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A Morning at Mayfield Lavender

“Is there anything you particularly want to do while in London?” I asked my good friend, Amy, in a Facebook message. It was September 2013, and she was visiting me from the US for a week in London. I had thoughts of the Tower of London, Westminster Abbey — or perhaps something a bit more unusual, like The Hunterian, or Columbia Road Flower Market.

My phone dinged not two seconds later, with the message, “Can we go here?” She popped through a link: Mayfield Lavender, a lavender field located not too far outside of London. But far enough away that it made me go, “Really Amy?” and roll my eyes slightly. Amy loves nature and the outdoors — she was on her way to do a year of WOOFing through Europe, after all — so this somewhat strange request didn’t really surprise me.

In the end, we didn’t have time to make the trip out to see the lavender during her visit. But this conversation was the very first time I had even heard about Mayfield Lavender (from a non-local, no less!). It is what began a four-year quest to make it down to see the lavender blooming, each year a failure — until this July, when I finally ticked it off my bucket list.

Japanese Barbecue at Sakagura, Mayfair

Tucked away from the shops and tourists of Regent Street lies the restaurant-laden Heddon Street. “I didn’t even know this was here!” Stag proclaimed as we rounded the corner. Here you’ll find restaurant and sake bar, Sakagura, nestled among an array of other culinary delights. We arrived on a rainy Wednesday evening to try their new ‘Yakiniku’ barbecue menu. Much to our delight, we left later that night full of delicious grilled foods, happy from all the sake (*innocent face*) and, most importantly, impressed at the innovation behind some incredible taste combinations. Sakagura is not one to miss.

Hotel Review: The Hoxton, Amsterdam

I will admit: I am quite biased writing this post. For one, I live in Shoreditch not too far from the original Hoxton Hotel — local enough to even have hosted a party there once. I also am forever “working from home” (a.k.a, from hotels and cafes that will feed me and let me use their wifi). The Hoxton/The Hoxton Holborn have become my two favourite go-to spots. But actually staying in the hotel? Spoiler alert: I loved The Hoxton Amsterdam. Having stayed in independent hotels quite literally around the world, I’m a pretty good judge on whether hotels are worth it — or not. The Hoxton Amsterdam? Worth it.

Wolf & Stag Adventures: A Guide to Marrakech, Morocco

Everything you’ve ever wanted to learn before visiting Marrakech, and then some. Yes, I realise this guide is loooong. But, if there’s one thing I always do before a trip, it’s come up with guidebook-worthy-itineraries that are targeted to fellow foodie-proud, boutique-shopping and hotel-dwelling travellers (like yours truly). So far on Wolf & Stag, I’ve been a bit terrible about putting together actual travel guides. one of my big blog goals is to star writing these for you guys. Something that’s easy to read and to refer to when you’re planning a trip. No time like the present, right? Here’s my first for you: our Marrakech travel guide.

The 5 Best Bread & Butters We’ve Ever Tasted

Have I ever written a post as important as this one? My crowning achievement of blogging topics. My ode and dedication to my fellow Bread & Butter Aficionados. Yes, this is for those who eat at a restaurant and are still absurdly delighted to be given the most humble of Starters To Your Starter, wolfed down (pun totally intended) within a few bites. For those who look at a meagre butter portion for the table with distrust and confusion, and kindly ask the server, “Is this one just for me?” Yes, my friends, this is the 5 best bread & butters Stag and I have ever had, from restaurants all around the world. A list we have been testing for years now, all in the name of journalistic integrity — and, as always, for science.