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Sea Containers

Mondrian has arrived in London!  A familiar name we all know and love. For me, the brand conjures memories of an epic stay in Miami celebrating Art Basel many, many moons ago. This one is decidedly more Southbank than South Beach, but sits proudly on the water, the mighty River Thames. Housed in part of the old Sea Containers building, the new hotel has an understated nautical theme, and vibrant river views from its new ground floor restaurant.

We went to check it out on a blazingly bright afternoon for lunch.

Sea Containers From Blackfriars Bridge

Blackfriars Bridge Treacy Black Felt Hat

Sea Containers Dining Room

Sea Containers Dining Room Crest We Serve

Never take pils on an empty stomach.

Never take pils on an empty stomach.

There’s quite a bit of seafood on the menu, which is no problem for me! We ordered a selection of starters, then shared a chicken and a sea bass.

Raw scallops with cilantro, espelette pepper and drizzled with Arbequina olive oil

Raw scallops with cilantro, espelette pepper and drizzled with Arbequina olive oil

Crab salad on toast, with pickled peppers & citrus aioli

Crab salad on toast, with pickled peppers & citrus aioli

Oven-roasted Lamb Meatballs with soft sheep's milk cheese, cucumber and a Moroccan spiced vinaigrette

Oven-roasted Lamb Meatballs with soft sheep’s milk cheese, cucumber and a Moroccan spiced vinaigrette

Smoked and Roasted Corn-fed Chicken with  charred lemon vinaigrette

Smoked and Roasted Corn-fed Chicken with
charred lemon vinaigrette

Shredded Kale Salad with apple, pecans, avocado, yoghurt, chilies and a dill vinaigrette

Shredded Kale Salad with apple, pecans, avocado, yoghurt, chilies and a dill vinaigrette

Roasted Mediterranean Sea Bass  with citrus, salsa verde

Roasted Mediterranean Sea Bass with
citrus, salsa verde

Sea Containers Lunch Apple Pie

The desserts were great, and they even let us order a crème brulee off menu.

Sea Containers Lunch Creme Brulee

Sea Containers Faces

Sea Containers Faces Smiles

The sun was setting as we finished lunch (damn you, winter days!), so we headed upstairs to the rooftop bar, Rumpus Room, for the view – and ended up staying a little bit longer than planned.

Rumpus Room Signage

Rumpus Room Area

Rumpus Room Bar

With unobstructed views across the pulsing heart of London’s business and financial district, the rooftop terrace is no doubt going to be a popular al fresco destination this spring and summer. Have fun, people!

Rumpus Room Outside Rooftop Bar

Rumpus Room View

Rumpus Room View Rooftop Thames

Rumpus Room Drinks Table

The drinks were impressive (aka exceptionally strong) and before we knew it, we were all a bit sozzled.

Rumpus Room Drinks

Rumpus Room Rooftop Silly face

The only thing I would say if you visit Rumpus Room (and you aren’t expensing it to the bank you work for) – check your itemized bill before paying. The service is attentive and pleasant, but they definitely added extra items to our check that we didn’t order. Other than that, go forth and enjoy!

All-Day London Brunch

It’s a well known fact that January is a month for New Year’s resolutions, detoxing, hitting the gym, and swearing off booze and other forms of excess.

At least for some people it is!

For me, it’s about “how am I going to get through the bore and chill of another wintery month in this great city when most of my friends are off on a wagon ride somewhere?”

So my enabler and I hit the town on Saturday chasing the perfect all-day brunch.

Pearl Bracelet

Rocking my new arm candy, an oversized pearl cuff, and bundled up in layers, I set my sights north to Marylebone. Our destination was a London brunch institution, The Providores.

Leather Leggings Marylebone

Providores Downstairs

We bypassed the communal tables of the popular ground floor Tapas Room, and headed upstairs to the bright dining room. I need lots of elbow room when I have a breakfast this good!

Grilled chorizo with sweet potato and miso hash, a soft-boiled egg, garlic labne and star anise cashew nut praline

Grilled chorizo with sweet potato and miso hash, a soft-boiled egg, garlic labne and star anise cashew nut praline

French toast stuffed with bananas and pecans, with grilled smoked streaky bacon and vanilla verjus syrup

French toast stuffed with bananas and pecans, with grilled smoked streaky bacon and vanilla verjus syrup

I’m not normally a fan of sweet and savoury combinations, but this French toast had me changing my tune on that rule, especially as the syrup was so light and not too cloying.

