Have you noticed a pattern that every fortnight when I need to come up with something to say in the introduction to these posts I usually end up getting you hooked on new movies, podcasts or TV shows? If you're into adrenaline rush medical dramas, I owe you an apology because I've recently become addicted to Code Black, and you're about to too. I've had it bookmarked since it started in 2015, mainly because the billboard for it over West 3rd Street in West Hollywood looked cool as I was making my way back from breakfast at Joan's on Third when I was staying at the Farmers Daughter Hotel, but it is awesome. It's about one of the busiest ER's in America (based off a documentary), where there are way too many patients for resources. It has compelling characters, and feels different to any medical drama you've seen before.
1. Peach and Elderflower bellinis for Sunday brunch at German Gymnasium in King's Cross (review coming soon!) | 2. A mixed lunch at the Whitstable Oyster Company on Whitstable seafront: their house oysters are fantastic and the cocktails are good, but the rest of the menu is a bit lack-luster and over priced - my lobster was slightly over cooked and not as fresh as it could have been - go in the summer, sit on the beach terrace, order some champagne and order your weight in oysters rather than heading there for an actual meal. | 3. Stumbling across Instagram favourites while following your Google Maps on an unfamiliar route through Soho: hello Lights of Soho, don't you look pretty today? | 4. Liberty London's blooms are particularly bright at the moment. | 5. I will never get sick of the iconic architecture between meetings in Westminster. | 6. Late lunching at Breddos Tacos in Clerkenwell - another I'll be reviewing soon!
- Anne-Sophie has put together a great roundup of New York's prettiest restaurants.
- Rose has made me want to book into The Artists Residents Hotel asap. Also, she's taken us for lunch at Breddos Tacos' new stand alone joint. I also need to get there as soon as.
- And, she's found us a stunning new art installation to visit in Mayfair this winter.
- Here are 10 things you need to do the first time you visit Washington D.C. Also, here is everything you ever wanted or needed to know about the role of First Lady.
- Here are all the things you need to know when making chocolate covered strawberries.
- Jessica has shared her process of writing her first and second cookbooks. She's right - there are so many organisational things I'll do/ never do again if I'm lucky enough to write another!
- Here are some great tips for making Yakitori like they do in Japan. Also, here is the surprising history of the fortune cookie: did you know they're actually Japanese?
- And, raw chicken sashimi is apparently a thing, and I'm not trying it.
- Sophie has been photographing all of the restaurants in The Boathouse Group, a.k.a. the restaurants that are mainly responsible for my wanting to visit Australia.
- I don't believe in going on protest marches or in signing petitions, but I love these ideas from Lottie + Doof on how to fight for the causes you believe in, using cookies.
- Carrie put together such a sweet (and helpful or get them situated) 'Welcome to Portugal' pack for her guests arriving at her destination wedding. Also, here are her favourite UK Etsy stores for handmade and vintage wedding supplies. And, she's put together a helpful guide to the legal stuff you need to keep in mind getting married in the UK. It's not as easy as you think!
7. A (delicious) wall of sparkly Pinterest doughnuts at the Pinterest Food & Drink Awards. | 8. A fantastic salmon poke bowl at Island Poke in Soho (you guessed it - review coming soon!) | 9. Late night lardo run to Lina Stores. | 10. Middle bacon and Toulouse Sausages as part of an (almost) Full English from my recent Gourmet Meat Club box that I'll be reviewing later this month. | 11. Mini chocolate cakes with buttermilk ganache frosting and fresh strawberries - just something I threw together from fridge leftovers on National Chocolate Cake Day. | 12. Celebrating my 8th blog birthday and the announcement of Student Eats, my first cookbook over lunch at The Duke William in Ickham.
- Here are exciting new Starbucks drinks from around the world. Why can we not get iced matcha and chocolate, or banana yogurt frappuccinos?
- So, the team behind Serial are coming out with a new seven part podcast next month, and they're dropping it all at once for the ultimate audio binge session.
- When you go on a trip to the Dordogne Valley with Yaya, and over five days you fail to notice that he's filming a video diary until you see it on his blog months later!
- These are the top 10 best selling cookbooks in 2016 in the United States.
- Here is a really interesting piece featuring insider knowledge from Apple employees.
- Lucy has started an influencer series from her perspective of both blogger and brand.
- Design Love Fest have the dreamiest free cactus tech wallpaper downloads right now.
- Joy has shared some of her favourite places to dine alone in New Orleans.
- So, the interior of Dirty Bones in Shoreditch is stunning. (Here is my review of Soho!)
- As is The Big Easy in Covent Garden; Claire was there to review their new Express lunch menu (and you can read my review of the full menu here!)
- Olivia has written about learning to drive for the first time at 23. I managed it when I was a teenager, but I'm still a nervous driver who failed so many times. If this is you, a must read!
- This is why 2017 is going to be the year of the Asian cookbook.
- This is the science behind why soup makes you feel better when you're sick.
- Food 52 and Eater have an interesting take on how a proposed 20% tax on imported goods (mostly food items) from Mexico could hit the poorest Americans hardest.
What have you been enjoying this week, and what do you have planned for the weekend? Barring any complications I'll be at You Can Sit With Us LDN with a load of homemade brownies on Sunday, so if you want to hang out with a load of bloggers to chat all things website, if would be great to meet you/ see you there! For more like this, don't forget to sign up to my monthly newsletter, which hits your inboxes on the first Sunday of each month, packed full of seasonal eats, mini cookbook reviews, and other updates.