London festivities

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I've forgotten what it feels like to be healthy, but what I can say, is that my first Christmas in London has been the best ever. It is by far the best place to be in the run up to Christmas.

These have been my fave festive things:

Ice skating at the museum.
Festive jumper - check.
Festive glasses - check.
I was surprisingly OK at ice-skating and I didn't even need a penguin as a guide. And of course no form of moving the legs would be complete without sausage and wine to replace all the energy that was lost...

All of the lights, all of the lights.
Slowly but surely I felt I made my way around all the twinkly lights of London. My fave was Covent Garden.

Festive drinking.
What's Christmas without a month long hangover? We headed to the Churchill Arms in Kensington and this is definitely my new, favourite pub in London.

Winter wonderland.
I wasn't expecting much from Winter Wonderland but I was very pleasantly surprised. We had such a great evening and there is soo much fun stuff to do there - like drinking beer and eating Bratwurst.

A cosy, winter lodge that plays Sean Paul - yep, that's a winner in my eyes.

Christmas, you da best. 


November Foodie Highlights

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I felt like November was the start of the downward spiral into holiday obesity. Best time of the year in my eyes.

Here's my foodie highlights from last month: 

Mac & wild 
Giles Coren said it was the best restaurant in the world and he wasn't lying. The veni-moo was one of the nicest burgers I've had in a while. 

London Cocktail Club 
A cocktail that comes with an accessory will always be a good cocktail.

Can't see the haters when I'm wearing my superstar glasses. 
Monmouth Kitchen in Covent Garden 
I will say one thing. Teeny tacos. If you're all about the small plates and tapas style of eating, this is the place to go. It's a mix up of Italian and Peruvian dishes that work perfectly together. I recommend the tacos, calamari and cafe almendra dessert.

Granger & Co 
Me and Fi ventured to Notting Hill and queued in the freezing cold to go here. They forgot about our order but the staff were amazing and sorted it all out very quickly. I opted for the most delicious dish with courgette fritters, grains and salad. 

Primrose Bakery in Notting Hill
Because no lunch date is complete without sweet goods for dessert. It will always be the chocolate brownie. 

I ate my body weight in bread when I visited Germany and you can read all about it here

Voodoo Rays in Shoreditch
Pizza by the slice. Yes please. I could happily eat a whole pizza but then I usually regret it when I can't do my jeans back up, so this place is a dream. You get big fat slices that are perfect if you're just a little hungry. I went for the shrooms one and it was delightful. 

Bread Ahead in Covent Garden. 
Just. Look. At. These. 

I felt all giddy when I went here, that happens when I'm around cake. The donuts looked incredible but I'm a brownie girl, so I went for the brownie bites with whole nuts. I had them fresh from the fridge and they were the best thing ever. 

Locke & Remedy in Cardiff
Being back in my favourite city means a visit to one of my favourite places. I love that they do half pizza and half salad. Cardiff, I miss you!!! 

Brava in Cardiff 
Because there is no better hangover cure after an evening on Mill Lane. 

Pergola on the Roof in Shepherds Bush

Roof top bars are becoming my new favourite things. I loved it here! Toasty, good music and a cracking selection of pop up, foodie stalls. I finally got to try Patty & Bun. I don't think I came up for air, I just inhaled the whole thing. 

The festivities have officially started and I am SO ready for the season of mince pies, mulled wine and chocolate everything.


A Weekend in Nuremberg - Take 2

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I recently returned from my annual trip to Nuremburg to visit one of the besties.

On my last trip we did a lot of sightseeing - so this time we took it easy and spent the majority of the time eating bread, inhaling German chocolate, drinking gin and I don't think I stopped laughing the whole time.

If you find yourself in this pretty, little city here's what I would recommend:

If you want to dance
Head to Rosi Schulz- it's a little bar with saucy images strewn across the walls, strong drinks (Germans don't do measures) and a cracking dj. We danced all night relived our uni days.


If you want a good breakfast
head to Deins & Meins - it's peaceful, homely and the bread was doughy, delicious and everything I wanted and more. A scrumptious breakfast spot!

If you want a good lunch
Head to Katz - the menus everywhere are in German so our translater, April, would give us an idea and we would pick our favourite. It's quite exciting because you don't really know what you're going to get. I had fresh honey and lemon and a scrummy prosciutto and cream cheese toasted sandwich. The perfect hideaway if the weather isn't too great outside.

If you want a burger
Head to Kuhmuhne. The vibe was amazing in here, it was super busy, the music was loud, the wine was flowing and the burgers were incredible. Medium rare cheese burger with a mountain of sweet potato fries - the dream.


