Is it still acceptable to consider it springtime? Probably not.
Tomorrow is the summer solstice, where we “officially” can consider it summertime. Fairly sure everyone in the UK has however, been baking in the sun for a good few weeks now.
But I’m going to still call it spring, because there’s so much that happened this spring that I haven’t even been able to articulate it, write it all down and tell you guys about. The past month has seen my laptop finally bite the dust. Luckily, I’ve managed to keep everything on it, but it’s meant that my laptop hasn’t wanted to produce any new content whatsoever. Every time I tried to upload something new, a big ole’ error popped up. Killing both my laptop, and my spirit to create anything new.
I’ve had SO. MANY. PHOTOS. just waiting to be edited and slotted into a snazzy blog post. Finally, they are. Because I’m back in America right now, it means that I was able to purchase a shiny new Macbook, cheaper that it would have been in the UK. Seriously, pro-tip, buy your electronics in the states. I saved nearly $300 doing so. Isn’t that ridiculous?!
Moving on… I now have a laptop and can function again. And while I didn’t want to lump May into one giant post, I really felt like I needed to catch up to speed on everything in one go. So you may see more of these favourites in larger posts later this month or you may not.
WHAT HAPPENED LAST MONTH?
Eat Off The Menu
My pal Charley kindly invited me along to a dinner in Portobello Road where we experienced a night of dining with Eat Off the Menu. Yes, it pays off to be ‘that guy’ in the know. We met with the founder, Alex Mih, who told us all about how his project for finding the exclusive helped him launch his Eat Off The Menu website. He’s befriended bars and restaurants alike, bringing their once top secret dishes into the lime light. We visited Zayane, a Moroccan restaurant with beautiful interiors that sweep you away from London instantly before you even get to the food. While sampling dishes ON the menu, we then tried the secret dish, indulging in the most delicious cod, with a tomato and kale base. Simply delicious.
Press for Gin
You had me at Gin. In keeping up with the secretive nature of May (who knew), I was invited along to Brockman’s Press for Gin event in the city. We entered through the Victorian Bathhouse into a gin filled wonderland. Keep your eyes peeled for the post and a few more surprises coming in July.
Chicken wing central has opened and I have fallen in love. A self filling beer station, Korean inspired wings for days? Oh yeah. I’m a massive fan of this new opening and yes, there will be a big blog post telling you alllllll about it. Stay tuned.
Seeing my blogger friends
You want to know the best thing about blogging? It’s the people I’ve met along the way. Last month I had dinners out with both Katy at Giraffe World Kitchen and Erica at Thai Square. We drank too much, laughed even more and I can honestly say, I’m so incredibly grateful to have these awesome people in my life. Now if only we could coordinate our schedules more frequently, that would be amazing.
Cohorted Monthy Beauty Box
As a lover of all things beauty, while not *actually* being a beauty blogger, I fell in love with Cohorted’s Monthly Beauty Boxes. Elegantly presented, it was like opening a luxury present from me to me. I imagine a monthly subscription is a hell of a lot of fun. I’m especially obsessed with the bronzer and brush. Worth around £97 worth of goodies, I’d say the trade off of £35 per month is pretty damn good. Any who doesn’t like getting packages delivered right? I always feel like a sort of Queen when I return home and Joe has neatly stacked a pile of goodies.
The Cursed Child Play
OH MY GOD. I finally got to attend the showing of The Cursed Child and I swear, my friend Grace and I almost lost it with too much emotion. I went in with low expectations, because I genuinely didn’t want to be disappointed with their take on my absolute favourite series. And no. They didn’t disappoint. The cast smashed the performance out of the water. I had read the play in advance and wasn’t particularly moved. But that’s because the script isn’t meant to be read. It’s meant to be seen. When we walked out of the theatre that night, we were delighted. Book it. See it. You won’t regret a moment.
My birthday brunch at Bourne & Hollingsworth
After pining for their brunch for actual years, I finally booked it for my birthday. Brunch at Bourne & Hollingsworth is a dream. Get the bottomless bellinis. Just do it.
More Gin with Silent Pool and London Essence Tonic
After a particularly grueling day, I dashed very, very late to an evening of Gin at The Refinery near Liverpool Street. We learned about the distilling of the gin, all about Silent Pool and of course, were given a crash course in creating these beauties ourselves. I have to say, after years of not being a gin drinker, I’m super glad I made the switch. I am now a gin addict. And actually, I’ve discovered that I LOVE tonic. Who knew? I particularly enjoyed London Essence’s flavours, with everything from Grapefruit and Rosemary (my favourite) to Bitter Orange and Elderflower.
Costa Coffee’s New Summer Menu
BRING ON THE ICED COFFEE. Seriously. It’s been hotter than hell (points if you sang it like Dua Lipa) lately, so I’m sure all of London is ready to melt into a puddle already. So, cue Costa Coffee’s brand spankin’ new summer menu to make sure you stay cool. I’ve always loved iced coffee, so it’s a nice way to beat the heat and still get my caffeine fix. They even have fresh fruit smoothies on the menu now. Try the mango, it’s delish!
So there you have it, a snapshot of my month before we got on a plane to the USA.
I actually can’t believe how quickly time is flying by already. Maybe summertime can stay just a little bit longer this year…
What have you been up to the past few months? Are you ready for summer to officially start tomorrow? (PS. Stay tuned to tomorrow’s post, there’s a competition to be on the lookout for!)