Highlights from March

I can’t believe that April is already here. It feels like just yesterday we were celebrating New Year’s and looking forward to moving into our new flat. We were hoping that time would slow down more in 2016, but it’s flying. That’s okay though because time does fly when you’re having fun. March was a great month, so I thought I’d share a little bit of what I got up to…

Restaurant Scene: 

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We headed Southwest for dinner to try out Meza, a quaint Lebanese restaurant with incredible and affordable dishes. They had some of the best humous I’ve had along with these delicious grilled halloumi and pita starters.

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Ciaran and I enjoyed date night at Mamalan in Clapham, a really cute restaurant that serves up authentic and homemade Beijing dumplings. I highly recommend it to anybody living or visiting Southwest London and looking for a delicious twist on Chinese food.

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We had a late lunch at Brasserie Zedel in Piccadilly for Mother’s Day and I loved the duck breast with cherry sauce! A must-try on the menu. Brasserie Zedel is a great restaurant to bring family or friend visiting from out of town after a day of touring Central London.

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SHOT is the latest clean-eating restaurant concept that recently launched in St. Paul’s. I wish healthy eating always tasted this good. SHOT specialises in an array of healthy dishes, smoothies, cold press juices and best of all, healthy chocolate bars that taste better than the real deal..

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Fuelling my sweet tooth even more, I met my good friend Julia for tea and cake at La Patisserie Des Reves in South Kensington. This little cafe is charming and filled with lovely French delicacies. Oh, and all of the pink decor had me even more enamoured with it.

London Life: 

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Birthday drinks at Soho’s underground sensation Cahoots for my fellow Jayhawker’s birthday celebrations! For those of you who don’t know, Cahoots is a 1940s-inspired underground tube station with an authentic vintage train carriage, late-night jazz and dazzling cocktails. I highly recommend booking a table and heading there with friends from out of town or fellow Londoners who have never been. It’s a must-go in London.

Study Abroad

I had the pleasure of getting to know some of the University of Kansas International Career students who were over in London on their annual trip. I did the same program when I was in school and it was great to hear about their hopes and dreams for the future and offer some advice about what it’s like to live abroad. Rock Chalk!

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Lauren and I indulged in the newly launched Theatrical Tipsy Tea at Mr Fogg’s Tavern. Featuring an array of gin-infused teapots and champagne cocktails alongside delectable sweets and treats served upstairs in Aunt Gertrude’s beautifully decorated Salon. There is also a magician, who was truly mind blowing and a fancy dress box filled with wigs, costumes, and masks to dress up as your favourite theatrical character. To tea or not to tea, that is no longer the question!

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We spent a relaxing (and chocolate-filled) Easter Weekend on the Isle of Wight, complete with Duck Races, long hikes all over the island, amazing Italian food and of course, plenty of champagne and wine.

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The Duck Race is a long standing Easter tradition on the IOW, where you buy a rubber duck with a number on it and whoever’s duck makes it to the bottom of the creek first, wins a chocolate Easter egg. Corny? Yes, but it’s all in good fun. I ended up winning in my first race and go figure, the rest of the family did too in a few of the other races.

Osborne House

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This trip to the Isle of Wight was extra special because we finally found our wedding venue. Osborne House was Queen Victoria and Albert’s summer retreat. I fell in love with the architecture, gorgeous gardens and dramatic interiors. I couldn’t be more excited. More details to come!

Expat Talk: 

For any American expats out there, be sure to register to vote in the next US Presidential Election! This year’s election is going to be pivotal for not only the US, but the world. All you have to do is fill out the paperwork for an Absentee Ballot by visiting the Vote from Abroad website.

March was a fabulous and eventful month and April is shaping up to be the same! I’m looking forward to warmer weather, trying out a few new restaurants and working more on decorating our flat. What were some of your March highlights?

Thanks for reading! x