Wednesday, 27 November 2013

...eating Korean food

As the weather gets colder and colder, I thought I would recommend one of my favourite foods for this time of year. On St Giles High Street, there are a row of Korean restaurants where I always find myself when it is cold out. It must be either the heat of the chillies or the piping hot dishes cooked at the table that make this my go to comfort food in winter. My favourite dish has to be the one in the picture, kimchi (Korean spicy pickled cabbage) and pork stew. The ingredients and are arranged in a giant pan and brought over to the table to cook at the table. Perfect with a bowl of rice and some veggie side dishes (a must in Korean cuisine). 

Friday, 23 August 2013

...wearing the usual uniform

Dress - Zara, Brogues - Office & Saddle bag - Zatchels

I am totally addicted to buying dresses; there I have said it! They just make getting dressed in the morning less of a minefield, especially if you haven't had your first dose of caffeine. Don't get me wrong, I love a bit of wardrobe experimentation as much (probably more) than the next girl but that is usually at the weekend or following a bit of planning beforehand (rare). This dress from Zara is my current favourite; it is truly perfect for all occasions and all seasons. The dress's first outing took place during my trip to Bruges, perfect for a day of exploring and even a Segway tour! 

But when talking about everyday essentials my saddlebag from Zatchels definitely deserves a mention as it goes with everything and has barely left my side.

What are your wardrobe essentials?

Saturday, 20 July 2013

...travelling to Bruges

A group of friends and I decided to go on a city break to Bruges. So with promise of chocolate and waffles for the girls and beer for the boys we set off. The city is pretty small, so is an ideal place to explore on foot which is how we spent most of our time. We later picked up the pace and joined a segway tour around the city, so much fun and a great way to see the sights. Once we had explored the centre, we headed further out by hiring tandem bikes and  rode out see the windmills. We even had time to leave Bruges altogether, we travelled the 12km to the coast and spent a lovely afternoon on the beach. 
Everyone go to Bruges. It's a great city!

Monday, 8 July 2013

...wearing multicolour vintage

Jacket - vintage from ASOS marketplace, top - Zara, jeans - Topshop, shoes - Kurt Geiger & clutch bag - leather market in Florence.

I had been looking for the perfect tweed jacket after seeing this street style shot on pinterest ( I felt a little like goldilocks, the jackets in the shops were never quite what I wanted.  Either too long, too short, too plain, too girly...... The list goes on but when I was just ready to give up the search, I stumbled across this beauty on ASOS marketplace, it was just right!  
I love vintage clothes but I have limited patience for sifting through rail after rail of junk to find the good stuff. I also seem to find better things online, it might just be that I am less likely to buy clothes that I think I can "fix". I bought a vintage dress at a car boot sale about two years ago, it is gorgerous and only cost me a fiver. Problem is the dress is a foot too long, two sizes too big and had really ugly sleeves. I also don't have the sewing skills to fix it. I keep telling myself that I will do it soon though.

Where are your favourite places to shop for vintage?

Sunday, 23 June 2013

...travelling to Hong Kong

The infamous giant duck in Victoria Harbour.
My first breakfast in Hong Kong.
First of many trips to the local dim sum restaurant.
Dessert Chinese style.
Shanghainese food - Yum!!
All the condiments for Chinese sashimi....
...then some Japanese sashimi!
Dessert again!!
The giant fried chicken that I have been dreaming about.
Street food stalls in Mong Kok.
Last meal in Hong Kong, had to be dim sum!

Since my family are from Hong Kong and China, I have been lucky enough to visit every couple of years ever since I was a child. So when I go, I don't really go for all the typical tourist sites. But i had to make an exception for the giant duck in Victoria Harbour. The giant six storey inflatable duck is an installation by Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman. The meaning behind it is to spread joy and remind people of their childhood. No one could look at that rubber face and not smile.
After seeing the duck, for the rest of my trip, I saw friends and family that i don't get to see very often and went out eating all the things that I can't eat here. I love the choice of food out in Hong Kong, I have lost count of the times I have walked out of a restaurant after an amazing meal only to walk around the corner and wish I had room for something else I had spotted. 

Sunday, 12 May 2013

...eating in Hong Kong

Eggettes (photo from Janet Ching (Gourmet Traveller 88)

I'm off on a last minute trip to Hong Kong on Friday. Obviously I am most excited to see my family and friends over there. However, a close second is eating all the things I can't eat in the UK. The first food item on my list are Eggettes(雞蛋仔), they are the Chinese equivalent of waffles. The bottomless list goes on like my bottomless stomach, including red bean ice cream, everything green tea flavoured, takoyaki (technically, not native of Hong Kong but I last ate them there) and many many more. On my last trip I walked past a stall selling delicious Taiwanese fried chicken(台灣大雞排)that were bigger than my face, sadly at the time I had just eaten dinner and couldn't try them but this time I am defiantly not going to miss out. Follow me on instagram to see what I am up to (or eating) whilst I am in away!!
Katrina x

Tuesday, 7 May 2013

...eating all weekend

These photos basically sum up my food filled bank holiday weekend. Started off the weekend with some sushi and bubble tea with friends. We went to Eat Tokyo near Trafalgar Square, recommended to me by my "food guru" and friend Julie. Try it if you are in the area, amazing food!! I then went on to enjoy the laziest weekend at home, with brunch on Saturday cooked by my sister. which was a hollowed out crusty bread roll baked with bacon and eggs. Followed by homemade Vietnamese food on Sunday (not pictured). Then to end the weekend with a bang, a huge family barbeque. As I have mentioned before, no family gathering is really complete without some seafood. I had great weekend spent with my friends and family. So with my clothes a bit tighter, I am back to work. 
How did you spend your weekend?  
Katrina x

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