Wednesday, 23 July 2014

bookmaker | london album

I finally got around to ordering my London album (from our trip in August last year). I finished the pages a couple of months back, I think, but didn't upload them to Blurb for some reason.

But today I did! I cannot wait to see it in real life!

Edited:
OK, so here is where I had a link to my book on Blurb. But apparently they won't show the book unless I set it up for selling. I'm not so hot on that idea, as I think and hope you will understand.

If you have forgotten what the pages look like, please do feel free to go back and check my many posts on the topic!

Sorry folks! I think I found one thing I would rather Blurb to improve on here!

 

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

project life | week of july 14

Hello and welcome to the weekly installment of Project Life here on my blog.
Las week was a good one, with beautiful weather, lots of fun little things happening, and me in a pretty decent place.

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(Supplies: Becky Higgins Project Life Hi Sunshine, Becky Higgins Project Life Stampin Up Happiness Is, Becky Higgins Project Life Stampin Up Everyday Adventures, Becky Higgins Project Life Kiwi, Becky Higgins Project Life Midnight, In Stitches Neutral Basics by Robyn Meierotto, Homebody by Shannon McNab, Life 365 The Buttons by Karla Dudley

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(Supplies: Becky Higgins Project Life Hi Sunshine, Becky Higgins Project Life  Stampin Up Happiness Is, Becky Higgins Project Life Stampin Up Everyday Adventures, Becky Higgins Project Life Midnight, In Stitches Neutral Basics by Robyn Meierotto, Homebody by Shannon McNab, Life 365 The Buttons by Karla Dudley)

I am still struggling with deciding what to do once I finish a full year next week. Right now it seems my only option is to keep going until the end of the year with this format, but print it in a separate book. It's not ideal, and it bugs me a lot, but to be honest it hurts more to let go of the initial idea of covering my last year as a 30-something. But, yeah, I am still debating with myself. If anyone wants to give me their thoughts, I would appreciate it!

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

laying it out | in summer mode

I'm in full summer mode at the moment. Of course, as I am typing this the rain is pouring down outside. Now that is typically Swedish summer for you! But we have had some great days lately and I am looking forward to more. This has found me in the mood to scrap all summer layouts!

So for as long as I can remember I have hated the beach and the water.
One, I am very afraid of water (which is due to an incident when I was a kid) and will only swim if I know I can put my feet down and touch the ground. I will never, ever put my head under water.
Two, I get sunburned very easily, and also got melanoma 10 years ago, so I don't want to be half naked in the sun.
Three, I have hated the way my body looks since I was in my early teens, so I don't want to be half naked period.
This means I very rarely join in the fun when swimming is on the agenda.

I have been contemplating the situation for a while and have decided that I need to change this. I don't want to miss out because I have issues with cellulite and saddle bags. I don't want to feel bad about myself. I don't want to put focus on the less than stellar parts of my body. I don't want the kids around me to remember me as the bore who never played along, and I certainly don't want to set a bad example regarding body image. So I made this layout. And I bought myself a bikini and hit the pool.

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(Supplies: Best Summer Ever - At The Beach, Best Summer Ever Full Kit by Mommyish, A Story Captured Vol 7 by Anita Designs)

And even though there are no pictures of me in the pool, let's not go too far right away, this happened that night. The boys are such water animals, and they spent most of the afternoon and night splashing around.
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(Supplies: DiSTRESSed Patterns 3 by Scotty Girl Designs, Seaside Serenity by Anita Designs, Summerific Elements by Creashens, Jack Elements by Laura Passage and Mommyish, Tweedy by Mommyish, Bermuda Triangle (alpha) by Gennifer Bursett)

I recently became lactose intolerant, which means that it's hard for me to find good ice cream out and about. This is a bit of a sad thing for me as I absolutely love ice cream. Especially the soft and fluffy kind you get in Italy. We did get an ice cream maker so that I can make my own, so I think I'm going to live. This photo is about a moment in the summer of 2013 when we visited with my sister and her boyfriend in Milano.
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(Supplies: Ice Cream card template set by Kelleigh Ratzlaff, Confectionary Papers, My Tribe by Gennifer Bursett, Essential Styles, Best Summer Ever At The Beach by Mommyish, Watercolor Overlays by Celeste Knight)

I have never been good at lounging around, doing nothing. It literally crawls under my skin when I have nothing to do, even if it's just perusing Pinterest. But it's a thing that I need to work on, and what better way than working on it on a sunny day under an unbrella in the garden?
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(Supplies: Becky Higgins Project Life Kiwi, Becky Higgins Project Life Coral, Hello Love by Karla Dudley, Some Flairs Vol 8 by Anita Designs, Best Summer Ever At The Beach by Mommyish)

Monday, 14 July 2014

project life | entering the final stretch

The final stretch! Of my first year as a Project Lifer, that is! This month I will be completing what I set out to be a project about my last year in my 30s. I can't tell you how excited I am to get the layouts uploaded to Blurb and that album ordered.

