Sunday, 2 November 2014

Coast to Coast Christmas Menu

If you follow me on instagram (if you don't, why not? Do it now!) You'll see that a few weeks ago I went to Coast to Coast in Brighton to sample their Christmas menu. I really love my food, as you can tell from many of my blog posts, and the lovely people at Coast to Coast invited myself and a number of other lovely Brighton bloggers (I'll list them below) to come along and enjoy their foodie goodness!

I'd never been to Coast to Coast before. I don't usually frequent Brighton Marina - only to pop to Asda every now and then, but there's one closer to me which is more accessible. I used to go there to the cinema, but I'm now a member of Picturehouses, so I usually go to Duke of Yorks, or Dukes at Komedia as it's such a lovely cinema experience - plus as a tall person with long legs, comfy seats with lots of leg room at no extra price is perfect for me. I shall be going back to try other food at Coast to Coast however, as it was delish!

I don't try and avoid 'American' restaurants in the UK, but I think as I have been to the USA a lot (I have family there) I do tend to find that I frequently get let down by bad restaurants and bad dishes. Luckily I wasn't let down at Coast to Coast! One of the menu developers was in attendance at the event, and we got to ask him lots of questions (and admire his awesome tattoos) - he is very into his American food, but knows that not all Brits do, so they give their food a twist to meet the British palate!

We were given a walk through and taste through of their Christmas cocktail list - let's just say that their eggnog is to die for and I would gladly drink all the others again too!

Anyway, shall we go on about the food? Oh yes. Let's begin...

There's a selection of yummy starters, including:

goats cheese bruscetta

Goats cheese bruscetta bites

And then we tried some delicious main courses, such as:

mushroom risotto

Mushroom risotto

maple bacon burger

Maple bacon burgers


Christmas turkey dinner

the famous British Christmas Dinner with turkey, roast potatoes, mash, veggies, stuffing, pigs in blankets, and more!

We were getting a little stuffed, but we had two more things to try. 

Pudding... a lush Oreo cheesecake with Oreo ice cream and Chantilly cream:

Oreo cheesecake and oreo ice cream
This was amazing. I could eat it all day, every day!!

And then we were presented with our final cocktail of the evening... the snowman!

Christmas snowman cocktail

I mean come on... unless you are Vegan or have an immense lactose intolerance you could not say no to this!! Absolutely gorgeous and incredibly cute. By then, Tess and Lilla had decided that they were done, so had a couple of sips and then I finished it off. So good.

I was incredibly impressed by the food we tasted that evening and I'll be sure to be going back to Coast to Coast, whether in Brighton or elsewhere.

Have you ever eaten at Coast to Coast? What would you choose if you were to decide on three courses on the Christmas menu?

Thanks to Coast to Coast for inviting myself and a bunch of other Brighton bloggers along to sample the menu! The food and drinks were comped by Coast to Coast, but my opinions are always my own.

Sunday, 12 October 2014

To My Younger Self

British mail box

This post took a lot of thought and although some people may not like the topic this post surrounds, but I thought I'd be a bit personal for this one.

I write about food a lot (as well as craft and some other things I love to write about on this blog), and I love food, but when I was younger my relationship with food was somewhat different.

Dear 17-year-old me,

I would ask you how you are, but I know that you probably wouldn't be happy with that. I'd know how you would be. So I won't ask.

I'm writing to tell you that things get better. Life gets better, and your relationship with food will improve. Right now I know that you dislike eating out right now. Your anxiety makes things difficult. This makes things difficult to socialise - you often turn down going to birthday meals because of it, and if you do go out, you usually stick with garlic bread and drinks whilst everyone else tucks into their food. It makes you sad and actually makes your anxiety worse because you think that everyone is watching you eat.

I want to tell you that most of them would not have been watching you eat, and to enjoy the food and the moments surrounding the food. Of course, I cannot force you to do this, and this behaviour will continue for years. But let me tell you - even though it does continue, things get better. You actually start to be able to eat in front of people. And yes, I mean a proper meal. It's great. You get to write about the food you eat and share the delight in what you love. Because for whoever else is reading this - she doesn't have an eating disorder, she just cannot eat well in front of others.

Younger self; there are other people who are reading this who would be astonished at how your relationship with food was well over a decade ago. They know of a woman who enjoys her food (a little too much sometimes, but we'll ignore that - she's working on it!), eats out with friends and even strangers would you believe?!

