My Favourite Things of the Fall

Just realise it’s the last week of October and it will be Halloween πŸŽƒ this weekend! But meanwhile I am going to enjoy my week off work and hopefully do some more baking in the meantime! πŸ˜‰πŸ˜‚ (Since work lately has made it near impossible for me to bake at all…)

From our visit to Brighton, we had some green apples 🍏🍏 left over from our hotel breakfast sets. So I decided to make some mini apple pies using them, depicting my favourite things from the fall season (mid autumn festival πŸŒ•, Halloween πŸ‘», autumn leaves πŸ‚ and, of course, squirrels! 🐿❀️) I used my normal recipe of shortcrust pastry which is 2:1 ratio of plain flour to butter. Warm, buttery and tart πŸ˜‹ πŸ˜‹ – perfect in this cold, rainy day!

What are your favourite things in the fall?

Before Departing…🍁🍁

This morning I woke up at one of the earliest times ever on a Sunday! β˜€οΈβ˜€οΈ (Normally I am completely knocked out well past noon… πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚) Nonetheless, this is just going to be a short post. After checking out from the inn, I went for a stroll around Westgate Gardens and Dane Jane Gardens before departing from Canterbury. I took so many photos of the beautiful fall scenery, I thought I have to share some here! πŸ˜‰

And now I am back in London in my warm, cozy bed, reminiscing about all these beautiful imageries of the nature. ❀️❀️

Three Days, Two Nights and Plenty of Foods

Hurray to me for finally being able to catch a break from work! πŸ™ŒπŸ™Œ For my week off, not only my mum is visiting me right now in London, but we were also able to make a city getaway trip to Bristol and Bath for the past three days and two nights.

Bristol and Bath are major tourist’s attractions in the UK, the latter especially for its historical significance. I actually visited both cities once before around two years ago, so this time was more of an opportunity for my mum to visit herself! πŸ˜› However, why would I deny the offer of a getaway trip haha? πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

The City of Bristol
Mercure Bristol Grand Hotel, where we stayed

Bristol was apparently the hometown of Banksy. Now, I got to confess I actually don’t know much about Banksy’s works, but street art is definitely a big part of the city wherever you wander.

I don’t know if any of these is by Banksy, but they sure do look amazing! ❀️

Our first stop for arrival was at Little Chinatown (sticking well and truly to our Asian roots lol…) The food wasn’t bad at all, but we did end up waiting for over half an hour before we were fed after they confused our orders with another table… 😑☹️ (and my mum was definitely not a happy woman by that point haha! πŸ˜…)

Food at Little Chinatown
Za Za Bazaar

After the very filling lunch, we decided to go back to rest in the hotel room. (Our unlucky streak though continued when we went back to the hotel… The reception checked us into the wrong room TWICE! πŸ˜“) Having then recovered slightly from the food coma after a quick lap, we went for a stroll by the sunset πŸŒ… around the Bristol harbourside and had dinner in Za Za Bazaar, an international food buffet restaurant. Turned out to be a big mistake because we were both beyond stuffed afterwards! 🀒

On the second day, we decided to take the train from Bristol to Bath. It was a very short journey between the two cities, lasting just under 10 minutes! πŸš‚ The biggest two attractions in Bath are the Roman Baths and the Thermae Bath Spa (how could one not wonder where the name of the city came from lol!), but my mum was uninterested in either, so we decided to simply stroll around the city… πŸ˜— (I have been to both places in my last visit and the Thermae Bath Spa was right up my street with their rooftop pool! πŸŠβ€β™‚οΈ The Roman Baths was nice to see for its history though with a very hefty ticket price…)

Outside the Roman Baths

The other noticeable thing in Bath was its many pastry shops selling the traditional Cornish pasties. However, it seemed all the shops label their own Cornish pasties as β€˜award winning’ or β€˜best’, which made me sceptical about who to believe. πŸ˜… Nonetheless, we did manage to sit down in one and had a taste of their Cornish pasty, but ended up falling in love instead with their Cornish pudding (which tasted like a custard-rich bread pudding to me. πŸ˜‹)

The Cornish pudding on the right was absolutely delicious! 😍😍

Afterwards, we decided to head to the famous Pulteney Bridge by the river, bathing ourselves in the feelings of autumn. πŸ‚πŸ‚

