Book Review: ” A Cook’s Tour.” By Anthony Bourdain

I have been reading ” A Cook’s Tour” By Anthony Bourdain. The book is vivid in painting the reader a picture of the sounds, smells,flavor, taste, styles and traditions of the countries he visited during his tour around the world. The reader almost feels as if they are on the same journey with the author. Experiencing every emotion from delighted, sad, scared, angry, curious and overall inspired. There is a raw humor in this book that is undoubtedly keen and delightful.
If by some random chance I was to meet Anthony Bourdain..I might just pee my pants. I like the unpolished aspect of it all. Next time your looking for an adventure, try this.

Our rainy day consisted of Gourmet Chocolates, Wildlife Refuge and Antiquing.

Slept in until 9:30 or so and began the process of getting ready. We drove to Historic Eureka springs and visited a Chocolate Factory. There was such a wondrous display of chocolates it was almost baffling. I know you must be wondering what I chose to indulge myself with. The delicate selection was Irish Cream Truffle and Hazelnut Truffle. Might I add, the chocolate was velvety smooth and melted as soon as the chocolate hit the roof of your mouth. One word to describe this experience: Ecstasy. After our indulgences we drove to Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge. It was a self-guided tour through a maze of every kind of Wild Cat possible. They we’re all so unique in color, shape, personality and size which made the experience even cooler. Some of them would look at you with eyes of steel that could pierce your soul and send chills straight down your back and others we’re so laid back it was like watching Willy Nelson except of course they are a little bit furrier. After leaving the Wildlife shelter we spontaneously stopped at an Antique Shop in which I found some treasures. It seems odd we have been on vacation for almost a week now. Usually are schedules are so rushed between work, school and life. This has by far been the most relaxing vacation ever!

The Chocolate factory.


Every Chocolate Lover's Dream.


A cute little sign hanging in the shop.


Resting for the day.


What an incredibly beautiful yet fierce creature.


Looks like someone's got it made in the shade.


Sleepy Much?


Raven eyes..shouldv'e been this one's name.


Look how huge this cat is...amazing.


Found this sewing book in the 50% off section
Price paid $ 4.98.


A vintage trivet..I found for the kitchen.

Our current vacation.

We arrived at our cozy nook long after wandering through the Ozark hills. I think we we’re both beginning to wonder if our reservations we’re all just a fluke. Lesson learned never again, will I print off directions from Mapquest.com. We decided to get smart and stop by the local police station and see if they could help us. The oh so helpful police officer was our hope in a dark place. He helped us navigate our way to our cozy little nook. I was much relieved when we finally found it to say the least. I graciously spread my entire being on the bed in a big sprint. Next morning, woke up to the sound of brewing coffee, sunshine, and the love of my life. Those three combos can never be a bad sign. We walked in downtown Eureka Springs sifting through the rows of shops up and down the sidewalks. Later, we started getting hungry and ate at and Indian restaurant. We ordered a samosa for an appetizer. I would really like to replicate this…it was “Magical.” The best appetizer we’ve had this part of town. I would like to retire in this lovely place…there is so much energy, life and soul in this town. The food is amazing, the people are unique, and the beer is ice cold ( just the way it should be). Most of the stores I enjoyed going in we’re kitchen supply stores. I found some artichoke pesto spread, bruschetta spread,and jalapeno cilantro dip. One of my favorite finds was a polka dotted apron and global cookbook which will be brilliant for my ethnic food nights with friends and family. Again, the culinary field is calling my name in all aspects.
Here’s some pics of our current trip. Enjoy!

Our cozy kitchen


Isn't it cute?


So happy to finally arrive....


The "magical" samosa.


Boulanger (French) Baker.


The happy couple


Mmmm...I love me some Negro Medelo.


Matt smokin' a cigar.


Matt wasn't a fan of the cold smoke salmon but I liked it


Smokin' my first white chocolate/ irish cream cigar. I liked it


The trip has been wonderful thus far....

Ah! The essence of doing nothing.

I love coming home from work and curling up to a good book, cup of coffee and ice cream. A simple reminder of how sweet life truly is. The joys of doing absolutely nothing are endless. I am the type of person who likes to come home kick off her shoes and just relax.

My current read, ” Julie and Julia.” written by Julie Powell,


I’m only into the first chapter but so far it’s proven itself to be a good book. I like that their is a such a vast amount of vocabulary. Julie Powell writing skills are magnificent. I’m already hooked.