Sunday, 6 June 2021

A Riverside Lunch at Barge East, Hackney Wick.

Finally the sunshine has arrived! For a moment there it really did feel as though the rain would never disappear and let us have a bit of spring warmth. A couple of weekends ago - our first warm-ish one in ages - I made a visit to a great lunch spot in a newish part of London for me. You all know by now that I tend to stick to the same areas, but with my boyfriend living in East London, it was time to explore his area a bit more! A short twenty minute walk along the canal from his apartment is Barge East, a gorgeous 118-year-old Dutch barge on the canalside in Hackney Wick. 


Sunday, 25 April 2021

Cakes & Bubbles at Hotel Cafe Royal.

After four months of lockdown, outdoor dining opened up the week of my 30th birthday. Great timing? Certainly. But with a huge array of big birthday plans thrown out the window (and my previous-years 29th birthday plans completely out of the window as we were in full lockdown still), it meant I had to quickly reassess and plan a smaller selection of celebrations for my thirtieth. One of them was a catch up with Aftab, one of my oldest and dearest blogging friends. We planned an evening of drinking bubbles and eating cake at Hotel Cafe Royal's Cakes & Bubbles terrace, and then an Italian dinner at Forty Dean Street. The entire evening was perfection, and we loved Cakes & Bubbles so much I just have to tell you about it!

I got there a little early so ordered a glass of Veuve Clicquot champagne and settled into our Veuve Clicquot-coloured seating on the side of Regent Street. It was pure magic just sitting there watching the hustle and bustle of London come to life once more. After months of eerie quiet on the streets, I relished the atmosphere as I sipped on my champagne. As soon as Aftab arrived he joined me with the champagne, and we chose our cakes for our little reverse birthday dinner.

World-renowned pastry chef Albert AdriĆ  is at the helm of Cakes & Bubbles, so we knew we were in good hands. Aftab chose the impressive-looking Golden Egg Flan, while I opted for the very pretty, and delicious, Baklava Pistachio Pillows. 

Photo by Aftab

One thing I really missed during lockdown was just not being able to eat fancy food that I could never make myself or that couldn't be transported through a food delivery, so it felt like such a special novelty to be eating such a finely-crafted pastry. The baklava pastry itself was very light, and was filled with creamed pistachio. I honestly could have eaten another portion of them!

Cakes & Bubbles does offer an afternoon tea version of their pastries (which looked amazing - the table next to us had it!), however as we had dinner booked for afterwards we didn't want anything too over-indulgent, so their individual pastry offering worked perfectly for us. And although the terrace was chilly and doesn't have heaters, the staff did offer us plenty of blankets...but I'm definitely looking forward to visiting again in the summer when it's a bit warmer! 


Thursday, 25 March 2021

My 9 Favourite Spots in North Devon & Cornwall.

My parents moved to the border of North Devon & Cornwall in 2019, and as someone who used to live across the world from her parents, I now use every opportunity I can get to visit them...even though they're now a five hour drive away. In non-lockdown times I tend to go down to visit them every other month, and at the start of the first lockdown I actually got stuck down there and ended up living with them for almost three months until things opened up again and I was allowed to drive back to London. 

During my time down there with them I've found my own favourite spots (towns/villages/beaches) in North Devon & Cornwall, and after the majority of you told me in an Instagram poll that you wanted more Devon & Cornwall content, I thought I'd finally put something together! Devon and Cornwall are also very dog-friendly, so there's plenty to see and do if you have a four-legged friend like we do.

So, without further ado, let's get started...


Friday, 19 March 2021

A Little Lockdown Life Update - Vaccinated Against Covid-19.

My goodness it's been a long time since I posted. I think this is the longest I've ever gone without blogging, but trust me, I've wanted to - so badly! I just haven't had the motivation, or the time, and everything has been hectic and stressful and my head just hasn't been in the right place. But I'm back! I got my Covid vaccine on Tuesday and for the first time in a year I feel hope, genuine hope, that things will soon return to normal. So let's catch up!

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