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Author: camparigirl

Trying to make sense of the world and life through food and words.

A dash of L.A. magic

Posted in Style & Travel

Botanica voodoo“Do you believe in black magic?” the strapping young man asks me point-blank.

We are debating whether it would be wise to enter the chapel of Our Lady of Death and atone our sins.  He wouldn’t go unless I went first and, teased by his mates in the background, we relinquish the opportunity of sitting in a garishly decorated booth, filled with sickeningly scented calla lilies.

To lift or not to lift – An interview on cosmetic surgery with Dr. Malcolm Lesavoy

Posted in Aging, and Health

Raise your hand if you never caught yourself in front of the mirror, pulling the skin just above your cheekbones up and back, just to see “what it would look…

Things we really should know by now.

Posted in Aging, and Life & Love

A recent piece in the Huffington Post listed the knowledge a woman should have acquired by the time she reached 50. We love the Huffpost – but the suggestions were too vague to us – and not age appropriate (frankly, fuddy duddy). Which prompted us to examine what we really know now vs what we thought we knew at 30. Herewith camparisandsofa’s top 10 must-have ‘pearls of wisdom’:

A cuppa, some scones and the Mad Hatter

Posted in Food, and Food & Entertaining

Choc cakeThe woman’s house was destroyed in an air raid and the kind policeman steered her towards a salvaged chair, made her sit and uttered the magic words “You stay here. I will make you a cup of tea”. The scene is from my current flavor of the month British TV show, “Foyle’s War”, but it does sum the oft mocked British attitude towards life that a cup of tea is a panacea for life’s ills.

At the cost of being branded an Anglophile, I am inclined to agree. Coffee jumpstarts my brain but, at the end of a long day, it’s a hot cup of tea I crave .  When it’s getting dark outside and I need to welcome the evening, feet propped on the coffee table. Or when my fingers are tired of typing and I need a mental break, it’s the kettle and my favourite blue mug I reach for.

Things we almost forgot about ourselves, aka – this much I’m going to let you know about me

Posted in About Us

We accepted taking the open road‘s challenge when she nominated us for A Versatile Blogger Award. Two things appealed to us about her nomination – one that we would be able…

10 Great Reads

Posted in Things We Love


Whether you are planning to curl up  on the couch with a cup of cocoa or stretch languidly on a beach, these are some of our suggestions.

The Thousands Autumns of Jacob DeZoet by David Mitchell

Better known for the Booker Prize winner and best-seller “Cloud Atlas”, I fell in love with the follow-up at page 80. “Hang in there”, sofagirl counselled and I am glad I did because, if the going is a bit slow, the book then lived by my side until I devoured the last page. A wondrous and meticulously researched tale of the impenetrable Japanese kingdom in the 1700‘s told through the eyes of a lowly Dutch Indies employee, and an impossible and perilous love story, this book will transport you to a different world for its duration. The precise, lace-like intricate writing will mesmerize you too.

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