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Chill and be still (and always eat ice cream)
September 30, 2011, 12:04 pm
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You saw Bethany’s post over at The Arched Eyebrow about our Soho date last week, so here’s mine. We went for ice cream at Scoop in Covent Garden and generally had a pleasant and rambly afternoon. If you enjoy Bethany’s blog (and I’m sure you do because it’s REALLY GOOD), please vote for her to win a Cosmo Blog Award HERE under the ‘Student Blog’ category, and make sure there’s a little green tick next to ‘The Arched Eyebrow’.

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Yalla Yalla

I’d been meaning to go to Yalla Yalla for a long time. My brother and I planned to meet up for late lunch yesterday so I decided I should finally get round to it. It’s fantastic. Everything tastes really fresh and delicious (and never overseasoned). We ate so much between us but the food wasn’t so rich that we regretted any of it. It’s tiny and cosy and really friendly. I really can’t sing its praises enough. Lebanese is one of my favourite types of world cuisine, and Yalla Yalla is a really good place to try if you’re also a fan.



Liberty Festival

I went to the Liberty Festival in Trafalgar Square on Saturday. Liberty Festival is an annual event celebrating the achievements of people with disabilities. The square was packed full of people and the atmosphere was really fun and lively. There were music and dance performances taking place all afternoon. I had heard a lot about the Amici Dance Theatre Company but had never seen them perform and I must say, I was impressed. They really live up to the hype. The shots above are from their performance on Saturday; it was really quite moving. If you get the chance to go and see them, I would highly recommend that you do.



No stranger to the rain

I went for a walk through Soho yesterday. Armed with a bright pink leopard print umbrella, I braved the elements. It has been a bit of a shock to the system having so much rain recently, but it was like seeing an old friend. You know, one of those friends you’ve known for so long that they’re stuck in your life indefinitely as a reassuring but occasionally irritating presence. I’m off to an indoor picnic today (the grass is too sludgy to have it outdoors). Happy bank holiday!



Rasa sayange, rasa sayang sayange

My good friend Maashallah and I decided we wanted to go for dinner somewhere neither of us had tried before. We went to Rasa Sayang, a Malay restaurant in Chinatown. Being a Minang girl, I obviously ordered the beef rendang. Maash and I shared a portion of roti canai to start and I couldn’t decide between ice lemon tea and teh tarik to drink so I just ordered both. It’s a nice little place and all the food is very reasonably priced. We were left absolutely stuffed after our meal too – the beef rendang portion was very generous indeed. A+. Would dine again.



Princi Bakery

From sweet to savoury. The day after indulging in apple crumble from Maison Bertaux, I went for a light dinner at Princi Bakery on Wardour Street (I do spend rather a lot of time in Soho) with my friend Adrian. Generally anything doughy and savoury is good with me. I only tried a couple of things this time but what I did try was absolutely delicious. I had been walking past Princi for months and had just never got round to trying it. I’m glad I finally did after much anticipation.



The best advice I’ve ever received

I had a browse over at plinky.com and have been thinking about this question ever since: What is the best advice you’ve ever received?

I thought immediately of something my uncle said to me: “It’s okay to mess everything up.” He said it at a point where I wasn’t quite ready to hear it but now that my life has calmed down, I can see what he was getting at. I’m terrified of making mistakes and getting it wrong. I overthink and overanalyse and never take risks. I struggle to assert myself and show my feelings. I’m like a tightly knotted string, coming undone one loop at a time. Having played it safe for as long as I remember, I really should take the risk and not always do what I think I should be doing, but instead try doing what I want to do. It’s okay to get everything wrong, and that’s something I need to be reminded of on a regular basis.

So in honour of embracing my inner goof and losing inhibitions, here are a couple of snaps of my beautiful friend Bethany and me, eating udon with self-styled bibs (because we struggled to eat without getting it down our fronts). We’re so styling.

We also went to Maison Bertaux for dessert. No such thing as too much time spent in good old Maison B.