Salad Days

Tanya is one of my favourite people to catch up with.

She loves food, photography, blogging and we can chat about anything from sofa fabrics to runway shows or web layouts.

It’s always funny to consider blogging as work and other bloggers as colleagues, but I guess that’s the most “normal” way to look at it.

I’m often asked whether we all see each other as competition and my response is always one of amusement. The greatest thing about The Internet is its size. There’s room for literally everyone to have their own little slice of it.

No-one sees the world in the same way and no two people’s lives are the same, which means every blog is different.

The best thing about making blogger friends?

There’s absolutely no shame in taking pictures of your food!

…Or each other!

We got together for a chinwag over some greenery.

Daylesford Organic in Notting Hill do some killer salads. You can choose 4 different types and they pile them high for you.

We got stuck in and rabbitted on about our adventures and miss-adventures over the last few weeks, before trotting off for a wander around The Hill.

^ Favourite photo of T ever!

We tied up our afternoon with cakes and coffee from Ottolenghi.

Hey, if you’ve had salad for lunch then pudding is practically compulsory!

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  • Love both your blog and Tanya’s. So much inspiration in them!

    Fiona xx

  • Guest

    Love both of your blogs. So much inspiration!

    Fiona xx

  • Looks like a fab girly day!…Love Tanya’s bright bag!…xv

  • I’ve heard of that place before, I wish there was somewhere near my workplace in Milan that did something similar! I always just end up making my usual tuna and rocket salad which isn’t the same! God all of these food pictures are making me hungry… and I really need a blogger friend, all of my friends are getting embarassed to go out with me haha! xxx

    La Lingua : Food, Life,
    Love, Travel, Friends, Italy

    • Irina Buhl

      Hi Lucy,

      In Milan, if you work near zona Garibaldi (fermata metropolitana Moscova) you can try Radetzky Cafe for lunch. They have a great options of salads (in the breakfast menu), one better than other. Believe me. Lived there for 5 years and they where my option every Sunday for brunch and aperitivo in summer.

      Irina xx

      • Thanks so much for the tip πŸ™‚ Moscova is my stop… for home! I actually work outside of the city! It’s crazy, I end up doing the reverse commute to everyone else haha but thanks for letting me know about that place, I’m aaaalways happy for new brunch/aperitivo options close to home πŸ˜€ xxx

  • Elizabeth

    Hi Rose! A good friend of mine pointed me in the direction if your blog a little while ago and I have endeavoured to catch up on and read each of your musings ever since! Well today – I did! I’ve loved following your adventures, trying out your recipes, tracking down your recommended hotspots and expanding my wardrobe from your links! So firstly THANK YOU!! I can’t wait to read more! And secondly, I was hoping for a little help; I’m getting married in the Summer and as a Hampstead inhabitant my lovely bridesmaids are throwing my hen party in May in non other than London Town! We are trying to concoct an unforgettable itinerary for the weekend and wondered if you might have any suggestions? x

  • KLG_Hair

    Looks a lovely day! You are both total beauts! x

  • Amber

    What a lovely catch up! Tanya is such a beauty… Ottolenghi’s cakes are literally to die for *grumble grumble from the tummy*

  • I love how you mixed patterns and blues, Rosie – super-cute outfit!!! Also, silly question, but how do you manage to get the shots of you and Tonya out and about in Notting Hill – do you ask strangers to take pics? Do you have another friend with you? Thanks for another great post!

    • Yes I want to know that too! So many lovely photos of the two of you but who takes them???!!

  • Mmmm those cakes look divine. I also loved the look of the recipe you posted yesterday! I actually just blogged about my own Mexican feast which I made last Friday – I did my own basic version of guacamole, but next time I will definitely be trying your feta idea! I think avocados need a good amount of salt, so I imagine the feta does this job perfectly.

    Thanks for the inspiration!


  • Oh, I love Ottolenghi cakes. Yum! And I agree about having other blogger friends – no shame in photographing those lovely cakes indeed πŸ™‚

  • A.M

    That salad place sounds great – need to give it a try!

    Anneli x

  • Loved it! Enjoyed it so much.
    Thanks for sharing. Feel like having salad now…and some pudding too!

    Cheeni @

  • Kristina

    Where is your jacket from?! It’s amazing! Both of you look lovely!

  • Joelle

    Loving your bromance with Tanya! Has she convinced you to do YouTube yet? πŸ˜‰
    Ottolenghi is one of my favourite cake shops! Yotam’s cakes are so dreamy!


  • Rachel

    Aah Tanya is just so adorable! I hope she’s been giving you some Youtuber tips, would love for you to start up a channel x

  • ellak27

    Stop trying to make ‘The Hill’ happen. It’s not going to happen. No one calls it that!!! Except for that estate agent magazine! haha. Please tell us what this beautiful new camera/setting is? It looks so lovely!

