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  • nyonya supper club

    By now, you all know that I love food. I love many different cuisines, and I especially love Asian food – Japanese, Thai, Vietnamese, Chinese, Korean… the list goes on. Although I’m no expert in those cuisines (well, I’m obviously quite familiar and know a lot about Japanese food, but that aside), I’ve tried my fair share of popular dishes from such cultures. 

    However, Malaysian cuisine is one that I hadn’t explored much before, so when Angela (a Malaysian native) organised a get together at the Nyonya Supper Club and I was able to join last minute, it was the perfect opportunity to get acquainted with the Southeast Asian cuisine I’d only heard good things about. 

    / April 1, 2016
  • a little personality test

    As a girl who grew up in the 90s, I remember reading magazines in my early teens – a precious commodity, chosen carefully with my pocket money – and I had two sections that I always loved. One was the Agony Aunt bit, where the problems mentioned were usually something every young girl could relate to, and the other was the “quiz” section. Remember those state-of-the-art flow charts that would tell you what colour dress you should wear for your next disco, who is really your best friend, and what horoscope your next boyfriend would be? I don’t know why, but I had a minor obsession with those flow charts.

    My interest in personality quizzes and similar articles never really went away (FYI, I’m an IFNJ!), and although most of these things are just a bit of fun, I come across some that are quite intriguing, or offer a helpful and fascinating perspective. 

    / March 29, 2016
  • patron, cave à manger

    Let me introduce you to a little slice of Paris, tucked away in NW London, Kentish Town. Step into Patron and you’ll be transported to a cosy French bistro, and an evening of lovely food and wine will pass by in the blink of an eye.

    It’s a small restaurant, with a few comfortable tables and several seats at the bar – when we arrived (quite early for a dinner), there was already a couple at the bar sipping on drinks and enjoying a bite, and as time went on, the whole place filled up to the brim and it was packed. Clearly a popular place, no doubt a gem amongst the locals!

    I loved the interiors – jazz, ambience and a more personal feel than the likes of Côte (though I think it’s a pretty good pick for a chain), it was a lovely setting for a dinner date with my very excited husband, who is obviously a bistro food enthusiast (and harsh critic…). 

    / March 25, 2016
  • regent street cinema

    This recent London discovery has been one of the best that I’ve been fortunate to make through the blog, and I just know that you’ll love it, too. I’m so excited to share this gem with you!

    I was recently invited to an event held at the Regent Street Cinema, which I sadly couldn’t attend. Luckily for me, I was kindly offered two complimentary tickets to a showing of my choosing, so although I didn’t know much about the venue, I gladly took the opportunity as I love going to the movies. E and I chose Trumbo, which had been on my not-quite-conquered list of films to watch this past Oscar season.

    But it’s not really the film I want to talk about (which was very good, and Bryan Cranston is just magnificent) – it’s the cinema itself. I am kicking myself for not knowing about this place sooner.

    / March 23, 2016
  • sunday coffee date :: four.

    It’s apparently the first day of Spring today, but I’m yet to remember what real warmth feels like! There have been some hopeful sightings of blossoms and blue skies around London, which always lifts my spirits.

    I just realised that my last Sunday Coffee Date was back in November, which is a little scary – how have four months passed by so quickly? It’s been pretty great in many ways, and I think I’ve done my best (for the most part) at being productive and positive.

    Our Vietnamese adventure is just around the corner, and I don’t think a holiday has ever been more welcome by both me and E – we are beyond excited for some heat, sunshine, beach time, amazing food and spending time with his sister, her husband and three delightful kids. 

    / March 20, 2016
  • the gate

    Whether you’re a committed vegetarian or a die-hard carnivore, I’m quite confident that you’ll enjoy the restaurant I’m about to take you along to, because I realised in the aftermath (rolling myself home in a pleasant and unexpected food coma) that this place fills a gap in the market. 

    With healthy eating, gluten free, vegan and vegetarian options rising in popularity in cosmopolitan cities like London, we definitely have more options to eat meat-free than ever before. However, most of the places I’ve tried or heard of are heavy on the “healthy” aspect – and I’m definitely not complaining! It’s great to have places like that for all kinds of dietary and general well-being needs. But what if you’re a vegetarian, and want to go for a special date or dinner with friends and you want to indulge a little? What if you want options that are warm and decadent and filling, and leave the restaurant having completely forgotten that it was completely meat-free?

    / March 16, 2016
  • the happy list :: february 2016

    Read: Red Leaves by Paullina Simons. I found this book in a charity shop and was intrigued, as it was one of the only books (possibly the only) by her that I hadn’t read. (Anyone else a fan of the Bronze Horseman trilogy?) It was pretty good, intriguing and I do enjoy her writing style.

    Watched: Spotlight & The Big Short. I thought both were great – obviously very different, but they tackled two stories that can’t be easy to tell in effective and striking ways.

    Ate: Barrafina Drury Lane. One of the best Tapas experiences in London!

    / March 1, 2016
  • duck and rice

    I’m an open minded diner when it comes to eating out, but things that will always win brownie points with me are that a) they take reservations, and b) they play good music that isn’t played so loud you have to shout your conversations, because that paired with good quality food is actually not that easy to come by these days.

    Thankfully, Duck & Rice ticks off all those tricky boxes and more. It’s a unique place that boasts a relaxed pub setting downstairs (with some of the restaurant dishes on offer), and a restaurant on the first floor with cosy seats and a modern, friendly vibe. E and I had been once before, but our friends and I had not been too hungry for dinner after big respective lunches and had just shared some duck and rice (how appropriate) to share, so we were excited to try it “properly” with my sister and two friends in tow.

    / February 29, 2016
  • a mini-minimalist makeover :: or rather, a miracle.

    So, it’s been about 3 weeks since I blogged about my first steps towards a “gently minimalist” life, and no one is more surprised than I am (apart from my husband, perhaps, who knows me better than I know myself!) that this “makeover” that I embarked on has been done and dusted. Well, I don’t believe that it’s ever truly finished, but the initial drastic decluttering and re-organising? We nailed it. 

    Honestly, it has been an eye-opening, cleansing and – dare I say it – life-changing (to quote Marie Kondo) experience. I think that all in all, we threw away/donated enough bin bags to fill over half of our living room, and I have no idea where all that stuff even fit in our flat in the first place. 

    / February 17, 2016