Guest Post- Breakfast at Honey & Co.

This is the first guest post that I’m featuring on my blog so it’s pretty exciting for me! It’s written by Jaime Tung, the talented author and creator of angloyankophile.com – an award-winning blog full of her amazing adventures and discoveries as an American in London – and in many other parts of the world! Thank you so much Jaime for your contribution, it’s awesome to have you on dilaland.com! 

Breakfast at Honey & Co., Warren Street

As we inch closer and closer to Christmas, I’m having a hard time keeping up with my work schedule, let alone my social calendar (just ask Dila, since it’s taken me forever to get this post to her!). Now, there aren’t a lot of people I’d wake up at 6:00 a.m. for, but my friend Alice is an exception. Since we both work in the same part of London, one of our favorite traditions is to grab breakfast before work. It’s great, because unlike lunch, we don’t feel as rushed, and it’s such a nice way to start the day. When Alice and I worked in the same office, we used to have a favorite breakfast hangout (until it closed a few months ago), where we ordered the same thing every time, and even sat at the same table! I know, we’re nerds like that.
This time, we met at Honey & Co. on Warren Street, which specialises in delicious Middle Eastern cuisine. Slight issue? I totally forgot about our plans! We were supposed to meet at 8:00 a.m. and at 7:21, I was still tucked up in bed, chuckling at cat videos on YouTube. So cool, right? Then I got a text from her that said, “My train is far too busy at this time in the morning! See you soon!” To say that I leapt out of bed would be an understatement. I grabbed the nearest clothes, put my contacts in with one hand, and flew out the door. I was only 5 minutes late, which was an achievement! “I literally woke up like this,” I said to Alice breathlessly as I rushed into the restaurant.
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 But! The breakfast menu at Honey & Co. was the best reward for rushing out the door. In fact, any menu that features a “dinosaur egg” is a winner in my books! It’s smallish, so if you’re thinking of going for dinner, I’d book ahead of time. They serve an extended breakfast menu on the weekends, but on the weekdays, you still get a hearty serving of warm dishes like “Green shakshuka” (Legbar eggs baked on herby spinach with goat’s yogurt and bread) and “Phylas” (filo pastry filled with pumpkin, spices, feta yogurt and a hardboiled egg). I ended up ordering the “Ijje” – a herb, feta, and buttered leek frittata plus a fresh mint tea, which was such a nice change from the limp bacon sandwiches and dry pancakes you might find at every other breakfast establishment.
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 We stayed for an hour or so, catching up on life (we both bought houses around the same time this year!) and work – and never felt rushed. The fun, brightly-colored decor made me feel as though we were on holiday in Tel-Aviv instead of starting the workday in Central London. I could have easily stayed longer for a coffee, but the clock soon struck 9:00 and, like Cinderella, it was time for us to leave the proverbial breakfast ball.
I had my eye on Honey & Co.’s cookbooks, which I thought would make a great Christmas gift for my brother-in-law, who loves to cook.
I’m looking forward to going back for dinner soon! I’ve heard that their desserts are the stuff of legends.
Do you ever go out for a nice, sit-down breakfast before work? I’d love to know!
Huge thanks to Dila for hosting me on her blog!
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 I hope you enjoyed Jaime’s lovely post as much as I did! Be sure to check out her inspiring blog full of amazing photos, reviews, recommendations, discoveries and so much more :)
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Creative & Minimalist Paper Art by British Photographer Rich McCor

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British photographer Rich McCor, aka Paperboyo, reshapes most well-known landmarks all around the world – just by using paper cutouts & a camera !

When I discovered his work through his Instagram account, I was really inspired by how McCor remodelled the most iconic places in a minimalist and innovative way. He reflects his imagination through paper cutouts that are just “at the right place at the right time” – making it possible to capture amazing photographs. He is able to provide a completely new perspective with a “less is more” philosophy.

As I mentioned he takes photographs combined with paper art all around the world in different cities such as Paris, Amsterdam, Stockholm, Copenhagen, Lisbon and so on, however his work is based in London.

It was really hard to choose from the incredible photographs but here are some of my favorites among the ones in London:

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This photo taken of the balloon installation at Covent Garden reminds me the “Up” animation which is my all time favorite :)
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I like the simple creativity in this one!
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Big Ben and London Eye – two of my favorite London landmarks

And finally these two Christmassy works are part of the recent “Meet Me Under the Mistletoe” installation in Covent Garden.

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P.S: McCor also started a creative project recently at Kickstarter that you can check here. After getting a lot of positive feedback and attention from people all around the world and most important newspapers and magazines such as BBC, National Geographic and Timeout, he decided to start this project in order to give people a chance to create their own transforming photographs, by using his custom-made creative paper cutout kits. Be sure to check out the project and support it!

Thank you for reading, I hope you enjoyed this post :)

 

Warner Bros. Studio Tour-Hogwarts in the Snow

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It’s impossible to not feel Christmassy in London at this time of the year :) If you’ve already started to get into the Christmas spirit as well, or want to, then you should definitely not miss Warner Bros. Studio Tour’s special Christmas makeover “Hogwarts in the Snow”.

I’ve had the chance to visit the tour twice, and even without the makeover it was truly an amazing experience. Being able to closely observe all of the objects, costumes, places and other props used in the films was so exciting, and I actually felt like I was in a completely different world. But I must say that with all of the Christmas decorations and the festive spirit, everything was even more magical. So I strongly recommend visiting “Hogwarts in the Snow”, as Harry Potter and Christmas are definitely a perfect match :)

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Entrance

 

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The Great Hall

 

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Gryffindor Common Room

 

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Dumbledore’s Office

 

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Hogwarts Express

 

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“Hogwarts in the Snow” event is running until 31st January, so there’s time to visit but I think it would be best to book tickets as soon as possible! For more information, visit www.wbstudiotour.co.uk