30 May 2017

Best London brunches - according to a few experts!

The old advice is to 'breakfast like a king and to dine like a pauper', but I completely and utterly disagree.

Brunch like a Queen instead.

The best brunches is London according to a few experts Adventures of a London Kiwi

Whilst I'm out of London, a bevy of my favourite, trusted blog friends have taken up the mantle of mid-day feasting to share their favourite brunch spots - all well kept secrets that will knock your socks off.

26 May 2017

Confessions of a guilty blogger

Dear Blog,

Unfortunately you have created a monster - I've been too busy adventuring to sit down and write proper accounts of what I've been up to for ages.

It's definitely a case of me, not you. I've missed word wrangling, thinking up crazy thoughts and arranging photographs so much that I've started dreaming that I've been sat at my laptop.

Luckily, in the meantime I've been enjoying cuddles with my nephews (one of whom is newborn), fabulous dinners with a few of my favourite bloggers around the globe and a bevy of escapades are happening out in a few different countries, so watch this space. (Or my Instagram.) And I've been doing a fair amount of freelance work behind the scenes.

I really have missed you - and have collected a sleeve full of memories and recommendations that are too good not to be shared.


Ps. I couldn't not mention my heartbreak with the events at Manchester, some of the reason for being so offline and making sure I spend good quality time with my family.

18 May 2017

Taking a punt at becoming a Pizza Chef.

Pizza isn't just carbs and cheese, it is a universal language and the food equivalent of a family hug. Find me a person who doesn't like some iteration of pizza (from cheesy garlic bread to folded Calzone) and I will willingly eat a hat shaped slice of pie. (That doesn't include someone who doesn't fancy it at that very moment, just for the record -that is called temporary insanity in my house.)

Disclaimer: We were invited guests of Pizza Express to put their pizza-making party to the test but my (lack of) pizza dough twirling skills are entirely my own and though this post is in collaboration with them, all thoughts are mine and mine alone.

For me, our love affair began with a panicked answer to "what is your favourite food?" Most people treasure one dish above any other and can answer with ease, but I simply blurted the first possible thing that came to mind.


15 May 2017

An announcement: Taking a leap of faith and going freelance

As a very small Emma, I wanted to become a vet. I wanted to work with animals, curing their ills and judiciously handing out comfort. As a slightly older Emma (but not necessarily wiser) architectural design interested me (one might wistfully connect sheltering human beans) before the conservation of ancient buildings was calling my name and I put my architecture degree “temporarily” on hold to travel and actually experience a few of these wonders.

In the decade I have lived in England, I fell into jobs that kept a (London-priced) roof over my head – among which number managing a pub (where I met my husband) and acting as an office manager & PA for a Bishop – but never quite fulfilled a creative need that never quite receded.

Enter stage left ‘Adventures of a London Kiwi’.

I’ve always maintained that blogging was only ever going to be a hobby, but 5 years on I’ve been presented with the opportunity to make my passion for writing a career. I’ve agonized for six months about leaving behind a creatively unfulfilling but steady role to embrace the life of a freelancer. I’ve read as many self-help books as I can, consulted the cat on how she’d feel to have a colleague all week long making noise plus brewing coffee in her warm haven and spoken at length to my amazingly encouraging friends and family.

13 May 2017

An elegant brunch at The Balcon, Pall Mall

In a million years we probably wouldn't have met. In a city of 10 million+ people the likelihood was even slimmer. And yet our lives have converged thanks to the "faceless screens" of the internet.

The Balcon Luxury Brunch Adventures of a London Kiwi
Disclaimer: We were invited guests of The Balcon but my (very many) thoughts on Saturday morning eggs benedict and champagne are only ever my own.

Of course, I'm talking about the one and only Sir Aftab of Fresh and Fearless. Most recently our adventures took us to a Parisian corner of Pall Mall.

8 May 2017

Relaxing on the doorstep of Richmond Park: A staycation hotel review

To say this was the laziest most relaxed adventure yet would be an understatement. 

At the beginning of this year, my one and only Mr Kiwi put me on a travel ban. After a 6 week period that included a surprise birthday trip to Gothenburg, a myriad of business travel, a weekend staycation and two awesome weeks roadtripping around Texas and Louisiana at the end of last year, he felt like he had had enough.

Richmond Park Staycation Adventures of a London Kiwi
Richmond Park Staycation Adventures of a London Kiwi

So in order to assuage the flame of wanderlust that has my soul (one day it may waver so I'm making the most of it whilst I can) I had to get crafty. I mean, compromise. Yes, compromise. *shifty eyes*

4 May 2017

Afternoon Tea at the Baglioni Hotel, a chic corner of Kensington

There is no delicate pinky waving of gossamer pastries or wafer-thin slivers of sandwiches that leave your appetite wanting at the Italian style Baglioni Hotel afternoon tea, but a delectable selection of molto bene classics that sets this apart as the Maserati of Kensington teas.

  Luxury Afternoon Tea Baglioni Hotel Adventures of a London Kiwi
Disclaimer: We were invited guests of the Baglioni Hotel but I would definitely take this Afternoon Tea out for another spin on my own dime.

The hotel is a quiet oasis of luxury (well, on the mid-week afternoon that we visited) just across the road from Kensington Palace and Hyde Park, all marble floors and glamorous setting - the perfect place to spend a few hours with good people.

1 May 2017

Eating my way around the globe - the May #Travellinkup

I have to admit that I struggled with this month's travel linkup topic suggested by the gorgeous Binny (ironically over a meal!) It wasn't for lack of options, but the overwhelming choice - which is also the delicious problem about travelling. Whenever I get asked "where do you want to go next" I automatically panic blurt "everywhere."

Eating my way around the globe Adventures of a London Kiwi

When she suggested the intriguing topic 'If travel was a menu, what would be your starter (short haul), main (long haul) and/or dessert (a place with a lasting impression)' our creative juices began to sizzle. I decided to revert to foodie blogger mode, and huddle around the knife, fork and spoon combination that has served me so well in the past. Quite literally.