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Carnivore Club with Cobble Lane Cured

February 16, 2016
Sliced fennel salami close up

I cannot keep up with all these subscription boxes. Every week I hear about a new type of box; artisan snack box, beauty box, stationery box… have you been lured in by a box yet? I can understand how they caught you: the element of surprise in the contents, the excitement of getting real mail, and well… just the plain joy of getting new stuff. It also helps that they’re usually cleverly priced so you won’t begrudge that £10 to £20 disappearing from your bank account every month. But do the contents of these subscription boxes really live up to the hype?

Even after seeing a million and one reviews of all sorts of boxes, I wasn’t entirely sure… seriously, how many types of fancy crisp brands are there in the UK and who really needs a new silicon cake mould every month?! But recently I had to eat my words; literally and quite happily. So let me tell you all about this box… don’t worry, there won’t be a video of me opening it, I find those about as awkward as watching someone pretending to love the present their loopy aunt just gave them!

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A Bit Casual Eating Out London

Grub Crawl, Brixton Market

November 17, 2015

Right now, the thought of going on a pub crawl is about as appealing as a slap in the face with a wet fish. I’ll leave the traipsing from one crowded pub to another, the elbowing up to the bar, and the awkward huddling by the only ledge space available to the enthusiastic first years, this grandma has developed more sophisticated drinking habits now. Basically, I want to sit down while I’m downing my pint, and I also can’t cope with those pub crawl hangovers. I’m old.

So crawling for booze is no longer an activity I’ll engage in but would I do it for food? This was a question I faced recently… Three courses at three different outlets, but luckily all under one roof, so I’d have to be really lazy to refuse! Pub crawls are so ten years ago, these days I am all about the Grub Crawl; my first ever experience was through Brixton Market and led by fellow foodie Hannah. Onwards to the first stop…

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A Bit Casual Eating Out London

Pulia, London Bridge

August 11, 2015

If you’ve had the pleasure (modest much?) of talking to me in the last month, you would have also had the misfortune of hearing me whinge about being stuck. Stuck in London while everyone else seems to be jet setting off on exciting city breaks or relaxing beach holidays. Stuck without any exciting plans of our own and not even being to make any as we don’t know when we’ll be able to leave the country again. Being stuck kind of sucks. For those of you who don’t know, we’ve handed our passports over to the Home Office, hoping, begging, praying that they’ll give me a new visa, letting me stay past my current ‘get out of Britain’ date of early December.

When we first parted ways with them we were optimistic for a faster turnaround time than the six months they quoted, but now almost four months later, I think it’s safe to say we’re just hoping it’s not more than six months. It hasn’t been all bad though, we’ve embraced being stuck and had some wonderful (food) adventures in Britain, spending a couple of weekends in Cambridge and Brighton, and a longer weekend in Yorkshire. But I just want to go somewhere else… a place where the language is not one I speak, the wine is cheap, and people there live for their food.

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