Saturday, 31 August 2013

Delicious London: Date night at Dehesa

This was my second time at Dehesa, a lovely (and delicious!) Spanish tapas bar in Soho. I`ve been eating a lot of tapas recently but if you look at the photos below who can blame me??
We started with the Jamón Ibérico de Bellota & Ermesenda Toast which was very rich and probably with the best ham I ever tasted.
jamon iberico toast
We followed the ham with the Cod with White Asparagus and Mussels and a Mixed Leaf Salad.
dehesa london

dehesa london
And then the hot dishes. We had last time the pork & lamb so this time we thought we should go for the Beef Bavette and the Grilled Chicken which was definitely a great decision. I could eat this every day.
dehesa london

grilled chicken
The Orecchiette with Asparagus, Wild Garlic, Butter Sauce and Black Truffles were probably my boyfriend`s favourite. He actually had the same dish a few nights before at another restaurant and found the flavour of the truffles too strong, but this one had a very subtle and nice flavour.
dehesa soho
For dessert we had the Vanilla Semifreddo with Roasted Peaches which was very light and nice but nothing really mind blowing. However I`ve noticed that for tapas bars the focus is mostly on the food and rarely on puddings. 
dehesa london
*All photos taken with my Iphone

Alina Anghel.xx

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Wednesday, 28 August 2013

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Monday, 26 August 2013

Delicious London: Sunday Brunch at Duck & Waffle


When I was in school I used to hate Sundays probably more than Mondays. It was all the anticipation knowing that I have to wake up at 6 am again to go to school. Now things have changed and I actually love the quietness of the streets on Sundays and the lazy vibe in the air. On such a lazy day we went for brunch on the 40th floor of Heron Tower at Duck & Waffle. I must admit I had an ulterior motive for choosing this place as I have wanted to try their famous dossants (a heavenly mix between croissants & doughnuts) for quiet a while. They started making them 11 am and by the time we got there at 11:30 they were sold out! The only thing that kept me from rolling on the floor and crying for a doughnut (I like dramatic endings) was that the rest of their brunch was pretty good as well.

duck and waffle
The view wasn`t bad either as we got the chance to sit next to the window.
duck and waffle view
duck and waffle brunch
I ordered the duck egg en cocotte with mushroom and truffle which was absolutely amazing especially if you love cheesy stuff like me. My boyfriend had the full English breakfast which is a bit of a typical choice but he seemed pleased with it. Then again, what man is not pleased with a full English breakfast?
duck and waffle brunch
duck and waffle london
And of course, you can`t brunch without a cup of English breakfast tea.
duck and waffle london
I was wearing a very preppy outfit that I thought went well with the occasion: Asos shirt, vintage cardigan, French Connection ivory skirt, and Asos loafers. 
preppy outfit
preppy outfit
Do you brunch? If yes, what`s your favourite place?

Alina Anghel.xx
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Sunday, 25 August 2013

New on Instagram: July & August

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From top left: Vanilla semifreddo at Dehesa in London/ Tapas at Dehesa/ Best cure after a long day 
Delicious Sunday brunch at Duck & Waffle/ Favourite night out drink: gin & tonic/ First time bowling
Colourful macaroons from Laduree/ Romanian cakes that I`ve missed/ My cute dog
Favourite daytime drink: rose lemonade/ New cutout boots from Nelly/ Missing the Barcelona beach

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Wednesday, 21 August 2013

London: Tapas at Tendido Cero


This past weekend I`ve eaten a lot of food. First Spanish tapas on Saturday evening and then a very hearty brunch on Sunday morning. I`m a big fan of tapas after my trip to Barcelona so on Saturday we visited a local tapas bar called Tendido Cero. I was wearing my new Zara blazer & necklace, H&M top, River Island jeans and ankle boots.
brown blazer
brown blazer
brown blazer
We ordered around 6 dishes to share: toasted bread with tomato and Iberica ham, lamb stew, patatas bravas, garlic prawns, chicken & bechamel croquettes (not pictured but my favourites!), and mussels (not pictured).
tendido cero
tendido cero
tendido cero london
tendido cero tapas
By dessert we were pretty full so we ordered a light yogurt mousse with mandarin sorbet. It was a bit unusual tasting at first but very fresh. 
tendido cero dessert

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Monday, 19 August 2013

London: 8 Tourist Attractions in 8 Days


After my trip to Romania I brought back with me to London my 13 years old brother which means I got to play the tourist guide and show him around the city. It was actually quite fun as most of them I never got the chance to fully explore mostly because I knew there`s gonna be a time when I`ll have to play the guide for someone. So without further ado, here is my review of 8 of the main London touristy attractions.

