nutella, coffee, gouda, + bellini: the best of european brunch

I have come to conclude that nobody loves brunch like the Americans. It’s hard to explain to some non-Americans that brunch is not just a breakfast with booze involved. But some places in Europe are doing brunch right. I had one of the best brunch experienced in Paris: pastries, Nutella, honey, jam, bottomless coffee, greens, and of course lots of bread and cheese. Yum! It’s my ideal European-style brunch!
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Combine Parisian brunch with British eggs on toast (or our modified, homemade eggs Benedict), Italian Bellini, and Dutch Gouda, and you have one perfect morning/afternoon.

Cheers!

Sarah

This post is #77 of the #The100DayProject. For more updates on my progress, be sure to follow me on Instagram and look for the hashtage, #100DaysofMiaPrima

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inspector morse and mr.selfridge

I’m a big fan of Inspector Morse (and Endeavour and Lewis…), so I might have had a minor freakout when I discovered an Inspector Morse tour in Oxford, England. Our guide, a retired Oxford University professor, was not only unbelievably knowledgable about the TV series and books, but she also happened to be Colin Dexter’s neighbor….and hilarious (in a nutty British professor kind of way that you’d expect from a woman giving a tour on an eccentric Oxford detective).
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The next day, I had a chance to geek out further over British TV with a trip to Selfridge’s. As a fan of the show, Mr Selfridge, the one hundred-year-old department store didn’t let me down! The place was a commercial playland full of candy rooms, cocktail bars, sundae stands, booming electronics, and a delightfully colorful cunchony of department store staples like perfume and cosmetics. Overall, it was just what I expected a 21st century Selfridge’s to look like, and while I didn’t quite have the funds to support a large purchase, a bag of bulk artisanal candy gave me the perfect little taste of the Selfridge’s experience. Just as Harry would have wanted– with just a pound or two you can leave the store absolutely delighted.
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Cheers!

Sarah

This post is #75 of the #The100DayProject. For more updates on my progress, be sure to follow me on Instagram and look for the hashtage, #100DaysofMiaPrima

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Hello London + Oxford!

Hello, Norther England!

Hi There, Scotland!

hallo, belgium!

Yesterday, I made a day trip to Antwerp. And I’ll admit it, I went mostly to enjoy the waffles, beer, and chocolate!

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A plus tard!

Sarah

This post is #70 of the #The100DayProject. For more updates on my progress, be sure to follow me on Instagram and look for the hashtage, #100DaysofMiaPrima

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Hello, London + Oxford!

Hallo, Deutschland!

Zdravo, Dbrovnik!

Bonjour, Paris!

Ciao, Italia!

Hallo, Holland!

Hi There, Scotland!

hello, london + oxford!

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Back to the UK! After a two day “break” in the Netherlands, my sister and I headed back to the UK for a quick weekend trip to London and Oxford. We have both been to London before, so this weekend was filled with pleasantly tourist-y free events. Well, minus an Inspector Morse tour in Oxford that is! We explored Oxford’s classically British pubs, enjoyed (our now regular meal of) fish ’n chips, admired the University’s stunning architecture, and popped into charming bookstores. In London, we visited Camden Passage for great cafes, charity shops, and vintage finds. We stopped by Selfridge’s to experience the 100+ year old department store ourselves (and we’re not disappointed). And of course we took a leisurely stroll through Hyde Park for some people and pigeon watching (“Where are their nests? I mean, have you ever seen a baby pigeon?”).
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I can only hope I’ll be back to the UK soon enough!

Cheers,

Sarah

This post is #65 of the #The100DayProject. For more updates on my progress, be sure to follow me on Instagram and look for the hashtage, #100DaysofMiaPrima.

windows to the world in dubrovnik, croatia

Dubrovnik is a ancient wall city that hugs the Adriatic coast. It’s old buildings and rich history provide views like nothing I’ve ever seen before. Through 16th century church windows, spy holes that dot the medieval walls, and venerable Roman ruins, I spotted some breath-taking views that range from the clear waters of the Adriatic to leafy hill tops. What’s captured through these windows is more than a scene; they reflect the unforgettable experience of pausing and seeing the world anew.

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Vidimo se uskoro!

Sarah

This post is #63 of the #The100DayProject. For more updates on my progress, be sure to follow me on Instagram and look for the hashtage, #100DaysofMiaPrima.

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hello, northern england!

My sister and I left Scotland behind to go on a mini road trip through southern Scotland and northern England. We drove from Glasgow down to County Durham to visit the Aston Workshop, an impressive classic Aston Martin restoration and sales company located in the charming hills of Northumberland. After a classic British meal, we then swung back up  towards Scotland, following the coast until we reached Berwick Upon Tweed. We stayed an evening in the quiet coastal town, enjoying castles, chilly but stunning beaches, and of course fish and chips. It was then just a mile to the Scottish Borders where we drove back up to Edinburgh to finish our tour. But we’re not done with the UK yet! Next weekend we fly to London for a quick trip.
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Until then, cheers!

Sarah

This post is #60 of the #The100DayProject. For more updates on my progress, be sure to follow me on Instagram and look for the hashtage, #100DaysofMiaPrima.

 

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Hi There, Scotland!

hi there, scotland!

My sister Angie and I landed in Edinburgh late last evening, and after an excellent Airbnb stay (and an excellent Thai breakfast!), we headed out to Glasgow where we’ll be apartment hunting. Angie’s going to the University of Glasgow, so today we explored the area around the university including apartment showings, fish and chips, ice cream, and charity shopping. Tomorrow we’re looking forward to an early breakfast and more exploring. Cross your fingers that Angie finds a great apartment too!

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Cheers!

Sarah

This post is #58 of the #The100DayProject. For more updates on my progress, be sure to follow me on Instagram and look for the hashtage, #100DaysofMiaPrima.

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Hallo, Deutschland!

Zdravo, Dbrovnik!

Bonjour, Paris!

Ciao, Italia!

Hallo, Holland!