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18.8.16

The Hungry Girl's Guide to London: Street Food Edition

1. Borough Market
2. Camden Lock Market (left), 3. Old Spitalfields Market (right)
4. Southbank Food Market

As a self-confessed food addict I've tried and tested many of the food markets that London has to offer. There's something about the amalgam of delectable scents and the bustling atmosphere of a food market that I can't get enough of. I thought I'd continue my 'Hungry Girl's Guide' series on the blog with an homage to some of my favourite foodie hotspots, sharing with you the cream of the crop of London's street food scene. Prepare to have your tastebuds tantalised.

1. Borough Market: Borough Market is famous for its range of artisanal foods; ranging from meats and cheeses, to dosas and thalis, it certainly has something to suit everyone. A few of my personal favourites include the calamari from Furness Fish, Caerphilly cheese from Gorwydd Caerphilly, and the deliciously fluffy sourdough bread from Bread Ahead. I also can't neglect to mention the cookies bigger than your head sold by Comptoir Gourmand- every bite is utterly delicious. You may feel as though you're experiencing an extreme case of déjà vu while visiting the market, but that's probably because Bridget's house in 'Bridget Jones' Diary' is set here. Brownie points if you can spot which building it is. 

2. Camden Lock Market: This one is a bit of a tourist trap but it's well worth facing the crowds just to taste test the mac and cheese from The Mac Factory in the West Yard. The market's hand selected selection of street food is second to none, with a diverse range of dishes from across the globe such as kangaroo burgers, Ethiopian curry and flavoursome falafel (another favourite of mine). Camden Lock Market has a huge range of dishes guaranteed to cater to every taste and dietary preference, and there is more than just food on offer with vendors also selling goods such as jewellery, clothing, art and homewares. You could easily spend an entire day here.

3. Old Spitalfields Market: This East London market features an eclectic range of retailers and you will instantly be greeted with what can only be described as a symphony of olfactory delights upon entering. One of my favourite stands is Scarlet Grill, which specialises in Indian street food and sells the most amazing paneer naan wrap. If you happen to have the Happiour app then you can receive various discounts and freebies from Scarlet's Grill, so I'd definitely recommend giving it a try. The market is well worth a visit on a Thursday, which is the day of the Antiques Market, so why not enjoy some delicious food and treat yourself to a browse afterwards? 

4. Southbank Food Market: This is my most local food market and therefore one of my favourites by default. Whether you live near the Southbank or not it's undoubtedly one not to be missed, partly due to its positioning in one of the cultural epicentres of London. Whether you fancy a refreshing homemade juice, chargrilled corn on the cob or Lebanese mezze, you certainly won't be disappointed. The market also offers a variety of vegan and vegetarian options, which is always a plus in my book. I tried cronuts for the first time here at Galeta and I can definitely hold my hands up and say that I am a convert. The hype is 100% justified. Unfortunately the market is only open from Friday to Sunday, but I'd highly suggest visiting on a Sunday and heading over to Southbank's secondhand book market later. 

If you have any food market recommendations in London or Manchester then I'd love to hear about them. I'm always up for trying somewhere new!

14.8.16

Culottes and Crop Tops






Top: American Apparel // Culottes: Primark // Boots: New Look // Bag: ASOS // Necklaces: Kate Spade, Pilgrim

Before moving back to London next week I've been attempting to tick off as much of my Manchester summer to-do list as possible. Today I finally got around to exploring the Whitworth art gallery with my sister, which featured an amazing exhibition curated by Elizabeth Price, comprising of an amalgam of mediums representing the recumbent human body in various states: sleep, mourning, languor and such forth. The nineteenth century architecture and surrounding gardens are beautiful in themselves, so I'd definitely recommend visiting if you ever get the chance to. Beforehand we took a mini detour to the Fletcher Moss Botanical Gardens and decided to embark on a little adventure with a picnic of goodies in tow. While the weather wasn't perfect it was certainly above average by the usual standards of the British summertime, so for that I was grateful not to have to endure sodden sandwiches or hair.

These trousers have undoubtedly contributed to my growing culotte obsession. Trousers that are comfortable enough to resemble pyjamas, yet maintain an air of sophistication and effortless chic? Yes please. Despite their loose shape they are surprisingly flattering when paired with a more minimal, dainty crop top that subtly exposes a peek of midriff. I've started to notice that the number of crop tops I've been purchasing is directly proportional to the number of culottes, and no doubt I'll be adding more to my sizeable collection soon. I have a problem, I know. If you have any culotte recommendations do feel free to enable my spending habits and leave them in the comments below.

