GUYS, I HAVE EXCITING NEWS!!!!! Can you guess what it is?
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IT’S OFFICIAL: I’m going to Europe again!!!
I’ve been bursting to share this news for months now, but since I didn’t buy my plane tickets until a few weeks ago I didn’t want to tempt the Fates and jinx anything. Now that all of us are officially squared away, though, I’m super stoked to tell that for about five weeks after graduation, I’m going to Spain, the UK, the Netherlands, and some place TBA (but equally exciting)!
You might remember that I spent three weeks last August traveling around Europe, staying with friends and visiting local sites in the UK, Ireland, and Italy. We hit a few snags along the way, but mostly I had an amazing time and couldn’t stop raving about it for months afterward (no more than I could stop making travel-inspired recipes!). This time, at the top of my bucket list will be the Harry Potter Leavesdon Studios, the Writers Corner at Westminster Abbey (where Chaucer, Kipling, Irving, Hardy, and others are buried), Stonehenge, a trip around the Scottish Highlands, and “les chauteaux en Espagne” that they commemorate in this song from one of my favorite French films, Les Choristes.
(Of course, the list will keep growing as we finalize our plans, but I must have missed something so please send recommendations our way!)
In the meantime, I have been controlling myself just barely by making celebratory treats from some of the places I’m going to visit! First up is this English Sticky Toffee Pudding, a class British dessert featuring a warm, treacle-infused cake with a decadent toffee sauce poured all over it. I had only ever tried this dessert at Universal Studio’s Harry Potter land when we visited last year, but we immediately fell in love and I just knew that I had to recreate it at home. Lo and behold, I finally have and oh my god, GUYS. IT IS SO GOOD.
Seriously, like I don’t even understand why Brits even complain about the weather when those overcast northern climes clearly gave birth to this spicy, soul-warming nectar of divinity. Okay, actually I do understand why (I’m currently wearing four layers and a scarf in my 58-degree LA home–I felt like a giant frozen popsicle on wheels yesterday morning when I raced my first ever sprint triathlon in the rain!). But if I had this decadent, caramel-like sauce to eat with a spoon at all times, I feel like even I could stand the overcast weather in the UK.
Buuuut thankfully, we don’t have to put that theory to the test anytime soon because I get to visit Europe in the relatively balmy summertime and, meanwhile, sit here enjoying my sticky toffee pudding in the cozy warmth of California. Win-win! Just make sure you all do yourselves a favor and try this ASAP, k?
Any travel recommendations for the UK, Spain, Netherlands, or anywhere else in Europe?
P.S. OMG so I invited some of my friends over to enjoy this pudding with me and we took pics for fun but later my friend MEME’d one of our photos and I couldn’t stop laughing for 10 minutes straight after I saw it. It was too good not to share, so enjoy! </3