It's that time again when I use part of the opening to my 'Weekly Love' post to wax lyrical about a chef. This week (again) I want to tell everyone about Anthony Bourdain. Yes, everyone should go out, buy and read his book Kitchen Confidential, but this week I want to talk about his 1/4 foodie and 3/4 journalistic travel documentary series for CNN, Parts Unknown (again). Yes, following on from my last endorsement for his episode on Los Angeles' Koreatown (and home to one of my favourite restaurants in the world, Soot Bull Jeep) there is another episode I think you need to see that kicks off Season 2: Jerusalem. Not only does he eat some pretty amazing food and does Yotam Ottolenghi make a cameo, but he reminds us all of the human aspect behind some of the fighting and horrors we see so often on the news they all blur into one.
1. Going around with (and at some moments helping give the tours) new Freshers on tours of the Houses of Parliament. I had not really been around the whole complex (House of Commons, House of Lords etc.) since I was about 17, so it was a lot of fun and a real blast from the past. | 2. More on this on Monday, but this incredible ice cream creation from Ginger's Comfort Emporium has to be one of the best things I've eaten this month, and has become my most popular picture on Instagram already. | 3. Also more on this on Monday, an absolutely incredible Soft Shell Crab Taco at Street Feast Europe in #dalstonyard. | 4. Saturday brunch at Lantana in Fitzrovia. This is the BERT; sourdough with bacon, tomato, rocket, aioli and a wonderfully fried egg. I also recommend the Virgin Mary's. They're incredible, but they are so spicy they will wake you up/ blow your head off. | 5. The obligatory flower shot outside Liberty. | 6. Falling back on one of my brunch favourites, Green Eggs & Ham.
- I can't speak for the London ones yet as I have not been, but if you have ever shopped in Whole Foods in the USA, this Whole Foods Survival Story will have you cracking up.
- Becky's page about Canterbury on her blog where she describes how us Canterbury dwellers claim to live both in a city and in the countryside (because we do, and with very good reasoning!) really made me smile. I may describe London as my city and Los Angeles as my second city, but Canterbury will always be home.
- Campbells are now selling limited edition Andy Warhol cans.
- Nicole Warne's awesome Istanbul photo diary. Also, Dubrovnik.
- The Kitchn asks a fantastic question; why do we limit our breakfast food choices so much?
- Los Angeles, your first Kate Spade Saturday store has opened on West 3rd.
- An absolutely brilliant interview with Damian Lewis, touching on the new season of Homeland. If you are American you will still enjoy this, but if you're British you'll find it bloody hilarious.
- Now there is so much controversy surrounding bloggers at London Fashion Week, Kristabel has written a wonderful post about why she loves to attend Fashion Week.
- We all know how I feel about restaurants in Santa Monica that overlook the ocean and serve up deliciously fresh seafood. Natalie has found another one, in the form of One Pico.
- A quick interview with Yotam Ottolenghi.
All Summer while I was staying down in Kent I was working on lots of brand new original recipes for various projects. As quite a few of them have been for specific things, I have not been able to share them with you on the blog, but one I can share with you today is a biscuit I created for Laura Ashley which if I may say so myself I'm rather proud of. So, if you head over to the Laura Ashley blog, you'll find my recipe for Lemon and Lavender Shortbread Biscuits. Let me know what you think of them, and hopefully making a batch will prolong Summer!
7. Testing out Florence Knight's new book One by making her Panzanella. It was fantastic so I can't wait to cook more from the book, and I also think this is the only viable lunch option to use up the stale end of a homemade loaf. | 8. If you have not already read my review of Whyte & Brown, head over there now. It is one of my new favourite London food spots. | 9. The stunning view of St. Paul's out of the glass side of Barbecoa. Such a great spot, look out for my brunch review on Friday. | 10. Another of London's iconic buildings I love, Liberty in the early evening. Taken on a different day to the above flower shot. | 11. My first Big Apple Hot Dog in simply eons. | 12. A great way to use up the ends of peppers, red onions, courgettes etc. in your fridge is to roast them for about 30-40 minutes at 200 with some halved garlic cloves and extra virgin olive oil makes the most incredible roast vegetables, fantastic cold for speedy lunches.
- Jacintha has taken some fantastic pictures of London from up on the London Eye.
- More from Joy The Baker's Baking 101 series: Why Must We Sift This Flour?
- Los Angeles, the James Turrell at LACMA sounds fantastic.
- Forget Red, White or Rose. Orange is the wine you need to know about.
- Pitfire in Downtown Los Angeles. The place you need to go for pizza. Also, M.A.K.E in Santa Monica was on my LA 'to review' list but I never got to it. You can drool over this one, though!
- Does it really make a difference if the eggs you bake with are room temperature or not?
- Brittany Snow's guide to Los Angeles is brilliant. I also agree that the rooftop pool and bar of The London Hotel on the Sunset Strip is the perfect place to chill and enjoy the view.
- How to freeze cookie dough so it is ready to bake straight out of the freezer. I saw Joy Wilson (aka Joy The Baker) do this once, and it was totally awesome.
- Rose's LA adventures on her blog are making me very, very jealous as she is visiting all my favourite old haunts. Here she has written a fantastic post about The Hammer Museum in Westwood Village, a block from my old apartment and well worth the visit if you're in LA.
- The real cost of writing (and promoting) a non-Fiction book. (via Gala Darling)
- The Glitter Guide does a home tour and interview with one of my favourite bloggers, Carin Olsson of Paris In Four Months.
What have you been enjoying this week, and what do you have planned for the weekend? I'm down on the farm at the moment for the weekend, spending some time in the kitchen, with my family and hopefully fitting in a good few country walks.