Wednesday, August 12, 2015

London Part 2

More London photos :-) 

We went to the Cat Cafe for Alison's birthday

Later that evening, we ate at Dans Le Noir for dinner.  The title is french for "in the dark" and it is a restaurant where you eat in complete darkness.  No kidding.  The waitstaff is blind.  It was really fun, really different.   So, my first course smelled like an Asian inspired beef dish.  I opened my mouth expecting noodles or meat.  Instead I bit into a sweet peach chutney also on the plate - it was really jarring!  Eating in the dark really emphasized smell and texture instead of just taste.   

Our VIP friends scored us a private tour of the British parliament ;-)

Angels in the rafters.  Like all ancient building in England, no detail went untouched.  I wish I could have taken more photos, but they were prohibited in most areas.  

Buckingham Palace in the distance

Trying to take "engagement photos" for Neill and Alison but Aaron's hand kept sneaking in the way

Afternoon tea with a fascinator.  Basically my dream in London ACHIEVED

Ladies post tea

Coming up next: Alison's 30th birthday surprise and then ITALYYY!!!!

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

What's Goin' Up on a Tuesday

Yup.  Still going to Pure Barre.  My thighs burn on a daily basis. 

Yesterday, after barre I went to B. Good in North Hills.  Omg.  It was SO GOOD.  It's basically like a farm to table concept fast food restaurant.  I had the spicy avocado lime kale bowl.  It has a base layer of quinoa, covered in kale, vegetables-cherry tomatoes, corn, black beans, zucchini, green beans-, avocado, some queso fresco and chipotle sauce.  It was amazing.  I never thought a veggie bowl could be so tasty.  I'm definitely obsessed with this place.

Before this week, I'd never heard of Sam & Nia, some Youtube sensation couple.  Facebook is where I first heard of their pregnancy- which sadly, I found out by hearing about their miscarriage.  I watched the video where they discussed losing their baby.  My heart is pouring out to them with love and regrets.  I also admire their strength-in the midst of this tragedy, they are still praising God and looking for a silver lining.  How inspiring.  They can teach us all about handling tragedies with grace.

Tuesday, August 4, 2015


On Wednesday, Neill took us on a day trip to the home of his alma mater, Cambridge.  Neill went to University of Cambridge, which is the world's 4th oldest surviving university.  Not only do Cambridge and Oxford have rivalries, but the university actually started when some scholars left Oxford after a dispute with some locals.  It was very gorgeous and picturesque.  You couldn't walk on campus without paying a fee, but there was plenty to do anyways.

 Students and cows, totally normal.

So you can drink on the train.  I had just finished reading Girl on the Train, a book about an alcoholic girl who rides the train to London to and fro, so that's all I could think about. 

That evening when we got back, Alison was sweet enough to provide us with tickets to see The Seagull at the London Open Air Theater.  It was at Regent's Park and Santander Bank provided us with refreshments during the show.

 The edamame crostini was simple and delicious.  I wish I knew the recipe.

 The theatre.  The mirror was pretty neat and gave another point of view.  

That was such a nice day.  Unfortunately the London tube strike started that evening so it took over an hour for us to catch a bus and get back to our friends.  I think it was around that time I swore off living in a city where people relied on public transportation. :-)

Happy Tuesday!

Monday, August 3, 2015

London Part 1

 Welcomed by the Union Jack flag

We brought Neill and Alison many goodies from America too- Lonerider beer, Cackalacky nuts, Defiant whiskey, peanut butter, pumpkin puree and other tasties :-)

We went down by the river and the Morris dancers were welcoming the summer season 

 Tower Bridge

 Beefeater tour at Tower of London

 Piccadilly Circus

 We found Chinatown in London!  And a tasty Chinese bakery

 Coconut roll and BBQ Pork Bun

fish shaped, cream filled mini cakes they crank out all day (as seen in the window) 

That day Neill prepared such a tasty and simple dinner for us to come home to.  Meat, cheese and a tomato and onion salad.  Heavenly :-)

more photos to come!