Travel Top Ten :: London Recap!
The USDA may have released the new food uber-simplifiied pyramid visual today, but I thought it'd be a tad more interesting to talk travel. I'll never complain about having to eat and scout great food, shops and restaurants for a living. I'm freshly back from a work-focused whirlwind trip to London and Copenhagen--2 absolutely stunning cities for food and design. London? Great food? Oh my lord yes. Don't be too quick to judge, London is making a serious move on the food scene and I've got a load of photos to prove it. Here are my top picks from around the city - Copenhagen's recap is up next!
(above, the adorable takeaway shop Melrose & Morgan)
the culinary wonderland that is Ottolenghi | my menu at St. John, the king of nose to tail cooking | a fresh, scrumptious breakfast at Shoreditch House - poached egg, avocado w/cilantro, wholegrain toast & a slice of lime. pure genius.
a quiet sneak peek at J & A Cafe just before a wedding reception | love London’s bright doors
one more lovely link to check out, Brawn, the most talked about new restaurant across the pond
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To wrap up the recap of my recent travels, here are some of my favorite finds from Copenhagen, Denmark, a city known for exceptional design and newly known for its extraordinary take on Nordic food. Food + design...and I was right at home from the second I stepped off the plane.
everyone, literally everyone, bikes…everywhere | design runs deep in this city, even at a simple hotel breakfast, love that flatware | serene outdoor design hidden in the back of a boutique
food, drink + design swim together at Fiskebar
Noma. Voted the “Best Restaurant in the World” twice over. Couldn’t get a reservation, but they were gracious enough to give a brief tour. Amazing.
Danish design comes to life in a fantastic wine bar and shop, Ved Stranden
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To Do List :: A Few Good Links
In an attempt to hideout for part of the weekend and escape the miserable heat and humidity that hit the East Coast last week, I took to my cozy couch yesterday and caught up on some work, a stack of food mags and some overdue web surfing (not nearly as cool as the real thing, but without a body of water nearby, it's second best). Anyhow, here are few good links to kickstart your week with. Happy surfing!
*Mark Bittman strikes again. Very smart NY Times Op-Ed column yesterday on subsidizing vegetables and taxing junk food and soda - which could generate $13.2 billion in federal tax dollars and cover about 8% of medical costs associated with obesity. Total estimated U.S. obesity cost for 2012: $166.2 billion!
*In other nutrition news, NY Times contributor, Jane Brody also strikes again. Great column on how new research finds that counting calories as an effective method of losing weight may be passe -- I vote a big YES to that one. Check out her column here. Stay tuned, more to come on this one...
*JCrew enters the world of blogging & Tumblr! L.O.V.E.
*Amazing new online mag (aka guide for small gatherings) devoted entirely to entertaining, food & widespread inspiration (see above photo for proof). Can't wait for the 2nd run of Kinfolk.
*Eyeing this for a new greenmarket tote.
*Package-free grocery shopping. In.gredients brings a sustainable micro-grocery store to Austin, TX. Awesomeness.
*Looking forward to my batch of jalapenos budding on my balcony. First born, see below. Guide to an herb/veg garden of your own, click here.
*Dance party brunch this past Saturday outside in 100 degree heat. Great concept, mother nature made a bit challenging to execute. Thankfully there were water balloons on hand and CityGrit NYC has some great upcoming dinners once the weather cools.
*Rue Issue 6 goes live this evening! Keep your eye's peeled for some far-off foodie wanderlust with my column.
*Perfect healthy treat to beat the heat. DIY popsicles!
Images via: NY Times, Kinfolk, Will Leather Goods, Instant Love