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Wormsloe Historic Site, Savannah

Savannah

With my sister over from England, with her Uni friends, I had to take her to Savannah, my favorite city in Georgia. I love the character the city has; all the beautiful buildings, the trees towering over them covered in Spanish moss and the squares brimming with history. If you have not visited I would definitely recommend adding it to your list, and whilst there I would thoroughly recommend Chive. Keep reading to find out about another recommendation I have for you!

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For the long Martin Luther King weekend, my sister, her three friends and myself piled into the car and made the four hour drive down. Somehow we turned it into a five hour drive which seems to be the case with us when we take road trips. We arrived late Friday night so just solidified our plans for the next two days before hitting the hay.

Our first stop of the day Saturday morning was Wormsloe Historic Site. This site is famous for its live oak mile long drive way. It is stunning!  Also, on the property is the Wormsloe tabby ruins which is the colonial estate of Nobel Jones and the oldest standing structure in Savannah. Nobel Jones was one of the first settlers to come to Georgia from England in 1733, many years later a large plantation house was built on the property. However, it is not actually open to the public and is still lived in by the owning family (fun fact: Wormsloe is the site of several movies. If you have ever seen the movie ‘The Song’ the drive way and the Plantation house are the ones from Wormsloe). The property also has Nobel Jones’ grave which you can go visit as well as some other small buildings that show what life was life during Colonial times.

 

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Trail View Tree Sitting Group

Later that day we headed to downtown Savannah. We walked around the downtown area for a while making sure to stop at the many different squares to have a wonder.  The most popular square is probably Chippewa Square since it’s where Forrest Gump sits on the bench to tell his story. Another one of interest is Calhoun Square, as this is where 432 Abercorn street is found. If you have never heard of this house take a few minutes to google it!

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We then made our way towards Bay street to put our name down for Treylor Park, a restaurant recommended by close family and friends. The host told us it would be about an hour wait until we were seated – worth it, trust me. To pass the time we wandered along River street to take a look around.

Treylor Park was great! I would recommend starting with the Treylor Park Nachos; we devoured these before I could even get a picture. Fried chicken pancake tacos with strawberry salsa are their most popular dish. Make sure somebody at the table orders these, you won’t be disappointed!  We finished up with the funnel cake covered deep fried oreos, again, gone in a flash. I would go early if you want a table; by 7:30 they were already telling large groups to try their sister restaurant Hitch.

Sign Tacos DessertCheck back next week for what we got up to Sunday!

Lots of Love,

Buffy xx

The Ivy London

I first heard about the restaurant ‘The Ivy’ 12 or 13 years ago and since it has been on my radar as a place I would like to try. After we got back from Amsterdam my sister and I were set to take a Gin making class in London (‘Buffington’s was to be my creation!). However, I had multiple problems when trying to book the class. First, the payment system, then whether I would even get the ticket on time (I couldn’t just pick it up) and then whether or not we would even be able to catch the last train home! It was obviously not in the stars! My mum then suggested we all go up to town for dinner instead.
The first restaurant that popped into my head was naturally the Ivy! I managed to get a last booking and put it on the calendar! Since I was free that day I decided that I would go up a little early and have a wonder around the shops. We would then we would all meet later at the restaurant.  I made my way up and my first stop was Harrods, obviously. I love to look around Harrods, not just for their beautiful pieces but simply to people watch. The species of human that walk around are astonishing.  After hitting a few more of the shops I finally made my way to The Ivy.
Who can resist a good Bathroom selfie??
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Dress // Blazer – Zara (similar) // Bag // Sunglass // Boots
Blazer – Zara (similar) // Top – Zara // Bag // Trousers – American Eagle (similar) // Boots Steve Madden (similar)
The Ivy has been around since 1917 and is in the West End, by many of the theaters. It recently went through a renovation but still has the art deco feel! I love the coloured glass and that it just has an old timer’s classic feel to it (they take your coat and pull out your chair for you!). We were sat right away and made our way thoroughly through the menu. After a round of drinks (good ol’ Gin n’ Tonics) we put in our order.
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We started with the Giant Tiger Prawns for an appetizer. From there it was onto Crab Macaroni, courgette, ricotta & pea Risotto, double pork sausages (bangers and mash) for everyone and a cheeky second drink (dirty vodka martini).
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Now, no matter how much you eat, there is always room for dessert! My sister always says regular food goes to your stomach but dessert goes to the heart, not what our dietician mother wants to hear!
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For dessert we got an array of things: Chocolate pudding soufflé (my favourite!), sticky toffee pudding and Bramley apple crumble pie.
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With full bellies we strolled slowly back to Waterloo to catch the next train home.
Lots of Love,
Buffy xx

