At the start of 2016, I decided to not make a list of resolutions. First of all, because I mostly never achieve/finish them year after year (a miracle happens every other year though). Second of all, because the previous year had been tough going with personal challenges and I thought making promises of well-being to myself would be much better.
I used to be a very avid reader, devouring books upon books (fiction and non fiction). Reading transports me somewhere else for a little while and it is a pleasant feeling. I have always had a big imagination so it is not hard for me to visualise the places, characters, scenes, especially when a book is so well written that the descriptions help it even more.
But over the last few years, I noticed a big decline into my reading habits. I blame social media, smartphones and mostly me for not being able to switch off once in a while. So, instead of grabbing a book before bed, I would be scrolling through the different apps on my phone to see what was going on with the world, read blog posts here and there and check out many images to collect for my boards on Pinterest. And yes, let's just say I never had the best of sleep afterwards.
We have now been back nearly two months from our holidays in Florida so it is probably about time I tell you about the rest of our little adventures there.
After spending a couple of days in Tampa and discovering St Petersburg, E. with our friends and I all took a road trip towards Miami and then the Florida Keys where we would spend a few days.
Let's talk about sunny holidays here a little, it will warm us up!
Earlier last month, E. and I had an amazing time in Florida in the company of Rebekah and her husband F. They live in Tampa and we stayed there a little bit before and after taking a road trip down to Miami and the Florida Keys together.
Florida is still very warm in September and it is also quite humid in general, meaning not only some incredibly frizzy hair but also the perfect condition for mosquitoes. Luckily, my mum had sent us an amazing French mosquito repellent spray and it worked wonders. Else, I think we would have been covered in bites.
We spent a fair bit of time relaxing with our friends at their house, cooking delicious things for each other and going food shopping (I love checking out supermarkets when I travel to a different country and I almost get lost every time we visit one in the USA, it is just so big!).
We also did a bit of local exploring in Tampa and St Petersburg together and I thought I would share a few things here.
Summer has been punctuated with more cold and rainy days than usual this year. But on the few actual sunny days we got, it was the occasion to quickly whip out salads and barbecue dishes before it all went away once again. This year, I have been particularly fond of chilled soups. There are so many delicious ingredients to use during Summer time that I tried my hand at various options and came up with my own recipes that I will be able to use the next time we get some warmer weather (hopefully sooner than later since I am headed somewhere nice and hot soon).
I remember having courgette soup (usually mixed with a bit of creamy cheese) during the Summer back in France. It was usually served warm and I thought it would be a good idea to have it cold instead as a more refreshing option.
Here is another edition of a London trip, after the ones in 2014 and 2015. For once, I am illustrating this entire post with iPhone photos. My camera was actually brought over with the rest of my equipment as my main purpose for this trip was a food photography job for a client. So it stayed safely in its bag and I whipped out my phone instead when it came to capturing some memories of meals and visits with E. (who came along) and our friends.
We arrived a couple of days before I started my work so we could spend some time with our friends K. and M. over the weekend. Let's just say that the weekend mostly revolved around food (and the occasional drink here and there).