Smoked Salmon Blinis

 

“A delicacy best enjoyed with a glass of champagne, Smoked Salmon Blinis are a quick and easy appetizer that pack a surprisingly savory taste.”

In celebration of New Years, my Aunty Kemi prepared one of her favorite canapés just before dinner. I have never been a big fan of raw fish so I was definitely skeptical when I realized she wasn’t heating the salmon. I was expecting a fishy and sour taste. To my surprise I was greeted by a taste very similar to smoked meat and cheese. When eating Smoked Salmon Blinis its recommended one eats a Blini whole rather than taking bites of it. The taste will be better that way!

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Dirty Dicks – Old Man’s Pub

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Located in Bishop’s Gate, London

I just had to stop at this Old Man’s pub! It’s a few or more blocks from Liverpool Street station. With very dim lighting, plush seating booths, and wooden chairs, this pub provides a cozy atmosphere for locals and tourist alike. 

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My drink of choice was a Shandy! (recommended by my Aunt) A Shandy is beer mixed with lemonade. The proportions of beer and lemonade are mixed to taste, usually half-and-half. It’s a fairly common drink especially in the summer because it can be quite refreshing. 

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SHOPPING ON OXFORD ST. IN LONDON’S WEST END

“Whoever said money can’t buy happiness simply didn’t know where to go shopping.” Bo Derek

I thought I was a certified shopaholic up until five days ago. No shopping mall, outlet, or Galleria I have ever been to comes close in comparison to Oxford Street. It is in a class by itself and best described as a beautiful chaos. There are people, taxis, and double-decker buses everywhere, coming from all corners, and at all speeds. London is very tedious about recycling and as a result shopping bags usually cost extra. To avoid paying for bags, people travel with their own plastic or cloth bags. However, on Oxford Street, people shop so much that they have to bring suitcases with them in order to carry everything. (Yes! Actual luggages!)

Amongst all the craziness Oxford Street is a shopping heaven of nothing but stores. Big stores, small stores. Designer stores, boutiques. More than often you will see the same store several times! There are THREE Zara stores on Oxford Street, all within a five-minute walk of each other and all equal in size! What I personally love the most is that the stores mimic the London style. London style is so eccentric that a lot of the store and boutique pieces are unique and hardly anything is sold in bulk. Anyone who enjoys a good sale, loves designer bags, and gorgeous flats should visit Oxford Street at least once in their lifetime.