23.7.14

Southbank Centre

Southbank Centre

Me quería llevar de paseo romántico por la ribera del Támesis. Propósito más que frustrado, por las mareas de turistas que atestaban las orillas, pero no por ello desaprovechamos la tarde. 

De hecho, en Southbank Centre siempre hay algo que hacer. Creado en 1951, es un centro de artes y eventos en un entorno muy interesante. Con ese toque industrial de edificios con ladrillos y cielos grises, que sólo abundan tantísimo Londres, es el marco perfecto para un mercadillo, un concierto o una obra de teatro al aire libre. En la web podéis encontrar más información acerca de los eventos que hay a diario siendo el Festival del Amor, el evento de este verano.

Southbank Centre

Good food in the Farmers' market.

Southbank Centre

Southbank Centre

Southbank Centre

Kisses for everyone!!

Southbank Centre

Those bricks, OMG.

Southbank Centre

Creo que me gusta tanto, porque de alguna forma recuerda a la zona norte de mi querido Södermalm, en Estocolmo.

Southbank Centre

Southbank Centre

El día, terminó gris.
Pero tuvimos la suerte de no ser pasados por agua hasta las 5AM de camino a casa.

Southbank Centre

Sobre un puente, que a ambos nos recordaba al Västerbron y a los buenos momentos que siguieron a nuestra boda. Dani, Calle y Vero, se quedaron una semana más. Casi hasta el final, hasta verme embarcar, con lágrimas en los ojos y la inseguridad que te consume, ante un cambio tan radical.

Southbank Centre

Southbank Centre

Domine dirige nos - yes, we all need some guidance.
But it often comes from our besties, rather than high up above, don't you think?

22.7.14

Byakko, no longer a baby.

cute bengal cat

cute bengal cat

cute bengal cat

cute bengal cat

Byakko sigue con nosotros, más grande cada día y de alguna forma, más asentado. Pese al stress continuo de vivir en Plaza Mitjana, el stress de mudarlo a un piso nuevo, el stress de tener visitas durante casi un mes, de fines de semana solo, de vacunas y cambios a cajitas futuristas veo que cada día está mejor, más hecho a nosotros y a la soledad que implica nuestra jornada laboral.

Aunque a veces la líe un poco (e.g. manchando unos pantalones blancos que estaban a punto de ser recogidos del tendedor o haciendo pose de pipí junto a mis pies) el tenerlo correteando de alegría al meter la llave en la cerradura, los lametazos antes de quedarse dormido y los ronros al despertar, terminan por compensar. Hasta cuidó de Enrique, que andaba destrozado cuando fuimos eliminados del Mundial. En el fondo y en la forma, es un gatito genial.

21.7.14

SoHo Walk

soho walk

After lunch, Dani took me around the tourist spots in London. Briefly but gracefully, we did it whole.

soho walk

soho walk

soho walk

soho walk

Cocks and Big Ben, good times, together in the sunshine.

soho walk

soho walk

20.7.14

Kua Aina: Hawaiian in London.

kua aina london

Hoy que es Domingo, os dejamos con unas ideas para vuestro brunch resacoso. 
O una recomendación futura de un sitio donde descansar los pies tras un shopping spree en Oxford St.

kua aina london

Ahi Tuna salad.

kua aina london

Dani's sunnies.

kua aina london
Avocado burger.

Hangover Sundays call for a yummy brunch, so here's one tip: Put some avocado on it!

When we were in Tokyo, Kua Aina was a classic spot for everyday lunches, thanks to the mall near our office in Yokohama. This was a weekend classic too, avocado-infused burgers being a good hangover cure. They seemed new to most of us but, have actually been around for a long long time.

Kua 'Aina translates literally as back country but is typically used to describe an awkward person from the country. Being this an awesome thing for native Hawaiians, as it represents those who actively lived their traditional culture and kept the spirit of the land alive.

Kua ’Aina was opened in Hawaii’s North Shore (Oahu) in 1975. One of President Obama’s favourites when he drops by home state. These days, you can find a super-crowded one in Honolulu and many branches around Tokyo. See? How ironic is that. 2 in Hawaii - 17 in Tokyo. 

