I'm usually not one for following fast fashion trends, it all goes too quickly. By the time you purchase it, there's already a new trend. And with following trends, it's too expensive to keep up especially as a student. But I do have exceptions - the pyjama trend. Although I'm not brave enough to go head-to-toe, I think a pyjama shirt and a pair of jeans, black or white, make the perfect outfit.

Photography by Josh Theobald

Friday, 24 March 2017 Paris, France

Pyjamas in Paris

Tucked away near Farringdon station, resides Sosharu - a hidden gem of London. Atherton has opened up an array of restaurants scattered all across London the past few years and after my visits to Sosharu, I definitely intend to visit the rest. 

The food, atmosphere and staff at Sosharu were amazing. It was minimal, clean but had character, reminiscent to Japanese interiors which is appropriate. It ranks as my favourite Japanese restaurant. 

The a la carte menu changes, so hopefully any recommendations I make here are still on the menu. First, my favourite and best dish - their cold soba. The cold soba is traditionally plated on a bamboo tray with ice cubes, served with vegetable tempura, a dipping sauce and other condiments - everything compliments each other. Initially I was sceptical but I've only come back to order it again.

Next favourite is their tempura, perhaps the best tempura I've tried. It was crispy, not soggy or oily. Both the vegetables and tempura batter was seasoned, not leaving any bite bland. Another favourite was their seaweed/octopus salad, it's hard to explain, but I'll leave your mouth wanting more. 

Other dishes we ordered were their seafood clay rice-pot which is filled with seafood and extremely flavourful. But I do believe they have removed it from their menu and now only serve the chicken yakitori option. Their chashu pork belly ramen.. was average, nothing too special, but it was beautifully presented.

Save room for dessert and skip the temptation of ordering their matcha mille crepe and order their take of bingsu/shaved ice. Yes, it sounds pretty ridiculous to order shaved ice but the sauce, the strawberries, just everything put together tastes amazing. You will not regret it. It's definitely a treat. 

Sosharu is definitely one worth trying, especially their cold soba and shaved ice - the perfect combination of dishes, especially in the summer (and well, always) I'll definitely be back especially because they're recently added an Afternoon Tea menu, their take on the British classic of afternoon tea, giving you the opportunity to sample their cake  and tea selection along with a few savoury options also.

I thank my cousin for introducing me to Sosharu, and hope you guys will also give it a try and be wow-ed. 

Rating 5/5

64 Turnmill Street,
London, EC1M 5RR

To book a table

Thursday, 16 March 2017 64 Turnmill St, London, EC1M 5RR



Photography by Josh Theobald

Friday, 10 March 2017 Paris, France

Paris, mon amour

The city of love... Paris. For a Reading Week getaway and in celebration of my boyfriend's birthday, we decided to book a long weekend trip to Paris. It was beautiful and I really fell in love with Paris – its architecture, food and fashion. 

For our stay, we booked with Le Pigalle Hotel, which was in the 9th arrondissement. Although it was a little far out from the centre of Paris' main attractions like the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre sat (40 minute walk), it was nearby the Montmartre area, Sacré Coeur, and the Moulin Rouge. The staff were friendly and helpful; there was an in-room iPad which had their own curated music playlist and selection of recommended restaurants;and the amenities from Le Labo were a treat and so luxurious. And most importantly, the bed was unbelievably cosy and comforable. 

Start your day getting breakfast at Sebastian de Gourmand, grab some coffee, millefeuille (yum! best thing ever) and a savoury croissant to go. (5/5) Right opposite you'll see Jardin des Tuileries, a massive, beautiful garden - take a walk and peruse the grounds. From here, you can visit the other tourist attractions in the first arrondissement, like the Louvre and Palais Royal. A pit stop in between, I would recommend, grabbing your preferred choice of hot beverage (mine, matcha latte) in Cafe Kitsune which is located inside Palais Royal. 

A weekend brunch spot is Hardware Societé, located in the 18th arrondissement, a great choice if you're on your way to Sacré Coeur. An aussie-inspired café, serving a variety of delicious and Instagram-worthy dishes, both savoury and sweet. We ordered their special of french toast and their on menu scrambled eggs – both so yummy. (5/5) Afterwards, continue exploring the Montmartre area, and for a pick me up, I'd recommend eating a few croissants and pain au chocolat from Le Grenier à Pain (5/5) – they're seriously amazing, all flakey and buttery, yum! From there, to burn off the calorific pastries, do some (window) shopping at Galeries Lafayette and Champs-Élysées.

For lunch I'd recommend grabbing a caffeine pick me up at Telescope Coffee, (4/5) but grab it to go, and head on to the road over for some delicious ramen at Hakata Choten, (3/5) and when you see the queue you'll see why I recommended to coffee to go – to keep you warm and for endurance! The Japanese food scene is huge in Paris, partly because Japanese culinary graduates opening up their own restaurants, so the food is amazing. If that's not your scene, then walk to Eric Kayser (there are quite a few stores spread across Paris), it's an artisan boulangerie, serving a variety of baguettes and sweet treats. (4/5)

It's not a trip to Paris if you don't eat your weight in pastries! These are my patisserie recommendations: of course, stop by the famous Laduree, (5/5) and treat yourself to a box of macarons. A Paris trip is not complete without devouring some. Angelina (4/5) is beloved by all, and a cup of their delectable hot chocolate cannot be missed. For something a little different, after visiting the Eiffel Tower, take a (long) walk to Mori Yoshida, and you'll find a patisserie which mixes French patisserie techniques with Japanese creativity. (4/5)

Dinner options, I'd recommend going to Pottoka, a restaurant we discovered and fell in love – the food was fresh, extremely delicious and beautifully plated. (5/5) It's packed during lunch and dinner with locals, so definitely make a reservation. If you're willing to queue, steak and frites at Le Relais de l'Entrecôte was great value for money and really flavourful; the steak was cooked perfectly, the sauce complimented it well, and you can't ever go wrong with a plateful of fries. (4/5) Unfortunately, we weren't able to book a table for Yam'Tcha, but if you can, I've heard it's a must for baos, especially the runny stilton cheese. 

Paris was definitely such a treat, and it's definitely on my to-visit-again list. I feel like I left my heart there, it was such a romantic and dreamy city. What are your Paris recommendations? I'd love to know for my next visit.

Monday, 6 March 2017 Paris, France

City Break Guide: Paris, France

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