But with being so close, I found myself feeling more pressure for the pages to be perfect. It's a stupid thing, really. Because here I have done 100 pages for this album and now I worry about the last ten? Also, whatever is perfect anyway? But yes, I have been in agony over my colour choice for the month (I finally settled with blue/aqua to round off where I started a year ago), placement, photos, journaling. That is why it took a while to get these pages posted. Sitting here writing this I am realizing that having the pages done is so much more important than them being "perfect". I will have to be careful to put that kind of pressure on this project. It's not good for me.

So here are the pages for the last week of June, and the two first of July.
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(Supplies: Becky Higgins Project Life Stampin Up Happiness Is, Becky Higgins Project Life Stampin Up Everyday Adventures, Becky Higgins Project Life Coral, Becky Higgins Project Life Midnight, In Stitches Neutral Basics by Robyn Meierotto, Homebody by Shannon McNab, Life 365 The Buttons by Karla Dudley)

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(Supplies: Becky Higgins Project Life Stampin Up Playground, Becky Higgins Project Life Midnight, In Stitches Neutral Basics by Robyn Meierotto, Homebody by Shannon McNab, Life 365 The Buttons by Karla Dudley)

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(Supplies: Becky Higgins Project Life Amy Tangerine Plus One, Becky Higgins Project Life Just Add Color, Becky Higgins Project Life Midnight, Becky Higgins Project Life Dear Lizzy Polka Dot Party, In Stitches Neutral Basics by Robyn Meierotto, Hello Love by Karla Dudley)

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(Supplies: Becky Higgins Project Life Maggie Holmes Styleboard, Becky Higgins Project Life Dear Lizzy Day Dreamer, Becky Higgins Project Life Midnight, In Stitches Neutral Basics by Robyn Meierotto, Homebody by Shannon McNab, Hello Love by Karla Dudley)

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(Supplies: Becky Higgins Project Life Personal Yearbook, Becky Higgins Project Life Midnight, Becky Higgins Project Life Seafoam, Becky Higgins Project Life Dear Lizzy Polka Dot Party, In Stitches Neutral Basics by Robyn Meierotto, Homebody by Shannon McNab)

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(Supplies: Becky Higgins Project Life Jade, Becky Higgins Project Life Summer, Becky Higgins Project Life Personal Yearbook, Becky Higgins Project Life Midnight, Becky Higgins Project Life Seafoam)

With being so close to completion, it has me thinking about what I should do with the remainder of the year. I know I want to keep documenting but being the way I am, I know I want to start a new project on Jan 1, 2015 and then do a full calendar year. But that leaves five months of 2014. Do I make a separate album for those months? And do I continue with this format? Do I make it easier on myself and just go with the "normal" Project Life format? So many thoughts, so many questions. I have a few more weeks to go before I need to decide. What would you advise?

Tuesday, 8 July 2014

laying it out | a little bit of this ...

I always participate in the Digimorph games at Pixels and Company. In June we kicked off another one. Never took part? Check out the forums for the reveal post to see some really beautiful work. The game goes like this: One layout is chosen from the gallery by our fearless leader Kat. The layout is sent to two people taking part. They scraplift and then send it on. And so it goes until everyone signed up have created a layout on their own. It's like that whispers game we played as kids, you know?

Anyway, this time I was first up to create a layout and this was the result:
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(Supplies: Carefree by Anita Designs, A Lifetime The Elements, Hop Happy, Life 365 The Buttons, Limeade Spiked Solids by Karla Dudley, Julep Full Kit, Elemental Frames vol. 1 by Gennifer Bursett, Basically by Mommyish, Be Thankful Minikit by Robyn Meierotto)

Summer has been giving us both good and bad weather so far. We are still working for a couple of weeks before it's time for summer holiday, but we are doing our best to enjoy the days. Nothing so far has compared to this one night about a year ago though. I had to remember and indulge for a while, and created this layout:
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(Supplies: Summerific Elements, Summerific Papers by Creashens, A Story Captured Vol 7 by Anita Designs)

