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Monday, 16 March 2015

The Stylish Sydney Travel Guide

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Where to stay:
  • For funky boutiques: 1888 Hotel, QT Hotel
  • For classic luxury: Shangri La Sydney, Four Seasons Sydney
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Source: QT Hotel 
Where to eat:
  • Berta is where we had the most amazing meal in Sydney. You can read my review of Berta here
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  • Al Tavolo near Bondi for some lovely Italian
  • Gelato Messina is one of the best gelaterias in Sydney
  • The Spice Room in CBD for Indian
  • Lunch with a view at Icebergs in Bondi
  • For some fine dining head to Est., Quay or Tetsuya
  • For a wonderful setting head to Chiswick 
  • Delicious breakfast & coffee at Hemingway`s at Manly beach
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Things to do:

There are A LOT of things to do in Sydney and it`s one of the reasons why I love this city so much. Here are a few of my key picks:
  • Enjoy Sydney`s wonderful beaches such as Bondi, Manly, Balmoral, Coogee 

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  • For some morning exercise take the Bondi to Coogee coastal walk for beautiful views and then stop for a swim
  • Enjoy the amazing seafood Australia has to offer at Sydney fish market
  • Take a road trip outside Sydney to Blue Mountains for a relaxing getaway
  • Visit two of Sydney`s most iconic attractions: the Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour
  • Check out the neighbourhoods of Surry Hills, Newtown, Paddington for shopping and restaurants
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  • Enjoy one of Sydney`s wonderful markets such as Paddington markets, The Rocks foodie markets, Glebe markets, Bondi markets
  • Take a surf lesson 
  • Admire the cute koalas at Taronga Zoo
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Sunday, 15 March 2015

Traditional Japanese Pub in London: Kirazu

Kirazu has officially now become my favourite Japanese restaurant in London. Located in Soho, the venue is very small with just a few seats at the counter and window and one communal table. It`s very easy to miss it as it`s so tiny but if you do find it you`ll feel like you just discovered one of London`s great foodie secrets. The concept of the restaurant is very different from the flashy Japanese restaurants that tend to dominate London and the menu specialises in Japanese small dishes which reminded me so much of the pubs I`ve seen in Tokyo that get filled after work hours with Japanese business men eating, drinking and smoking. The staff doesn`t speak much English, the prices are affordable and the cooking has a homely feel all of which take me back to the great foodie experiences I`ve had in Japan. My only fear is that this concept might be a few years too early for London and that people aren`t really used to this style of Japanese cooking, but I really hope this place will stay strong and not close down.
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We started off with some beautiful sashimi and sushi. Everything was of very good quality and very reasonably priced.
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kirazu sushi
The aubergine miso is one of my favourite dishes to order and this one didn`t disappoint. 
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The jellyfish salad is a must if you ever go here. We order this every time we go to Kirazu.
kirazu restaurant review
Another of my favourites: octopus balls. Crispy on the outside and soft on the inside, really lovely.
kirazu review
We finished off with some cold soba noodles with prawn tempura. Really enjoyed the tempura as it wasn`t too heavy.
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Japanese restaurant in London
What`s your favourite Japanese restaurant?

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Wednesday, 11 March 2015

Preppy

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After all the summery outfits from Australia I`ve been posting, this is the first wintery outfit in a really long time. Hopefully now that spring is here we will soon be saying good bye to coats on this side of the world as well. We took these photos in a small village in Oxfordshire near the Chilterns where we had at a local pub one of the best Sunday lunches ever. That whole area is so dreamy, it felt so relaxing escaping London and admiring the quietness and prettiness of that place. Life in London moves so fast that you almost never stop to admire the beauty around you.
  As you might be able to tell I`m in a massive need of a holiday :). I`m excited to be heading over next week to Florence where my plan is eating. For bank holiday we`ll also be going to Berlin which I`m excited to see and of course eat some more. Since Australia we took a bit of a break from travelling but now I`m ready to get straight back into it. 
Shirt: River Island
Boyfriend coat: Pull & Bear, similar here
Black skinny jeans: Asos 
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Monday, 9 March 2015

10 Reasons To Get Off The Beaten Track When Travelling

Although some attractions are worth the queues and tourists, getting off the beaten track can be great in terms of building unique memories, get more for your buck, and finding hidden gems. It`s not always easy getting out of your comfort zone and I must say, even I struggle with it sometimes, but when I do it`s always so worth it.

1. Less tourists
Whenever I`m travelling I`m trying to stay away as much as possible from other tourists as even though I`m a tourist myself it always feels like it`s taking away from the local charm. I love walking down the streets and listening to local language and getting on with their daily life rather than next to a group of tourists furiously trying to photograph everything.

2. Locals way of life
Kinda related to number 1, staying away from the main tourist attractions allows you to see the locals daily life, local traditions, gestures, local food. Sitting in a cafe and people watching (in a non stalking way of course) is probably one of the best ways to learn about local life.
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People watching at a local food market in Copenhagen

3. Build unique memories
Everyone has stories about the main tourist attractions but only a few people have stories about the lesser known local gems which are the ones that truly stay in your mind.

