Thursday, April 17, 2014

Paris // L'as du Fallafel

Wandering around Parisian streets with a bundle of THIS in my hand and learning from A about the Jewish quarter was quite possibly my favourite part of the trip. The deliciousness you see above was a L'as du Fallafel creation, dubbed by the New York Times as "the falafel destination in Europe". 

I like chickpeas just as much as everyone else, but I'd never really tried falafel before and remembered it. That makes it sound like I've only ever eaten it on hazily-recollected nights, but what I mean is that if I've ever eaten if before, I can't remember. It just can't have been that good. However, served out of a window and subject to creative adjustments, the falafel here is not only memorable, but also simply delicious.

Mine featured shawarma kebab whereas A opted for the vegetarian option. They were bloomin' marvellous and I would eat one every day if I could!

Obviously walking around wearing the lightest coloured clothing was the perfect equation for making a salsa and aubergine related mess, so we headed to some gardens a few streets away to sit in the sunshine and attempt to eat these gracefully. By the time we perched ourselves by a chess table (why on earth do we not have these in London?!) I had devoured most of mine anyway (completely stain free I might add) and we pondered whether we had room for dessert (answer: always.)

Marks out of ten = 9. A point being docked only for having more pieces of aubergine than falafel itself. 

The Jewish Quarter is, by the way, awesome. 

Now, what I would like to know is (a) falafel or hummus? and (b) do I get a prize for the lack of spillage?

Address: 32-34 Rue des Rosiers, 75004 Paris


Challenge Eight of the 2014 Blogger Challenge is an outfit post. I think sharing this outfit (H&M, Zara, New Look, Longchamp combination) should suffice! 

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Monday, April 14, 2014

Taking Stock #7

T A K I N G // S T O C K

Making :: time for reading fiction
Cooking :: curry
Drinking :: probably too little water given the headaches 
Reading :: "White Teeth" by Zadie Smith, "Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone" having last read it aged seven or eight, and "Bossypants" by Tina Fey.
Wanting :: more good results
Looking :: for a car
Playing :: Guess Who (much faster game as a grown up and definitely not as exciting I'm sorry to report)
Deciding :: to act more impulsively when stuck
Wishing :: I had more energy for exercise
Enjoying :: lighter evenings
Waiting :: for exam results
Liking :: that some things never get old
Wondering :: how things will turn out, as always, but rationalising that whatever will be will be
Loving :: my Votes for Women pin badge from the British Library
Pondering :: effective time management systems as there's just too much stuff I want to do and not enough hours
Considering :: summer plans
Watching :: Gravity in 3D and Silk
Hoping :: for plans to fall into place

Marvelling :: at how simple changes can help a lot
Needing :: endless supplies of money, ha!
Smelling :: Vanilla Chai Yankee Candle as I read and study
Wearing :: more patterns than in winter, hooray! And my new hat.
Following :: morning routines involving stretching before getting up, hanging out with the kitten, train journeys with M and listening to the Glastonbury set of Arctic Monkeys as I print things before class.
Noticing :: differences in conversation
Knowing :: that worrying doesn't solve much
Thinking :: overtime, as always
Feeling :: okay
Admiring :: Malala Yousafzai and beautiful Paris sights 
Sorting :: out admin
Buying :: presents and comfy shoes
Getting :: to know what actually makes my heart sing and what makes me cross
Bookmarking :: potential summer destinations 
Disliking :: unsolvable problems
Opening :: things I'm sure, but nothing that springs to mind
Giggling :: with M
Snacking :: as per
Coveting :: nothing interesting
Helping :: myself more
Hearing :: new things recommended by M most days

This one was tricky. I think I've been gliding along without thinking too deeply about much, which has given me a fairly care-free approach in the last few weeks. Sometimes it is good to let go a little, I suppose. Also, how do you all fit everything you want to do into your days?

As ever, let me know if you're also taking stock (as discovered here). 

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Friday, April 11, 2014

52 Lists // Fifteen

And Pilates.

I've been paying attention to my "soul" a lot recently. Referring to it as though it's a thing that needs healing through paying it care and attention. I can't remember exactly when my little personal journey began but since I started feeding my soul things which nurture it it seems to be seeping into the cracks in my heart, making me feel a new level of energy and contentment. 

How much of the stuff we feed our brains and souls daily is a waste of time, poison, unhealthy, just plain rubbish? Are you aware of what you spend most of your time reading? Is it something that benefits you at all or is it just habit driving you to expend energy on things that don't mean anything to you? Things that don't motivate or educate or soothe you. 

A lot of this ties in with ideas of decluttering. I suppose I have been aiming to declutter the circle of things which I allow to influence me. I keep thinking of that Oscar Wilde quotation I included in a previous list - "What you read when you don't have to determines what you will be when you can't help it". 

Stop reading those destructive and degrading Daily Mail articles - try The Philosopher's Mail instead. If there are too many people feeding you negative thoughts on your social media pages, stop following them. Surround yourself with people who inspire you and encourage you to pursue your interests and passions, not those who make you feel bad about yourself.  Oh and stop listening to that voice that constantly tells you that you don't have enough time to do things for yourself. You absolutely do. Put it in your diary - Wednesday evenings "me time". Do it, do it, do it. Arrange a date with yourself to do something that you know you will feel better for doing, whether that's exercise, crafting, reading, having a bath, listening to music or turning off your phone. I promise your soul with thank you afterwards.

What do you reckon? What kick-starts your soul? 

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Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Paris // Musée d'Orsay

What's this?! An outfit of the day?!

Anything or anywhere I am willing to queue for is backed by a real need for me to be there. It's the same for you I'm sure. So if I'm willing to queue despite poor outer garment choice on a windy day, with a mere cereal bar for sustenance, you know it had to be at the top of my list for places to visit. I am pleased to report that the Musée d'Orsay was absolutely worth the wait. 

In some ways it is wonderful that you aren't allowed to take photographs of the actual exhibits. I definitely fall into the category of snap happy shutterbug, especially when roaming a beautiful city, but I have been left to question whether this sucks the fun out of everything slightly. M is the opposite to me in that he has never owned a camera, only has about 3 photos on his phone and prefers to store all the memories in his head instead, he says. He feels that if you capture your holiday through photographs, you will have a tendency each time you think about the holiday to only think of it through photographs, therefore potentially missing out the little moments that reallllyyyyy make a holiday. Is it true that when you remember something you are only remembering the last time you thought of it? I read that somewhere and ought to check its accuracy, but it is an interesting concept. How much of what we think is organic and how much is a rehash of the thoughts we put there last time?

On an aside, how lovely is my friend A and how pretty is her outfit? I can't say this is going to become a space for fashion observations but you know, Paris, A and the weather were all so lovely, we had to put them all together.

Address: 1 Rue de la Légion d'Honneur, 75007 Paris

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