My little nephew spent a day with me last week, and we spent a good deal of it pretending we were pirates on a big ship, at the local playground. It was nothing short of blissful. Naturally, he was the captain who kept losing his coconuts and fishing rods. Naturally I was the deck hand who had to climb up and down getting them. LOL! But what I wouldn't do for him!
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(Supplies: Etc. by Happy Box, Back To Basics Papers by Digital Scrapbook Ingredients, Painted Pie Charts by Gennifer Bursett, Essential Styles by Mommyish, Summerific Elements by Creashens, Stitched Down Volume 4 Template by Laura Passage)

And, no, I haven't forgotten about Project Life! I will do a post tomorrow!

Monday, 7 July 2014

laying it out | template challenge and freebie

I am hosting the template challenge at Pixels and Company this month, and yes, you guessed it! With a template challenge comes a template! Come on over and play along, why don't you? The challenge is up for the month of July.

This is the template freebie that I made:
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And here is the sample layout I made with the template:
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(Credits: Four Ws by Happy Box, Life 365 The Papers by Karla Dudley)

Tuesday, 24 June 2014

laying it out | art journaling, kind of

A few weeks back we had a conversation on the P&Co forum about scrapping who you are, and not only what happens to you in life. I have been thinking about it for a while, and to hear other scrappers' points of views and feelings was valuable to me.

I haven't really felt that art journaling was something for me. Mostly because I couldn't identify with the style that most art journalers keep to. The drawn girls and the bright colours just aren't my style. But as it was pointed out, art journaling doesn't have to be just that. it can be whatever you want; the point is to journal your thoughts and feelings.

So I am giving it a try. So far I have made two layouts.
I am sharing them here today with much humility. Both because the topics are very sensitive and humbling and because it's a style that I don't feel completely confident with.

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(Supplies: Heart Art: Value Bundle #3, Heart Art: Be Brave, A Fine Life: Frames by Sugarplum Paperie, A Lifetime by Karla Dudley, Far And Away | Elements by Gennifer Bursett)

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(Supplies: A Story Captured Vol 7 by Anita Designs, Heart Art Masquerade, Heart Art On the Edge by Sugarplum Paperie, Julep by Gennifer Bursett, Stamp Press Life, Life 365 The Butterflies by Karla Dudley, Some Kind of Wonderful by KimB's Designs)

Do you scrap who you are? How do you go about it?

Monday, 23 June 2014

project life | mid summer weeks

I know, friends, I have been gone for too long! I needed the break to be honest. It's been a tough couple of weeks around these parts so I have tried to minimize my online time.

I do have layouts to share, and also photos from a couple of photo walks around my hometown. But for today, I am sharing my Project Life pages from the past two weeks. Lots of colour in these layouts! I think that goes with the season; with blue skies, lots of flowers, veggies and berries. We don't have those kinds of colour during winter in Scandinavia!

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(Supplies: Becky Higgins Project Life Stampin Up Happiness Is, In Stitches Neutral Basics by Robyn Meierotto, Homebody by Shannon McNab, Bright Side Of Life by Anita Designs)

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(Supplies: Becky Higgins Project Life Stampin Up Happiness Is, In Stitches Neutral Basics by Robyn Meierotto, Homebody by Shannon McNab, Bright Side Of Life by Anita Designs)

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(Supplies: Becky Higgins Project Life Enjoy Life, Becky Higgins Project Life Dear Lizzy Polka Dot Party, Becky Higgins Project Life Maggie Holmes, Becky Higgins Project Life Coral, Becky Higgins Project Life Midnight, Life 365 Buttons,  In Stitches Neutral Basics by Robyn Meierotto, Homebody by Shannon McNab)

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(Supplies: Becky Higgins Project Life Stampin Up Playground, Becky Higgins Project Life Coral, Becky Higgins Project Life  Midnight, Becky Higgins Project Life  Just Add Color Overlays, Life 365 Buttons,  In Stitches Neutral Basics by Robyn Meierotto, Homebody by Shannon McNab)

Monday, 9 June 2014

project life | week of june 2

As we entered a new month last week, I also got closer to the one year mark of doing Project Life. My plan has all along been to make an album consisting of pages from July 29th 2013 to August 3rd 2014. So I only have two months to go until I can finish it off and order my album. I am so excited to see it in real life and hold it in my hands!

