Sticks & Sushi

The glorious sun decided to make a short appearance over London town last weekend before the dark clouds took over.

We wasted no time and decided to walk to Covent Garden to grab some sushi for lunch. There were a couple detours on the way to pick up some nutella cupcakes from hummingbird and a photo opportunity to capture one of my first no fur or puffy jacket appearances this year. I usually feel frozen for 8 months of the year.

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I absolutely love these jimmy choo’s and can totally live in them. Leather jacket from Zara, sweater from Uniqlo, leggings from Nike and of course my favourite boy (may be talking about my photographer or bag)!

We made it in time for some sticks and sushi. The walk took a bit longer as we decided to explore the glorious streets of London. They never fail to disappoint and I always seem to discover something new.

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Sunday lunch without a cheery drink is not allowed. I went for a yellow juice while A went for a beer.

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While nibbling on the scrummy edamame beans with spicy sauce we discussed the new restaurant openings around town. Went to a couple last weekend.

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The crispy ebi bites arrived in no time and before we knew it they were all gone. I could have ordered another one but didn’t want to be too greedy.

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We ordered some of our favourites, spicy tuna, California roll and the prawn tempura roll.

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The California roll was so fresh and the crab, avocado and spicy soy made for a delicious bite.

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The star of the day was the crispy tempura roll. Who doesn’t like a bit of crunch.

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Finally we got the chicken meatball and lamb chop sticks. They both will be ordered again however I might get a couple more of the lamb next time. I like mine medium to well and you have to ask for it otherwise they are served medium.

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We ate to our hearts’ content and decided to walk back home to burn all those calories. A’s got a one up on sticks and sushi as this was his discovery.

I would recommend booking as they were really busy even after the usual lunch hour.

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A Dose of Vitamin Sea

We were millions of miles away from the cold dull rainy London, its not like I don’t love home but it can get quite depressing during the winter months. A quick trip to re-energise yourself with some vitamin sea is much needed.

The second leg of our holiday was at St Lucia which was only a 50 minute flight away from the stunning Antigua. The domestic airline wasn’t the most efficient as we had to wait for over an hour at the airport before we finally got to St Lucia at 10 in the evening. Possibly not the best car ride at night, we encountered far too many hair pin turns as they like to call them and an additional 1.5 hours to get to the hotel. I am assuming the ride would have been more enjoyable in the day as St Lucia is a mountainous island with tons of fishing villages and some beautiful views.

I had already made up my mind about this Caribbean island and Antigua was at the very top of my list, not that the list was very long. I even remember telling A that I am so glad we had more days in Antigua.

However we only had to wait for 8 odd hours till our jaws dropped.

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They dropped and how. We woke up very early in the morning as per holiday standards and there was no one at the beach at 7 am. We could hear the splashing of the waves and the cool breeze was blowing through my freshly washed hair. We had found another pearl in the Caribbean.

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Before we headed for breakfast we were told we could reserve our spot at the beach by keeping some of our belongings on the beach chairs. I didn’t need to be told twice to drop all our sun creams at our preferred location.

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These huts made for some beautiful pictures or perhaps A & I were just over-excited.

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Being greeted with these beautiful colours first thing in the morning would make anyone smile from ear to ear. We had a choice of fresh grapefruit, passion fruit or watermelon. No prizes for guessing but I may have single-handedly finished the jar full of watermelon. The grapefruit was calling out to us but we were bursting from all sides by the time we finished our omelettes.

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We stayed at the sugar mill rooms which might not have had the same view as Hermitage Bay but they were a short walk away from the beach and had fluffy soft heavenly beds. I was almost on the verge of asking if we could buy their bed linen and mattress topper.

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I have a thing for white and dark wood, they make for perfect hotel rooms. I also seem to have developed a liking towards these plantation shutters after our holiday. We have them at our new home but its only after this trip that I have started to warm up towards them.

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I couldn’t get over our ibaby- his and hers. Useful tool for when you are on such a large resort.

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We had a few jaw dropping, eye popping moments, which I have tried to capture to the best of my abilities but it was hard to keep up. Sometimes it was just nice to soak in the moment and be aware of the sensory pleasures that one may not witness everyday.

The beautiful Pitons as the backdrop for the pool had us totally immersed.

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I wasn’t sure if I was in Koh Samui or the Caribbean but we had a crazy tuk tuk ride at Sugar Beach. I wasn’t going to get off so soon and only relented after much convincing from the driver who informed me that this was the primary mode of transport around the resort. Excited Much!

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As most of you may be wondering, where is the food ?!

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The Cane Bar culinary delights came as a refreshing change even though we had enjoyed all the grilled fish, prawns and lobsters prior to this meal. The soft shell crab cut roll with spicy mayo and a hint of mango and the chopped tuna with avocado and chilli were my favourites.

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If 50 shades of blue is your thing I would recommend a trip to the Caribbean Islands. I’ve already started researching my next holiday even though I am not home yet. Its just my thing and keeps me going through the year.

Bye now from the beach. More on some rainforest chocolate adventures in a couple of days. I promise I won’t be too long.