While I've certainly reviewed individual books over the past few months which you can access here and here, I haven't done a reading roundup since January and so a new one is beyond overdue. Ever since I was a child I have been immensely captivated by the Romanov family, specifically Anastasia, the youngest daughter of Czar Nicholas II and Empress Alexandra. When I read that Nicholas and Alexandra was the premier authoritative source on the last Russian royal family, I decided to request it from my library. I was slightly surprised to discover that it was written in the 1960s (for whatever reason I thought it had been published in the 1990s) but it was still fascinating all the same.
This past Saturday I finally did something I've wanted to do for years, I went on the annual "Historic South Side Home Tour." While there are countless house tours here in Pittsburgh, they're generally always on a Sunday, a day when I'm working. So I figured that after years of saying "I should really go on that," this year I did. I went with Laura from Eclectic Travel Girl who also had never been and seemed to enjoy visiting all of the lovely homes as well.
Here in Pittsburgh Thai restaurants seem to be popping up all the time and are fast becoming as ubiquitous as Chinese or Japanese eateries. While Red Orchid in Pittsburgh's suburbs is probably my favorite, I have to say that my dinner at Curry on Murray (Murray is the name of the street it's on), greatly impressed me all the same.
While I'm not at all a coffee drinker, I do enjoy the taste of coffee flavored foods whether it be ice cream, chocolate, or even mousse. It's not that I've never tried to become a java drinker. When I studied in Spain, a country huge on coffee, I tried just about every drink known to man (well, in Spain that is)-café con leche, cortado, and even the fun sounding café bonbon (espresso with sweetened condensed milk). But no matter how many types I tried and no matter the amount of azúcar I added (okay, dumped) into my cup
If you're like me you're probably not too familiar with the term "macular degeneration." In short, it's a form of vision loss, specifically damage of the central part of the retina (the macula) which allows us to see details clearly. It's not the same as going blind and yet it can result in complete loss of central vision so it is just as serious. It's also an incurable eye disease that afflicts more than 10 million Americans. While macular degeneration can strike people of any age,