Posts from May 2014

Sergio / E9

A portrait series of people who call London home.

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How long have you lived in London?

I’ve been in London for just over two years now.

What makes someone a Londoner?

I guess attitude towards the city and people that live here. London is unlike any other city in England in both negative and positive ways. Your mindset will determine your relationship with the city. Before I moved down here I never thought of myself as a big-city-kinda person. It even scared me a bit. I was doubtful about it during my first few months but then I got used it, came to terms with it and now I really like it here. But that happened only after I’ve started to explore the city and meet more people around here. Obviously the pace is crazy, the density of the population is high, it’s busy. You have to decide if you’re going to be able to put up with big city’s atmosphere, which sometimes can get on your nerves.

North London or South London?

Most of my friends are based North of the river, therefore that’s where I usually hang around but at the same time I regularly go to some of my favourite places around South London.

Favorite thing about living in London?

The diversity of this city is what I love about it. You see so much random stuff out on the streets it fascinates me every day. I encounter something new each time I leave the house. “When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life…” – Samuel Johnson. I also appreciate the fact that there is so much going on here – exhibitions, concerts, events, festivals. I’ve been able to see my favourite artists, musicians, attend some great galleries and meet all sorts of people. It’s non-stop. This city has an energy that never burns out. I have stuff in my phone’s calendar almost every week.

Least favorite thing about living in London?

Rent prices and the cots of living in general.

Favorite spot to grab a drink?

Too many, but Crate Brewery has become our local favourite. I live a few minutes away from it so it’s pretty easy to find an excuse to go for a drink with my housemates.

Favorite spot to grab a bite?

Broadway market

Taxi, Tube, Bus, Bike or Walk?

I cycle most of the time.

Where do you go to get away from the city?

I’ve studied in Huddersfield and lived in Manchester for a bit so I still have a lot of friends up North so I go there now and again for some camping and hiking or just to see people but it’s also nice to leave the country now and then and do some travelling in which case I try to go where I’ve never been before.

Palm Springs

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Itinerary: A weekend in Palm Springs for a work trip to photograph some clients getting married later in the year.

Travel Time: I took this trip back when I was living in NYC so it was a direct flight from NYC to LA followed by about a 2 hour drive to Palm Springs.

Accommodation: I stayed at the Ace Hotel in Palm Springs and even though I had seen so much posted about it on blogs and it might seem a little played out, I thoroughly enjoyed it. It was my first experience staying at any Ace location and I really loved all of the details in the rooms, the fabulous pool and great Cocktails as well. It was a great place to stay for a solo trip as I felt like there was a lot for me to do but I can also imagine it being a great family spot too.

Highlight(s): Since this was a work trip, I was traveling on my own and did a lot of solo exploring. One day I took a little drive out to Joshua Tree National Park which was beyond stunning and I loved the look of the quirky Joshua Trees as I hiked around. I did venture into town to a breakfast place called Cheeky’s that I had read about. I was most intrigued by their “flight of bacon” which is basically a selection of all of the different bacon varieties they have which vary from an applewood to jalapeño. Needless to say, I was a very happy customer! But I think my absolute favorite place I went to was the Palm Oasis in Indian Canyons. It is basically a collection of enormous palm trees that shade the area below creating a beautiful oasis. It was unlike anything I have ever seen and looked like something almost other worldly.

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Birthday Cake

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For my birthday back in January Reid gave me an amazing cookbook from one of my favorite chocolate makers ever, the Mast Brothers. So I thought it only fitting that for his birthday this year I should bake one of the cake recipes from their cookbook for his birthday cake. There are so many delicious one to choose from and I decided on the Yellow Cake with Chocolate Frosting– a classic. Now, my baking skills did not turn out a cake quite as pretty as the one pictured in the cookbook, but man did it taste delicious… all the more reason to try out some more recipes in the future!

Emma / SE1

A portrait series of people who call London home.

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How long have you lived in London?

8 years and counting :)

What makes someone a Londoner?

Skepticism

North London or South London?

North definitely– I currently live south and miss North London immensely.

Favorite thing about living in London?

That it’s so multicultural and that it’s impossible to have seen everything– it’s always changing so there is always loads of new places and things to see and visit. It’s very hard to get bored in a town like this.

Least favorite thing about living in London?

The weather– especially rainy, dark, winter days.

Favorite spot to grab a drink?

Soho.

Favorite spot to grab a bite?

One of the many restaurants on Bermondsey High St.

Taxi, Tube, Bus, Bike or Walk?

Walk or bus if I have the time– otherwise bike.

Where do you go to get away from the city?

My other home, Sweden.

 

Martha’s Vineyard

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Itinerary: A weekend trip up to the beautiful Martha’s Vineyard.

Travel Time: About a 4 hour drive from Manhattan to Woods Hole where you can catch a ferry to the island (about another 30-40 minutes of travel time).

Accommodation: One this trip we were invited to spend the weekend at the home of our friend’s parents’ along with a few of my husband’s other work colleagues. I absolutely love visiting a place with a local and getting to see the less touristy side of things.

Highlight(s): This was such a great trip- no agenda, just a weekend to hangout with friends, eat good food and enjoy the outdoors. Martha’s Vineyard is one of those picturesque places where every street looks like something from a movie or a Norman Rockwell painting. Americana in its most pure form. We grilled out, spent the day at the beach, rode bikes around the neighborhood… typical beach town stuff. One great breakfast place I recommend that we visited is called the Right Fork Diner and is located right next to the Katama Airfield. You can enjoy a tall stack of pancakes while watching bi-planes take off and land then head out for a great day at the beach.

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