Brunch at Nac Mayfair

We are girls who love to brunch..

This time my girl Hanna picked out NAC Mayfair, and it did not disappoint. Pre-booking meant that we manged to get a table by the window which was lovely (the lighting was everything + people watching). The waiter came to take our order and we both asked if we could have the Ricotta pancakes with dulce de leche (basically caramel sauce) & banana. He quickly told us that we wouldn’t be able to finish the pancakes and suggested we order 1 set of pancakes and something else from the menu. So you can imagine myself and Hanna are feeling a little offended *pause* like dude we are foodies we eat a lot we can handle it + we secretly thinking he wanted us to spend more money by ordering something else. But he convinced us that the pancakes would be a large potion so we ordered an acai bowl.

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When the food arrived it looked glorious the acai bowl was the perfect type of sweet (not too sweet) and light. Then the pancakes stack was definitely enough, each pancake was thick & fluffy once cut in the centre the sauce falls into the middle how glorious! our eyes and smiles were huge. We shared both dishes & I recommend doing so or if your going to have the pancakes just don’t eat too much before so you can really dig in & finish them.
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Wondering were NAC Mayfair is.. its located near oxford circus you can hop off the central line or the bus and place NAC Mayfair into google maps its a 5 minute walk from the tube station.

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After NAC we decided to head to Shoreditch were we just had a walk about and tried to explore new photography scenes. But of course we still were thinking about food and when in Shoreditch your never far from discovering something tasty. On this day we found the Softservesociety ice cream shop at Boxpark this is a soft serve dessert bar specialising in creating and serving soft ice cream flavors. I tried the matcha and vanilla flavors together as I was worried the matcha could be too strong but plain vanilla could be boring & the result of the mix tasted so good it was light and refreshing which is different to some of the other ice creams which are heavy & take a little longer to melt. Also I felt as though this one didn’t leave a diary taste in the mouth which I like (not sure if anyone knows that after diary milk taste). But yas people, I think this ice cream shop is the place to be no matter the weather.  Since this day whenever I’m in the Brick Lane/ Shoreditch area I make it a priority to pop in. IMG_5462
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Me and Hanna are such foodies, we are consistently looking for the best spots to eat. We love places with fresh food where chefs cook with their hearts and London is one of the best places for Brunch, Lunch and Dinner with flavors from all around the world. We especially love a good brunch and I love food which reflects with vibrant colors surely that means more nutrition (I tell myself). We plan on trying as many places as we can overtime, Hanna always say only if we could be hungry more than times a day so we can eat more (real foodie words right there).
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You can find my foodie & travel girl Hanna on her social media platforms:
Instagram &  Blog 

I hope you enjoyed this food post,

Big love,

Taffy
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Sunsets and blue sea’s in Mykonos (Greece)

If you love sunsets and a fresh sea breeze this island is for you…

This has to be one of the most beautiful islands I have ever laid my eyes on, the moment I landed in Mykono’s Greece I was screaming wow. It was around 6.00pm in the evening just in time to see sunset, the colours were unreal oranges to pinks/lilacs the type you see painted to perfection on canvas. We got a taxi to the boutique hotel we were staying at … its location was great as it was about 15 minutes from the airport and it was just up the road from the town centre. I visited the island at the start of its summer season so it was around 20 degrees with high winds they call the island the windy island because there is always wind no matter how warm it is. I recommend carrying a small light scarf & a jumper.
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The smell of the fresh sea was incredible. I just felt so free, happy and light whilst on the island. I really fell in love with it and the fact that everything you look at is a clean white buildings or blue seas was surreal (they make sure there’s a fresh white paint on all their building and floors). I also loved that it got dark late so you could walk around and make most of the day until 9pm before you live the nightlife.

Whilst in Mykonos I stayed in a boutique hotel called harmony hotel, located in such an in the town centre but just far out enough away. It is a walking distance and on the plus it is a very cute hotel and its photo friendly (is it just me, sometimes you arrive at a hotel or a holiday accommodation and you think well I won’t be capturing this in any photos hahaa). Also I think because I visited in the month of April it meant the island wasn’t overcrowded meaning peace and quiet.

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What do you do on a small island like Mykonos- Eat, swim and explore.

I visited what they call little Venice as the streets wind into small alleys with cute little shops. I fell in love with the small bars with wooden chairs and benches outside. The atmosphere in little Venice was so lovely. Also if you like designer shops there are plenty of those.

I visited the windmills, these were not spectacular but still lovely to see and I feel as if you are on the island you have to see them. These are located on a corner of the island and you can walk or even get quad bikes to the windmills.
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Another option is to hire a car and drive around the island and visit some of the islands most beautiful beaches, unfortunately I didn’t have enough days to do so but I enquired and it would have cost 43 euros per day.

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The food in town just by the sea was amazing and really fresh. You really got the sense that they were cooking with all their hearts putting in so much effort. The food was definitely reasonably priced costing between 10-15 euros for a good sized meal and breakfast costing 10 euros or less. Overall I thought the local community were so lovely and really welcoming of tourists unlike some popular tourist places you tend to feel some bad energies but not here!

