I was thrilled when Amanda from Rhyme & Ribbons became a sponsor of The Move to America as I just adore her blog and particularly love the baking
envy fix I get when I peruse the wonderful creations she shares, plus I get to read about London, which is a place nestled deeply in my heart, and as she is a fellow expat, I get to experience living in the UK through American eyes, which is the opposite of this blog!
So, please welcome Amanda and be sure to check out her awesome posts … now, without further ado, here is the wonderful …
Q. How would you describe yourself and your blog?
Ha, my blog and I are a lot a like. A bit twee and never take ourselves too seriously. For me, blogging is fun. Why else devote so many hours to a hobby?! It has been said that Jess from “New Girl” and I share a lot of personality traits, which could be a pro or a con depending on the situation.
Q. You have travelled to many places, and explored much of England – was there anywhere that had some really interesting quirks or unexpected finds?
Eltham Palace is my favourite London “find”. It’s a listed home, but not many people visit it. And it’s this amazing Tudor building on the outside and Swedish art deco on the inside. It’s bizarre in the best of ways. And to top it all off, the original owners had a pet lemur so there’s weird tunnels and ladders for the lemur to travel through.
Q. I have seen some truly sensational recipes on Rhyme & Ribbons, which one was the most interesting/difficult to try out?
I made a Dobos Torte for part of the Great British Bake Off series that I’ve been doing and that was really difficult for me. Not because the baking skills individually were so challenging but because the thing had so many layers that it became a huge exercise in patience. (Which I don’t have in abundance!)
Q. I love your posts about London, especially about the restaurants – what was your favourite to visit and where do you want to go to next?
I haven’t blogged about going there, but one of my favourite London restuarants is Bocca di Lupo for Italian. You’ll have never seen a post about it, because I’m always so excited to eat there that it overwhelms my urge to take pictures! In terms of where to next- I’m a burger fiend and I’ve been hearing brilliant things about Patty & Bun for awhile and I need to get myself there asap!
Q. DIY is a great category to look through on your blog, and everything looks great, but has there ever been a project that was a complete disaster?
I am a walking collection of disasters! Honestly, I have a lot that go really, really poorly. Recently, I was repainting some old picture frames and my phone went off, I turned around hastily, and in my rush smashed every one of the frames as well as splattering the floor with paint. Not my finest moment. (Luckily all the paint came up off the floor since we rent!)