Tapas at Salvador and Amanda

Salvador and Amanda is a beautiful and authentic Spanish restaurant, located in London’s Leicester Square. Although it’s been there for around 15 years, I wasn’t actually aware of it until my team held our Christmas party there last month. The restaurant boasts a surrealist art- deco interior, in which patrons are encased in curtained- off…

Lemon Victoria Sponge, The Yorkshire Bridge

Only crazy (or tough-as-nails) folks go walking in the Peak District on a bitterly cold winter’s day, right? But it is totally and utterly worth it when you can duck into a cosy warm pub afterwards for a hot chocolate and a slab of Lemon Victoria Sponge, like this one: The Yorkshire Bridge, Ladybower Reservoir

The Barbary, Covent Garden

Being labelled ‘the best restaurant in London’ gives The Barbary in Neal’s Yard a lot to live up to. The little sister of established London eatery The Palomar, the restaurant takes its inspiration from the Barbary coast. Good thing the food is amazing then…read my review on Weekend Notes here

Tea at Betty’s

It’s a bit cold and wintry outdoors and there is nothing more I like than snuggling up in the warm when it’s chilly outside. Do you want to know another thing I like though? Afternoon tea! Now, my trip to Betty’s tearooms in York for afternoon tea was quite some time ago- August 2017- but…

Festive Treats

Happy New Year! Today is the 6th January and is therefore traditionally the last day of Christmas. I hope you’ve all been enjoying yourself over the last few weeks and indulging in a few festive treats. I definitely have. A lot of people are on post- holidays diets (which I don’t hold with) because they’ve…

Very Easy Mince Pies Recipe

Hope you’ve all been enjoying a wonderful Christmas time! I certainly have and one of the things I’ve been doing is taking the opportunity to bake some festive treats. I love mince pies and especially enjoy making my own. If you have some mincemeat left over, or fancy extending the Christmas festivities (after all, Christmas…

The Woodin’s Shades, Bishopsgate

Last week I took part in a charity run for World Aids Day, which was exhilarating and rewarding. I’m not a runner so to even do something like this is a big deal for me. I’m a believer in rewarding yourself after you’ve exerted yourself, so I visited a pub in Liverpool Street to refuel…

Vegan Junk Food

As some people may already know, one of my good friends, Anna, and her partner are vegan. Before meeting them, I didn’t know much about veganism. Since they came into my life in 2013, I have spent time with them, educating myself about the vegan lifestyle and what it entails, which has been somewhat of…

Eat With A Friend Day

Today is Eat With A Friend Day! To honour this special occasion, this is exactly what I did. On our way to the light festival at Syon Gardens, my friend and I stopped off at at One Kew Road, Richmond, to have dinner. We both chose the spitroast chicken, drizzled in truffle and garlic sauce,…

Brilliant Banoffee Pie

A few months ago my friend made this delicious banoffee pie for me. I thought I’d share the recipe with you: For the base: 100g butter, melted 250g digestive biscuits, crushed For the caramel: 100g butter 100g dark brown soft sugar 397g can Carnation Condensed Milk For the top: 4 small bananas 300ml carton whipping…