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Finally got around to visiting the beautiful Mercato Mayfair with Hannah!

I had the laksa from Spicy Lab and it was so flavourful and delicious, but I wish they’d chopped up the chicken because a drumstick is rather challenging to eat in a small broth-filled container…

Really wanted to check out the Oxfam collection in Selfridges but I had to head off early for a dentist appointment (v glam), so will have to check it out next time!

James bought us a National Trust membership for the year so decided to check out Osterley Park and House, which was a short drive away.

I’d been on the lookout for Thai boat noodles, so was very impressed with the selection at the modestly named The Great Thai Restaurant just off Oxford Street.

Was lovely to catch up with Anna too!

Keir Starmer visited our shop to chat about Shelter’s campaigning and the need for reformed renting rules and a new generation of social homes.

I was so excited when I saw that Oxfam opened a superstore in Oxford back in 2019 and I’m glad that I finally got around to visiting this year!

It was great to wander around – the clothing section wasn’t as big as I thought it would be, but they had a great selection of books and bric a brac!

James picked up a book and I was very excited to find a copy of Sorrow and Bliss, which is quite high up on my TBR pile!

A 15-minute drive into Oxford city centre.

For lunch, we headed to Edamame.

Although the restaurant is small and they don’t take bookings, we luckily managed to get in after a short wait outside.

It’s lovely and cosy inside – we ended up sharing a table with a mother and daughter and two friends.

I wasn’t sure what these pickles on the right were, but they were so addictive and I’d quite happily munch through a big bowl of them!

The Shoyu Ramen with pork was delicious – the broth was light; all the ingredients were flavourful, and the pork melted in the mouth.

A visit to the covered market for a Ben’s Cookie and a tropical smoothie from Moo Moo’s.

Cute cards for Valentines/Galentines Day!

Celebrated Galentine’s Day with Sarah doing a spot charity shopping in New Malden, lunch at Kang Nam and tea and cake from The Place.

A dreamy day despite the rain!

Treated James to hotpot at our local Weizi Prawn Hot Pot for Valentine’s Day – the best kind of hot and steamy IMO 😉

Smoking Goat had been on my list for a long time and Tina and I finally got around to visiting!

Their menus change quite often and overall, I thought the food was good, but nothing spectacular.

My personal highlight was the Chilli Fish Sauce Chicken Wing – crispy and sticky on the outside, juicy on the inside and packed with flavour.

Unfortunately, the Prik Laab of Chicken, Offal and Fried Skin was awful – dry and quite flavourless. I hate wasting food, but it wasn’t pleasant to eat.

Cute sign for the Bao Noodle Shop opposite, which of course, I’ve now added to my ever-growing London restaurant list.

Bushbaby came to visit me at work and we grabbed a chocolate milkshake at Happy Face Pizza before dinner at Sambal Shiok on Holloway Road.

The flavours in the laksa were great and the meat was well marinated, but the soup was a bit too thick and spicy for me (even at medium heat), so I’d ask it to be mild next time.

Stumbled across this Chinese supermarket across the road from the restaurant and they had my favourite dessert!

Knowing how difficult it is to perfect a Japanese cheesecake, this delight was worth every penny.

Loved catching up with Sadie who I hadn’t seen since May last year!

That’s 9 whole months – wild.

Anyway, we grabbed dinner at Sen Viet in King’s Cross and the food was just *chef’s kiss* – I think it may be my new favourite Vietnamese restaurant in London…

Sadie went for the deep-fried ice cream, but I was, surprisingly, too full for dessert.

However, I’ve already booked a revisit this weekend – I need to try their mango spring rolls and the tofu dessert!

I was tidying the drawers in the lounge on my day off and found this absolute treat.

I am the gift that keeps on giving.

Sorry, no refunds.

The usual evening view.

Ending on a bit of positivity!


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