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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

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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Necklace Chelsea boots

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

walking Zip maybe

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.

Appetizer

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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.

IMG_20150313_222534_576Overall an enjoyable night!

Lots of Love,

Buffy x

Bob Bob Ricard…

My husband (Corey) and I always try and find a new (fancy/different) restaurant to try whenever we venture back over the pond to good ol’ England. Last time it was his pick – Hawksmoor Seven Dials in Covent Garden (very good!). This time it was my turn to choose and Bob Bob Ricard was top of my list, it had been for about the last 4 months! I was excited not only to try the Russian inspired British menu it had on offer but also wear the new dress Corey had got me for my birthday.

We took the train up to London, looking as elegant as possible (as required), and made our way to Piccadilly Circus.

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Coat // Boots // Black Tights // Clutch

Here is a you can see the dress better:

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Dress // Blazer – Zara (old) similar here // Earrings – Chloe & Isabel

DRess detail

Jewelry

Bracelet – All Saints (old) similar here

Bob Bob Ricard (BBR) was nestled between side streets right past the Golden Square (a historic square in the heart of soho). We were immediately greeted and sat as we walked in the dimly lit entrance way. Our table was a small booth close to the bar and it, of course, had the signature “Press for Champagne” button which I did end up pressing (cheeky – how can you not?). The interior of this place was ornate with a strong Art Deco theme. One word – Beautiful!

the bar by our table

the bar by our table

This was the table we sat at

This was the table we sat at

What followed was a great meal with some really tasty cocktails and drinks!

We started with -18 degrees Voht-kah (said in a Russian accent) shots before really taking a good look at the menu.

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Shots

Menu

Apéritifs were ordered – I had a dirty Martini and Corey had a glass of white wine.

Me & Martini

When the starters came we dug right in. We over ordered and so there was so much to choose from – Waldorf Salad, Sea bass Ceviche with avocado, oysters, and Truffled Siberian Pelmeni (a Russian inspired dish of dumplings filled with crab and lobster).

Waldorf Salad

Waldorf Salad

Dumplings

Dumplings

Oysters

Oysters

Ceviche

Ceviche

Starters

For mains I ordered the Lobster mac and Cheese and Corey had Filet Mignon Rossini (served with Foie Gras and truffle gravy). We then shared the truffled mashed potato and crushed peppered sweet corn.

Mains

 

Us

In between all the deliciousness I pushed the “button” and received a lovely glass of champagne while Corey decided to try the “oyster martini.”

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Cheeky champs Oyster drink

Pudding consisted of the BBR signature Chocolate Glory (to share) and one last cocktail – the passion fruit & Elderflower martini. Sadly the video I took of the Pudding will not load on here but here is what it looks like.

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Last cocktail

Last cocktail

After dinner we headed to London Bridge, over by the Shard, to meet some friends for one last drink at a local pub before taking the last train home!

Overall a great night! Thanks for reading.

Lots of Love,

Buffy xx

Normandy

*Picture Heavy Post – grab a cup of tea!*

Last week I spent a few days in France with my husband and parents. After flying into Charles de Gaulle airport, just outside Paris, we jumped into a car and headed for Normandy – Bayeux specifically. Our first stop after checking into our hotel was Omaha Beach. It was actually a really nice drive over, through a bunch of really small towns, villages, and country stone homes. We got to Les Moulins and walked around the Musée Mémorial d’Omaha Beach before heading down to see the Omaha beach Memorial and Monument. The beach was a lot more open than I expected but that made it all the more breath taking.

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Musée Mémorial d’Omaha Beach – Display

Beach View

Omaha Beach

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After walking around for a bit we headed to Arromanches to see the remains of where an artificial port was built right after D-day. This port was built so the allied troops could offload men and materials efficiently during the invasion of Normandy.

Artifical port

Arromanches Artificial Port

Arromanches

I will say it was very cold – we were all bundled up!

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That night we headed back to Bayeux and went for a walk around the town to find a place for dinner.

Bayeux Church

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Menu Ham Salmon Pudding

Early the next morning we headed to see the Normandy American Commentary and Memorial. This site was stunning – it sits on the cliff edge with the ocean below…after such a horrific battle the final resting place of the nearly 10,000 who gave up their lives felt very peaceful. We all left feeling very moved.

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The last stop before driving onto the Loire Valley for some vine tasting was stopping in Bayeux to find a boulangerie to pick up some sandwichs/bread for lunch.

Stay tuned for my next post where I share some pictures from the wineries we visited and the cave we stayed in – we were troglodytes for a few nights!

Lots of Love,

Buffy x

Italian Dinner

The other night after I got off work my husband, a friend of mine and myself all headed out for an Italian dinner. It wasn’t anything fancy but just a laid back evening with good food. We headed to Depalma’s, a restaurant a few minutes down the road from us, and settled in a booth with the menus on hand.