Artists’ of the Netherlands

Our last full day in Amsterdam we spent hanging out with some of the most famous artists related to the Netherlands…Van Gogh and Rembrandt. Amsterdam is full of museums and we didn’t have nearly enough time to see them all.
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We got up early again so that we could make the most of our last day. The first stop on the agenda was the Van Gogh museum. When we got there there was already a long queue to get in and it was very confusing on where to line up. The British love their orderly queues and this was not one! We waited about 30-45 minutes in one of the lines which luckily let us in. I think one was for people with online tickets and the other for people with no tickets.
The museum was VERY busy. You feel like you are wading through people to see anything. However, I have always liked Van Gogh’s art work and so it was interesting to see. I like that it gave you background information about him and also showed you his early work because it is different from his more well know pieces. Also, you are not allowed to take any pictures!
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The next stop was Rembrandt’s house. As I mentioned in a previous post I love the tall houses that look out onto the canals and I’ll take any chance to go in one. They had Rembrandt’s house decorated like it would have been when he lived there. It was interesting to see the box beds, they were very short!
For our last stop of the day we made our way over to the Portuguese Synagogue where we had a look around.
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Dinner the last night was at a small restaurant off of Dam Square called Van Kerkwijk. This is a restaurant that has no menu! The waiters simply stop by the table and tell you what your options are.
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We started off with drinks (trusty G&T, Prosecco and Beer) and a sample platter consisting of different meats and cheeses.  For the mains we had Beef stew, Filet and a chicken thai curry. All the mains came with a family portion of fries and a salad to share.
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After dinner we made one last stop by Sweatella and then it was off to pack!
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Lots of Love,
Buffy xx

Maltby Street Market

Sooooo it has been a while since my last post. Where did I leave off? Yes, leaving Pharmacy 2. My friend and I were still a little peckish as we left Pharmacy 2 and previously she had mentioned Maltby Street Market to me. We decided that we would have a quick stop by on the way back to her flat since we could make it on the way.

On the way over we stopped by the Imperial War Museum to check out some of the outdoor displays.

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Maltby Street Market is located over by Tower Bridge at LASSCO Ropewalk and definitely worth a visit. As you walk up you start to smell all the rich aromas of the different foods cooking…Heavenly!

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It’s a short narrow street chock-full with people and bursting with all sorts of different food and drink stalls. I would recommend you go on an empty stomach (dangerous but oh, so much more fun!) so you can try the large variety of foods on offer. We made our way down to the end of the street taking in all the foods available and trying to decide what to have.

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I was very tempted by the bad brownies but managed to stay away (i’m not sure I would next time).

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We finally made it to the end of the street and after great debate of what to eat we made our choices. My friend settled on One Love Kitchen which has authentic Caribbean street food. She had a jerk chicken wrap.

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20160320_101136I went with the original comfort food and had a grilled cheese sandwich with bacon from the The Cheese Truck and let me tell you it was good!

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20160320_101546 20160320_102240There are also some little side antique shops to check out as you make your way through the market. Also, my friend told me there were a couple of good gin places if gin is your drink of choice (it’s mine!). We didn’t have time to pop into any of those but I have added it to my list for next time.

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This reminded me of the Wand Shop 'Ollivanders' in Harry Potter

This reminded me of the Wand Shop ‘Ollivanders’ in Harry Potter

I would love to swing by the market in the warmer months with friends, get a few drinks and some food, find a table, catch up and just watch the world go by (I love to people watch).

Have any of you checked out Maltby Street Market? If so, what did you think? And do you have any other Market recommendations?

Lots of Love,

Buffy x

Brunch for the Borrowers – Pharmacy 2

*Warning – long post and lots of pictures…grab a snack (and maybe even a cuppa’ if you’re feeling particularly British)!

Sunday morning we made the trek to Lambeth to try out brunch at the new Pharmacy 2 restaurant located in the Newport Street Gallery. Apparently a few years ago Damien Hirst opened a restaurant with the same style and concept in Notting Hill that was very popular, so this is something of a relaunch after the original closed down. 

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We had a relatively early reservation (11am) because when we called to book it was nearly full. It is set upstairs in an Art Gallary (I’ve got some pictures of that coming later in the post so do keep on reading). Being a pharmacy style restaurant, everything is very sterile looking (duh!).

The way upstairs

The way upstairs

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Coat (Similar here and here) // Boots (Similar here and here) // Bag

It is not a very big restaurant, quite small actually but we were seated immediately. I think we beat the brunch/lunch crowd because, thankfully, it was almost empty when we got there. The entire space is decorated with things to do with pills, other medicines and general hospital/pharmacy/Doctor paraphernalia. You must take a moment to look around – especially at the bar!

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On to the food and my friend and I’s experience; ours was a little strange and I bet you are wondering why I called it food for the Borrowers (if you are not familiar with the Borrowers they are very tiny people that live in the walls and floors of an English house. It was originally a book, that was then made into a TV show, I think, and then a movie. Another great afternoon read/watch with your cuppa, but please, finish this first).

