HAPPY NEW YEAR 2016!

Thursday, 31 December 2015

This pretty much sums up our New Year celebration! :) 
Still recovering from our short trip to Mauritius with family, we took it easy and simply watched the fireworks on TV. 

I hope you all are having a fabulous time welcoming the new year 2016 though! 
Tomorrow is a New Day, A New Month and A New YEAR! 


OH MAURITIUS

Friday, 18 December 2015

Happy Holidays!! We are flying to Mauritius to surprise my family for Christmas!  :) 
Soooooo excited! 


Sweet sunset on our first day in Paradise. xoxo Love Mauritius! 



POLISH EVENING AT DAQUISE

Saturday, 12 December 2015

With sweet visitors in town, I got to try a really nice Polish restaurant located in South Kensington: Daquise. The food was excellent and with great company, we enjoyed a very lovely evening!

Continue reading to see pictures of the food we had...  Yummy traditional Polish dumplings, steak tartare, herrings amongst other dishes. :)


FREE STEAK AT FLAT IRON

Tuesday, 8 December 2015

For the launch of the new Flat Iron Restaurant branch in Covent Garden, they were offering FREE STEAK to customers and needless to say, the QUEUE to get in on the 3 days of launch was unbelievable! 


SWEET DECEMBER

Sunday, 6 December 2015

December is one of my favourite months of the year. It is the beginning of the festive season with everyone looking forward to the holiday season to celebrate Christmas and the New Year. 

I love how London becomes that magical place with beautiful fairy lights everywhere and amazing decorations at every corner of every streets you walk by! My favourite this year is this Lego Train all illuminated in Covent Garden. Simply so wonderful! 

INTERIOR PROJECT : NEW FLOORS & FRESH PAINT

Saturday, 28 November 2015

After a brand new kitchen, it was time to rip the carpet off and install some beautiful scandinavian flooring to turn this comfy and classic living room into a bright and modern one! 


INTERIOR PROJECT : NEW KITCHEN

Thursday, 26 November 2015

I am finally ready to share some pictures of the transformation that happened in my latest London project.

Hello New Kitchen!
Total time from conception, design, selection and installation... 3 months.

Here are the before and after pictures.
 

HELLO AUTUMN

Wednesday, 18 November 2015

After a nice month of October travelling to Spain and Portugal, colder November came and autumn was finally showing its better side with much welcomed sunshine and beautiful golden leaves. 


As the winter days were coming, I felt it was time to say goodbye to my blonder hair ends and 'go back to black'. Even though I do love lighter hair colour, I decided to just go back to the dark side :p as my hair needed all its nutrients and strength back.

RECIPE : HOMEMADE BAO

Sunday, 1 November 2015

Since posting the below picture on instagram and Facebook, I received quite a few requests for the recipe I used and here's me sharing with you how I did it.




LISBON - CABO DA ROCA

Saturday, 24 October 2015

Cabo da Roca is the most westerly point of the European mainland found in Portugal. At the top of the cliffs there is the Lighthouse which dates since 1772. We took a bus to visit Cabo da Roca from Sintra and it is quite a road trip away. It is worth it though and I would definitely recommend. 

Here are a few shots we took during our visit to Cabo da Roca






Amazing view over the Atlantic Ocean. 

MY TOP 5 PLACES TO EAT IN LISBON

Thursday, 22 October 2015
As you must know by now, I am a total foodie and especially when travelling, I like to make sure that we try as many local foods as possible (street food, snack, cakes) and get to visit the best restaurants to eat of course! When in Lisbon, we were certainly not disappointed with the food. Here I share with you my TOP 5 places to eat in Lisbon and I hope you will enjoy them. Here we go! 

1. RAMIRO CERVEJARIA
(Best for their seafood)
For the best seafood in town, definitely head to Ramiro! Check out my post (here) for more details on what we ate there. It was totally awesome!! 


2. TIME OUT - MERCADO DA RIBEIRA
(Best for EVERYTHING food!!)
 This is one place not to be missed! We stopped here for lunch and there were so many stalls to choose from (and we wanted to eat everything) that we came back for dinner the same day. It is definitely the best place to visit for foodies, where the best of the city's restaurants and food shops have gathered under the same room for the perfect foodie heaven! During the day, there are even some cooking demonstrations you can assist which makes for the best day ever! Go there hungry!


3. SANTINI 
(Best ice cream / gelato)
Santini is the best and most famous ice cream parlour in Portugal and you have got to give it a try! We try the Strawberry and Vanilla flavour. Perfect combination :p So yummy on a hot day! 

