the lazy girls’ guide to @RueBaRue

As we get older — and, we’d like to think, wiser — we’ve learned to prioritize when it comes to travel-planning. Once we’ve settled on a destination, we spend our pre-trip time wisely: finding the perfect hotel (or villa or chalet or château, we’re not picky), picking out a dream destination-specific wardrobe that we probably can’t afford, and figuring out what and where to eat and drink our days away. Us in Paris, not climbing the steps of Sacré-Cœur. This means, though, that we very rarely plan to do anything particularly tourtisty. If we find ourselves standing in front of a monument or walking past an important building? Sure, let’s snap that pic! But going…

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foodie break // the lazy girl’s guide to london eats

SO, now that I’ve told you all my favorite foodie spots around Notting Hill (so far), I figure it’s only fair that I widen the search a little bit. Though we’ve certainly stayed within our little neighborhood bubble for a fair amount of time over the past year and a half, there’s obviously tons more to see — and eat — around this fine city. Clearly, this is by no means a comprehensive list. This is basically just a random assortment of places we’ve liked, and places that, if you’re exploring central London, are never too far away. As always, if you have additional recommendations, sharing is caring. I’m always on the look out for…

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expat life // an american pregnancy in london

I’ve shared plenty about my travel experiences while pregnant, but I didn’t write too much about my actual pregnancy — mainly because, well, this is a travel blog, and being pregnant isn’t really travel-related. My pregnancy experience, however, has been greatly influenced by my life as an expat. Being pregnant for the first time is already a learning experience, but doing it in a new country — with different resources and without the same support network you’d have at home — adds a whole new layer of “WTF am I DOING?” SO, with fellow Americans in mind, I thought maybe a quick round-up of things I learned over the past 10+ months, from the start…

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foodie break // the best of notting hill

Next month, the hubs and I will mark a year and a half of living in London. This by no means makes us an expert in… well, anything… but we have spent a fair amount of our time here eating… and eating and eating. And considering the fact that pregnancy kept me from drinking for about 50% of our UK expat life, trying new restaurants, especially for brunch and lunch, has become one of our favorite weekend date activities. Our first home was right on the line between Bayswater and Notting Hill — an area that is very fairly brushed off as being all families and expats. This, combined with the touristy allure of Portobello…

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foodie break // exploring east london with eating london

When we first moved to London, people warned us that once we settled in, it wouldn’t be long before we’re stuck in our neighborhood bubble. We’re more than familiar with this phenomenon — you fall into a rut, with the ease of your local bars & restaurants beating out any interest in exploring new neighborhoods. True to form, it happened pretty instantly. Each weekend rolled around, and we didn’t venture too far out of the way, happily dedicating weekends to exploring our new ‘hood. Now, 15 months later, we’re ready to see what else London has to offer. So, when a good friend from our New York days, Drea, decided to come visit for her…

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