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Insalata di riso

Summer is here!! The weather is super hot, everyone is complaining because of the heat, but I am super happy! I like the heat, I like when in the morning I just have to slip into a little dress and I'm ready to go, I like not to have to dry my hairs after the swimming pool, I also like to take a walk at 3ish pm, you know when you walk down the streets and the concrete sends back the heat (I know I'm kinda weird)... But what I don't like is to cook. So I have to keep it simple and fresh.
And that's when it comes the insalata di riso !
My mum used to make it when I was a child and I remember coming back to school and be very happy when opening the fridge I found the black and white big bowl I knew would contain insalata di riso.
The problem with rice salads is that usually people - or restaurants - put so many things in it, it becomes a rice nonsense...
What I like to put in it, is just a lots of tomatoes (but real, good tomatoes please!), tuna and hard-boiled eggs.

Here what you'll need for a big bowl - you can serve around 6 people or just like me, make a bigger quantity and then keep it in the fridge for the following days (4/5 days in the fridge it's ok).

- 500 g rice
- 5 (more or less depending on their size) beautiful tomatoes
- 3 cans of tunas
- 4 eggs
- Olive oil
- Balsamic vinegar
- Pepper

Cook the rice and keep it a little firm, like if it's written to cook it for 10 minutes, cook it just for 9.
In the same time boil the eggs - 10 minutes and not one more for perfectly hard-boiled eggs! - and cut the tomatoes.

Put the tomatoes in a nice salad bowl, add the rice once it's cooked and the tuna (smash the tuna with a fork before adding it). Season with olive oil (be generous with the olive oil it will prevent the rice to become sticky), balsamic vinegar and pepper.

Once the eggs are done, cut them in small pieces and add to the rice salad.

Mix everything and put in the fridge to cool down.

Enjoy your insalata di riso! :)


Les Granges d'Haillancourt

les granges d'haillancourt

Last week-end we went on a romantic gateway in the countryside. :) We went to this tiny, charming hotel called Les Granges d'Haillancourt, just near Paris. And I must say the most I visit places around Paris the most I'm amazed at how beautiful the nature and the little villages are. There are more and more places that I want to visit nearby, and that's just perfect as summer is (supposedly) coming so I can plan plenty of Sunday getaways! I don't know why people don't like Paris, one should be a bit curious and explore the Ile de France, there's really a lot to see, even if one doesn't have a car... Anyway back to last week-end. I found this small hotel on a travel website and it looked really nice so I decided to give it a try and offered a lovely week-end to my love for his birthday.
Actually the beginning of the week-end was kinda of gloomy as we headed to Beauvais to visit the Cathedral but it was closed (but Beauvais is a really nice village! Houses are lovely and there are plenty of restaurants and shops. There is even Galeries Lafayette! I wasn't expecting that, as the only thing I knew in Beauvais was the horrible airport, so I was a bit biased...) and we ended up eating our picnic in the car as the weather was really bad...
But after that, everything else went perfectly well!
At the beginning of the afternoon we went horse-riding, it was too good! Meet our horses Noemi and Amona. 

We had so much fun!

After that we went to our hotel and spent the rest of the afternoon enjoying the swimming pool, jacuzzi and hammam.

les granges d'haillancourt

^He can't help but check his work email even on week-end!! 

Les Granges d'Haillancourt is a beautiful mansion in a tiny village, with only 7 big rooms all decorated in different colors. There's a big garden where you can sit, relax and sunbathe (if there's the sun *grumpy emoticon here*) and there's a covered swimming pool, Jacuzzi and hammam open 24 hours. That's a big bonus. Plus breakfast is very good and generous. The place is a really little gem for a week-end not to far.

There's no restaurant in the evening though, so we went nearby to "Le clos des vignes".

The place is super nice and romantic. Actually is another little hotel, with garden and swimming pool as well, plus there's is a little restaurant under glass roof. Look how nice is it.

Le clos des vignes

Le clos des vignes

Unfortunately the meal wasn't that good, it wasn't bad neither, but still. My main dish was really too salty and the dessert was clearly from a notorious supermarket of frozen food... But at least food was nicely presented..

And the place was really nice and the wine we had very, very good so all in all we had a very good evening.

On Sunday, after an enormous breakfast (I literally tried everything sweet and everything salty...), we went to a village nearby as we heard there was a garage sale. Mick was super excited as he found this old, rusty table he can turn into a new, beautiful table for the living room...
( 2 weeks later update : the table is in the cellar and he didn't touch it once... ;p )

After that we went to another little village with a big lake, L'Isle Adam, and we wandered around. 

This is when I asked my boyfriend to take a pic of me on the bridge... Honestly one can hardly see me! But the bridge is veeeeryyyy visible! ;))

We went back to the garage sale as we wanted to have lunch there: we saw earlier in the morning they were cooking sausages on a big bbq ;)
And they also had mouthwatering cakes... Honestly, why going to fancy restaurants? ;)

Full and happy, we headed again to Beauvais and this time we could visit the huge Cathedral (that it's actually more impressive from the outside than the inside) before going back home.

Beauvais Cathedrale

Beauvais Cathedrale

Beauvais Cathedrale

Beauvais Cathedrale

Beauvais Cathédrale Horloge

Beauvais Cathédrale


Today we watch : Connasse princesse des coeurs

Saturday night I was a bit tired, not really willing to party nor to dress up to go dinner outside. I just wanted a cosy, little night. Meaning by that I really wanted to go to the cinema to watch a simple, good-mood movie. Nora and I went to watch "Connasse, princesse de coeurs". For those of you who don't know, Connasse is a French, comic candid camera starring the most unbearable mean girl (the so called "Connasse"). And they now turned it into a feature film. So I went to the cinema with really low expectations... and was incredibly surprised in a positive way. The movie is super funny, we've been laughing out loud all along!! We really had good time and kept smiling for the rest of the evening.
The plot is inconsistent, but it doesn't matter. Camille Cottin (the connasse) is good actress and super bold (she must have had SO much fun shooting the movie!!!) plus she's got a wardrobe that would make Carrie Bradshaw jealous! The jokes work really well and they go on without any breaks. The whole movie has been filmed on hidden camera and the result is good (I was afraid that filming on hidden camera meant poor quality images, but I was wrong).
I actually never watched Connasse on the telly before, but I think the cinema version is a good achievement.
It's surely not great cinema, but if you wanna have a nice evening in good company and have fun, I highly recommend you Connasse the movie!
Here under a screenshot from one of the funniest moment of the film... How I would have loved to be there while they were shooting this!! 


Happy birthday Nora!

We had a super fun girls night out the other day for one of my besties birthday!
After some drinks at home and the birthday gifts (we are bringing Nora to see the musical "Cats" as her birthday gift!!) we all gathered in  one car (I know, I know 6 in one city car it's a bad thing..) and headed to Yeeels for some dinner, dancing and more drinks.
Yeeels is the new trendy place in town.
There's a nice, cozy atmosphere and decoration is modern, beautiful and huge. The music was just great (I shazammed almost every song as I'm preparing our wedding playlist so dear Yeeels Dj I owe a very big thank-you for making my task so much easier!!) and the food was remarkably good (and it worth to remark it as that is not always the case in these trendy places to be).
We had a terrific good night, we danced, laughed and drank a lot!! It took me 2 days to recover from it but it totally worth it!! Happy b-day Nora!! :)


You can always count on me to guffaw (I know I'm a classy lady!!)...

And to continue with the funny faces...

We can behave sometimes too...

But only sometimes...

Once the waitress switched on the lights and started to clean we understood (cleaver girls!!) it was time to leave...


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