Darling buds of May

22nd May 2014





The Quince Tree

Clifton Nurseries


Can’t help but looking forward to summer, heat and ice cream!  Okay, flowers included too but they are the bitches of summer for the sneezing epidemic, soggy tissues, and stockpile of meds for hayfever sufferers. Never mind me, I’ll be missing the peak June season while I’m holidaying in Hong Kong and Seoul next month…but then there’s air pollution and indoor Artic conditions to cope with too.

Clifton Nurseries is a must visit in spring, new darling buds in full lustfulness, some have bloomed prematurely or some still in infancy due to the recent unpredictable weather that affects the flowering stage.  I love admiring their juicy succulents and tropical plants in the conservatory, absorbing the ray of sunshine and have a free quickie sauna-ish experience, pores out!   At The Quince Tree cafe located within the nurseries, you have five minutes to drool over the glossy treats and artistic foamy coffee before reaching out the evil smartphones for the Instagram shot, in hope of winning likes.  I have to say, they make the best mouthwatering strawberry tart that deserve a big shout out on social media in full times-ten exclamation marks and capital letters O.M.G.




Har Gao and Siu Mei are two of my guilty Dim Sum treats, whatever it contains prawn, crab, mussels, lobster et al, I would go for it without a second thought of my cholesterol.  Cocochan is a great pitstop in between shopping, located on James Street it’s only a stone’s throw away from Selfridges and (must avoid) tourist-trap restaurants.  Cocochan offers affordable yet contemporary Pan Asian cuisine, which includes light nibbles from Dim Sum to Sushi selections – from Japanese, Thai, Chinese, Vietnamese and Indian cuisines.  The Seafood Gyoza, Prawn, Squid, Seabass, Ponzu creates delectable highlight of the feast filled table, I’ve never tried fish mix with seafood in dumplings before and certainly tasted adventurous.  There’s plenty of seafood to devour slowly and the portions are generous for 2 or 3 people, the tuna sushi needs a seasoning though otherwise, I enjoyed my first Pan Asian experience at Cocochan, I would recommend anyone who likes adventurous food. Thanks Cocochan for having us!

[one_half]Dim Sum
Seafood Gyoza, Prawn, Squid, Seabass, Ponzu (£5.50)
XO Dumplings (£6.00)

Maki Sushi
Spicy Tuna & Spring Onion Ura Maki (£7.00)
Tiger Prawn Tempura, Spicy Mayo (9.00)

Small Eats & Salad
Crab Cakes, Jalapeno Mayo & Thai Salad (£7.00)
Tuna & Salmon Tartar, Avocado & Wasabi Tobiko (£8.00)[/one_half]

Salty Caramel Mousse (5.50)
Mochi Mochi (£7.00)

Organic Green Dragon (£4.00 per pot)[/one_half_last]

Cocochan – 38-40 James Street, London, London, W1U 1EU (see map HERE)

Kit Lee

Kit Lee

My spring attire: Ice lolly sweater courtesy of Elizabeth Lau from The Refinery, MOTO pretty bleached ripped Hayden jeans from Topshop, espadrilles by Castaner from, watch by Marc by Marc Jacobs courtesy of Selfridges featured in the Spring Forward project, Urban Styler bag by courtesy of MCM. Outfit shots by sis May.

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  • Reply Lee 22nd May 2014 at 20:32

    It’s funny you can grow lemons in this country, bet they taste different than the tropic ones.

  • Reply Apple Choi 22nd May 2014 at 23:39

    Gorgeous photography!

  • Reply She 23rd May 2014 at 00:06

    These images are stunning May is such a beautiful month.

  • Reply Lana 23rd May 2014 at 00:42

    Stunning pics, I love the cherry blossom ones. Those purple dumplings look scarily interesting.

  • Reply Snappystreet 23rd May 2014 at 00:48

    Sadly we’re coming in to winter here!
    But it was lovely to live vicariously through your amazingly beautiful photographs :)

    • Reply Kit Lee 23rd May 2014 at 01:09

      @Snappstreet – Winter? Already? Dress warm!

  • Reply Francesca Him 23rd May 2014 at 08:36

    Prawn tempura! Love them.

  • Reply Jonelle 23rd May 2014 at 12:20

    The food looks so good!

  • Reply Ruth 23rd May 2014 at 12:24

    I’m dying to have some of that.

  • Reply luckyseve7 24th May 2014 at 14:01


  • Reply Matilda 24th May 2014 at 20:12

    MCM Candy 杀手包 !

  • Reply Lardin 26th May 2014 at 02:24

    Nice post!

  • Reply Agoprime 28th May 2014 at 10:22

    amazing, nice photos!

  • Reply Jenny 29th May 2014 at 06:05

    I got the comfort everytime I look at all these. I feel like I am so relaxed and immune from any harm and danger…I love the metal chairs, I love the white flowers, I love everything…It fascinates me so much…

  • Reply Agoprime 28th July 2014 at 10:37

    wow, really amazing this outfit, i love bag!!

  • Reply fairyin 27th March 2015 at 03:46

    i envy you can have such delicious food,cuz now im starving.Nice shirt,btw.

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