This time I did it for April and Maya over at So Yeah…So. I wrote, or rather showed, my favorite things about Fall.
April and Maya are a mother-daughter duo who blog about lifestyle and fashion. Check out their Beautiful Mess feature on Oisercage. They are nifty crafters! April is also an awesomely generous person — something that comes across even though I’ve never met her in real life.
It was a total pleasure visiting you, ladies!
Good morning Champions,
Cheers to doing breakfast with Style. I cannot think of a more productive thing to do in the morning than to delight and fortify myself with a large breakfast. And not the usual toast and coffee, either. I really believe in going in for the big chunk. At the very least I have fruit, some type of cereal (oatmeal, cold cereals, muffins, etc), and some kind of milk product. If I’m feeling like it’ll be an especially long day then I have some ham on the side. My favorite ham is Serrano. Ahh, the most delicious!
But, in the event that I’m too lazy to make breakfast, even with these scrumptious treats waiting, I leave half an hour early.
Le Pain Quotidien is becoming one of my favorite places to eat breakfast out in the middle of the week. Although it’s a chain, the details in decor makes it feel as though it were one of a kind. The people are certainly one of a kind so that’s always great. They also have the most amazing organic muffin which includes bits of fig, wheat and various seeds. Great on the tastebuds and bowels. Ha!
I love the beige all over that makes every speck of sunlight ricochet around the room, making the place bright and welcoming. Maybe it was my subconscious who wanted to match the decor.
I am wearing a beige Zara cotton jacket that turns any outfit into elegance. It is still warm enough today to wear sandals so let’s indulge a few more days before Fall rolls into town. My favorite “goes-with-everything” orange T-shirt falls over grey Forever 21 jeans.
I’m loving this little Stradivarius watch lately. I’ve actually never worn watches to tell time. As Blanche says in the electric melodrama A Streetcar Named Desire, ” I have always depended on the kindness of strangers.” And then I got a cell phone. So what was the point of a watch? But now, I find them quite useful because sometimes I like to, casually, forget my phone. Every now and then I like to be totally present and centered. Like when I’m having breakfast!
Cheers to another wondrous morning!
I was talking to a friend earlier this week about choices and we were saying that it’s OK – even ideal – to make snap decisions. If you know what you want why delay your decision with endless trials “just to make sure”? Sometimes I find what I want on the first try and with good-humored stubborness, like children, I just stick to it. Such was the case with Paul.
One of the most important things when I travel is finding good food. Getting food poisoning will kill just about any germinating plans. But since we are astute travelers (hehe) we started to scoop out locations as soon as we arrived in London.
Our hotel, Easyhotel (read more about why it’s awesome in this post) is at Gloucester on the Metro map. This part of town is rather quiet, mostly residential. A perfect place to retreat at night, away from the noisy center but only 15 minutes away from said noisy, exciting center.
When we jump out of the mouth of the Underground the first thing we see is Starbucks! Good, good. And next to Starbucks, Paul. Not Paul’s. Just Paul. Curious. Who is Paul? Paul makes fragrant baguettes, cottony croissants…Excellent, we think.
The next morning we beat a straight path to Paul. There are a lot of people in there and by a lot I mean maybe seventeen. It’s crowded because the café is small. Yet cozy. Everyone looks lively and excited to be here and soon we find out why. The food is heavenly!
Some of patrons spill out to the outdoor tables. There is no music but for the medley of voices. Many of the patrons are French. Some look like locals; others are French from France who’ve come here for a taste of home. Naturally we google the place.
Paul is a international chain of French cafés that started from a small boulangerie in the north of France in 1889. The phrase “international chain” seems ill-used because this café has the intimate feel of a mom-and-pop.
We resolved to eat here every single morning. I still remember salivating in anticipation every morning as we walked through the morning chill to Paul.
Whenever I’m traveling I like to eat big breakfasts because I have long days walking. Paul has the best baguette sandwiches. My favorite was ham and butter with pickles.