Whatever…

Should it be called pre-Christmas fatigue? I have been feeling exhausted and numb for the past few days, and I am not at all in the mood for Yule.

A caffeine and sugar charge at Shoreditch Grind…

My intention was to have a quiet break during running errands. However, hip hop was blaring out and hammering my eardrums while I sipped latte and nibbled on a mince pie.

At home, Bella was given a new Bella HQ…

She loves her new crib very much…

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Consciously Resting…

Yes, we are. But not for the resumption of normal working days from tomorrow but because of the head cold we picked up from somewhere and somehow during our post-Christmas excursions. Oh dear…

During the holiday, we weren’t holed up in the comfort of our den all the time. Even though Hubbie was taking everything very easy because of the hellish working schedule he had to endure prior to the Christmas time-off, we started to get a bit bored with the Christmas TV and slobbing around in pyjamas. Plus, the post-Christmas weather, except the one on the Boxing Day, was exceptional.
Almost every single day up to the New Year’s Eve was blessed with the gorgeous winter sunshine and a pale-blue sky fanned out above us was without a shred of cloud of any sort. And my usual deal-breaker, gusty wind, was utterly absent. So what more one could want for a perfect day out, we asked.

Last Sunday, we went to see “Conflict Time Photography” at Tate Modern…

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In my opinion, the exhibition was ok but not great. I found some of the works were poignant and educational, however at the same time, also too clinical and monosyllabic.

We were hoping to have late lunch at the gallery but all the eateries within were overflowing with the people with the same idea. So we decided to have a quick look at the bookstore and to find somewhere nearby to eat.

Hmm, this title interests me…

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Ever since I saw the original shark at Mr.Saatchi’s gallery on Boundary Road, Swiss Cottage, a money making mechanism of contemporary art in general really intrigued me. Hopefully, this book will decipher it for me.

At Albion, we were led to a cozy table by the window.
A patten on my latte reminded me the piece from the Matisse’s Cut Outs Exhibition…

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And I had a plate of kedgeree with boiled eggs on top…

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The hue of the kedgeree was as bright and vibrant as a sunflower glowing in the summer sunshine and it made me very happy indeed.

Then came Monday, we were out again into the bright but also very chilly outside for lunch at Rules in Covent Garden.
The Christmas decoration at the restaurant was very pretty, red and green throughout. By the entrance, there was a portrait of Winston Churchill with rows of medallions of some sort…

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We took our coats by the fireplace and ushered to the first floor dining room.
In the upstairs, there was another fireplace and facing it was a fully loaded bar…

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And we sipped a tall glass of Campari orange and nibbled on curry flavoured nuts while waiting for our lunch.

Voilà, our roast beef!

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We skipped starters because we knew the serving of the roast beef would be enormous. And also the dish was accompanied by Gratin Dauphinois. Therefore, If we didn’t square up to it with an ample room in our stomach, the good beef would most likely to be wasted.

Let’s tuck in…

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The roast beef was perfectly cooked and the Yorkshire pudding was buttery and light. However, in my god honest opinion, their side salad was sadly not. It was consisted of strangely limp Chinese cabbage and very little lettuce. Didn’t they receive any grocery delivery because of the Christmas holiday?! It didn’t meet the standard I expected from Rules.
After a cup of very well made cappuccino, we left the restaurant and walked to Charing Cross Road. A walk in a crisp winter air definitely helped our digestion.

Oh, I can’t believe our Christmas holiday is over! So sad that I will have to de-Christmas my windowsill…

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Bye bye 2014 & hello 2015…

Kaori by Kaori Okumura

Maison d’Être @ Highbury Island N1

The first swig of latte taste the best, doesn’t it?  I was at Maison d’Être by Highbury Island roundabout. This charming cafe was kindly recommended to me by my fellow WP blogger, Yvonne from East London Illustrated, for their outstanding coffee. I was supposed to be meeting with my friend, Alex, at Highbury & Islington tube station. However, I arrived a tad too early, therefore, I decided to try their latte.

The cafe was located by a busy roundabout which brought all the traffic from Upper Street, Cannonbury Road and Holloway Road…

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Yvonne warned me about how getting a seat at the cafe could be tricky due to its popularity. Luckily, I managed to grab a table for myself and ordered latte…

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The counter was heavily laden with tempting baked offerings…

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Should I have a muffin with my latte? I pondered for a while but opted not to since Alex and I were to have lunch together shortly…

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The atmosphere was relaxed and friendly. Most of the customers were having a meeting or working quietly with their notebooks…

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Even their loo was decorated sweetly…

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Next time, I will definitely try their lunch or afternoon tea…

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