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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

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

Throwback Thursday #TBT

Hello All,

I hope you are having a nice week so far. I was looking through some of my old pictures and found these. These are a throwback from when I went home in February/March earlier this year. I love going over the Headley Heath for walks and sometimes even horse rides. The views are really pretty and there are lots of good trees to climb in between dodging the cows that roam about. My sister and I would go over here daily to walk Leo and it was so refreshing to be outside for those few hours.

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Lots of Love,

Buffy xx

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

– Mother’s Day –

Mother’s day was a couple of Sundays ago in England, the 15th to be precise, and it was the first time in about 9 years that I have been able to be at home with my mum on the day! It was fantastic – both my sister and I under the same roof with my parents. We decided there was no better way to spend it than with a pub lunch! That is after we gave mum her gifts.

We (my sister and I) picked up a HUGE bouquet of flowers, a spa voucher and this little gem (see below) to help say thank you for being the best mum out there!

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It does have the word mother in it!

Then it was off to the pub. My aunt and Uncle were also up for the day so we all piled in our cars and headed off!

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Dress – Ted Baker (similar) // Blazer – Zara (similar) // Black Tights // Boots – All Saints (on sale now!)

Scarf – Gift (similar) // Earrings – Old (similar)

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I will say that we had a very fancy ride to the pub.

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Pub

Once we arrived we all busied ourselves with drinks and studying the menu.

Menu Drinks

Lamb chops to start off with followed but steak, pasta, and roast chicken…what more could you ask for?

Lambchops starter

Steak au poive Roast chicken Pasta Chips

Dessert that is!!

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I hope that I am over across the pond for mother’s day next year…we will have to see.

What did you guys do for Mother’s day or what do you have planned if you are in America (you’ve got some planning time).

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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Menu

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

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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).

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Waldorf Salad

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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.

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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

Walking….

One of the things I miss about living in England is the walking. There is a lot more land that is open to the public (many times via the National Trust) where you are just free to visit whether it be for walking, riding or even picnics. Since I have been back in England I have been walking Leo, my sister’s dog, daily. We switch it up, either going back behind the house or over to Headley Heath. Yesterday we walked behind the house (there is a trail) in the pouring rain. Leo loved it! He was rolling in the mud and walking through puddles while I was trying to avoid the mud and puddles. Here are 2 pictures from yesterday. We were both drenched by the time we got home.

Selfie Leo Soaking wet

The rest of the pictures are from walking on Headley Heath. Enjoy!

On the way

On the way to Headley Heath.

View from the top of the hill

Leo

Cows roam all over Headley Heath and according to my sister sometimes they can be a bit mean. Below is us taking a detour through a thorn bush to get to another path and avoid them!

Detour from cows

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Some people were building a fort.

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Leo leading the way.

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Leo in action

Heading back to the car.

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Wrong direction Leo!

I am off to France next week for a few days. I am heading to Normandy and the Loire Valley so if you have any recommendations for places to visit in the area please let me know.

Hope you all have a great weekend and thanks for reading!

Lots of love,

Buffy x