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To start, we both ordered a brunch item (after being told lunch items were not available till later-fair enough), tea and water. We asked the waiter, before not knowing lunch items were not available, if we could order a side of the creamed spinach to share. That was when we were told lunch was not available but he would check if he could make an exception for the one item (they said yes). We told him thank you and then went onto wait for our food and catch up some more.

Both brunch items came out. I ordered the creamed mushrooms on focaccia with pecorino ramsons which was delicious. My friend ordered the crushed avocado on toast with chilli and Portland crab and it was only just large enough to fill a Borrower. It was probably about 5 bites of food. I understand small plates (I love Tapas) but at 12.50 (pounds not dollars) I think it was a tad overpriced. She did say it was good but not £12.50 good! Now we were just waiting on the spinach….we kept waiting….and waiting. Finally, we were both finished eating but decided to ask if the spinach was still coming. That was when we were told it was never ordered. We told the different waiter that our original waiter came back out and told us the kitchen was going to do it for us. He informed us that no, it was not put in or ok’d. All just very confusing. With that we were asked if we wanted a dessert/pudding menu with which my friend replied (and I love her for this) “Yes, I’m still bloody hungry”.

Fococcia with Mushrooms

Fococcia with Mushrooms

Avo on Toast with Crab

Avo on Toast with Crab

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When ordering dessert we were told they were very small and to both order one. We both went for the Willies Peruvian Gold chocolate mousse with Honeycomb. They never came out. After waiting 25 minutes or so we asked someone passing if they were coming (we didn’t want something like the spinach happening again). With that the 2nd waiter brought them right out and apologized for the wait and told us he was taking them off the check. The desserts were great! Definitely give the mousse a go if you check this place out.

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We asked for the check and what was funny was when it was brought out it had the creamed spinach on it! We had them correct it (it was a little awkward after they were adamant it was not put in the system) and they brought out the corrected check which again had and extra item we did not order on it. That is when the 2 waiter scrupled up the bill, did some counting in his head and said ’12 pounds”. We both looked at him confused. He said he totaled everything (minus the dessert) and halved it! For 12 pounds we could not say anything about the portion size or wait times.

Both my main and my dessert was very good. I think some items (cough cough crab on avo toast) are over priced and obviously there was major confusion with the ordering at our table but it was an interesting restaurant (lacking some atmosphere) to try out…even if just for the decor!

We made out way down to the gallery that displays some of Damien Hirst’s art collection. On show was Power Stations by John Hoyland (ended 10th April). Make sure that if you go to Pharmacy 2 to eat you leave time to walk around the gallery. It is a very open and airy space – really nice to walk around! We had a wander, stopping to discuss the different pieces of art, before heading off to Maltby Street market because we were both still hungry.

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See what the Maltby street market was like in my next post. Hint: definitely give it a try if you are in the area!

Lots of Love

Buffy xx

London Town – Drinks in The Loo

Hi Everybody,

My friend took me for drinks in the toilet….sounds weird right?! Well, keep reading to find out why anybody in their right mind would want to do that….

Let me start by saying sorry I have been MIA. I didn’t realize how long it had been since my last post! Back in March I headed over to England for a few weeks to see my family and friends, specifically to surprise my sister, who never saw in coming! It was so nice to be back home for a bit. The first weekend that I was back I spent in London with a good friend of mine from school, or as the Americans say “high school”. I headed up Saturday afternoon and the first stop was wedding dress shopping; she had an appointment booked so I met her there and after we headed off to lunch.

Lunch was at Dandelyan Bar at the Mandrain London at Sea Containers (a mouthful I know). We just popped in for a quick drink and bite to eat before heading back to her flat. We shared the celeriac & Smoked Chicken Flatbread as well as the Rice Paper Vegtable Summer Rolls. Both delicious and easily enough to fill you up (I suggest you take a look at their cocktails menu because it had a great variety and everything looked good!).

Dinner, that evening, was at a Vietnamese Restaurant on Kingsland Road, a great Restaurant that was very reasonably priced. After that we headed back over to London Bridge area as my friend had made reservations to have drinks in an old underground toilet/loo. Sounds pretty weird but who doesn’t want to visit an old underground public toilet that has been made into a bar!? It is called the Bearmsendy Arts club (no clues that it is in fact a loo!). It was a really cool space with exceptional drinks, make sure to look down while you are in there as you can still see the outline of where the toilets were! It is a strange thought while having  drink but just adds to the interesting space and atmosphere.

With jet lag setting in for me, after a few rounds we headed back home for the night. If you are in London I definitely recommend checking out the Bermondsey Arts club.  Do make sure to book in advance because I believe they only take reservations and the location is not very big, but it is well worth the effort!

