I’ve always been told that the best way to travel is to experience places like a local. Now the best way to achieve that is blend in. The benefits of blending in and acting a bit less like a tourist and more like a local never be underestimated.
Blending in can afford you a more intimate look at the local culture, one that may not be granted to outsiders. If you look and act like a tourist then you will be treated like one. If you want to walk the walk, it’s going to have to be their walk. And don’t assume that your custom is their custom.
More important than that is safety. Most criminals can spot tourists from dress, mannerisms, and the way they act a mile off. Blending in will not make you completely impervious from pickpockets and scam artists, but it can help protect you. That said, you will still need to keep your whits about you even if you blend in.
Blending In, Local, Stay Like A Local, Travel Tips, World Travel
The year is 2020 and there are still restaurants that opened in 2008 that I’ve never been to. HELLO Bodega Negra and the Bodega Negra Cafe
I don’t know why I’ve never been before? I’ve always been told that they do incredible margaritas (CONFIRMED) and some beautiful tacos (SPOILER ALERT: They Are)
London, Mexican, Soho
Are you hunting for the perfect hotel for your weekend in Copenhagen?
A hotel that has style, without being achingly hip?
A luxe hotel that won’t break the bank?
A hotel that’s super convenient to most everything you would like to see in the City, without being in a cramped date hotel?
A hotel that has a unique history and new lease on life?
If you answered yes to any of those questions… I have found the perfect hotel in Copenhagen that fits that bill. Say Hello to Hotel Otilla. Hotel Otilla is part of the Brochner Hotels collection of Luxury hotels in Denmark. They have several hotels in Copenhagen, I would assume that my experience will be similar at most of their locations.
copenhagen, Denmark, Design Hotels, Hotels, Luxury Hotel
Eating all the seafood at Sea Containers Restaurant seems like the right thing to do… no?
I’ve always loved the rooftop bar (The 12th Knot) at Sea Containers , I don’t know why I’ve never ventured to the Thames level restaurant before. Maybe because I think that it’s attached to zhuzhy hotel, where I thought the food would be style over substance.
Design Hotels, Hotels, London, london hotel, seafood
Are you hunting for the perfect hotel for a weekend in London?
A design-led does not feel like it’s a flat pack hotel?
A hotel that won’t break the bank?
A hotel that’s very close to the east end of London?
A hotel that has a brilliant food and beverage offering?
A hotel that makes you feel like a pop-star in training?
If you answered yes to any of those questions… I have found the perfect hotel in London that fits that bill. Say hello to Mama Shelter London. Mama Shelter is a collection of lively, unique and quirky places to rest your head, fill your bellies and wet your whistels around the globe (Think Los Angeles, Paris, Rio, Prague and Now London to name a few)
The group already boasts 1813 rooms, 13 restaurants and 1170 employees in 12 cities and 7 countries.
Design Hotels, Hotels, London, london hotel, Luxury Hotel
Whenever anyone suggests having drinks and nibbles at @TheSavoyHotel my mind automatically assumes that it’s at the Iconic American Bar. Little did I know about the Beaufort Bar at The Savoy Hotel. The bar is a black and gold art deco oasis.
The Beaufort Bar is tucked away off of the Thames Foyer at the Savoy. The Beaufort Bar at The Savoy Hotel opens its magnificent doors at 5pm. The Beaufort bar itself stands on the hotel’s former cabaret stage. It goes without saying when you enter there is a real sense of theatre, magic and Drama with a capital ‘D’. ⠀
Cocktails, London, Luxury Hotel, Must Do London, The Savoy
I love a good breakfast… and breakfast at Fortnum’s at the Royal Exchange is bloody good. I’ve had a long love affair with F&M… When I first moved to the UK I had a Sunday ritual to buy little bits for my cupboards like jams, biscuits, and chutneys. The thought process behind that was if it’s fit for the queen, it’s good enough for me.⠀
Cocktails, London, Luxury Hotel, Must Do London, The Savoy
I’ve always been a firm believer that the food we eat can help to influence your mood. Feeling sad + Eat Pizza = Feeling happy. Feeling Celebratory + Eat a Burger = Feeling Celebratory. Feeling Stressed + Eating a packet of Doritos = Feeling Stress-free.
I’m kind of joking, but not. I know that throughout my life I reach for those fatty, salty, starchy, carby meals whenever I feel like I need to adjust my mood. They totally help in the short term without a doubt, the pleasure that I derive from eating them is immense. Though as I grow older (yeah that) I’m looking to be able to adjust my moods from foods in other ways.
Breakfast is probably my favourite meal of the day. You would think that I’d be up every morning cooking up an epic start of the day… Truth is I usually skip it or have something really simple like a boiled egg. Despite my American roots and love of sugary cereals, doughnuts and maple syrup covered pancakes, they really don’t do it for me for breakfast. I like to start my days eating with something savoury. Like this Savoury Oat Porridge.
Which comes to think of it… is why I probably don’t get along with traditional porridge. Those hot wet oats are normally made enjoyable with swirls of maple syrup or dollops of jam. If its sweet, it’s not for me…. that was until I discovered savoury oat porridge.
Oh Gawd, I love a good poke.. Nope, not talking about that thing you used to do to strangers on Facebook to get their attention.
I’m talking about Poke bowl. Those pretty little-layered bowls of sushi grade fish, rice and toppings. Next to burgers and ramen, I never tire of getting face to face with a bowl of poke. Not only are they visually stunning to look at they are so darn delicious!
What I love most about it is being able to feel like I’m eating a tray of sushi without all the fiddly work of eating every single piece. I love how fresh it tastes and how you can customise it to your exact specifications. For the record, I cannot have poke without avocado!
Read the List of my favourite Poké Bowls.