Weekly Love: Week 130
Well, I’m finally back in London! If you’ve been following me on social media, you’ll know I’ve had an incredible two weeks or so first in Kent, then traveling down to the Loire Valley (my post about which is already online!), then on to the Dordogne, travelling north again to spend some time in Brittany, before soaking up the last of the Bank Holiday sun back in Kent then before returning to London. I’m so excited to share all of the photos I took and some stories from the trip, but while I work on narrowing down and editing the 10,000+ shots I took (!) be sure to head over to my Instagram, where most of what I got up to, from the hotels we stayed in, restaurants we ate in and chateaux we explored and caves we went down into are saved in my highlights.
1. Lunch and cocktails in the sunshine at 108 Brasserie in Marylebone. | 2. Exploring the UNESCO site of Rocamadour in South West France. | 3. The view of Rocamadour old town from across the valley. | 4. Exploring the famous topiary gardens of Eyrignac in the Dordogne – blog post coming soon! | 5. Lunching in Brittany on our spoils from the Saturday morning market in Sarlat: smoked duck, heirloom tomatoes, butter lettuces and local strawberries. | 6. My first Aperol Spritz of the season at Tuttons in Covent Garden.
- This is how anti-pollution skin care products actually work.
- Here is a basic template to make any bowl of chilli.
- Apartment Therapy takes us on a tour of Emily Schuman’s Los Angeles home.
- A look under the hood at the highs and lows of rewardStyle.
- Jeanine went to Beaujolais, and now want to go on yet another French wine country trip.
- When researching our family holiday to the Loire (do you have any recommendations?) and the Dordogne, I came across this article on securing tickets to visit famous pre-historic caves. Read it in the right frame of mind, and it is a hilarious exercise in French bureaucracy.
- Camille Styles threw the most beautiful party for SXSW.
- Anthony Bourdain’s way of finding the best, under the radar places to eat in a new city is a little bit evil, but totally genius. I will be emulating this!
- A little lesson in food safety from The Kitchn: five foods you should never refreeze.
- Also, they have some great tips for making your fresh flowers last longer.
- And, they’ve put together a guide on how to properly clean your Brita Filter.
- Yaya and Lloyd have put together a delicious, beautiful guide to 24 hours in Bordeaux.
- They have also put together a great roundup of the best beaches to visit in California.
- And, they’ve been in Lisbon, and their travel diary looks absolutely fantastic!
- Also, they have put together some great tips for beating jet lag.
- Rose schools us on how to shop in Moroccan Souks in Marrakech. She’s also visited the most beautiful Islamic hidden gardens that have just opened in Marrakech.
- And she’s updated her guide to all the best places to drink and dine alfresco in London.
7. Brilliant yellow fields of rapeseed against bright blue skies over the long weekend in Kent. | 8. Bright blooms in Covent Garden. | 9. Going down the Grottes de Cougnac in the Dordogne Valley, truly one of the most wondrous experiences of my life – I can’t wait to tell you all about it! | 10. A fantastic haul from the Sarlat market. | 11. An incredible (as always) homemade breakfast at Manoir de Malagorse. | 12. Brilliant scallions at Sarlat market.
- The problem with blogger talent agents in the UK.
- Kristabel has reviewed a simply beautiful boutique, eco-friendly hotel in Jamaica.
- Liv has put together a great little 12 hour guide to visiting Auckland, New Zealand.
- What your body is actually trying to tell you, through your food cravings.
- Apparently lip oils are a thing now. Which one should I try first?
- This hack is genius: use sugar to weigh down your pie and pastry crusts while blind making, and make yourself a batch of caramelised sugar for more complex bakes in the process.
- Stephanie went on a very detailed hunt for the best gyoza in Tokyo.
- Also, she’s gone into an awful lot of detail on the best way to roast a chicken.
- And, she’s schooling us on the difference between light and dark soy sauce, at the same time as making a delicious, and comforting soy sauce/ beef chow mein.
- Leyla spent a stupidly delicious looking day eating her way around London’s Chinatown.
- The HonestlyYum team went to Hong Kong and I want everything they ate.
- Emily has some great tips for successfully navigating the flea market.
- Why yes, I do want to go to an avocado themed pop up restaurant in Covent Garden.
- I now want to throw a chilli part especially now I no longer have a proper kitchen table!
- I’m going to try and fix the whole ‘we don’t eat proper breakfasts’ thing with these 13 slow cooker breakfast recipes from The Kitchn.
- Also, they have the low down on everything you need to know about cooking asparagus.
- And, they have put together a really informative history of the kitchen island.
What have you been enjoying this week, and what do you have planned for the weekend? Believe it or not I’ve still not made it to the Sunday morning farmers market in Bishops Park since moving to Fulham in December, so fingers crossed for some more fantastic weather! For more like this, don’t forget to sign up to my monthly newsletter (and get my free Quick & Easy Weeknight Recipes eBook) which hits your inboxes on the first Sunday of each month packed full of seasonal eats, mini cookbook and restaurant reviews, and other updates.