After The Rain

I landed back in New York on one of the wettest days I have ever seen.

Honestly, it was like a monsoon.

The rain came down in sheets, creating lakes rather than puddles and soaked right through my suitcase in the time it took me to heave it from the cab to the door.

I popped out to get some lunch (had some great sushi at Blue Ribbon) but my poor feet got soaked. By the time I got home I was shivering and furiously grumpy about it.

I left the house once more to buy some wellies and then hibernated for the rest of the afternoon.

The next day I was ready for the rain!

I pulled on my snazzy new boots, slipped on a Barbour and headed out… into glorious sunshine.

Just my luck!

Too stubborn to go inside and change, we set off for coffee at Sant Ambroeus.

Within the last 8 months you could say I have become something of an iced latte fan.

You know how The Cookie Monster feels about cookies?

Yea, that gives you some idea of how I feel about an iced coffees. (And I enjoy them with similar restraint and grace!)

Just look at that beauty! All the condensation on the glass.

Don’t you just want to slurp it all up?!

I’m not going to lie, I’m quite tempted to lick the screen…

Later on we strolled a little, enjoyed the sunshine and dipped in and out of shops.

I may have fallen into Marc Jacobs and emerged with a little somethin’ somethin’.

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Ps. If you’re a welly fan, you can 50% off Hunter boots, just a heads up for festival/walking/camping season!

Spotted an odd little sign on the way to lunch. Imagine going into the engravers to ask for that little gem!

Anyway, lunch was at what might just be one of my new favourite haunts;


Not only do they have the coolest menus you have ever seen…

But their kitchen is a tiny affair just behind the bar.

This cheerful chap is making scrambled eggs, with steam from a coffee machine.

The menu is delightfully simple.

Fresh, local produce whipped up at a moments notice.

Cracking salads:

and unbelievable toasted sandwiches are their speciality.

And don’t even get me started on those light, fluffy eggs.

We started with steamed artichoke with aioli.

Quickly chased by octopus salad, with tentacles reaching out of the bowl.

Steak tartar.

And bread with olive oil.

A veritable feast, followed by tea.

And coffee.

Aaaand a little sliver of tarte tatin.

We stayed and chatted to each other and the chefs for some time before eventually heading out for more wandering.

Those are noses. Just FYI.

Before we knew it, it was tea time and we just happened to be walking past a New York institution.

So it would have been rude not to pop in.

Magnolia Bakery is one of the most famous cupcake shops in the world and well worth a visit for those with a sweet tooth.

If you can wait until you get home to tear open that box and get stuck in… well, then you’re a stronger soul than I, my friend.

Red velvet all the way, baby!

No sharing allowed.

After tea we met up with Royston and went to check out his friend’s gallery.

Not really my sort of art, but I got to enjoy some of nature’s finest on the way home… so I couldn’t complain!

You know me, forever obsessed with blossoming trees!

I suppose all that foot-soddening-rain did them the world of good. Perhaps it’ll make me blossom too?

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  • Such a cute pink shirt! I love it.

    By the way, I made your Marathon Cookies ( and they were amazing – as all your recipes that I’ve tried out are. Looking forward to some more recipe posts soon hopefully, though I know you’re busy with your US trip just now! πŸ˜€


  • Walking along the sidewalk in the sunshine & eating a Magnolia cupcake with your fingers is one of the best New York experiences in the WORLD πŸ™‚

  • I’m hopelessly in love with iced lattes. I recently had a hazelnut iced latte and I just about died – they’re just so good!! Coffee = love. We had that NYC a couple weeks back here in DC so totally know what you’re talking about! Glad it cleared up for you and you were able to enjoy a lovely day πŸ™‚ xo

  • Queenie Lee

    Another beautiful post! I’m so jealous of you jet-setting everywhere! xxx

  • I love how rustic and colourful the food looks in that little restaurant- almost like home-cooking away from home!
    Pity about the boots but I’m sure you’ll get plenty of use out of them over our lovely…err…British…summer!


  • I looove iced lattes! Beautiful photos as usual:)

  • This is such a gorgeous post! You can tell your guy is into photography, the style of the photos has suddenly changed πŸ™‚ really beautiful. What photo editing software are you using if you don’t mind me asking? I’m considering delving into the world of Lightroom xxx
    Lucy @

  • Jealous that you got to the original Magnolia. I was totally underwhelmed by the one in West Hollywood, but the person who was with me, and has been to the New York one said the West Coast branch is nowhere near as good.

  • disqus_b2OCeYNiOE

    Beautiful photos Rose! I wonder, how do you know so many people across the world? Love reading about your travels

  • Libby SJM

    Buvette looks somewhere really special- I love the theme of the menus and it seems really quaint and simple – I’m especially tempted by the octopus salad too! Are some of these photos taken on a different camera to the one you normally use? They seem to be of a different quality to usual? xxx

  • Rachel Manning

    Wow, those cupcakes look AMAZING…No wonder you didn’t want to share it! Definitely need a new recipe post to try these….

  • Cynthia

    What a fun day! You’ve got a built in personal photographer with your new boyfriend.

