Delightful Things

An experiment in gratitude journalling.

(Latest entry at the bottom ๐Ÿ‘‡)

July 2022

19 Jul 22 ๐ŸŽง Discover Weekly by Spotify. Took me a while to get good recs from it, but now it's on a roll.20 Jul 22 ๐ŸฅŸ My Neighbours The Dumplings. Prawn: great. Vinegar: great. Cold peanut sesame noodles: great.21 Jul 22 ๐Ÿ—ณ Doodle poll. Great little free product to get RSVPs when you no longer use Facebook.22 Jul 22 โ˜•๏ธ Ngopi. Lovely Indonesian coffee spot in London. And featuring my fave barista.23 Jul 22 ๐Ÿก Blueberry mochi. Simple. Delish.24 Jul 22 โ˜€๏ธ A relaxed, sunny, Sunday morning stroll. Essential weekend activity.25 Jul 22 ๐ŸŒต Clase Azul Reposado tequila. You won't even believe this is tequila. Like drinking caramel.26 Jul 22 ๐Ÿฒ Bรบn chแบฃ. What I ate today wasn't quite it, but it was still incredible. God's own food, to be sure.27 Jul 22 ๐Ÿ˜Ž Meller sunglasses. Cool, polarised sunnies at a price that would make Luxottica execs scream.28 Jul 22 ๐ŸŽค All Star Lanes. Karaoke, baby! Word around town is that the boys just might be back in it.29 Jul 22 ๐Ÿฅ Starbucks breakfast. Yeah, I said it. A ham and cheese croissant, turmeric shot, and cold brew goes down a treat.30 Jul 22 ๐Ÿ“… A weekend with no plans. Gotta have one of those every now and then.31 Jul 22 ๐Ÿฉ Crosstown Doughnuts. The UK can't do donuts like the US can, but I do love me a Crosstown every now and then.

August 2022

01 Aug 22 ๐Ÿ• Leftover pizza. It's like the food equivalent of falling back asleep and picking up that brilliant dream right where you left off.02 Aug 22 ๐Ÿฆ Hackney Gelato. Not bad for a pre-packaged tub of ice cream.03 Aug 22 ๐Ÿป Free office beers. Every little helps.04 Aug 22 โ˜•๏ธ Coffee cupping at the local. A fun alternative event to the norm.05 Aug 22 ๐Ÿ• The Hayman's Kitchen. A self-described "tiny, family-run pizza restaurant" that is phenomenally good.06 Aug 22 ๐Ÿ‘ฐ Weddings! What a beautiful and fun way of celebrating the love cherished ones share.07 Aug 22 ๐ŸŸ Scampi and chips by the seaside, on a hot, sunny day? You best believe it.08 Aug 22 ๐ŸŒฎ Pork tacos from La Casa del Burrito. Not what I expected, but undeniably delicious.09 Aug 22 ๐Ÿ• Pizza Union. London's best budget pizza (until I'm proven otherwise...).10 Aug 22 ๐Ÿฝ The wonderful hosting of a dinner party by lovely friends.11 Aug 22 ๐ŸŠ Aperol spritz! The essential drink of summer.12 Aug 22 ๐Ÿฅš Foccacia soldiers. Vastly better than your regular toast.13 Aug 22 ๐Ÿฐ Weddings again! At a castle!14 Aug 22 ๐Ÿ– Lulworth. Gorgeous bit of coast. Sun, breeze, water, greenery. A good walk, and a tasty spot of ice cream.15 Aug 22 ๐Ÿฅช A hot breakfast sandwich (feat. black pudding). What a treat.16 Aug 22 ๐Ÿป Rooftop drinks with friends.17 Aug 22 ๐Ÿ’Š The NHS, baby! Universal healthcare is only way we should have it.18 Aug 22 ๐Ÿธ Cocktail nights. Anything short, dry, and a special of the house, please.19 Aug 22 ๐Ÿ“… A relaxing end to a long, hectic week.20 Aug 22 1๏ธโƒฃ Time for oneself. To rest, relax, and recharge.21 Aug 22 ๐Ÿฅƒ The Scotch Malt Whisky Society. A cool place to try some unique whiskies.22 Aug 22 โœ๏ธ The Reagan diary format. Saw a sample of this. Felt like an easy way to try a daily journal again.23 Aug 22 ๐ŸŽญ Tarot: Cautionary Tales. An unplanned bit of sketch comedy at Fringe. Very funny.24 Aug 22 ๐ŸŽญ Coming Out of My Cage (And I've Been Doing Just Fine). More delightful Fringe quirkiness.25 Aug 22 ๐Ÿป Seeing an old friend I hadn't seen in many years.26 Aug 22 ๐Ÿ˜Ž A day off. A short week. At the Edinburgh Fringe. And had one of the best sour beers I'd had in a very long time.27 Aug 22 ๐Ÿฅง Steak pie, beans, a yum yum, and a flat white. Breakfast of champions at Chums.28 Aug 22 ๐ŸŒณ Little Sparta. An unexpectedly surreal garden experience.29 Aug 22 ๐Ÿ› The comfort of home.30 Aug 22 ๐Ÿ› Delicious, delicious leftovers. Tasty. No cooking admin. The dream.