  • I absolutely love both of your outfits in this and I think a trip to Notting Hill is in order after nearly drooling over the food pictures on here! I also love the filter/camera affect on your photos xx

  • love this post! what kind of camera is your friend using?? xo, jess

  • I absolutely love both of our outfits in this and I definitely think a trip to Notting Hill is in order after nearly drooling over the food pictures! I also love the effect/filter on your photos xx

  • Both of you look gorgeous! Those cakes look DIVINE.

  • Lovely to see you and Tanya together! Absolutely in love with her coat, properly gorgeous.

    Kathryn xx
    Bit of a Freak | UK Beauty and Lifestlye Blogger

  • Beautiful Rosie! Those desserts look divine! love your sneakers too!

    Michaela X

  • The slow pace

    I love Tanya! She is soooo sweet! Salad + dessert is one of my favourite combinations! And Ottolenghi cakes are always great! In the tiny german town where I live there is a place who sells cakes and dishes “inspired” in Ottolenghi and it’s my favourite place in town!

  • And now I’m starving… Those cakes look absolutely amazing! x

  • Yes that is very true…everyone loves pudding :).
    Love your blog Rosie. Kirsty x

  • Sheila

    Three things, 1) I love your take on bloggers as colleagues and not competition, 2) Spring is in the air!, 4) if you’re ever up for a blogger/work “meeting” in Paris, don’t be shy, drop a line! πŸ˜‰



  • Both of your look are lovely! I like them! Beautiful pictures too!

  • Looks amazing – the cakes WOW!

  • I love Tanya, she comes across as so down to earth & bubbly, I can imagine she’s great to hang out with! Those salads look amazing.

    Hugs xoxo

  • saradujour

    So much fun to see another “internet person” I follow in your posts! But, question: (and this is something I’ve often wondered) – who takes the photos of you and Tan crossing the road? Was there a third person at your lunch, or do you just ask a passerby, or…?



  • sarahmira

    that’s a very natural blog post. I can always feel the good vibes πŸ™‚ Love that you actually go to places.

  • Beans

    Rosie, do you remember what kind of pistachio cake that is in the last picture?

  • Love both of your blogs and so happy to see that you two are friends! Looks like you had a great catchup

    Xx Milly

  • catita

    Wow I love both of you! I just discovered your Blog a few weeks ago because of Tanya!
    And since this day I find myself looking through your older Blogs.. (Even when I don`t have the time to surf around the Internet at all).
    I admire you, you are the kind of person that I would like to be a bit more. You seem so in peace with yourself and the world. I was wondering if you could talk about being comfortable with yourself and all the things that come with it. Like how to handle hate from other people, or how to work on your self-confidence.
    I would love to hear what you have to say about that! πŸ™‚
    Katja xxx

  • I love reading both your blogs and it’s lovely knowing that you’re friends. It’s so nice being in a blogger community. I agree competition shouldn’t exist because everyone’s blog is so personal to them and everyone is so different. Gorgeous food pics.

    Lots of love,

    SilverSpoon London

  • Adaleta Avdic

    I’m so excited you posted this because I love Tanya (new discovery for me) and of course I love your blog! Lots of love


  • How did you ever choose just one cake from that delectable looking collection?!

  • mandagrifff

    love everything about this!! xx, amanda.

  • pinkschmink

    Pair of beauties – good salad to cake ratio here. πŸ™‚

  • Oooo! Those desserts at Ottolenghi look absolutely devine!

  • looks like a fun day!! you both look so happy πŸ™‚

    those cakes have made me so hungry!


  • The Wanderlust Legalista

    Thank you for this post! I spent the summer of 2012 in London and lived across the street from Taqueria. Perfect location! This post made me “homesick” for London and especially Notting Hill! I think a return trip across the pond might definitely be in order!

  • I love both of your blogs! Cute outfits! xx

  • You have an eye for food my friend!

  • im very guilty of the salad for lunch? then im definitely having dessert. something that i need to learn how to control!

  • This post literally made my mouth water. The cakes look soooo good!!!

    Shel x

  • Those cakes!! Yum! Which one did you go for?

  • Ashley

    What is Tanya’s blog called?

  • Vicki

    Looks like you had an amazing day Rosie! πŸ™‚ Those little cakes look scrumptious!! I would like to bite into one of them right now πŸ˜‰

    Xo Vicki

  • Simple Island Living

    What is Tanya’s blog? I’m not familiar with it…but would love to be!

  • Sabrina

    great pictures! looks like you and tanya had a great time xx

  • Kai la W

    It’s so weird seeing both of you together. it’s like two worlds have collided! Love it!

  • MissEmmySue

    You two are absolutely lovely. I can only imagine how much fun you must have together. (:
    And I think it’s so silly to “compete” on the internet– like you said, there’s plenty of room for all of us!

  • Ahhh love this! You both look gorgeous πŸ™‚ xx

  • Tamsin Wong

    I never tend to venture towards notting hill but perhaps I should as a self confessed salad nut – I love the idea of a proper big bowl salad rather than the measly leaves most places serve X

  • Oh wow, I’m out of words!!

