The Suns Out

I was pretty kicked with my latest buy and was dying to wear them out on a sunny day. Finally I got a chance and guess what, I found matching yellow flowers too.

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How cute are these espadrilles. Similar here

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Look we match! Yellow is my favourite colour for this season.

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Are you leaf-ing at me? What is she doing posing plucking leaves?!

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The sun was giving us a bit of a guest appearance and I clearly wanted to make the most of it.

My sweater is from Zara,  jeans from Hollister and bag from Gucci.

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Along the way we played a bit of transport hunting- I liked the pink bike, it kind of matched my sweater but I wasn’t convinced

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I don’t need to say it, but putting it out there- she stole my heart

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Shiny cars, sunny days and summer shoes definitely makes a girl happy

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The Barbary

This weekend was all about new favourites.

The team behind Palomar has opened their second restaurant concept in Covent Garden at Neal’s Yard, one of my favourite little spots in the city. For those of you who have not been, its a perfect spot for a date night.

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I’ve had Barbary on my list for a while and finally A and I landed up there on a Saturday evening. Might not have been the best choice of day considering the fact that they don’t take reservations but the vibe, people and the lovely wine definitely transported us to the Barbary Coast.

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We finally got our two seats at a 24 seater kitchen table and I was possibly behaving like a little kid who had been left free to roam in a candy store all night. I literally wanted to try everything on the menu. But before that, I gave myself a bit of history lesson and quickly read up on the food culture and traditions of the Barbary coast which are made up of some beautiful ingredients and some great traditional cooking techniques. The spices, seeds and seasonal fruit and veg seem to define the menu which changes depending on the season of course.

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We got a couple of dips to begin with along with the Moroccan cigars. They were crispy golden spring rolls filled with a delicious sea food mince.

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The baba ghanoush was creamy and velvety with a perfect smoky aubergine flavour
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I lately have got a thing for pickled beetroot and this was even better as it came on a bed of whippy thick yogurt

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The msacabha chickpeas took me down memory lane as they reminded me of the white peas my granny would make when we visited her after school. This would be my staple Friday lunch. A tiny squeeze of lemon and they taste divine

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The fluffy cauliflower charred on the ends and served with this jeweled tomato and herb dressing is an absolute must

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The black salmon dukkah was possibly the best thing on the menu. I couldn’t get enough of it as my fork kept going back to the plate even when the fish was over. The glossy marinade with honey and all the crunchy seeds was something that I would love to recreate in my kitchen

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The salmon gets to feature twice!

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The chicken was juicy tender and A’s most loved dish of the night

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The monkfish skewers was the special for the evening. I love anything that’s cooked on a charcoal grill and this was no exception. The cooking technique seems to bring out the flavour of the meat for me. The skewers were garnished with this citrussy olive oil reduction which added a bit of zing to the fish

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Last but never the least the knafah was ordered to put the sweet tooth to rest. This dessert is as sweet as it can get. The crispy rice noodle cake dipped in honey with a sprinkle of pistachio and a touch of orange brought a swing to my spoon and a satisfied sparkle to my eye

This has got to be your next culinary destination. You can find them here  https://thebarbary.co.uk/

 

 

 

Guitar Straps and Military Shirts

It’s the 1st of May but still feels like winter! Last week the temperature dropped to a shivering 3 degrees with the occasional ray of sunshine which helped us survive the week.

To cheer myself up I added a dash of colour to the grey surroundings. Took my newest edition for a bit of a stroll and paired it up with my favourite and most comfortable military shirt.

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Don’t be fooled by the hanging overcoat it was actually very windy and cold.

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Doesn’t it give off a happy vibe. The rainbow colours on the strap make me as excited as when I spot a rainbow in the sky. One of my friends calls it the ‘happy bag’

The shoulder bag is the right size, it doesn’t allow me to stuff crap in but perfectly fits all the essentials. I am loving it.

You can also just buy the strap on its own to sprinkle some happiness onto your existing bags and the great news is that the strap on its own is very affordable.
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Obsessing over some others. I am eyeing the Dolce and Gabbana watermelon strap for this summer. The other two are from Fendi and Valentino

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Some more affordable options, the black one is on sale on nordstrom. The tan one is from Rebecca Minkoff and the other two are from accessorize.

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Soaking in some sunshine while it lasts

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Happened to stumble upon this cute little coffee shop during our stroll, its called the attendant. The coffee was fantastic and the smashed avocado on toast and fried egg was even better. I was really hungry and forgot to take pictures of the food but will pay them another visit very soon, there were too many things on the menu we wanted to try!

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Until next time.

Can you spot the pineapple?!