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Coat // Boots (another option) // Dress (similar, similar, similar) // Purse // Necklace

Make sure to check back for my next blog post. We Headed to Pharmacy 2 and although not a cocktail bar in a loo, it was an interesting experience!

Lots of Love,

Buffy xx

— Pauley’s Original Crepe Bar —

I had the chance to meet up with Virginia, a good friend of mine for Lunch today. Pauley’s in downtown Athens was our destination of choice since she had never been. When we sat down we started having a good chinwag and so it took us forever to order but when we did we, of course, over ordered.

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We started with the Pesto Tartine (these are also good if you add chicken) however, I will say that the Chicken Tchoupitoulas are my favorite! You must try those if you go.

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For mains my friend had a Ceasar salad and I had the roast beef crepe. With this we both shared the smashed potatoes (so good and such a good idea!) and the pesto pasta salad (I’m a huge fan of pesto if you cannot already tell – my husband says I could live off the stuff).

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There was definitely no room for dessert but the smores crepe is amazing if you save room. I am also partial to the peanut butter crepe.

After our bellies were full we had a little wander around downtown where we found this guy!

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After a few snaps we headed home with the promise of not waiting so long to see each other next time.
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For those of you in Atlanta…keep an eye out because Pauley’s Atlanta opens soon! I cannot wait.

Lots of Love,

Buffy x

P.S. These boots are sooo comfortable and versatile. I love that you can dress them up or down and that they are a bit different…definitely a great piece and one that I have worn a lot. They come in a bunch of different colours in the suede and then also in a smooth black leather.

The Royal Peasant

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Being from England and living in America (especially the South) has its obstacles; you can’t get good Pimms, you can’t have a classic rainy, cold ‘summer’ BBQ and you certainly can’t go for a stroll on the Heath! However, now you can have some good ‘ole pub food and The Royal Peasant fits the bill!

This small British Pub tucked away in the heart of Five Points is where you will find everything from half pints to crisps to bangers and mash….as well as some fish and chips! What more could a Brit ask for?!

The other afternoon my husband and I headed over there for a late lunch on my day off. We both had the Burger and a salad to share. I also recommend the house crisps, chicken curry and fish and chips (basically you can’t go wrong here!) While you are at it don’t forget to order a pint (of cider)…or half!

This is Corey’s mad face when I tell him I have to take a picture before starting!

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The place is filled with everything British!

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Bag (under $30) // Glasses

I wore a dress I picked up a couple of weeks ago from Equipment. I love their stuff – it is so simple and comfortable, this dress especially because you can easily dress it up with these pumps (I wore this out for my husbands birthday back in May) or keep it casual for a pub lunch!

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Dress – on sale! // Necklace // Shoes (old) – Dune (Similar/Similar)

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Bracelets // Bracelet

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Lots of Love,

Buffy xx

P.S. My 100th post is fast approaching, and to celebrate there is going to be a surprise, prize giveaway! Keep your eyes peeled for clues and information on my Instagram @LotsofLoveBuffy and this space!!

Flashback Friday

While I was back in England a few months ago I spent some time in Oxford….Since it is Flashback Friday I thought I would share.

The lamp post from The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.

The lamp post from The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.

The Lion from The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is on this door.

The Lion from The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is on this door.

When we arrived we headed straight to a lunch spot my sister recommended: Turf Tavern.

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It is a small pub that you have to go down a small alley way to get to. It seems that other buildings were just built around it. It has so much character!

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After a very filling lunch we headed to a covered market area where we yet again had more food…

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These were amazing! While munching on cookies we explored more of the small shops.

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One of the last places we visited was a Harry Potter shop.
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What are some places you guys recommend when visiting Oxford? My sister now lives there so I know I will be back the next time I am across the pond.

Lots of Love,

Buffy x

Grey Jeans and Chelsea Boots

I picked up some grey jeans and chelsea boots while I was in England and wore them when I went to Guildford one evening to meet my friend Katy for dinner. I kept it very causal and comfortable pairing both with a bright top, leather jacket and hat.

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Boots: Dune // Jeans: Mint Velvet (similar here and here) // Necklace: Molly Jane Designs (Similar)

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I love the zip detail on the side.

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Bag: Mulberry // Jacket: All Saints (similar) // Top: SOAKED in Luxury (similar) // Hat: ASOS

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The ride to the train station.

I headed to Guildford on the train and after meeting at the station we headed to Jamie’s.

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After dinner we set off to find a place to have one last drink before heading home. We ended up at The Kings Head where we were both thoroughly entertained by 2 men practicing magic tricks on us and a man who was dressed up as a red nose walking through the door (for red nose day). I always want to know how the magic tricks are done and Katy and myself couldn’t stop trying to figure out how they were done on the walk back towards our lift home.

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Lots of Love,

Buffy x