Ted Talk Thursday | The magic ingredient that brings Pixar movies to life.

The magic ingredient that brings Pixar movies to life

Maths, science and code create Pixar films, no really. To this day my dream job is to be a Disney Imagineer, my go to cheer up films are either Toy Story or Frozen. To the point where if I call my Mum, the ringtone plays is You’ve got a friend in me. I’ve also unashamedly dressed up as Buzz Lightyear.

The talk is by Danielle Feinberg and is so eye opening. She steps through how lighting changes the mood in various iconic Pixar scenes and how they use physics to make things seem more realistic. Even the flying pig aka Dr Porkchops Spaceship in Toy Story 3. For Finding Nemo they did in depth analysis on how life is underwater, from how the currents work, to the light, all to make you believe the impossible.

Personally I would love to see some of the equations and CFD (Computational Fluid Dynamics), that happens to create the scenes. Anyone got any contacts at Pixar?

Three Sisters Bake Brownies

Three Sisters Bake BrowniesOh these chocolate brownies are good, especially warm with a cold glass of milk. Made these for work and let’s just say the 2 tins were empty pretty quickly. I love Three Sisters Bake, I visited the Quarriers Village cafe at the weekend and the setting is gorgeous. Plenty of old buildings, grass for miles and an incredible breakfast.

I decided to purchase the recipe book, Delectable Recipes for Everyday and was not disappointed with the chocolate brownie recipe. Just as good as the one I had in store!

Three Sisters Bake Brownies

My KitchenAid mixer makes life infinitely easier – no more getting a stiff arm whisking sugar and eggs.

Three Sisters Bake Brownies

Let’s ignore the fact I’m using a plastic bowl over heat. Anyone want to buy me a Pyrex glass bowl?

Three Sisters Bake Brownies

Definitely needed a bigger bowl for 2 batches!

Three Sisters Bake Brownies

Three Sisters Bake Brownies

Three Sisters Bake Brownies

Three Sisters Bake Brownies

Three Sisters Bake Brownies

1000 miles – four months in.

1000 mile fitness goal

So running in April had it all – 2 continents, tank top weather, rain, stairs, hail. I managed 95.8 miles this month, could not quite motivate myself to do 8 miles on Saturday, having already done weight training that morning. But, I am getting better at having rest days and days off from the gym. Interestingly, I did the same number of runs as March, but longer average distance.

1000 mile fitness goal

Stairs – a love hate relationship.

1000 mile fitness goal

Loops of fury with MRF Running – aka looping around Kelvingrove Park with a walking rest in between loops. Horrible, yet effective. You tend to feel ill during it, hello lactic acid but it definitely helps with increased speed!

1000 mile fitness goal

1000 mile fitness goal

I like equations. d = vt. This was supposed to be a long run aka above 8 miles, but due to a terrible velocity and little motivation, I called it quits early, so a shorter distance.

1000 mile fitness goal

Still dreaming about those Central Park loops, 6 beautiful miles that create one awesome loop on satellite. To have this on your doorstep everyday would be a dream.

1000 mile fitness goal

1000 mile fitness goal

1000 mile fitness goal

Hail at the end of April. Bare arms + hail = red raw arms for a while. This led to a horrible run, at no point during the 7 miles did I heat up. Ended up showering and spending the remainder of the evening in a dressing gown and fluffy slippers. Note to self – check the weather!

1000 mile fitness goal

Overall for the year I am 411 miles in. 589 more miles to go!

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New York Diaries | Sightseeing Edition

The final post in my New York Diaries. It truly was an incredible trip. I loved the time by myself and with Rebecca. I sort of needed it, a chance to reflect on everything in the last 2 years whilst experiencing a city that I saw over 12 years ago.

The Flatiron
So growing up in Dubai, I was exposed to a lot of buildings, Burj Khalifa and the whole marina development. I love architecture and how different a structure can be. The flatiron is a stunning building, so skinny and with such well rounded corners. Not kidding when I say I took a lot of pictures of this, as the light changed on the building more angles became apparent.

The Flatiron

The Flatiron

The Flatiron

The Flatiron

Central Park
As previously mentioned in the fitness post, Central Park is incredible a huge green space slap in the middle of a city. From a zoo, to an art gallery to the baseball fields and everything in between.

New York at night

New York at night

New York at night

Grand Central
Iconic, grand, and yet a train station. The chandeliers and teal paint were amazing and have given me serious home inspiration! Commuting from Partick here in Glasgow just isn’t the same.

Grand Central

Grand Central

Grand Central

Grand Central

Grand Central

Grand Central

Yankee Stadium
Swing batter batter, Swing. An iconic stadium with an incredible amount of sound, both from the audience, the sellers selling you a beer and the huge jumbatron, from scores to ads to kiss-cam.

Yankee Stadium

Yankee Stadium

Yankee Stadium

Yellow taxis
My grandma asked me to take plenty of pictures of the iconic yellow cabs and that’s what I did. I also took one or two to get the full experience. They photography so well, especially in the spring sunshine.

