A day exploring London

Iv never had the chance to really see  London, every time I have visiting in the past I have never got the chance to explore and be a proper tourist. We started on Oxford street and walked to Harrods stopping along the way to look in shops and take photos, from Harrods we walked on to Buckingham palace, Big Ben and Trafalgar square.

After walking though a Trump protest, we then headed to M&M world and China town. I loved china town, we spent a bit of time exploring and taking photos, we also looked in a few Chinese sweet shops. On our way back to the car we walked though Soho and went to The Humming bird bakery for a few cupcakes!

Once we got in the car home we realized we have had walked over 11 miles !! Tip – wear comfy shoes!!!

There is still a lot of London still left to see but this trip has made me want to spend more time in the city. I will definitely be booking a weekend away to London soon!

 

A day in Oxford

Over the long weekend I spent the day visiting Oxford with my family. Oxford holds a very special place in my heat, iv been visiting Oxford nearly every year since I can remember.


The first thing I do every-time I visit this town is walk, I love the old streets and exploring  the collages.

As is started to rain really heavy we walked to a pub called The head of the river. My dad took me here a few years back, its lovely o a sunny day as it sits right next to the River. Once the rain stepped we visited The Alice shop and then head of to the free museums to get away from the rain. The Pitt Rivers & The Oxford University Museum of Natural History are my favourite’s to visit, they are both free and are perfect visit on a rainy day.

After the museums we headed of for a bit to eat, we visited anther of my favourite places The Turf tavern,  This is one of my dads favourite pubs and iv been visiting this place for years. My dad loves inspector morse and Lewis and the Turf Tavern as featured in many of the Episodes.

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At the end of the day we headed of to The Tout Inn another family favourite. The restaurant sits on the side of the Thames, an the food is delicious!


Other favourite Pubs to visit

~ The Bear, hidden down one of Oxfords allies is a small, I mean very small pub with lads of charter. Look out for all ties hanging on the walls!

~ The Eagle & Child, the pub is where J.R.R Tolkien, C.S. Lewis and fellow writers hung out and called themselves  “The Inklings”.


My Tips and Tricks

  • Park & Ride – Parking in the centre of any busy town is a nightmare, I always you the local park and ride as it makes the day start and finish easy!
  • Bens Cookies – If your after a treat check out Ben’s cookies there yummy and google and just perfect!
  • When visiting any city just walk and explore the town you will always find your own  favourite spots and places to go!

 

Sophie Xx

 

 

Recipes for long journeys ~ Chorizo Sausage Rolls

Hi Guys a few months ago I started a new series on my blog called Summer Adventures, this post is the first in this series and I wanted to start with one of my favourite recipes for long journeys. My family meat eaters and my partner loves anything chorizo so once I make a batch of these they are all gone within seconds!


You will need

  • Read rolled Puff Pastry
  • 1 Beaten Egg
  • 400g Good quality Chorizo Sausages
  • Ground Black Pepper

Pre Heat oven to 180 C (350F) and line 2 large baking tray’s

Take the Sausages out of there skins and leave to one side. I tend to keep them in the Sausage shape, this makes it easier when placing on your pastry.

Lay out your ready rolled pastry on to a lightly floured suffice and cut in half lengthways. Then please your Sausage meat in the middle of the pastry rectangles. Leaving a small mouth of free pastry at each end.

Lightly brush the edges of the pastry with the beaten egg and roll up. I love to Crimp so i trip the edges like you would with a Cornish Pasty. You don’t have to but i think it gives them a nicer finish. Then cut in to any size you like.

If making long Sausage rolls lightly cut 2 to 3 slits in the top.

Place on to your lined baking try and brush over the egg and bake for 25 ~ 30 minutes, until golden crispy an puffed. leave to cool for around 20 minute before moving in to a tin or before Eating.

 

What’s your Summer adventure ?

Screen Shot 2016-02-02 at 17.16.58Summer is still a while away but it is almost here and we are all starting to think of where we are going to spend our summer holidays. This year my partner, my sister and I are heading of for a week in Cornwall, and I’m so excited. My Sister and I have only visited Cornwall once, when we were younger, but it was only for the day while we was in Devon. This time we are camping in St Ives, we are going to use it as a base then travel out to all the little cornish seaside towns and beaches! Alot of people hate camping but iv been doing it since I was a baby, so camping is in my blood! I love the outdoors and Cornwall has a lot to offer, amazing beaches and secret coves, long coastal walks and beautiful fishing towns and harbours!

