Everyone keeps asking me the highlight of my trip to Europe. It’s a really hard question to answer especially after being in London and Dublin for 3 weeks and having made so many amazing memories. However, I do have my favourite part of the trip, when I got to see my sister!!! You probably already know that my sister lives in Thailand right now, quite literally the other side of the world. We had such a great visit last Christmas seeing the beautiful country she calls home now. Plus she came back to the island for 6 weeks in the summer, which was really great. Even though I had seen her already in 2018, it was definitely the best part of the trip getting to see her again! The first time we saw each other was at my auntie’s house with a million relatives and far too much food. Not the ideal place to catch up after 6 months. However, 2 days later we met in London at Borough Market for the best doughnuts ever!
My sister and I have always had a love affair with food, we are Italian after all. With such distance between us we can’t just go for a coffee or treat whenever we please. So we make lists of places we want to visit when she comes home or we meet in London or when I visited her in Thailand. Yes, some visits revolve just around food, and this trip to London was no different. We both love The Great British Bake Off and on the last episode of the last season they made doughnuts and we both couldn’t stop thinking about them. I don’t love doughnuts but I do love a good doughnut. Followed by the episode we started following Bread Ahead on Instagram and obsessively sending each other photos of their gourmet doughnuts. Before we even got on the plane to London, I knew I was going to get their feature flavour: Mince Pie, for Christmas. My sister, mum and I met at Borough Market and walked through the stalls looking for Bread Ahead’s stand, hoping they hadn’t sold out for the day!
After spotting it from inside the market we made a bee lined straight for it. I’m just going to say that we didn’t bother trying any of the other foods in the market before, or bother eating lunch before dessert. Nope, we just went straight for dessert, each ordering one doughnut and my sister ordering a couple more to take home with her. I got the Mince Pie flavour, my sister had Praline and my mum went for Salted Caramel. We all took bites out of each others and were VERY pleased with our choices. My sister and I managed to eat our whole one, which is saying something because they were not small! My mum managed half and then we decided we really needed to walk around for the rest of the afternoon, just to walk it off!
I love Borough Market. Dave and I visited it two years ago when we were in London because my sister told us about all the delicious foods you could get. After our feats of doughnuts we walked around the market some more and had some samosas, a backwards lunch you could say. Then we hopped on the underground and headed to Covent Garden to walk around more. We had coffee and just caught up. It was the perfect afternoon, sunny and chilly, a very Christmasy feel to London. The Christmas lights were magnificent and lit up the city as the sun began to set. We were meeting our cousins at Somerset House to go skating and so we decided to walk over early to check out the market. It was a Fortnum & Mason market and lounge so we had snacks and drinks to warm up before the skate begun. That day was definitely my favourite from the holiday, not because of the doughnuts but because of a day spent with my sister and mum.