We started with some fresh bread and olive oil and also some housemade focaccia bread with spinach and smoked gouda sauce.

Starter

This was followed by fettuccine with meat sauce for myself.

Fetaccini

Spaghetti with meat sauce and meatballs plus a side salad for my husband.

Meatballs Salad

And Shrimp Charmaine for my friend Jill.

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Shrimp Charmaine – sautéed shrimp with a spicy sun–dried tomato, spinach & jalapeño cream sauce over fettuccine.

Everything was covered with shredded parmesan cheese!

We also paired this with a bottle of red wine! Nothing fancy.

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Dinner was followed by dessert (we went all out! ha). The Chocolate Torte, Zuppa Inglese, and Cannoli were all brought to the table and quickly devoured.

Dessert

Zuppa Inglese – Sponge cake soaked with rum and expresso topped with chocolate and vanilla mousses.

Dessert Torte

Torte – filled with chocolate ganache and served a la mode

Cannoli

Cannoli – Italian pastry filled with sweetened ricotta cheese and chocolate chips.

I kept the evening casual with jeans, a sweater, boots, and a hat.

Jacket onJacket (similar – splurge & similar – under $100) // Sweater (similar) // Jeans

Boots (similar) // Necklace (similar) // Hat // Bag

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I love the texture of this leather jacket!

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What have you guys been up to lately?

Lots of Love,

Buffy x

The Last Resort

We went to dinner with some friends the other night and decided to head to The Last Resort. Last Resort does one of my favourite lunches (see post here) but I hadn’t been to dinner there in a while! It was great! My husband and I had great company, wine and food!

We started with a bottle of Ghost Hill Pinot Noir Blanc to have with our starters – Fried green tomatoes and crab cakes.

Sorry about the grainy picture!

Sorry about the grainy picture!

This was followed by red wine with our dinner. This was the Arbis Ros. I had a steak so this paired nicely!

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Since I was coming from work when I got home I threw on a dress and some boots to make it easy. Check out the look below!

Head on Dress (local Athens store) / Joules Coat / Clutch / Knee High Boots (I got these in the summer for 70% off!)

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My Husband wanted in - he kept sticking his foot in.

My Husband wanted in – he kept sticking his foot in.

Ted Baker Shoes (similar)

Boss also wanted to be in the pictures…it took a few shots!

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Lots of Love,

Buffy x

Interview with a Vampire…or Buffy

Day 2

We woke up early on day 2 to head out of the city (about 55 miles away) to check out 2 very different plantation homes. The drive took about an hour and the first stop was The Laura Plantation, a Louisiana Creole style Plantation house, and one of very few left. The property was originally named l’habitation Duparc after its first owner – Guillaume Duparc. Guillaume Duparc, a French navel veteran from the American Revolution, acquired the land from Thomas Jefferson in 1804 and proceeded to build a sugar mill on the land. It was passed down through the women in his family and subsequently became known as the Laura Plantation because Laura Locoul was the 4th mistress (4th generation) to run the mill before selling it.

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Map of Plantation homes

Map of Plantation homes

The house sits about 600 feet from the Mississippi river and this proximity was utilized to help keep the property cool in the hot summer months. The large trees in the front of the house funneled the cool air off the river towards the house and then the strategically placed doors would be opened and closed at certain times to move air through the house. Very Clever!

View from Laura

Trees that funnel the air from the Mississippi

Here you can see the door that run along the front and back of the house to help airflow

Here you can see the door that run along the front and back of the house to help airflow

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Walking towards the Laura Plantation

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Laura Plantation Basement - used for wine storage

Laura Plantation Basement – used for wine storage

Laura Wine

These pots were buried and used to keep things cool – early refrigerators!

Other properties on the Plantation

Other properties on the Plantation

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Where the Kitchen use to be

Laura Tree

After touring the property and learning a great deal about the history we headed to our second and final stop of the tour – Oak Alley Plantation. This is an Antebellun Mansion, also a sugar plantation, a few minutes down the road. It was a huge contrast to the Laura Plantation.

Close up of oak alley

The large Oak trees are what you first notice about the property and it is still a mystery to this day who planted them.

View of oak alley

Jacques and Celina Roman acquired the land in 1836 and built the mansion you see today which was completed in 1839.

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Entryway

dinner table - silver

Silver was laid in this manner because it was usually engraved with the owners initials showing guest ownership

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A fan to keep dinner guests cool

Faux marble fire

A faux marble fireplace

We took a tour of the house and then explored the grounds before heading back to the city. Walking through the large oak trees was incredible because they were so monstrous in size. We were also informed that this house was used in many movies including: Interview with a Vampire.