September 2022

01 Sep 22 ๐Ÿธ The one-sip martini at Tayฤ“r + Elementary. Great flavour. Not too much. Not too expensive. Blue cheese olive. Perfection.02 Sep 22 ๐Ÿ— Wingstop. (Don't skip that Louisiana rub.)03 Sep 22 ๐Ÿฟ Bullet Train. Great film. Exceeded my expectations. (And the cinema is still the best way to watch a movie.)04 Sep 22 ๐Ÿž Using really good bread when having eggs and soldiers. (Seems I already wrote this earlier โ€“ it's just that good!)05 Sep 22 ๐ŸŒ There's a .baby TLD, babyyyyyyyyy!07 Sep 22 ๐Ÿ Cacio e pepe. What a dish.08 Sep 22 ๐ŸฅŸ BAO. Love the food, love the brand.09 Sep 22 ๐Ÿ•บ Getting a phenomenal groove on at a dear friend's wedding.10 Sep 22 ๐ŸŽ™ The Truth. The podcast self-billed as making "movies for your ears". My new fave background alternative to music.11 Sep 22 ๐Ÿ• NY-style slice pizza. Sure, I didn't get any โ€“ the place I wanted to visit had sold out โ€“ but it is undoubtedly glorious.12 Sep 22 โ˜Ž๏ธ Having a call with family back home.13 Sep 22 ๐Ÿฐ Bake-off team social!14 Sep 22 ๐Ÿค Catching up with a good friend.15 Sep 22 ๐Ÿฟ Secret Cinema: Guardians of the Galaxy, baby!16 Sep 22 ๐Ÿท Humble Grape. Not a bad little wine bar.22 Sep 22 โ˜•๏ธ Batch Baby. A superb coffee shop with a focus on batch-brewed filter coffee.23 Sep 22 ๐Ÿ“… A day off for no reason at all. Feels... luxurious.24 Sep 22 ๐Ÿฅณ Birthday parties, baby!25 Sep 22 ๐Ÿ• All Kaps Pizza. An NY-style pizza pop-up here in London. Love a slice joint. Why so few here?26 Sep 22 ๐ŸŒฎ Taquerรญa. I think this is my new fave London taco spot. (Although El/Casa Pastor are still incredible.)29 Sep 22 ๐Ÿป Goodbye drinks. Bittersweet.30 Sep 22 ๐Ÿ›‹ Cozy end to a heavy week. Couch + blanket + Spirited Away.

