Valentine’s weekend was one heck of a weekend. As far as weekends go, we really nailed this one. Filled with all things girly and red and pink, as well as on point market food samples, exploring a new part of town, and a cereal bar. Also waffle doughnuts, or “woughnuts” were involved because I think Ben is waffle cute and I doughnut know what I would do without him.
The person who thought these bad boys up is a genius. Place doughnut dough into a waffle maker, and then drizzle doughnut chocolate glaze and there ya have it!
Saturday morning Hannah, Hope, and I put on our Valentine’s Day best. Im talking the brightest of red dresses, lipstick, heels, and bow. The whole nine yards really. We headed over to Fulham to try out a new brunch spot, Labi’s. It was one of our best decisions yet.
Sometimes (all the time) I get caught between the ever so difficult decision of savory or sweet. Being married is great because you simply get one of each and split. Going to brunch with a group of girls works equally as well. We all got eggs or sandwiches and then order ourselves a big order of french toast for the table because no one told us we couldn’t. Holy french toast. Hands down the best I have ever had. I wish I knew their secret.
After eating every last morsel on our plates we headed on over to Duke of York Square to check out the food market. Now this market knows how to offer up the samples. Banana bread, rum cake, carrot cake, turkish delight, crackers, macaroons, bread, olive oil, and cake. Just keep taking laps and you are in sample heaven.
Also take note I am not wearing a winter coat. I am a firm believer that spring is really trying to make an appearance in London. I swear you can smell it in the air. I think I was a bit ambitious for leaving the coat at home though. You win some, you lose some.
After making a few laps we made our way to this charming little bookstore and took a glance through the bookcases paying extra attention to the travel section.
Then sometimes you get to hangout with the friends you made in Budapest because, hey, they live in London too! Also you get free hot chocolate and little hearts. Happy Valentine’s Day to us! We also did a little Kate Spade shopping where chocolate and champagne accompanied our shopping. Oh, and it was necessary to stop in Tiffany’s to finally figure out what engagement ring Hope should get. We are really great actresses.
After we walked until our feet screamed at us for wearing heels and said no more, we headed back home! I was welcomed by an immersion blender (Ben knows the way to my heart), my favorite M&Ms, and a book I have been eyeing ever since moving to London. Let me express my love about these M&Ms. Dark chocolate peanut M&Ms that only seem to be found at the big M&M store in Leicester Square or New York City. You must get your hands on some of these. You will thank me later I can assure you. Also, please let me know if you have ever found these in normal stores. I’ll place a bulk order. Our evening was filled with dinner, the best gelato (shoutout to Ellie for point us to La Gelateria!), and a walk through Covent Garden. I’d say it was a successful Valentine’s Day. I am growing to really love this holiday! Especially now that I get to actually spend it with Ben rather than just a little phone call from a few states away. Gosh, he is such a hero and I love that he is stuck being my Valentine from now until we are old and grey.
This morning we woke up (much later than expected), and made our way to church. Afterwards Hannah and I headed over to Shoreditch to check out a market and finally get to experience the Cereal Killer Cafe. Long live the market after church tradition!
Let’s discuss the Cereal Killer Cafe. I have had my eye on this place from the day I found out it was going to exist. The line was out the door and nothing would stop me from making my way inside. I feel pretty passionate about cereal. Hannah and I had the conversation that we could realistically be content with cereal for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. It was also our food of choice if we could only live off one thing for the rest of our live. So versatile, so good.
After finally making it in the door I was overwhelmed with options. I mean so many cereals I have never even heard before! And then the option of mixing two or three cereals, the toppings, the milk choice, and not to mention the choice whether or not to add a Poptart or not! Oh the decisions.
Cereal on cereal on cereal.
Hannah went with the chocolate peanut butter mix with a banana. All was well.
I can’t even remember the last time I had a bagel. Oh how I have missed them. These are drool worthy. I even snatched Ben a dozen because he has been missing Naval Bagel a whole lot recently. Major brownie points for me!
Somehow we took a wrong bus on our way back, but it actually ended up being a great thing. The sun was shining, which is rare, and it was lighting up the city in this pink and purple way and the water was glistening and people were bustling and happy and it painted this lovely picture of this city that I adore so much.
Gosh, it was a weekend full of lovely things. Valentine’s Day is becoming a very favorite of mine. I hope yours was filled with cereal, and pink and red, and flowers, and the best husband, and all things lovely.