The Last Days of Café Leila // Noor and her daughter Lily move from San Francisco to Iran. Noor grew up in Iran and they move back to take over the restaurant her family has run for three generations. Food and family, this book is on the top of my to read list.
The Thousandth Floor // Set in 22nd century Manhattan this teen read is a page turner I could not put down. The book is the first in a series (thank goodness) and focuses on five teens and their lives in “The Tower”.
The Circle // Mae Holland is hired to work at the world’s foremost internet company (picture something like Facebook combined with Google) and it seems like a dream come true. The movie comes out this week and looks SO good.
A Separation // A a couple decides to part ways, then Grace then hears that her unfaithful husband has gone missing. Not even sure if she wants to find him, she travels to Greece to hunt for her ex.
The Wonder // I have yet to read this one, but have heard rave reviews. The story centers on an English nurse brought to a small Irish village to observe what appears to be a miracle-a girl said to have survived without food for months. The nurse soon finds herself fighting to save the child’s life…
Today Will Be Different // The latest by Maria Semple (Where’d You Go, Bernadette) takes place over one day in the life of Eleanor Flood. The book unfolds as you gather an in-depth look in to Eleanor’s life, funny, interesting, and a page turner.
*Quick plug… my book club recently read You’ll Grow Out of It and it is the perfect beach book, in case you are in need of a recommendation.
Italian architect Stefano Boeri has just announced a new design for vertical forests in China. The city of Nanjing unveiled the ‘Nanjing Vertical Forest’ this week, a mixed-use development commissioned by the National Investment Group. The project will provide high density housing and office space while contributing to the environment in a positive manner.
Boeri describes the project as “a real vertical forest that will help to regenerate local biodiversity, will provide a 25 tons of CO2 absorption each year and will produce about 60 kilograms of oxygen per day”. The two towers will be covered with 600 tall trees and 500 medium-sized trees among a total of 1,110 trees coming from local species. 2,500 cascading plants and shrubs will also trail down the buildings. Boeri has also designed similar projects in Switzerland and Milan.
My mom and I escaped the frozen tundra earlier this month for a jaunt to a less snowy but still chilly London. We had the best time tromping around in the constant drizzle. We saw many a museum (topping out at 4 audio guided tours), found excellent shopping, and of course delicious food. Our mutual love of history was appeased the entire trip! A little rundown of our travels is below.
Honey and Co
The Ivy Cafe (our favorite meal and the interior is !!!)
The Riding House Cafe *best breakfast
The Grazing Goat
Sourced (Wigmore Street by our hotel and easy grab and go)
Borough Market (all the food)
St. Paul’s Cathedral (climb the dome)
Tour of Parliament (gooooood history)
Victoria & Albert Museum (things on things, less art, really great!)
Westminister Abbey (necessary stop, make sure to get a verger tour)
Selfridges (the accessories hall was just redone, excellent window shopping)
Fortum and Mason (try all the chocolates)
A night at The Royal Ballet (the most beautiful thing)
Wandering down Wigmore Street and up Marylebone High Street
Tower Bridge to Parliament (along the river you can get a lay of the city)
And of course a few photos…