My travels are over, for now.

My last day in The Big Apple was a dark affair.

Almost all black, actually.

The ultimate in laid-back strolling attire.

Slinky Feline leggings // Silk camisole (bargainous option) // Freda Salvador bootays (similar?)

Marc Jacobs bag // Raybans (or these?)

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A glorious final, blue sky day in Soho.

I just can’t get enough of the architecture. The clambering fire escapes. The huge, light hungry windows.

Lunch was eaten on the pavement.

Not like that! A table, on the pavement, silly.

Under the stripy awnings at Cafe Gitane.

My favourite little chilled out lunch spot.

They do sharing nibbly plates like no-one else. Served with a side of sunshine, it’s quite frankly unbeatable.

Baked feta with tomatoes, olives & capers.

Absolutely recreating that cheeky little number back home!

Herbed goats cheese balls (*snigger* balls…) with pomegranate syrup.

Just the most unbelievable balance of rich, creamy, herby, sweet & sour.

Cucumber juice. Another one I plan on recreating.

Grilled eggplant with tapenade, goat cheese and pesto on watercress.

Heart of palm salad, avocado, oranges, endives with lemon, olive oil and chili flakes with organic chicken.

Doesn’t that just look like the most delicious mouthful?

Don’t you just want to bite it out of my fingers?

Gitane is well worth a visit.

Really reasonably priced, wonderful staff, and a menu you’ll never tire of.

After lunch we strolled around, picked up a few goodies to take home to friends and family.

Sadly the pup wouldn’t quite fit into my suitcase, but then not much more would…

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I was 10k overweight, placed it gingerly on the scales at the airport and crossed all my fingers and toes. Of course, the lovely girls at BA didn’t say a word and I skipped through with a grin.

Thank you for having me, New York. The space I hold in my heart for you is growing with every trip. See you again, soon.

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  • Laura

    Wow, food looks good! Lovely outfit too!

  • Loving the hint of neon in the Marc Jacobs bag!

    Can’t wait for the new recipes.

    Lucky you for not being charged!!

    Fie xx

    Coffee & Confetti

  • jule.maria

    ooh you look so great ! πŸ™‚ <3 i like this outfit !

  • KLG_Hair

    Those Goat Balls! πŸ˜‰ Delish!
    Absolutely love that bag, and such a simple but chic outfit. x
    (on a complete different note, I must have one or five of your Mum’s new designs. Simply gorgeous)

  • riasideas

    Going in November with the BF, I cannot wait to try this place, the food is right up my street!

    M xx

  • Imogen

    Those photos look amazing! – What camera do you use? x x

  • Imogen May

    Glorious snaps of food as per! Your posts have made me miss NY so much, can’t believe it was a year ago since I was living out there being a crazy intern! Time flies! Ix

  • thunderlegz

    Riteous trip, Rosie! Any thoughts on what’s in that cucumber juice? xo

  • Anna

    really enjoyed reading all of your US adventures Rosie! I’ll definitely keep those NYC restaurant recommendations in mind for further use!!! Cafe Gitane sound really promising, especially those fried cheese balls…yum!

  • Rose, those photos of you at the start are absolutely stunning! And please please please share the recipes when you make the baked feta and cucumber juice, I know they seem pretty self-explanatory but you’re bound to give them an extra edge πŸ™‚ xxx

    Lucy @ : Life in Italy

  • Great photos, Cafe Gitane looks amazing must check this place out next time I’m in New York!

  • Joanna bunting

    Love the bag and of course the pup!

    Jo xoxo

  • an amazing trip to follow with you, the food is just too tempting right now please make some of these recipes at home to share !
    p.s your booties are cutie-patootie !

    Lauren x

    Please nominate my blog for Best Lifestyle Blog and Newcomer here !

    Britton Loves | Fashion Lifestyle + Photography –

  • Zelda

    I get the ultimate hair envy reading your posts! You looked gorgeous..can’t wait to check out this spot next time I’m in NY! X

  • Beany Elarte

    Am going to New York next week and have already booked at some of your recommendations but if I put those with my old favourites I’m not sure how I’m going to fit them in! Are there any you recommend over the others?

  • Beany Elarte

    Cafe Gitane is one of my faves – love that palm heart and chicken salad

  • Welcome back to London, Rosie! I’m off to New York in three weeks time!

    Lots of love,

    SilverSpoon London

  • Guest

    I love the photograph of the rows of stairs in NY. Reminds me of the Pompidou in Paris for some reason!