  • Kitty Monks

    you look beautiful as ever ! πŸ™‚ weirdest thing… i can see clearly now the rain has gone came on as i was mid way through reading! spooky! kitty x

  • haha that last bit! What you described at the beginning of this blog post is pretty much something I would do and have done before, I just have no luck with the weather!

    love your shirt, it’s so cute! that lunch spot looks fantastic I’m going to give it a try when I’m in NYC next and Magnolia bakery has some truly delicious treats. I had the pecan pie last time but going to get cupcakes next time!


    The Fashionista Bubble

  • Angie De Angelis

    Buvette is one of my favorite places in the city. Their croque madame is deeeelicious and I had a rabbit pot pie there once that left me lovestruck forever.

  • I adore your pictures. They’re always so beautiful and tell such a good story! xx

    Katy |

  • Definitely making a note of Buvette to take a trip to next time I’m in NYC, it looks like my kind of food & establishment!

    Hugs xoxo

  • I’m going to New York for 2 weeks in July and we are trying to put together a bit of an itinery! Your blog is super helpful- and if you ever fancy doing a bit of a ‘Thing’s you’d be silly not to do in New York’ post, it would be amazingly wonderful!!!

    Love a fellow West Country Girl, who’s home is London but is living in The Caribbean for the next 8 months x

  • Alice

    That food looks unreal. I could honestly eat artichoke every day for the rest of my life and not think anything of it. x

  • Janine Maral

    I like how you wore a casual and comfy look today!

    Janine from

  • Liz

    Love these spots in NYC! Buvette is the cutest πŸ™‚ Glad to see you enjoyed New York and the West Village!


  • That look on the guy’s face behind the counter is priceless, as is that no pee-pee sign. Brilliant.

  • Are you living in New York also, Rosie?? Are you also the New Yorker? πŸ˜‰ I’m just being nosy, don’t mind me!

  • You always have such inspiring tidbits about new york! Thanks to you I have a laundry list of places to go/see next time I pop in!! <3

  • Great post Rosie!
    I wish I had known about Magnolia Bakery when I was in New York last – ah well. I’ll definitely remember for next time πŸ˜‰
    Typical it rained on you when you weren’t prepared, I am forever suffering that fate also!
    I’d love to know what you purchased from Marc Jacobs!!
    Hope you’re well
    Much Love,
    Kate xo

  • Kelsey Wilburn

    these photos are so gorgeous, they’re killing me. and that brunch spot. just stop! it looks absolutely amazing

  • Coralie Rose

    Always love what you’re wearing Rosie!! where are you off to next on your worldly adventures ? xx

  • I loved all those Buvette pics! The cookbook has been making the rounds online and I’m all the more tempted to snag one… – a clean eating bento blog. Japanese or Asian-inspired!

  • Can’t beat a good red velvet. My life aim is to do a cupcake world tour, and visit all the famous bakeries. Sad I know.

    Fie xx

    Coffee & Confetti

  • How you stay so skinny but eat so much is beyond me! Looks like you’ve had another amazing trip away. If you have a chance please check out my blog on – hoping to get shortlisted for the Cosmo Best Newcomer Award which would make year! If you fancy nominating please visit: Thanks XX

  • Laura

    You take such gorgeous photographs, Rosie! x

  • You went to Buvette! It’s my absolute favorite! Blogged a few times about it on Naturally Ginger! Love the pictures. I love the Octopus Salad, my favorite is this rabbit special they do in a creamy mustard sauce. Glad you enjoyed!

  • Anya Bee

    Ah, I love Magnolia! Next time you’re there, get their banana pudding. It’s out of this world (and actually remarkably easy to make on your own). Unfortunately, I’m not a huge fan of their red velvet cupcakes. They don’t make them with cream cheese frosting, and a red velvet cupcake with no cream cheese frosting just doesn’t do it for me.

  • I’m curious as to whether that means no pee pee as in dog pee pee or human pee pee? That toasted sandwich looks amazing and so do the cup cakes!


    Water Painted Dreams xxx

  • Never mind love you look adorable wearing your shiny new Wellies they look really yummy with Leggings.

  • Addy London

    I loved the Magnolia Bakery! Posted about it as well πŸ™‚

  • Andrea

    The picture with the Empire of Love art is my office building. I was probably in one of those windows reading your blog haha!!…..such a big fan, it always feels like you are so far away in London, and I cant believe you were so close!

  • Zoe

    A perfect day in NYC. I can almost smell the fresh air after a rainstorm from your photos. And those iced lattes and cupcakes? Don’t worry, I almost started licking the screen, too.

  • Everything looks so colourful and joyous! Despite the rain thats everywhere in europe it seems. Take care.

  • You must give us:

    An iced coffee.
    Some sunshine to go with it.
    An introduction to your new beau- we are all most curious, just like your shop sign- so we can virtually veto him for you!


  • Shade of Red Blog

    You are blossoming already! Loved this post.

