Have You Ever Heard of An Arepa?: Daily Art Practice
We have had some really high temperatures again and I have lost several plants to sun burn. That and a lack of water. I am not the best water girl. I always get pre-occupied and then it is too late when I notice my droopy, crispy plants.
This past weekend the hubby and I got some alone time as the children were away. We went to State College, PA (home of Penn State University) and browsed the downtown. We have been there several times to eat, but we never spent a lot of time in the downtown because it is always full of college students. Before noon on Saturday morning was the perfect time to walk. There wasn’t a lot of people and the temperatures were still comfortable.
While walking down a back alley, we came across a tiny but air-conditioned Venezuelan restaurant, called Juana’s. I am not familiar with this kind of food so I was a bit hesitant but hubby coaxed me in and we gave it a try. We both had different versions of the Arepa’s. I couldn’t get over how much meat they packed in. It was very heavy and I loved that the ‘bread’ was cornmeal patties, as I am Gluten-free. If you have enjoyed Venezuelan food and have suggestions, please send them my way!
My shop front this week is Lewistown Printworks. They are a printing and graphic shop that opened in our town within the past 10 years. A recent goal of mine is to complete several paintings of our local businesses and get them printed on cards. I seem to be behind with all my goals this year but completing one building is a good start.
I took this reference photo on a walk through town.
Tea and Poetry: Marie Curie
Our person of interest this week was Marie Curie. She lived her early life in Poland but the majority of her life was spent in France. She won 2 Nobel Prizes, one in Physics (in conjunction with her husband), the other in Chemistry.
We watched Youtube videos on France, Paris and Marie Curie. I highly recommend this book. It had SO much information and beautiful pictures that no other supplementation was needed.
As you can probably guess, our spread was French inspired.
The main course was a French Dip Sandwich. This recipe didn’t call for cheese but we added a slice of provolone to each sandwich. It was yummy as is but I think it would have been even better with the roast beef heated up.
Simple-French Style Potato Salad was our side. It was delicious, and a light and healthy alternative to traditional potato salad.
French Apple Cake was perfect for my daughter that doesn’t like cake. This was more apple than cake so it was quite moist and fruity.
Overall, we enjoyed the small portion of French cuisine that we tried and I would definitely make all these recipes again!
What is your favorite French food?
I am joining the Tea ladies and Elizabeth and Bleubeard for Tea Tuesday. Our tea for Tea and Poetrythis week was Numi Organic Tea Gunpowder Green Loose Leaf Tea. This is a favorite of mine and I get this from Amazon on a regular basis. I highly recommend it you like green tea.
Happy Tea Day,