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The boy sent me this gem yesterday saying it was like someone made this sketch for me - - I laughed so hard, so thought I’d share! 

Also -

A quick thanks to all the lovely messages and comments you have left! I love this little community that we all are part of - it’s so supportive and I always look forward to hearing what you all are up to and have to say. Also, it was fun to share the great news!! 

Now… if you have any tips for planning a wedding from across the ocean, I’m all ears ;)

The rest of our weekend:

Mooching around in Liberty and all the other lovely shops near Regent Street and Carnaby Street (successfully started the Chrismas shopping!)

Riding the lift of Heron Tower 40 stories up to Duck & Waffle for a late dinner (eg midnight) - crazy combination, but yum!

Truffle mac and cheese, Bellini and Bloody Marys at brunch to start Sunday off right at Jackson & Rye.

Some final glasses of champagne to end the weekend at Searcy’s champagne bar at St Pancras.

Thanks for the fun celebration weekend ladies!

A few photos from our 3.5 hour celebratory afternoon tea at Sketch this weekend. I adore the new china and decor from David Shrigley!! Pink and copper and quirky hand drawings covering the walls - yes please!

Can’t wait for this movie. I love how integrated social and digital platforms are to the plot! This is one of the first movies I can remember who so seamlessly include this aspect of real life in the movie, rather than avoid it.

The most exciting part of our trip that I haven’t mentioned yet - 

We’re engaged!

Can’t wait to marry this boy! 

Another highlight of our week, and probably the best meal that we had in Budapest, was the business lunch at Onyx.

While their normal dinner goes for about £150 a head, their set business lunch is much more reasonable for us normal people at about £20 a head - what great value it is! Everything was beautiful and over the top in opulence - from the stemware and silverware, to the food delivered to our table by white gloved-hands, to the velvet curtains, and even down to the way my dessert was displayed in its own mini terrarium shaped glass. 

The Hungarian goulash soup starter was the lightest that I had all week, and while the normal soup has chunks of meat in it, Onyx’s version came with one, delicious and well made, meat dumpling floating in the center. The sea bream will rival any that I ever had previously, even at seafood restaurants by the beach in Bude, Cornwall! And, the dessert - a pumpkin jelly, poppy seed ice cream, a vanilla cream, and some spicy biscuit pieces - was a strange combination that amazingly worked. 

Definitely prioritise a stop here if you are in town!

Happy Friday!
Yesterday I took the day off from work and we played around the city together -
A stop into one of Pest’s well known covered food and trinkets markets to pick up packets of safron, some foie gras (as gifts, not to eat eesh), and some goodies for the flat in London & for our friends
Delicious lunch at Onyx and a fun ride on the metro back to our own neighbourhood 
A lazy and relaxing afternoon at the Szechenyi thermal baths - switching back and forth between 38*C baths, 36*C baths, the outdoor swimming pools, and the 50*C+ sauna rooms - what a place! It was particularly fun to people watch here as the crowd included everyone from 70-year-old+ Hungarian menu standing up to their chests in the pool while playing chess to groups of French teenagers being obnoxious and taking photos of the spa and themselves, to everyone in between!
Dinner from the strangest menu at Manga Cowboy - the menu featured everything from matzah ball soup to BBQ chicken wings and burgers to noodles to philly cheese steaks and pho - a Hungarian Japanese American style menu it seemed, but the burgers were great!
Hope that your week has been great & that you have some fun weekends ahead!

Happy Friday!

Yesterday I took the day off from work and we played around the city together -

  • A stop into one of Pest’s well known covered food and trinkets markets to pick up packets of safron, some foie gras (as gifts, not to eat eesh), and some goodies for the flat in London & for our friends
  • Delicious lunch at Onyx and a fun ride on the metro back to our own neighbourhood 
  • A lazy and relaxing afternoon at the Szechenyi thermal baths - switching back and forth between 38*C baths, 36*C baths, the outdoor swimming pools, and the 50*C+ sauna rooms - what a place! It was particularly fun to people watch here as the crowd included everyone from 70-year-old+ Hungarian menu standing up to their chests in the pool while playing chess to groups of French teenagers being obnoxious and taking photos of the spa and themselves, to everyone in between!
  • Dinner from the strangest menu at Manga Cowboy - the menu featured everything from matzah ball soup to BBQ chicken wings and burgers to noodles to philly cheese steaks and pho - a Hungarian Japanese American style menu it seemed, but the burgers were great!

Hope that your week has been great & that you have some fun weekends ahead!

If you ever find yourself in Budapest and really want wonderful Italian food from Sicily (and a break from all of the Hungarian food and goulash), head to Trattoria La Coppola - this was my second favourite meal of the week. The wine that our waiter recommended was lovely (and served in these amazing glasses!) and our food was (in the boy’s opinion) just as good as what he ate when he was actually on holiday in Sicily! Look at that veal ravioli in the last photo - unreal!

The rest of this week has been great. Looking back, I should have kept more of a list of what we actually did each day as it has flown by this trip! One night we went to one of Budapest’s ruin pubs (I think it was Szimpla Kert) and didn’t even notice 5 hours pass by while we people watched and drank outside. 

Quoted to be “the most beautiful cafe in the world”, our stop for coffees and cakes at the New York Cafe last night didn’t disappoint! We agreed it was definitely the most extravagant place either of us had ever eaten. The Boscolo Budapest hotel, in which it’s located, isn’t too shabby either - look at that lobby! Unreal.