Over the weekend, I took full advantage of the warm, sunny weather in London to go for a run in Regent’s Park. Much to my surprise – and delight – I discovered that the Frieze Art Fair sculptures are back up again in the park. For those not familiar with the Frieze Art Fair, it is an international contemporary art fair that takes place every October in London’s Regent’s Park. While the fair itself charges a ticket fee, the sculptures are free for all visitors to the park to enjoy – from July to October 8! Here are a few of my favorites.
Girl’s night is a treasured tradition among my group of friends. We each take turns planning fun night’s out all over London, with each evening completely different from the previous ones. For our most recent girl’s night, we went to Little Italy in Soho. From classic Italian dishes, to an unexpected magic show and a crowd ready to work off their meal with lots and lots of dancing, this venue has a lot to offer – and then some!
I have a confession to make. Up until recently, I had never been to a birthday party for a dog before! So, when I was invited to a 10th birthday party for my dear friend’s dog, I was very excited. From the venue to the food, doggie treats and more, the party was fabulous! Planning a doggie birthday party? Take inspiration from my friend’s soiree!
As an American expat in London, one of my favorite Sunday rituals is brunch. A time to gather with your girlfriends, catch-up and gossip a bit. Upon moving to London, I was pleasantly surprised to discover that there are tons of great spots for brunch, including Jackson and Rye in Soho.
Interestingly, Jackson and Rye describes itself as, “Bringing a flavour of the USA to London.” However, when presented with this delicious coffee, one has to feel like J&R is bringing its own distinct style to the table.
When I’m not on the road, I love testing out new recipes. I have a never-ending email folder filled with links to recipes online. It’s curated and searchable, which is fantastic if I want to use up an ingredient that’s going to expire soon.
This week’s test? A chicken, veggie and brown rice stir-fry from Fit Foodie Finds, a great blog with a focus on healthier recipes from a blogger who is also a yoga instructor. The original recipe called for broccoli – a veggie I’ve never really warmed to – so I decided to buy a pre-chopped stir-fry veggie mix from Waitrose (grocery store here in London) with mushrooms, bok choy, carrots and snow peas.
I did, however, stick with the rest of the recipe and it was incredibly quick and easy. The sauce was also delicious and held up well even after a few days in the refrigerator.