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Because it is a very small island you don’t need much time to see all of it and there aren’t many islands but it is so beautiful that you won’t be thinking about activities. It is an island to relax and leisure around slowly, it honestly felt like I had just been dropped off to a retreat I felt so connected to myself and at peace.

If you ever visit have fun and respect the locals because they really take care of the island and remember we are visitors in their home land.

I hope you enjoyed this posted,

Big love,

Taffy x

Inside Zimbabwe Travels

IMG_0831Zimbabwe is my motherland and it is so beautiful with all that it has been through politically. During my time here is when I felt the best as if I was living my best life, the carefree life. Bulawayo is were I spent most of my time with my family, skipping straight to my second week we made a 5 hour drive to Victoria Falls from Bulawayo going through towns Lupane, Gwayi River and Hwange. The most irritating thing were the police who had roadblocks every few miles in total there were about 7 roadblocks. This was such a beautiful drive were you would see many home steads were people live in the rural land it was so amazing to see that there are people who are happy to live here with limited electricity and shops surrounding them and herding cattle. These people were so beautiful and they looked so radiant in fact jealous at the fact that they don’t live amongst the modern world yet they enjoy life their lives out in the wilderness . If your going to make this drive I really recommend setting off early so you travel during the day as there are single lanes and cattle which pop out all the time.

Anyhow on arrival to Victoria falls we quickly went to a tour operator called Pamusha safaris  to book a sun set cruise along the Zambezi river. This was so surreal the sunset was so beautiful and the temperature was perfect warm with a light breeze. During the cruise there are unlimited drinks throughout soft drinks and alcoholic, you are also served a dinner whilst on board.
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During our stay at Victoria falls we stayed at the Elephant Hills hotel which was absolutely beautiful as soon as you step through the doors you are greeted by 5 star hospitality services, offering you a cold drink whilst your check in is being processed. The room was fabulous with a balcony where we would wake up birds singing and  monkeys and baboons eating any food that they found left by guests and many deers strolling across the grass. This was my favorite part of the day I would stand still and appreciate the worlds nature. This really made the hotel special more so as tourism graduate who has worked in hospitality I thought the service and staff were amazing they were so helpful and friendly.
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The falls themselves were about 20 minutes from the hotel and these were unbelievable, the first thing I wanted to know was weather the magical rainbow across the falls was always there! and the explanation behind it is known as ‘Musiya tunya’ the smoke that thunders. During my time in Victoria falls I also visited the crocodile sanctuary were a baby croc peed on my hand whilst I held it hahaa.
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During the rest of my time in Zimbabwe I attended two beautiful weddings, at one wedding I had to go up on the podium and read a verse from the bible little because someone dropped out and I happened to be at the right place at the wrong time haha. Little old me who doesn’t read the bible often was so terrified but I went up there in my ballgown and did my thang 2 minutes of unwanted fame ;). Besides weddings I visited both my grandmas where I could relax in both their yards and time would feel still until sunset. I have to say sunsets in Zimbabwe are so pretty and the sunsets feel slow which gives you time to really enjoy their beauty.
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Travel details:
Airline- South African Airways from the UK to Johannesburg, Joburg to Zimbabe.
Total flight time: 10 Hours

I hope you enjoyed this read,

Stay youthful and grateful-

Big love,

Taffy X

Inside Venice – Italy (Island city break)

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We all love an inexpensive city break, I visited in the month of December which is winter in Venice so it was raining and it was cold the city was so beautiful during my time in Venice the places of boats, as soon as you land you hop onto a taxi boat which is so lovely and unique from other travel experiences.

Not all city breaks are perfect right sometimes there are negatives,  I stayed in a hotel in Lido di venezia this area was pretty and peaceful, stayed at hotel Grande Albergo Ausonia & Hungaria this was probably the worst hospitality service of my life after my hair oil was taken from the room. I booked the accommodation via booking.com however I think for future bookings it is a good idea to check booking.com to compare and then possibly book directly through to the hotel as many hotels lose a large amount of money when customers book via websites such as this one. As a tourism ambassador I believe that businesses should be able to retain as much profit as possible.

Most importantly my thoughts on the food does ice cream count as food hahaa, the best gelato ice cream I have ever eaten. Italy being the home of gelato I couldn’t have been happier I was like an excited kid (live a youthful life- right) and of course I ate pizza and pasta throughout the trip it was delicious and super cheap. I found that it was better and cheaper to eat in the area that I was staying in (Lido) than eating out in city centre of San Marco as prices are higher for us tourists but I found that eating outside the city centre it was more intimate and I could meet more locals and experience a little of the Italian lifestyle – through my travels I have found that I prefer to go where the locals eat as that’s were the real deal is its usually fresh and cooked with time, care and love.
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The highlight of this trip was taking a gondola ride around the grand canal after watching so many scenes through travel documentaries and travel magazines this was such a wonderful experience. You can hop on one of these from many of the canal street in San Marco, this is usually around 60 euros or more (prices vary) I managed to get it down to 40 euros but as I put my negotiation skills to the test here and on this day I got 20 euros off. What can I say, there’s no harm in trying.

