Pulpology: Mark & Sonia's Intercontinental Absurdities!


<< October, 2017 >>
SMTWTFS
1234567
891011121314
15161718192021
22232425262728
293031
Recent Entries
Recent Comments
Re: Wanderfood Wednesday: Epicurean despot (by mark at 5/09 2:16 PM)
Re: Photo Friday: the kids are all right (by sonia at 1/03 11:20 AM)
Re: Photo Friday: the kids are all right (by krakestraw at 12/21 2:30 PM)
Re: Africa Always Wins (by lacyemartini at 11/05 3:01 PM)
Re: Africa Always Wins (by mark at 11/05 12:01 PM)
Re: WanderFood Wednesday: foxy overindulgence in Middleburg (by sonia at 7/18 11:27 AM)
Re: WanderFood Wednesday: foxy overindulgence in Middleburg (by cbheller at 7/18 11:23 AM)
Re: Top of the Loaf, Ma! (by sonia at 5/11 8:30 AM)
Re: Top of the Loaf, Ma! (by mark at 5/10 11:40 AM)
Re: Sugarloaf smooches (by wanderinglaura at 4/25 11:24 AM)
Categories
Ambergris (4) RSS
Atitlan (2) RSS
Beijing (1) RSS
Beirut (1) RSS
Celebrate Joan (11) RSS
Dead Sea (3) RSS
Florence (4) RSS
Guangzhou (1) RSS
Hong Kong (1) RSS
La Fortuna (6) RSS
Malaysia (18) RSS
Petra (5) RSS
San Ignacio (5) RSS
San Jose (2) RSS
Semporna (2) RSS
tours (13) RSS
Vancouver (7) RSS
Alajuela (3) RSS
Amman (2) RSS
Anghiari (2) RSS
Antigua (1) RSS
Arraial do Cabo (3) RSS
Aruba (5) RSS
Assisi (3) RSS
Bangkok (11) RSS
Belize (12) RSS
Borneo (7) RSS
Brazil (19) RSS
Burning Man (28) RSS
Cali 2012 (1) RSS
Cali/Oregon (10) RSS
Caulker (3) RSS
Chicago (4) RSS
Chichicastenango (3) RSS
China (1) RSS
Coban (3) RSS
Colombia (1) RSS
Costa Rica (28) RSS
CouchSurfing (12) RSS
DC (106) RSS
farewells (2) RSS
festivals (46) RSS
Finger Lakes (2) RSS
Frontone (3) RSS
garden (17) RSS
Guatemala (27) RSS
Guatemala City (1) RSS
guest post (8) RSS
Honduras (5) RSS
Italy (33) RSS
Jersey shore (2) RSS
Jordan (8) RSS
Kinabatangan (3) RSS
Kuala Lumpur (2) RSS
Kuching (1) RSS
Le Marche (19) RSS
Lebanon (1) RSS
Livingston (4) RSS
London (3) RSS
Manuel Antonio (2) RSS
Meet Plan Go (17) RSS
Middleburg (1) RSS
Monteverde (6) RSS
Mozambique (13) RSS
Nebaj (2) RSS
Orange Walk (1) RSS
Paris (1) RSS
Penang (5) RSS
Perugia (2) RSS
Philadelphia (1) RSS
Photo Friday (78) RSS
Piobbico (2) RSS
Puerto Viejo (4) RSS
recs (41) RSS
Rio (14) RSS
Rome (1) RSS
San Diego (7) RSS
San Marino (1) RSS
Singapore (6) RSS
Tamarindo (4) RSS
TBEX10 (3) RSS
TBEX11 (4) RSS
Thailand (18) RSS
Tikal (4) RSS
Tortuguero (6) RSS
transport (39) RSS
Treviso (2) RSS
VA Beach (1) RSS
Venice (5) RSS
WanderFood (34) RSS
Williamsburg (1) RSS
Xela (7) RSS
Search Blog

Archives
[Blogroll]

04 November 2011
Photo Friday: lawn ornaments come to life

This time last year we were in Aruba, chilling out at the Renaissance's private beach and enjoying some fabulous diving and not doing much else. One side of the beach sported some massive iguanas, the other had a flock of flamingoes. I don't think I'd ever seen one this up close before... they're kinda surreal.

RELATED LINKS:
* browse all posts from Aruba
* check out other great travel snaps at Delicious Baby's Photo Friday 

Posted by sonia at 12:00 AM | Link | 2 comments


29 July 2011
Photo Friday: aye-aye, cap'n!

Oktapodi seems to be in a cruising state of mind lately, so here are a few boat-related images to take us into the weekend...

Lago de Atitlán, Guatemala
Lago de Atitlán, Guatemala

Grand Canal, Venice
Grand Canal, Venice

Loy Krathong, Thailand
Loy Krathong, Thailand

Tamarindo, Costa Rica
Tamarindo, Costa Rica

Rio Dulce, Guatemala
Río Dulce, Guatemala

Oranjestand, Aruba
Oranjestad, Aruba


For more fabulous travel snaps, check out Delicious Baby's Photo Friday blog carnival.


