Category Archives: Fun Stuff

The Gerbeaud

The Gerbeard

Cathy and I went to this great old and famous cafe in Budapest. I’m in the green on the left. It was established in 1858. It was nice to have dessert and a cappucino or hot chocolate while we sat talking and people watching. In fact we enjoyed it so much that we went on 3 different days and I tried 3 different desserts. They were all great! If we had stayed in Budapest longer I would have gone everyday so I could try all the desserts! By the way, the hot chocolate was way better than American hot chocolate. It was thicker and richer and oh so yummy.

Dobos Torte
The Dobos Torte, a Hungarian specialty.

Bottling Wine



Rob and I went with Dave and Claudia to bottle wine last night. There are places here where you can make your own wine. I’m not going to use technical words to describe it so I hope you can follow me. Anyway, you can go to these stores and pick out the kind of wine you want. They do whatever to make it into wine and let it ferment for 6 weeks. After 6 weeks it’s ready to be bottled. Dave and Claudia make their own wine every year and make enough for Christmas presents and gifts throughout the year. They got about 120 bottles from their batch; half was a reisling and the other half was a white merlot. It’s actually a good deal. We went with them to bottle the wine, cork it, put the labels on the top and on the bottle. It was fun!

Loonies and Toonies?

This morning, while I was getting coffee at The Wired Monk coffee shop, the guy working there taught me some Canadian slang. It was exciting! Okay, so I learned that the Canadian one dollar coin is called a “loonie”. The two dollar coin is called a “toonie”. Wanna know why? Glad you asked, I’ll tell you. The “loonie” has the loon bird on one side. Hence the nickname loonie. Then then two dollar coin came out and of course it needed a nickname. So it got the name toonie to rhyme with loonie. I like having one and two dollar coins.

About Pitatayo

…Patrish, Tish, Pancake Smush (on the side of the road), Pat (but not after the SNL skit). These are all nicknames I’ve used at some point in my life. Some of them make sense, but what about Pitatayo?

When I was little I wasn’t able to say my full name properly. It came out as “Pitatayo” instead of Patricia Santiago. At least that’s what my parents tell me. So that’s the story about the title to my blog.