  • lisa robb

    Great post lovely pics
    L x

  • Lize

    Hilarious, I was in nyc about 2 weeks before you and did that exact walk. Also headed tomorrow, for the second time since I got back, to buvette in Paris tomorrow morning… It’s in the St next to mine and just as amazing!

  • I love New York it looks so glamorous! πŸ™‚ glad you had fun

  • the rain on this side of the pond is certainly different from the London drizzle! after five years in London, I forgot how fast you can get soaked when it tip’s down here — a rare occasion in the UK. glad you managed to source some wellies though, now you’re set! thanks for writing about your nyc adventures! safe travels ax

  • MissEmmySue

    There’s nothing like a freshly-baked cupcake from Magnolia Bakery…or a delicious iced-latte…or perfectly fluffy eggs…
    In other words, I’d like to dive through my screen and into all of the amazing food in this post. (:

  • CarolinaG

    I loved it!

    I’m posting looks from Los Angeles and accessories:

  • Olivia

    Your man takes some beautiful photos of you! The past week’s portraits have been looking especially great! And if you’re still in the west village, definitely check out Tartine and Extra Virgin NYC for delicious and inexpensive meals πŸ™‚

  • Shulamit E

    Dairy-free iced latte? yep! can’t help but love that. New York City in spring? Double yep. Hope you had a ball

  • Yummmm! The iced latte lookes to die for! Along with everything else. Those menus?! Too cute for words πŸ™‚

  • Milka

    Food pictures look yummy, especially the red velvet cupcake! You do NYC justice and take amazing pictures of my home city. If you like steak tartar try the Ethiopian/Eritrean version steak tartar dish (it’s called KITFO – it’s basically beef seasoned in ghee butter, herbs and paprika it comes with a side of spices and cottage cheese to dip in). If you want to try something new and east African go to Adulis restaurant in Brixton they have Kitfo in their menu: ( & also have amazing food selections! I went there a lot when I lived in London & missed my mom’s cooking. Love your blog tons! πŸ˜‰

  • how gorgeous is that new york street lined with blossoms – all the blooms in glasgow have falled now – so sad! although if sunshine ever arrive it will swiftly be made up for…


  • Gorgeous post all round – the blossoms, the cupcakes, but mostly THAT toasted sandwich. I was planning on a salad for lunch, but now it looks like i’ll be raiding the fridge to try and recreate that bad boy. I’ll probably be eating it longing for New York in the spring too!

  • Caitrin Facini

    If you like ice latte go to blue bottle and get a New Orleans iced coffe….the best. Your welcome. The one in Williamsburg is the best.

  • You were made to be in cherry blossoms, wonderful woman! xx

  • Lauraline Mathevet

    Definitely a huge fan of your posts ! I love your photos ! So great !! β™₯

    Love, xxx


  • I love your pink shirt, where is it from? I also enjoyed your photos of Michael Chow’s artwork, definitely my kind of art πŸ™‚

  • mycitymylondon

    Omg the toasted sandwiches are devine!

    I’m a huge cupcake fan! I’ve been wanting to open my own bakery for ages now. A little shop in Sliane Square would do me nicely:)

    A yummy mummy London blogger. Check out my site: http://www.mycitymylondon.meβ™₯β™₯

  • OrangeChampagne

    Is it just me that can’t stop thinking about what is in the MJ bag….! #shopaholic
    Natalie xxx

  • I have also fallen for those delicious iced lattes! All your NY posts makes me want to go walk around NY myself and see what new places I could find. Exploring is always fun at any age!

    -The Southern Adventurer

  • Magnolia DOES have the best cupcakes!!!! They are little gems of sugary goodness. :O)

    Meghan xo

  • Jan

    Hi Rosie,
    Great shots of NY!
    Do you have any specific photo organizer you use or photo editor program you like particularly? I need something that will simplify my life with

  • Rozella Marina

    That artichoke looks amazing! Love how your outfit matches the flowers! so spring! It’s been raining in London, glad you’ve got nice weather across the pond!

  • Chrissabella

    Beautiful pics and I’m dying to try these cupcakes ever since I spotted them at SATC haha πŸ™‚

  • oh.. those cupcakes look so yummy πŸ™‚

  • Sepideh

    Those sandwiches look AMAZING! And what beautiful pictures, love that you were too hard-headed to go change your rain boots haha

  • I have an iced latte addition, too! Maybe there’s a support group?

  • Can’t wait to see what you got from Marc Jacobs and those cupcakes, argh they look divine!

    Love Beth | BethBlogsBeauty

  • Ahhh Magnolia Bakery- it’s on my Bucket List! And I completely agree with you about iced lattes, they’re absolutely divine! Especially during a hot NY (or Aussie!) summer! Love the blog xo

  • Rosie Babbra

    Rosie, who do you travel with? Love the post as usual πŸ™‚

  • Red velvet is my favourite too! x

  • Abbey

    Hey Rosie!

    I’m planning a sister’s trip to New York sometime next year. Do you have any suggestions for hotels? Also any restaurants/bars, or sights to see while we’re there other than ones mentioned in your blogs? Basically I guess I’m asking what things you would do/see on a girls trip to NY?