1) Palace of Westminster 

This is where the House of Parliament is located and also the famous Clock Tower and Big Ben. For years I thought Big Ben was the Clock Tower but it seems Big Ben is actually the name of the bell inside the tower. D`uhhh.
westminster palace

 2) London Eye

Around this Westminster area you can actually find quite a few London attractions: Westminster Palace, Westminster Abbey, London Eye, Sea Life, the Strand with loads of artists and street entertainers and London Dungeon for the brave ones of you. Definitely an area worth visiting.
london eye
You spend around 30 mins in the London Eye and around 1 hour queuing before if not even more, but this view if definitely worth it. Unless it`s foggy. Then you`re better of spending your £20 on a pint of beer in the pub nearby.
london eye view

3) Sea Life- London aquarium

Sea Life and London Dungeon are a few feet away from the London Eye. Although the sharks and penguins were amazing to watch, neither I nor my brother were that impress with the aquarium but I guess it`s something more suited if you have smaller children with you. Or if you really like watching fish and/or screaming children.
sea life london
sea life london
sea life london

4) Tower of London

One of my favourite! We didn`t go with the guided tour but just ear dropped when we heard someone was telling a story. In retrospect it was a mistake and I definitely suggest going with the guided tour as the stories are quite amazing and they are the ones that make this place so fascinating!
tower of london
The yard is full of huge ravens that are believed to protect the Crown Jewels and one of the myths around them is that if the ravens fly away then "The Crown will fall and Britain with it." I mean who would mess with this fellow?? I`m thinking of getting a few at home just to protect my clothes.
tower of london raven

tower of london

5) London Bridge

And from Tower of London you also get this amazing view of London Bridge. We didn`t walk over to it as by end my feet were quite in pain and I felt I had enough culture and history for one day. I had to go watch "Keeping up with the Kardashians" to balance the day.
london bridge

6) Madame Tussauds

I was not expecting much from Madame Tussauds but ended up quite liking it! If you pass the huge queues outside (we had pre booked tickets so we "only" waited for 45 mins but others had to wait for 2-3 hrs to get in); the mad crowds going crazy over photographs with Johnny Depp (admittedly I was one of them) then you`ll find that the end bit makes everything worth it. At the end you get into this small black taxi that takes you through the London history after which you get to see this short 15 mins 4D superheroes animation movie ( I know I didn`t get the relation between the two either). The 4D experience was really fun with water splashing in your face, moving chairs, jets of air on your back- definitely my brother`s favourite.
madame tussauds

madame tussauds

madame tussauds

7) Science Museum

The Science Museum is probably one of the best museums in London as you actually get to play with things rather than just watch them from afar. And the best part: it`s completely free!
science museum

science museum

science museum

8) London Zoo

The Zoo is another of my favourites. The entry is not cheap at all but the place is huge and they have tons of species from butterflies to kangaroos, lions, penguins, otters, and pigs (in case you`ve never seen one of those before).
london zoo

london zoo

london zoo

london zoo

london zoo

London is all year round full of tourists so to avoid the huge queues here are a few quick tips:
  • Most attractions allow you to pre book your tickets online which means you don`t need to queue outside for buying tickets and you also get a better deal as online tickets tend to be cheaper.
  • If you`re planning to visit a few of them check for bulk deals which will save you quite a lot of money.
  • If you can`t buy them online then look around tourist shops that sell tickets to attractions. Beware of scammers though! They`re the ones wearing the "Beware scammer" t-shirts.
  • Finally get there as early as possible even though it means paying extra for the tube in rush hour. Even after 10:30 the queues get incredibly huge. 

Have you visited any of these attractions? Which is your favourite?

Alina Anghel.xx
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