Home Cookin’ !!! Breakfast in Bulgaria (…. in “Apartment 311, at the Top of the Stairs”)

On the Menu:
Buckwheat Pancakes
Shakshauka Eggs
Poached Eggs with Sweet Pepper Piperade
Eggs in Onion, Bell Pepper, and Avocado

Metaphorically speaking (you know how I am by now), "Apartment 311" came from a song I loved after college (and still love 25 years later), that represents my "Ultimate Bachelor Pad", a bit of Vintage (exposed brick mandatory), a bit of Eclectic, a bit of Contemporary.

I never got that "next level" apartment after college, and back then, I only had a vague vision of what it would look like.

At the same time, the vision was clear as day, a spot where a lady couldn't wait to come by after a crazy ass week, her wearing one of my oversize football jerseys, romance (of course), waking up when we felt like it for a Lazy Sunday Morning breakfast.

Safe from 6 inches of snow outside, aroma of fresh coffee, as we chuckle about some the crazy, sexy, cool stuff she did last Saturday night.

But, I digress…….

Anyhooz, this amazing loft apartment in Sofia, Bulgaria (actually Apartment 9b, not 311, but work with me here!!!) is the perfect "Bachelor Pad" to bring that youthful, "starry eyed", post-college vision of 25 years ago to "cyber canvas".

25 years late, but right on time ….. as I'm a little older, a lot wiser, more refined and polished (no more Fogers instant Coffee or Michael Jordan Posters as wall art these days 🙂 ), my mind's eye can clearly see now, the crib and lifestyle I was envisioning after college.

And that song, "311 at the Top of the Stairs", sounds as good now as it did then……..

Above and Below: Buckwheat Pancakes

(USE GRASS FED BUTTER ONLY!!!! avoid Margarine, Commercial Butter, and "Spreads")
….also use
pastured eggs and real maple syrup ONLY (or the purpose for healthy/delicious eating is defeated)
(click photo above or below for recipe)

poached eggs with sweet pepper piperade

….though any style eggs can work with this recipe
Whole Foods always has a couple of brands of
pastured eggs
(click photo below for recipe)

….just a cool pic to set my "Breakfast in Bulgaria" scene
(if you love the aroma of coffee, you know where I'm coming from 🙂 )

above: eggs in onion, bell pepper, and avocado (click photo above for recipe)

notes……  Whole Foods always has a couple of brands of pastured eggs
…..and you can liberally cook in heart healthy coconut oil
…I eat 20+ pastured eggs a week,and my cholesterol scores are PERFECT!!!!
AVOID CANOLA OIL ….its poison!!!

below: shakshauka eggs (click photo below for recipe)

Hiroshima: "311" (….at the top of the Stairs)

ENJOY!!!! (while you browse the post)

….about the crib

After several years living and working in London architect Dimitar Karanikolov and interior designer Veneta Nikolova moved back to Sofia Bulgaria, where they found a small but interesting attic apartment in a newly built development.They spent the next two years reconstructing the place, designing furniture and experimenting with details, and finishes.

A massive dark “cube” occupies the center of the living room, hiding the bathroom (which sits on the top of the building’s elevator shaft). The “cube” is clad in thin (16mm) custom made concrete panels that continue inside as well. Since the development was set rather too close to the existing higher residential buildings privacy was a major issue.

To solve this the entire apartment has been outlined with tall cantilevered aluminium planters – a green aura that surrounds the entire place and makes the terrace appear like a serene courtyard – completely sheltered from the outer world. A space full with a lot of а carefully crafted details and surprises: The wardrobe in the bedroom ( designed to look like an old suitcase ) hides a floor level build-in bathtub situated on a second level of the 4.5m space – an area which is used for a guest bedroom / bathing space.

The techniques used to create the wardrobe inspired the start of a new boutique furniture brand – LOFTCASE ( available soon at www.loftcase.com) Air conditioner is concealed in a bespoke made wooden drawer. Black metal panels encapsulate the ventilation system. Magnet-held Edison bulbs attached to the them, hang above the dining table. An interior concept aiming at well-balanced hipster modernity garnished with pieces of vintage furniture and accessories.

Photography by Minko Minev, Georgi Petev, Dimitar Karanikolov and found on homeAdore.com

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