Friday Favorites: London Edition

by Khushboo on August 10, 2012

TGIF…even though every day on holiday feels like a Friday!  As I have plenty of random stuff/finds to blog about, it’s probably best I resort to bullet points:

  • Lindt Coconut: I have proclaimed my love for Lindt Sea Salt several times in the past, but it’s time to make way for one of Lindt’s newest flavor.  With enrobing flakes of coconut in fine dark chocolate,” it is even more orgasmic than it sounds…and yes, clearly Fifty Shades has rubbed off on my lingo ;) !

  • 2 for 1 Orange Wednesdays:  Is it me or have cinema prices skyrocketed recently?!  Paying £15 to merely watch a film is rather preposterous. Fortunately my friend Henna (who requested a shout out ;) ) is an Orange customer, which means I can benefit from their “2 for 1 cinema tickets on Wednesdays” offer.  Choose your friends according to their phone providers wisely.

  • Starbucks Iced Americanos: Despite loving their fraps & chai tea lattes, I have always reserved an opinion about Starbucks- they make shiAt coffee.  Over ice, however, it’s a different story.  Buying one to drink daily might not be the most cost-effective habit, but it sure is a refreshing one!

  • Olympic Fever: Whether you’re a sports buff or not, the Olympic fever here is contagious!  There are signs of the games all over: London 2012 banners hanging from the lampposts; Olympic lanes on the roads; statues of the Great Britain mascots around the city; a flag display on Regent Street.  My brother got us tickets for the Men’s Beach Volleyball Quarter Finals on Monday, and it was such a great atmosphere to be immersed in.

  • Cottage Cheese: Since I got here, I’ve been eating cottage cheese for breakfast every single morning: cottage cheese, berries, vanilla protein powder, and peanut butter.  Especially as cottage cheese is not available in Mumbai, I am trying to enjoy it while I can.  Aside from being a protein-packed way to start the day, I promise it tastes somewhat like a cheesecake filling.

What are you loving this week?

{ 42 comments… read them below or add one }

Alexandra August 10, 2012 at 3:27 pm

I bet all the Olympic fever is just amazing over there, how fun! And man alive your cottage cheese breakfast looks delicious– that’s one of my all time favorite combos! Who would’ve ever thought pb in cottage cheese could be so tasty! :D

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Khushboo Thadani August 11, 2012 at 3:22 pm

Seriously..but then again, pb makes anything tasty right ;) !

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Alex @ therunwithin August 10, 2012 at 6:18 pm

I love that you love cottage cheese as much as I do. My favorite thing, I just love it. Also the movie deal is great, Americano’s remind me of my mom. She always orders that.

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Khushboo Thadani August 11, 2012 at 3:22 pm

Cottage cheese is awesome- so versatile!

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Sara K August 10, 2012 at 6:29 pm

How have I never even heard of Lindt Coconut?! That sounds amazing and I cannot even iterate how jealous I am that you are in London right now- how I miss it so much! What am I loving this week ? I got these HUGE new red Chloe sunglasses through the company I work for which I am absolutely in love with; I am also loving the perfect Oregon weather, and all the food festivals we have going on here this weekend!

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Khushboo Thadani August 11, 2012 at 3:23 pm

OKay your company sounds awesome- jealous about those sunglasses! Enjoy your weekend, you better be in a food coma by Sunday ;) !

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forgottenbeast August 10, 2012 at 6:37 pm

Okay, I am jealous of your movie ticket deal! I almost never go to the movies any more due to the price–if I’m going to spend the money, I’d rather do something active or get a good meal! I’m loving peanut flour this week. Totally obsessed.

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Khushboo Thadani August 11, 2012 at 3:24 pm

All these nut flours sound so good- I’m going to add peanut flour to my “London To Buy List” haha!

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forgottenbeast August 11, 2012 at 7:02 pm

Oh my gosh, peanut flour goes beyond nut flour–it is absolutely amazing. I may or may not be online buying more this AM :)

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Khushboo Thadani August 12, 2012 at 9:17 pm

Haha do it! Thanks for the heads up- will let you know when I try it :)

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caloricandcrazy August 10, 2012 at 9:17 pm

The statue is kinda cute in a unique way! Haha. I bet it must be amazing to be in London during the Olympics!!!

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Khushboo Thadani August 11, 2012 at 3:26 pm

Haha at first the one-eyed look kinda creeped me out but it’s grown on me!

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Min August 10, 2012 at 11:15 pm

how exciting it must’ve been to be in London during this time! I’ve been trying different chocolate bars every week – my newest and favorite goal ;) . It has been a while since I last had it, but I remember I wasn’t a huge fan of cottage cheese. I think I’ll stick to Greek yogurt for that creamy protein. I’ve been eating tons of eggplants lately. It’s so cheap and versatile ;) Have a great weekend!

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Khushboo Thadani August 11, 2012 at 3:27 pm

I like the sound of that goal- have you tried any worth recommending? And agreed about eggplants…especially love it grilled!

