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2014 in Review: Eating, Traveling, and New Year Resolutions

Goodbye 2014! 2014 was the year I finished my year abroad in London, traveled to Greece and Italy, spent a summer in Tokyo interning for a NGO, and started my last year of University back in Baltimore. I’ve pursued so many of my passions in 2014, it’s surreal this whirlwind of a year is coming to an end. Throughout everything, starting eatprayjade (and buying my coveted camera!) has been a concrete reminder of places I’ve loved, food I enjoyed, and why it’s worth pursuing all your passions–even if it’s the desire to start a food blog! I’ve always believed in the cliche ‘a picture is worth a thousand words,’ so here’s my 2014 in review through a collage of photographs. Top Moments of my 2014: 1. Turning 21 in London My birthday brunch at Duck and Waffle with girlfriends that made my year in London incredible! Girls that love to brunch are always the best ones right? Check out my fabulous fellow blogger Lilybelle and her blog post on our brunch here.  2. British Afternoon Tea with a Twist Celebrating Talia’s birthday with afternoon tea at Bake-a-Boo …

Duck and Waffle

Duck and Waffle, located on the 40th floor of Heron Tower, boasts an amazing brunch menu and a panoramic view of London. Featuring modern European cuisine, it’s a gorgeous spot to spoil yourself for special occasions. I visited Duck and Waffle with my best girlfriends this past spring to celebrate my birthday and it quickly made its way to one of my top favorite brunch places in London. Its signature dish is like its name–crispy duck leg confit with a fried duck egg, drizzled with mustard maple syrup. Sounds good? It tastes just as good as it sounds! But you really can’t go wrong with anything–from Belgian Waffles to English Breakfast–Duck and Waffle’s seasonal menu is a treat. The elevator that whizzes you up to the 40th floor of Heron Tower feels like part of the dining experience–it’s incredibly fast, and there’s no denying the rush of adrenaline only makes you more excited to eat! Once you stet out, you’ll see coat check up front, with a nice bar area next to the main dining room. It’s easy to drop off your coats, and head straight to …

‘O Say Can You Sea’ at Ouzo Bay

It was the 200th year anniversary of the Star Spangled Banner recently and Baltimore really celebrated in style with gorgeous fireworks–as Lana Del Rey would say, “Red, white, blue’s in the sky.” On top of that, it was my roommate Lauren’s 21st birthday so delicious celebrations were in order of course. Our restaurant of choice, Ouzo Bay, boasts everything we love about authentic Greek cuisine: delicious seafood fare with a lovely selection of wines and possibly the best bread basket we’ve had in a while.

Brief Birthday Rendezvous in YEN at W Hotel Taipei

From exciting street foods to celebrity-chef restaurants, Taiwan is a mecca for food enthusiasts. And fortunately, to celebrate my Dad’s birthday, my family was able to rendezvous at W Hotel Taipei for a lovely couple days this past week. After enjoying iconic Taiwanese breakfast choices earlier in the morning (such as “Dan Bing,” fried egg pancakes), we found a nice afternoon tea spot in Taipei 101. Located on the 4th floor of Taiwan’s tallest building, the cafe was the perfect resting space in between shopping. After all, delicious afternoon tea cakes can substitute for a glamorous birthday cake right? (I definitely thought so!) But of course, no birthday gastronomic rendezvous is complete until a proper family dinner. After positive reviews, we made our birthday dinner reservation for YEN Restaurant on the 31st floor of the W Hotel. Boasting an amazing skyline view of Taipei, we were extremely excited to have some high quality Asian cuisine.

Good friends, good tea, and some lovely scones: that is the ideal life

This past weekend, Talia, one of my best friends & partner in crime I regularly kidnap for brunch, turned 21! To be able to celebrate with Talia and all our friends we’ve met in London was really a fabulous time. Afternoon teas have been a highlight of our time in London and Bake-a-Boo is probably Talia and I’s favorite. Not only do they provide Gluten-Free and Dairy-Free options, the shop itself is everything girls love: pastel colors, gorgeous tea sets, and endless choices of fairy cupcakes.