The power of a good dessert is simply undeniable and at the moment I only wish it could cure my winter cold. I’m usually not an indecisive person but the indulgent dessert spread at Ottolenghi has a way of making me completely flustered at the daunting prospect of selecting just one dessert to satisfy my cravings. I’d love to try everything, well almost everything with the exception of any and all cheesecake creations.
At long last I have a morning that allows me to sleep in so I take full advantage and don’t rise until past noon. Since that throws any hopes of having a productive start to my day I head on over to Ottolenghi to have brunch and to catch up with a friend that I haven’t seen in forever. Their food always makes me feel ultra healthy up until the point where I misbehave and order a dessert. I decide to try their rhubarb tart and of course it’s delicious. Both of their cookbooks Plenty and Ottolenghi – The Cookbook decorate my personal library so I know very well what I’m in for. Oh dear, it would be so much easier if I didn’t like cakes, pastry, chocolate and cookies as much as I do.
Then on a full stomach it’s time to get working again. My latest project is a photography one so I bring along my camera (which is with me most of the time anyway) for a stroll around the Chelsea, Notting Hill area and end up taking in the busy sights of Portobello Road. It’s a party, the streets are lively with musicians rocking tunes, antiques exchanging hands, plants, kitschy London souvenir shops, smoothie and food vendors, animals and a ridiculous amount of baby strollers line the streets. Although I often dread overly busy streets, today it works to my advantage as people are exactly what I’m in search of.
I get exactly what I came for but for now I’ll have to wait to reveal the official images to you all. Soon though darlings I promise. On Pembridge Road, I, like everyone else stops to gawk at the jewelry in Hirst Antiques. It’s total eye candy as almost everything glitters and sparkles. Inside the boutique the display cases are stuffed with accessories which are organized by color. The diva inside me is convinced that I’d look absolutely amazing in everything I see but luckily my common sense hasn’t gone entirely out the window so for today I manage to resist turning into a showgirl.
Portobello road and market can be just wonderful at times! I absolutely love, love, love the fact that the buildings come in a range of delicious candy colors and the sheer randomness of some of the things you can find in that neighborhood. Despite the quirkiness in that neck of the woods, there’s also a certain cool classic vibe to it.
The fact that they have a Hummingbird Bakery with cupcakes as colorful as the buildings is certainly not to their disadvantage. Whoopie pies, brownies, cakes, and cupcakes have a magical power that can transform any average day into a stellar day. The same goes for Gelato Mio, another favorite of mine that serves some truly tasty Italian ice cream. I’m a total die hard fan when it comes to their coffee and hazelnut flavors. For when spring/summer decides to come around I can’t wait to try their sorbets, especially pear and raspberry. Yum, I can’t wait to binge my little heart and stomach out!
If you like antiquing, this is the perfect place for you. Portobello Road is notorious for it’s unique assortment of antiques. Portobello was even featured as the go to place on the tv-show Million Dollar Decorators by interior decorator to the stars Martyn Lawrence Bullard. Intrigued yet???
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Love! Visited the colorful streets of Portobello Raod and Notting Hill to stock up on some delicious cupcakes from Hummingbird Bakery! The buildings are super fabulous, I can’t believe it!
Another thing Portobello is known for is the Portobello Road Market which has a large selection of antiques, clothing, vegetable stalls and second-hand shops. It’s also perfect for stolling the streets and spotting great finds that you’re unlikely to find anywhere else. A total must see!