originally posted – 1/3/14
you know those cities that already know how to dance with you? every time i travel, i leave a piece of me right there in the crooks of the alleys i felt at home in even though i had no idea where i was and the humdrum of the cafes who welcomed me in, arms wide open. but with some cities, i know i’ll take it with me far after i’ve left. london was like that. i fell in love and knew i had taken a piece of it, stitched it to my heart and would carry it like the best kind of memory.
i ate, i drank, i faked a british accent. there are these pubs that feel like a cozy libraries where you could just sink into an oversized leather chair and get lost in a novel. i was like alice falling down the rabbit hole into wonderland but never wanting to return. ever. anywhere but there was the queen of hearts.
the first day i was there my friend who lives there, cory, worked so i was able to roam on my own. and you know how i love to go on my own. and there’s nothing better than getting lost in a new city and just taking it in, just walking quietly throughout the streets, turning every corner like turning the page in a novel you can’t put down and never want to end.
i went to a pub to, of course, have some traditional english food. and even more obvious, an english beer. then i wandered and wandered and popped into boutiques and cafes and made friends out of strangers in cozy cafes.
i hope you get the chance to get lost on your own in a new city.
and i hope you get some mulled wine.
i went to london over thanksgiving so it was the perfect time of year to take a deep breath from the chilly air and grab something warm. we drank a lot of beer. dined over fish and chips and meat pies. we had a lot of hot toddies. another one of my favorites.
but i gottta tell ya.
mulled wine – it is my favorite winter drink.
on a cold winter night it will sooth your soul. when i was forced to come home, then tried to get my company to transfer me and they said no, i decided to bring a piece of london to me. in the form of mulled wine.
i made this drink for thanksgiving so i decided to make it festive and use apples as glasses. but it’s just a simple cocktail that you put a little more thought into and it takes me instantly back to my favorite londontown.
cheers sunshine. to the places we’ll go.
- – 1/4 cup of brandy
- – 1/4 cup honey
- – 1 bottle of red wine
- – 1 cinnamon stick per drink
- – 8 whole cloves
- – orange peeled and sliced, optional
- heat on stovetop, pour in mug and enjoy!