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I spent my whole evening yesterday waiting for the boyfriend to come home from work so that we could have dinner together. When he finally made it back home it was 11pm and I was too tired for dinner and a tiny bit annoyed that he had taken his sweet time getting home. But then he gave me this necklace and it was all good again. It is definitely too easy to buy my goodwill.
Ages ago one of my colleagues said she had been to Automat for brunch and had a great time, so when the boyfriend and I was in Dover street, hungry, with no reservation and in need of inspiration I spotted Automat and though it was worth a try. It started of well with a spectacular starter for both myself and the boyfriend. He had the foie gras, always a winner for him, and I went for the tartare which I loved. When it arrived at the table I was so surprised by the modern presentation and very preoccupied with mixing it all and eating. It was good. The disappointment came when my chicken burger arrived and it was a dry piece of chicken on a dry bun with tons of fries on the side. Let's just say I was less than impressed, we didn't even bother giving the desserts a try. There is a certain disappointment when your meal is finished and you are thinking "was that really worth it?" I had such high hopes for this place and I wonder if it's worth giving it a second try, let's s
I'm pretty serious about certain things (and very un-serious about other things) and one of those areas that get my full attention is healthy stuff. Don't get me wrong, chocolate/cakes/baking is another one of the important areas. But every now and then, health wins and something catches my attention that I can't live without. I spotted Teapigs Matcha Green Tea around 3 years ago when I was visiting my brother in London and spent most of my days in Selfridges (little did I know that a couple of years later I would be moving to this city myself). I wanted to buy it but told myself that £25 for tea was a BIT steep. And it still is. But after seeing this stuff so many places over the years I have grown softer questioning if £25 is really that much? I got an email today regarding Matcha with the words HEALTH BENEFITS followed by "more energy", "weight loss" and "healthy skin" how could I resist? And they were doing 20% off. I was sold and actually ordered straight off my iPhone while at work. This stuff better work I tell you. So this is me taking stuff to another level. Using green tea. Maybe I would have been better off just cutting out the sweets and cakes?
It's so sad it isn't sad anymore, or at least that's what I choose to believe. Basically, I have spent the last 3 days in the gym listening to "We built this City" by Starship on repeat. I don't know why it appeals to me so much, but I guess I have a secret love for all things remotely 80's (It was released in 1985). For those who care to know, Blender magazine named this one of the 50 worst songs ever made, and I can honestly see why. But it still on repeat on my iPhone. Give them a chance, when I have this on in the gym I enjoy my workout so much more!
If there is one job I don't want it's driving a cab, I don't think I could take the criticism of my driving skills and poor knowledge of the city. Because if there is one thing taxi drivers know, it's their city. It's easy to forget what a treasure of knowledge they can be if you jsut ask. And someone did! Next time I travel to New York or Berlin I am going to check out Taxi Gourmet which is a blog devoted to restaurant tips from the local taxi drivers. Genius! Unfortunately they haven't covered many cities yet, but I am crossing my fingers and hope there will be some other European cities soon, Paris maybe?
Although I have been before, Primrose Hill is one of those places you don’t mind going back to. Mostly because it’s cute. We took my mum and she was all over it instantly. You don’t really see many tourists there, probably because there is no market to drag them all this way (it’s actually just past Regents Park so it’s not the worst place to get to). We stopped in one of the restaurants and had some coffees and next door they had a cupcake shop with the tiniest cupcakes. I could not help myself!
One of my favourite interior design shops online is Graham & Green and I did not know they had a store in London, but they do! They have amazing stuff for your house, funny things, cute things, pillows and pictures, everything really.
Yesterday was one of those days that went by so incredibly fast. I'm not sure what we did in the morning, but I remember going to the gym and rushing to get to Regents Park by 5.30pm when our tickets to Taste of London started. I can honestly say I do not go to many festivals, I don't think I have ever been to one, so this was a good start. Taste of London is a huge food festival in Regents Park. It's on every year and it is just full of food. If you are hungry you should stop reading now and read the rest later, I took almost only pictures of the food. Ready?
It was a great event to go to and buzzing with people. I could hardly believe the queues for some of the places, but when London's top restaurants bring their best it is expected. We arrived at 5.30pm and left at 10pm. It was the fastest 4.5 hours I have experienced in a long time. I was surprised when they announced that the festival was closing at 9.30pm, I could have stayed for another hour just eating.
One of my friends used to work for Gauthier Soho and since they had their food stand we decided to give them a visit and I don't regret it a bit. Before arriving at the festival I drooled over the menus online and one thing that jumped out was the risotto from Gauthier. I wanted it. Back to my friend, she recognized her old colleagues who were so generous they loaded a crazy amount of food on us. Glorious food! Fancy croque monsieur, foie gras "ferrero rocher", truffle risotto and a pretty spectacular chocolate cake. We went straight to get drinks after!
All in all it was definitely a successful event. I left happy and filled with fancy food. However as a little bit of criticism to the Taste of London people, this thing is not cheap! We bought our tickets through Time Out and got a 2 for 1 offer, and I saw Groupon offering reduced price tickets too, but even with these deals, the ticket only gets you in. Then you have to start paying for the food. And that ain't cheap I tell you. Not that you shouldn't go, you definitely should go, just make sure you have saved up (around £30-£40 each if you want to eat and drink a bit)
It feels like ages, and to be honest, it has been ages. I think the first time I heard the rumour that VS would be coming to London was sometime in early 2011. Now it's mid 2012 and I can't wait any longer, hurry up will you? So I had to Google to see if there was a final date, and there it was: July 25th I will be going to Bond Street to get some colourful lace underwear once again. It's exciting to have Victoria's Secret arriving and to see how an American brand will do. Last year, when Forever 21 arrived, there were mixed feelings, but walking past their Oxford Street monster of a store it does look like they are doing fairly well. Welcome VS!
I'm Christine and I currently live in London with my husband where I do my best to go to as many restaurants as possible, bake, DIY and occasionally let my hair down and go to a museum. x