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Viva Palm Springs

Most guides to Palm Springs mention Ace Hotel so we went to investigate what all the fuss is about… The laid back lobby area… The popular pool area is the main draw for hipsters to soak up the rays, people watch and down cocktails… No time for a dip…we were there to fill our tums before exploring more of Palm Springs! We satisfied Hubby's diner cravings at the King's Highway diner… The adjoining Amigo Room is a cavernous bar that had a touch of Robert Rodriguez about it. The banquet tables are covered with (real?) Mexican bank notes… It's fitting that Palm Springs should host the 3 storey high Forever Marilyn statu...

Food Glorious Food

Everyone who knows me knows that I love food! I'm afraid I'm a member of that club of Asian food snappers – people who take a photo of their food before tucking in! Here's a quick whistlestop picture tour of some of the meals I had in London… A Damien Hirst cow and chicken dominate the Tramshed restaurant, appropriately offering a choice of either roast chicken or steak… The famous roast chicken in all its glory… Good food and a girly catch up with my lovely dining chums Jenny and Yui from Asos… Tramshed is at 32 Rivington Street, London EC2A 3LX (020 7749 0478). Shrimpy's is inside a disused gas station but the interio...
Categories: Dining, London, Travel

Sugar Boost

How adorable are these super pretty pastries? Looking back at my London summer holiday photos is helping me forget the awful rainy weather we've been getting in Hong Kong. Check out the pipettes of fruit coulis to inject into the pastries! This stand is a permanent fixture at Maltby Street Market, a food lover's paradise of independent gourmet foods. This food market is an alternative to the more expensive and crowded Borough Market not far away. Market stall holders started to move here when rents increased at Borough Market. Maltby Street Market is at Maltby Street, London SE1 3PA. Open Saturdays, 9am – 4pm. Join me… FAC...

Maison Trois Garcons

One of my favourite past times when on holiday is to chill out and catch up with friends in quirky cafes. Maison Trois Garcons in Shoreditch is such a place but so much more than just a cafe, as these photographs show… As well as cakes, pastries, teas, coffees and fruit juices, Maison Trois Garcons serves up seasonal salads and light meals. Thank you to the manager who recommended this delicious gado gado salad… The draw is that it is also a retail space for vintage bags and jewellery, lighting, antique furniture, homeware and gifts…everything you see is also for sale. Heaven for interior enthusiasts. Maison Trois Garcons i...

Chelsea Girl

I am partial to afternoon tea so it's an added bonus that the Saatchi Gallery has a fantastic cafe. Of course I ordered their afternoon tea for two… We were there on the day of the Wimbledon men's final so the tennis ball lime macarons are a cute touch… The exhibition shows how various contemporary artists work with PAPER. This huge bust of crumpled paper is by Spanish artists Jose Lerma and Hector Madera. Artist Yuken Terruya takes disposable paper bags and crafts them into delicate tree landscapes, finding beauty and meaning in something which is normally seen as worthless and mundane. A MacDonalds paper bag… A Hennessy...