Picnic, black tie party and concert!

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The second week of September we had quite nice weather. An Indian summer almost. But even so a Monday is still a Monday and I just stayed in after work. Read a new book by one of my favourite authors and just took it easy.

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Tuesday I had caprese with burrata for lunch and it made me so happy it was salad weather again!

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In the evening we had dinner at Green Room before we went to the Margaret Atwood talk at The National Theatre. She was of course amazing, and so were the three actresses reading chapters from her new book!

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The following day I went to The New Forest for work during the day and had my Pret lunch by my desk as usual.

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Back in London in the evening I met up with a friend for impromptu cocktails and pizza. So fun!

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Thursday I switched up my caprese salad a bit and added avocado – so yummy!

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As it was a glorious day I took the opportunity to do work errands AND enjoy my first and only frappe this summer.

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In the evening I made a really quick supper, consisting of cheese filled tortellini and fried mushrooms from the freezer. Super speedy and yummy! I also watched the first episode of a new series that seems promising; The Loudest Voice.

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On Friday I made some puff pastry slices topped with prosciutto and tomatoes as a starter and then made our favourite prawn pasta, but without the mushrooms.

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Saturday started with a lie-in and a cooked breakfast, as usual.

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And then we decided to have a little picnic in the park so we could enjoy the gorgeous weather!

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In the evening we went to a fun black tie party by the river and we got to sip champagne while taking in this view and sunset. A good start indeed.

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But we also had our faces painted by a really talented artist and enjoyed a hog roast followed by an ice cream of your choice! Such a great evening!

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Another lie in and another cooked breakfast on the Sunday before we got ready.

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We shared a pizza for lunch before heading east, using several different modes of transport.

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First the tube, then the DLR and then this cable car that I hadn’t tried before. Not the fastest route to the O2 but definitely the most fun!

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Then we had dinner at Gaucho, enjoying steak, fries and red wine.

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Next we had some drinks in the Sky Backstage bar while waiting for the concert to start.

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We saw Muse for a second time this year and as this concert was smaller it was a bit more intimate, but I loved both concerts equally. And the new album is so good!!

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Back home we had toast and hot chocolate before bed to unwind after a pretty full on but amazing weekend!

 

 

 

Heatwave!

London has been warm lately, even by my standards, but I do love it – apart from the humidity!

I had another quite busy week but with a few relaxing evenings to myself to balance it out. Every year I get baffled by how busy the summer is but it’s a lot of fun!

Anyway, Monday I had a relaxing evening after work, mainly to recover from the fun weekend in the country (and catch up on those chores). I had toast for dinner, because I have those days too. It was too hot to cook and having cooked so much over the weekend I just needed a break.

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Tuesday I met up with my Swedish food blogger friend Malin who was in town with her daughter Ella. They were eating as much Asian food as they could as they both love it, and so we had dim sum at Yauatcha Soho for dinner. We had a lovely dinner and I just love the food there. It’s consistently very very good. After dinner we ran across the road to a really dodgy pub to watch the extra time and penalty shoot out between Colombia and England and after England had won people were singing and dancing in the streets of Soho.

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Wednesday the weather was a little cooler, but it was still lovely to have a drink on the roof terrace before heading to Shake Shack for burgers and cheesy fries. Then we went for a walk and finished the evening with an episode of Billions.

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I had another quiet night on Thursday and made a lovely salad for dinner. And on Friday I was invited to the Roger Waters concert in Hyde Park in the evening, which was really hot and really good fun!

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On Saturday I watched Sweden lose to my second team, England, (who deserved to win) and in the evening it was more football, with Russia v. Croatia. I also cooked (!) despite the heat and made a Quiche Lorraine, that we had with a nice salad and cold rosé. And ice cream for pudding. Ice cream and ice lollies are the best in the heat!

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Sunday was a lazy day with a lie-in until noon, some chores at home and a nice afternoon in the sun on the roof terrace with the latest issue of Vogue; the best ‘me time’.

Onto the next week…

Scandi tip #2: Robert Wells

Ok, the name Robert Wells might not sound very Scandinavian, but this guy is one of the biggest stars in Sweden. He is an extraordinary talented pianist and started off playing mainly classical music, but with his love for rock music, he started touring with a few other singers/muscians and calls the shows Rhadsody in rock. I went to one of these performances once with my parents aaages ago, and although most people were middle aged and I was 19-20 at the time I really enjoyed it.

In exactly one month’s time; on the 28th November, Robert Wells is coming to London to perform at the Royal Albert Hall, with his Rhapsody in Rock – China Edition tour, combining his trademark sound with Chinese music.

I of course took the opportunity to book tickets. From only £25, how can you not…?

Note: Image from The Royal Albert Hall website