Greenwich Market one afternoon. I had actually seen these boots before when looking for my new black boots, but they weren't on my radar (as they are brown) and the black version look a bit too combat for my taste!
I saw these boots and fell in love. I am not one for impulse buying, but for these boots I made an exception!
Just to note these pictures where taken after a few weeks of being worn.
Make sure you check out the Shoe Embassy! They have such a great collection of vintage inspired shoes, boots and heels. I wish I could buy more pairs before going back to Canada!
Let me know what you think!
Sunday, February 23, 2014
[ A view of Le Grand Hotel from Palais Garnier ]
Next it was time for macaroons! First we stopped at Ladurée, probably one of the most famous Bake Shops in Paris. Ladurée is actually all over Europe, but I thought it wouldn't be right to leave without trying one or two from the real deal. And I must admit, they were slightly better than the ones I've had in London.
[ Jasmine flavoured. ]
The final, and probably my favourite bakery we visited was Angelina. The atmosphere was perfect. There was a sense of tradition, without being touristy or commercial. Angelina was simple and elegant. It was a lovely experience with an intense selection of cakes, macaroons and pastries. By this time we had hit a sugar overload (due to too many macaroons), so we went for the Mont Blanc, recommended by WishWishWish and a croissant to save for later.
After walking through Jardin du Tuileries, we finally reached the Louvre. We took everyone's advice and did not go through the Pyramid entrance, which saved us a lot of time. Our Louvre experience was amazing! We chose to go through the Sully wing and then hunt down the Mona Lisa and Milo de Venus. Our plan worked perfectly! We spent about 2 1/2 hours wandering about and felt very satisfied with our trip.
Paris Travel Tip - if you're under 26 and have a UK passport or visa you get into most Museums for free (or at least a discount), best thing ever!
[ There she is the famous gal, herself. ]
[ Another famous lady, Miss Venus. ]
Friday, February 14, 2014
Ok, so if you don't know already, I am seriously addicted to Pinterest (I blame my little sister). Other than just decompressing from work, I love searching for new recipes. I thought I would start to share with you my Pinterest finds that are actually worth making! I didn't take any picture this week, but I will start to in the future! And if you aren't already following me, I'm at PrestonC4 on Pinterest!
Photo by Food Doodles
I really liked this recipe. I was looking for something that didn't have too many ingredients (a lot of other recipes used yogurt or sour cream), so this was perfect. It does take slightly longer to make as you are actually making the mushroom soup from scratch, but its worth it. The soup alone is sooo yummy!
- I didn't add the extra stalk of celery to the mixture
- I forgot to buy peas, but it was great without them
- I only used 1 can of tuna, as I thought 2 would be overpowering
- I only had a 1/2 lb of mushrooms
+ I added some cheese on top, because why not
+ I added bread crumbs*
* What if you don't have bread crumbs? Toast a piece of bread till it's nice and crunchy and then mince it!
Photo by Dashing Dish
Wow. So this is amazing. When I saw this picture, the first thing I thought was is it going to taste as good as it looks. My verdict - ok, maybe not 100% as good as it looks, but like 90%! It's really yummy! I just ate a little bit as my late-night desert!
+ I used semi-skimmed milk
+ Plain greek yogurt, instead of low fat
- I didn't use protein powder
+ I used honey, instead of stevia
Photo by Mama Bake
This recipe definitely surprised me. I was the most unsure if this was going to be a success, but let me tell you. It's absolutely delicious and really filling. Big thumbs up!
+ I used green lentils
+ I used shallots, instead of onions simply because I needed to get rid of them
+ Instead of a bottle of tomato passata, I used 4 fresh organic tomatoes, chopped
+ I used fresh basil, instead of dried.
There you go! Definitely give these recipes a try, they are all keepers in my books! I'll definitely be making them again!
Which recipe are you going to try first?
Thursday, February 13, 2014
[ my favourite teacup ]
Paris day two got off to a slow, but lovely start. Nina made us breakfast and had it all ready on a tray for us to take into our room. There is something so special about breakfast in bed (especially when no one had to sneak out to make it). Although we had a lazy morning, our day was extremely productive. We saw the Arc du Triomphe, the Eiffel tower and we went to the Musée D'Orsay.
[ The entrance to Nina's flat. Very leafy ]
[ The Eiffel Tower ]
[ the view from the 1st floor of the Eiffel Tower ]2nd Floor (with a lot of encouragement from Remi), that's 704 steps. My wee calves were shaking once we got back down to ground level. But he was right, it was worth it!
[ Someone was a little excited. Looking like a loris ]
[ We had lunch at the museum, and by lunch I mean cake ]
[ This tiny book contained everything. All addresses, and directions. I love my tiny notebooks ]
Another thing I learnt while on this trip was to have a plan. When you only have two or three days having a specific plan is extremely necessary. This includes researching restaurants that you are excited to try out. I did this, but only about half way. I know it may seem a bit strict, but I think it saves a lot of stress. I wish we had more time to wonder and explore, but with such a short trip we really needed to be organized. This leads me to dinner. We wandered around for about an hour and half trying to decide on where to eat. Paris, like London, isn't short of restaurants. Knowing which one is amazing and which is a dive is hard to do just from looking at exteriors. Eventually we ended up walking back to a restaurant we passed earlier in the evening, Le Fumoir. It was a lovely place, a bit more posh than we were dressed for, but the food was glorious. Everything was executed very well. Even the bread was to die for. We went all out once again getting the full three courses, we so fancy.
[ Starters. Probably my favourite dish of the night. I had lamb ribs with a delicious homemade BBQ sauce. Remi had the scallops ]
We finished our night off by walking through the Louvre to the Eiffel tower for the hourly light show. It was an amazing finish to our crazy day. How very lucky we are. I am so thankful.
I hope you aren't getting sick of travel pictures!!! There's a lot more to come from out amazing week! Thanks for reading!