An experiment in gratitude journalling.
(Latest entry at the bottom 👇)
19 Jul 22 🎧 Discover Weekly by Spotify. Took me a while to get good recs from it, but now it's on a roll.20 Jul 22 🥟 My Neighbours The Dumplings. Prawn: great. Vinegar: great. Cold peanut sesame noodles: great.21 Jul 22 🗳 Doodle poll. Great little free product to get RSVPs when you no longer use Facebook.22 Jul 22 ☕️ Ngopi. Lovely Indonesian coffee spot in London. And featuring my fave barista.23 Jul 22 🍡 Blueberry mochi. Simple. Delish.24 Jul 22 ☀️ A relaxed, sunny, Sunday morning stroll. Essential weekend activity.25 Jul 22 🌵 Clase Azul Reposado tequila. You won't even believe this is tequila. Like drinking caramel.26 Jul 22 🍲 Bún chả. What I ate today wasn't quite it, but it was still incredible. God's own food, to be sure.27 Jul 22 😎 Meller sunglasses. Cool, polarised sunnies at a price that would make Luxottica execs scream.28 Jul 22 🎤 All Star Lanes. Karaoke, baby! Word around town is that the boys just might be back in it.29 Jul 22 🥐 Starbucks breakfast. Yeah, I said it. A ham and cheese croissant, turmeric shot, and cold brew goes down a treat.30 Jul 22 📅 A weekend with no plans. Gotta have one of those every now and then.31 Jul 22 🍩 Crosstown Doughnuts. The UK can't do donuts like the US can, but I do love me a Crosstown every now and then.
01 Aug 22 🍕 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 🍦 Hackney Gelato. Not bad for a pre-packaged tub of ice cream.03 Aug 22 🍻 Free office beers. Every little helps.04 Aug 22 ☕️ Coffee cupping at the local. A fun alternative event to the norm.05 Aug 22 🍕 The Hayman's Kitchen. A self-described "tiny, family-run pizza restaurant" that is phenomenally good.06 Aug 22 👰 Weddings! What a beautiful and fun way of celebrating the love cherished ones share.07 Aug 22 🍟 Scampi and chips by the seaside, on a hot, sunny day? You best believe it.08 Aug 22 🌮 Pork tacos from La Casa del Burrito. Not what I expected, but undeniably delicious.09 Aug 22 🍕 Pizza Union. London's best budget pizza (until I'm proven otherwise...).10 Aug 22 🍽 The wonderful hosting of a dinner party by lovely friends.11 Aug 22 🍊 Aperol spritz! The essential drink of summer.12 Aug 22 🥚 Foccacia soldiers. Vastly better than your regular toast.13 Aug 22 🏰 Weddings again! At a castle!14 Aug 22 🏖 Lulworth. Gorgeous bit of coast. Sun, breeze, water, greenery. A good walk, and a tasty spot of ice cream.15 Aug 22 🥪 A hot breakfast sandwich (feat. black pudding). What a treat.16 Aug 22 🍻 Rooftop drinks with friends.17 Aug 22 💊 The NHS, baby! Universal healthcare is only way we should have it.18 Aug 22 🍸 Cocktail nights. Anything short, dry, and a special of the house, please.19 Aug 22 📅 A relaxing end to a long, hectic week.20 Aug 22 1️⃣ Time for oneself. To rest, relax, and recharge.21 Aug 22 🥃 The Scotch Malt Whisky Society. A cool place to try some unique whiskies.22 Aug 22 ✍️ The Reagan diary format. Saw a sample of this. Felt like an easy way to try a daily journal again.23 Aug 22 🎭 Tarot: Cautionary Tales. An unplanned bit of sketch comedy at Fringe. Very funny.24 Aug 22 🎭 Coming Out of My Cage (And I've Been Doing Just Fine). More delightful Fringe quirkiness.25 Aug 22 🍻 Seeing an old friend I hadn't seen in many years.26 Aug 22 😎 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 🥧 Steak pie, beans, a yum yum, and a flat white. Breakfast of champions at Chums.28 Aug 22 🌳 Little Sparta. An unexpectedly surreal garden experience.29 Aug 22 🛏 The comfort of home.30 Aug 22 🍛 Delicious, delicious leftovers. Tasty. No cooking admin. The dream.