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We made it back to the city by early after noon and decided to go explore Magazine Street before heading out to dinner.

Sadly the only picture I have (that I can find) from Magazine Street is a Halloween costume I considered getting Boss.

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For dinner we went to a restaurant in the Garden District called Jacques Imo. After waiting a bit to be sat we were led outside to our table. Here the hostess showed us our table by the door before saying “or you can sit in the truck”? Our course we choose the truck not really knowing what that meant. Our question was answered 2 seconds later when we turned around to face the street and saw a truck parked with a table on the bed of the it! Sadly I only have one picture of this because both our phones died and we left the camera in the hotel room. Luckily 2 guys who were making conversation with us took a picture (with about 10 other people doing the same) and emailed it to us.

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The food and atmosphere were great and we finished off the night at Maple Leaf bar to watch Rebirth Brass band – a very cool Jazz band.

The last day consists of the French Market, beignets and a famous Muffuletta – make sure you check it out on the next blog post!

Lots of Love,

Buffy x

Swanning around New Orleans

I took the past week off because a good friend of mine, Charlotte, (that I grew up with in England) was stopping by for the week before she headed off to Mexico. We decided to spend the first 3 days in New Orleans because she had not been there before. I have only visited once and that was a couple of years ago for a work trip so it was nice to go back! We lucked out and got a hotel a few streets down from Bourbon Street. We wanted to be in the French Quarter so that we were close to a lot of things and could walk around easily.

Both our flights landed in the morning so we made it to the French quarter by late morning. This was after a very interesting taxi ride where the driver started off by arguing with airport security while we were quietly sitting in the back of the taxi! That was then followed by her asking where we were from…when my friend responded “London” she said “that’s not in America is it”? Much road rage on her part ensued after that! After safely making it to the hotel we dropped our bags off and went for a wander around.

First stop was obviously Bourbon Street!

Bourbon

From there we just got lost in the French quarter and admired all the (iron) balconies and interesting buildings. We also stopped in a Voodoo Store and a bar for a hand grenade.

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Dauphine St Voodoo Store

 

Hand Granade

When our stomachs started to growl we went on the hunt for food…local food! A friend had recommended Coops! We were told it was nothing to look at but the food was great! We stepped in and immediately understood – the inside looked like a very local bar! We shared a table with some other people (family dining style) and then Charlotte and I shared a bowl of gumbo, green beans and shrimp Gumbo. It was all very tasty.

Coops Outside

Coops bar Coops Food

From there we headed to Jackson Square (originally called “Place d’Armes,”) where we strolled around looking at some of the street art, popped in St. Louis Cathedral and walked through the park.

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Cathedral Park

We then decided we would slowly make our way back to the hotel to rest and get ready for dinner. We choose a nice restaurant in the Garden District called the Commanders Palace and so had to make sure we were dressed appropriately.

Commanders Palace

We made our way there via the Street car (which is actually a really easy way to get around New Orleans). It was a short walk from our stop. I don’t think either of us realized our fancy this restaurant was – or how big it was. It consisted of 7 dining rooms!

We started with Apèritif cocktails.

Pre Dinner Drinks

Bread and soup for an entreeStarter soupBread

This was followed by risotto with crab for myself and risotto with lobster for charlotte. We also had  some greens and grits (charlotte wanted to try grits – I am not a fan of grits) as sides.

Risotto w:Crab

 

Greens Grits

We paired our risotto with wine – everything was delicious.

Dessert was a chocolate torte.

Dessert

We left with Clarence the swan! Charlotte named the posh doggy bag and we proceeded to swan around Nola with it! Haha!

Clarence

 

Street Car & Clarence

All in all a good day! Stayed tuned for day two on the next blog post – We go on a plantation tour of two houses about an hour outside of the city.

Lots of Love,

Buffy xx

Dinner at The National

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My mum has been over visiting from England and has been staying with me for the past few days. For her last night in Athens we decided to head on over to the National for some dinner. The National is a great restaurant in Athens that not only has great food but a great ambience.

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Their bread is really good!

Their bread is really good!

We started off with some stuffed Medjool dates (my husbands favourite), Boquerones (Anchovies) and Hummus! After this my mum and I shared the Plum Salad and Cod special and my husband had the Pork Chop. It was all delicious! For dessert we all shared the Chocolate Torte.

I would definitely recommend checking out the National if you are in town!

I kept my visit there casual and just wore jeans, a top, boots (these boots are so comfy – I walked all over London in them with no problem!) and a blazer. To see more check out the pictures and info below.

Me

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Elephant Pendant

Elephant Pendant

Jeans – Express / Top – Topshop (similar) / Boots – All SaintsBlazer – ZaraBag – Mulberry Bayswater / Necklace – Julie Vos

I hope you all have a great Thursday!

Lots of Love,

Buffy x