Unusually for me, I’m pretty chatty in this post! This is the first in the set I’m uploading from my recent flying visit to Oxford, and contains a lot of food pictures – yes, I was indeed that person sitting there with their big camera, snapping away! Please do click through the pictures to see the descriptions, and stay tuned for outfit posts coming your way!
My #fotd just before leaving the house and giving myself an asthma attack sprinting for the bus with my suitcase…
Plain Dosa at Dosa Park in Oxford. Slightly less crispy than I would have liked, but the coconut chutney was totally on point. I must admit it was highly amusing to see non-Indians gingerly attempting to eat with their hands and making a terrible job of it.
My long-awaited idli which sadly did not live up to my hopes. They were very kind and made me a fresh plate – even remembering my cheeky order of double coconut chutney, as you can see here – but it still wasn’t hugely impressive.
While there, we overheard a boy having a conversation with the aunty at the counter about where he was from – he was in the restaurant having a birthday party – and I was positive I heard him say he was from Bangalore. I urged A to speak to him, and when he did, the two of them promptly found out they had a great many mutual friends despite attending different schools. It genuinely resembles any conversation involving the British private school network.
To celebrate my birthday (over a month early?!) and A coming over, my mum made her special chicken tikka masala, which is the mildest dish in the world while magically retaining bucketfuls of flavour. I realised how much I had missed basmati rice, as this tasted like solid gold compared to my cheap long grain rice here.
Being a proper grown-up – I’m going to be 21 next month – means no longer getting the right number of candles!
This was a gluten-free Victoria Sponge from M&S which my mother then hand-decorated with chocolate. It’s really delicious and I took lots of it back with me to Madrid.
My family know me so well! #socialmediamaven
The first of the stunning birthday gifts from my family – I haven’t included them all in this post, though! A gorgeous waist belt with gold detailling.
This picture does not do this Coast necklace justice! It looked absolutely dazzling with my blue dress, and I can’t wait to wear it properly to show you!
A proper grown-up I may be, but that didn’t stop me literally bouncing up and down in my seat and repeatedly shouting “YAY!!” upon unwrapping this. I’m really not a perfume person at all, but something about this scent just hooked me when it was first released however long ago. I find it very amusing that the one fragrance to captivate me is not called something flowery and delicate like “Elle” or “Cherie”, but is big and bold and…political! This. Is. My. Scent. It’s just gorgeous and I’ve waited so long to have it!
A being cute and smiley in Gourmet Burger Kitchen in Oxford following a long day of…sleeping in and shopping! This dinner was to celebrate his amazing internship offer from an Oxford-based company, and while we were at dinner, he received ANOTHER email from another really big name company inviting him to the second round of interviews in London! Super proud and maybe a tiny bit envious!
I know you’re not supposed to like chain restaurants, but I simply adore GBK! Their staff are always friendly and helpful, their app saves you so much money as well as being fun and competitive, and – to top it all off – they have a great gluten-free menu! Plus these drinks (strawberry and elderflower and ginger and lemongrass) were on free refill, so…!
I enjoy staring at food I cannot eat. I’m grateful gluten-free pizza bases exist, but their dryness does get a bit wearing after a while.
We weren’t hugely enamoured by the meal at Prezzo, but it was nice to relax after a hectic day, and it did feel very decadent going out for a meal for the third evening out of four!