March – food, food and more food!

What a month! For me, March flew by in a quick blink – as months always do when packed busy with fun things. I’ve never eaten out as much as I have this month! As I was travelling for a lot of January and February, I found myself having catch-up after catch-up through March. I had no trips abroad this month so finally I’ve been working my way through my geeky list of restaurants I’d wanted to try in London forever.

March is also the Doc’s birthday month and so we overindulged massively! If you follow me on Instagram you’ll know that we kicked off the birthday weekend at Hawker House, with our nearest and dearest! It was so good to see everyone and celebrate together. I always adore the vibe at anything launched by Street Feast, who get rather derelict spaces and turn them into fun spots with great street food stalls, and a consistently buzzy vibe. We actually had our first ever date at a food festival pop up by Street Feast (many moons ago) and I’ve loved it since so it brought back some very happy memories too.

Hawker House Street Feast Club Mexicana_ March Round up_ Lifestyle Enthusiast

The rest of the birthday weekend included a family dinner at Jamavar, the new fine Indian restaurant in Berkeley square and an opulent lunch for the two of us at Bob Bob Ricard.

Jamavar Sheek Kebab _March Round up_ Lifestyle Enthusiast

Bob Bob Ricard Wellington_ March Round up_ Lifestyle Enthusiast

A more spontaneous dinner included visiting the Lazy Hunter in Camden. The walnut tart we tried there (pictured below) was sensational and I genuinely would go back especially for that! On top of this, March included a great catch up dinner in Putney at Totide, where I loved the desserts trio and the red wine. We followed this with tea and my first experience of card game ‘Exploding Kittens’ – a seriously fun evening with two of my favourite people!

Walnut Tart Lazy Hunter NW1_ March Round up_ Lifestyle Enthusiast

The best meal of the month was from last weekend, with some of my favourite travel blogger friends at the very beautiful restaurant, Spring in Somerset House (check out the full review post!).

Toasting at Spring Somerset House_ March Round up_ Lifestyle Enthusiast

This week the Doc and I had an impromptu dinner out when I thought I’d lost my purse (yes I can now see the irony…) – I had spent hours looking for it and has written the day off when he picked me up and said he was taking me for dinner.

We popped our name down for a table at Hoppers and then went for starters and a drink at the basement bar “Company Below” at nearby casual restaurant, Balls & Company. The pea and speck arancini balls were absolutely perfect, with a great crunch, just the right amount of ooze in the filling and a perfectly cooked centre. These made the perfect bar snack to accompany a few rounds of Jenga. I won twice in a row (it’s still unclear whether he let me, whether it was luck or whether it’s one of the few games I much better at than him) and so he let me have the last arancini! Who says romance is dead… clearly not!

Arancini and Jenga at Balls and Company_ March Round up_ Lifestyle Enthusiast

Finally, we got our place at Hoppers, for a relaxing dinner, with incredible flavours from Sri Lanka and Tamil Nadu. My favourite dishes were the velvety Bone Marrow varuval (delicious and fragrant with curry leaves), a crispy egg hopper (with perfect oozy yolk), and the very moreish black pork curry!

As well as eating too much this month, I loved my first visit to the London Cabaret Club with Eppie for the Amy Winehouse foundation, I went to Drake and Morgan for the #bloggersslay brunch and I attended the most beautiful surprise birthday party at the stunning Hedsor House. Most surprisingly, I survived an exhilarating but exhausting three-hour fitness Bootcamp with my favourite Personal Trainer Leigh. See, I told you it was a busy month!

The most exciting news I received personally is that one of my best friends, Sonia, got engaged! So I have spent a lot of time squealing with excitement over the last few weeks, and sending her links from Pinterest – I can’t wait to help her prepare for her big day. I couldn’t be happier for her!

This month I also wrote a post about one of my favourite lesser known London food markets over on XYU and beyond and contributed to an e-book for Raymond Blanc’s tribute to Mum’s “We bloomin’ love you” in collaboration with the Chelsea Flower Show with a tribute to my amazing Mum on Mothers Day. I’m attending myself so if you’d like to join feel free to use the discount code MOTHER10 to get 10% off for Saturday May 27th 2017!

I’ve finally had a chance to catch up on some of my favourite blogs this month. I drooled over Jaime’s post on her top 10 desserts in London. I reminisced about happy backpacking times in Cambodia and got major wanderlust again, when seeing Maya’s post on the stunning beaches. And I have been persuaded, after all the incessant persuasion from my other half, and after reading this post by Angie that I could love a long hot weekend in Dubai! How bad can any place be when it has a floating Champagne bar?!

All in all, March was a super busy month and was filled to the brim with eating! April has more of the same in store as well as a return to the gym routine, my best friends hen do, a trip to Edinburgh for a bit of rest and relaxation and a family wedding and my birthday! I love the sunshine and I’m getting excited for what this month could have in store…

What did you get up to this month and what have you got planned? I want to hear all about it!