Friday, February 26, 2021

The London Food Hotspot: SUNDAY

If there is one café that I have loved during lockdown it's SUNDAY. I visited this place for the first time a couple of years ago when I wasn't even living in London and I was just visiting for a few days - even then this café was super popular, and for a good reason.

SUNDAY is located in Barnsbury near Highbury & Islington station, hidden away off the main road, but still a not so hidden gem. On weekends it's known that there is at least an hour waiting time to get a table - I know this, because I was in that queue - but in the end, once you take a bite full of fluffy pancake you forget all about that. The cafe is small, yet cosy and it's the friendly neighbourhood 
café that everyone loves and I can definitely see why. They also launched their own brunch book last year with their famous recipes and I'm very happy to have added that to my cookbook collection.

Ever since the lockdown happened, I have been craving their pancakes and since all I do is walk and go for coffees I didn't mind the exercise from Hampstead all the way to Islington. I've actually done this twice already since the first stack of pancakes only made me want it more. I ordered the pancakes with caramelized banana - obviously -, an oat chai latte and a slice of their blueberry crumble cake. The pancakes are super fluffy and remind me of the pancakes I had at Bubby's in New York City. The blueberry crumble cake was amazing too and I definitely prefer that over the coffee & walnut cake that I had last time. 
I also highly recommend the courgette fritters, which is usually the dish that I go for if I am in a savoury mood - or to share when I'm with a friend. Every time I've been there the people that work there have been super friendly, which makes me like the place even more. 

It's save to say that the pancakes from SUNDAY are my favourite in London and I will probably go for a walk again this weekend to get some more, either in Barnsbury or here in Hampstead where they have their second location (it's currently closed because of the pandemic). In these crazy times it's important to support your local cafés and I will 100% keep doing that!

What is your favourite café in London?

Saturday, February 20, 2021

The London Diaries part 1

You are probably wondering (or not) why I abandoned my own little bubble on the internet that is my blog, and to be honest I don't really know myself either. I would like to say life got in the way and instead of being a student with lots of time on my hands, I am now an adult managing a fulltime job and enjoying everything my new home has to offer. Although I could not really consider it "new" since I've been living here for almost two years now.

Before I moved it was quite the year for me. A lot of stuff happened in my personal life but besides that, it also had some good moments in it: going to New York for the first time and loving every single pancake minute of it, finally graduating uni and now having a bachelor degree in Arts, getting a new job, moving to the city of my dreams and living on my own for the first time. Now that I think about it, it's quite a lot for such a short amount of time and I needed a breather from anything internet related and focus on my life offline. 

My time in London has been wonderful so far (if you don't count in the global pandemic). I've met so many new people that I now call my friends that I would've never met if it wasn't for my move across the pond. I'm so grateful for the progress I've made on a personal level (still not going to the gym though, but that will change in a few months - hopefully) and I feel like I'm ready to share my experiences on this platform again. I won't be committing to a certain amount of posts a week, since I think that is what killed my love for blogging in the first place, but expect some occasional posts about food, travel, fashion, beauty and anything else that pops in my head.

Thanks for staying with me and I hope you enjoy reading my posts as they come along.

X Marjolein

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

a November Day in Amsterdam

Hi! Welcome back to a post on the blog that I know is long overdue. I want to say that I have a good explanation for why I disappeared for two months but honestly I don't. I feel like recently I have a love/hate relationship with anything internet and social media related and I was just busy with getting my sh*t together. Which honestly, aren't we all?

But jokes aside, I am back to some occasional blogging -no #blogmas this year since I am moving to London next month. Say what?- and I can't wait to share what else I have been up to in the last couple of weeks. Starting with my go-to outfit that I honestly wear all the time.

I was in Amsterdam last week to have a good bye brunch with one of my colleagues since I quit my job at Topshop (I wasn't lying when I said I really turned my life around) and thought it would be the perfect opportunity to share my love for my fluffy coats and kick flare jeans.

Starting with my well-loved blue leopard faux fur coat that I picked up for €20 at IJ-Hallen, a flea market in Amsterdam. It is my favourite coat and I like the fact that no one else has it. I used to have this H&M coat and I would run into people with the same coat on. That always made me cringe.

I paired that lovely coat with my rainbow jumper from Monki which I picked up in a sale when I was in Stockholm. The colours and glitter make me so happy and if I could point out a shirt that describes me it would be this. Although sometimes a black band tee passes that test too.
Next up, my Topshop Dree kick flares. I wear these all the time and thank god I ordered a new pair because I am going to rip these pretty soon. I have never ripped jeans before –with that I mean not in a cute knee way but right on the bum- and I hope to never experience that in my life.
To finish my 70s rainbow leopard look I wore my white Chelsea boots from Topshop. I got these on a buy one get one free sale and I wear them all the time. I also love these with a black vinyl skirt and the Monki jumper. Maybe not this time around but when it's a bit warmer that’s the most fab combo there is.

So what's to expect next? Lots of London content since I am moving there next month. More food, since all I do is eat and probably me rambling on about my grown up 9-5 work life, because even though my Instagram life looks glam, in real life it's definitely not.

Also if you read this and you are from London, please give me a shout so we can meet up, go for brunch and take cute insta photos. :)

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