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Min August 13, 2012 at 1:05 am

I just tried the Cabernet Matinee from Intense Dark Collection by Ghiradelli! Yumm!!!

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Khushboo Thadani August 14, 2012 at 3:10 am

I’m not a big fan of American chocolate but I do love Ghiradelli!

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sprint2thetable August 10, 2012 at 11:39 pm

I had no idea they did iced Americanos! I love them hot… will have to check this out.

I love making icing with cottage cheese. I like to add vanilla, cinnamon, and a little stevia to it, then blend it up so it’s whipped. I ice and apple “cupcake” like that the other day.

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Khushboo Thadani August 11, 2012 at 3:28 pm

Iced americanos are SO good- definitely try ‘em out! I like the sound of this icing- I never though to blend up cottage cheese…must try!

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Corrie Anne August 11, 2012 at 1:47 am

Definitely the Olympics!!! I’m an iced americano girl too. we always go on saturdays.

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Khushboo Thadani August 11, 2012 at 3:28 pm

Jealous of your self-control to only have one a week!

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Kailey August 11, 2012 at 5:40 am

I need to try those chocolate coconut Lindt bars – I miss the coconut hershey kisses when Easter goes away :(

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Khushboo Thadani August 11, 2012 at 3:30 pm

I didn’t realise Hershey had a coconut variety- too bad Easter is still a while away!

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Sig August 11, 2012 at 6:11 am

Yum! I love the coconut one but yes the Sea Salt is my def favourite as well. I can’t believe you’re already back!! Did you end up seeing Ted? I liked it but thought it kinda felt like an extended episode of Family Guy lol.

Yay Olympics!! :D

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Khushboo Thadani August 11, 2012 at 3:31 pm

I actually loved Ted- it definitely had me LOL’ing for the entire film…although it did instil a fear of teddy bears haha!

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Living, Learning, Eating August 11, 2012 at 4:33 pm

I haven’t had cottage cheese in ages, but need to – it’s delicious! And 15 pounds for a theater ticket? That’s obscene! When I was little, it was $5. It *is* getting rather ridiculous. I hope Brave is still in cinemas, I want to go watch it with my little sister when I go home!

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Khushboo Thadani August 12, 2012 at 9:16 pm

Ah the good ol days of $5 movie tickets :D

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Tessa@AmazingAsset (@Tessa8m) August 11, 2012 at 5:28 pm

That is just fantastic you were able to be in London during the Olympics! Soo awesome and I am rather jealous haha :) The movie ticket deal is great too and you are right… the prices are SO HIGH now, 2 people to go to the movies is around 30 bucks now, what the heck!
Cottage cheese, one of my favorites! I actually have been consuming a whole lot of it recently as well! With peanut butter? Such a good combo

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Khushboo Thadani August 12, 2012 at 9:16 pm

I’m sure you’ll agree that pb & anything is a good combo ;) !

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Anand August 11, 2012 at 9:42 pm

Wow! Your brother took you to the Olympics. He sounds legendary :-)

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Khushboo Thadani August 12, 2012 at 9:17 pm

He’s aiiiight ;) !

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sarah August 12, 2012 at 4:04 am

I can not be trusted around the coconut or sea salt Lindt- they are the bomb-diggity.

Good job a whole bar = a serving , right? (Well that’s my motto! Teehee).
Xxx

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Khushboo Thadani August 12, 2012 at 9:17 pm

I like the way you think ;) !

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Jess August 12, 2012 at 5:41 pm

I love London! And cottage cheese! Have fun!!!

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Khushboo Thadani August 12, 2012 at 9:18 pm

Thanks!

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Kym August 13, 2012 at 11:30 pm

OMg… i LOVEEEEEEEEEE Lindt’s dark chocolate w/ sea salt!!! speaking of which, i need to re-stock. Haha! I’ll have to try that coconut one as well although i’m not really a fan of artificial tasting coconut… did it taste artificial?

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Khushboo Thadani August 14, 2012 at 3:15 am

Please do try- it’s absolutely fantastic…no icky artificial aftertaste!

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Tara August 13, 2012 at 11:53 pm

That chocolate IS orgasmic. Yum! My favourite! I completely agree about Starbucks – their coffee is terrible, but I love the iced ones :)

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Khushboo Thadani August 14, 2012 at 3:17 am

So word on the street is that Lindt have a newer sea salt flavor out: dark with sea salt AND caramel! I’ll let you know if it lives up! :)

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Honey What's Cooking August 15, 2012 at 8:46 am

oooh.. i need to try that coconut lindt chocolate, looks fantastic. looks like you are having so much fun. hope you try Paul’s.

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Khushboo Thadani August 15, 2012 at 7:04 pm

You’re going to have a blast when you come :)

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Cristina November 19, 2012 at 7:23 pm

Hey! Where do you find peanut flour in london!!?

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Khushboo November 20, 2012 at 1:18 pm

I have no idea…Whole Foods would probably be your best bet!

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