If you enjoyed this post, please share it!
Share

Posted by sonia at 12:00 AM | Link | 1 comment


01 December 2010
WanderFood Wednesday: Cuba's Cookin' in Aruba

a little slice of Havana in Oranjestad
a little slice of Havana in Oranjestad

We certainly hadn't gone to Aruba looking for Cuban cuisine. So it was a pleasant surprise to stumble across Cuba's Cookin', a charming little restaurant just a short walk from our hotel. Not only was the food amazing (note the marked absence of "food porn" shots? we scarfed it down too fast to capture any snaps) but the exuberant atmosphere made it impossible to leave without huge smiles on our faces.

live and lively
live and lively

DC in the hizzouse!
DC in the hizzouse!

We visited Cuba's Cookin' with Beth and Robert, a newlywed couple from the DC area we'd randomly met at our hotel. After admiring the eclectic artwork collection and wolfing down our scrumptious meals, we sat back to enjoy the live entertainment. The fun combination of traditional Cuban boleros, Buena Vista Social Club tunes, and Beatles & Stones covers in Spanish eventually gave way to a round of zesty audience participation.

Robert gets his groove on
Robert gets his groove on


If you're in the Oranjestad area of Aruba and want to sample the best ropa vieja this side of Havana, be sure to check out Cuba's Cookin'! And hop on over to Wanderlust & Lipstick's WanderFood Wednesday for more mouth-watering travel foodie posts.


RECOMMENDED:
Cuba's Cookin'
Wilhelminastraat 27
Oranjestad, Aruba
(297) 588-0627


RELATED POSTS:
* WanderFood Wednesday: two ends of the spectrum in Aruba
* PhotoFriday: creatures of Renaissance Island


If you enjoyed this post, please help us spread the word!
Share

Posted by sonia at 12:00 AM | Link | 2 comments


12 November 2010
PhotoFriday: creatures of Renaissance Island

iguana, do you wanna?
iguana, do you wanna?

We didn't really come to Aruba for the critters. Not the ones on land, anyway. So it was a pleasant surprise to discover that the Renaissance's private island, just a short 15-minute boat ride from the hotel, was home to a fascinating range of denizens.

Iguanas greeted us immediately upon disembarking....

whatchoo lookin at?
whatchoo lookin at?

Flamingos, surreal and iridescent coral, roamed one side of the beach...

flamingos

totally surreal

at the watering hole


And pelicans hunted for fish in the mangroves between the two beaches...

pelicans in the mangroves

love me some Aruban pelicans


Indeed, the island creatures were a fascinating bunch!

oktapodi loves the smell of the salty air

and the wildest denizens of all
and the wildest denizens of all


More Aruba stories & pics coming your way! In the meantime, check out more fabulous travel photos at Delicious Baby's Photo Friday.

Flamingo Beach


If you enjoyed this post, please help us spread the word!
Share

Posted by sonia at 12:00 AM | Link | 0 comments
10 November 2010
WanderFood Wednesday: two ends of the spectrum in Aruba

it's way more fun to say "schenk stroop!" than "syrup"
it's way more fun to say "schenk stroop!" than "syrup"

We took a last-minute trip to Aruba last week, with very little on the agenda except diving and enjoying some beachy goodness. And, of course, we managed to find a number of great places to eat!

Like most Caribbean destinations, Aruba has the full spectrum of culinary options, catering to the cruising daytrippers, families with finicky kids, and those with more discerning palates. On this WanderFood Wednesday, I present to you two very different places we greatly enjoyed. Both happened to be recommended by @mariesworlds when I put the request out to the Twitterverse, so thanks Marie!


oktapodi <3s poffertjes
oktapodi <3s poffertjes

Humbertus crepe...pot roast for breakfast!
Humbertus crepe...pot roast for breakfast!


Dutch Pancake House (Pannekoekhuis)
Slightly cheesy, definitely frequented more by tourists than locals, but we loved it enough to go back twice. The range of sweet and savory crepes will make your head spin, and the silver dollar "poffertjes" pancakes come with a range of delicious toppings too. I couldn't resist trying the "Humbertus" crepe on our second visit,
which turned out to be more like a pot roast with its ragu sauce and deer + rabbit meat. Om nom nom!


Papiamento entrance
Papiamento entrance


Papiamento
This restaurant is nothing short of stunning. Housed in a historic Aruban farmhouse from the nineteenth century, the alfresco setting among the foliage was absolutely dazzling. We didn't even get a chance to tour the inside because we were so stuffed from dinner. The attention to detail and nearly-clairvoyant service reminded us a lot of The Inn at Little Washington, where the waiter fills your wine glass before you even realize it's empty. Once again the extensive menu was a bit overwhelming, ranging from traditional Dutch favorites like keshi yena to the full cadre of grilled land
air & sea options. We both opted for items served "on the stone," which provided an additional auditory treat as the sizzling dishes came to our table. Mark said it was one of the best steaks he's ever had. I was too full to speak.

keshi yena
keshi yena

dining among the trees
dining among the trees

grilled wahoo "on the stone"
grilled wahoo "on the stone"


We're back on the wagon after last week's nonstop pigout, but stay tuned for more Aruba pics and stories. And hop on over to Wanderlust & Lipstick's WanderFood Wednesday for more mouth-watering travel foodie posts.


RECOMMENDED:
Dutch Pancake House (Pannekoekhuis)

L.G. Smith Blvd, Oranjestad, Aruba
297-583-7180

Papiamento
Noord, Washington 61, Aruba
297-586-4544


If you enjoyed this post, please help us spread the word!
Share

Posted by sonia at 12:00 AM | Link | 2 comments