Weekly Love: Week 139 + Win Foodies Festival Christmas Tickets
Podcast listeners/ mystery lovers/ true crime fans? I’ve found your new addiction: Serial. From the team behind This American Life, journalist Sarah Koenig investigates the murder of high school student Hae Min Lee in Baltimore, 1999 after her disappearance after school one day, a crime for which her ex-boyfriend Adnan Syed has been imprisoned for ever since, though is guilt is questioned. It is an audio documentary which is part narration, part recordings of phone conversations and the original police interview tapes of the suspects. I listened to the first few episodes all in one go the story is so fascinating, and full of unexpected turns. Something a little different for you this weekend; you can download it here.
1. Divine Devilled Kidneys and a New Etonian cocktail, solo lunching at Plum + Spilt Milk inside the Great Northern Hotel at King’s Cross. Such amazing food and atmosphere, I will be going back to write a full ‘Places To Eat In London‘ review soon. | 2. Browsing the new seasons produce between meetings at Borough Market. | 3. Lunchtime Bibimbap at Tamago in Canterbury. | 4. Catching up with some of my favourite blogger girls over afternoon tea at Laura Ashley’s simply beautiful hotel in Elstree, Hartfordshire. | 5. Mini review of Stax Diner in Kingly Court off Carnaby Street solo lunching after meetings: absolutely fantastic Southern Sweet Tea in a mason jar. The Boardwalk Fries were okay, but I honestly did not enjoy the burger, in case anyone was wondering. The brioche was too dry, too much mayo, and no distinct flavour. Sorry, guys! | 6. Chowing down on Dungeness Fish Shack’s Snack Shack Smoked Cod Chowder while profiling them for new British seafood website Fish on Friday. I’ll be sharing all of my photos I shot to go with the article, as well as the feature itself as soon as it goes live on the blog soon.
- 5 Ways To Make Your Carved Halloween Pumpkin Last Longer.
- Claire reviews Ember Yard in Soho. Right, that is going to the top of my list, then!
- I always adore the editorials shot by the guys at Kiel James Patrick. I’m especially in love with at the moment with the teams trip out apple picking and choosing their Halloween pumpkins.
- The 22 Best Desserts in L.A.. I agree with the macarons at Bottega Louie Downtown!
- Paper /Plates’s interview with Izy from Top With Cinnamon reminds me why we’re friends.
- My favourite Leeds food blogger Amy has sat down with The Loveliest Food to share her picks of the best places to eat, shop and stay in the city. You can also find my guide to Canterbury and the surrounding area I wrote for The Loveliest Food here.
- Molly has put tother a brilliant guide to making the perfect breakfast in bed.
- Refinery 29’s guide to L.A.’s Koreatown gives you things to do when you go there to lunch at Soot Bull Jeep. It is one of my favourite restaurants in the world.
- Jessica visits the simply stunning Plitvice Lakes National Park.
- How to make a cheap bottle of wine taste amazing.
- Did you know that all the past White House Social Secretaries hold a luncheon where they can pass on hints and advice to the current Social Secretary? Lea Berman, the Bush administrations Social Secretary and my new favourite blogger has also written a fascinating piece on the order of an afternoon reception following an invitation to the White House.
- Wozedu has written a great guide on how to register as self employed if you’re in the UK.
- Mani has taken some fantastic pictures of Sydney’s Night Noodle Market.
- What to do in Berlin on a cold, rainy day.
This month over on my Borough Market column I’ve put together a very ‘October’ style meal that can be made in advance, then stashed in the freezer for whenever you want something last minute. To start, a Freeze Ahead Pork & Pumpkin Ragu that I will admit to being super proud of (stay tuned for the recipe!) Just boil pasta while the sauce heats up, and toss to serve. To follow, for National Chocolate Week I put together a No-churn Chocolate & Cardamom Ice Cream, which went through so many tests before I could get the recipe right, I’m frankly embarrassed at the amount of double cream I got through. Though, I promise that the end product is delicious, and even my Father enjoyed it; he usually hates chocolate ice cream!
Finally, for the students (or time and or money strapped young professionals among you) I just want to link you over to the latest couple of recipes of mine that have gone live as part of my weekly ‘Student Suppers’ column over at Wozedu. Pictured above, we have a great method for mixing pesto and cheese into baked sweet potatoes for a super simple solo supper in my Pesto & Mozzarella Sweet Baked Potatoes. Also, great if you live far from campus so you can’t just pop home for lunch, or you have an internship you have to rush too in the afternoons (I ate way too many meals on the District Line to Westminster my final year!) I have a suped up, store cupboard Ultimate Tuna Pasta Salad that is great on the go.
7. Yet more new season produce at Borough Market. | 8. I can’t be trusted to go to the supermarket it seems. But gin and good literature are essentials, right? | 9. Still at Borough Market, here. Lunching on my favourite Duck Confit Sandwiches. | 10. Fig & Almond Tart with (simply incredible) Chestnut & Honey Ice Cream at Plum + Spilt Milk. | 11. Speaking of chestnuts, quantifying the chestnut and walnut gathering haul from my trip to the French house at the beginning of the month in the corner of the larder. I in no way think that we went overboard. | 12. Cute and funny tote bags at West Elm’s London store on Tottenham Court Road.
- If, like me you’ve ever been confused in an American grocery store why the thing that looks like a sweet potato is labelled a ‘yam’ and the ‘sweet potato’ is in fact yellow, you need to read this piece from The Kitchn. I walked out of Ralph’s and to Whole Foods I was so confused!
- Joy has written a thoughtful piece on running out of ideas and fostering creativity. She has also made a vegan salad dressing creamy with tofu, which is genius I love her for.
- This is the most creepy awesome looking Halloween recipe I’ve come across this year.
- Levo has some interesting thoughts on the career habits of Millennials.
- Apparently the California drought might also cause a massive olive oil shortage in America.
- I think being an Intern at Bespoke would be awesome. They have office cocktail competitions. Also from PUNCH, curious about the most stolen items from bars?
- Lessons I Learnt From Getting Fired.
- Megan’s photos remind me why I really, really love London.
- Can we all honour Oscar de la Renta by making his recipe for tomato salad?
- What’s the difference between Club Soda, Seltzer and Sparkling Mineral Water?
- I think GQ need some sort of award for making ‘McConaugheying’ a word in their recent interview with the actor. (It is also a fun read, too!)
- What it is like to be a real life Quidditch star? (And yes, this article is about my Alma Mater UCLA’s Quidditch team. I am a proud supporter with the shirt to prove it!)
- Sophie shared yet more of her beautiful honeymoon photos, this time from Palm Beach.
- How to make (any) homemade cookie butter.
- 5 Tips For Tackling Anxiety.
Finally, the guys at Foodies Festival Christmas, being held at Old Truman Brewery off Brick Lane this 28th-30th November has offered me a pair of tickets to give away to you guys on Twitter. All you have to do is RT this giveaway Tweet before midnight next Friday the 31st. Good luck!
What have you been enjoying this week, and what do you have planned for the weekend? I’m going to have a quiet one at home tomorrow working on a few ongoing projects, as I have another crazy busy week backwards and forwards too and from London for meetings, events and restaurant reviews planned next week! However, I am going to try and make it into London for lunch on Sunday, because it has been simply forever since Sherin and I last had a proper ‘girl date’!