Sunday, 8 January 2017

Tel Aviv, Mykonos, New York & More: Here's My 2016 Travel Recap

2016 has been a great year for travel as I got to tick off a lot of destinations I've been wanting to visit for a long time. Here's my 2016 travel recap:

1. Bruges & Lille road trip in March
After coming back from Australia & Hong Kong mid-January I was a bit tired of flying so my boyfriend and I decided that the best would be to drive from London to Lille in France and then Bruges in Belgium which proved to be a good idea as it was much more relaxing and meant that we could stop along the way to every cheese & chocolate shop that we were passing by.
bruges canal
l'orangerie hotel bruges
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lille patisserie
lille old town

Monday, 17 August 2015

The stylish San Sebastian travel guide

san sebastian travel guide
Where to stay:
  • There is only one 5 star hotel in San Sebastian but loads of artistic boutique hotels and bed & breakfasts that look amazing. We stayed at Okako which had a great location within walking distance of the beach and restaurants. Read my full review of Okako hotel here.stylish san sebastian travel guideWhere to eat in San Sebastian:
  • Taberna Gandarias for the most amazing steak of your life.
  • For a romantic dinner Bodegon Alejandro offers beautiful cooking at more affordable prices than the 2 and 3 Michelin star restaurants.
where to eat in san sebastian
  • Pintxos must try include: San Tomeo, A Fuego Nero, Zeruko, La Vina and Casa Valles
  • Oiartzun for delicious gelato. My favourite is the pistachio.
gelato san sebastian
Things to do in San Sebastian:
  • Head to the old part of the city for beautiful architecture and amazing food
  • Enjoy a walk along the promenade (around 40 mins walk from one side to another) and stop for a swim at Zurriola beach (also great for surfing) and La Concha Beach.
  • For breathtaking views take the funicular to top of Mount Igueldo
things to do in san sebastian
  • Alternatively Mount Urgull is perfect for hiking on a sunny day
  • Do a pintxos crawl which is very popular in San Sebastian and a great way of spending a Saturday night.
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Sunday, 16 August 2015

Modern Jerusalem food at Palomar

The Palomar is a cute little restaurant in Chinatown that serves modern Jerusalem food. The best dish of the evening was this beautiful polenta with truffle oil, parmesan, asparagus and mushroom ragout. Simple cooking at its best!
The fattoush salad was also quite nice and I loved the crunchiness of the pita croutons. 
the palomar soho
palomar food
The aubergine and feta bourekas was a bit too heavy for me however. 
palomar restaurant review
 The octopus with chickpeas and cherry tomatoes and the Jerusalem mix (a mix of chicken livers, hearts & veal sweetbreads) were very hearty and lovely.
palomar review
jerusalem food london
Chocolate cremeux with nougat kataifi, whipped cream started well but by the end it just became a bit too sour for me.
the palomar dessert

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Thursday, 6 August 2015

Styling striped shorts

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styling striped shorts
It`s been a long time since I posted an outfit on the blog. July has been a bit crazy and frankly I don`t know how it passed so fast. Between San Sebastian, Romania, weddings, and loads of work, only now it`s hitting me that August is the last month of summer and it`s already here.
I`ve also been playing with the idea of letting my natural hair grow but then I thought I`ll keep it blonde at least for the remaining of summer and maybe change it to something darker when winter comes.
3 things I`m excited though about this month is watching "The second mother" at Somerset House outdoor cinema, finally catching Swan Lake at London Coliseum, and taking a trip to Amalfi Coast towards the end of the month. I`ve also just had a great outdoor New Orleans pop up foodie experience this weekend which was awesome. If you`re in London check out Po` Boys before the tickets run out.
What are your plans for August?

Top: Asos similar HERE
Striped shorts from Thailand similar HERE
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Bag: Calvin Klein
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Monday, 3 August 2015

The cutest boutique hotel in San Sebastian: Okako

San Sebastian has quite a large variety of boutique hotels and although they aren`t really that cheap and it can be quite difficult sometimes to find available rooms, they definitely add to the great low key vibe of this city. During our trip there I have booked Okako which is a small, artistic hotel, close to the old town and the beach.

1. The room
Although fairly small in size, the room was beautifully decorated and had a great artistic vibe. One thing I didn`t like though was the ventilation which for a space this small made it a bit uncomfortable after a few days.
san sebastian okako
okako hotel
okako hotel review
okako boutique hotel
where to stay in san sebastian
2. The breakfast & other dining options
Unfortunately the hotel doesn`t have any restaurant however they do provide free fruits, croissants, water, coffee and tea all day. With so many amazing restaurants though in San Sebastian you won`t really be wanting anyway to eat inside the hotel.

3. Location
Great location, within walking distance of the old town and the beaches. There are also loads of restaurants near by.

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Sunday, 2 August 2015

Taiwanese buns at Bao

BAO has become highly popular in London in the last few months and whenever I pass its Soho location in the evening there`s always a long queue stretching on the street with some waiting for up to an hour which only adds to the hype. Fortunately my office is close by so I managed to sneak outside for an early dinner. 
The restaurant specialises in steamed buns with different kind of meat or vegetable fillings as well as a few of other Taiwanese small dishes meant for sharing. Although I quite enjoyed the buns I wasn`t really that impressed with the other dishes. The "bun highlight" was definitely the classic one filled with pulled pork which I loved. The daikon and the lamb buns were also quite nice however not as amazing as the pulled pork one.
bao london
bao buns
bao classic bun
The daikon bun was also nice and a good option if you don`t eat meat.
daikon bun
bao buns
 Guinea fowl rice was one of the few other dishes that were quite nice. The spicy fried chicken was ok however it felt really heavy so we didn`t finish it.
bao guinea fowl rice
bao spicy chicken
 The ice cream bun was unfortunately my least favourite dish. The ice cream didn`t have much flavour, neither did the bun and it was a bit like eating bread dipped in water. 
bao ice cream bun

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Monday, 27 July 2015

San Sebastian travel photo diary

San Sebastian is the perfect weekend escape from London with beautiful beaches, amazing food and small enough not to need to rent a car or use public transport and just enjoy walking its beautiful streets. 
This small Basque city is now very much a foodie hub which is the main thing that attracted us to it and it did not disappoint - we pretty much ate our way through the city! Although there`s a huge range of Michelin star restaurants there are also a lot of amazing pintxos bars that are very affordable. If the weather allows a trip with the funicular to the top of the mountain is a must to admire the beautiful views.
san sebastian travel photo diary
san sebastian beach
san sebastian surfing
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san sebastian coast
san sebastian old town
san sebastian architecture
san sebastian streets
san sebastian pintxos bars
san sebastian jamon
san sebastian swimming
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san sebastian green peppers
san sebastian view

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