Kua'Aina core differentiator is probably the use of avocado in their burgers. Japanese go crazy about all things Hawaiian, as it reminds them of their best vacations ever OR of the trip they are still dreaming with... Dreams aside, for a nearly-vegan like me, Kua'Aina is also appealing. Avocado beats cheese, it's creamier, healthier and yummier - but hey, you can also have a cheese slice if you love it...

If you don't eat meat, there are super nice salads that remind of Hawaii too. Ahi Tuna, Mahi Mahi, you should try them!! Take-away also available for you to carry these and eat on the sun of the ultra-hip Soho Park.

We recommend:
1. Sweet Potato Fries (the frier was broken that day, but these are the yummiest fries you can ever have - hard to find anywhere else, actually I miss getting these at the market since I left Tokyo)
2. Avocado Burger (what made this place so famous)
3. Ahi Tuna Salad (order extra avocado and enjoy - cooked just as in Hawaii, slightly rare super juicy)


Kua 'Aina [WEB] [MENU]
26 Foubert's Pl
London, UK W1F 7PP
United Kingdom



PS: For businesses entering Japan, this obsession factor is what makes the Japanese consumer market so valuable (assuming that you're ready to cope with an exponentially growing and potentially changing demand) Millions of people, with money to spend, easily obsessed with things. iPhone tool 40% of the UE market. This phenomenon, is everywhere. Even with home perfumes. How many of you knew of Dr.Vranjes? Well it happens to be cult in Japan (they even had a flagship near home, in Daikanyama) but hardly known outside.

19.7.14

Westbourne Grove

notting hill shopping walk - Westbourne Grove

Westbourne Grove está en el corazón de Notting Hill, a un par de minutos a pie de Portobello Market y quince desde casa de Daniel (siempre y cuando, no te pares en los mil puestos y rincones a retratar y curiosear... o se convierten en horas).

Sin agobios, con mucho estilo. Sin chollos, con rebajas. Una sucesión de boutiques y cafés, en la que podrías perderte horas. Porque prefiero pasar la mañana admirando vestidos de Balmain que apaleando adolescentes para conseguir un short deshilachado al 80% en Primark. Pero bueno, a gustos los colores. Si nosotros pasamos un Sábado tan agradable, probablemente muchos de vosotros también lo consigáis.

Keep this in mind for your next London visit, there's life beyond Camden and  Oxford St.

notting hill shopping walk - Westbourne Grove
Special thanks to Daniel, for modelling, while I comfortably walk in my not-so-stylish TOMs...

T-shirt+short, Scotch and Soda. 
Sunnies, Marc Jacobs. 
Sneakers, Adidas.

notting hill shopping walk - Westbourne Grove

Look at the colours of this neighbourhood church.

notting hill shopping walk - Westbourne Grove
Matching the tube and the flag.

notting hill shopping walk - Westbourne Grove
Trains, trains.

notting hill shopping walk - Westbourne Grove

notting hill shopping walk - Westbourne Grove

notting hill shopping walk - Westbourne Grove
Street markets charm me as little fairies, even though I never buy anything...

notting hill shopping walk - Westbourne Grove
Pastel houses. San Francisco anyone?

notting hill shopping walk - Westbourne Grove

notting hill shopping walk - Westbourne Grove
It's COCO-O-CLOCK!

notting hill shopping walk - Westbourne Grove
...not churro-time.

notting hill shopping walk - Westbourne Grove

notting hill shopping walk - Westbourne Grove

notting hill shopping walk - Westbourne Grove

notting hill shopping walk - Westbourne Grove
Books, fashion, cafe, all in one space. This is Notting Hill LIFE.

notting hill shopping walk - Westbourne Grove
How awesome's that store? Even has my name on it. Black, white, inside an old church - YES!

notting hill shopping walk - Westbourne Grove
That's the address.

notting hill shopping walk - Westbourne Grove
Yes we were having FUN. They'd better capture this on camera.

notting hill shopping walk - Westbourne Grove
How divine is this.

notting hill shopping walk - Westbourne Grove
...we're coming babe, but later.

To finish the morning up, two of my favourite things ever: Fruit & Hydrangea.

notting hill shopping walk - Westbourne Grove

notting hill shopping walk - Westbourne Grove