Greetings from Londontown!
It’s been about seven months since the last time I was in this glorious city, and it’s good to be back. I’m currently just visiting so that Leo and I can handle some visa stuff, but it’s the LAST time I’ll be visiting. That’s right: the next time I come back here, it’ll be for good.
It’s kinda wild. The last few months have been an intensely transitional period for me and I’m ready to settle down for a bit. I’ve been constantly looking ahead, thinking about wedding things and the impending move. I’m taking this visit to London as a deep breath, a kind of regroup before my last few weeks in New York (and America), to think about how to make the most of the time I have left there. (I’m also taking this visit as an opportunity to eat A LOT of London donuts.)
Ugh, this all sounds so final. Don’t worry, American friends! Don’t worry, mom! I promise I’ll be back! (And maybe I’ll bring donuts!)
So things are happening. I’m getting married and moving overseas, I started watching Game of Thrones, and I’ve eaten banana cream–filled donuts. What a time to be alive.
Speaking of donuts, I’ve also been perfecting the art of the smoothie bowl (#detox, #healthfreak, etcetera). This recipe is one that I’ve been obsessing over lately. The combination of turmeric and ginger is refreshing and slightly spicy, and the frozen banana and yogurt make the whole thing creamy and thick. I like topping this smoothie with granola and fruit and eating it from a bowl like cereal, but you could also add more milk and drink it from a glass. And how can you argue with that color? It’s like eating sunshine with a spoon.
Between blizzards in New York and gray skies in London, it might be the only sunshine I encounter for awhile. I’ll take what I can get.
- 1 banana, frozen
- 1/2 cup Greek yogurt
- 1/2 cup almond milk, coconut milk, or milk of choice
- Juice of 1/4 lime
- 1 1/2 tsp. honey
- 1 tsp. fresh ginger, finely minced
- 1/2 tsp. turmeric powder
- Fresh fruit, chia seeds, and raw granola or granola of choice, for topping
- In a blender, combine all of the ingredients and pulse until smooth and creamy. Add more milk until desired consistency is reached, if needed. Pour into a bowl and top with fruit, chia seeds, and granola. Eat with a spoon.