This week's pages are made with the new Project Life Stampin' Up Happiness Is kit. I really like the colours and designs of this kit, not so cutesy and a bit more sophisticated. Just my style! I also love that there are brushes included in the kit. The top left card of the right page is made with the stamps.

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(Supplies: Becky Higgins Project Life Stampin' Up Happiness Is, Bright Side Of Life by Anita Designs, Life3 65 Buttons by Karla Dudley, In Stitches Neutral Basics by Robyn Meierotto, Homebody by Shannon McNab)

Wednesday, 4 June 2014

project life | last two weeks of may + digi how to | tracking supplies

I really like these two weeks' pages. Mostly because I had two quite good weeks. I had more moments of feeling good than what has been usual for me in the past year. I also like that I managed to get some really colourful photos. Thanking the weather for that, LOL!

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(Supplies: Becky Higgins Project Life Amy Tangerine Plus One, Becky Higgins Project Life Heritage, Becky Higgins Project Life Music, Becky Higgins Project Life Midnight, Becky Higgins Project Life Dear Lizzy Polka Dot Party, In Stitches Neutral Basics by Robyn Meierotto, Homebody by Shannon McNab, Life365 Buttons by Karla Dudley)

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(Supplies: Becky Higgins Project Life Amy Tangerine Plus One, Becky Higgins Project Life Heritage, Becky Higgins Project Life Music, Becky Higgins Project Life Just Add Color, Becky Higgins Project Life Midnight, In Stitches Neutral Basics by Robyn Meierotto, Homebody by Shannon McNab, Life365 Buttons by Karla Dudley)

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(Supplies: Becky Higgins Project Life Dear Lizzy Polka Dot Party, Becky Higgins Project Life  Coral, Becky Higgins Project Life  Midnight, Becky Higgins Project Life  Heritage, Simply Adore You by Gennifer Bursett, In Stitches Neutral Basics by Robyn Meierotto, Homebody by Shannon McNab)

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(Supplies: Becky Higgins Project Life Coral, Becky Higgins Project Life Midnight, Becky Higgins Project Life Just Add Color, A Lifetime Collection by Karla Dudley, In Stitches Neutral Basics by Robyn Meierotto, Homebody by Shannon McNab)

I had a question on how I keep track of what supplies I use. I learned this trick early on in my scrapbooking, and have stuck to it. I know that there are actions and plug ins that can help do the work for you, but I haven't looked into it mostly because this works for me. I don't claim to have the best and most effective way of keeping track, but yes, it works well for me.

I don't use an organising tool; I just keep my supplies in a folder for each kit. When I use something from one kit I copy the name of the kit and paste it into the file of the page. This is how I do it.

1. In Explorer, right click on the kit folder. Choose Change Name. Copy the name (Ctrl+C).
2. Go to Photoshop where the page you are working on is open, choose File and File Info (Alt+Shift+Ctrl+I).
3. Paste the file name in the description area. Click OK.

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Once the file has been saved, you can see what you  have written in the File Info by, in Explorer, right clicking on the file, choosing Properties, and then going to the third tab called Information. It is possible to click and copy the text so that you can paste it anywhere you want to.

So that's it. Pretty simple, isn't it?

Friday, 30 May 2014

hybrid hotness | recipe cards

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A while back I stumbled across a 6x8 Snap album by Simple Stories, and even though I am strictly a digi girl when it comes to my Project Life, I felt like I had to have it. So I got it, and then it sat empty on a shelf for a couple of months. I had no idea what to do with it.

But then I happened to see the super cute and very practical Recipe Maven recipe cards templates by Scotty Girl Design. The album would be ideal to keep all the recipes that we have come to love but that I only have pinned on Pinterest, and with that are becoming increasingly difficult to find as I grow my pinboards (and that seems to happen quickly).

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The templates come in several shapes, that fit perfectly with the page protectors. Since I got the Snap album in teal, I felt that I wanted a neutral compliment in the recipe cards, so I modified the templates to fit my vision.

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I am very happy with the look, and the fact that the plastic page protectors are perfect in the kitchen when messy fingers want to get hands on.

Now I just need to remember to actually take photos of the food when we cook it!

Thursday, 29 May 2014

digi how to | drop shadow

When I posted last week on how to create the white photo frame, I got a few follow up questions. I will adress them in the coming posts, and I thought I'd start with drop shadow basics today.

Please note: what I write here is accurate for the full version of Photoshop. I haven't worked with PS Elements for seven years, so I dare not say how it works there. There are plenty of tutorials to be found just a Google search away, though, so I hope that is ok.

