delicious foods in far away places

Happy hump-day pals!

I hope you’re all having a productive week, or planning summer holidays and adding bikinis to your ASOS wish list, COS SAME. The recent burst of summer has really given me itchy feet, especially as it left as quick as it came *sob*

It got me thinking about some of the best trips I’ve ever taken, and everything I shovelled into my mouth whilst I was there… Ah… Better times. So I thought I’d share with you some of my favourite locations I’ve and some of my favourite foods I had whilst I was there!

 

SPAIN

Spain is well known for foods such as tapas, paella, gazpacho, patatas bravas and many more! I love tomato-based dishes and my most favourites have been from Spain.

(L-R) Atreactif, C_B_C_K, Chris Clift

According to Travel Away, “You are not allowed to visit Spain without experiencing the famous tapas! It’s like visiting Paris without seeing the Tour Eiffel, or like exploring Italy without having a proper espresso.

I definitely agree, tapas is is one of the best styles of meals I’ve ever had because I love to try everything. But my favourite dish of all has to be paella, I will never order it in any other country.

I love paella because I love huge portions of food, who doesn’t? But the plates look incredible, and the seafood is incredibly fresh and I could eat that alone! Rice is a really filling dish too, and there’s nothing worse than still feeling hungry after your main, this is a common problem of mine…

 

INDONESIA

Gado Gado – “Traditional Indonesian salad consisting of water spinach, bean sprout, string beans, cucumber, tofu, tempeh, hard-boiled egg and lontong (rice cakes). All combined in a mildy-spiced peanut sauce”

(L-R) Busy Bees Kitchen, Brook Lee Naturopathy, Veggie Keto Girl

Unfortunately I broke my phone when on my travels around Indonesia, otherwise I would have snapped until my food went cold! But it is a place that has stolen my heart, and I am dying to return.

I struggled a little when I was there due to JUST transitioning to pescetarian, not because they didn’t have great options but because I wanted to try all the incredible meats!

A dish I did put my trust in was gado gado. I sometimes struggle to eat anything heavy when in a  hot country so this was perfect, the peanut sauce was honestly heavenly. I very often grabbed veggie street rice too with peas, onions and carrots for a bargain of £1 or less.
How can you not love the Gili T street market?

I also had many buddha bowls for breakfast which were SO GOOD AND SO CHEAP. I’m sure they were only around £1/£1.50? They were huge! I miss you Gili T.

 

ITALY

Whenever I think of Italy, I think of pizza. Delicious, fresh, cheese-less pizza. Nothing has ever compared to the italian dishes I have experienced in Lucca, so much so that I return every single year. The pizza dough is AMAZING, paired with a red wine and I am in heaven. I always have veggie pizza with artichokes and mushrooms AND I WISH I WAS THERE RIGHT NOW.

Images taken by me

Something that being lactose intolerant couldn’t hold me back from was the gelato. Who could not have an ice cream from an award winning city? Not me that’s for sure. Make sure you check our Barga next time you’re near, it’s a beautiful little town in Italy situated near the Garfagnana which is somewhere I absolutely love to stay. The mountainous views are worth the trip alone.

My diet consisted of pasta, pizza and all the ice-cream I could manage, but thanks to all the beautiful sights and walking I did non of it stuck to me (THANK GOD!).

I love everything about Italy, it’s culture, the views, the language, the food… but one thing I do disagree with is the negativity towards mixing cheese and fish together, it is a match made in heaven to me!

 

Now for somewhere I definitely need to go…

 

DUBAI

I know I would love a Dubai luxury holiday, what I think intrigues me the most is that you can experience all types of holidays in one place. Wanna chill on a beautiful beach? You’re covered. Love walking around on a city break? Dubai got you. Wanna go all SATC 2 and chill in the desert? Get on your camel girl.

Photos by Kathryn Reynolds IG: @krrr14

But what sort of food does Dubai have?

Now I will say the only way I want to interact with a camel is riding one, but apparently they eat camel in Dubai?! I’ll pass on that, but the street food looks sensational. If you’re looking for pork you’ll be disappointed, but don’t fret! Dubai has plenty of seafood, chicken, beef and lamb to offer.

