On our last day of London, we spent the day at Camden Market. Sabrina lives in Camden Town so it was just a brief walk. Before going to Camden Market, we stopped at Blue’s Kitchen for a burger. My burger was delicious and so were the chips!
After lunch, we were off to Camden Market. I enjoyed the atmosphere. All the shops and stalls had quirky, interesting and artsy items for sale. All things related to fashion, art, music, etc. There were also places to eat. One of them was Cereal Killer Cafe. They offer over 100 different cereals. You can order different types of milk and toppings to go with your cereal. The memorabilia inside the cafe is from the 80’s and 90’s. If you are a cereal lover, this is the place for you!
It was fun exploring Camden Market. Here are some of the interesting things we saw:
I love these lamps. Sabrina asked me what I want for Christmas and I told her to bring me one of these from London!
We spent the night at Sabrina’s flat. It was my favorite place to sleep because it was her flat. I felt so comfortable and at home. It was a small space but I loved it! We spent the night talking, talking, talking.
I brought a care package to Sabrina and in it was this picture which she framed and put in her room immediately.
My best friend from high school, Marylisa, and I have a tradition of trying new places for afternoon tea. We have been to many places for afternoon tea together. In the San Fernando Valley, there was a place called “The Guilded Rose”. It was a purple house and inside it was like an English cottage. They served afternoon tea and that was always our place to go. Unfortunately, they closed down and that is when we started looking for other places to go for afternoon tea. The places we have tried in the past were the Huntington Library, the Four Seasons, the Chado Tea Room and the Elle C Garden Cafe in Santa Clarita.
This year we tried the Madeline Garden Bistro in Pasadena. This restaurant had a very European feel to it because of it’s decor and atmosphere. It was tres chic. We ordered the Royal afternoon tea and it was very different than the usual tea sandwiches, scones and dessert. This tea offered a soup or salad, a hot tier, a cold tier, scones and dessert. For my tea, I ordered Earl Grey. That was unusual for me because I usually like to order teas that I haven’t tried before and that have an unusual combination. I still enjoyed it and as usual, I added milk and sugar to my tea. Delicious.
The first course came out and it was actually the scones. We ended up saving that for later and then our soup and salad came out. I chose the tomato soup.
Then the tiers came out. The first tier was the hot tier which included steak, potatoes au gratin, a hot crab salad and shrimp.
We started on the hot tier, of course. Then the next tier was the cold tier.
This tier included the tea sandwiches that I always look forward to. The sandwiches that were included in this tier were the salmon and butter tea sandwich and the cucumber and cream cheese tea sandwich. There was also a caprese salad skewer and a shrimp cocktail.
Since we saved our scone for later, after our cold tier, we decided to eat our scone with the clotted cream and jam. The waiter said it was a Christmas scone so it had pieces of dried fruit in it, like a Christmas fruitcake. It was pretty good.
The dessert tier was next. It was very elegant. It had creme brulee, a macaroon and a chocolate brownie with frosting and peppermint sprinkles on top.
I really enjoyed this experience. I liked the European decor. Our table was set nicely. We sat on elegant couches with cute fluffy pillows. On this day, there was a guitarist playing music in the background. I would definitely go here again. They also serve tapas and champagne brunch. They have very good service and are very friendly and accommodating. Interestingly, our royal afternoon tea came with champagne but our waiter forgot to give it to us. They apologized and gave us a discount on our bill. I think it would have been fun to drink champagne with a high tea. I will try that next time.
During our trip to London, we planned a weekend getaway to Paris. We took the Eurostar which was a 2 hour train ride to Paris. When we arrived, it was already late at night. The next day was our first full day and it was raining!
Our first stop was to a restaurant that Sabrina really wanted to try. This restaurant only serves steak and fries (steak et frites). Sabrina really enjoyed the food at this restaurant and the experience was so Paris. It was also Josh’s first time eating steak and he thought it was delicious.
We then took a walk to see the Eiffel Tower and on the way, we passed the Arc De Triomphe.
On the way to the Eiffel Tower, we also stopped at the stores to go shopping. We also bought macaroons at Laderee.
My choices for the macaroons were orange blossom, vanilla and rose. Even though vanilla is a basic flavor, it ended up being my favorite because it was the most flavorful.
We finally made it to the Eiffel Tower.
The next day, we took a walk to see the Louvre. On our way, we passed the Eiffel Tower again and this time, we had crepes for breakfast.
We finally made it to the Louvre.
Unfortunately, we didn’t go inside. We were talking about seeing the Mona Lisa. Maybe next time. Afterwards, we went inside the Carousel De Louvre to go window shopping. While there, we stopped at McCafe and ordered cappuccinos and macaroons. They weren’t as good as the Laderee macaroons but it was fun to buy macaroons at McDonalds in Paris!
I loved visiting Paris and I will certainly go again.