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Weekly Wanderings {2016 week 36}

This week in my world…

… I discovered what happens when your popcorn bag doesn’t blow a little vent hole in the end…


Morning light.

Morning light

Reintroducing myself to a couple of old friends.

Pointe shoes

I followed the recipe on the package. The recipe was shit. Luckily, the interwebs had a decent fix for it!

Tom yum soup

Sweet potato hash, frico egg. My favorite breakfast.

Sweet potato hash

Pointe shoes, flat shoes.

Pointe shoes

I can never say no to banh bèo.

Banh beo

Also, nem nuong. Yum.

Nem nuong spring rolls

Mooncake! This week, with an egg. Son’s favorite.



Borough Market, London {May 2014}

After breakfast at The Table Cafe, we wandered to the nearby Borough Market.

London streets
London streets
London streets

We found a cool wall.

Allison in front of a wall

And just when we thought we were lost on this dreary, drizzly morning…

Around the corner from Borough Market

Hello there, Borough Market.

Borough Market
Borough Market
Borough Market
Random shop near Borough Market

We arrived around 10am, early enough that there were no crowds, and many of the vendors were just barely setting up shop.

Vendors inside Borough Market
Vendors inside Borough Market
Vendors inside Borough Market
Vendors inside Borough Market
Vendors inside Borough Market

Quaintest field trip ever?

Schoolchildren walking past Borough Market

All my life, I had wondered what Turkish delight tastes like. (Thank you, The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe.) In the US, it’s not exactly a common dessert – in fact, I don’t think I’ve ever encountered it here. So of course, without one moment of hesitation, when I saw an entire Turkish delight shop at Borough Market, I had to buy some.

Turkish delight

From there, we continued to wander throughout the market.

Vendors inside Borough Market
Vendors inside Borough Market

Practically every medieval-era fantasy book out there has an instance where the hero or heroine stops to grab a hot meat pie from a vendor, on their way to somewhere important.

(It should come as no surprise that much of my worldly knowledge comes from being a voracious fantasy reader. 😀 )

And again, this is another one of those things that you just don’t really see all that often in the US. I had certainly never tried one before.

On a cold, dreary, rainy day… a piping hot bison pie really hits the spot.

Bison pie
Bison pie
Bison pie

After wandering through the entire indoor section of Borough Market…

A Schedule of the Rents in Borough Market

We went out the back, and discovered there’s an outdoor section to the market too!

Vendors inside Borough Market
Vendors inside Borough Market
Vendors inside Borough Market

Egg tarts – possibly Son’s biggest weakness.

Vendors inside Borough Market

(Hey, look… more pies! Of course I had to go check it out.)

Vendors inside Borough Market
Vendors inside Borough Market
Vendors inside Borough Market

“Hold on, I gotta check the map… how do we get back?”

Allison checking the map
A very tall, imposing tower. Probably the headquarters of some evil genius.

We took the Northern line from London Bridge station to Bank station; then the District line to South Kensington, and walked back to the hotel.

Waiting for the train

Immediately upon our return to the hotel… we got into the goodies.

Turkish Delight

Our first time trying Turkish delight certainly was delightful.

(Clockwise from top: fig and walnut, carrot, pistachio, and rose-flavored Turkish delights.)

Turkish delight

The pastéis de nata (egg tarts) from Borough Market were absolutely divine.

Pastéis de nata from Borough Market

We regretted not getting two!

Pastéis de nata from Borough Market

By then, our jet-lagged selves were completely tuckered out. Several hours of sweet, Turkish delight-flavored dreams ensued… and then we were off to more adventures in London!


Weekly Wanderings {2016 week 35}

This week in my world…

It’s mooncake season!!! … and this year, we splurged on the good stuff. ($7+ for a mooncake? SO WORTH IT THESE ARE AMAZING.)


Lunchtime ballet.


An attempt at savory oatmeal. Not bad… but not really my thing.

Savory oatmeal

We’ve become addicted to canh chua cá (Vietnamese sour fish soup), but the place we love is about an hour away. So you know what that means… time to learn how to make it ourselves! This was the first attempt… not perfect, but getting there! Guess I’ll just have to make it a few more times… (oh DARN…)

Sour fish soup


The Table Cafe, London {May 2014}

Our first morning in London was a sharp contrast to the weather we had arrived to the aftenoon before. Dreary, chilly, and pouring rain, it was a day more suited to staying inside wrapped in a blanket with a hot drink and a good book. But we only had two days to explore London before we were off to the next city in our whirlwind trip, so off into the rain we went.

Waiting for the train at South Kensington station

The London train system is wonderfully easy to get around. We were each able to pay £9 for an all-day ticket, and go wherever in London we liked.

Waiting for the train at South Kensington station

For our first stop, we took the District line from South Kensington station (which is the one right next to the Ampersand Hotel) to Blackfriar station.

Blackfriar Station

From there, we braved the elements and made our way across one of the many bridges… only to look across the way and realize there was a covered walking bridge that connected the station we had been in to the other side of the River Thames.


Crossing the bridge in the pouring rain (we realized after the fact that there was a covered bridge we probably could have taken)
Rainy London
Allison seeking shelter from the rain
The underside of a bridge
Rain, construction, and boats in the Thames

Once we made it across the river, we wandered through an art school and a garden before finding our way to our goal.

Allison walking through a garden

The Table Cafe.

A drenched Allison at The Table Cafe

Son discovered this cute little cafe while searching online for places to eat (this was such a last-minute, whirlwind trip, we did minimal research beforehand).

Yes, we both look like wet dogs. We were soaked.

Son at the Table Cafe

It was filled with young professionals grabbing breakfast with friends or coworkers before work.

The inside of The Table Cafe

Son’s typically a savory breakfast kind of person, and “The Stack” caught his eye.

Layers of bagels, beans, chorizo, poached eggs, and hollandaise sauce.

His breakfast was tasty, but mine was better – the best pancake I have ever had (fried until the edges were crispy!), with perfectly-cooked bacon, and caramelized bananas.

Buttermilk pancakes with bacon and caramelized bananas

The Table Cafe… do go visit if you’re ever in London, and definitely get the pancakes!

The outside of The Table Cafe

The Table Cafe
83 Southwark Street
London, SE1 0HX

Weekly Wanderings {2016 week 34}

This week in my world…

I’m rarely up early enough, but I always love catching the sunrise when I happen to be awake at the time.


Pump. Up the jam.

Pumping up a basketball

I’m a sucker for bánh bèo.

Banh beo

Every Vietnamese restaurant seems to have a different variation on hủ tiếu… and they’re all SO SO GOOD.

Hu tieu