Friday, March 28, 2014

London Travel Diary

I was in London last month on business. My last trip was over 3 years ago and I was thrilled to be back.   

Much of my week there, when not at in the office, was spent wandering the city. I forgot how beautiful London is - my neck was sore from all that looking up! NYC skyscrapers may be impressive, but its architecture has got nothing on Europe. There was a teeny bit of shopping (Reiss and COS, natch), but mostly a lot of eating, and as you will soon see, a little Sherlock too! Here is a photologue, comprised of a mix of DSLR and Iphone images:

Gastronomica's piadina at Borough Market
Brindisa's chorizo sandwich at Borough Market...
...which was followed by the best coffee in London at Monmouth (so good I took a 20-min detour on the way to work to get my morning coffee twice that week)
Make-you-own-buns at Flesh and Buns
Pastel-coloured townhouses in Barons Court
All-white ones in Sloane
Natural History Museum through the still-bare branches (it was still rather cold on my visit)
Animals gargoyles?
A sneaky shot from the Club to  Catwalk exhibit at the V & A
Fantastic Indian at Dishoom (so tickled by the name, and wish I had taken photos of the vintage Indian paraphernalia decorating the place)
Stunning dining hall at Berners Tavern
Rainbow of desserts at Ottolenghi
Turkish eggs at Kopapa
Pasta small plates at Bocca di Lupo
Wonder what I would have found inside
Sherlock's doorstep off Euston (not to be confused with actual 221b Baker Street, the Sherlock Holmes museum)
St Bartholomew's Hospital (in particular the site of the Season 2 finale cliffhanger)
Only grinning since I know how Season 3 begins
Looking up to the point of no return (see aforementioned Season 2 ending)
"Every fairytale needs a good old-fashioned villain"
Adding my mark to what has become a shrine to Sherlock outside the hospital

London, I love you long time and so happy that I get to see you again in a month. But next time, no more tube strikes please? 

[Wearing: Zara studded coat, J Crew leather smartphone gloves, Hermes Evelyn bag, and Stuart Weitzmann Black Suede Reserve OTK boots (also here)]

Monday, March 24, 2014

Crop To It

I haven't been impressed with NYC restaurant offerings of late which means apart from date night, I haven't been dining out as frequently.  Narcissa is changing that.  

I had dinner there a few weeks ago with my dear friend Kara. The meal was fantastic that the first thing I did when I got home was make a reservation to take S for date night. 
The vegetable-forward menu was much welcome, but not surprising considering Narcissa's older sister is Dovetail, which serves one of the best vegetarian tasting menus in the city. 

I ordered the beets and duck both visits. The rotisserie beets, pictured above, has already been written about. I now hope that the duck (seen in the foreground here) receives similar accolades. I foresee many more meals at Narcissa. If I go back often enough, I might even be tempted to order other things off the menu. 

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Mansur Gavriel + Laser Cut

Greetings! Time is flying and it's now March. Yet here we are dressed in thick puffer coats and fleece tights even now as our clocks have been wound forward.  

The cold can't keep us indoors even if we tried: Friday date night saw us at All'Onda, a new Italian-Japanese place close to home; yesterday we had one double date at Le Village, a quaint, French-vegetarian bistro in the East Village; and this morning another double for dim sum brunch at Golden Unicorn in Chinatown.
Giles and Brother railroad spike