Wednesday, 26 June 2013

Meeting Baby Mia

Alex and Ceci created new life a few months ago called Mia. I've been obsessed looking at Mia's photos on Facebook and have been dying to meet her. Finally this past weekend we flew over to Milan and drove to Lugano to meet the little angel. If you are wondering what a half Italian, half Taiwanese baby would look like then wonder no more. Take a look at this beauty.

Saad and I couldn't keep our hands off her, she is so sweet and never cries!

Ceci home baked bread for breakfast for us, she has gone very domesticated after becoming a mom. I love it, I can't wait to make my own bread when I am a mommy. Oh, and by the way, can we take a moment to appreciate Alex and Ceci's apartment please? Makes me wonder why are we all living in tiny flats in London? Some how we are never able to escape this city.

Home made bread

One of the perks with living in west Europe is that you can pretty much drive for not too long and you will either be in a new country or an iconic town/city. This is something we can't do as easily in the UK, crossing the channel is a nuisance on its own. So this weekend we took the advantage of this fact and drove across the boarder from Lugano in Switzerland to Como which is only 20 mins away.

lake como
I've been to lake Como many times before but only along the small villages, never in Como town itself. Today however Alex and Ceci are taking us to their favourite restaurant that is in the centre of Como called 'Market Place'. If I am not mistaken I think they may have 1 michelin star, but if they don't then they definitely deserve one. If you are ever in Como and looking for something more special than just a bowl of pasta or pizza then I can't recommend this enough. We all took the 5 courses lunch menu with matching wine and I was one happy traveller. We all finished every last bite on our plates. But for the first time in my life I think my attention was more on baby Mia than on the food! I kept wanting to bite her chubby legs.

Roasted peppers stuffed with goats cheese

Ravioli stuffed with potato and cream sauce
Mia watching us quietly as we eat. Baby you are too young to eat! 

After lunch we went for a quick walk around town while Mia fell asleep.

Church door
Town Square

Soon it was time to say good bye. Next stop Portofino!

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Friday, 21 June 2013

The Disappearing Dining Club

Saad has been moaning that we never go out in East London. He's sick of Chelsea you see, and I can understand why. So on Friday I did a quick restaurant search and came across a tiny hole in the wall restaurant called 'Be Back in 5 Minutes' in Bricklane. To call it restaurant would be a slight over statement but we will stick to this word for now.

Secret restaurant hidden behind this shop

The restaurant is at the back of a clothes shop. You think the curtains are the entrance to a changing room but it actually opens up into a dark room at the back of the shop. The room is lit up by very dim lights and a few candles. It feels instantly intimate and secretive. There is only 1 lady serving and there are 3 big tables so you will most likely have to share your table with someone.

The menu is small and simple. You choose to have a 3 or 4 course dinner for a set price of between 30-35 pounds which I thought was a bit expensive considering how simple the food is. Thankfully every dish was good and felt very much like home cooking.

Duck on toast

Crab salad

Mackerel and mash

Asparagus and cheese tart

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Tuesday, 18 June 2013

English Countryside

On Wednesday I started watching Downton Abbey season one episode one. 24 hours later I had started on season 2 and not even sure if I gave myself time to eat. It inspired me to speak English in the old aristocratic manner, so subtle and elegant. And when arguing, never be seen raising your voice but yet the impact of your words are just as insulting. Turns out I'm not quite that patient nor clever so I will stick to the way I normally speak.

On Saturday Saad and I went to the countryside! I miss the English country so much and sometimes I forget how beautiful it is. True to itself, it was rainy and grey the whole weekend but we didn't let that dampen our moods. This weekend though was my thank you present to him for always spoiling me all year. I booked us a room at this beautiful hotel for the night.

Flowers in the lobby

We checked in and saw that it started to rain, so we looked through the activities book and I saw that one of the near by attractions is the castle that is featured in Downton Abbey! I called down to concierge to organise but turns out they are closed for filming. Over the weekend I also learnt that there are a few michelin pubs in the area but it was too late for us to book. It made me a little angry that I didn't do more planing but this will only mean that I will have to come back again.

When the rain stopped we went for a long country walk before supper. The hotel gave us some wellies and equipped us with an umbrella (which came in handy) and a bottle of water. The hotel sits on 500 acre piece of land, we will definitely not run out of walks while we are here. Here are some shots we took from our walk.


My trench coat is from Aquascutum

After the 2 mile walk we kicked off our wellies and went for a well deserve drink before dinner.

My Earl Grey Martini

Aperol Spritz my fav

We had dinner in one of the hotel's restaurants. And then it was time for bedfordshire.

The next morning we had a quick breakfast and spent the rest of Sunday in the spa. It was the perfect weekend.

My 90 mins massage
So oily now

Re-hydration after our spa session

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