  • Love the Bag !!! At first I thought it would be a fashion post but… surprise ! Food is also featured here haha πŸ™‚ love it πŸ™‚ x

  • Suzie

    Hey Rose/Londoner Readers

    I just need a bit of beauty/skincare advice.

    My skins really dry/blotchy and blemishy (a word right?) with the odd spot appearing here and there. I’ve stopped wearing makeup, drink my weight in water daily and don’t touch my face to ensure any nasty germs don’t touch my skin. And I’m still not having any luck!! I cleanse, tone and moisturise it morning and night with the simple skin care range but it’s still awful! I need help as I’m at a wedding in the next few months and I’d really like to look flawless for the photos!!! Thanks xx

  • Alice

    Goasts Cheese Balls. Holy Moly. x

  • Shade of Red Blog

    Welcome back, Rosie! You fit in beautifully in New York too.

  • I LOVE the Marc Jacobs, I really want him in my life. Then I will take him to eat baked feta every day. We’ll live the dream! Little London Girl x
    Please help out a fellow Londoner and nominate for the Next Newcomer award here: Thanks! x

  • I love your outfit, that bag is beautiful! The food looked absolutely delicious too! πŸ™‚

    Love Amylou x

  • I’m going to miss your New York post’s.. especially as you’ll be back to letting us know about lovely London πŸ™ But at least my list for places to eat in NY in July can’t grow anymore!!!!

    Love from a fellow West Country girl, who’s home is London, but is currently living in the Caribbean for a year x


    Another great meal Rosie – I’d be interested to see some non-food related things you got up to too though! Perhaps some of the summer pop-up parties in London??

  • OMG! That food looks divine. Can’t wait to see what you’ve been buying to make your case +10kg over!!!!

    Hugs xoxo

  • LOVE THIS! What a simple outfit, you look great!

  • What a funky bag, love!

  • TheGivingBride

    Another great spot I have to try! Looks perfect for summer lunches!

  • Angie De Angelis

    The avocado toast there is the bees freakin’ knees.

  • Lesley

    Mmm looks delish! I’ll definitely give it a try the next time I’m in Manhattan! x

  • Love all these great recommendations for NYC! I will be returning at the end of the summer!

  • THE BAG! That little pop of color on the handle was very cool. Glad you had an awesome trip in NYC, and good thing you’re getting out before the truly roasting summer heat rolls through! – a clean eating bento blog. Japanese or Asian-inspired!

  • Mmm! Those goat cheese balls sound amazing! I need to figure out how to make them.

  • elizabeth norris

    You look like such a New Yorker in all black!

  • You look great, Rosie! I’m so jealous of all that food πŸ™
    Elise –

  • Janine Maral

    There’s something about the stairs outside the apartment spaces that I love.

    Janine Maral from

  • Haha fab pic of sitting on your suitcase! That food all looks INCREDIBLE. I love nibbly-bits lunches. So reminiscent of holidays xx

    Katy |

  • Camille Beygui
  • Kelsey Wilburn

    ah that food! to die for

  • What a cute pup! And delicious looking food!! yum.

  • Hemylle Karollyne

    hahahaha Lovely pics, dear, specially the last one. I also loved your bag!

  • I’ve heard such good things about Cafe Gitane! I think it was there that apparently the avocado toast is excellent πŸ™‚ I’ll be spending my summer in NYC – super, super excited!

  • Adaleta Avdic

    I’m obsessed with this outfit. I have the black and pink camis from Topshop and I have to admit they look so much better on you than they do on me or anyone else that’s wearing them for that point!

  • Nothing better than Soho on a sunny day!

  • Hannah Bee

    Rather jealous that you got away with 10kg! I’ve had to unpack and leave things behind in the past when flying. You look lovely x

  • janjan

    Why is every place your favourite place. Learn new words?

  • Awww I miss New York πŸ™ I am glad you had such a good time πŸ™‚

  • Nina

    I heart NY! Love the baked feta dish, when I lived there I had to survive on $2 pizzas and $4 margaritas ;).

    Need your job, you get so much time off to travel and eat tasty food, I am jealous!!

  • MissEmmySue

    Okay, counting down the days until you share your re-creation of that baked feta dish. It looks to die for! And goat cheese balls? I die…

  • dani burgess

    I love the Londoner, but I especially love the Londoner back in London πŸ™‚

  • How does your hair always looks so voluminous and effortless?? πŸ˜‰

  • Sepideh

    Love that picture of the white apartment building in Soho!

  • Don’t know which looks the most beautiful. You, the food or the puppy?


