Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Books, according to Miranda July

I clipped an article out of O Magazine in the Spring of 2008, when I was living in a two bedroom apartment with three other girls. I was making my way through a long reading list during my first year of university studies at a liberal arts college. I was 18, and thought my brain might explode with so many new words: philosophy, metaphysics, existentialism, structuralism.

I posted the article on our fridge with a magnet. It was a timely reminder.

Thank you Miranda July, woman of words and art. Who proves that you can love both. And put into words what most (ironically) never can: why we love books.
image © mike-jess.com
Read the original article here.


Miranda July, image via

Why, you might ask, am I posting about something entirely unrelated to Malta or travel? I believe you should write what you know. I'm in Canada taking a studio and art history course and right now what I know is books and art. Don't worry, I'll return to our regular programming schedule soon.

To see why I love July's art, check out her stunning outdoor sculptures: Eleven Heavy Things.



- Jess


Thursday, May 24, 2012

A slice of life, iPhone style [Spring 2012]


 views of the international fireworks festival from the chophouse

celebratory dinner at the chophouse - my MBA acceptance, our Go with Oh win & our House Hunters episode!


 traveling with the pups in frankfurt




world traveling wieners

condor FRA-YHZ

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

La Cucina Del Sole Restaurant, Sliema

Located in Tigne Point, Sliema, La Cucina Del Sole restaurant is a little slice of pizza heaven. I would go so far as to say it's the best pizza on the island: beautifully simple, fresh, wood-fired, thin crust perfection.

Part of the Kitchen Concepts family of restaurants (every one of which we have visited has been superb), Cucina enjoys stunning views of the Tigne Point pool and Valletta skyline. I can't use enough superlatives to describe this restaurant, so just know that the service, food, and atmosphere at Cucina are perfect. And with pizzas starting at just €6 you have no excuse not to go.

Plus (this one is for your ladies) their tables are padded underneath, so when you cross your legs you won't knock your knees. It's the little things, right?

Cucina is currently open Tuesday to Sunday 7-11 pm, and Saturday, Sunday & public holidays from 12-3 pm with indoor and outdoor (poolside terrace) dining. They also do pizza delivery from 6 pm. The restaurant offers daily and seasonal specials, and their regular menu can be found here. Our favourite pizzas are the Piccantina, the Margherita, and for meat lovers, the Kurubin. Their ricotta and pear torte is also a great way to end a meal. Remember to book ahead on Sundays and public holidays when the restaurant is almost guaranteed to be full.

See you there!

- Jess


a special smoked swordfish pizza at la cucina del sole, tigne point, malta

mike & his favourite piccantina pizza at la cucina del sole, tigne point, malta

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Guest Post on Chronicled


I'm super excited to be guest posting on one of my favourite blogs, Chronicled (formerly, From India, With Love), today as part of her Lady Abroad series. Head over here to read more (did any of my answers surprise you?)

If you've popped by from Chronicled, welcome, it's nice to meet you! While you're here why don't you learn more about us, see where our suitcases have taken us, read about our episode of House Hunters International, check out our guide to Malta, and browse our articles for current or prospective expats.

And a huge thank you to fellow Canadian Kisha for having me (remember, if you make it to Halifax this Spring...)

- Jess

Good Morning, Valletta



I've written about the magical quality of mornings before, and it's getting to be bit of a theme around here. So I couldn't help myself. I had to snap a photo of this early morning fisherman the other morning while out walking the dogs. I wonder what he's fishing for? Do you know?

- Jess

Monday, May 21, 2012

La Mere Restaurant, Valletta

image via

image via

This was our fourth trip to La Mere restaurant on Merchant's Street in Valletta. As always, it was excellent - our favourite Indian food in Malta.

The menu at La Mere is wonderfully varied, including Arabic, Mediterranean, Maltese, and Indian selections. And somehow this strange medley works. The restaurant's brilliant branding and cozy atmosphere is unique and inviting. And you can even BYOB - with a corkage fee of €4.50 good wine is quite reasonably priced (we like this one with La Mere's vegetarian thali).


La Mere is open for lunch Tuesday to Saturday, 12-3 pm, and dinner Monday to Saturday, 7 pm till late. Book ahead! This tiny, casual restaurant seats only about 25.

- Jess

la mere's corkage fee

indian platter (pakora, vegetable samosa, chicken) at la mere, valletta

vegetarian thali at la mere, valletta

taboule and pita at la mere, valletta

vegetarian thali at la mere, valletta

vegetarian thali with palak paneer, chana masala, pappadom, etc. at la mere, valletta

Friday, May 18, 2012

A(nother) night in Frankfurt


main river, frankfurt

main river, frankfurt




romerburg plaza, frankfurt


potatoe salad for four in romerburg plaza, frankfurt


Lately when we travel between Malta and Canada we've been doing an overnight stopover in Frankfurt. It's a nice way to split up our long travel time and make a mini vacation out of an otherwise mundane trip. We've made a bit of a traditional out of walking along the Main river and stopping for potatoe salad in Romerburg Plaza with the pups. Certainly beats hunkering down in an airport for the night.

Since our blog seems to be dog-themed this week, check out:

// A cool dog bed meets coffee table DIY

// Dog breed umbrellas (perfect for rainy days everyday in Halifax)

// Hilarious dog names for graphic designers

// Love these but I refuse to buy any wiener dog paraphernalia (I dont' want to become those people)

// This, on the other hand, might be on my shopping list

// A neat idea to keep Fido busy during the dog days of summer

Have a great weekend!
- Jess

p.s. our dogs are not wearing clothing in the above photos - they are harnesses. I swear.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

A slice of life, iPhone style [Gozo & Comino, Spring 2012]

gozo citadel

views from gozo citadel




gozo cathedral

ferry | comino

 gozo | rock climbing in siggiewi