It almost feels like yesterday that I wrote my summer round-up and it is hard to believe that we have already reached the end of autumn with its glorious golden hues. London is especially beautiful during autumn when the leaves change colour. To fully appreciate this time of year in London, I went on a morning stroll through Kew Gardens on the same day the sky turned red in the afternoon, a phenomenon that was caused by Hurricane Ophelia. I am glad that I have been around for this as we had just come back from St Lucia, the mild weather it brought with it was also a nice side effect that eased us back into the colder climate – read on if you want to read more about what I have been up to this autumn and what I am looking forward to this winter!
Right at the start of autumn, we decided to visit the gorgeous coastal village Port de Sóller in one of the most beautiful parts of Mallorca. It is surrounded by a magnificent mountain range, offering the best of both worlds – beautiful mountain scenery and an unspoilt natural bay!
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The Jumeirah Port Soller Hotel & Spa definitely makes the most of the incredible scenery, perched high on top of a cliff it offers unparalleled views!
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To our delight, we also discovered that Port de Sóller is an amazing place for foodies with a selection of great restaurants!
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Before we headed off to Mallorca from city airport we had a wonderful lunch at Coq d’Argent, starting with a nice glass of Moet Chandon Brut Champagne each!
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Whenever we weren’t travelling we made the most of London’s amazing restaurant scene by visiting venues like Roast which is nicely located right in one of London’s most famous food markets, Borough Market – I just loved the presentation of the scallops that we had as starters!
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After a lovely lunch at Roast we had a nice stroll along Southbank with its iconic London landmarks.
Another great restaurant at Southbank, yet at the other end, is Gillray’s Steakhouse & Bar at Marriott Hotel County Hall where we had a quintessentially English dining experience accompanied by amazing views of the Houses of Parliament!
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Another wonderful dining experience we had this autumn was at Michelin-starred restaurant Galvin at Windows, located on the 28th floor of the London Hilton on Park Lane it offers not only amazing food but spectacular views of the capital which makes it a fabulous place to watch the sun set over London.
Victoria has seen a huge transformation recently and with a host of new restaurants, it is fast becoming a new foodie hub in the capital that I would love to explore more. I met up with Natalie at Timmy Green, warming up over a house made chai which was just perfect on a cold autumn day.
Natalie and I also had a lovely light lunch at the Rail House Cafe in Victoria – I particularly liked the caesar salad with chicken & a few pieces of bacon!
With Suze aka the Luxurycolumnist I went to Cantina Laredo in Covent Garden which offers traditional Mexican dishes with a modern twist. We started our indulgent lunch with a cocktail each, followed by a few starters to share and we both decided to go for the Langostino al Achiote for mains which was beautifully presented. For desserts, we had a Brownie de chocolate con Helado de Vainilla & Churros.
Suze and I also couldn’t resist ordering this cocktail that we saw on another table at the end of our meal as it was just so pretty (and delicious too ;-))
Autumn also means, dealing with all of those amazing apples that our two very generous apple trees produce every year.
Vanilla Apple Sauce is a great way to transform a vast amount of apples into something delicious with which I tend to stock up my freezer (it is so nice to enjoy apples from our garden throughout the year) plus it makes for nice foodie presents.
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What I look forward to most around harvest time is Apple Pie when my kitchen is filled with the scent of freshly baked pastry & a hint of cinnamon, my favourite Sunday afternoon treat!
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Even though I love autumn it was nice to soak up some sun in St Lucia at the Bodyholiday. It is an amazing all-inclusive resort that focuses on the body & mind with their slogan ‘Give us your body for a week and we’ll give you back your mind’. If you are considering to escape the winter for a little bit of sunshine this is a great destination!
Back from St Lucia, London greeted us with fabulous mild weather and one of the first things I did back in London was to enjoy the beautiful autumn colours at Kew Gardens.
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What would life be without a little bit of indulgence – if you are a serious Oreo & Nutella fan you are going to love this Triple Layered Oreo Nutella Cheesecake that I have posted last week! Recipe here
Winter is fast approaching and there is so much to look forward to – London at Christmas is just magical and one of the things not to miss is Christmas at Kew, a lovely after dark trail of lights (it is on until the 1 January 2018, check their website for tickets & availability).
What I look forward to the most is certainly Christmas, I love spending time with family & friends and the best thing, of course for a foodie, is to enjoy Christmas meals together – just thinking about a nice & crispy Christmas goose makes my mouth water 🙂
I have mentioned on the blog previously that my husband has embraced a gluten-free diet which meant I had to make a few changes in my cooking this year. I am still experimenting with different gluten-free flours and recipes and would like to share our experience with you early next year where I talk a little bit more about the reasons for this change and of course I will post gluten-free recipes as well.
I hope you enjoyed this little round-up of our autumn adventures and I would love to read about what you enjoyed most this autumn & what you are looking forward to this winter in the comment section below!