Wake Up In The Morning Feeling Like P Diddy

We did it again…picniced outside the Wireless Festival. A little Ke$ha on a Saturday afternoon never hurt anyone.

Rocking Out To Rod Stewart

This past weekend there was a music festival in Hyde Park called Hard Rock Calling. We didn’t get tickets but we sat outside the fenced area and enjoyed his music!  We cheated but I bet after you read this you will to because next weekend is the Barclays Wireless festival where you can do the same thing.  

As you can see a lot of people had the same idea as us.  We brought some beer and a towel and camped out for a couple hours in the park.

We didn’t know what to film but we wanted to record the music so sorry in advance for the random shots.

You better believe it we will be there again on Saturday at 4pm for KeSha!!!

Wimbledon 2011

Catching up…..Read about The Queue here.

Tips for Wimbledon:

-Read the size requirements of bags that can be brought into the grounds and how much alcohol you can bring in.

-Go with a group

-Have a picnic while you are there

-Bring alcohol

-Bring cash

The day was so much fun and we had amazing weather.  The rest of the story can be told through photos.

Picnic

And thanks to David who gave me his Centre Court ticket for the last set of the Soderling/Hewitt match!

The Queue

On Thursday we decided to tackle ‘The Queue‘ at Wimbledon.  The Queue is for non-ticket holders who want to experience Wimbledon.  You aren’t guaranteed entry but the chances of you getting in are pretty high.  We got to the queue around 10:00am and were in by 12:30pm.

Tips for the queue:

-Bring a book, magazine, newspaper

-Bring a towel to sit on

-Bring some snacks, drinks, & alcohol

-Bring an umbrella

-Bring cash. They don’t accept credit cards.

-Be patient.  It looks like chaos but it is very organized

We didn’t camp out but there were a ton of tents filled with people hoping to get centre court seats.

The queue is a fun experience and once you get into the grounds you realize it wasn’t as bad as you thought.

Next up…Inside Wimbledon!

NOLA

Well we survived our first Bachelorette party in New Orleans…..barely.

24 hour bars, restaurants handing out to-go cups, flavored daiquiris, beads and balconies.

That’s all I can say. 

A Taste Of Spain – London

Sunday afternoon Jon and I went to the Taste of Spain festival on Regent Street. We thought it was going to be a giant street fair with different food and drink vendors, free samples, activities, etc (secretly we were hoping it was like the NY street fairs) but it wasn’t.  If I had to sum up the fair I would say it was an advertisement for Spain.

The World Cup Trophy

I Looooooove Mini Golf!

Overall the festival was fun but if you missed it you didn’t miss much.  The only food options were churros or an ice cream truck. It got us out of the flat so I’m happy about that.

I’m Alive

I’m alive and well.  Living it up and enjoying every moment in the city.

Looking up at Times Square on 7th Ave.

Grand Central Station during rush hour.

Peach bellini’s at Cipriani.

Street food!

Bryant Park during lunch hour.

That’s only a little taste of my vacation.  1 week left until I’m back in London. =(

Engagement Trumps Birthdays

The first 24 hours in NYC were epic. It started out at dinner with Jon to celebrate my birthday and our anniversary and ended with a Saturday brunch with the besties celebrating our engagement.

From this:

to this:

to this:

Rewind to the beginning…we got into NY around 4pm.  We were staying at a hotel because Jon’s parents were “painting” the apt (which turns out wasn’t true).  We got to the hotel and I immediately ran off to get a mani/pedi because I was in desperate need of one (anyone that lives in London understands). I knew I had to be ready early but  I thought I had enough time to get both a manicure and pedicure but I was wrong.  I wound up getting a pedicure and half a manicure (no polish).  I headed back to the hotel to shower and get for the dinner.

We met Jon’s sister, Erika, at the restaurant for some drinks before dinner.  We caught up, laughed and everything seemed totally normal.  Jon and I went upstairs for dinner to enjoy delicious sushi.  He decided he wanted to give me my birthday present after dinner and I wasn’t going to say no so we went back to the hotel.

I walked into the room and there were rose petals, flowers, presents, candy, champagne, and some other things all over the room!  I was in shock! I turned around and Jon was down on one knee.

After spending time together we headed down to the lobby where I was surprised to see my family and his family. We celebrated with toasts and drinks and then headed to a bar where I was surprised again by all my friends.

After a crazy night out which ended with dancing to a cover band we woke up to meet the girls for bunch at barmarche which I highly suggest you visit if you are in NY.

I still can’t stop smiling and can’t believe I’m engaged!

I keep forgetting that my birthday was on Saturday too.  I don’t really care though because the engagement definitely trumps the birthday.

Let the wedding planning begin!

Yelp! Event: AvoHotel

Sara was invited to a Yelp! event on Monday and asked me to join her so we headed to Dalston to check out a new boutique hotel.

Avo Hotel is located on a main street but seemed to be in a residential area. It is family run and was actually the family’s house before they turned it into a hotel.  I love that the space has a story behind it.

The actual event was a lot of fun.  The food was all homemade and beyond delicious.

Pankora – fried bliss

Spicy peanuts which weren’t that spicy.

Beer & wine of course:

That’s Sunny….her family owns the hotel and used to live in the space!  They also cooked all the food which was so flavorful.

They were also offering mhendi which Sara and I signed up for it.

And the final product:

So beautiful!

Here is a tour of the hotel:

I love reading so I couldn’t stop looking at the titles they have.

The penthouse:

Brand new, modern bathrooms:

Very narrow stairs:

Overall, the event was so much fun.  We hung out, ate, drank and chatted with other Londoners.  Can’t wait for the next Yelp! event!

Florence, Italy: 6 Years Later

I have been putting off this post because there is so much to say I’m not sure how to say it all and not bore my readers. I think I’ve come to the conclusion that this weekend will have to be broken up into several posts.  Hope you enjoy them!

I studied abroad in Florence in 2005 (wow 6 years ago!) so I was very excited to go back to Florence since living there.  I wondered if I would remember the streets, if restaurants would still be there and how much the city had changed over the years.  The minute I stepped off our Ryanair flight (side note: baggage was a perfect carry-on size) it all came back to me (except the Italian unfortunately).

We started our weekend by getting lunch at Osteria dell’Agnolo which was a spot you could find us at all the time 6 years ago. I even ordered the same dish I always did, Ribolitta.

After lunch we wandered around the city. First we walked to the Duomo.

The Uffizi.

The Ponte Vecchio which was full of jewelry shops.

Along the Ponte Vecchio there are padlocks that symbolize the unbreakable bonds of true love. This tradition started many years ago and it actually didn’t have anything to do with love at first.  Men leaving for the service would put the lock there with a promise of coming home. There are so many and each have initials and dates on them.  To be honest, I wanted to put a lock on there but we didn’t know where to find one.  Cheesy or not, I wanted to do it. 

Wandered around a little more.

For dinner we went to one of the best restaurants in the world, Ristorante la Giostra. I didn’t take any photos of the meal but I’m still thinking about the delicious ravioli stuffed with pear and pecorino.  You can tell the pasta was fresh and it melted in your mouth.  For the second dish we shared sea bass cooked in tomatos.  I don’t think this is on the menu but the owner offered it to us after we couldn’t decide (or read b/c the menu is in complete Italian) what to get.  The tomatoes were roasted to perfection and blended with the sea bass perfectly.  Now I want to go back…  If you go to Florence and do not eat at La Giostra then you wasted a trip because you missed out on the best part….for real.

 

That was day 1.  On to day 2…

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