8.8.16

Khaki







Jumper: Topshop // Jeans: H&M // Bag: Topshop // Trainers: Adidas Stan Smiths // Choker: Depop // Sunglasses: Quay

After editing these photos I soon realised that the majority of this outfit was purchased via Depop, so I think it's fair to say that my affinity with the app is rapidly returning- I can't resist a good bargain! On the subject of Depop I currently have plenty of preloved clothes for sale, so feel free to check it out here if you so please.

I don't know about you but I've been obsessing over the current choker trend. My usual laziness means that I tend to neglect accessories, but chokers in all their simplicity have revived my love for jewellery. I'm currently trying to muster up the willpower not to purchase this particular one in every single colour, although I may just have to cave eventually.

This bag is another recent Depop purchase of mine, and the instant I saw it I was reminded of the ubiquitous Chloe Faye bag that every blogger and their mother seems to own. I think that the tassel detailing is a particularly unique touch and I love the combination of faux suede and snakeskin. In my opinion it is a truly versatile and timeless piece and I can't wait to style it more in the future.

13.7.16

Stockholm Photo Diary




I'm relatively obsessed with all things Scandinavian, and if you follow me on Instagram you may know that I recently went on a trip to Sweden's capital of Stockholm. We stayed in a stunning Airbnb apartment in the centre of the city's old town, Gamla Stan, which was definitely one of the highlights in itself. Although I only had the chance to stay for four days I thought I'd put together a photo diary and share some of my favourite spots and recommendations with you. I hope you enjoy and find it helpful!

Food & Drink

Herman's: This was undoubtedly my favourite restaurant from the trip. Herman's is a purse-friendly all-you-can-eat vegan buffet, with an extensive selection of salads, hot food (I'd 100% recommend their vegan lasagne. Thank me later) and desserts. Not only is the food incredible, but the restaurant itself is absolutely beautiful with plenty of outdoor seating looking over a panoramic view of Stockholm's skyline. It's worth a visit for the scenery itself! 

Greasy Spoon: We visited this place for brunch on our first day and I was blown away. They truly have something for everyone, whether you're partial to the sweet or savoury side of breakfast dishes. I opted for their banana maple french toast and it was incredible, although it was closely rivalled by their halloumi stack which I also sampled. This place is a must if you find yourself in Södermalm.

Flippin' Burgers: This place was a little far out considering where we were staying, although it was well worth the walk as I was not disappointed. As the name suggests, Flippin' Burgers offers a selection of delicious burgers with simplicity being at the heart of their ethos. My sister and I ordered their veggie option which was absolutely delicious, and I'd also highly recommend their "cheezus fries superstar" fries (brownie points for the amazing name) that come topped with their own organic cheese sauce. Don't miss out on their milkshakes and floats either- you won't regret a thing. 

Shopping

Hornstulls Marknad: If you happen to be in Stockholm over the weekend then this place is not to be missed. This flea market runs along the water and comprises of a range of vendors selling brand new and pre-loved clothes, antiques, food and more. Everything was extremely affordable considering Stockholm's reputation for being on the more expensive side, as I managed to buy four pieces of clothing for less than 200SEK (around £20). I could easily have spent all day here. 

Culture

Fotografiska: Although I found entry to Stockholm's photography museum reasonably pricey I'd still highly recommend it for their broad collection of exhibitions. On our visit they were showcasing work by Bryan Adams and his celebrity portraiture, as well as a moving series of panoramas by Nick Brandt about the deterioration of the landscape and destruction of wildlife in East Africa. You could spend hours here getting lost in the photographs, and it's just around the corner from Herman's if you fancy a post-museum pick-me-up. 

Hop On- Hop Off Boat: Although Hop On- Hop Off tours feature in every major city, I find them extremely useful for getting to know where you are staying, particularly if your trip is short-lived like mine was. The boats arrive every 15 minutes and the tour only takes one hour and will fill you with knowledge about Stockholm's landmarks, history and culture. Tickets are valid for 24 hours so you have unlimited access to the boats for this time, which especially comes in handy as an alternative transport method if you are tired of walking like we were by the end of our stay.