So doing a basic drop shadow is very easy, but the effect is very powerful. If you have ever looked at a digital page that does not have any drop shadows applied, it will look very flat and off. Even if you don't want to spend lots of time playing and messing with your shadows, just adding a basic shadow will do lots to your page.

So, here we are with the layered Photoshop file of a Project Life page:
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You can see on the photo frames and paper layers that there is a shadow applied. On the bottom right you see the layer's palette and you can see on the highlighted top layer that there is a small eye with the words "Drop Shadow" under it.

Here's how to add a drop shadow:
1. Double click on the layer you want to add the shadow to (not on the text, that will only highlight the text).

2. A new little window opens up with the layer styles. Tick the very bottom box on the left where it says Drop Shadow.

3. Choose your variables.
For basic paper shadows, these are my choices:
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Blend mode: Linear burn (colour is a very dark brown)
Opacity: 75%
Angle: 120 degrees
Distance: 8
Spread: 0
Size: 18
Noise: 0%
Tick the box "Layer knocks out Drop Shadow"

4. Click ok. That is it!

So that is what I have found works well for me for paper shadows. Sometimes I have to lower the opacity, or change the colour. This is especially true if the paper under my shadow is very dark.

For other items, such as 3D elements the settings need to be different. A big fabric flower will have a much larger shadow than a vellum paper. But, and here's a life changer, I don't fiddle with that. Why? Other people have done it before me! And they have created short cut solutions for it.

I have purchased drop shadow actions from two designers:
One Little Bird - she also has a really good tutorial (much better than my hack job) on it here.
Gennifer Bursett

I use these action sets all the time. All the time. On all my elements. Sometimes I mess with them after application, sometimes I don't. To be honest, I spend more time on shadows on my "regular" scrap pages than on my Project Life pages.

I also really like the effect that the wave distortion, as is explained in this tutorial on the Lilypad, has on drop shadows. I use that one often, though not on my PL pages.

As always, just give me a shout if you need further explanation or suggestions!

Wednesday, 28 May 2014

photography | gothenburg

We took a little 30 hour mini getaway to Gothenburg a couple of weeks ago. To put a long story short, we needed some time together in a positive setting. As it turned out, I needed more rest than anticpated and I had an allergic reaction so we had to go home earlier than planned, but there were still some really great moments.

We walked around the city centre and enjoyed the sun peeking out from time to time, and explored the streets, shops, and architecture.

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We stumbled across a market hall full of delicious things; from cakes to bread to meat to cheese to you name it. We also had a lovely lunch in a super cute restaurant called Hanna Boman.

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There is a really lovely little passage way called Victoria Passagen where there are some gorgeous little shops and a popular cafè called Da Matteo, where we had coffee (chai for me) and cake.

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There are plenty of photo ops around town. There are lots of older buildings that have been used to their fullest potential. This little flower shop, Krukamor & Floratös, in a courtyard was a lovely surprise.

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One of the famous landmarks in Gothenburg is Feskekörka, which is a fish and seafood market by the canal. Fishmongers sell fresh fish and seafood, and there is a prestigious restaurant that only serves just that. We didn't eat or buy, just looked and salivated.

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We stayed at a hotel called Scandic Rubinen and it was newly renovated. Our room was perfect, the bed was comfortable and the bathroom was clean - just what I needed. Yes, I'm a princess when it comes to accomodation. I'm not ashamed to admit that! After a few hours of walking, with a bit too many impressions for my brain to deal with, I needed a few hours of rest on the bed.

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After a few hours of sleep we ventured out for some quality food. We started with drinks in the hotel bar, which looked super cool, and I was lucky to get a really nice alcohol free drink. It's not all that often that they can whip up something really delicious. Ok, so I'm picky when it comes to food and drinks too. LOL!

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We went to a restaurant called Mr P for dinner and it was amazing. The place was buzzing but we were able to get a table right away. The food was very, very good. I had one of the best plates of food in a very long time; halibut with red pepper mayo, watermelon and mint.

We had a good view of the open kitchen, and I at least thought it was interesting to watch the action and communication between the waiters and the cooks. The husband, being a cook himself, probably wasn't as impressed.

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I made the poor decision to have a scoop of ice cream for dessert. I have recently become lactose intolerant and despite taking some preventative medecine, I quickly felt really bad and we had to end the night and go back to the hotel. It was unfortunate, and it cut our trip short the next day as I didn't recover.

Despite this we had a good time, and I am glad we went.