BRUNCHING AT SUNDAY BARNSBURY

Monday, 28 March 2016
Happy Easter Sunday! 
We did not have anything special planned for today but we ended up having a pretty good day.
 We started by driving around Stratford and the Olympic park in the rain and then we discovered this really pretty little studio. The location is called the Sugarhouse Studios and although a bit tricky to find (especially when you are driving...) seeing it in real only brings a smile to your face. 


After clicking away for a good few minutes, we then drove away towards Islington to this beautiful little café called SUNDAY. It is usually a very buzzing and busy place during the weekends but being Easter Sunday, I guess not many people thought it'd still be open. Luckily for us it was open and we had a really lovely late afternoon lunch. 


For such a little café, I was impressed with the rather extensive menu. Mainly brunch dishes but all seemingly as delicious as the other. We chose the following dishes and they were both delicious.

DIM SUM AT A.WONG RESTAURANT

Friday, 25 March 2016

It's Good Friday and it's a beautiful day. 
We are meeting some friends at A.WONG Restaurant in Victoria for what we knew would be an wonderful meal! Funnily enough, it has the same name (initial) as my hubby - Andy Wong :D  so of course it is going to be fab!

This will be my second time at A.Wong Restaurant and I cannot be more excited! The dim sum served here is simply amazing. It is not the traditional dim sum that you know from traditional Chinese restaurants in Chinatown. Trust me... Give it a try and you will be blown away.

Here are some of the dishes we ordered for our lunch. 

Shanghai steamed dumpling, ginger infused vinegar

A WINTER DAY AT LAKE COMO

Saturday, 19 March 2016

Travelling to Lake Como in March is a totally different experience compared to a Summer holiday in Lake Como I would imagine. The view however remains amazing, if not, even more beautiful than during the summer days as the Lake is quiet. As part of our Milan Trip, we decided to take a day trip to Lake Como, taking a train from Centrale Milano to the beautiful town of Varenna. 

Here is a Guide to how to make the most of a Day in Lake Como. 


How to get to Lake Como.
There are several ways to visit Lake Como and from Milan, we could choose to take the train either go to Como town (the most popular choice) or to Varenna, a little town further North. I had read on different travel blogs that Varenna was a better choice and so this is where we went. The station is called Varenna - Esino and a return ticket was about Eur13.50 per person from Milano Centrale Station.

Taxi Boat Varenna with Luca.
As we only had one day in Varenna, Lake Como, we wanted to maximise our time and instead of going the traditional route by taking the ferries and wandering around the different stops around the lake, we treated ourselves to a private tour with Luca on his Venetian style taxi boat. 
His website can be found on this link: Taxi Boat - Varenna - An absolute must to make your experience an unforgettable one! 

Family Picture on Lake Como with Varenna in the background
We had the most amazing 3 hours with Luca as he took us around the Lake and we enjoyed the breathtaking 360degrees views from his boat. Included in the tour was also a visit to Villa Balbianello, one of the most beautiful and romantic Villa around Lake Como. It is a tour not to be missed. The Villa is full of history and is also famous as it is featured in different big movies such as  'Casino Royal' and in 'Star Wars: Episode II' for the wedding scene. Loved the Villa tour!

Villa Balbianello on Lake Como 
After the Villa Balbianello tour, we continued our journey around the Lake and stopped at another little town found in the middle part of the Lake, called Bellagio, also known as the 'Pearl of Lake Como'. 

Magnificent view from the centre of Lake Como
Bellagio is a beautiful little village which you must absolutely visit. We took a walk along the century old buildings, on the stone lanes and up the picturesque cobbled stairways and had an enjoyable time just wandering the pretty little streets.



As we reached almost the end of the day,  we relaxed along the edge of the lake waiting to see one of the finest sunset views of the world. On one side, the sun was shining its last rays on beautiful Bellagio and looking towards the West, we could see the sun slowly setting. It was magnificent.

On the West side, a beautiful and magical view of the sunset

Beautiful Bellagio, the Pearl of Lake Como.

It was now time to head back to Varenna and take the train back to Milan. What a wonderful day!
We had the most beautiful day with the perfect weather and we had, without any doubt, experienced the best of Lake Como in a day. 


Till we meet again Lake Como! Ciao! 

MILANESE FOOD

Thursday, 17 March 2016

Being a foodie, every trip taken has got to have some type of yummy experience where we try out traditional local dishes. In Milan, when searching for the typical milanese dish, we were immediately told to try the Risotto alla Milanese
This version of risotto in Milan is a very rich and creamy risotto with a pinch of saffron which adds fantastic flavour (and a bright yellow colour) to the creamy risotto rice. It can be served in several ways with meat, fish or vegetables. 
To make it as typical as we could get, we had our Risotto alla Milanese served with Osso buco, which is a slice of veal shank, including the bone, cooked in butter. Osso buco was also on the list of food to try so we got the combo in one dish and it was fabulous! 

WEEKEND IN MILAN

Tuesday, 15 March 2016

Milan is one of the popular city destination in the northern part of Italy. Even though when researching 'what to do in Milan', the results didn't seem too exciting, when we got there, we were pleasantly surprised at how much we enjoyed ourselves. Here is a quick Guide of Milan from my experience. 

The Gothic Duomo Cathedral

How to get to Milan.
You can choose between 2 airports to get to Milan. Linate Airport and the much bigger Malpensa Airport. Linate Airport is smaller and very near to the city. As for Malpensa Airport, it is much further out. Transportation towards the city centre of Milan is very easy from both airports though, so for our first time to Milan, we flew Easyjet over the beautiful snow tops of the Alps to get to Milan Malpensa. Once we arrived, it was a quick ride on the Malpensa Express train to Milan City Centre where our adventure began.


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