it’s like … it’s like … well … heaven. for your taste-buds.

2014, Culture, Family and Friends, Food, May

happy bank holiday monday!

i just love them. they’re full of lie-ins, full english breakfasts for lunch, netflix and more sleep.

dearest britain, how much i’ve missed you and your bank holidays. even the rainy ones.

a few weeks ago my bff alison treated me to a chocolate tour of london. it. was. fabulous. a great way to be re-introduced to london. and to do something touristy {in london} for once.

it was like “oh hey london, it’s been a while. wait….wait. what’s this? wow. thank you for showing me a side of you that i never knew existed.”

it was stunning. 

we started off the day with lunch at balans. then we headed off to the algerian coffee store to start the tour. we went to paul a. young, hotel chocolat, freggo, prestat, fortnum & masons, charbonnel & walker and east india company.

i would give my arm for the sea salted caramel chocolate from paul a. young. fortnum & masons provide chocolate for the queen. and freggo had the best sorbet i’ve ever tasted.

“there is nothing better than a friend, unless it is a friend with chocolate”
linda grayson

thank you alison. you, my dear, have rocked my socks.

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dsc00442^^the yummiest hot chocolate^^

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dsc00456^^i really want this in my future home^^

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dsc00470^^we do love our tea in england. so of course. a chocolate in the shape of a tea cup. makes sense.^^

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i’ve got a couple of girlfriends coming from utah to visit london in july and we are so doing this.

if you’re interested here are the details. or perhaps look out for a deal on groupon or lastminute.com.

absolutely worth it.

m.

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musings

2014, Career, Inspiration, May

// i’ve spent a lot of time over the past few days looking at other people’s lives through facebook and instagram mostly. i keep wondering how everyone has it all together. and i should stop doing that. because aren’t we all making it up as we go along? but i can’t stop looking. maybe this means a social media break.

// i do this ^^ because i’m trying to hide from figuring my life out. i don’t know, i don’t know, i just don’t know.

// i need to be on a beach somewhere reading a book. or sitting in a café in rome drinking something luscious of the iced kind.

// the best thing about today was spending sometime with a lovely boy. he tickles my heart that one.

// back to the life thing. i thought i had a plan. turns out i don’t. i’m in a figuring out phase. it’s been 2 months. and nothing seems to be coming together. i’m mostly referring to my career here.

// this post is becoming a bit of a debbie-downer so i want to leave you with something positive…

Quote 20 May

m.

life lately | 100 happy days

2014, Career, Family and Friends, Food, Inspiration, May

Rash and Kelsie^^day 34: sundays with my brother and niece. i sure do love these two.^^

Pageant Memories^^day 42: nothing but great memories from the miss africa utah pageant.^^

Gym
^^day 40: the gym. we have a love/hate relationship.^^

Curry Goat
^^day 41: i eat too much on sundays. but i love it. curry goat #getinmybelly.^^

My Quote of the Week
^^day 44: i’m working on this. quote of the week.^^

i’m doing the 100 happy days “challenge” on instagram. add me if you’d like to follow along! @thisismymdot

m.

washington, d.c. | southern efficiency, northern charm

2014, Culture, Food, May, Travel

as i mentioned in my new york post i stopped over in dc for a couple of days to visit my friend amy. i think this quote describes washington dc well:

“washington is a city of southern efficiency and northern charm”
john f. kennedy 

it was a stark contrast to the endlessly busy new york city. from biking through georgetown {and of course sampling those yummy cupcakes}, to visiting the smithsonians and posing at the gate of the whitehouse as well as stopping by the eastern market. i think i needed a couple more days to drink it all in. all of it.

i was bright-eyed and bushy tailed for the whole two days.

amy, you were a phenomenal host. you know i’m coming back right?

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^^pink and red. i just don’t know. that’s what happens when you pack minimally^^

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^^this was the line outside georgetown cupcake. and there were several more people behind us. this was supposedly a not-so-busy day^^

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^^great time at the air and space museum^^

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^^deliciousness^^

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^^this is all blurry. but i like it^^

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^^there was just something about this store. maybe it was the fact that it was called the fairy godmother. or maybe its because of all those colors. but i literally stopped and took a picture. it more than caught my eye.^^

lincoln memorial

place

whitehouse

lincoln food

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baaaatttthhh
^^this bath tub. it was glorious perfection. my feet and muscles were oh so grateful.^^

if you’re going to d.c. then i would suggest:
// georgetown, georgetown, georgetown
// and with that georgetown cupcake
// rent out a bike for at least part of your day
// stop by at least one of the musuems
// the lincoln memorial
// the lincoln restaurant. oh my. so so good
// visit the eastern market
// stop by the georgetown waterfront

i just want to travel. all the time.

“once you have travelled, the voyage never ends, but is played out over and over again in the quietest chambers. the mind can never break off from the journey.”
pat conroy

m.

2014, Blogging, Food, May

 

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