(L-R) Rubbish Eat Rubbish Grow, Maya Dubai, Common Grounds

What I like about Dubai is that you can try a vast array of cuisine. Many restaurants in the region tend to take inspiration from Middle Eastern and Asian cuisine, meaning that you can trying dishes varying from Indian to Korean! I love having plenty of options when I’m away, especially as I love to try foods I’ve not experienced before.

I also heard that you can haggle your food prices?! I LOVE THAT. That’s not just with street food, but with restaurants too! I am such a bargain hunter, and nothing makes food taste nicer than a low price label, right?

One thing I wish I could try is Shawarma (pictured on the left). It’s a wrap containing a spicy meat teamed with mint sauce, and is incredibly cheap and found on the streets. Here’s hoping by the time I go they have one with crispy tofu! (a girl can dream…)

 

Where do you want to visit next? I need more holiday ideas!

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why you need to go to Kosice, Slovakia

Happy Friday, pals!

 

If you follow me on Instagram, you would have seen that recently Izzy and I took a wonderful trip to Kosice, Slovakia. Never heard of it? Neither had I, but after a quick Google images binge we decided to take the leap and book ourselves some flights!


If you had never heard of it, why did you go?

Good question inner monologue.

We decided to go because it was cheap, and it would be a new adventure for the both of us.
I decided this year that I wanted to try to go to places I’d never been before, and having never heard of it seemed all the more exciting! More importantly it was INCREDIBLY CHEAP, and with my new freelance adventure I certainly wasn’t jetting off to the Maldives any time soon.

So a little bit of info about Kosice (it’s actually pronounced Ko-sheet-ser which I didn’t master until our last day). It was actually named a European Capital of Culture in 2013 (together with Marseille), and they host a International Peace Marathon every year since 1924 making it the 3rd oldest marathon in the world(!) and the oldest in Europe. They also have oldest city coat-of-arms in Europe. The angel with knights armour has represented Košice since 1369! This little city is packing a lot of history.

When people think of Slovakia they think of Bratislava, which has higher restaurant costs due to being a capital. The real values are in the lesser-visited but beautiful eastern part of the country, and this is why we thought HELL YES LET’S GO.

The food is incredible

Izzy and I ordered 2 meals pretty much everywhere we went, how can you not? I had a main pasta dish, a pizza and a dessert for less than $15! It’s no wonder my jeans didn’t fit when I got home…

We also decided to treat ourselves to a fancier restaurant, mainly because I can’t afford to do that at home! After having 2 starters, 2 mains and a couple glasses of red I think the bill came to around $50 for both. The food standard was impeccable, even a cheapskate like me couldn’t grumble at that!

What I didn’t expect is how many Italian restaurants there would be?! But again, not complaining. You know how much your girl loves pizza and carbs in general.

The views/architecture are inspiring

I’m a sucker for a good cathedral, isn’t everyone? I love walking around churches and streets everywhere I go. I was honestly stunned by the beautiful St Elisabeth Cathedral, it’s on a main road, smack bang in the centre and the interior left me SHOOK.

I could only grab a few photos as I felt I was getting in the way of people and their prayers, but this is something you most definitely have to visit if you go!

Spiš Castle

We didn’t have too long to explore Kosice, but we knew we wanted to go visit Spiš Castle, which has some breathtaking views. We didn’t really know what to expect, but we definitely didn’t think it would be an hour up-hill hike!

Izzy was sporting some heels but that girl still hiked like her life depended on it! Therefore I would recommend hiring a car, it takes 10 minutes to get up the castle if you do, and there’s so many surrounding areas such as High-Tatras that you can get to my car, which is somewhere I will 100% be visiting.

Cheap adorable cafes

I loved every place we grabbed breakfast, lunch, coffees, but this one was the most loveliest place. It’s called Pogo Cafe and it has the best choice in coffees, sweet treats and brunch. It was amazing that I didn’t have to worry about being dairy free, because they had so many options! I can’t remember how much exactly a hazelnut almond latte was, but I remember thinking they had got it wrong! Definitely a must if you’re in the area.

So overall I had an amazing trip, with incredible food and half decent company (jokes love you Izzy). I would highly recommend checking out the areas of Slovakia that aren’t as touristy, after reading many travel posts about where to go in Slovakia, Kosice came up top. I understand why the locals love it so much, and can’t wait to return in the summer!

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happy dough lucky – nottingham

What’s better than pizza? Nothing.

