We have just arrived back in London after two weeks of pure honeymoon bliss in the Maldives, a tropical oasis in the Indian Ocean made up of more than 1000 beautiful islands. We stayed at one of the first designer resorts called Cocoon Maldives – a short 45 minute seaplane from Malé located on a picture perfect atoll in the middle of the ocean on the Ookolhufinolhu Island. To say it was paradise would be an understatement.
When it came to inspiration for our wedding invitations and save the dates, I looked to Pinterest, wedding magazines and wedding blogs. I wanted something a bit more unique and we knew the only way to get what we really wanted, was to design everything ourselves and I am so pleased that we did in the end.
One of my favourite foodie areas of London is Soho. It is home to some of the most eclectic restaurants in the city with every type of cuisine you can imagine – Chinese, Japanese, Peruvian, German, the list goes on and on. It’s also home to some fantastic pop-up restaurants, one of which Ciaran and I had the pleasure of visiting a few weeks ago called The Test Kitchen by talented chef, Adam Simmonds.
I am a huge fan of supperclubs and we’re lucky to live in a city where there is an abundance of them! Supperclubs are awesome for a multitude of reasons. For one, it’s a great opportunity to meet talented up and coming chefs and try what is usually pretty stellar food for a fraction of the price before they start working in a restaurant. Supperclubs are also pretty great because they force you to step outside your comfort zone and try something new that you wouldn’t normally go for.
I first tried Basque cuisine at Taste of London circa 2013. A restaurant from Spain’s Basque Country was there demoing and I distinctly remember how delicious the pork tasted. After a bit of research, I discovered that Spain’s Basque Country is the ultimate destination for epicureans, with an array of Michelin-starred gastronomic legends, like Azurmendi Restaurante – renowned Chef Eneko Atxa’s three Michelin-starred restaurant and the #16 restaurant in the World’s 50 Best Restaurants.
When the opportunity came up to try out Eneko’s London offshoot – Eneko at One Aldwych – I was thrilled to say the least! I had heard such lovely reviews from other bloggers and friends that have dined there before, that I was bursting with excitement to finally visit myself.
“Let your life lightly dance on the edges of time like few on the tip of a leaf.” – Rabindranath Tagore
The last few months have been hectic but great. Between work, events and wedding planning, it’s all been a bit of a whirlwind but fantastic nonetheless. I have been fortunate enough to attend some really cool events, one of which was Vivek Singh’s Guest Chef Series kick off collaboration dinner with Adam Handling of the critically acclaimed, The Frog E1.
There is something magical about London in the summertime. The city comes alive and there’s nowhere better to be than outside, soaking up the sunshine. Skylight, London’s newest rooftop bar in Tobacco Dock, is the perfect place to hang out this summer.
While I love my life over here in London, there are times I feel like I am missing out on a lot back home in the US. There are a lot of aspects of expat life that are wonderful and exciting and I am so appreciative for the experiences I have had, but there are times when you really want to be there, for the big occasions, family trips, holidays or just because you miss your family.