Tourist Tuesday: The Victoria & Albert Museum

V&A Entrance

I can’t believe I haven’t written about the Victoria & Albert museum before because it’s my favorite museum in London. Second to the Science Museum, which is where I work, it’s the museum I’ve visited the most. I love the V&A. Initially I thought about it as an art museum but it’s so much more than that. It’s a museum full of beautiful objects that celebrate the creativity and abilities of humans across the world. The objects include art, fashion, culture, architecture, and design. It’s glorious and beautiful, and I love it.  (more…)

Thai Iced Tea

Thai Iced Tea

Beginner ButtonIt’s Monday, which means everyone could use some caffeine to get the day started. Even if you’re an early riser there’s something about Monday that just requires an extra boost. And, since it’s summer doing it a cooling way is obviously best. That’s assuming of course that you’re in a hot weather climate. Here in London it’s been humid but cool and rainy. So very rainy. But, with a Thai iced tea I can at least pretend I’m in a tropical climate.  (more…)

Pretzel Dogs

Pretzel Dogs

Sometimes you have the best of intentions. You intend to make healthy vegetable based meals, but instead you just want something that has no nutritional value, feels like summer, and will make your taste buds sing. And sometimes, your husband is really happy and excited when you make said unhealthy meal that you just can’t help yourself. So you do it, you make pretzel dogs and eat that instead of the huge amounts of produce that just got delivered from Waitrose. Oops(more…)

Tourist Tuesday: Urquhart Castle

Urquhart-Castle

Ok everyone, this is my last post about my vacation to Scotland. If you missed the other two posts, feel free to go back and read about Edinburgh and Culloden Battlefield. I know I’ve been talking about Scotland a lot, but the thing is, it was such a wonderful experience!

Vacation is meant to be a break from regular life, to try something new, and to relax and recharge from the stresses of work. Unfortunately sometimes when you get back home life hits you like a ton of bricks and it feels like you never went away at all. But this trip has stuck with me. We’ve been back over a week and I still feel at ease. I feel better about work, about the hot sticky temperature of the tube, about our tiny flat, about chores, and about all the tiny things that bug the regular life version of myself. Scotland was so lush, green, sunny, and friendly. It was such a great holiday and I’m just not over it yet.  (more…)

Pico de Gallo

Pico de gallo

Beginner ButtonGuys, today I have a lovely salsa recipe as well as a little gush about Saltedtv.com. I’ve become kind of obsessed with Salted. Basically it is an online cooking school with hundreds of videos presented by 75 professional chefs (some of whom I’ve even heard of before). And it’s where I got today’s recipe for pico de gallo. Since joining a week ago, I’ve spent practically every break during work watching videos and they have everything. Everything I need to know and everything I didn’t know I wanted to know.  (more…)

Tourist Tuesday: Culloden Battlefield

Culloden Battlefield

After visiting Edinburgh, Ryan and I took the train north to Inverness. We wanted the chance to get out of the city and see lush beautiful Scottish countryside. In addition to what we wanted to see, my friend Sarah-Jane who is from Inverness wrote me a list of foods, restaurants, pubs, and sites to take in while we were on holiday. We were prepared for a glorious Highland getaway.

I found Inverness really charming. Running practically through the middle of town is the River Ness. I’m always thrilled with being near the water, it just makes me feel happy and alive so Ryan and I sat on a bench and people watched and enjoyed the beautiful scenery. We also looked at Inverness Castle, but only from the outside because sources told us it wasn’t worth going in. We listened to Scottish Music at Gellions Pub (have I mentioned that I truly love bag pipes?). And we had a steak dinner at McGongall’s, where I tried haggis again and a soup called cullen skink. Throughout our entire time in Inverness we found people to be so friendly, warm, and happy. It was a real pleasure all of it. Still, one of the things I really wanted to do was get out of town, walk out in nature, learn some history, and see a Highland cow. (more…)

Cranachan

Cranachan

When Ryan and I were in Edinburgh we bought a bottle of whisky. Because, you know, that’s one of the things you do (according to the guide books) when you go to Scotland. We picked out a cute shop along the Royal Mile and browsed around. I asked a woman who worked there what she recommended for people who wanted to have some whisky but aren’t regular whisky drinkers. After giving us some helpful advice she showed us a few bottles. We chose the one that she said was light, had a nice flavor, had no burn, and wasn’t too expensive. It was exactly what I wanted.  (more…)

Tex-Mex Breakfast Casserole

Tex-Mex Breakfast Casserole

I love having a big breakfast on weekend mornings. When I was a kid my dad used to make pancakes, waffles, or omelets. It was a nice treat and felt like the ceremonial start to the weekend. Ryan and I try to do the same thing here and we sometimes make poached eggs, French toast and we were even on a short lived kick of making pancakes. And then I decided I wanted something different. I wanted something savory. I wanted something that would be ready all at once, instead of pancakes that are ready one by one. And then after a craving for Mexican food, I decided we should have a Tex-Mex breakfast casserole.  (more…)

Tourist Tuesday: Edinburgh, Scotland

Edinburgh Castle Exterior

I’m writing this while in Edinburgh on our last day of vacation. When Ryan and I decided we wanted to take a week long summer vacation we talked about a lot of places. Mostly, we talked about sunny places and mostly we talked about Italy. But, we went to Italy last year and so we decided it was time to finally visit a place we kept dreaming of, but hadn’t yet made the time for: Scotland. We had visions of old castles and rolling hills, while I also had a desire to visit every part of the UK. So, Scotland it was. And it turns out, we had a lot of sun while we were here too. We chose to visit Edinburgh at the beginning and end of the trip with Inverness in the middle.  (more…)

How to Make an American Flag Cake

Flag Cake

Happy (almost) Fourth of July! I’m a little homesick at the moment because I know I’ll be missing out on the celebrations, fireworks, barbecues and crab feasts my friends and family are having at home. However, just because I’m abroad doesn’t mean I can’t have a great celebration. Ryan and I are traveling to Scotland for a week long vacation so I’ve got nothing to complain about. And we had some pre-holiday celebration in our flat thereby bringing a little piece of the USA to our place. My friend Kym sent me a bunch of decorations, I bought some stars and stripes socks and earrings, and I made a beautiful American flag inside surprise cake. I’m actually crazy proud of this cake and I’ve been showing photos of it to my friends for the last few days. (more…)

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