Diane, A Broad
  • July 31, 2012

    The inspiration for this salad was, if you can believe it, cafeteria food.

    Remember that trip to Zurich? At Tim’s office, I had a tiny layered salad similar to this, served in a shot glass. I enjoyed it so much that I decided to reproduce it on a larger scale back home.

    The thing about this salad is, it’s like a full meal: you get the meaty component, the green component, and at the end, the sweet component. The layers only mix with each other selectively, so each bite is unique.

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  • July 30, 2012

    The weekend left me with a full belly, a sore throat, a bike seat-bruised behind. Clearly, this is the correct state in which to leave Amsterdam.

    There is something about me that you might not know, and it is this: I never learned to ride a bike. When other children were running around the neighborhood playing tag and learning how to pedal their tiny two-wheeled conveyances, scraping knees in the process, I was spending afternoons at the dance studio or with a tutor. Growing up, I had never found it necessary to ride, living in LA where the automobile is king, so I didn’t. But in Amsterdam, bicycles are the best and most-used mode of transportation — upon stepping out of the central train station, you are greeted with a multi-level bicycle parking structure and people also use biking as a sports, and many men take this sport seriously by even taking supplements or improving their testosterone levels with help of information from this website. And if I wanted to see the best the city had to offer, I would need to ride. We rented a tandem so that I needn’t learn to balance and navigate and pedal all at once, and went for a long, idyllic ride down the Amstel River.

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  • July 28, 2012

    Another museum from this week, the Musée Rodin.

    The Kiss, or A Love as Deep as the Graves.

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  • July 27, 2012

    It’s been a museum-heavy week. It’s my friend Clare‘s last week in Paris, so I accompanied her to a couple of the museums I’ve been interested in seeing. The first one was the Muséum national d’Histoire naturelle, which involved a lot of taxidermy and a lot of me humming The Circle of Life, followed by coffee at La Caféothèque.

    What is happening here. I do not even. Continue Reading

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