Thursday, 25 February 2016

London Diaries - Sticks'n'Sushi and Piccadilly Circus

Sticks'n'Sushi Vegan meal

Sticks'n'Sushi

Sticks'n'Sushie Covent Garden

Piccadilly Circus

Piccadilly Circus

On the Friday night, after we had come back from the Studio Tour, we went to Sticks'n'Sushi for dinner. It didn't fit into the Harry Potter post but I still wanted to write about it because oh my, it was so good. Sticks'n'Sushi is a chain of restaurants, originally Danish but available in London since 2012. We went to the one in Covent Garden and were lucky enough to get some seats in the bar area downstairs. 

Sticks'n'Sushi offers not only sushi, but also different small dishes of Japanese and East-Asian food, as well as "sticks" of grilled meat or veggies. You can either pick and choose between the many small plates available, or order a set menu. While the three others ordered a big selection of non-veggie sushi and meat, I decided to just choose a few dishes from the menu for myself. I had chargrilled edamame, mixed vegetables with satay sauce, kimchi, fried cauliflower with a black sesame truffle sauce, and two types of sushi - inari (tofu with ginger, shiitake and sesame) and sayendo (snowpeas). Eating vegan at Sticks'n'Sushi was so easy, and everything was delicious. I especially loved the cauliflowers (they were so moreish!) and the inari sushi.

After the meal we went to the pub for a while, and on the way from the pub we passed by Piccadilly Circus, which looked really rather lovely, as per usual, and of course I had to take a few tourist-y photos! 

And that's the last of my trip to London! I hope you haven't got bored of my endless London rambles, and that you've enjoyed my recollections and photo-dumps. I had a really lovely weekend and I can't wait to go back again this summer.

Love, Mimmi.

Wednesday, 17 February 2016

Happy Post #32


It's been almost a month since I last wrote a happy post, which is just shameful! I was swept up in a flurry of lectures, assignments, an increased amount of shifts at my job, and lots of dance teaching training responsibilities. I do wish I had more time to just chill and do nothing, but at the same time I like being busy, and I know the Easter holidays are just around the corner. And meanwhile, here are some things that have made me happy recently...

Dinner dates. And by dates I mean friend dates, not the other kind. I've managed to squeeze in a couple of dinners with good friends over the last couple of weeks, as well as a really nice dinner with my sis. It's probably my favourite way to socialise - just chatting away over some nice food. 

Signs of spring. Okay, so, the rain has returned in full force, but the last week has offered some signs that spring is on its way. Not only is it light for much longer, but snow drops and daffodils have started appearing. We also had a few beautiful, sunny days last week, and I swear I could smell spring in the air! As much as I love winter, I always find myself longing for spring this time of the year...

Getting good grades on last semester's courses. I put in a lot of hard work last semester to get the grades I wanted, and luckily it payed off! I managed to get As in all of my courses, and I'm so so happy. Just hoping I'll manage to get okay grades this semester as well. So far everything feels more difficult, so we'll see...

Meeting Deliciously Ella. A couple of weeks ago, Ella Woodward held a book signing here in Glasgow for her new book, so of course I had to go! She was absolutely lovely in person, and I'm so happy with her new book. I actually think I prefer it to her first one!

Getting a tattoo. Almost two weeks ago I got my first ever tattoo - the Deathly Hallows on the back of my neck. I know some people might wonder at my decision, but I'm so happy with it. The tattoo artist was super lovely and the whole procedure wasn't painful at all! 

Nakd bars. I've loved Nakd bars for a long time, but I've been more obsessed with them lately than usual. I ordered some of their bars with a 20% discount and it's been fantastic just having a big box full of them. I tend to always carry one in my bag in case I get hungry when I'm out and about (which happens quite a lot). 

Oranges. Normally I always go for clementines, but recently I've reached for the oranges again and again when in Tesco. They are a bit messy to eat, but they're so juicy and delicious! I'll be sad when  the citrus season is over...

Finally, here are a few blog posts I've enjoyed recently:

'Stuff' on Tea in Your Twenties.



'Going Veggie' on Ginger Kitchen.

'Tales For Fairies' on The Salty Sea Blog.


'My Tips for Combating Stress' on Sweet Serendipity Blog.


What has made you happy recently?

Love, Mimmi.

Sunday, 14 February 2016

London Diaries - The Mae Deli, Big Ben and King's Cross

The Mae Deli

The Mae Deli

The Mae Deli

The Mae Deli

The Mae Deli

The Mae Deli

Buckingham Palace

Palace of Westminster and Big Ben

London Eye

Leadenhall Market

King's Cross Alan Rickman memorial flowers

Sunday was our final day in London. My sister and I said goodbye to our friends in the morning, but our flight wasn't until the evening so we had almost the whole day to explore. To start the day off, I dragged my sister with me to The Mae Deli, which is Deliciously Ella's newly opened place. I've been a fan of Ella's for quite a while now so I was excited to visit the deli. We were there at a sort of awkward time though, between ten and eleven (way too early for lunch!), so we decided to have a morning 'fika'. We had a smoothie each, I had a pecan brownie and my sister had a peanut butter slice. Everything was raw, gluten-free and vegan, and incredibly delicious. What vegan dreams are made of, basically. The place itself was really lovely as well; very home-y and welcoming. 

