Can it stop being too hot already? I've been bouncing back and forth between Kent (where I can at least open all the doors to try and tempt in some of the non-existant breeze) and London for meetings (where I can't.) Now is the moment where I become the next blogger to wax lyrical about Uber. I've had it for about a year, but it was not until a horrific Central Line trip on Tuesday evening did I decide that enough was enough and I was boycotting TFL until it cooled down a bit. Honestly, I was really impressed. You can request and track your driver on your phone, and they send you the number, photo and registration of who is picking you up. It is all paid direct from your account too. I had two lovely drivers on Wednesday, with air conditioning, and I was happily surprised at how reasonably it was priced. I'm working on getting a custom code for the blog, but if you don't use it yet and you use the code lt8pc when you sign up, you'll get £10 off of your first ride. Enjoy!
1. Playing around with Rosie Ramsden's new book The Recipe Wheel. A full post about it to follow next week, but I can promise you it is full of lovely recipes around a really neat concept. | 2. Griddling spring onions/ salad onions on the barbecue is my new favourite thing. | 3. Outdoor late breakfast with avocado, fresh bread, fresh lime, sea salt, black pepper, olive oil and Waitrose Kitchen. | 4. Lunch at Urban Meadow Cafe in Bayswater. Full review to follow soon. | 5. Another review to follow soon, I had a late night in London on Tuesday night, so I stayed in this awesome little bolt-hole at the citizenM on Bankside. You could change the colour of your room with the in room tablet that also did the blinds, temperature and television. | 6. A screening of the 80's classic Ferris Bueller's Day Off and Pops Champagne ice lollies as the sun went down on the roof of Queen of Hoxton. More on that in a moment, but I may or may not have had 2 of these within the space of 12 hours when I was knocking around the Selfridges #destinationchristmas press preview the next day with Bess.
- UC Berkeley are looking to preserve West Coast cocktail culture in this fascinating project.
- Also from PUNCH, Regan Hoffman has written a fascinating piece on the language of drinking.
- And another from PUNCH, this history of Texas Ice Houses is fascinating. I like to learn something new every day, especially about Southern American culture which is so alien to me.
- Yep. I spend way too much time reading PUNCH. However, after learning about the Icelandic prohabition during my trip there last month, I found this read about cocktail discovery interesting.
- Great British Chefs has a preview of Great British Bake Off, which starts August 6th!
- Saveur has out together a guide to the lesser known avocado varieties.
- The Kitchn has put together 7 essential tips for storing homemade ice cream. They also school us on the difference between salt and sodium.
- Londoners? You need to head over the the Moet & Chandon rooftop terrace in Piccadilly.
- Carrie takes us on a behind the scenes tour of the Lush factory. Also, I'm still swooning over Carrie's second instalment of her amazing hidden London guide.
- Refinery 29 has put together a round up of the best hotel pools to cool off in in Los Angeles.
- Tamara Mellon chats to Into The Gloss about her skincare routine and founding Jimmy Choo.
- The TIG does the Dalmatian Coast in Croatia.
- My friend Nicole wrote me a fantastically long email about her fantastic trip to Bali a few months ago, and she's now shared the story along with her (as usual) stunning photos over on Popover. Also, she shows us Larchmont, Los Angeles, where I need to visit next time I'm in town.
- Bess has written a great piece called Dear Bloggers, love from a PR that I think every blogger needs to take heed of. I know I need to tighten up on some of these things, and up organisation.
On Tuesday night the wonderful team at Frexienet invited me up onto the top of Queen Of Hoxton for delicious Spanish tapas, wine tasting, one too many bellinis and the premier of their #littlethings campaign video, followed by a screening of the 80's classic Ferris Bueller's Day Off, which believe it or not I'd never seen. Obviously it was the food that really caught my attention, and I wish to proclaim that all food, from now until the end of the Summer should be eaten on sticks, on rooftops. I'd never actually heard of Frexienet before I was invited, but I was pleasantly surprised by the sheer flavour range of their Spanish Cava's - bottles to look out for. Head over to their Youtube channel to check out the short videos (that is totally me at the petrol pump!), and to Milly's (it was lovely to see you again!) Twitter page, where she also captured some great photos at the event, including of the really pretty garden party cocktails we also enjoyed, and the divine churros, strawberries and marshmallows I gorged myself on!