In the next few months ill be posting recipe ideas for long car journeys, what to pack for a week camping, My camping Tips & Tricks and I will also be sharing some of the places we are thinking about visiting.  I cant wait to bring you all along on my summer adventure. And share all my thoughts and pictures will you all!!!

What’s your summer Adventure? What places do you love to visit in Cornwall? Leave your answers in the comment section below or message using my contact form!

Sophie Xx

City Guide ~ Cambridge

August last was Harry’s and my 7th Year Anniversary and to celebrate we spent the day in Cambridge. The one reason I love being from the UK is that we have so much history and you see this when walking the streets of Cambridge, the old ally ways, the college’s and the markets are all part of our history that makes England just amazing!

Like with any city we visit we use the local Park & Ride, I find it the easiest way to get in the city centre without worrying about parking,time limits or the hefty pricing. Once in the centre you see the beauty of the place, the old streets, shop fronts and of course the grand colleges!!


Things to do..

Like with any city there is so much do, but i find the best way to get to know a place is just by walking the street, you will find some hidden gems which will turn out to your favourite places not the people from trip adviser! So put away your phones and walk!! One of the things we did while there was a  Punting Trip on the river Cam, it cost about £15 each and lasted nearly 1hour. I would really recommend punting as you get to find out information on the colleges and funny stories that have happened. Which other wise you wouldn’t known.
There is also the Fitz William museum with is free and perfect for a rainy day.



Eat & Drink.. 

Before we visited we had a look online to see any independent restaurants or pubs where we could have a meal and a drink or two. We found a restaurant called Butch Annie’s. It’s are a burger joint which is a hit with the students of Cambridge. As Harry is a massive burger fan we clearly had to try it!! The service was brilliant and food well its heaven! Another pluses about this restaurant is that all there burgers come in a Veggie option so you don’t have to feel left our if your Vegetarian! I recommend – The Le Parisien burger with there homemade skin on fries and a chocolate shake which all comes to £14.70 but its worth it!

The Eagle ~ We also visited the Eagle to have a few drinks, the thing about the eagle is its different! There RAF bar ceiling I covers with writing, during the first world war US solders signed there squadron numbers. It was also the drinking and thinking hub where Watson and Crick announced they had discovered ‘the secret of life’.

Cambridge City centre is the perfect mix of old and new, you have the colleges the old streets but also a new modern shopping centre which houses stores like Apple and Krispy Kream. Cambridge is the perfect place for a long weekend brake or day trip. In the small time I was there I really did fall in love with the place!!

What places do you love to visit in Cambridge, what places to you love visiting for a long weekend or day trip? Please leave your comments below or message me privately, cant wait to here from you all!!

Sophie Xx

City Guide ~ Where i ate while in New York

IMG_7622While visiting New York, I was amazed how cheaply you could eat. You’re always told that NYC is really expensive but in my opinion there are places for everyone’s budget, you just have to do your research.

Before my family and I visited New York we googled a lot! Our hotel was situated in the Upper West side so we made sure we knew the area and what was local to us, such as coffee shops, independent restaurants and grocery stores. We also researched other areas like midtown, Upper East Side and the West Village. You may never even visit the places you’ve found online but at least you will know about pricing and if your ever stuck on where to eat you will know a few places you can try.

The first restaurant I wanted to share is where I had my first New York meal. It’s an all American diner situated in the Upper West Side called Big Daddy’s. We ate here twice purely because the food was so good! You can get a shake, Burger and fries for $19! Their fried chicken is definitely one try!!

If you love sports then make sure you visit Tonic bar Time Square! We visited Tonic on game night the Giant’s were playing! (My favourite team) and the atmosphere was amazing. We got seated and served right away. I recommend the spaghetti and meat balls for $15. I’ll warn you know they were huge!!

One night we fancied something different so we decided to try one of the restaurants we saw while researching. Brick Lane Curry House is situated in the Upper East side so we took a taxi across the park. Once we arrived we was seated and served quickly, I have been to a few good curry house’s but BLCH is the one of the best. If you are a fan of Man V Food then you will remember Adam eating the “PHAAL” curry which is the spiciest curry in the world.

