Sunday, November 29, 2015

Excellent Brunch at Nido's

29 November 2015



Tony and I had brunch today at Nido's Italian Ristorante in downtown Frederick. We've eaten here many times for lunch and dinner and have always enjoyed the food and service (love the eggplant Parmesan, linguini with clams, and white pizza, just to name a few).

There's a new chef in the kitchen (James) and we were happy to know this because we know his reputation – he’s an excellent chef. I’m glad Nido’s has him under their belt.

The brunch cocktails list includes a few different mimosas, two types of bloody Mary’s, and other drinks. I had the Limosa, sparkling wine with lemoncello. I loved the lemon flavor (I love limoncello!). Tony stuck with his usual morning brew of coffee.

I had a hard time choosing from the menu (see the photos I attached with this review). I ended up ordering the Florence Benedict with crab meat, asparagus, and a hollandaise sauce. The eggs were poached to my liking, runny on the inside – not overcooked. The hollandaise sauce was just right – not too thick, and just the right amount covering the eggs. Also included were fresh fruit and roasted potatoes.

Tony had the Brunch Pizza Flatbread, which was topped with scrambled eggs, tomato, mozzarella, and mortadella; also the fruit and roasted potatoes.

While enjoying our brunch, we listed to Don, who was playing the accordion.  Nice touch.

The brunch menu ranged from $9 to $15, which I thought was very reasonable for the quality (fresh ingredients) and quantity/portion of food served.

There aren’t too many places in Frederick that serves brunch (I’m talking restaurants versus diners) and the ones that do are expensive (at least in my book). Nido’s gives brunch a twist with Italian ingredients – a nice change from a regular brunch menu.

As an FYI, they have a bar upstairs, in which we've gone for happy hour drinks. You can sit upstairs for dinner or sit and relax on one of the couches/chairs. The place really has a nice casual and relaxed atmosphere.

Overall an excellent meal at Nido’s, along with great service. I’m looking forward to going back to try other dishes on the menu.
 










Thursday, October 15, 2015

Great Bald Eagles

12 October 2015: My friend Charity and I spent the day at Conowingo Dam, located in Darlington MD. 

It was a spectacular day taking photos of the great bald eagles. This is the time of year for bird migration. The dam will be busy these next couple of months. 

Here are a few that I took, including this sequence shot:


These next two photos is of the eagle going in for the fish:
 




You can view all of my other eagle photos on my photography web site: http://www.pileggiphotography.com/Animals/Great-Bald-Eagles/  It is not complete, as I have a bunch more to upload. Check back again in a few days.

Monica

Monday, September 14, 2015

Hummingbird and others

14 September 2015

A few favorites from this morning; plus a chickadee and Nuthatch. It's a beautiful morning.











Monday, July 6, 2015

Kenilworth Park and Aquatic Gardens


 Yesterday (July 5, 2015) I visited the Kenilworth Park and Aquatic Gardens in Washington DC.  It was my first visit to this place and I really enjoyed the beauty of the flowers, ponds, and walkway.





Here are a few photos, long with links to the rest of what I took.  I used both my Nikon D7000 and Tamron 150-600mm lens; and Fujifilm X-T1 with 18-55mm lens.






http://www.pileggiphotography.com/Flowers/Water-Lillies/

http://www.pileggiphotography.com/Flowers/Water-Lilies-Part-II/


Thursday, June 11, 2015

In need of good, loving homes



A friend of mine is a foster mom for dogs and works with others to get them into fur-ever homes.

The other day I was asked if I could take some photos of the dogs for their web site, http://tarashouse.org/petlist.html

These are all mixed bulldogs and are so loving and adorable. It was difficult to take pictures of them because they were running around in the yard (large, fenced in) playing with each other.  I ended up taking photos of each dog, one at a time. They were still hard to photograph.

Here are a few shots, but check out the web site for other dogs that are up for adoption.

 
Ryder

 Samie

 
Gracie


Lucas
 
  
Chase
 
 
Charlie
 
 
Rex
 
 
Braden