We decided to be very tourist-y on our final day, and wandered through Hyde Park, past Buckingham Palace, to Westminster Abbey, Palace of Westminster, Big Ben and London Eye. After that massive dose of tourist-ness, we took the underground to Leadenhall Market (where they filmed parts of the Diagon Alley scenes), only to discover that it was closed! I thought Sundays were market days, but apparently not... Instead we had lunch at a nearby pub before we took the underground to King's Cross Station. I'm sure you sense a theme here, with the Harry Potter-references... By the side of the Platform 9 3/4 shop was a little memorial space for Alan Rickman, full of flowers and notes, so we just had to leave a bunch of daffodils.

After a coffee at a café, we decided it was time to head to the airport. The journey home wasn't very smooth, but let's not get into boring details. Next time I'm going to London I'm definitely taking the train, even if it's more expensive. 

I still have a couple of things to share from London, but this is the final full day! I can't believe it's been three weeks already! I'm not generally a fan of big cities, but I do love London, and we had a really amazing time.

Love, Mimmi.

Sunday, 7 February 2016

London Diaries - Daunt Books, Covent Garden & Korean Food

Daunt Books London

Daunt Books London

Daunt Books London

Souli Food Marylebone

Souli Food Marylebone

Marylebone London

London

Covent Garden London

Covent Garden London

London

Seoul Bakery London Bibimbap

On Saturday we were all a bit tired after a full day at the Studio Tour followed by a late dinner and a pub trip the day before. Therefore, we set out a little bit later (though still quite early) and had a quieter day of just wandering around, pausing now and then to refuel our batteries.

The first stop was Daunt Books, which was one of my requests. It's located in Marylebone and wasn't too far from our hotel, so we walked there, stopping at Costa for breakfast on the way. Daunt Books was such a gorgeous bookshop, exactly in my taste. I couldn't leave without buying something, so I bought Jane Austen's Sense and Sensibility in the Penguin Classics Clothbound Collection. I've read them all, but I only own them in a horrid massive paperback collection book thingie, so I'm starting my new collection now.

After that we went to Souli Food, where I had a delicious vegan avocado sandwich and a cup of tea. Having rested our legs a bit, we headed off to Covent Garden and wandered around a bit, popping into Paperchase and a couple of other places. We then had a coffee at a café, followed by a beer at a pub, before we set off to our dinner place of choice. One of us steered the way to Seoul Bakery, which is a tiny place with graffiti on the walls and a constant queue, that serves really authentic but cheap Korean food. I had bibimbap (customised to be vegan), which was really delicious. I hadn't had Korean food in ages, but I do like it a lot, and the value for money was incredible!

After dinner, we set off to find somewhere to have a nightcap before heading off to the hotel, tired as we all were. Saturday turned out to be a really lovely day of just exploring London in good company.

Love, Mimmi.

Thursday, 4 February 2016

Valentine's Flowers with Debenhams

Debenhams Flowers

Debenhams Flowers

Debenhams Flowers

Debenhams Flowers

I love flowers, I really do, but I'm terrible when it comes to potted plants, which have a tendency to die after only a few weeks! I generally stick to cacti, but sometimes it's nice to brighten up your home with something a bit more colourful. When Debenhams contacted me* and offered to send me a bouquet from their Valentine's line, I just couldn't say no. Being a student, flower bouquets aren't something I can normally afford, but I do love them. Last spring I regularly bought daffodils, which I'm sure will become a regular occurrence again as I simply love having flowers inside.

Debenhams Flowers have a wonderful range of bouquets for every occasion, and they will deliver to your home any day of the week. The flowers are guaranteed to stay fresh for 7 days, which I find fantastic. Is there anything more disappointing than buying flowers only to see them drop the next day? They also have a special range of Valentine's Day Flowers, which is perfect if you want to treat your special someone to a lovely bouquet. Now, I'm not in a relationship, nor am I particularly romantic, but I definitely think us singletons need flowers too, so why not treat yourself?

Picking a bouquet was very difficult. Part of me wanted to just go for some simple tulips (which are among my favourite flowers), but I decided to pick something a little bit more special and opted for the Pink Rose and Lily Bouquet. The bouquet arrived promptly on Saturday morning, carefully packaged to prevent damaged. They also arrived with a sachet of flower food and instructions on how to take care of your flowers. The roses were already in bloom when the bouquet arrived, but the lilies were not. I found it a bit of a shame that they weren't synched, but within a couple of days the lilies started to bloom as well and the bouquet looked truly put together! And I've been so impressed by how long the roses have lasted. They're still looking as beautiful as the first day! Although I'm not generally a big fan of pink, I love the combination of the soft pink roses and lilies with the darker green. I also love the contrast between the classic, sweet roses and the more spectacular lilies.

Not only do Debenhams have an incredibly big range of beautiful bouquets - their flowers are also very affordable, and there is definitely something for every taste and budget. Moreover, Debenhams have kindly offered a discount code that will give you 25% off any bouquet (apart from the 'Flowers by Post' range). Simply enter the code DFBLOG25 on their website! 

Do you enjoy buying flowers for your home?

Love, Mimmi.

*This bouquet was kindly gifted to me from Debenhams, in exchange for writing this blog post, but all opinions are entirely my own.