If you want a snack
Head to a bakery. Pretzels are the best thing in the world - seasoned with plenty of salt and pepper and best lathered in butter. Grab one with a coffee and take a walk around the city, it's the best way to spend an afternoon. Or if you're like me, lie on the sofa tearing bits off and dipping it in butter...your choice.

If you're feeling arty
Head to Neues Museum. All the shops are closed on a Sunday so it's a great day to walk around and explore. The museum is only €1 on a Sunday so we headed there and got shouted at for standing too close to the paintings. It's a really beautiful space and they have an impressive book shop on the way out that you could get lost in for ages.


If you want good coffee
Head to Bergbrand. It's a lovely spot to sit in the window after a long walk and drink up some good coffee before exploring some more.

It was a short but very sweet trip and the best mini break away from the bustle of London. If you're curious about other fun things to do, I wrote about my trip to Nuremburg last year here.

A Fabulous trip with some fabulous ladies.

See you next year, Germany!


October Foodie Highlights

Summer is over, it's time to start carb loading and get cracking on this winter bod...for warmth, obviously. 

October brought many foodie delights and here are some of my faves:

Walking the length of King's Road and having coffee and cake for breakfast from Nell's - like a said, getting that winter bod ready...

Burger's at The Natural Kitchen near Baker Street. Although the service wasn't great, the veggie burger certainly was. 

I had a fleeting work visit to Manchester, it was my first time there and although I almost froze to death, I managed to stumble across the Manchester Food Festival on the way home which made me a very happy piggy indeed. I had a Halloumi and grilled veg toastie from these lovely guys. 

Peckham Brunching - read about it here.

Like every month, I consumed alot of coffee. This month's best ones were Holborn Grind and Rapha in Spitalfields - those cyclists know how to do good coffee.

Discovering Bailey's Pumpkin Spice and making scrumptious, boozy, hot chocolates. Recipe here.

Having the best fish and chips in London from The Fish Co in Leicester Square. A Fry-day feast at it's finest.

Trying Bao in Soho for the first, and definitely not last, time. Read about it here.

Heading back to Swansea for a much needed rest and roast dinner.

Of course a Joe's Ice Cream had to be done too. 

Heading to the Kensington Farmer's Market and eating alotalot of pasta - still managed to fit some brownie in too because what's savory without a bit of sweet?

Making the most amazing red Thai curry with a wonderful selection from the Wing Yip store - See the recipe here.

Tortilla bowls of goodness at Wholefoods Kensington - officially the most dreamiest food shop ever.

So as I roll into November, pray for my waistline. The festive season is practically here which means there's a lot of Quality Street and mince pies to be had, and I can't say no.


Tofu Red Thai Curry

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One of my besties, Sophie, is vegan and a cracking cook. She manages to flavour everything perfectly and her meals are far from boring. 

I was sent a handful of goodies from Wing Yip and tasked with making a delicious oriental dish. We put our heads together and decided on a tofu, red Thai curry, and bloody hell was it amazing! 

You will need:
  • Mai Siam red Thai curry paste
  • Courgette
  • Aubergine
  • Red pepper 
  • Mangetout
  • Green beans 
  • Ginger 
  • Fresh chillies
  • Kale 
  • Cauldron tofu
  • Lime 
  • Mai Siam coconut milk 
  • Onion 
  • Garlic 
  • Fresh coriander 
  • Cashews 
  • Rice

How to: 

  • Start by chopping your onion, garlic and ginger. Add some oil and fry these on a gentle heat.
  • Throw in your chopped courgette, aubergine, pepper and a generous sprinkle of chillies, salt and pepper.

  • Add in 3 heaped tablespoons of red Thai curry paste and stir it all up.
  • Add in your tin of coconut milk and let it simmer.
  • Meanwhile chop your tofu into big chunks and fry on a low heat - this will be ready to add at the end. 

  • Chop all your other veggies, it's best for these to go in near the end to add some crunch.
  • Cook your rice. 
  • Once your courgette and aubergine has softened, add your greens, tofu and some chopped coriander. 
  • When your rice is fluffy and the curry is smelling divine - plate it up and garnish with coriander, cashews and a squeeze of lime. 

In total I would say it took around an hour - when it come to cooking a veggie curry I don't tend to do things by timing. I taste as I go along and add things when I think they are needed. 

Since moving to London, I don't tend to cook as much but this curry was to die for and I'm definitely adding this to my go to list of faves. 

A couple of glugs of wine and Instagram shots later, we were completely stuffed and already planning our next dish.

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