7. If you head over to Great British Chef's you'll find my recipe for Lemon & Thyme Madeleines. | 8. My Skinny Sticky Storecupboard Barbecue Chicken griddling away for dinner. | 9. Working on upcoming projects outside Urban Meadow Cafe before my lunch meeting with a nice cold glass of rose. | 10. A delicious Chicken Liver Salad at The Red Lion in Stodmarsh, just outside of Canterbury for Sunday lunch. A whole group of us had a fantastic meal, though I think they need to work on making the portions a little smaller if they want people to be able to sample both starters and desserts! | 11. Slow cook roast, halved and topped with olive oil, balsamic vinegar, salt, pepper, thyme and bashed garlic cloves for a couple of hours for a simple yet stunning Summer side dish. | 12. The sheer teamwork that was Kathryn, Edward, Elle and I made for these simply divine White Chocolate and Raspberry (that we picked) soufflés for Sunday night dessert. The recipe was a bit of a mash up, but it will follow once we've figured it out a bit better! Also, big love to Kathryn and Elle for your amazing Shepherds Pie, and to Eddie our wonderful sous chef! We really need to all cook together more.
- If you follow Lucky's EIC Eva Chen on Instagram you'll know that she is always jetting off everywhere. So, like me you'll be glad to see she sat down with Fashionista to share her packing tips. I'm a pretty pro packer myself, but I learnt a thing or two from this post!
- IFB has broken down 5 reasons why they click on Refinery 29's Facebook posts, and in this they have taught us some very important lessons about sharing content on social media.
- Speaking of Refinery 29, they've put together a round up of the 10 best tacos in NYC.
- My favourite restaurant critic, Giles Coren, sits down with Flavour First to talk his life in food.
- Every month Pinch Of Yum publish a report featuring how much money they've made and how. I find it an educational read. This month I've learnt about advertising quarters.
- Claire has reviewed the one place I want to eat at in London more than any other this Summer, Bonnie Gull Seafood Shack (Exmouth or Fitzrovia, I'm not fussed!)
- Camille Styles sits down with travel writer Stirling Kelso to talk about her freelance career.
- Birchbox has opened its first brick and mortar location in New York.
- The reason why shopping at Whole Foods, especially in California is so expensive.
- Jessica's video diary from 2013 she's posted is such an amazing view of the world.
- Catherine has written a thought provoking piece on if brands should be paying bloggers to write product reviews that has made me rethink my own policies somewhat. (via Amy Elizabeth)
- 14 stores in Los Angeles to buy awesome home accessories. I can personally recommend Huset on Abbot Kinney and Maison Midi on South La Brea.
- I loved this piece on how to get a verified Twitter account.
- This is for me: Networking For Introverts.
Finally, can we take a moment to talk about liketoknow.it? For those of you who don't know, liketoknow.it is a special Instagram plug in for website publishers like me to let you guys know where to buy the things I feature in my Instagrams, run by my affiliate network RewardStyle. I know I mostly post plates of food, but when I get a moment (and teach everyone around me to be better iPhone photographers!) I'm going to try and throw up a few outfit posts and a few more lifestyle snapshots on there. Just because I don't write about fashion and makeup here, doesn't mean that I'm still not totally into all of that stuff, (hey, just look at my Pinterest!) and I like making pretty pictures. Now, liketoknow.it have just updated their publisher app so for the first time I can see how many of my Instagram followers use liketoknow.it to get emails with shopping links sent to them whenever they like a shop-able picture in their feed. I was shocked to find that while over 1,300 of you amazing people follow me on Instagram, only 13 of you are signed up! So, if you'd like to receive updates from me, and some of the other awesome people you no doubt follow, step this way!
What have you been enjoying this week, and what do you have planned for the weekend? I'm in London this evening to help celebrate one of my best friends birthdays, then I'm off to Waitrose Cookery School tomorrow morning, which I'm rather excited about!