On the Roof

Via this blog, I just found out about Upplev Mer‘s guided (and historical/informational) rooftop tours of Stockholm. It’s always when you’re no longer in a city that you find out about all the cool stuff it has to offer, isn’t it? It sounds a bit like the Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb, which (for me, at least) was both a wonderful and slightly terrifying experience when I did it five years ago. I’m always aching to go back to Stockholm, and if (when!) I do return, I will definitely have to consider a rooftop tour, especially one at sunset.

Photo by JT Blatty (reposted with permission)

If you’d rather skip the walking, but still want the views, I highly recommend usual suspects Katarinahissen and Stadshuset. I didn’t get to visit either when I studied abroad in Stockholm, so I made sure to prioritize both when I was back last summer.

Upplev Mer photo by JT Blatty. All other photos by Taking of Toast.


Weekend Walk

I’ve been meaning to share these photos from Memorial Day weekend for weeks now. I had an appointment in Brooklyn that Saturday and decided to stroll around afterward for a little while, before heading out to Long Island. We had beautiful weather that weekend, especially compared to the “heat dome” we’re experiencing now.

I happened upon the garden design store Jungle before turning the corner and finding a slightly obscured view of the Manhattan skyline.

Then it was out to Long Island for stained glass along the LIRR and a barbecue.All photos taken by Taking of Toast.

Ice Cream, Splendidly

Ice cream may not be the healthiest of cool-down treats, but when the weather climbs into the ’90s, few things look more refreshing. Via Oh Joy!, I just discovered Ohio-based Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams. My favorite ice cream gelato is probably the raspberry and pistachio from Sant Ambroeus — an unlikely combo, maybe, but I can count on one hand the number of times I’ve gotten something else. In other words, I don’t take that many risks when it comes to ice cream. But Jeni’s flavors sound just adventurous enough. Here are the ones I’d like to try:

Clockwise from top left: Gravel Road, The Buckeye State*, Pistachio and Honey, Queen City Cayenne, Black Coffee, Cherry Lambic Sorbet

*I did go to school in Ohio (a.k.a. the Buckeye State), after all.

I hope to try some of these flavors for myself from Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams at Home. Summer’s going by quickly, so I better act fast!

All images from Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams.


Before I went to London last fall, I bookmarked a number of places for my “London wish list.” One of them was the rooftop bar/grill at Terence Conran’s restaurant Boundary. I never got a chance to go (not that I was ever going to go), but it popped up in my mind the other day, seemingly out of the blue. London has apparently been having some awful weather lately, but that doesn’t make me want to have a meal or some cocktails at Boundary any less.

There’s also a 360-degree panorama that makes me long for my own rooftop garden.

Image above from Boundary.