Yellow taxis

Yellow taxis

Yellow taxis

Night-tour
I opted to only take an evening bus tour round the city, due to the amazing weather that made me want to walk everywhere. The night-tour left at 6pm, which led to the most amazing sunset shots over Brookyln and back at the skyline. Photographers paradise.

New York at night

New York at night

New York at night

New York at night

New York at night

New York at night

New York at night

New York at night

New York at night

New York at night

Top of the Rock
Incredible views of both uptown and downtown, when this high you fully grasp just how large and green Central Park is. You get a great view of the Empire State Building. Go early to avoid huge crowds, we got the 9:45 am lift up and it was nice and quiet.

Top of the Rock

Top of the Rock

Top of the Rock

Top of the Rock

Top of the Rock

Top of the Rock

Top of the Rock

Top of the Rock

Top of the Rock

Top of the Rock

Top of the Rock

9/11 memorial
I was living in Houston on September 11th, the whole day is still vivid in my mind. When we visited NY in 2003 I remember on a cruise noticing the apparent gap between the buildings, like a missing tooth. Now, 1 World is stunning, a curvy building with glass aplenty that commands attention. The memorials themselves left me speechless and covered in goosebumps. An oddly calming experience as you watched the water fall and then descend into darkness, yet left you thinking of all those lost.

9/11 Memorial

9/11 Memorial

9/11 Memorial

9/11 Memorial

9/11 museum

Times Square
Honestly, an amazing place for the first 5 minutes with all the lights and energy, both in the day and the middle of the night. But after a while it’s just huge group of people and rather scary fancy dress characters.

Times Square

Times Square
Times Square

Times Square

Times Square

Times Square

New York Diaries | Food Edition

New York Diaries Food Edition

When on holiday, calories don’t count. Especially when you are in a place with such incredible food, from street eats to 5* dining to all the cafes in between. Now let’s eat!

fresh&co

A chain of grab-and go deli places throughout Manhattan. Great for everything from quinoa, to omelettes, to bagels and everything in between. I had an avocado toast, with a huge amount of avocado and tomatoes and peppers.

fresh&co

Whole Foods

A place that needs no introduction, that supermarket that has a massive selection of hummus (my dream), dips, salads, breads, ice-cream, drinks, sushi, coffee, beer, the lot. If the weather is nice, I would head to the Whole Foods at Columbus circle then make your self a little picnic! You can create your own salad which is a weigh-your own and pay as much as you took, or go for some ready made salads.

Whole Foods Central Park

Whole Foods Central Park

2 Bros Pizza

You can’t go to New York without having a slice of world famous pizza. Pizza that is the size of your face nonetheless. A colleague at work told me to come here and I was not disappointed. Visited here pre noon (I was hungry, okay) and there was already a queue. I was almost annoyed at how quickly the queue moved as I could have watched the pizza making all day. The pizza was melt in your mouth. Oh to have one now.

2 Bros Pizza

2 Bros Pizza

2 Bros Pizza

2 Bros Pizza

2 Bros Pizza

2 Bros Pizza

2 Bros Pizza

Dominique Ansel Kitchen

Remember the DKA from my cake post? Well Dominique has also opened a cafe in Soho. This avocado edamame poppy seed brioche was incredible. The loaf had been hollowed out, so the avocado was overflowing. The edamame gave an amazing almost mint flavour. Not your standard avo toast!

Dominique Ansel Kitchen

The John Dory Oyster Bar

If you look through the window in the below photo, you can see some starfish hanging in the tree. From the decor, to the huge fish tank with dorys in it, to the fish chilling on ice this is definitely a fishy place. Sit beside the window and enjoy people watching with a drink! The lobster roll was outstanding, but the standout was the waffle crisps which more like very delicate chips – fresh out the oven!

The John Dory Oyster Bar

The John Dory Oyster Bar

The John Dory Oyster Bar

Yankee Stadium

Beer, chicken, fries. It doesn’t get much more American than that. Huge portions and a great view of the game. There is plenty of options throughout the place, from GF options, to pizza, to fro-yo!

Yankee Stadium

Yankee Stadium

Arriba Arriba

In the middle of Hell’s Kitchen with the largest margaritas I’ve ever had. Opt for the mama size as blue. I went for a Blue Curaco flavour one and apart from a slightly blue tongue, it was incredible! Good mexican food as well, especially the guac, but really its all about the margaritas.

Arriba Arriba

Arriba Arriba

Arriba Arriba

Sadelles

A bagel brunch spot in the heart of Soho, which I found thanks to one of my favourite bloggers, Rosie Londoner. After some intense photo stalking I knew this was a must visit for Sunday brunch. As my mum says, the bagel holders, look like toilet roll holders. The bagels itself were incredible, they just keep coming whenever you ask for more! No complaints at that. The salmon, tomato and cream cheese is a match made in heaven. The mimiosas (American for Bucks Fizz), helped too!

Sadelles

Sadelles

Sadelles

Sadelles

Sadelles

Sadelles

Sadelles

Sadelles

Sadelles

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