Other place we ate…

Magnolia Bakery ~ Ok so this is my favourite places to visit while in New York, their cupcakes don’t compare to any I have had before. We visited the original store on Bleeker St West Village which was featured on Sex & The City!! Proper fan girl moment!! This is one place you can’t miss!! Their classic cupcakes cost $3.50 each and their Speciality cupcakes cost $3.75 each.

The last place on my list is a hidden gem which we only found out about while researching. It’s a sweet lovers paradise!! Dylan’s Candy Bar is on Lexington Av just across the road from Bloomingdales. There’s a sweet shop but also a cafe and bar!! Where you can have slushy’s, cakes and at night Cocktails!!

I have loved writing this post and remembering all the amazing memories I made in NYC. I hope this has helped you if you are planning your first trip to the big city!!

Sophie Xx

**Stay Tuned** I will be sharing more city guides soon which will included Paris & Edinburgh!!

“Fall” NYC Travel Guide

This time 2 years ago I was getting ready to fly to New York City for my 21st birthday. Since a young age I have had an obsession over anything American and my dream is to visit as many states as possible. As New York was my first US state visited it holds a very special place in my heart!

“Don’t you love New York in the fall? It makes me want to buy school supplies”   ~ Joe Fox

New York is at its prettiest during fall/winter and I miss it every year. There’s nothing better than walking around Central Park with the leaves crunching under foot with a hot chocolate keeping your hands warm! Oh it sounds perfect right now!

So this post is my “Fall” New York City Travel Guide and also an excuse for me to reminisce. Lets get started!!


Where I stayed.

While in New York City I stayed at the Beacon Hotel in the Upper West Side. I loved this location as I’m as massive You’ve Got Mail movie fan I was in my element! As everyone knows New York Hotel rooms are very small but at the Beacon it was like having your very own NYC apartment. The location for this hotel was the main stand out, with it being only a few blocks from Strawberry Fields and the Lake, a 2 minute walk to the closest Starbuck and only across the road to Fairway Market this hotel really is perfect!. The staffs were so friendly and willing to answer all our questions. I really can’t recommend this hotel enough!!


Seeing the sites. 

  • Central Park – You can’t visit New York in the fall without walking though Central Park. As the leaves are changing colour and there covering the paths Central park is gorgeous. You could either take in all the views by foot or take a horse and carriage ride and keep warm by snuggling up and watching the sites pass by.
  • Rockefeller Center – Now this is a must, take the elevator to the top and enjoy the best views over New York. I loved visited the Top of the Rock as you get views over The Empire State, Central Park and Freedom Tower.
  • Times Square – Ok so no matter what time of year Time Square is always on the list of things to see! I recommend going twice once at night and once in the day, there’s nothing better than seeing the lights.

Shopping Shopping Shopping – Ok so this is another thing that’s on the list no matter what the season! I love Christmas so I was really happy that all the Christmas stock was in the stores like Christmas cards, decorations and also Christmas gift sets that you can’t get here in the UK! Also as America does Halloween bigger and better than us look out for Halloween candy!!


Where to Eat & Drink

Ok so this all depends on how much money you have decided to spend, while I was there with my Mum and Sister we wanted to eat proper american food without the fancy price tag. In New York there’s so much to choose from. 1. Do your research! 2. Talk to the staff in your hotel, they will know the best places that locals love that are not tourist hot spots.


My Tips & Tricks

  •  Walk EVERYWHERE ~ Theres no better way to see everyday Manhattan life then walking the side walks! While I was in New York my family and I only used the subway once, not because of money but because we wanted to see things and find those places we wouldn’t have found without walking!
  • Catching Yellow Cabs ~ While visiting we took a few cabs daily at night when we didn’t want to use the subway and also on the days we did loads of shopping it’s so much easier than walking with all your bags! Just remember if you’re in Midtown hailing a cab you could be sitting in a lot of traffic!
  • Markets not Room Service! ~ First things first, room service is expensive anywhere you go so if you are wanting some food while you’re relaxing in you hotel room take a trip to the local market/store it works it a lot cheaper!

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I really hope you enjoyed this post I cant wait to share more of my travels with you!

Sophie Xx

**Stay TUNED** I will be posting a few more posts where I will got in to more detail on the places I love to visit in NYC. Also stay tuned for October’s My Little box!!