The last few weeks were ultimately consumed with surfing SpareRoom.co.uk and FlatShare.co.uk in an effort to find the perfect new flat. Well after searching endlessly, I have found my new humble abode in the bustling yet relaxing neighborhood of West Hampstead in North London. So why not get familiar with your new high street with a little brunchy?
We made our way to the Alice House, a vintage chic casual dining spot with a table in the sunshine calling our names!
Our table of three opted for delicious mimosas, bloody marys and refreshing grapefruit-infused still water. My meal of choice consisted of wheat pancakes, weaving in smoked salmon, goat’s cheese and arugula. Heaven on a plate!
Aside from delicious breakfast spots just a short walk away, this quaint neighbourhood is the ideal location for my second flat since moving to London. Less than a 10-minute journey on the Jubilee line and I’m in Central London, which brings lots of exploring and touristy bits to cross off the list! Here’s a snapshot of my recent adventures!
Now kick back, relax and have an amazing Sunday Funday!
Who doesn’t love afternoon tea? The elegant ambiance, sense of tradition and fab food and drink pairing is what makes the whole experience nothing short of perfect.
The Orangery in Kensington Palace Gardens is my go-to afternoon tea spot when I have friends and family in town. The simple chic tearoom situated in pristine royal gardens offers adorable sandwiches, delicious cakes and tea presented on gorgeous mint and gold floral china. And if you’re feeling up for it, top it all off with a bottle of bubbles! Bubbles are always a good thing.
The Orangery makes you feel like you’re in the scene of a movie … with scones and clotted cream! I grew up having a cup of English breakfast tea every morning (thanks to my English father!) so I’m no stranger to the teapot. But even if you’re trying tea for the first time, an afternoon at The Orangery will start you off on the right foot!
Whether your prefer to go for an herbal infusion or a cup of oolong … you’ll experience a unique English afternoon tea you’re sure to remember. When in England … drink tea, am I right?
But… my afternoon tea search hasn’t ended in the royal borough of Kensington and Chelsea. Share your go-to spots — I’m always up for trying something new!
Here’s my snapshot for the day. It’s an important one.
It marks the second time I ventured outside after my two-week-long tonsillectomy recovery and thank goodness I did. It’s a gorgeous day! Yay!
This is Carroll Creek in little, quaint Frederick, MD (my hometown and recently ranked in Livability‘s Top 10 Downtowns of 2014!), which is about 50 miles northwest of DC. You’ll find antique shops, cute boutiques, delectable restaurants with patios and the arts!
The sun didn’t come out today and I didn’t even mind. There’s just something about being on the lake – it’s calm, serene, picturesque.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m a total beach babe, but hanging your feet over the end of a dock perched above still-water is beyond relaxing. Which is why my Saturday was a pleasant one – an afternoon with family, good drinks and the swans 🙂
Hope you had a great Saturday – one for the books!
Quaint cafes, bakeries and tearooms are my jam. Whether I’m trying to be productive and get piles of work accomplished or going to brunch with a friend, I always eventually find myself perched on a comfy armchair ordering a chaippuccino (my new obsession!) –
Over the past few weeks I’ve been Instagramming at these venues A LOT – I mean who can resist snapshotting an adorable latte with a half-eaten chocolate croissant, anyway?
Here are my top picks for cafes for both work and play – in the District and from my Eurotrip 🙂 Who doesn’t love espresso and sweets?
Tryst is my go-to. Whenever I want to grab a coffee, put my headphones in and cross a few tasks off my to-do list, I go to Tryst. They also have an amazing chaippuccino served with animal crackers (pictured below), half-priced wines at 4 p.m. and live music on select nights. What more could you ask for?!
Angelina is perfection. A historic tearoom on Rue de Rivoli in Paris. It’s a perfect pitstop between a morning of shopping and an afternoon at the Louvre. You can’t deny it – those desserts are pristine and mouthwatering. Great cappuccinos and little gifts, as well!
Caelum has such a humble, family oriented vibe. You could tell that every cake, croissant and quiche was baked right in the shop. The intimate setting, over beautiful hardwood floors with a small crystal chandelier floating above, was a perfect way to start off a day of sightseeing in Barcelona. Not to mention, beyond delicious!
And we’ve switched back over to French tearooms! My friend Diana and I discovered Colorova on Vogue’s Weekend Guide – and thank goodness we did. This casual, colorful, loungy tearoom ended up being the best bang for our buck with a high quality of presentation and flavor 🙂 For a fixed price we received mint tea, a variety of spreads, poached eggs, cauliflower soup and a fresh fruit salad in an orange blossom dressing. It was all scrumptious. Colorova, I will be back!
5. Emily’s Tearoom | Alexandria, Virginia
Sometimes the most delicious brunch is at home! My amazing cousin Emily whipped up this outstanding morning meal – eggs benedict with homemade hollandaise sauce, hashbrowns and fresh berries. And of course we couldn’t forget my coffee fix! Emily’s Tearoom’s specialities are always made with love 🙂
Which one do you think sounds like your kind of place? Honestly, you can’t go wrong with any of these gems 🙂
Since I moved to DC, I have found myself at brunch almost every single Saturday and Sunday – and I’m not hating it one bit.
Honestly, I didn’t think it was possible to beat New York in the brunch competition – but DC has come on strong. The District is King when it comes to a variety of venues offering bottomless barrels of mimosas and bloody marys alongside delicious breakfast plates.
I love new dining experiences – and my Instagram definitely reflects that. Take a look at two of my brunch shots below.
I know it’s Monday, but the weekend will be here before we know it!