  • Ellen P-H

    Gorgeous photos and I love your printed jacket! really cute xx

  • Talisa Lauren Tossell
  • love both of your blogs, and you both look beautiful in these! man you’re making me crave food right now with that salad and cake… xxx

  • Sarah Varian

    i’ve been in love with tanya for years on youtube, love that y’all are real life friends! it’s so cool πŸ™‚ y’all are beautiful and such inspirations. xoxo

  • Ughh looks yummy. Totally in love with your jacket!!!

  • Love your casual outfit Rose! I just ordered this top the other day, it’s so cute!
    xo Andrea
    Wonderful and Marvelous

  • Deirdre

    Not sure whether you’re looking for this kind of furniture, but just in case:

  • I’m in love with your All Stars *.*

  • This reminds me of my friends-we always take photos of our food before we eat-cute pics!

  • You are both such an inspiration! I wish I had more blogger friends. It’s so true about taking pictures of your food, people just don’t understand! Also, your hair is amazing!

    xo Haleigh

  • The cake shop looks utterly divine – will have to check it out next time I’m home! I’m also just in the stages of getting over the ‘photo shame’ of being a blogger – soon I’ll be snap happy without a care in the world! xxx

  • Olivia @ Liv Lives Life

    London always has the prettiest flower displays. I miss that!

    Great post, as always!

  • Janina

    Just ordered those jeans, I hope they’re as pretty as they look on your pictures πŸ™‚ Great post as always, Rosie!

  • Nichola Allan

    Ooh – I’ve been looking for a place that does good salads – otherwise you just never want to order one!

  • I love it when I find someone I can talk blog shop with πŸ™‚ It’s affirmation that I’m not completely insane! And also, I’ve loved so many things about living in the UK… but the salads here are definitely lacking. I would’ve sprinted to this restaurant if I were staying any longer!!

  • Sophie

    Lovely to see two bloggers being close and to hear of no competition… Community’s what it’s about.

    Sophie x

  • Woh the food pictures at the bottom of the post look so delicious! Looks like you had fun!

    Love from Barcelona x

    Emma from E L E C T R I C S O I R E E

  • looks so healthy and yummy πŸ™‚ xx

  • chloe harris

    the food looks amazing! Also love Tan’s bag x x

  • Woah, those salads look mega! You seem to know all the best places to eat.

  • Gah love this post!! Upon reading this I have felt an almighty pang of nostalgia for when I visited London last June. When walking around with my friends we did the exact same thing – as well as a look around Josephs…Seriously cannot wait to return. Liv xx
    ps. your photography is top notch

  • I LOVE hearing about bloggers who get along. Too much drama on the web so it’s refreshing to see this πŸ™‚ And yes salad for lunch equals extra dessert!

  • I love Westbourne Grove and you two visited some of my favourite haunts! (Though I’m sure that they are only my favourites because I found them in the first place when I first moved to London on your blog!)

    And we need to try and catch up over coffee soon – we keep on missing each other!

  • Charlotte Hall

    love the post, makes me miss London during my year abroad, but can’t wait to do this with my best friend once we get back!! πŸ™‚

  • Ruth

    Just curious/nosy; who did you get to take photos of the two of you? A random?

  • You look so gorgeous and brown at the moment. Love your blog, but it always makes me hungry!

    Tiny Alis

  • I either walk past it or pop in most days! Shame I didn’t spot you two taking pictures!! Would have had to take a picture of it! πŸ™‚

  • that looks like such a fun day!!
    I love tanya burr! Great post just found your blog will definitely be following πŸ™‚

    here to visit Fiona Brooks Lifestyle for more Outfit Posts!

  • you and tan both look amazing, and have great taste in places to eat !
    Lauren x

    Britton Loves | Fashion Lifestyle + Photography –
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  • Ayu Awkawardcheesecake

    I loved this post. You just look like you are having so much fun and enjoying the little things in life. Admiration:)

  • Those salads look so good!


  • Cavorting in the Country

    Omg – Rosie have you seen the recipe section on the Ottolenghi website?? There are just so many incredibly yummy recipes there – where to start first? πŸ˜‰ x

  • LilylovesLola

    Salad looks great!

  • This looks so delish! It looks like you two had a amazing day πŸ™‚

  • Emma R

    I would loooove to go to Ottolenghi. Those puddings looks divine! I agree with you – my trick is always to have a lighter main and then I’m able to choose anything I want for dessert!

  • Tanya has such a cute personality. I follow her on Youtube. I still haven’t found a blogger friend :-/

    Maggie A

  • Oh Notting Hill… How I miss thee…

  • Moving to London next and it looks like I know my first stop, I’m dying to go there.


  • oh, yeah! daylesford is such a lovely place! they also make an absolutely unforgettable almond milk latte :)) and their natural yoghurt is to die for. i don’t like dairy, but that yoghurt is n exception, make sure you give it a go some day rosie πŸ™‚