FAB FINDS

Fab Finds: Valentine’s Day Edition

Ah, Valentine’s Day. One of those occasions where there always seems so much pressure to find the perfect gift. Inspired by a few things that I’ve come across as of late, here is my curated list of gift ideas for that special someone…even if that special someone is yourself! 🙂

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RECIPES

Recipe: Chicken Thighs with Edamame, Butternut Squash and Curried Brown Rice

Back when I lived in Boston, I would challenge myself to cook something new every week. While I haven’t been able to keep up the weekly cadence since moving to London, I still try to make a delicious home-cooked meal when I can.

For this recipe, I paired a few favorites together for a simple, yet healthy meal with chicken thighs, edamame, butternut squash and brown rice. Curry and tumeric, plus salt and pepper add additional flavor to the dish. I love making a vat of this and portioning it out for my lunches for the workweek. It keeps really well over the course of a week.

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TRAVEL

Travel: A 48-Hour Stopover in Iceland

I recently had the pleasure of spending 48 hours in Iceland with friends from Boston as part of an Iceland Air stopover trip. Never heard of a stopover trip before? Iceland Air’s concept is brilliant. Travelers can fly from the U.S. to cities in Europe and the UK (or vice versa) for inexpensive rates with a 48-hour (ish) stopover in Iceland. The end result becomes a diverse, yet incredibly fun trip.

As I am currently based out of London, I decided to join my friends for the 48-hour Iceland stopover portion of the trip. Iceland is a three-hour flight from London, so why not!? With limited time in Iceland, here’s how we spent our 48-hours exploring sites like The Blue Lagoon, The Golden Circle and the city of Reykjavik.

 

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LONDON, RESTAURANTS

London: Brunching At Ottolenghi in Islington

With four locations around London, the food and atmosphere is just divine at Ottolenghi. While I’ve been several times before, I had never been for brunch –up until recently, that is.

I met a friend at the Islington location in Angel. While Ottolenghi does take reservations now via OpenTable, we were not that organized and queued up with the hope that the wait would not be long. Luckily, with only two of us, our wait was not terrible.

We sat across from one another at the restaurant’s long communal table and immediately started to peek around at what everyone else was eating. I opted for a Za’atar Frittata with a cappuccino and my friend the Shakshuka and a fresh mint tea. Look at how stunning the fresh mint tea is.

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