Although the food is wonderful, The Providores is not the type of place you can settle back and linger over a long chat and bottomless cups of coffee. It’s very busy at the weekends, and once our plates were cleared, the wait staff’s expectant eyes were upon us. We didn’t feel rushed; but there was an inherent understanding. We get the picture; so it was “check please” and we were back on the streets.

Titiana's Garden Marylebone

Church on Wyndham Place

Ginger Pig

Smily Face

Cool Guy Cool Shwood Sunglasses

Walking to Chiltern

Now what to do? We strolled for a bit, then headed for a comfy place to chill with a decent wine list, Chiltern Firehouse.

Chiltern Firehouse bar

Chiltern Firehouse Wine Drinking

Crab donuts

Crab donuts

Fried chicken with bacon aioli

Fried chicken with bacon aioli

Spicy tuna tartare deviled eggs

Spicy tuna tartare deviled eggs

Chiltern Lounging Text Messaging

We spent the afternoon lazily chatting, nibbling (and even distractedly checking BBC football scores on our mobiles) – all perfectly justified ways to waste a January Saturday.

Sometimes you just have to shrug off the virtue of moderation, and enjoy a day of self-appointed gratuity! It sure helped this lychee martini go down rather well.

Chiltern Firehouse Lychee Martini

With the day well and truly spent, we retreated from our cozy den of inequity and out into the twinkling lights of Marylebone – after the perfect all-day London brunch.

Chiltern Firehouse Outdoor Front Garden Patio Pots

 

 

Maryland Crab Feast

Just a stone’s throw from St. Michaels’ historic drag runs a pretty brick lane just tempting you to drive down it.

It leads to one of the best resort properties on the East Coast (and not just in my opinion)!

We loved every minute of our time spent here, the site of our wedding weekend – The Inn at Perry Cabin.

Drive

Portico

bikes

Outside

Door

Room Table

The day after our wedding, we shuffled into our slippers and padded out onto the porch for breakfast al fresco.

These views aren’t too shabby!

Morning door view

Morning view

Morning breakfast unveil

Hickory smoked bacon, roasted tomatoes, mixed greens,  cherry vinaigrette & fried eggs on brioche

Hickory smoked bacon, roasted tomatoes, mixed greens, cherry vinaigrette & fried eggs on toasted brioche

Morning breakfast

Nothing like a strong cup of joe and a hearty BLT with farm fresh eggs to get your motor runnin’.

Revved up, we actually did nothing but spend the rest of the morning loafing around by the pool with our friends.

Morning Pool

Morning Pool Girls

The girls sunned ourselves and nattered about the prior evening’s happenings while the boys played a friendly (ahem, competitive) match of croquet.

Morning Croquet

Morning croquet lawn

Later that afternoon we headed over to lunch at the Crab Claw. This was our way of indoctrinating our out-of-town guests into one of the basics of Maryland life – the crab feast.

Crab Shack

Situated right on the water with views across the marina, everyone began to arrive suitably attired to the “Red, White and Blue” dress code and ready to get crabby!

Crab Feast Couple

Chelsea and Morgs

Crab Feast Girls

The buffet was even stocked with cookies compliments of my fairy godmother, Lisa! They were adorable little crabs and nautical striped shortbreads with our new monogram.

Crab Feast Flags Table

Crab Feast Cookie Basket

Crab Feast Cookies

Dessert sorted!

But for now, it was time to dive into some crabs!

Crab Feast Table Set

Crab Feast Eddie

Crab Fast Eddie

With pitchers of beer and Bloody Marys flowing, our guests were having a great time.

But then again, how could they not, with charming hosts like us to amuse them?

Crab Feast Chatting

Crab Feast Laughing

Crab Feast Hats

Crab Feast In Depth Convo

Crab Feast Eyes

Crab Feast Cuties

Later we headed over to C Street Saloon to watch the races, play a little pool, and hang out.

Jesse Lydia

Saloon Pool Table Shot

Saloon Boys Chat

Saloon Dancing

Saloon Dance

It was a rowdy all-American shindig in the end, with people dancing on the pool tables!

Saloon Playing

Saloon Boys

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God bless America!