When I visited Dublin last year I had the perfect tour guide; my Irish friend Sinead who lives there. After brunch, shopping and a mid-shopping coffee on the Saturday, we were ready for some vino in the afternoon. The first place we went to was the cute The Bailey Bar with stripy canopies and pastel colours. We managed to snag one of the outdoor tables and spent an hour or so chatting and people-watching. What a treat at the end of October!
Next we went to one of the most famous pubs in town; Kehoes (try pronouncing that!), and I realised I had been there when I last visited Dublin. It’s a great mix of tourists and locals here, and it still feels genuine. Plus it has the prettiest ladies room I’ve ever seen in a pub!
The Bailey Bar, 2 Duke St, Dublin, Ireland
Kehoes, 9 South Anne Street, Dublin, Ireland
For Halloween last year I went to Dublin for the weekend to visit my friend Sinead and the city was bustling to say the least; in part because of Halloween but it was also the Dublin Marathon that weekend and of course there was a big rugby game on (like most weekends in Ireland).
I arrived late on the Friday night so we only had time to catch up over a bottle of wine, but spent the next day out on the town. We started with a delicious brunch at Dillinger’s in the cosy Ranelagh area.
The place was packed when we arrived but we got a nice table (can’t remember if you can book or not) and started to read to menu. For a brunch menu, this was one of the best I’ve seen; I wanted to eat everything! In the end I decided on the hash brown with guacemole, poached egg and smoked salmon while Sinead had the waffles with fried chicken and maple syrup. Both dishes were really nice (just a tad too big for us).
We also had bellinis drink (appropriate when on holiday) and coffee.
Our lovely Saturday continued with some shopping, both in Ranelagh and central Dublin, and some drinks outside before going home to change and then on to dinner.
Dillinger’s, 47 Ranelagh, Dublin 6, Ireland
Several Saturdays ago I met up with Sinead for a very lazy (and late) brunch at 2.30pm in the afternoon, a time that suits me perfectly when there’s unlimited prosecco.
Although brunch is almost a religion in the US and even more popular in my native Sweden than in the UK, London brunches are becoming increasingly popular. We went back to Avenue, where we had dinner a few weeks previously as we thought it would be a fun place for brunch, and it definitely was.
The other guests were in high spirits (maybe even literally due to that free-flowing prosecco) when we arrived and it was a mixture of smaller parties, hen dos and larger gatherings. It’s table service here (no buffets) and you can choose from the menu and then pay a set price for two or three dishes. We both started off with eggs (as it was at least my first meal of the day), I had eggs benedict and Sinead eggs florentine. Both really nice, although my slice, I mean slab, of ham was the biggest I’ve ever seen. After the savoury start we continued with amazing waffles with berries and yoghurt.
And then finishes off our brunch with something very sweet; an chocolate and vanilla icecream sundae. Really nice as well!
We really enjoyed our brunch here and the restaurant is perfect for that type of meal. But if I’m going to be picky (and I usually am) I would have liked some more fruit with the waffle and I still think they need to change the lights (or completely do up) the ladies room!
Avenue, 7-9 St James’s Street, London SW1A 1EE
Berlin was quite different to what I expected, but Emma and I had a fabulous time. We enjoyed good food (restaurant reviews in separate posts), laughed A LOT and walked lots taking in the sights.
On the Saturday we started the day at the Berlin Wall museum for some contemporary history. It was very educational and well worth a visit. After that we walked around for the rest of the day exploring Berlin. The city is a fun fix of old and new, pretty and ugly.
Emma at The Memorial to the murdered Jews of Europe.
An obligatory tourist picture by Brandenburger Tor.
Strasse des 17. Juni by Brandenburger Tor.
Reichstag (the Parliament).
The river Spree.
Gendarmenmarkt (Cavalry square) with pretty old buildings.
Den iconic green man; a little chubbier than the regular one.
A typical Berlin view; old meets new.
Die Fernsehenturm (Television tower) which you can spot from anywhere in the city.
The River Spree.
The Lipstick and the Powder Compact by Kurfürstendamm.
A walking talking sausage stand. I didn’t buy any but they looked and smelled great!
The trip to Stockholm last weekend was so much fun. Emma and I stayed with Carina in her lovely flat and we got up to lots of fun things. Bubbly and pinxtos in the middle of the day, amazing dinner at Matbaren, a few drinks at Riche and on the Sunday we had the best brunch at Berns (reviews to come). We also talked a lot and danced to 80s tunes in Carina’s flat. Good times!
This weekend I’m staying in London. Tonight will be a chilled out affair and I can’t wait for a lie-in. I won’t celebrate Valentine’s day but going to party and then for a nice dinner with my friend Caroline. It will probably be us and lots of couples but that’s fine.
How is it February already?! Wasn’t it just the beginning of January?! I wish someone had prepared me for the increasing speed of time as you get older. I miss feeling like a summer is endless and that you might even get bored. No chance of that when life happens in turbo speed…
One the plus side it means spring is almost here, yay! (But on the bad side, it will be over pretty quickly…)
Last weekend consisted mainly of going out so this week has been quite calm. My flatmate and I have watched the first season of Broadchurch (so good!) and on Tuesday I meet up with Laura for wine and dinner at Carluccio’s.
This upcoming weekend I’m trading London for Stockholm and I am so excited to hang out with two of my best friends for a whole weekend! We’re going to eat well, go for brunch, hang out and catch up properly. Only thing I’m not so excited about is the snow and ice but I have my curling boots so should be fine.
Just want to wish you all a lovely weekend! It’s a shame the lovely sunny weather will disappear this weekend, I could do with some sunbathing… But I think a nice long lunch at Bar Boulud tomorrow and a trip to the Henley Regatta on Sunday will make up for it!
Have a great one!
* Great quote from Downton Abbey.