A wise owl once told me “even shit pizza is good pizza”, and I have to say I agree.

Everyone has their favourite pizza chain. We’ve all had that feeling when you’re craving the Italian delicacy, so you lean on branches such as Pizza Express, Dominoes and Papa Johns to satisfying your cravings but often come up short. I adore pizza, but at the minute I’m not loving my options. To me, it has reached the point where all variants of pizzas from one branch taste the same.

I was in need of a new variant of a familiar feeling, I needed intriguing toppings, new wave presentation and less burnt dough. Which is why I decided to pop over to Happy Dough Lucky.

Happy-Dough-Lucky is a pop-up store in the Lacehouse Nottingham, though I’m hoping they’re here for a lot longer. Their journey began when travelling around Italy with nothing but a camera, backpack and a notepad. Their goal was to serve the public real, fresh Neapolitan pizza. So after 17 weeks and 5,700 miles they felt they were ready to deliver, and did they ever.

The food scene is Nottingham is like no other I have experienced, so to say that I had high expectations was an understatement.

Starters

We kicked it off with some dough-balls and chilli fries, cos what kind of meal is it if you don’t load up on carbs to start? Not the kind of meal I want to be a part of!

I really enjoyed the dough balls. They were flavoursome, puffy and soft in the middle, but they didn’t knock Pizza Express’ off the pedestal for me. They do however come a very close second and I will definitely be getting them again!

The chilli fries stole the show for me, just the right amount of spice to leave your palette craving more. I’d still give these a try if you’re not into spice, they’re not too intense but leave a beautiful blend of flavours to dance around on your palette until your highly anticipated main arrives.

Main

I love nothing more than a veggie pizza, even when I ate meat I always opted for mine to be overflowing with veggies, I love a good crunch y’know?

I opted for a goats cheese and beetroot pizza, mainly because I was super intrigued on how the texture of beetroot would work. I’m also full pineapple pizza supporter, so another obscure pizza topping wouldn’t go amiss.

I loved it with the goats cheese, it gave me a sweet with savoury vibe that really hit the spot. I’m also one of those weirdos that enjoys the crust more than the actual pizza itself, and the dough wasn’t overly crispy which earned a big thumbs up from me!

Dessert

I also had the pleasure of trying some Nutella pancakes with a fruity compote. I feel like you can’t really go wrong with pancakes, they are a man-made gift I will forever be thankful for. But what stole the show for me was the Coco Pop ice-cream. Wow. I loved it.

It was what dreams are made of, I could eat a litre tub of that alone. Trying these desserts was such an eye opener for me, I really didn’t think I would enjoy them as much as I did as I’m really not a chocolate pudding person!

So with that being said, I think you should definitely check out Happy Dough Lucky, and not just because they’re #1 in Nottingham for pizza (okay, maybe a little because of that) but because it is an overall great experience, from customer service to beautiful picture-worthy decor. I can’t wait to go back.

I was invited by Happy Dough Lucky to try their food for an honest review in return. All words and photography are my own.
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why I’m loving River Island

It’s become the most awkward time of the year in many ways…

  • Is it going to snow, AGAIN? 
  • Why is it almost March and I haven’t got my shit together?
  • Where has all this extra weight come from?
  • WTF is Vero?
  • Will Kim Cattrall and Sarah Jessica Parker ever be friends?

Therefore online retail therapy/virtual window shopping is the only solution, obviously.

I have been LOVING River Island recently, and not just because I managed to bag the colour of the season in a beautiful chunky knit for only £17! But because they’re just getting everything so right, aren’t they?

So here’s a few things I am loving right now, perfect for this confusing AF winter.

Dark grey button bell sleeve shift dress  Shop all dresses

I adore the simplicity of this dress

I’ve been trying to steer clear from darker colours and brighten up my wardrobe, but the bell sleeves and adorable tortoise-shell styled buttons are adorable. I’ve seen it in store and the fabric is incredibly soft, and I love any clothing that hangs off me rather than fitted! Perfect   with some tights and knee high boots, and I love the baker boy the model is werkin’ too, MARVELLOUS!

 

Orange tie front loose blouse  Shop all tops

YES. I. AM. ALL. ABOUT. WEARING. ORANGE.

