Weekly Love: Week 196
So, unexpectedly, it’s that time again. If you’ve moved house since the EU Referendum (I think that is the last time we all went to the polls, it is happening so often these days I’m losing count!), or you’re not already registered to vote, do so here so you get a chance to vote in the June 8th elections. The deadline is 22nd May. I know if you look at the polls or the news the result sounds like a forgone conclusion, but looking at this surprise election from inside politics, and from my experience working on the past two general elections, it really is not the case. Those of us in politics need to fight for every vote, and you really need to make your vote count. Oh, and be sure to follow me on Instagram if you don’t already. I promise to keep the campaign off of my feed, but I’m going to be spending some of it in Somerset, where I’ve never been and I’ve been promised is very beautiful, so I’ll be sure to post any pretty landscapes/ buildings, and delicious food I encounter!
1. Enjoying the sunshine on a weekend trip to Hoxton. | 2. Lunchtime jaunts to Chinatown for sweet barbecue pork buns and to replenish my kimchee supply. | 3. Saturday brunching at Mac & Wild – full review coming soon! | 4. Sunday mornings at Columbia Road Flower Market. | 5. Enjoying my parents beautiful new garden in Kent. | 6. Bringing the smell of spring into my bedroom with hyacinths for the top of my bookcase.
- My colleague Rosie has just started a food blog, Roulade and Rose – be sure to follow along if you want the other half of our recipe and restaurant obsessed office chats and for her delicious recipes (and you can find her on Instagram here!)
- The Koreatown, L.A. bit of Anthony Bourdain’s new website gets me excited to be back on the West Coast so I can eat my way around one of my favouirte parts of one of my favourite cities.
- Did you know you should only be buying rose wine from 2016 or after?
- David Lebovitz takes us around the best bakeries in Reykjavik, as well as tastes some of Iceland’s specialty foods. (You can read my Reykjavik post, and my Icelandic food post here.)
- Yaya and Lloyd ate so much delicious seafood in Menorca, and learnt how their local speciality lobster soup is made (and now I want to go and try it!) Also, their photos from the Arctic Circle have reminded me why I need to go back to Norway very, very soon.
- Still obsessed with Charleston, South Carolina from Rose and Julia’s photos. Just look at those pretty houses, and that mouthwatering Southern barbecue.
- This is the best and safest way to pack booze in your suitcase.
- Carrie has put together a lovely shopping guide to Bath.
- Now I’ve left home, I now seem to have turned into one of those people who spends hours looking at entertaining ideas online. This spring brunch is on point.
- If you’re going to Penzance, you need to stay at Chapel House. Such a stunning hotel.
7. Sunday roast at Beagle in Hoxton. | 8. Exploring the Geffyre Museum of the Home. | 9. Enjoying the launch of Firezza Pizza in Soho – again, full review coming soon! | 10. When you get the French guy from Brittany (crepe capital of France) to make you crepes for Sunday brunch. | 11. Mint chocolate chip ice cream in the sun in St. James’ Park. | 12. Pre-Easter drinks on the House of Commons terrace.
- Starbucks in Japan now sells matcha pudding cups and I’m rather jealous. Also, here is everything Emily ate in Japan (with handy addresses), and I want to eat most of it, too.
- And, here are some pretty unusual things to do if you’re visiting Tokyo.
- Fashionista has published a handy A-Z guide to influencer partnerships.
- This is how to spend 48 hours in Helsinki, Finland.
- On the subject of weekends, Olivia’s in Brighton also looks lovely.
- Giles Coren is the most right that anyone has been on mental illness this week. (£)
- Diana Henry talks to Food 52 about how she develops recipes.
- Teighan has send me down the rabbit hole by linking to this blog about abandoned Disney parks in Florida and the Bahamas. I had no idea about this, and some of it seems rather creepy!
- Tess went to Tulum, and her photos have left me hungry and in need of sun. (Part 2)
- Claire’s Cornwall guide also has me hankering after a holiday.
- You know all of the Hot Cross Buns you ate over Easter? This is their history.
- Who knew that a disused quarry near the ocean in Australia would be so beautiful?
- And, how did I never know how beautiful (and tiled) Seville was?
- Okay, so who is excited about The Keepers on Netflix?
- This is the history behind the ice bar.
What have you been enjoying this week, and what do you have planned for the rest of the weekend. I’m off to eat pizza in Whitechapel (and see how gentrification has been getting on since I moved away almost four years ago now), and good luck to those of you running the London Marathon today! 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.