Hotel review: Andaz London Liverpool Street

I recently turned a new page over agewise. I’m going to let you guess which one, but let’s just say it was a big one. I didn’t want to stare at the walls at home, so I pressured my husband into going to London for my birthday. Not that it was all that difficult to persuade him. I really wanted a fancy hotel this time, centrally located, but preferably in a neighborhood we hadn’t stayed at before. Booking.com had a superb deal in the five star Andaz by Hyatt hotel, located in the Spitalfields area, and about 100m from the Liverpool Street tube and railway station. Perfect!

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My top 5 picks for shopping in London

London is my favorite shopping hot spot. No matter how big and fancy the shopping malls in the USA are, nothing can beat the quirky stores in the streets of London.

I’m sure you’re all familiar with Selfridges, Harrods, Liberty’s, … the big renowned shopping paradises everyone knows. My top 5 shopping picks is a little bit more out there I’m afraid. But then, that’s what you’d expect of me, no?

Let’s spend some money!

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Veggie recipe: vegetable gratin with a cheesy crust

I simply love autumn! It’s not only the prettiest season thanks to┬áthe fall foliage, but it’s just the tastiest season of them all! Yes, yes, there’s the summery barbecues and the cocktail drinking by the pool, but nothing beats a lovely stew or a nice little gratin.

I found this recipe on the Lidl recipe webpage. It’s vegetarian! There’s Brussels sprouts! (yeah, I totally dig them!) It’s just so good – the taste of the mustard and the sprouts and combined with the sweetness of the parsnip is just heavenly.

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