With the arctic blast making temperatures drop this week, warming comfort food has been just what I’ve needed. All those flavoursome Autumn and Winter dishes we love so much when the weather is chillier come back on the menu during weeks like this – sausage and mash, stew, chilli, mac ‘n’cheese…but for me, it’s been all about RAMEN. I love a good Ramen. A steaming bowl of rich flavoursome broth, with soft egg noddles, crisp and crunchy vegetables, tender chicken pieces and chillies. I often head out for a bowl of the good stuff, with Wagamama and Bone Daddies being my current hot spots, but decided it was about time I made my own – that way I could have Ramen any day I wanted, and enjoy it…

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It’s funny how the first thing you think of when you hear a word can change over time. If you’d have given me the word ‘notes’ when I was in my late teens/early twenties, I would have immediately thought about music notes – my Grandma is an AMAZING piano teacher and I used to have lessons, as well as learn to play the flute when I was at school – but give it to me now and I immediately think of tasting notes, like in relation to food & drink – bright, tangy, fruit, wine-like flavour, floral notes, you know…all that jazz. And I’m pretty sure, that’s where the name ‘Notes’ came from for the speciality coffee & wine shop in London…but you know, I…

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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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Ok so the brunch wars went on hold for a few weekends whilst I was away visiting family, and whilst we were both ill – you just don’t fancy an extravagant brekkie when dosed up on Lemsip and feeling nauseous. But they’re back! Alex made some more awesome pancakes (I think he’s obsessed!), then I tried to top it, and I’m sure I came pretty close with my latest breakfast – breakfast tacos! We had some leftover standing soft tacos from dinner in the week, which is where my inspiration first came from – I just hate waste! So I got thinking about all the wonderful breakfast toppings I could pile into them, and obviously which would be the best combos because let’s face it…

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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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