,  beef gyro sandwich and french fries.  We were not all disappointed, that's an understament.  The food is simply delicious, authentic Mediterranean.  Their Greek white sauce (home-made yoghurt with mint)  is fresh and lightly creamy.  The Adana chicken wrap, which is ground chicken blended with red pepper, onion and parsley is so yummy. It's served on a wrap and served with tomatoes, yoghurt and rice.  It is just what I expected with their spices, and with sprinkling of  sweet onions, purple cabbage and lettuce too.

The beef gyro is superb.   The beef,   slowly cooked on a vertical rotisserie served with lettuce, tomato and onio.  It's  wrapped in Lavosh with  Greek white sauce on the side.   The beef is tender and tasty and the Lavosh wrap is fresh and heated to a lovely and crispy crust.

Definitely thums up for Courtyard Grill.  See theirfull menu here.

We're the happy diners:

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Binuatan Creations in Palawan

While in Palawan, we visited Binuatan Creations.  Their products are very colorful, very Filipiniana, and their handwoven products are done at the back of the store.

Dave tried weaving as instructed by the weaver

Their store have very colrful products such as these bags

There are also smaller souvenir pieces like key chains, wallets, etc.

Their bags are of export quality

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Revival of Old Photo

A photo, faded by age could be revived. Look at this picture, taken in 1989: 

Look at how it was 'revived'.

Monday, March 5, 2012

My Food Cravings

It's sunny and bright as early as seven o'clock in this side of the world, and I am off for my daily  'constitutional' walk after my usual papaya breakfast.  And what comes next after my walk - food of course.  Here are some of my faves and the good sites for their recipes:

Bacon and cheese Sandwich
Fried Pork
Fish and Chips
Chicken Cordon Bleu
Chef's Salad
Cheese Cake

Bacon and Egg Sandwich 

Pork,  rice and veggies  if I am so hungry
Fish and Chips for a brunch is not bad
Chicken Cordon Bleu if I am inclined

A Hearty Chef's Salad is a Feast!
Actually all I am craving for is a delish Cheesecake!

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Fun with Photoshop Effects

Water color painting
Water Color

 Colored Sketch

 Water Color

 Colored Sketch
Black-and-White sketch

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Jo, My Sister

Studio Shots at Angel Lights Portraits, Photoshop effects by Yours Truly :))

Edited "Original' Picture

Sketch Effect

Artistic Cutout

My Photoshop program is dated, so it may be a waste of time if I tell you how I got these effects, but if you insist, post your comment if you'd like a step-by-step instructions.

Sunday, October 23, 2011


Travis and Diane Howells

Robert and Lyn Horton

Chris and Marie Haug
Steve and Trina