I spent a few days in London first, going to class and catching up with old friends over lunch and dinner, but yesterday I got back from spending some time visiting family out on the Isle Of Man. This essentially has meant for me cooking, working on my dissertation, watching TV with my grandfather and playing copious amount of Farm Heroes on my iPad, which my Aunt has got me hooked on! Such a time waster, but good in study breaks. On a side note the nominations for the Homies awards close tomorrow, so I'd also really appreciate it if you could take a moment out of your day to head over and nominate 'Rachel Phipps' as your favourite 'Blog From Abroad'. It will only take a few moments, and I'd really appreciate your support!
1. Sunday afternoon with sushi, the Sunday papers (The Sunday Telegraph and Waitrose Kitchen free with my My Waitrose card, The Sunday Times on my iPad) and Porter Magazine. | 2. I'm a big fan of Pret's new Super Smoothies. I love this one with Avocado, Spinach, Apple, Pear and Cucumber. | 3. Waking up to this view over the Irish Sea on Ballaugh Shore, Isle Of Man. | 4. A delicious rabbit and creme fraiche dish for lunch at Jamie's Italian, Gatwick. Lunch and Jamie's Italian and a bottle of Merlot really improved the whole airport experience! | 5. Again at Jamie's Italian, Autumn Pavalova with smashed hazelnut brittle, zesty cream and limencello soaked berries. | 6. Grabbing a little bit of whatever looks good for lunch from Ottolenghi's in Islington.
- One of my new favourite bloggers, Sophie from The Littlest Things has teamed up with her father to bring us What To Cook Tonight, a recipe service where you can subscribe to receive 5 weeknight recipes a week and a free weekend recipe to help jazz up your kitchen routine. Up on the website now there is a stunning free sample pack of 3 recipes you can now download ahead of their launch, which I am very, very excited about.
- There is a brand new Game Of Thrones trailer. Winter is (still) coming.
- 12 Essential Cocktails Everyone Needs To Know How To Make.
- On location with Garance Dore.
- Carrie has put together a great mini guide to Milan.
- Also in Milan, Natalie takes us through the pros, but more interestingly the cons of living there.
- Diane has brunched at The Tasting Kitchen on Abbot Kinney Boulevard in Los Angeles, which serves up pretty much my favourite brunch in the world. Diane also took some stunning photos of the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco. When can I visit?
- The best restaurants in Los Angeles that you've never heard of.
- If you suffer from dry, cracked lips in Winter this might be a solution.
- The Coveteur goes behind the scenes with Christene Barberich, EIC of Refinery 29.
- Forget horse meat. A worrying amount of your food has been mislabelled or is simply fake.
- Carin takes photos of New York City in the snow like no one else.
- This food blog uses beautiful illustrations rather than food photography to illustrate its dishes.
I know lots of you comment on my Instagram that you'd love some recommendations of what to do and eat in my beautiful historic home town of Canterbury. Over on Nicole's website Eat This Poem this week she published a foodie literary guide to Canterbury I put together at the end of last year with all of my favourite spots and insider local tips around the city as part of her City Guides series. Some of my other favourites on her site include Nicole's own guide to Los Angeles (I love you my second city), and Oxford, written by one of my favourite food bloggers, Emma from Poires Au Chocolat.
7. Mist over the mountains on the Isle of Man. | 8. Delicious rose wine and peach vodka cocktails at Burger & Lobster. | 9. A little preview of a little something I threw together at the weekend for Monday's blog post. Chocolate tempering happened. | 10. Curling up with Nigella in the conservatory during an essay writing break. | 11. A nice clear, sunny day along Ballaugh Shore. | 12. Ballaugh Old Church at The Cronk. So beautiful, and has rectors listed inside the church dating back to 1408, but the first historical mention of the church is in 1231. When I want to clear my head and I don't fancy walking down to the shore, I like to wander around the cemetery and read the headstones. The earliest I've found there dates from 1691.
- Nicole has put together a great mini guide to Ojai, California with her usual beautiful photos.
- Suzi got take out from Gielina on Abbot Kinney in Los Angeles and it looks fantastic.
- There is actually a reason why we all get addicted to TV shows.
- I Make My Living Off A Blog No One's Heard Of.
- Yara has made some great observations about the food in Los Angeles.
- How to start your own Supper Club.
- Kris has taken some simply stunning photos backstage at Temperley.
- Twenty Something London have tried and tested to find the best burger in London 2014.
- Tania has taken some beautiful photos around Alexandria market in Sydney. She has also taken some beautiful pictures of new bar Kipling's Garage
- These two bloggers share a beautiful office, I love the shared space for online creatives idea.
- Also, words do not describe how jealous I am of Sarah's workspace.
- Does applying lip balm actually make your lips drier?
- How to get your J.Crew cheaper when shopping online (mostly USA, sorry!)
- My friend Nicole has stumbled across the most beautiful travel website, Entouriste.
- Is it wrong to photograph food in restaurants?
- Molly went up in a hot air balloon over Arizona.
- I wish I still lived in America so that I could buy Owl Brew to mix cocktails with.
What have you been enjoying this week, and what do you have planned for the weekend? I'm going to work on one of my upcoming recipes for Great British Chefs tomorrow, and I'm heading back into the city on Sunday ready for a week of class, breakfast meetings, recipe development and brunches.