4. LANDEAU CAFÉ
(Best Chocolate Cake)


We spent one lovely afternoon at Landeau Café, having one of the best chocolate cakes we have ever had. A mix of chocolate mousse and a soft and moist brownie, this chocolate cake was amazing! We stopped here for a coffee break after a long walk around town and we were happy to just sit here and chill out in such a cozy environment. We visited their branch in Chiado on Rua das Flores. Perfect little retreat from a busy day of sightseeing. If you love chocolate. Make this a must :) 


5. RESTAURANTE MARISQUEIRA UMA 
(Best arroz de marisco)
 


Come here for the Arroz de Marisco. A divine dish made from lovely, rich seafood and shellfish broth with creamy rice. It can be compared to either a very watery paella or risotto. Try it and it will be the best dinner you will ever have in central Lisbon. The restaurant is fairly small and run by a family so be patient. Do not expect restaurant standard service. During busy times, you might need to wait a little while. It is a little gem found in a little street off central Rua de Prata and definitely worth a visit! We didn't try any other dish so wouldn't be able to comment on the rest of the menu but definitely.... Arroz de Marisco!


I hope you get to try my TOP 5 when you visit Lisbon. Let me know your thoughts after you have visited. I would love to hear about your experience. :) 

Thanks for reading! 

LISBON - VISITING SINTRA

Tuesday, 20 October 2015
Sintra is a train ride away from central Lisbon from Rossio Station and I would highly recommend spending at least 2 days in Sintra to be able to make the most of what it has to offer. A day trip is popular and is good but definitely not enough, if like me, you want to do it all! :) And trust me, you want to do it all! 

Sintra, the capital of 'Romantismo', is stunning and no wonder the town was recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Cultural Landscape in 1995. There is so much to visit in Sintra and here is my TOP 5 places to visit when in Sintra. 

1. SINTRA - The Old Town 
Once you arrive in Sintra, you are in another world. We started by visiting the old town of Sintra where the Palacio Nacional de Sintra is located. You will recognise the Palacio by the 2 big white chimneys rising above the Royal Palace. Take a tour inside the Palace if you want to learn all about the history and the architecture. 

For a snack, stop at Piriquita for some Travesseiros. This is an absolute MUST! They are fabulous! 



They are so delicious. Light, crumbly and melts in your mouth! You have got to stop at Piriquita. They have 2 shops in Sintra now to be able to cope with the demand so this is how good they are and no visit to Sintra would be complete without this in the belly! :)


2. THE PALACE OF PENA
The Palace of Pena, or Palácio da Pena, stands on the highest peaks of the Serra de Sintra. The Park and the Palace of Pena constitute the most important part of the Cultural Landscape of Sintra's World Heritage site and we understand why. The Palace is spectacular, painted in bright colours of Yellow, Red and Blue with a mix of architectural styles. Visiting the Park and the Palace may take you about 2 hours. Enjoy and get lost in the Palace. It is huge!






3. CASTELO DOS MOUROS
Also known as the Moorish Castle, the Castle of the Moors is basically what is left of a Military Fort built around the 10th century. It is enormous and really impressive as one ventures up the fortress ruins. 
Although not as rich in history as the Palace of Pena or the Palace of Sintra, visiting the Moorish Castle is recommended just for the panoramic views of Sintra and the Atlantic coast. 

3. QUINTA DA REGALEIRA
This was my favourite of all in Sintra. Quinta da Regaleira is one of the most surprising and enigmatic monuments of the Cultural Landscape of Sintra. Start by exploring the garden of the Regaleira Estate and discover a succession of magic and mysterious places.

 Then, enter the castle, which is not really a castle, it is rather the Summer residence of the Carvalho Monteiro family built in the neo-manueline style, involving some of Portugal's best Artists. This is one not to be missed! 

5. CABO DA ROCA

Cabo da Roca is the most western point of the European continent. Found at the very end of Serra de Sintra, the best way to get there is to take the bus from Sintra. From Sintra Station, take the bus 403 and this will take you straight to Cabo da Roca. You can read more about our stop at Cabo da Roca on this post here : Cabo da Roca

So these are my TOP 5 of what to do when in Sintra

There are a few other stops that can be done in Sintra but we didn't have time for a proper visit so had to leave it for next time! They are:

PALÁCIO DE SETEAIS
Not much to visit here because part of the building has been converted into a luxury hotel and the beautiful garden is for the residents only. We manage to take a quick look at the garden from above and that was the only pretty part of it. Other than that, we didn't have time to explore properly.


PALÁCIO DE MONSERRATE
We only saw the Palace of Monserrate from far as we did not have enough time to get there. It is meant to be really beautiful with amazing landscape surrounding it but we did not have enough time for this too so we decided to give it a miss and head back to the old town of Sintra. 

As you can see even with 2 full days in Sintra, we didn't have to time to cover everything there was to explore. We were really tired after all the walking through the palaces and parks though and we were glad that we had comfy shoes and were well prepared with our snacks bag and water. 
So be prepared when you decide to go :)  It is seriously almost magical! 

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