Sunday, 23 April 2017

What I Got Up To: March 2017

What a beautiful month!  Spring is my favourite time of year - flowers are blooming, the sun is out (but not so warm that I start to melt) and everyone seems to be more cheerful than in the gloomy winter months.

After living in Twickenham for just about a year and a half, I finally went to my first rugby game!  I was lucky enough to watch the Harlequins vs Newcastle Falcons from the comfort of one of the boxes (thank you Mr Jones' job!) which was a real treat - a proper dining table, delicious buffet and plenty of wine!  The wine and food was a bit of a distraction but I managed to sit through the first half of the game.  I still don't really understand how it works though...

Sunday, 19 March 2017

Dinner at Hakkasan, Mayfair

You know a restaurant is good when you're still raving about one of their dishes over a year since you last visited (Chilean sea bass...).  So when an invite popped up in my work inbox and I saw the magical word "Hakkasan",  I instantly opened the attached menu, scanned down the set meals and hurrah!  Sea bass!  Invitation accepted!

Hakkasan was founded in London in London in 2001 and there are now 13 locations dotted around the globe (maybe next time we can go to the one in Vegas?!).  I visited the Mayfair restaurant which was opened in 2010 and has been awarded a Michelin star every year since 2012.

Saturday, 11 March 2017

What I Got Up To: February 2017

The sun has got his hat on, the daffs are in full bloom and the shops are full of Mini Eggs - spring is here!

February wasn't too busy a month for me (I'm still claiming to be recovering from the busy nightmare at work that was Christmas) but managed to fit in a few fun things - Thai food with my pal Loulou, a candy making masterclass and taking part in Aunt Peaches' final Valentine Swap (it was so lovely to get a little crafty and to receive snail mail!).

How was your February?

Sunday, 5 March 2017

Candy Making at Spun Candy

Mr Jones is a most excellent present buyer so when I opened an envelope on my birthday, a candy making class at Spun Candy, I was over the moon!  I'm pretty good a cooking, I'm not so bad at baking but making candy?!  One of the options was making candy flowers which to me was a no brainer (pretty AND edible!)!  So fast forward 9 months to when I had some time booked off work, I found myself walking from Aldgate East station and into the sweetest smelling place I've ever been to!  Is this what Willy Wonka's factory smelt like?!

Spun Candy launched in 2013 and not only offer classes such as the flower making one I booked but also candy face making, a confectionery masterclass, parties AND they make bespoke sweeties for companies (the guy who taught me had been making chicken, curry and onion bhaji ones for a customer earlier in the day) AND they have a normal shop that you can buy their sweets from.

Saturday, 25 February 2017

Giggling Squid, Berkhamsted

Giggling Squid, Berkhamsted - a review of the Berko branch of this Thai restaurant group.

A catch up with my favourite lady, Loulou, was LONG overdue so when some training for work was put in my diary in her neck of the woods I said "hey lady, let's go and eat food!".  The Giggling Squid in Berkhamsted seemed like a good option as neither of us had visited yet, they had vegan-friendly options (Loulou) and Crohn's friendly options (me)...

Berkhamsted is such an old town and there are some real gems of buildings that are hundreds of years old.   I guess with 20 branches of the Giggling Squid dotted around the country it would be considered a "chain" but when I entered the restaurant I was so pleased to see that they had managed to keep so many of the old features (exposed beams, low ceilings) but also created an airy and modern atmosphere.

Sunday, 12 February 2017

What I Got Up To: January 2017

Hey!  How's your 2017 been so far?  Work was utterly ridiculous in the run-up to Black Friday and "peak" (hashtag retail life) but I made it and it's been nice to be able to just have some time to take a breath and get back to "normal" (if there is such a thing in retail...).

Weekends have been mostly spent just relaxing on the sofa with a blanket and something entertaining on the telly. There has been an increase in cinema trips though because Mr Jones gave me the BEST present ever for Christmas, a Limitless pass for Odeon cinemas which lets you go and see ALL the films as many times as you like, as often as you like.

I'm now in my third year of collecting a "photo a day" and am still *mostly* actually sticking to it.  For me it's a really nice way of being able to look back over the last months/years and remembering what I've been doing, where I've been, what I've been eating, etc.


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