Edinburgh I

Tuesday, 9 September 2014

I'm so behind on telling you about all my little adventures, but I shall not give up and rather try to catch up, so today I thought I'd share the first lot of our photos from Edinburgh. We went there mid-August for the Fringe Festival and we had the bestest time! It was our first experience staying at an Airbnb place, but it couldn't have been better (thanks Tim!). I stole a lot of the recommendations that people had made to the lovely Rosie (naughty I know) and a lot of the ones the wonderful Siobhan made on her blog, put them in a little Wunderlist (I've started a sub-list for all cities, and whenever I hear about a cool spot, I note it down, regardless of whether I have any intent of going to that city at that moment in time), so we could work our way through them. These recommendations meant that we went to the coolest places, which made me so so happy!

The first evening we went for dinner at Crafters Barn and we loved it so much, we went back a second time on our last evening. I didn't actually get any good shots of the food (because we were starving and I went straight in there), but it was absolutely delightful. Especially the Fondant we had for dessert was worth writing poems about. I'd also like to note here, that I loved that the waiter chose a beer for each one of us from the huge menu (I was a bit lost) and he actually captured what I like so so well. 
Obviously there was a lot of card flourishing going on at all stages. 
We then went to see Josie Long, who was hilarious followed by the Queens Arm pub, which had a really cool, relaxed atmosphere. 
Random photo of one of the venues.
We didn't take many photos in the day time, but here's some more food.

This was at Mary's Milk Bar and was some of the best icecream I've ever eaten! I went for dark chocolate and milk mmmmmhhh. Although I have to say, having to decide between milkshake and just icecream was a real struggle. 

The next evening went to the vegetarian restaurant David Bann and again, I'm so so glad we went! We were really lucky, because even though we meant to go for food before the two comedy shows we went to that night, we got a bit lost, so we were absolutely delighted to see that this restaurant we'd wanted to try anyway was still open at about 11 o'clock. But not just that, it was also really, really tasty.
For starter I had a ravioli parcel with artichoke, chickpea and basil, which was wonderful.
Tartlet of caramelised onion, smoked cheese and dried tomato, which was similarly tasty.
For mains, we both went for mushroom strudel with mash and vegetarian veg - pure comfort food!
And for dessert, we ehm Daniel had...
...Hot Peach and Raspberry Tart! He let me try a tiny bite, and it was delicious as well. You might be able to tell by now, that I can only highly recommend this place. 
I like this one quite a lot, I'd even go as far as saying he's my love :)

Photo Diary 2-3/8/14

Tuesday, 12 August 2014

I've had two really nice weekends in a row. The weekend before last, my friend Rachel came up from Sheffield to spend some time with me and Alice.
We got ourselves some delicious iced tea from Yumchaa and chatted for hours, which was amazing. I see these two lovely ladies not nearly often enough, so getting to have a proper catch up is a luxury. Tea-wise I went for Notting Hill which you apparently drink when you dance with parrots. I only learnt the parrot thing just now, I didn't actually dance with parrots, but still very muchly enjoyed the tea.

Love these two lovely ladies ♥ After strolling around for a little while, we went to B-SOHO for some cocktails and dinner. I absolutely love B-SOHO, because the food is super tasty, the atmosphere is really, really good and there's live music a lot of evenings. We had:

Polenta Chips with Blue Cheese Dip

Courgette Chips with Aioli - super tasty

I had Pizza with Mushroom, Aubergine and Courgette, which was very delicious.

Alice had Bruschetta with Smoked Salmon, Mascarpone and Dill and Aubergine Parmigiana

and Rachel had Salad with Poached Salmon, Avocado, Boiled Potatoes, Red Onions and Cherry Tomatoes

Everything was super tasty! I can seriously recommend this place, I like it so much that I'm considering having a birthday meal/drinks thing there.

On the Sunday we decided to give the city a miss and went for a wonderful walk to finish of a wonderful weekend.

This weekend was exactly what I needed: Seeing my two best friends and just getting out for a bit and forgetting about all the little, unimportant in the grand scheme of things, stresses in life. Also, completely unrelated, but Daniel and I are going to Edinburgh this weekend for the Fringe Festival, so if you have any comedy or food recommendations, please do let us know :) Have a wonderful evening!



Photo Diary 09/08/14

Saturday, 9 August 2014

Loudly singing along to Kings of Leon post cinema with my love and for just a couple of moments forgetting all the stresses of every day life ♥ I hope you're all having a wonderful weekend. 

