The Honeymooners

We spent the first part of our trip exploring rural England (the Cotswolds!) on foot. We stayed at the totally amazing Barnsley House (if you find a reason to splurge- stay here!) where we ate well, slept well and spent our days walking through farms, pastures and woods, befriending both locals and local sheep. We ate delicious pub food (and drank “real ale”) and had porridge with whiskey for breakfast (brilliant!). It was a really beautiful time and I can’t wait to go back.

We then moved on to London, where we spent our days wandering around museums, parks and department stores. We enjoyed learning what a flat white was, and then we enjoyed drinking one.  On my birthday (how much fun can be packed into one month?!) we had lunch at Dinner, the new Heston Blumenthal enterprise. It was fantastically good and just the friendliest most pleasant place to enjoy a leisurely lunch. Another splurge, but we were honeymooning! The “meat fruit” (look it up) was spectacular, as was the tipsy cake (which I am determined to recreate at home). For dinner that night, we ate at Lunch- just kidding! We ate at NOPI, the new restaurant by Yotam Ottolenghi and his crew. That meal was my favorite of the trip. It is one of the most beautifully designed restaurant spaces I have ever seen (even the bathrooms!) and I loved literally every single thing I ate. Such a friendly bunch working there that you felt right at home. This is what all restaurants should be, full of love and good energy. We also enjoyed breakfast at The Wolseley, dinner with dear friends at Dishoom, the most delicious caramel ice cream at St. John and wonderful everything at Ottolenghi. It was a fantastic few days.

I have an overwhelming amount of love for Paris. I don’t know what I am going to do about it. Delicious meals at old favorites like Paul Bert, La Palette, Chez Omar, and Da Rosa. Heaps of pastry from Ladurée, Pierre Hermé, Fauchon, and La Pâtisserie des Rêves. I became obsessed with the pain d’epices from Poilâne, which I was smart enough to bring back with me. This time around, the standout meal was at Vivant. It is an incredibly beautiful space and the food is simple and perfect. A starter of polenta topped with mushrooms and buffalo mozzarella knocked my socks off. The organic wine pairings were incredible (even when they got super weird), and the big bowl of raspberries we ate for dessert was the perfect finish. We spent our days eating and wandering, sometimes stopping in favorite shops. It was hard to leave.

It was the best trip and totally inspiring. I have a list of things I ate on the trip that I want to try to recreate here. I came home re-energized and happy to be back in my kitchen.


63 comments to “The Honeymooners”

  1. Congratulations! The trip sounds wonderful and it is obvious how happy you both are. Thanks so much for sharing.

  2. tim, big congrats and it’s so nice to see your travels in england & paris. looks like you ate very well…

    (& mark my words: flat whites will be huge in the US in 2012)

    cheers to you guys.

  3. Congratulations, Tim! Sounds like such an incredible, amazing, and lovely honeymoon! xoxo

  4. Patty McEnaney says:

    November 2nd, 2011 at 7:08 am

    Thank you for your generosity in sharing your experiences and recommendations. The best picture (besides you and the sheep) is the last one of you two looking relaxed and content.

  5. fernanda mendez says:

    November 2nd, 2011 at 3:30 pm

    your faces are pure happiness! congrats again!

  6. Congratuations to y’all! What a wonderful trip and wedding! Your insights into the best haunts in Montreal were perfect for the honeymoon my wife and I took 2 (almost !!) years ago. We packed our bags full of wares from Les Touilleurs, I enjoy them every day!
    Best to you, Ellen & Bridgette

  7. You two are so handsome. The trip sounds like it was perfection. Hooray for honeymoons!

  8. Congratulations

    and Thank you for sharing!

  9. goldenblind221 says:

    November 6th, 2011 at 1:28 am

    Aww, it makes me happy that you had a lovely time and are back safe and sound. :-)

  10. OMG, how cute are you two?? Congratulations on the wedding, Tim! And the honeymooning looks so fabulous. My heart swells thinking of Paris and how much I love it and what a great time you two must have had there and how great it always feels to be back from a wonderful trip. Wishing you all the best, and can’t wait to see what you’re cooking up soon!

  11. WOW – stunning photos. I want to be there! And congrats :)

  12. My favorite photo is the bread and you. Magnificient!

  13. Oh gosh. I just can’t tell you how much I agree with your love of Paris. The hubs and I just returned from a trip there about a month ago. When I saw the picture of Poilâne, I had a visceral reaction that can only be equated to a drug addict seeing someone getting a fix after they’ve sworn it off forever. I miss those pain du chocolate like they were a part of me that I have lost forever! I’m so glad you had a wonderful time, it looks like it was a trip of a lifetime and I hope Paris calls you back soon!