London Calling

londonphile; a person who loves the english capital city. 

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It’s about my fourth or fifth time to London and I grown to love it more and more each time. My stay in London has been short having planned to visit other places around Europe, but I made it a mission to revisit all my favorite spots in the following 24 hours upon my arrival.

Parading from Marble Arche to Oxford Street. From Knightsbridge to Covent Garden. The tube had become my best friend as a means of transportation around this city.

My first stop was to have dinner at On The Bab at Covent Garden. It is a little cafe that sells Street Korean Food. Having been introduced to this place last June, I made it a point to return when I was back in town. This time, I ordered On the Bibimbap, On the Buns and On the Roll. They were a variation of dishes that ranged from a mixed rice to a “burger” and something similar to sushi, respectively. Each dish with their own acquired taste but scrumptious all the same.

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Soon came the hunt for all the items I have kept a list of since my last visit. Braving the crowd, I strutted down the hustling and bustling Oxford Street. Entering shops like Nike, Urban Outfitters, Zara, Topshop that were all around Oxford Circus, the heart of London’s shopping street itself. After which, I took a walk towards the as voted World’s Best departmental Store, Selfridges. I completely understood why it was given such a title because I found a wide variety of brands in there.

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Shopping should definitely be a sport on its own. After all the walking between stores and floors within the mall. I worked myself up an appetite. Thus, I made my way to Ponti’s which was just opposite from Selfridge. It is an Italian Restaurant and sold quality food. Though it was a slight mistake on my part having not considered the fact I would be in Italy the following week. Allowing me to have Pizza and Pasta for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Nonetheless, I ordered a light meal of a Bruchetta and Pasta to share. Wanting to leave an appetite for Burger & Lobster, later on.

Bruchetta

Bruchetta

Pasta

Seafood Pasta

Next, I headed to Piccadilly Circus to buy myself some Nespresso Coffee before leaving the last stop to be Harrods. How could any trip to London be complete without heading there?

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Ending off the night with London’s classic Burger and Lobster at Harvey Nichols.

Lobster

Lobster

Lobster Roll

Lobster Roll

London will always be at the top of the list of cities that I love to visit.  From the architecture to the smallest detail of coffee art demands to be instagrammed or tweeted about. The accent of the people here never fails to makes me melt, making them all the more attractive than they already are. Most of all, the familiarity that I have built through my numerous visit has made me feel very comfortable and safe in this amazing city. Something that takes awhile to cultivate within me, having been a anxious traveller. Often weary of my surroundings.

Please continue to be this wonderful, London. I look forward to more visits in the future.

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Lemon Drizzle Cake

It has been a good solid month since I last baked the Oreo Chocolate Chip Cookies. As I was scrolling through YouTube and clicking on random videos, I came across Tanya Burr’s Lemon Drizzle Cake collaboration video with Zoella. And immediately the eagerness to whip up something the kitchen came rushing in.

It is a Friday night and I had no plans, so I thought why not try brush up on some baking skills and bake a simple cake! I noted down the ingredients from the video and went home to check what was missing from the list that I needed to head down to the grocery store to get. When at home, I realised that the recipe was also in Love, Tanya book that just came in the mail a few days ago. With that, I headed down to the store.

The ingredients needed were:

  • 3 eggs
  • 170g of Self-Raising Flour
  • 170g of Caster Sugar
  • 170g of Butter
  • 1 tsp of Baking Powder
  • 110g of Icing Sugar
  • 2 lemons

When I got back, I started taking out all the equipment I needed and that included:

  • Measuring Cup
  • Measuring Spoons
  • Grater
  • Non-Stick Tray for Loaf
  • Mixer 
  • Mixing Bowl
  • Spatula

Lemon Drizzle Cake Equipment

After gathering all the ingredients and equipment I needed, everything else was pretty simple. I just mixed the butter, flour, eggs, caster sugar and lemon zest together, place them in the tray and pop it into the oven at 180° for 40 minutes. While the cake was baking in the oven, I mixed the icing sugar and the juice from the two lemons that I got the zest from and merely poured them on top of the cake when it was done and still hot. But before doing so, I used a knife to poke holes into the cake just so the drizzle is able to soak into the cake.

Viola! It’s done 🙂

I cut a slice of the cake and accompanied it with some sliced bananas and a cup of green tea and proceeded to putting on a film to enjoy it with. My kind of Friday nights!

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Lemon Drizzle Cake 1

 

Oreo Chocolate Chip Cookies

I have been reading tons of blogs and watching plenty vlogmasses online that really made me feel like baking. So after searching through a load of different recipes and putting this baking session off for a long time, I finally decided to bake Oreo Chocolate Chip Cookies, mm-mm!

I absolutely adore chocolate, so choosing this recipe was a no-brainer.  I had a lazy Sunday in and since I had no plans, I thought why not take up that baking session that I have been thinking of. So I headed to the nearest supermarket, bought back bags of flour, sugar, chocolate chips, Oreo, butter and other baking essentials. Went back home and got straight down to preparing the dough. With christmas carols playing around the house and the smell of cookies accompanied by the smell of pine from the tree. Everything just felt very festive and put me in a great mood.

The preparation of the dough took me about 30 minutes and baking time of 11 minutes. I took the recipe from Zoella’s website, which you can click here to view it as well. It was a really simple recipe to follow.

Here is how to cookies turned out. It was crunchy on the outside but soft and gooey on the inside. With a nice cup of milk or coffee, it tasted like heaven.

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