It has been a good couple of weeks; the first of which enjoying all that London has to offer and the second in the countryside. Here was me being all smug that I'd avoided the tube strike, then I realised that we have next week to deal with. Hopefully my Burger & Lobster reservation won't come to nothing! Anyway, I've got another piece of food television for you to absorb/ obsess over. Russell Norman (whom London foodies will know as the guy behind Mishkins, Polpo, Ape & Bird) in The Restaurant Man consults on people who want to start their own restaurants. It is a fascinating look into what goes into setting up a restaurant, and I am hooked. For some reason the first episode is no longer on BBC iPlayer, but the second episode is available to watch now.
1. My £10 flower haul from Columbia Road Flower Market which looked beautiful on my desk all week. | 2. My amazing drippy eggs and anchovy soldiers from Beagle in Hoxton. | 3. The view out over the Kentish fields surrounding the farm on my walk to the postbox in the village. | 4. Sharing seafood starters for lunch at The Shakespeare in Canterbury. | 5. A sneaky afternoon frozen yogurt treat from Snog in South Kensington after a Sunday morning spent wandering around the V&A. | 6. An early morning trip to my fishmonger, Furness Fish at Borough Market.
- This is a Korean food pop up in East London you simply have to check out.
- Why your Daiquiri does not taste the same as Hemingway's.
- Victoria took some stunning photos inside Shakespeare & Co. in Oman.
- Vivi took some great pictures at my 5th blog birthday celebration drinks.
- Carrie has put together a brilliant review round up of the best afternoon tea spots in London.
- Also, Jacintha has afternoon tea at The Landmark.
- Grace has written a must read post for all bloggers about the state of the blogging world today.
- Sophie's photos really make me want to visit Seattle.
- U.S. Army Captain Katie del Castillo's Washington D.C. Apartment Tour on The Everygirl is one of my favourite apartment tours and interesting and inspiring interviews I've read in a while.
- Attention Londoners: you will find this ranking of the underground lines hilarious.
- David Lebovitz explores if you should remove the green germ from your garlic cloves.
- New York City in Winter.
- Mani has taken some beautiful photos in Melbourne.
- Did you know that the classic Italian Panzanella Salad was not originally made with tomatoes?
- Everything you ever needed to know about Dragon Fruit.
- Disney Princesses dresses in historically accurate costume.
- I took a pay cut to pursue my dream job.
- Paris' hidden back streets.
7. A lovely lunch of pork schnitzel, smoked eel and spritzers at Boopshi's in Fitzrovia. | 8. Sunday afternoon sundown over the Serpentine. | 9. Watching Jun Tanaka put together some Japanese home dishes in the Sainsbury's HQ test kitchen. There should be a few dishes inspired by what he made for us coming your way in the next month or so! | 10. Enjoying a lovely Domaine Les Grands Bois Cotes du Rhone with dinner at the farm c/o the guys at Supertravel. It is one of the wines they serve in their ski chalets. | 11. Cocktails with some of you guys at Reverend JW Simpson off Goodge Street to celebrate this blogs 5th birthday. | 12. A Saturday afternoon spent looking around my favourite gallery in London, the Saatchi.
- Jacquelyn took some absolutely stunning photos in Cape Town.
- Yara's post on how she manages to run her blog from the other side of the world (Los Angeles) after she spontaneously decided to stay there for a month gives an interesting business view.
- Londoners? This is what your underground stations look like when they are empty.
- Meet the man who wants to recreate Borough Market in New York.
- If you have problems planning meals ahead or things always go bad in your fridge Tracy's post on how she meal plans and sort out her fridge is a must read.
- Melissa has put together a great little video of the best way to deseed a pomegranate.
- Diane's stunning photography has captured one of the prettiest places I visited in Los Angeles, The Huntington Library & Botanical Gardens.
- Some beautiful photos from the Venice Canals, one of my favourite places in LA.
- Nicole's year in review showcases what an incredible photographer she is, and not just because she's included one of the portraits she did of me in it! Seriously, if you live on the West Coast and need a wedding, engagement or senior portrait photographer she's your girl, or in fact if you live in and are getting married in Oregon, Washington, Arizona, Hawaii, Mexico, Massachusetts, New York, London, Paris, and Tokyo where she's been wanting to travel.
- How cocktails are liberating Paris from wine.
- Photos taken from the upper deck of London buses.
- How To Make Makeshift Buttermilk.
What have you been enjoying this week, and what do you have planned for the weekend? I'm dressing up in black tie tomorrow night for an event which I've been looking forward to for a while, and depending on how late I stay up dancing will depend on if I even make it out for Sunday lunch; brunch might be a little optimistic!