Wednesday, 10 February 2016

Trip planning: Bruges

Trip planning for Bruges

We're off to Bruges next month for our second anniversary, and I can't wait! It's funny, Matt and I have travelled to a few places together - Florence, Paris, New York - but all of them are places I've been to before, so Bruges is extra exciting as it'll be new for both of us. Picking up some bargain tickets in the winter Eurostar sale is becoming something of a tradition, and it is a great feeling knowing that you're going away for a total steal. £70 return? Laaavely.

But what to do? I am a BLANK SLATE. All I know about Bruges is that beer is a big theme (and if I haven't learned to like it by now, I probably never will), but I'm hoping for other Belgian experiences like chocolate and waffles. Is Belgian wine a thing? Let's hope so.

It just looks beautiful and I'm excited to spend a long weekend exploring somewhere new. But I'd love your recommendations! Great restaurants, things to see, places to visit, stuff to do... hit me with it in the comments or on Twitter.
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Sunday, 7 February 2016

A Burns Night Feast with #TravelodgeFoodies

Cranachan - cream and raspberries dessert for Burns Night
Haggis, neeps and tatties for Burns Night

I love being challenged to make something new. It might not always go to plan, but I always learn something along the way, and it’s always fun. So, with Burns Night last week, I was challenged to create a Scottish feast for a few friends as part of Travelodge's #TravelodgeFoodies and threw myself into coming up with Cock-A-Leekie soup, Neeps and Tatties, Cranachan and of course... Haggis.

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Thursday, 28 January 2016

New York City: where we ate

NYC food recommendations - 5 Napkin Burger, Hell's KitchenNYC food recommendations - Sarabeth's for brunch, french toast
NYC food recommendations - Bark Hotdogs, Brooklyn
NYC food recommendations - Meatball Shop, chicken meatballs

The highlight of our trip to NYC in December was undoubtedly the food. I'd done serious research before you went (there was a whole post about it) which meant I was armed with a long list of places to eat, and I'm happy to report that every meal we had was amazing.

Shall we do a little eating tour through New York, then? Let's!

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Monday, 25 January 2016

Review: Meat & Shake, Watford

Meat & Shake Watford - Von Longhorn Burger
Meat & Shake Watford - Halal Dry Restaurant

I’m always excited when a new eatery opens up in my neighbourhood, and after walking past Meat & Shake in Watford a few times and peering at the awesome-looking menu, I just had to try it.

It’s actually a small chain, with branches in Ealing and Tooting too. Watford’s the newest branch, but all three share a menu and the same USP which they actually don’t shout about – that they’re Halal, and don’t serve alcohol. I only learned this recently when I found this article on the Evening Standard, but the dry menu does explain why the restaurant was empty at 8.30 on a Saturday night. Oh, Watford.

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Friday, 22 January 2016

Tips for rented accommodation & new home planning

Colourful bedspread in a rented bedroom
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It’s a slightly odd feeling, moving out of somewhere after only a year’s contract. A year really isn’t that long, and I constantly find myself thinking ‘But I just did this!’ Even more confusingly, I’m moving back to the place that I moved out of a year ago. Oh – and I’m hoping to move again in six months. Anyone would think I loved moving (I don’t – it’s the bloody worst).

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Tuesday, 19 January 2016

Review: Franco Manca (probably the best pizza in London)

Pancetta and stilton pizza from the January specials at Franco Manca

I’m always keeping my ear to the ground (or my eye to the Twitterz) for restaurant recommendations, and for ages now I’ve been hearing good things about Franco Manca. After reading this review from CitizenM Bankside, I was even more tempted to try it, and as I had tickets to the excellent Sofie Hagen’s stand-up show at the Soho Theatre, it seemed like perfect timing to pop by the Berwick Street branch first for a bite to eat.

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Saturday, 16 January 2016

Review: Gousto recipe box

Gousto recipe box review meal one Grilled YogHurt Chicken

I've been hearing a lot about these recipe boxes lately, such as Hello Fresh and Gousto. The idea is that they send you the exact ingredients for a recipe (or more) - so not just meat and vegetables, but if the recipe calls for a teaspoon of curry powder, you will get literally a teaspoon. They're designed for busy people who don't have time to cook from scratch all the time, or who resist buying fresh ingredients because they know they can't possibly use them up.

I got a voucher through the door for Gousto Box that offered me £25 off my first box, and figured it was worth a punt. It made a three meal, two portion box about £10 which seems pretty good value, so I scheduled my delivery for the first day back at work after Christmas. I figured I'd need all the help I could get to eat healthily that week!

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