Whoever invented sharing plates is a genius. I will never get bored of sharing several smaller dishes. After all, you get to try so much more from the menu (I always feel so restricted picking one main), and you’re less likely to suffer from food envy or get bored of your dinner. Win win. Escaping the rain a couple of weeks ago, Kim and I headed into Shackfuyu for dinner and a good old catch-up before the launch event for Henry Holland’s latest Habitat collection (I was lucky enough to be Kim’s plus one). A big fan of Bone Daddies famous Ramen, Shackfuyu had been on my list for a while, and it had also featured on Kim’s must visit list too. It was pretty…

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My birthday this year has been full of surprises! Alex and I have done experiences over presents for birthdays for a while, as we love trying or seeing new things, and there’s not many seriously awesome presents you can really think of when you’ve been together so long – all the good ideas got used up a year or so ago haha. Well my sister followed suit this year, and with her surprise for me on a weekend in the middle of Alex’s two surprises, my birthday truly went ¬†on for a few weeks! A little spoilt but I like to drag out the celebrations. Alex’s first surprise, seeing The Weeknd from the box, was awesome (read all about it here) and Emma’s brunch and…

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Barbecue food isn’t what it used to be. It’s not banging a burger on the disposable barbecue, or flipping sausages until almost burnt just to make sure they’re cooked, before serving in a roll oozing with ketchup or yellow mustard. Nope. Go out and see barbecue food on a menu, and expect slow cooked meats, tender rich brisket, juicy beef short rib and flavoursome burnt ends. Ok, so it’s another of the American influences which has made its way over here, South-West American to be exact, and this style of cooking is AWESOME. St. Bart’s Brewery, in Smithfield, is one of the restaurants on the London food scene which has jumped on the trend, but added their own little touch – all of the meat…

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I don’t usually head out for pizza, pasta or salad, unless I’m going to a new, super cool, restaurant which I’m dying to try after drooling over everyone else’s Instagram posts and stories – FYI, I do this WAY too much! I just think I can cook most of it at home, which I know, isn’t always necessarily the case, but I like to try and go to new places if I eat out. It’s how I justify the spending. Pizza Express however, is one of those places I tend to fall back on for catch-ups with the girls or my sister when in Birmingham, because it’s so chilled and there’s always plenty of options for all. It’s always a great shout, but I realised…

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Sat at a little chipboard effect table for two earlier this week, in the coolest new coffee & cocktail spot, Alex turned to me after taking a sip of my decaf espresso Martini and said “I’m surprised you like that. You’re actually a proper coffee lover now”. I hadn’t been for a proper coffee with Alex for a long time, but I realised he was right – it’s not just about the caffeine fix and getting through the day for me anymore, piling in the sugar or ordering a milky flavoured latte to hide the taste. I actually LOVE the taste of a good cup of coffee. And this new spot does a bludy good coffee. Ok, I did only try it in a cocktail,…

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