I also loved the historical architecture in San Marco and all around Venice the colors of buildings and the how everyone in the small towns hang their clothes in a perfect line outside their windows , I was like how do they do this? But one thing the city floods and this was heartbreaking to see locals having to rack out water from their shop floors every few minutes, this is to do with the sea levels and the walls which surround and protect the city but also because of the rain.  So if you visit around this time take some good shoes or be prepared to purchase some waterproof plastic boots, these are sold all around the canals.

7EF81658-0CB4-4D73-9CD5-4DBC61CAEDF0 I also visited and fell in love with Burano, an island in the North of Venice this is filled with colorful homes and it is so quiet during April it is so pretty. The story behind the colorful homes is that the fishermen needed to see where the homes through thick fog. This was a 45 minute boat ride from San Zaccaria (the duration may vary depending on the season).
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Costs:
Accommodation and flights (EasyJet from London to Venice) was about £300 for 4 nights for 2 adults, this was because the off peak travel season and the weather.

I hope everyone enjoys this read, I would love to hear your experiences of Venice and what you loved the most,

Stay youthful,

Big love-

Taffy X

Escape to Paris for 48 hours

Walk through the streets of Paris with me…

My first thoughts when I arrived in Paris were darn I should have got the Eurostar into Paris than a flight as the journey into Paris town centre from airport Charles De Gaulle airport and I instantly wished I spoke French it really is a beautiful language. I stayed in a boutique hotel in the 9th avenue this area was pretty cool and not noisy but right in the heart of Paris. I dropped my luggage & searched for food of course my eye was caught by lights and a long queue of people going into the restaurant Boullion Chartier- so I wanted to no what the big deal was. It was seriously the funniest dinning experience I’ve ever had. Firstly you are seated with strangers you are not allocated a table to yourself and well the food was not so tasty, the fries and steak were so dry its like mass production in there because its so busy. But I actually didn’t mind I was having such a laugh, the waiter were so friendly and it was inexpensive for the atmosphere it was worth it.

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My second day it rained for most of the day but it was okay umbrellas and uber to the rescue. I normally don’t like to do all the typical touristic activities when visiting a new destination but I was in Paris I had to see all its beauty that makes it so wonderful. So I visited the Eiffel tower which was built in 1887 the views from the 2nd and top floor were beautiful some say Paris is small I felt like it was so big.  I then took a taxi bike to the famous Louvre Museum which is a beautiful landmark.

 


This time for dinner I went to the Kong rooftop restaurant, the view, food and atmosphere was amazing it is a little pricey but its worth it the food is so fresh and has so much flavor. I would totally recommend this place!
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Nightlife: I managed to meet up with my Instagram friend (we all have those special insta friends we’ve been following forever) so I met with ma girl Marie known as the_miji_mojo on the gram she was fabulous total Solange babe with amazing views on life. She made sure I managed to groove a little see some of the cutest Parisian streets a Saturday night I loved it !

 


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The Safari Experience, Zimbabwe

Hello readers,

It’s been a while, I’ve recently travelled to Southern Africa as you may have seen on Instagram. I went to Zimbabwe, Livingstone and South Africa- Cape town. Every experience equally amazing, let me take you all through the journeys.

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Hwange National Safari Park- where I had a unique magical experience. I finally meet some of the ‘big five’ in real life – as the sun set a herd of elephants came to the water whole. They were so large and it felt pretty surreal I didn’t want to miss a moment. I watched mother elephants guiding their babies. I remember one got stuck in the mud & one of the elephants went behind the baby and pushed whilst another held onto the baby’s truck and pulled- the baby was set free. They blew their trunks with what I believe was joy. To think I watched them on the National Geographical channel to then watch them in their natural habitat, the wild and their home was beautiful.

On my second day I was up bright and early for a game drive, I was super excited- fear didn’t cross my mind I was just so grateful to be there. I respect and love the wild so my first question was ‘do the cars affect the animals’ the ranger said no they keep their distance and tend to only go on 4 drives per day. The car tends to blend with the bushes and the car sounds pretty rusty so you would think that it was an animal of some type. The ranger also said the animals were used to the cars and wouldn’t charge- however we had to be on the lookout for large herds of elephants as they could trample on us if we didn’t see them.
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What I managed to learn is that ranger love the animals and all the knowledge they bare about the animals is amazing. I watched giraffes cross in front of me with elegance, it was like they were floating in the air. Also Zebras are not as dark as I imagined, they are a brown-off black with white hehe- they all have twins. I managed to see buffalos too, it was amazing sitting in this large camouflaged jeep searching for the world’s most beautiful species.

The Hwange National Safari Park itself have great cuisine, from traditional Zimbabwean dishes ‘Sadza’ with vegetables and meat. During the day you could sit outside where there are huts which blend in with the nature. These overlook one of the waterholes the animals come to. They gather here at different times, so sometimes you could be eating a meal whilst watching the animals. What else could you ask for!img_1083

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Cheers to Good Vibes

Big love-

Taffy X