[dropcap]T[/dropcap]en years ago, freshly graduated from uni and still trying to figure out my post uni life, Ismay and Bonnie- friends since we were kids growing up in Brunei- left the Emerald Isle and headed to London. I was ecstatic to have my home grown friends join me in the Big Smoke. In fact, not only did they move to the same city, but to the same neighbourhood. It’s been 10 years since they made the move and to celebrate that, we met up early on Sunday morning to celebrate…over dim sum.
Our usual go-to, Gerrard’s Corner, wasn’t open yet, so we changed it up a little and tried a new restaurant called New World, where they had an old school trolley service to serve their dim sum. We were the first people inside the restaurant so it was nice to get dibs on a table and to have the trolleys all to ourselves!
Chinese tea dreams come true. And one of everything please.
We took baskets of our favourite dumplings, and dredged up memories of our old flats from when we lived in Kilburn and the awful jobs we worked at the time.
True story- one time, after a particularly heinous afternoon at my work experience job (after many inappropriate comments about my KNEE LENGTH skirt were made) I walked out one lunch time and never returned. It was nearby and I found my feet walking straight to Ismay and Bonnie’s place, where I spent the afternoon eating brownies instead. OH EARLY TWENTIES! You were quite the adventure.
As we caught up on all the ‘remember when’s‘ over our second pot of tea, we were handed the bill to push along, so we paid up quickly and walked to Regent Street to shop. Those fluffy bao buns and prawn dumplings had to be walked off somehow.
One shop led into another, into another, and before I knew it, it was nearly 4 o’ clock and time for a tea break inside Dolly’s at Selfridges.
Carrot cake, earl grey and a scone.
Because we are Laaay-dees.
Oh, and my new hat to hide my bouffy humidity hair that my Dad later said looked like Terry Pratchett’s. So, that’s the first and last time I’ll wear it.
TEN YEARS. I can’t believe 10 years ago, these two nut cases moved over here. That’s an awful lot of tea, an even bigger load of food, and infinite tales of misadventures. Here’s to ten more ❤