There are other things I could tell you about, what I could cover in this letter, but I won't. I don't want to spoil things. 

But like I said, it gets better. And you are loved.


NB: This post was written in conjunction with Legal and General, who are asking what you would say to your younger self?

Friday, 15 August 2014

HEMA Haul!

When I was in Amsterdam a while back, I managed to visit HEMA a few times and loved it. My friend Tizz had mentioned over the years how much she loves it, and I was a little jealous that the Dutch had it, but we didn't.

Image: Retail Week

But this month all changed. HEMA came to the UK They opened up a shop at Victoria, in London, plus two additional shops in Kingston and Bromley, which are in outer London.I'd joke and say that us sending Primark over the Rotterdam was the deal breaker!

Anyhow, those of you who know me, know that I love stationery. I haven't shared anything too crafty on my blog recently, so I thought I'd share with you what I'd bought at HEMA - a haul, if you will. I will more than likely use this stuff for letter writing and in my planner (I'd say filofax, but mine's from Paperchase), rather than with card making and scrapbooking, but you can do with it what you wish!

My favourite part of HEMA stores (Image: Household Design)

Apologies for the lack of pricing, but for some silly reason I mislaid the receipt!

There isn't a HEMA UK site at the moment, but I've read that there will soon be one where you can peruse and purchase products.

On with the haul...

I love stamps, and could not resist this pair of self inking stamps, which I think are ideal for decorating letters:

HEMA self inking stamps

I also picked up some cute transfers - had to grab 2 sheets, just in case, y'know?!

HEMA transfers

Of course, no stationery haul is complete without stickers!

First off, I picked up these two sheet sets:

HEMA haul sticker sheets

I also picked up this cute roll in a box:

HEMA sticker roll

And also a roll of sticky labels:

HEMA sticky labels

I also picked up a packet of my favourite sweets from there - buttered waffle boiled sweets. I would have taken a photo, but I accidentally ate them all! Oops.

Have you been to any of the new HEMA shops? I'm hoping they will follow TIGER and make the move down to Brighton!

Monday, 28 July 2014

The Week That Was: 20th -26th July 2014

It was been super hot and sunny here in Brighton and Hove this week, and it looks as though it will continue for a while, getting rainy tomorrow and a little cooler towards the end of the week.

I've been spending most lunches this week either on the beach or chilling in Palmeira Square, which is close to where I work. How have you been enjoying the hot weather? Or do you not enjoy it at all?

This is my week!
Last Sunday I went to see Andrew WK at The Haunt in Brighton. It was hot, sweaty and exciting! It was going to be my first proper solo gig going, but I bumped into my friend Will, who was shooting the gig. You can head over and see his photos here at RMP Magazine, but make sure you come back to see what the rest of my week was like!

Monday I worked and chilled at lunch and after work!

Tuesday was pretty much the same!

Wednesday I went to Street Diner at lunch and then ate my delicious lunch (a Cilantro Dave salad box from Olly Dawson) under a tree in Palmeira Square with Sarah, who makes super pretty jewellery which you can buy from her shop, MoonTide Jewellery.

On Wednesday and Thursday I usually go to zumba, but it was too hot and I didn't want to knacker my body. I suffer from a number of health issues, so just being able to exercise is a great achievement for me. When it's hot, I can't push myself though!

I discovered Bob's Burgers on Thursday... where have I been and why didn't I watch it before?! Love it.

Friday was work and a chilled one in the evening. I watched some great stuff and ate this adorable white chocolate Westie from Creighton's Chocolaterie, which was sent to me by Lucky Dip Club! By the way, I have been loving the boxes so far and cannot wait to get to work Monday to see my Pet Parade box, eep!

Saturday was a scorcher! I did a food shop (thrilling) and watched some movies on Netflix.

It wasn't an exciting week, but there's a reason, since it was sweltering... and this was my lunchtime view most days:

I'm really looking forward to August (can you believe it's going to be August incredibly soon?!) as there's lots of fun lined up. Cake parties, two hen parties, a tattoo, two weddings, and more! I'm bloody excited.

Oh, and come back here sometime in the week, there's gonna be something super cool and foodie to read about, plus some other awesome content!


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