On Pulteney Bridge
Secret Passage by the Bridge!
By Pulteney Bridge
Beautiful! ❀️❀️
A Walk in the Fall… 🍁🍁

And we decided to have one quick meal at a spicy noodle bar before jumping back onto the train back to Bristol! It was delicious! πŸ˜‹πŸ˜‹

Beef Tripe Salad (top) and Stir-Fried Rice Noodles with Roasted Duck (bottom)

Our hotel stay came with a free use of the swimming pool and it was perfect to make up for my lack of spa time in Bath! 😁 (The odd thing was that the hotel’s fitness centre was located in a different building next door, so I needed to walk out the hotel’s entrance, cross the street with my towel and sandals and back lol.) I swear I could doze off there just by lying on the bench lol πŸ˜΄πŸ˜‚ (Meanwhile, my mum was sound asleep in the hotel room haha! πŸ’€ πŸ’€)

Relaxing by the pool 😎😎 (There was also a jacuzzi!)

As for dinner that day, we kept it easy and dined in the hotel’s restaurant before heading out and bought a bunch of ice creams back to the room! (My excuse- it was discounted in the supermarket! 😜)

Dining in the hotel
Ice Cream Feast! ❀️❀️

We didn’t have much time on our final day in Bristol (as our bus was scheduled for the early afternoon), but we did manage to visit the university area and catch a good valued Italian lunch at Sergio’s before heading back to London! 🚌 (We didn’t quite manage to finish so we took the pasta away with us haha! πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚)

Our Italian lunch! πŸ˜‹

A Walk in the Fall

After quite an intense week, I really do feel I need a breather every now and then. Weather had been awful here in London β›ˆβ›ˆβ˜”οΈ, so curling under the cover at home have been the best policy in the past week. (Plus I don’t have much energy left to go outside… πŸ˜›) Thereby, I was lucky to catch a break last Sunday (both from the weather and work lol) and took a stroll around London in the soothing temperature of the fall.

One of my favourite things about living in this big city is that every time I took a new turn down the road, I always made new discoveries that continued to surprise me. This was very much the case when I decided (quite out of the blue) to take the tube to Vauxhall and stroll along the river from that direction. While aimlessly looking at the architecture (and taking random pictures lol πŸ“Έ ), I stumbled across Tate Britain and later passed by the Imperial War Museum by coincidences. I always really enjoyed visiting galleries and museums so it really was a bonus in my little adventure.

Beautiful painting inside Tate Britain ❀️
I don’t know what you think, but I quite like this painting! πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚
Look at those giant cannons!! (No puns intended lol 😜)
Do you take a walk around your city too?

Got to say I was starving by the time I finished walking lol! πŸ˜‚

So many roads that still had never been walked upon before. So many new adventures ahead. Can’t wait for the next time already! πŸ˜„ Why don’t you have a little adventure in your area too? You never know what it lays ahead! πŸ˜‰

Short But Sweet

Having been swamped by work this week, I, like a lot of people, can find it difficult to truly relax and separate myself from the stress and business of work life. This also unfortunately kept me away from blogging in the past week, but I am determined to hopefully balance between two and continue to update here whenever I can. πŸ’ͺ Honestly, this Friday feeling could not have come sooner! 😝

For me, autumn is the season of beginnings. Whether starting a new school, new college or new job, this time of year signifies the turning of a fresh page in many people’s chapters. As the weather becomes chillier after the long heat wave that was last month, I always craved for something warm and hearty. And, for me, no other food is better than a proper bowl of Japanese ramen in that retrospective. πŸ˜‹

Tonkatsu Ramen

It’s a short and sweet moment of comfort which we all need in this busy time. And, speaking of sweet, I also dropped by to my favourite ice cream shop in London. πŸ˜‰ (I wrote a post about the place months ago which you can see hereπŸ‘‰ If you’re looking for some unique, new or Asian-inspired ice cream flavours, do pay this place a visit if you happen to be in London!I promise you would not be disappointed! 😁

Lychee-Raspberry Sorbet and Sweetcorn Ice Cream

As I enjoy every spoonful of my sweet treat in the bright street of Central London, I wish you all the best in the weeks to come! πŸ˜‰