I went on a short trip with a my friends a couple of years ago to Rome, Italy. We stayed for 3 nights 4 days near Vatican City.
We went to visit the Vatican Museums where they display famous art and sculptures from Italy (around 20,000 on display). The walls and ceilings were beautifully displayed with magnificent paintings and drawings. It was definitely worth the visit!
While we were visiting the Vatican Museums we found a nice vibrant yellow wall so we took this opportunity to have a mini photoshoot session 😀
We had A LOT of pasta and pizza during our stay which were pretty damn good. My favourite dish was definitely the carbonara which I couldn’t get enough of. The spaghetti in Rome was perfectly al dente.
We wanted to visit St. Peter’s Basilica but the queue to get in was insane! It was around a 3 hour wait to get in so we decided to give it a miss (too hot to queue in the middle of the summer). I would recommend buying a ticket in advance online so you can skip the queue.
That’s it for today! Just one more thing I want to tell you about Rome are the the pickpockets and scammers! There were a lot of scammers trying to get you to buy tickets from them. Make sure to buy your tickets from the attraction itself to avoid being scammed. I also recommend carrying your bags in front of you as my friend got her purse stolen within the first hour of being in Rome! Luckily she had some extra cash hidden in her suitcase so it wasn’t a complete disaster. Just make sure your bag is in your sight and you’ll be fine 😀
A quick and easy recipe for some scrumptious butter cookies!
- 250g butter
- 250g flour
- 70g cornstarch
- 100g sugar
- 2 pinches of salt
- Preheat the oven to 160°C.
- Mix the butter and sugar in a bowl.
- Slowly mix the dry ingredients with the mixture in the bowl.
- Refrigerate the mixture for 30 minutes.
- Take out the mixture from the fridge and mould them into shape.
- Bake in the oven for 16-18 minutes.
Monday – Spaghetti with salmon
Tuesday – Steamed cod in soy sauce and green beans
Wednesday – Onigiri, sausages, watermelon and tea
Thursday – Mojito
Friday – Steak, rice and cabbage&mushroom stir-fry in soy sauce
Monday – Stir fried noodles with prawns, mushrooms and chilli
Tuesday – Rice porridge with century egg and fried spam
Wednesday – Hotpot
Thursday – Salted egg fried chicken with okra and rice
Friday – Japanese curry with burger and rice
WA Cafe is a Japanese Patisserie located in Covent Garden and Ealing Broadway. They serve a unique range of Japanese breads and pastries which aren’t overly sweet. The cafe itself has a relaxing atmosphere which is perfect for people who want to relax and enjoy their pastry. My personal favourite is the raspberry and pistachio tart as the sourness of the raspberry compliments the sweetness of the tart very well. If you’re not in the mood for a pastry you can always try their tea!
Although Shack-Fuyu is a restaurant and not a cafe, their kinako french toast is a must try. Kinako is the Japanese word for toasted soy bean flour, which tastes similar to roasted peanuts. The french toasts comes with soft serve matcha (green tea ice cream) and is one of my favourite desserts in London! The dessert is quite filling so I would recommend sharing one between two people.
Kova Patisserie is a cake/tea shop that provides a mix of Japanese/French patisseries and tea. They are well known for their wide selection of mille crepes and Japanese souffle cheesecake. My favourite cake is the matcha mille crepe cake, which has a rich but delicate taste. If you are a cheesecake lover I strongly recommend the Japanese souffle cheesecake!
Let us know your favourite dessert cafes in London in the comments!