Isn’t the optimum night out outfit jeans and a nice top? I am not about that short dress and heels life…

As I’m a bit self-conscious at the minute about my muffin-top, the tied front is a yes from me. This would look perfect with jeans or tucked into an a-line skirt, I would even rock this under a pair of dungarees. I’m all about a high-neck – especially because I am the coldest person you’ll ever meet (temperature wise) so to me, this blouse just has everything going for it. It comes in other colours too, you should definitely check it out.


Croc block heeled mules
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I am IN LOVE with these yellow mules!

I know the yellow ones might not be for everyone so I’ve shown an example of the black too, but how incredible are they?

The slip on heel is a win for me. My feet always feel like they’re trapped in heels, If you have claustrophobic feet like me then mules will soon become your best pal 2k18. The burst of yellow on these will brighten anyones day that has the fortune to see you struttin’ your stuff. I love that you can wear a sock with mules too, any excuse to show off my fabulous collection, especially the abundance I just received at christmas! (shoutout to ma Frost fam)


Red woven straw stripe fringe slouch bag
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Yes, I want a woven bag in winter

The colours of this bag are gorgeous, the only part I’m not too crazy about is the white attachment on the front. Why is that there? Anyway, the chain design adds a golden detail to the overall warm palette that I am loving! I get vintage vibes from this bag, and it’s an absolute steal for £38! The fringed hem is just adorable, and I really like that only the front panel is woven, giving it that edge. Gotta love ya RI ❤

 

Have you found anything on River Island you’re desperate for atm? Let me know if you have – I love having a snoop at what people are digging in the fashion world!

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so my tyre exploded…

I’ve been driving for just over 6 years now, so a pretty long time! I’ve been pretty lucky when it comes to my cars, never failed MOTs, never broken down, never had a car die on me unexpectedly (except my beautiful mini cooper that was rear-ended by a 4×4 on the M1, miss you baby girl) xoxox

This was all until last week.

As many of you know, I started 2018 being freelance, but because of where I live I definitely needed to pick up a part-time job so I’m not out on the streets with the sketchpads. I work at a company called Ohh Deer, I’m sure you stationary lovers have heard of it! It’s based in Loughborough, so I have been needing to rely on my car a lot more, as I used to walk to my old job (BLISS)

So on my way to work, I was toodling along listening to Fleetwood Mac, singing along with my mum on speaker phone (true story, I call her every morning on my way to work) when I heard a bang. It wasn’t incredibly loud, but enough to notice but not think much of.

All of a sudden the side of my car felt really wobbly, I knew something was wrong but I wasn’t really sure what it was. I’d never had tyre trouble before. I pulled over on the side of the road to see that my tyre was shredded – not really what you want at 8am on a Thursday. So I called my mechanic (dad) and he came to the rescue, he bought this little tin of foam called Holts Puncture Repair Kit which I recommend everyone keep in their car – inexpensive and a lifesaver! In this situation the miracle foam didn’t work, so Dad and I had to change my tyre on the side of the road and I took it to the Mr Tyre for a new one. He told me that the tyre was incredibly worn, even though my car had only had it’s MOT in October and had passed!

£66 down + a days pay lost = not a happy tiff

I was incredibly lucky to have not been on the motorway, counting my blessings that it exploded before!

So, that being said, here’s a few things I’d suggest for ultimate car safety:

  • Get your tyres/brakes inspected

It’s incredibly important, and it’s free! I always use Mr Tyre in Leicester, very quick and reliable. I honestly wouldn’t go anywhere else. I now know that having an MOT doesn’t mean your car is covered for the next year, and a lot of the time you can only just pass! This might be common knowledge to everyone else though, oops.

  • Treat yourself to a can of foam

Definitely not luxurious – but necessary. I wouldn’t be without mine now! If you’re stuck this cheap little companion will help you get your car to the closest garage (unless it was completely shredded like mine). My dad swears by them, and he’s driven his van for 2 years before taking it to the garage with this little miracle can… though I definitely wouldn’t suggest it.

  • Learn how to change your tyre

I have never felt so useless that when I realised I do not know how to change a tyre. I was pretty much setting myself up for failure! I would definitely recommend doing some research, watching a video, or even looking at your spare tyre kit because you never know when you’re going to need it.

 

So there you go, not the most exciting post in the world but definitely necessary! I hope you don’t find yourself in the same situation as me, sat on the site of the road looking like a kumquat whilst everyone was driving by.

 

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