October 2022

01 Oct 22 โ˜•๏ธ Espresso tasting at Prufrock. A side-by-side of regular espresso and one pulled on a restored vintage lever machine. A fun, novel experience!02 Oct 22 ๐Ÿ‚ Pumpkin spice latte to mark the transition into autumn.06 Oct 22 ๐Ÿฅƒ Bull in a China Shop. Great Japanese-leaning whisky bar.07 Oct 22 ๐Ÿฅƒ Perfect Boys Night. I was a little tipsy by the time I had the Highland Park Dragon Legend, but it was as tasty as the name is ridiculous.08 Oct 22 ๐Ÿ‘ƒ A workshop at Experimental Perfume Club. Very fun, very unique experience.09 Oct 22 ๐ŸŽฌ Jordan Studdard's YouTube shorts. Cute, unique, subtly magical little stories about his friends.10 Oct 22 ๐Ÿ‚ A crisp evening walk. Still not too dark out yet. Blue sky. Cool but not uncomfortably cold. This is ideal autumn.11 Oct 22 ๐Ÿ‘ž Walking to work. (No one's commute should have to be long, stressful, and sedentary if they don't want.)12 Oct 22 ๐Ÿ‘– Lounge trousers. AKA pyjama pants with extra marketing. When jeans are too heavy and sweats are too warm, these fellas have got your back.13 Oct 22 ๐Ÿฅƒ The "Perfect Scotch Old Fashioned" from Black Rock.14 Oct 22 ๐Ÿ“… The relieving freedom of the end of the week.15 Oct 22 ๐ŸŽจ The Other Art Fair. Love the variety of styles on display. (Shoutout to Laura Jordan in particular!)16 Oct 22 โค๏ธ Seeing various top-tier pals. And having various top-tier foods and drinks.17 Oct 22 ๐Ÿ  Being able to work from home when you want.18 Oct 22 ๐Ÿ“ฑ Apple Wallet. What a handy way of handling tickets.19 Oct 22 ๐Ÿž Focaccia. What a bread.20 Oct 22 ๐Ÿš‚ The Eurostar. The whole train travel experience is leagues better than air travel.21 Oct 22 ๐Ÿฅ Pastries in Paris. I shouldn't be surprised, but they're much better than London.22 Oct 22 ๐Ÿ—ผ The Eiffel Tower. It is genuinely quite cool.23 Oct 22 ๐Ÿท The good ol' end-of-day wine bar with cheese board.24 Oct 22 ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท Paris. What a city! Gotta love it.25 Oct 22 ๐Ÿฝ Dinner at a friend's.26 Oct 22 ๐ŸŽ™ If I Were You โ€“ one of my fave podcasts to have on while doing housework. (Although I do wonder if you had to grow up on Jake and Amir to find it funny...)27 Oct 22 ๐Ÿ› Putting a little extra effort in to make a special dinner. Miso soup, Japanese-style pickles, katsu curry, and a whisky highball.28 Oct 22 ๐ŸŽง Taking phone calls with AirPods. It really crept up on me how much more I prefer taking phone calls with wireless earphones compared to wired, or just using the phone as-is.29 Oct 22 ๐Ÿ• Crisp Pizza. Touted as London's best. And while I can't say I'm enough of a pizza expert to certify that, it's certainly worth a trip!30 Oct 22 ๐Ÿบ Craft beers. (And specifically the selection at Beer + Burger.) Such fun and different flavours on offer!31 Oct 22 ๐Ÿ™‚ Seeing friends.

November 2022

02 Nov 22 ๐Ÿท After-work drinks crews.03 Nov 22 ๐Ÿฅ˜ Dinner at a friend's house.04 Nov 22 ๐Ÿ“… Day off. Love a long weekend.05 Nov 22 ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฐ Danishes. (The pastry. Not Danes. Although Danes are great too. And funnily enough, the pastries are actually Austrian.)06 Nov 22 ๐Ÿœ Marugame Udon. Delicious. And perfect for this dreary, drizzly weather.08 Nov 22 ๐Ÿฝ Dinner with loved ones.10 Nov 22 ๐Ÿฅƒ Milroys of Spitalfields for a few sips.12 Nov 22 ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ Friendsgiving. Delicious food and good company all around.19 Nov 22 ๐Ÿง  Having someone you can share the weight of what's on your mind with.20 Nov 22 ๐ŸŒŠ Swimming as a means of exercise.22 Nov 22 ๐Ÿง  The mental health boost of working from the office. (Not a sentence past me ever would've thought I'd say...)24 Nov 22 ๐ŸŽ™ LeVar Burton Reads. A podcast where the legend himself reads a great short story in each episode. Perfect for winding down at night (or helping you re-wind down when insomnia comes knocking at 2am).

December 2022

01 Dec 22 ๐Ÿ›ต Food delivery apps. I definitely have some problems with them, but the convenience can be a massive relief at the end of the week.02 Dec 22 ๐Ÿ‘„ Bonjela. The mouth ulcer gel. Absolute saviour.