When the Man told me that we were going to London for the weekend to visit Mr B, I was really excited! It meant – hanging out with our dear and crazy friends for the weekend – check! Shopping – double check!! And a chance to meet up with super-talented baker extraordinaire and blogger – Ms R from The Pleasure Monger – triple check!!!. We’ve exchanged loads of comments and had chats over twitter but nothing beats meeting this lady in the flesh.
The weekend literally passed by in a FLASH! Of course, London greeted us with grey skies and the occasional showers, but I went prepared with my brolly. Here’s a quick round-up of the weekend in pictures:
We were stuck at the customs for 1.5 hours and after that another hour in the weekend traffic. We arrived tired and a little hungry at Mr B’s place where we polished 3 bottles of Vino before heading out for Japanese at Roka. Made a ruckus at Roka and we were nearly chased out. That’s what you get when you put these 2 boys together who are best of pals for almost 10 years.
Chu-toro and O-toro sushi cravings satisfied at Roka
Blog-meet with R and I was tres-excited. Left home an hour earlier as I was worried about getting lost, but still I was slightly late due to the closures of some of the train lines. Minutes later, the lovely R emerged from the crowds, we exchanged greetings and she handed me a box of macarons freshly baked from her kitchen that very morning. Aww..I was extremely touched by the gesture but was even more thrilled to have the pleasure of actually tasting her bake-treats after ‘drooling’ over the goodies that she’s made and wrote about on her blog.
Lunch was a cosy affair with loads of girlie-talk exchanged over yummy Lobster noodles at Mandarin Kitchen. I also managed to get some really good baking and food-styling tips from the Baking Princess herself which she graciously shared. And Cat – I finally got to sample those lobster noodles that you’ve raved about.
Weather was starting to hold up, so we took a nice walk to Portobello Market for some vintage-hunting. Had a good haul of vintage buys which I will share in my next post.
The Hummingbird Bakery at Portobello where I got the Hummingbird Cupcake Recipe book
I had wanted to get a pair of rain-boots, so R brought me to Selfridges to check out the massive shoe-gallery. The Summer Sales had just started and there were some really massive discounts that we spied, but we exercised a certain amount of self-restraint. Hehe.. And before we knew it, the 4-odd hours that we had spent flew by. I had such a wonderful time just hanging out with R that we arranged for another one – this time in Singapore to stuff ourselves silly with local food.
Red velvet cupcakes from The Hummingbird Bakery
The Pleasure Monger’s hazelnut, black truffle and salted white chocolate macarons
My photos of the macarons don’t do justice to R’s home-made sweet delights. We’re staying with our friends and I didn’t want them to think that I was insane bringing out all their cutlery and photographing them with the macarons. This was the best shot I could come up with before popping them back into the refrigerator. To me, macarons are best enjoyed after dinner!
And after dinner as we were all sitting around watching the US Open 2011 with our wines in tow, I excitedly proclaimed it was time for ‘Petite Fours’. Brought out the macarons and split them amongst the 4 of us. As I bit into the macaron, I was blown away by the different flavours that R has created and infused in this tiny treat. I’ve tried the Pierre Herme White Truffle and Hazelnut Macaron once and the memory lingered on. Now I can add on the macaron that R created and etched into this sweet memory of mine.
Absolutely heavenly and delicious!
So that’s London in brief, I’m looking forward to our next trip there to catch up with friends and hopefully try out some new restaurants.