4. Get out of your comfort zone
Wonderful things happen when you allow yourself to get out of your comfort zone and be spontaneous.

5. Get more bang for your buck
Touristy areas are often overpriced for what you get. I do a lot of research before leaving for holidays to find the locals favourite cafes, restaurants, shops for amazing finds without feeling like I`m getting scammed because I`m a tourist.
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An amazing spot for breakfast in Sydney near Manly beach with great coffee and food

6. Meet locals
Getting off the beaten track is always great for meeting locals and even making new friends. Especially if you`re a solo traveller it can get quite lonely so meeting locals is always a great way of not feeling homesick.

7. Find hidden gems that other tourists haven`t found
All the best restaurants, shopping, views, nature spots are always hidden from the main tourist areas.
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Lovely seafood restaurant in Mallorca situated right on a small secluded bay

8. Less stress & more privacy
Busy areas can be extremely stressful and also it means you rarely get a moment to relax and enjoy the moment. Although Louvre is an amazing museum it`s really not your typical gallery where you can peacefully walk and enjoy the art as it`s always full of tourist groups from all over the world.

9. Sometimes much safer than dangerous
Sometimes getting away from the main busy touristy areas is much safer than getting off the beaten path. It`s widely known by now that a lot of pickpocketers, scammers, stay in the busy tourist attractions which means you always need to be extremely alert and watch your belongings. Although in certain destinations getting off the beaten path it`s not recommended especially if you`re a female solo traveller, always do research beforehand on the safety of the destination you`re going and avoid areas that have high crime rate.

10. Learn
Learn local language (even it`s just a few words), customs, local recipes, getting off the beaten track I find it`s always extremely inspirational and insightful.

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Sunday, 8 March 2015

A Lunch to Remember: Fera at Claridges

The Fera at Claridge`s restaurant has been on my wishlist since it opened last year and I must say it did not disappoint. The restaurant has gained a Michelin star but the lunch menu is still an amazing deal at only £30 per person for 3 courses with beautiful food. Some really clever techniques and combinations, I would definitely recommend this place to anyone to try it at least once. 
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Both the boy and I ordered the same starter which is the smoked yolk with kohlrabi and truffle oil. Really beautiful dish that represented the start of a great meal.
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The boy had then the cod which, after his words, was "the best fish dish I ever had". Sometimes it`s really hard to get impressed by a fish dish as main course but this one was amazing.
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The pork belly was lovely but I always find pork belly too heavy and after tasting the boy`s fish dish it was hard to keep my attention on my dish :).
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For dessert we had a sort of chocolate mousse with ice cream and an apple cake with ice cream. The apple cake definitely stole the show with some gorgeous flavours.
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Tuesday, 3 March 2015

The Stylish Melbourne Travel Guide

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Where to stay:
  • The Cullen is a great luxury boutique hotel located in the amazing artistic area of Prahran. You can read here my full review of The Cullen.
Where to eat:
  • Breakfast: Journeyman, Hardware Societe, Manchester Press, Top Paddock
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  • Japanese at Izakaya Den
  • Luxbite for amazing desserts
  • Il Solito Posto for Italian
  • Cutler & Co for modern Australian
  • Vue du Monde for a bit of luxury
  • Chin Chin for Asian fusion and a great vibe
Things to do:
  • Shopping: Prahran, Fitzroy, Bourke Street
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  • Admire Melbourne`s famous street art and cute laneways such as Hosier Lane and Hardware Lane
  • Beach time at St Kilda beach
  • Roadtrip to Yarra Valley for some delicious wine tasting or admiring the amazing views of the famous Great Ocean Road drive
  • Market shopping at Camberwell market and Queen Victoria market
  • Picnic at the Royal Botanic Gardens
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Sunday, 1 March 2015

Bread In Common

Bread in Common is a lively restaurant in Fremantle, just 30 mins away from Perth city centre, perfect for large family or friends get-togethers dinners. The food is made for sharing with loads of small dishes and the cooking is Modern European. As I went here with my boyfriend and his family we got to try quite a few dishes which was great.
We started off with lamb ribs which were delicious. I always love ordering lamb and this one was cooked perfectly.
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The cuttlefish with peas and black bean was nice but didn`t really think the peas went that well with the fish.
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Rosemary potato chips, crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside.
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I don`t remember for sure the name of this fish but I think it was cod which went well with the broth.
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One of my favourite salads didn`t disappoint: apple with spring onion, and kohlrabi. Love the mix of sweet and sour in this salad.
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The dessert was the highlight of the night. There were loads of flavours going on: chocolate cookies, raspberries, ice cream, raspberry jelly, blueberries, but somehow everything worked really well together. We cleaned up the plate and we were ready to order another one.
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