Many years ago ( I think we are talking all the way back to 2008!) I went to Milan to visit some friends. I had been in Milan the year before and I loved it, so a visit seemed like a great idea. And it was. Skip to the end of the visit and you would find me on a train back to Switzerland, a little worse for wear and so ill I had to spend the following week home from school because I was sick. What does this have to do with pizza? Very little, the only thing is I was introduced to Princi in Milan and it is a food love story. We had their pizza very late at night and it was the best pizza in the world that evening, and definitely one of the best I have had in general. So of course I was sad to leave as this place used to only be in Milan and the chance of having another slice in the nearest future was slim. And then we find ourselves in 2012, in London's Soho, wandering the streets and squealing with delight as I saw Princi, right there on Wardour street. Man it was love at second sight. So I went to delight myself with delicious pizza and it was just as good as I could remember. Dear Princi, I will be back!
Yesterday the London Olympics kicked off and I was on my second 13 hour day. I have given up my life for the olympic period to work 2 jobs and move houses at the same time. Now that I am in the middle of all this it seems like a very bad idea, but it is too late to turn back now. 21 days of work in total, 5 already done. Wish me luck!
Right now there are changes going on, firstly we are in a very hot period here in London, it has lasted for 2 days and the whole city is waiting for the rain to show up again and (literally) rain on our parade. Secondly we are finally moving out of our current cave to an apartment that promises to fulfil at least 60% of my housing dreams (the current apartment fulfils about 10%). I have been so unsure about this move since the process has been very long and not always smooth. Until this afternoon I wasn't even sure we were moving this coming Saturday even though we have half of our belongings in boxes. If you are, like I am, very fond of order, lists and planning a VERY long time ahead, you will understand how the last weeks have given me a constant headache. But now, that it is (almost) set in stone I am glued to Pinterest to find home inspiration to make sure the new apartment could live up to at least 85% of my dreams!
Last night the boyfriend came across these guys and their take on several songs and we were both in awe that they could do so much with just a piano and their hands. I love when you can see how much work has gone into something and how great these guys are at what they do. Their Youtube channel is here.
The last weekend was one of those times when we went to only restaurants we have been to before. So much for trying something new, but if the food is good, then what is a girl to do? As we recently discovered The Diner I had to introduce last weeks visitor to their American goodness. She used to live in the US so she knows a good burger when she sees one and I wanted her to try it out. This time we went to a new location, in Soho, and I did try some new stuff of the menu, but I couldn't turn down onion rings ( although I probably should...) and a juicy burger. The meal was finished off with a spiked milkshake (alcohol and icecream in a drink is oh so right) and slices of cake before we rolled out in the rainy Soho evening.
I came across this bracelet called Band4Hope and immediately ordered one (it's £15 and it's for charity so the best spent ££ this week!). The idea is for the bracelet to inspire acts of kindness as it is is passed from person to person. You can add the bracelet ID and when you pass it to a friend/relative/anyone you want to they can go online to register where they are wearing the bracelet and donate to charity at the same time. So this little thing can give money to your charity for years to come. I'm wearing mine now and will pass it on soon to a friend to get this hope train started. Get your own and start supporting a charity.
Sometimes a day is all it takes folks! Last night we got into the car with a huge bag of laundry and a ton of books and made our way to the British countryside, to the boyfriends parents house, just to get away from London. The Olympics are getting to me I tell you. So to unwind we had a long breakfast, went to Dunelm-Mill to buy craft supplies (I have several things I am itching to make), did our laundry, whipped up some choc chip cookies (recipe and pictures here), had afternoon tea and read books. There is no better way to spend a day. Now it's back to the hustle and bustle of London and a weekend of packing. No, I'm not going on vacation, we are moving to a new apartment. Exciting times ahead!
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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