So, I'm back in London. In a very crazy quick, stressful, emotional, but very exciting turnaround I was offered a new job in Westminster in the middle of February, signed on a lovely place to live that week, and I've just finished my second week at work and living back in London for the first time since I was a student. I'm living in a great foodie area, so I can't wait to get stuck in! For those of you who love my Kent content, don't worry! I'm still a country bumpkin and I'm still passionate about highlighting local food, and I have a massive list of places I want to feature in East Kent (so many new Canterbury openings I'm behind on!)
1. My new view from my new office window in the Houses of Parliament. | 2. Sunday brunching at Mildred's in King's Cross. | 3. New season daffodils piled up outside the greengrocers on Deal High Street. | 4. Doughnuts for breakfast from Bread Ahead at Borough Market. | 5. Beautifully bright blooms in the rain. | 6. Runny middle Scotch Eggs from Scotch Tails, also in Borough Market.
- I spoke to Mashable about how Millennials on Instagram should not be blamed for food waste, and how there is instead a wider education problem regarding our leftovers.
- Rose's travel photos have put Austria firmly on my to-travel list. Also, while *everyone* reads her blog now, I've been reading since probably only 100 people read it, and have been lucky enough to get to know Rose too (because she's lovely). This post of hers made me cry.
- I will forever be fascinated by (and want to visit) New Orleans' drive-thru daiquiri stores.
- Here are five phrases used in recipe writing that bug professionals. Guilty as charged.
- Kristabel, on being a Black Caribbean, British fashion blogger.
- This is what 'blooming' cocoa powder is, and why you need to do it.
- Hayley, on why bloggers buying social media followers is bad for all of us.
- Some of the bra hacks in this Refinery 29 video are actually genius.
- Fashionista talks diversity in the industry with Nicolette Mason.
- Claire was invited to an oyster masterclass, and I'm super jealous. Also, she has found *the* dreamiest independent hotel you need to stay at in Paris. Bookmark this now!
- Also, she's found us four beautiful museums to visit in Paris you've probably never heard of.
- And, these are all of (the stunning) places she recommends you eat in Paris.
- More from Paris: here are David Lebovitz's five favourite food addresses (including M&S!)
- Trader Joe's has now started selling everything (bagel style) seasoning, and I need someone to ship me a bottle (or ten) from the USA asap.
- Here are five ways to use cocktail bitters, not in cocktails.
7. Outside Wheelers Oyster Bar in Whitstable. | 8. Over on Instagram I'm giving away the whole of Sacla's free-from range. Make sure you enter here! | 9. There is a new Mint Oreo Dairy Milk flavour and I'm obsessed with it by way of a desk snack. Oh, and they make a peanut butter version, too!
- Kristabel has three great tips for upgrading your rental room for spring.
- Food & Wine goes behind the scenes of where Tabasco is made in Louisiana.
- This is why you should travel to the same destination more than once.
- Banksy has opened a hotel on the Israel/ Palestine border.
- Here is the crazy history of why sometimes we have a leap year in February.
- Rose's haircare tips are great if, like us, you have long hair that is partial to a slight curl!
- Apparently it is totally okay to judge a bottle of wine by the label.
- Jackie Chan brought two silver Ugg-wearing stuffed pandas onto the Oscars red carpet, and the reason why really, really made me smile early on a Monday morning.
- Apparently you can make frosting out of chocolate and sweet potatoes. I need to try this.
- Here is how Anne-Sophie finds really, really cheap flights.
- Lucky Peach has published the ultimate guide to Asian beers and lagers.
- Leslie has some great tips for making friends in a new city.
- Food 52 have posted a world scrambled egg infographic that will revolutionise your breakfasts.
- They also have a great meyer lemon substitute for those of us who don't live in the USA (I've only ever seen them at a specialist food market once in the UK!)
- And, they also have a good visual guide to knarly roots.
- Stephanie went to Kobe in Japan and I want to eat all of the things she ate.
- designlovefest have designed a super cute line of luggage for Target that I'm super sad I'm not in the USA right now to buy.
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