Fizzy Lemonade, Fictional Bars, Roadside Poems, Brunch in Lisbon & More: Endnotes 15 July

Fizzy Lemonade, Fictional Bars, Roadside Poems, Brunch in Lisbon & More: Endnotes 15 July

Friday, 15 July, 2022

Every Friday, we celebrate the weekend — and all the reading and relaxing and daydreaming time ahead — with Melissa's favorite book- and travel-related links of the week. Why work when you can read fun stuff?!

This post is part of our Endnotes series.

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Forget everything you think you know about lemonade. Instead, imagine the vibrant taste of fresh fruit mixed with a touch of sugar and then topped with fizzy water to make it feel like a celebration. Here in Prague, we know it’s officially summer when the cafés add homemade lemonades (límonady) to their menus. They’re simple to make, and the results are very refreshing. You might mull a handful of berries with a bit of sugar or honey — or squeeze the juice from a grapefruit and a few oranges. Add sparkling water and ice, then top it with fruit garnish and a sprig of fresh herbs like thyme, basil, or mint. If you want to get more experimental and/or boozy, here are 10 ways to fancy up traditional lemonade and 15 unique lemonade recipes including pickle (!), Vietnamese Salty Lemonade (also available in Prague at Super Tramp Coffee), and lemonade pie.

  • I’m reading the novel The Night Shift by Natalka Burians for an upcoming episode of our podcast. On Largehearted Boy, she shared the playlist that fueled her writing. (BTW, Largehearted Boy is great, and you should definitely follow the site.)

  • This seems very useful: Sound Carrot is a new website designed to help kids and parents find podcasts made especially for kids. ‘Whether you want to listen to them together in the car or alone in your room — the content is all safe for younger ears.’

  • No biggie, it’s just the abbey that inspired Umberto Eco’s The Name of the Rose:

  • Here’s an excellent collection of new books in translation from Kazakhstan, Mexico, Japan, Spain, Sweden, and Cameroon.

  • In Korean cuisine, banchan is a colorful array of traditional dishes that accompany a meal. Think lots of veggies that have been fermented or stir-fried, served in small bowls alongside the mains. According to Taste, banchan is everything. ‘What I like about banchan is that I think Korean food has a lot of faith in the diner. It’s almost like a deconstructed eating experience because everything comes spread out, and you, as a diner, decide what flavor and texture combinations you want to have in your mouth at any given moment.’

  • Remember when I talked about Maatsuyker Island in our podcast episode about Tasmania? The current caretakers have been sharing photos and videos on Instagram, and it’s very awesome.

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New Episode of The Library of Lost Time

In each 5-minute show, we talk about two new book releases at the top of our TBR, then share a fun book- or travel-related distraction. Get all the episodes and books galore here.

For this episode, we get excited about two new book releases: The Daughter of Doctor Moreau by Silvia Moreno-Garcia and A Prayer for the Crown-Shy by Becky Chambers. Then we daydream about receiving a postcard from the ancient city of Timbuktu.

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