Prufrock – London

Prufrock Coffee, 23-25 Leather Lane, London, EC1N 7TE @PrufrockCoffee

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Asked around our London office where the nearest decent flat white was, they told me Prufrock and off a few of us went one day at 11. Very trendy cafe and a good flat white with balls.

Visited May 2014

Soho Grind – London

Soho Grind. 19 Beak St W1F 9RP @sohogrind

Part of London’s ‘Grind’ scene, Shoreditch the first I think, I made it through the wiggly streets to the new Soho outpost on a Saturday morning. It’s hidden but well placed near Oxford and Regent Street so if you’re doing the tourist/shopping thing it’s close by.

Great flat white.

Soho Grind

Soho Grind

 

Visited May 2014

What’s your fav train?

Now that we live here I love seeing these random compilations of a New Yorker’s experience of life as we start to identify with some of these. Laughed out loud at this ranking of subway trains! We’ve been on lots of them and currently commute for work via the 1 train and use the C a bit to start journeys uptown.

Check it out: The Definitive Ranking of New York City Subway Trains.

Subway car to ourselves!1 train last week when we experienced a very rare empty car & it’s orange!

Staycation – Christmas 2013

Had a blissful time during Christmas and New Year this year – we took two days off work and combined with the statutory leave days and weekends we didn’t need to go into the office for 8 days … well we had one work day at the office to pack up to move Xero NYC (a.k.a. Fringe Division) from Astor Place to the bottom of Broadway in the Financial District.

We stocked up on groceries before Christmas so it was great to mostly stay at home and spend no money – although we did go outside most days to get coffee (of course), went to the museum of natural history one day and saw 3 movies: Wolf of Wall Street, American Hustle and Secret Life of Walter Mitty (all good). We had an NYC family Christmas Eve dinner (Moroccan chicken), movies and a rolled pork roast on Christmas Day.

The city was pretty quiet (except for Chelsea Market and the museum which attracted lots of holiday-makers). We also caught up on some TV shows we’d missed, binge-watched The Americans, Orange is the New Black and The Fall (all great!) I also knitted most of 2 Xero baby sweaters.

Staycation was great!

Christmas Eve

Christmas Day quiet

Christmas Day afternoon tea & gifts

Skyping with family on Christmas Day

Christmas Dinner

Moving to a new office

Orange Girl’s Christmas Greeting 2013

First New York snow!

Yesterday we had our first day of snow in the city and we braved it! It was pretty exciting to wake up to a light dusting on the neighboring roofs and it stayed snowing most of the day. We managed to get some last minute Christmas gifts, get coffee and go to the grocery store and didn’t arrive home too bedraggled!

Woke up to snow!

First day out in the NYC snow

First day out in the NYC snow

First day out in the NYC snow

First day out in the NYC snow

Snow globe on a snow day #nyc

The snowy streets are bare except for the poor guys on bikes delivering take-out #nyc

Holiday party

We were out at the Xero San Francisco office last week and it coincided with their Christmas holiday party. It was a 20′s theme and I love these pics photo from the photo booth.

Xero US Holiday Party 2013

Xero US Holiday Party 2013

Xero US Holiday Party 2013

Christmas tree time

Christmas trees in New York arrive on street corners, wrapped up in netting and held up by wooden brackets. Brave souls (or guys out to make a buck) brave the cold weather in tents with wreaths and decorations waiting for us all to come out of our apartments to buy a tree, hoping we’ll want one of the big ones for $350.

Getting the Christmas tree

We walked a couple blocks to a neighborhood lot last weekend and met all the trees. We chose our usual small one and carried it home and decorated it with orange baubles and fairy lights.

Getting the Christmas tree

Getting the Christmas tree

Getting the Christmas tree

Happy Christmas!

Tree trimmed in #orange #xmas

Snowflake lights

These snowflake light adornments on the lamp posts in our neighborhood are very cool. They look amazing in the wintry dusk light.

Snowflake lights on lamp posts. Spring Street #nyc

Thanksgiving Dinner #7

We cooked our 7th Thanksgiving feast yesterday – started back in 2006 (hoping for an urban family tradition in NZ after having been in the States the prior year getting married when it was Thanksgiving!) and our first one cooking in the States was 2 years ago in San Francisco with Kara (last year we went to Bev and Dan’s).

We had a possible posse of 5 lined up but in the end it was a true family occasion with us and Cousin Grant. We had the usual menu lined up:

Thanksgiving Dinner 2013

Roast turkey with wild rice & cranberry stuffing
Homemade cranberry sauce
Kumara & orange gratin
Coleslaw

Apple pie & cream

We finally got our hands on the turkey we’d ordered – thankfully not the 18 pounder (read that drama here!) and oh what a wonderful place America can be – the supermarket on Thanksgiving morning has LOTS of everything anyone could need  – fresh cabbage, fresh bread, plenty of dairy, sauces, pastry, flowers etc etc – not like a New Zealand supermarket running out of things when a food-based event rolls around the same time every year!

We cooked throughout the day with a couple of rest stops to catch up on The Mentalist and other than setting off the smoke alarm because the gas grill caught our crostini on fire, the food all turned out great and Cousin Grant was very impressed :)

Menus and run-sheets from previous years were consulted to check cooking times and reminisce

Thanksgiving menu prep

Out to get the fresh supplies in -1 deg C

Thanksgiving supplies

Made cranberry sauce from scratch – was a great batch this year

Thanksgiving prep

Good batch of cranberry sauce this year #thanksgiving

Ninja knife skills for the kumara (yams)

Thanksgiving prep

Bit of a rest and a small lunch snack

Thanksgiving pre - bit of a rest!

Turkey time!

Thanksgiving prep - turkey's up

Thanksgiving prep - turkey's up

Thanksgiving prep - turkey's up

Thanksgiving prep - turkey's up

Best husband in the world went out for afternoon coffee (mind you we were too scared to leave the oven unattended in case the gas caught the turkey bag on fire!)

Thanksgiving prep - afternoon tea!

Proud of the turkey!

Thanksgiving

Finishing touches on the crostini (luckily we had a long enough baguette and could make some more!)

Thanksgiving

Family.

Thanksgiving