Little Catch Up

Grab a cuppa, it’s time we caught up.
I’m curled up with a big, steaming mug of green mint tea.
Alright, and a cookie. A monstrous creation you may have already seen on Twitter. It was one of those moments where tidying the cupboard turns into experimental baking, resulting in chocolate cornflake marshmallow cookies.
Anyways, is your tea ready? You’ve nipped off for a biscuit haven’t you…
I’ll begin.

So, I was home in California for a bit, as you probably figured out from the ocean heavy Instagrams @alessandra_ldn.  www.alessandrabrian.com But then I returned to my lovely London and dove head first into research – or one may say, fork first.
You see, I’m working on something. And this something requires a lot of research, also known as eating.
Needless to say, I am very good at research.
www.alessandrabrian.comWhilst conducting said research, I’ve been gallivanting around the city enjoying the sunny (not) last (hopefully) days of winter. So, here’s what I’ve been up to.

A skip around Borough Market has always been one of my favourite foodie activities.

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There’s always beautiful foods piled high, crowds of foodies searching for a treat and a delicious smell in the air. www.alessandrabrian.comI took the obligatory Shard picture for you. It’s no secret I am not a fan of this monstrosity, but you probably like it, so there you go.
I popped into my favourite cheese shop, Neal’s Yard Dairy for a fair share of samples, you know, for research.
www.alessandrabrian.comOh and look what I found in Whole Foods! They’re called graffiti aubergine.
Don’t they look cool? 
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This was just begging to be researchedwww.alessandrabrian.com As I’m sure you’re aware, starting something new is daunting.
It’s a roller coaster of ups and downs filled with doubt and anxiety.
But, at the end of the day, if you’re trying to accomplish something you’re truly passionate about, it will all be worth it.
It always helps to have a little motivation, so this is my background at the moment. Just a little reminder to well, make it happen! Feel free to make it yours for that extra push each day.
www.alessandrabrian.com I’ve been having lots of meetings and brainstorm sessions, the best of which take fuelling the body into account. This particular brainstorming session took place at Hally’s over a light snack of avocado on grilled sourdough. www.alessandrabrian.com Oh, and a less light pot of truffled Welsh rarebit with dipping toast. www.alessandrabrian.com Which was balanced out by chargrilled field mushrooms and gremolata. www.alessandrabrian.com Don’t look at me like that, it was hard work!

For one of my meetings, I checked out the new Workshop Coffee Co. location in Marylebone. A darling coffee bar with fresh flowers, a smiling barista and the smell of roasted beans hanging in the air. Your cuppa comes with a cute little brew timer to let you know when your steep is complete! www.alessandrabrian.comI ventured around Selfridges for some Valentine’s Day pressies and was drawn like a bug towards an electric section of neon signs. www.alessandrabrian.com

www.alessandrabrian.com www.alessandrabrian.comIn the home section, I found some of the much lusted after Fornasetti collection, some of which clutters my LUSTlist on Pinterest.  
www.alessandrabrian.comAround the corner, I found the mother of all Moleskines! There’s a regular sized one to the right for comparison. You’ve got to have a lot of ideas to fill this bad boy. www.alessandrabrian.comPossibly less difficult to fill would be this handy book. Possibly.
www.alessandrabrian.comFor Valentine’s Day, I put plenty of love into Ottolenghi’s Soba Noodles with Aubergine and Mango.
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Homemade. Chocolate. Salted. Caramel. Truffles. www.alessandrabrian.com I also found something that should probably be carried around with me at all times. Imagine being really hungry and stumbling upon this box. I wonder what would be inside? www.alessandrabrian.com

Anyways, I’m glad we were able to catch up. I have plenty of food posts to fill you in on, so get the snacks ready as I will definitely be making you hungry. Talk to you soon!

Moleskine

I love airports. Millions of different lives, from different parts of the world, with different backgrounds, different thoughts, different aspirations, different purposes – all crossing paths in one distinct moment, under distinct one roof, having just endured, or about to endure one distinct mode of transportation – flight.

I hate flying. You may have discovered this fun fact from my acrobatic flight post. To help cope with the panic, I have developed three rituals: twizzlers, chai tea, and moleskine.

I nervous eat Twizzlers like a kid that’s just broken out of fat camp, to the dismay of passengers around me. I drink a grande Chai Tea Latte with one pump of vanilla. Finally, I write in my moleskine, a book filled with random thoughts, doodles, business plans, anything that pops into my head really.

On my way home, London!