Life at f/stops and a guest post…

Have you been to Monet’s blog, Anecdotes and Apple Cores? If you have not, you are missing out on a great baking talent! This girl can bake and write! I found her blog a little over a year ago. It became one of the blogs that I have to visit to get my weekly dose of her stories and baked goods. She broke her arm to save a carton of eggs (priorities!) by falling in the middle of the street the other day. She can not write and bake as much now with one arm. Well, one thing led to another and I am over there today, writing about my No Butter Apple Cake recipe as a guest blogger.  If you have missed that recipe, please head over her blog. I am sure you will enjoy her great creations!

And I am back to f/stops with several pictures from our Boston trip! It was a much needed trip and a perfect one that combined dear friends, historical places, lovely city, seaside and great food… Can’t beat that!

Love the details around the big windows – f/5,1/15 sec, ISO 800

Cuteness = f/5, 1/15 sec, ISO 400

Ducks at the pier (f/5.6, 1/1000 sec, ISO 800)

f/5, 1/2000 sec, ISO 800

f/5, 1/1600, ISO 800

Delicious shaksuka- poached eggs over tomato curry sauce – f/5, 1/200, ISO 800

Definitely worth the visit to eat the shakshuka – f/5.6, 1/160, ISO 800

L.A. Burdick, famous chocolate shop at the Harvard Square, single source Bolivian chocolate- f/1.8, 1/60 sec, ISO 400

Cocoa bean shells as your order ticket – f/2.8, 1/8 sec, ISO 400

And the North Bridge at the Minute Man National Park, in Concord,Mass – f/8, 1/500, ISO 200


“Here once the embattled farmers stood
And fired the shot heard round the world.”  – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Concord River – f/8, 1/160, ISO 200




  1. by Tori @ The Shiksa in the Kitchen
    11:30 pm
    Oct 6, 2011

    Pretty photos Ilke! I love shakshuka, one of my favorite dishes… we eat it weekly here because it’s so easy and healthy. Heading over to Monet’s blog to check out your guest post!

  2. by Ilke
    9:59 am
    Oct 7, 2011

    Tori, you need to make a post about it , about shakshuka. We loved it and I would love to learn how to make it – if you take requests for your posts :) Lol!

  3. by Tanvi@SinfullySpicy
    12:29 am
    Oct 7, 2011

    I loved the pictures soo much!! wanna run to Boston drink that choco..luscious!

  4. by Ilke
    10:00 am
    Oct 7, 2011

    Tanvi, that hot chocolate was perfect! Just enough sweet! I was going to buy some chocolates but so darn expensive!

  5. by Lisa @ Tarte du Jour
    10:53 am
    Oct 7, 2011

    I love the photos of Boston! We were there over the summer and took our kids around to all of the historic sights. Bean Town is great!!

  6. by redmenace
    9:01 pm
    Oct 7, 2011

    Gorgeous photos. I’ve never been! I’ve also never read the blog you mentioned. I’ll be heading over there now. Thanks! xo

  7. by rebecca
    4:33 pm
    Oct 8, 2011

    wow what a fun city really want to go, love the duck house :-)

  8. by Elizabeth
    5:01 pm
    Oct 13, 2011

    Hi Ilke…great photos of Boston! I’ve never been, but now I feel like I’ve had a glimpse!

  9. by Lana
    5:00 pm
    Oct 19, 2011

    I just spent a lot of time just staring at your photos – you are a renaissance woman, Ilke! So very talented:)
    I love Monet’s blog and her writing is beautiful. How wonderful of you to help her while she is recuperating:)

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