Photo Diary 27/07/14

Sunday, 27 July 2014

1. It's summer and the grass is green, and I'm trying to spend as much of my free time as possible outside!
2. Before going to see Daughter (N. 3 and 4) we went on a little Burrito date. I like to tell myself that as far as fast foods go, Burritos are actually pretty healthy if you focus on the 'good' things in there: Beans, Veg, Guacamole, Salsa, Lettuce etc. This one was from Burrito Mama, which I can only recommend. They have crunchy and delicious slaw in there as well. Very tasty indeed.
3. + 4. Daniel took me to see the band Daughter at Somerset House. I was worried in the day time that the weather'd be miserable (it had been storming all day), but it was as beautiful as it could have been. Somerset House is such a beautiful venue (we like to go there for iceskating before Christmas) and the band was very lovely too.
5. Like I said before, I like to spend as much time outside as possible, especially with a cup of icetea and a nice book. I know you're probably supposed to drink icetea out of a pretty Mason Jar, but you know, I do quite like mugs too.
6. + 7. Louise wrote about going to the pond in Hampstead Heath last week, and I knew I had to go there too; it looked so beautiful! Luckily I was able to persuade her to go again with me and I had the loveliest day. If you haven't been, you need to go, it's such a beautiful place and makes for what seems like a proper escape from the city - just what the doctor ordered (for me at least).
8. Ice tea - I'm living of that stuff at the moment. My favourite is Summer Berries from Twinings. I love that it tastes super fresh, but isn't full of sugar.
9. I joined a new gym yesterday and went to a Yoga class there this morning, which was actually surprisingly good for being in a gym. Any way it got me in the yoga mood (is this a thing? It is in my world), so I just played around with some poses in the garden and had a splendid time.

I hope you've had a wonderful weekend too. What have you been up to?

Learning to Knit

Sunday, 13 July 2014

I had the bestest morning/afternoon yesterday! A couple of weeks ago, the wonderful Rosie from CiderwithRosie posted about having been to a Knitting Course (here) and immediately knew that I'd have to go too, and so I booked it and it finally happened on Saturday. 

It may not sound the most exciting, but it was just so much fun! Siobhan from BlessTheWeather runs these 3 hour introductory classes every couple of months, spaces are limited to 4 each time, so if you're interested, I'd book my place as soon as possible :) I can highly recommend it. 

The classes happen at Siobhan and her boyfriend's absolutely beautiful flat in Brixton (I had serious flat envy, Siobhan had to pretty much drag me out after the course finished), where they live with their adorable dog Elkie (again, so so jealous, I really need a dog in my life). Anyway, let's talk a little about the actual course before I drift of to praising her interior design skills again. Everyone knows that knitting is a very labourious process, so luckily Siobhan had thought ahead and made a delicious vegan lemon cake (that, or she anticipated me being too all over the place to figure that it'd be good to have breakfast, either way, the cake went down an absolute treat. So did the cup of tea, and the splendidly put together playlist in the background). 

You don't have to bring anything, you get a pair of needles (thick, beautiful ones) and a ball of yarn (I opted for very pretty mint green). I tried to teach myself many times before, but it never quite worked, and it was for the exact reason, Siobhan said she started doing these classes; it is so much easier to learn, when there's someone there, who knows how it works, who can not only show you how it works, but also help you out of any minor disaster you've knitted yourself into. She taught us how to cast on and off, how to knit and pearl and showed us how alternating between those two methods could create the coolest patterns. So that was cool, but what made this morning/afternoon even better was the lovely company. We had great conversations about seasonal food and sustainable clothes, keeping a dog in London, career shaping and working from home. I left feeling pretty inspired, both in terms of knitting (I can't wait to get started on a proper project, Siobhan has created the most beautiful pieces, and I'm hoping that after a lot (a lot!) of practice I can create something similarly cool) and in terms of just general life. I love spending time with interesting people, I always come out feeling very happy and ready to do something. 

I hope your weekend was similarly great. If you're even vaguely interested in taking up knitting, I can seriously recommend this course, and if not, you'll absolutely have to visit her blog: http://www.blesstheweather.com/ It's stunning (obviously), showcases her talent (she also freelances as a photographer) and just a pretty cool read; good weekend + cup of tea reading material.

Au revoir. 

Photo Diary I

Sunday, 6 July 2014

Pretty self explanatory, I'm obviously not very good at posting at the moment. I'm hoping to get more back into it soon. In the meantime, I want to just use this little space as a photo diary, because that's what I first started this blog for. It shall remind me of all the little (and big) everyday things when I go back through it :)

1. We've been together over 3.5 years and there's about 1 photo that we're in together that isn't terrible. But saying that, I quite liked this one, even if we're just goofing around, I like it, because it's a happy photo from a very happy evening at my favourite restaurant, with my favourite people. 

2. I'm a self-confessed courgette lover. I love them roasted, and in ribbons, and in spaghetti and in you name it, but never have I tasted them in a way that was as delicious as the courgette, lemon, basil and parmesan Salad at Polpo the other week. YUM!

3. These two lovely ladies came to visit me last weekend, and I already miss them so much. Is it strange that as the years go by and I supposedly grow up, I get more and more homesick? Or maybe I'm just admitting it more, who knows. It doesn't matter, either way, even if it's a sad feeling, it also makes me happy that I have an amazing other home, my home home for now that is worth missing this much.

