30 3 / 2013
Classes are over and it is time to travel! I won’t be updating my blog for a month because of the different internet situations that I will have but check back in May and there will be plenty of new, exciting photos and stories. To give you a sneak peak, I will be traveling to:
Palma Mallorca, the Balearic Islands of Spain
Prague, Czech Republic
After 5 countries and 16 days, I will meet up with my parents, take over Germany, visit Berlin and Cologne, then head to Brussels, Belgium before hopping on the EuroStar train system back to London.
The wanderlust is overwhelming and to say I’m beyond excited would be an understatement!
I hope everyone has a fabulous April!! I dare you to go out of your comfort zone, explore a new area of your town, or a new type of food and enjoy it!
“The meaning of life is to give life meaning.” - Ken Hudgins
21 3 / 2013
After a great night out, we were ready for some St. Patrick’s day fun, London style. We put on the most green that we had (my scarf and jeans were about the only green I had!) then headed to Trafalgar Square. The crowd was so large that the lions and statues of the square were completely concealed and the only thing that could be seen were some tents and a sea of green hats! (Our goal was to get a hat but due to some complications with our lunch, we didn’t get one - maybe next year!)
After wondering around the square, we realized we needed some food so we went to a pub but couldn’t find space because every place was hustling and bustling! We stumbled upon a place that wasn’t so busy, Garfunkel’s, and settled on it because they had nachos and an array of fast food. Well, it took 2 hours to get our meal and when we got it, some of our food was severely undercooked so we got our meal for free! We also think we got food poisoning because a few hours after eating when we were walking around Leicester Square, another popular site to be on St. Paddys, two of my friends and I felt sick and had to head home. We’ve all had food poisoning, so I won’t go into detail but in a humorous way, it was like Bridesmaids as we ran off the tube to avoid public humiliation! So it wasn’t the best day ever, especially since it resulted in us spending the next few days with our stomachs off, but we managed to smile through it!
21 3 / 2013
Well one of my good friends here, Alex, turned 21 this weekend and she arranged a big dinner at The Forge, a little French boutique-style restaurant around covent garden then a night out.
At The Forge, I started off with a spinach salad with toasted pine nuts and blue cheese, a fresh start to the night before gorging on the fresh, crisp French bread along with my second course of French onion soup. The meal was lovely - great company, we were secluded from the rest of the tables and the room was warm with a wine cellar against the wall and a brick facade.
Since we were all dressed up for dinner, we walked right to the club, Sway, where Alex had gotten us a table. It was at the bottom of a hotel, but 3-stories high and was packed!! Apparently its a very hopping place on Saturday nights. They had themed rooms - the 90s room, the main room and a few others that we didn’t care to explore!! The 90s room was a great time because they played fun, upbeat 90s music and we got to just dance the night away!
Bianca, me and the birthday girl, Alex in our private dining area at the Forge
21 3 / 2013
A new layout for Spring is here! I hope its easier to understand the pictures with the text :)
Last Friday we took a break from work and headed to Picadilly Circus for tea and a sweet at Caffe Concerto. This cafe has amazing window displays that simply are a magnetic force sucking you in! I had the mixed berry tart because berries and whipped cream, well what could be better?!
Next, we headed to Carpo - an interesting looking chocolate and coffee shop that we passed when we were walking around. We walked in and were greeted with dark chocolate covered almonds and our own shop assistant who let us try whatever we wanted! Since we had just come from having a sweet, we stuck to the dried fruit section. They literally have every kind of dry fruit, nut, coffee beans and chocolate. It is one of the cutest (and most pricey) little shops that I have discovered while being in London and I will definitely be stocking up before traveling home in May.
After leaving with delicious slices of mango and dark chocolate covered almonds, we shopped around for awhile, eyeing up the new spring lines and making notes on what stores we need to come back to before our spring travels! I want to make sure we don’t spend too much money on a new wardrobe since I have plenty of summery tops and dresses at home, so this was a good way to filter my purchases!
Next stop, more food! We took the tube to Tottenham Court Road and tried out a new Indian restaurant, Chettinad. It is different than the typical Indian food we have gotten in London thus far because it was Eastern Indian so they use different spices. Although it was different, it was still a fabulous meal! I had the Masala Dosa to start - a thin rice and lentil pancake filled with potatoes in ginger and onion. I didn’t know how big it would be, but the “pancake” provided good dipping material for my main dish of Melagu Kozhi Curry - cubed chicken cooked in a black pepper, onion, ginger, garlic, tomato and fresh curry leaf sauce.
I’m sure it doesn’t look as appealing as it was but I just had to take a picture and share it! It was perfectly seasoned and a delicious new experience for my taste buds!
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