I cannot wait for Thanksgiving next week! We are heading to NYC on Friday to spend the holiday with my family, but I have definitely been getting into the festive spirit here in England. Pumpkin Pie the most traditional dessert to dive into after Thanksgiving dinner and I really like introducing my in-laws and friends to traditional Thanksgiving foods over the years, which is why I was so excited when Innovative Bites sent me an entire box of Baking Buddy Natural Pumpkin Purée so I could bake some lovely desserts to share.
London is gorgeous in the Fall – there’s a cold snap in the air, the leaves change colour and it’s one of the best times to visit because it’s a little less touristy than in the summertime. If you are visiting between October – December and wondering what to pack for sightseeing around the city, don’t worry, I’ve got you covered.
One of my goals after our wedding and honeymoon was to take more cooking and baking classes because anybody who knows me, knows I am absolutely rubbish at both! I can cook and bake a few things really well, but I really want to learn how to do more! When I was invited along to the PAUL Éclair Baking Masterclass at their Covent Garden patisserie, I was ready for the challenge!
Happy Halloween! I can’t believe October is already over. This month flew by so quick and it was a super busy one! We visited some awesome restaurants, caught up with good friends and I had two successful launch parties at work. It was pretty non-stop but very fulfilling. I’m hoping that life starts to slow down a bit more in November and I am really looking forward to our trip to New York to visit family for Thanksgiving. I thought I’d share all that I’ve been up to lately with you.
At the beginning of October, we launched Vinoteca City, a fantastic wine bar, restaurant and shop that specialises in amazing off-piste wines from off-the-beaten-track vineyards from around the world and delicious food. It opened in the new Bloomberg Arcade just outside Cannon Street. The restaurant couldn’t be more beautiful, with a gorgeous wrap around bar, a lovely wine shop, perfect for grabbing a cool bottle on the way home from work, and an awesome mezzanine private dining room that plays host to tastings and parties – I know where I want my birthday next year ;). Anyways, the launch party was a great success and we had nearly 200 guests and press attend. The wine was flowing and the bar snacks were delicious. It’s always nice to see a launch party come to fruition after all the hard work. Nobody quite sees all that goes on behind the scenes for large-scale events like this and it feels great to see all the guests happy and having a great time.
One of my favourite parts of Fall is pumpkin everything. Pumpkin candles, pumpkin spice lattes (yes, I’m basic), pumpkin picking and pumpkin baked goods! As soon as September rolls around in the US, pumpkin mania sets in and I am so happy that the pumpkin trend has made its way across the pond!
I love really pretty stationary and loved designing our own wedding save-the-dates and invitations, but when it came time to sort out invitations for our Rehearsal Dinner, we didn’t want to fuss with designing them, posting them and paying an arm and a leg for them. We decided send e-invitations to all of our guests, via Paperless Post, and it was a great decision as they turned out beautiful, it was the most cost effective option and it was super simple to do!
This past weekend was great. It was pretty non-stop but I got to catch up with so many friends and it felt good to reconnect after not seeing some of them for so long! My weekends, admittedly, usually aren’t this eventful and I am oftentimes so tired by the time Saturday rolls around that I love nothing more than a relaxing day at home but this weekend was different and although I am pretty flat out writing this, I am so glad that I took advantage of my time off and spent time with friends.
Sometimes, there’s nothing better than ‘Netflix & Chill’ and by chill, I mean literally lazing on the couch and binge watching a really good show. The last month of work has been really stressful with a lot of long and intense hours. Sometimes, there is nothing more I look forward to than pouring a glass of wine, curling up on the couch and decompressing with a new show. There are some really good shows on Netflix that Ciaran and I have been watching lately so I thought I’d share a few of my favourites as of lately with you guys…