Monday, 30 December 2013

Retrospective: Looking Back On 2013

This year marked the progression from lifestyle to food blog, and I think it is one of the best possible things that could have happened. While I sometimes do miss putting together a good outfit post, my real passion is food; working on recipes for you all and photographing them, and discovering new restaurants to share with you all too. Food is what I'm passionate about, and I've been enjoying writing this blog so much more since the transition. This year also marked a massive change for me, in that I moved back from my apartment on the West Side of LA where I had been attending classes at UCLA, and back to London for my final year.

I woke up on the first day of 2013 in my apartment on Los Angeles' Westside. I get asked all the time if I miss Los Angeles and I really, really do. I miss my life in Los Angeles every single day, and while I really wanted to come home at the end, and if someone said I could go back to live tomorrow I'd choose to stay doing my London-Countryside-France flip flop here, I can't wait to go back to visit. I lived in LA for 10 months and I fell in love with it. I miss Saturday mornings on Abbot Kinney Boulevard, weekend walks along the ocean front, shopping in West Hollywood, and to constant sunshine. And there are so many more restaurants in Los Angeles I have not had a chance to eat in yet! 





In June I finished up my Spring Quarter finals at UCLA and it was time for my last few weeks in the city I'd absolutely fallen head over heels with. My best friend Kathryn flew out to enjoy my last 10 days with me, and while writing this post is making me miss Los Angeles so incredibly much, I was glad to finally be heading back to England.

1. Getting back into the swing of my favourite 'Places To Eat In London' column at Drift Bar at the bottom of the Heron Tower. | 2. Sharing one of my families favourite barbecue recipes, Honey Mustard Chicken Skewers. | 3. Throwing together a quick Caprese Salad and sharing some photos from my French home in Brittany. | 4. Kicking off my 'Cocktail Hour' column with Lemon Lavender Vodka Lemonade. | 5. Rachel Phipps got nominated for the Cosmopolitan Blog Awards 2013 in the 'Best Food Blog' category. Congratulations to my reader Sophie who won the category, and to one of my newer blogger friends I met over the Summer Bailee, a California native who was the runner up. | 6. Learning to make pasta at The Underground Cookery School.

July was the month where I got to know all of my favourite places that I call 'home' all over again. Obviously, this meant being back on the farm in Kent for the Summer to barbecue and start off my cocktail column, both of which meant (much to her upset that it would no longer stay tidy!) reacquainting myself with my Mother's kitchen! After a week or two at home I also got to go back to the French house for the first time in over a year, where I realised how much I had really missed it, and while I did not yet have my flat there and I was still staying with friends or day tripping off of the train, I got to reintroduce myself to London, my favourite playground. 




December 2013

I hope everyone has a great New Years Eve tomorrow night, and I hope that the New Year will bring you everything you could ever wish for. I'll be cooking New Years Day we're hosting my Dad's family for lunch, and I'm so excited about the menu that is planned (and which I have a dish in that I'm planning on sharing with you over the next week or so). Also, just a reminder, if you enter the discount code LETITSNOW at the checkout, you can get 25% off of all blog sidebar advertising until midnight tomorrow night.


  1. Your blog is amazing!! I love the layout and your food pics are to die for. Wishing you a year of even more amazing blogging in 2014 :)

  2. Best Wishes for 2014, Rachel! I've loved reading your blog this year :)

  3. Thank you, and I hope you have a great 2014 too! When is your next book out, by the way? x

  4. I'm so glad you've been enjoying it, and I hope you and your blog have an incredible 2014 too! xx

  5. Hope you have a wonderful 2014, your 2013 looked awesome :)

    Maria xxx

  6. Definitely a good year for you. I love that you switched it up to food blogging, especially for all the great food I get to have! Here's to 2014!

  7. I live in Canterbury and still not had a chance to visit the Shakespeare, I want to try it soon though. I love your blog by the way! Wendy