01 Sep 22 🍸 The one-sip martini at Tayēr + Elementary. Great flavour. Not too much. Not too expensive. Blue cheese olive. Perfection.02 Sep 22 🍗 Wingstop. (Don't skip that Louisiana rub.)03 Sep 22 🍿 Bullet Train. Great film. Exceeded my expectations. (And the cinema is still the best way to watch a movie.)04 Sep 22 🍞 Using really good bread when having eggs and soldiers. (Seems I already wrote this earlier – it's just that good!)05 Sep 22 🌐 There's a .baby TLD, babyyyyyyyyy!07 Sep 22 🍝 Cacio e pepe. What a dish.08 Sep 22 🥟 BAO. Love the food, love the brand.09 Sep 22 🕺 Getting a phenomenal groove on at a dear friend's wedding.10 Sep 22 🎙 The Truth. The podcast self-billed as making "movies for your ears". My new fave background alternative to music.11 Sep 22 🍕 NY-style slice pizza. Sure, I didn't get any – the place I wanted to visit had sold out – but it is undoubtedly glorious.12 Sep 22 ☎️ Having a call with family back home.13 Sep 22 🍰 Bake-off team social!14 Sep 22 🤝 Catching up with a good friend.15 Sep 22 🍿 Secret Cinema: Guardians of the Galaxy, baby!16 Sep 22 🍷 Humble Grape. Not a bad little wine bar.22 Sep 22 ☕️ Batch Baby. A superb coffee shop with a focus on batch-brewed filter coffee.23 Sep 22 📅 A day off for no reason at all. Feels... luxurious.24 Sep 22 🥳 Birthday parties, baby!25 Sep 22 🍕 All Kaps Pizza. An NY-style pizza pop-up here in London. Love a slice joint. Why so few here?26 Sep 22 🌮 Taquería. I think this is my new fave London taco spot. (Although El/Casa Pastor are still incredible.)29 Sep 22 🍻 Goodbye drinks. Bittersweet.30 Sep 22 🛋 Cozy end to a heavy week. Couch + blanket + Spirited Away.
01 Oct 22 ☕️ 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 🍂 Pumpkin spice latte to mark the transition into autumn.06 Oct 22 🥃 Bull in a China Shop. Great Japanese-leaning whisky bar.07 Oct 22 🥃 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 👃 A workshop at Experimental Perfume Club. Very fun, very unique experience.09 Oct 22 🎬 Jordan Studdard's YouTube shorts. Cute, unique, subtly magical little stories about his friends.10 Oct 22 🍂 A crisp evening walk. Still not too dark out yet. Blue sky. Cool but not uncomfortably cold. This is ideal autumn.11 Oct 22 👞 Walking to work. (No one's commute should have to be long, stressful, and sedentary if they don't want.)12 Oct 22 👖 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 🥃 The "Perfect Scotch Old Fashioned" from Black Rock.14 Oct 22 📅 The relieving freedom of the end of the week.15 Oct 22 🎨 The Other Art Fair. Love the variety of styles on display. (Shoutout to Laura Jordan in particular!)16 Oct 22 ❤️ Seeing various top-tier pals. And having various top-tier foods and drinks.17 Oct 22 🏠 Being able to work from home when you want.18 Oct 22 📱 Apple Wallet. What a handy way of handling tickets.19 Oct 22 🍞 Focaccia. What a bread.20 Oct 22 🚂 The Eurostar. The whole train travel experience is leagues better than air travel.21 Oct 22 🥐 Pastries in Paris. I shouldn't be surprised, but they're much better than London.22 Oct 22 🗼 The Eiffel Tower. It is genuinely quite cool.23 Oct 22 🍷 The good ol' end-of-day wine bar with cheese board.24 Oct 22 🇫🇷 Paris. What a city! Gotta love it.25 Oct 22 🍽 Dinner at a friend's.26 Oct 22 🎙 If I Were You – 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 🍛 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 🎧 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 🍕 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 🍺 Craft beers. (And specifically the selection at Beer + Burger.) Such fun and different flavours on offer!31 Oct 22 🙂 Seeing friends.
02 Nov 22 🍷 After-work drinks crews.03 Nov 22 🥘 Dinner at a friend's house.04 Nov 22 📅 Day off. Love a long weekend.05 Nov 22 🇩🇰 Danishes. (The pastry. Not Danes. Although Danes are great too. And funnily enough, the pastries are actually Austrian.)06 Nov 22 🍜 Marugame Udon. Delicious. And perfect for this dreary, drizzly weather.08 Nov 22 🍽 Dinner with loved ones.10 Nov 22 🥃 Milroys of Spitalfields for a few sips.12 Nov 22 🇺🇸 Friendsgiving. Delicious food and good company all around.19 Nov 22 🧠 Having someone you can share the weight of what's on your mind with.20 Nov 22 🌊 Swimming as a means of exercise.22 Nov 22 🧠 The mental health boost of working from the office. (Not a sentence past me ever would've thought I'd say...)24 Nov 22 🎙 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).
01 Dec 22 🛵 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 👄 Bonjela. The mouth ulcer gel. Absolute saviour.