    Water Painted Dreams xo

  • I just finished eating and those photos have me wanting to eat again!

  • Rachel

    God that food looks so tasty! Love the new blogpost!

  • Kim Magee

    Bye Rosie! Have a safe trip home. – b.t.w. – I LOVE the Marc Jacob handbag, and can’t find it on line, do you know what collection it’s in?

  • Lucy

    this is doing the rounds. lolololol
    your photo shop skills have improved πŸ™‚

  • Everything looks so mouth-wateringly delicious! I’m practically drooling over here!!! Apart from slobbering down my front, you have also made me miss New York greatly. I cannot wait to head back over there and eat and eat and eat.

    Lovely outfit, too by the way! Always looking gorgeous!

    emily | HONEY LOAF x

  • Ah I love The Jane and Cafe Gitane: I just got back from New York myself – we must have been out there the same time πŸ™‚

  • You always manage to find a dog. So funny πŸ™‚ Those cheese balls look amazing as does the all black! Have a great weekend x

  • AurΓ¨

    Hello,Ciao Rosie…beautiful photos…W New York !
    ciao from Italia

  • Lucy Platt

    Always looking so stylish even in basic outfit! Looking forward to the recipes to recreate, made you lemon drizzle cake for my mothers birthday and she said its the best one shes had. Therefore i’m now making another 2 this weekend!

  • jessopas

    How do you afford Β£500 shoes and all these designer things!!!! and the flights!!! jeeeez louise

  • that mouthful looked INCREDIBLE, i just got back from the gym and that was not helpful πŸ˜‰
    Looks like a lovely trip again! Booked my holidays for this year, but New York HAS to be done next year, i want to explore so much!!

    Mollie xoxo

  • I think I have a blog twin below… Similar blog name on the otherwise of the world? Maybe we should trade our lives!
    Might have to try to recreate those lively goats cheese balls!

  • Jo Fisher

    This looks heavenly. Just my sort of food! Fresh, simple and full of flavour. Please, please recreate some of these a la The Londoner for us folk who can’t quite get to Soho! I’d love to see your interpretations and try them myself πŸ™‚

    Jo xx

    She Wears Burgundy

  • The architecture is just ever so photogenic – it’s such a beautiful city, regardless of the weather!

    Happy to have you back this side of the pond now

    x x

    {The Lobster & Me}

  • I love the shots in this post. The symmetry is great! I also like the fire escape stairs! They look like puzzles running up the building.

    Vanessa E | E

  • Vicki

    How I miss New York! πŸ™
    I love your bag Rosie, that handle adds such a nice touch of color! And you never disappoint us with the food! πŸ˜‰

    Xo Vicki

  • Queenie Lee

    You look amazing and that puppy is sooo adorable! xx

  • Yummie, the food looks so good! x Savannah

  • Those pictures are just truly amazing! That puppy is sooooo cute! Shame you couldn’t take him home!!!

  • Love the hint of green on that bag! Your pics are gorgeous! xx

    Caity – Adventures Abroad Blog

  • Beautiful outfit!! And now I am hungry because of all the pictures of the food πŸ™‚

  • Very Jealous of your capers! Can’t wait to head to new york.

  • Kelly

    You always look so amazing!

    Missing New York so badly!

  • Ems

    I’m flying to New York next week with my two best friends who I’ve been apart from for the last two years!! So excited for a girly trip in the big apple, been re-reading all your NY blog posts and taking note of the places to go! Thanks πŸ™‚ xx

  • Tanya

    Nice pictures.

  • Great photos! Your blog makes me so hungry!

  • Brittany Foley

    all of this food looks so perfect and delicious, how did I not try this when I was in NYC?! Especially the baked feta…..drool.

    xoxo Britt
    My Life in and Out of Boston

  • Great photos & Cafe Gitane is the best!!


  • I loved staying at The Jane last summer – breakfast at Cafe Gitane was the best:

    – Nina
    Have You Heard Of It? blog,

  • I love Soho! The buildings are just gorgeous, and the shops don’t hurt either. πŸ˜‰ Will have to check out Gitane next time!

  • Hi, I was wondering about who takes your outfit photos? I’m just curious as I’m struggling to find someone to take photos of me, and using a tripod + remote is really frustrating haha.

  • Your pictures are always so fabulous!
    It’s great to get your insight on some of our biggest cities over here in the States, especially as you’ve done a lot of traveling.


  • I love love the MJ handbag. I was looking at picking it up from net a porter the other day!

    Lucy x