4. We went to see The Fault in Our Stars the other day and oh boy, I have never, and I mean never sobbed like this at a film, I had read the book, so I knew what to expect, but the crying just did not stop, and at the end, Daniel asked me if I could ever be happy again. I certainly didn't look it!
On a different note, and what the photo maybe displays more: it was Wednesday and the cinema was this empty, I was genuinely scared there was an apocalypse or something happening that I just hadn't heard about. But then, I had Popcorn, so I reckon I still won.

5. We went to The Pudding Club (which I might well write about separately) yesterday. It was in the Cotswolds (I just can't get over how beautiful it is there and also how ludicrous to live in London when there's a place as utterly stunning about 1.5hrs away). Anyway, it was basically one light main and 7 (!) courses of desserts. Yeah. I'm not sure I can ever eat anything sweet again, but at the same time, that sticky toffee pudding was incredible!

6. We stayed there overnight and I was pleasantly surprised with the breakfast buffet. The things they had were quite standard in a way, but everything was selected with so much love from local sources, which gave it such a special touch.

Having Trust that the Dots Will Connect

Monday, 16 June 2014

I sometimes wish that I could go back to uni. Not in the sense that I don't like what I'm doing right now, or that the grass is always greener on the other side, but in a way that I'm only realising now what an incredible privilege it is to have someone lay out a path for you, to take your hand and show you where to start, so you can then go on tangents and learn whatever you'd like and what you think is relevant on top. All we have to do in theory is to figure out where we'd like to end up. That's not easy, it's incredibly hard, and I still don't really know, how anyone is supposed to know what they'd like to do in life when they're only 16-18. I've finished uni now, I've got a 2:1 Bachelor of Science in International Business, which is good, but in a way I wish I had waited a couple of years to get a really good idea of where I'd like to go and then use everything, every book and article recommendation, every access to resources available that uni offers you to learn everything I can about the very thing I'd like to become. But then on the other side, I guess that's what being in your twenties is all about. It's about figuring things out, finding those starting points and figuring the path out yourself, even if it's hard.
And that's what I'm trying to do now. I try to read something smart every day and I try to remind myself (also usually on a daily basis) that even if all the dots in your life don't make sense at this very point in time, that like Steve Jobs said 'you can't connect them looking forward, you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future'.

I like this speech so much. I know you've probably seen it, but I can watch it again and again and never get bored of it, so I thought you might like to get reminded of it as well. I'm happy where I am at the moment, very happy, but sometimes it frightens me to not know exactly where I will be in 10 years, and this speech reminds me to just have trust that everything will be ok.

Eating Out || Ozone Coffee Roasters

Sunday, 18 May 2014

London's beautiful at the moment, which is why I decided yesterday, that Daniel and I should go on one of our little days out in London this weekend. Well, what better way is there to start the day than with a hearty brunch? I consulted Twitter, and as per usual was very impressed with the recommendations that came my way (a lot were noted down in my Restaurants to Try Wunderlist, so thank you everyone, you don't understand how much I appreciate all your tips for life restaurants). 
I want to try a whole bunch of Brunch places in the near future, and today we made a start with Ozone Coffee Roasters, and oh boy were we happy! It's located near Old Street (so also close to my work, score!) and even though it's a super cool place (they have Aesop soap in the bathroom (just saying), friendly waiters/waitresses, delicious food and beautiful interior, i.e. the pretty perfect mix), we didn't have to wait for a table, which made me very happy before we even sat down! I know it's nice when there's hype, but I'm just not one for queuing for 2 hours and being chased away as soon as you put down your fork (ehem Breakfast Club). Here's some photos. 
Let's just get this one of my handsome man out of the way. It wouldn't be a day out for us, if there wasn't some flourishing and many many photos of it involved (I won't post them all, you can see this one as representative). 
How cool is this? I don't actually drink coffee (I wish I did, but apparently I'm still not enough of an adult. I only drink it, when I absolutely have to, and then I make a face (which my nan finds HILARIOUS btw).
Look at all these pastries! They were tasty, but I do wish they were more French Boulangerie (I'm a pastry snob, they were good, but you know I just wanted them to be perfect).
Yeah that's right: Perfectly poached eggs (JUST like we make them at home (minus the crying)
That's what it looked like as a whole dish: Eggs Benedict with Mushroom and Spinach (with Bacon instead of the veg for Daniel) on Bubble and Squeak. De-licious. 

Little cheeky Croissant for what Daniel calls "Breakfast Dessert" (Yeah it needs to be more of a thing).

Like I said, I can fully recommend this place, we had a lovely morning there. We then headed for a walk around Southbank, followed by a little trip to Chin Chin Labs (it's a Sunday alright?!). It's been a pretty perfect Sunday, I hope yours was similarly nice. I'd love to hear what you've been up to :)