My Week In Pictures 16th February to 22nd February 2015

Holla! This week has been fabulous, as ever! On reflection it has been a very foodie week too! My two great loves are theatre and fine dining and usually the pendulum swings toward more theatrical goings on due to the nature of my job however this week I spent more time eating (she says, rolling around like a pudding.) Anyway, here goes it.

Monday

Carnival in the streets of London
Carnival in the streets of London

On Monday I was still in Germany! Monday’s at carnival involve going to the city centre to watch a big parade, so that is exactly what we did!

Gnomes at Cologne Carnival with a cheeky gnome watching from a window.
Gnomes at Cologne Carnival with a cheeky gnome watching from a window.

We headed to the same spot we watched the parade from last year – I can’t remember the name of the exact spot but there are always lots of people lining the streets awaiting the parade to go by! Floats are always interesting, and some quite political. It is customary to shout “Carmella” and “strussya*”(*That is absolutely not how you spell that!) at passing displays which essentially means they will chuck flowers and sweets at you. Score.

Welcome home card from my Wilbo!
Welcome home card from my Wilbo!

After 5 days of solid drinking and dressing up I headed back home to London. When I got home (feeling grumpy and tired) I was happy to see Will who had made me dinner and a cute welcome home card.

Tuesday

Poached eggs with avocado, tomatoes and curly kale.
Poached eggs with avocado, tomatoes and curly kale.

I took a half day on Tuesday so I could recover from carnival and do essentially life maintenance like wash my undies. I made myself  a lovely breakfast which prepared me for the day then I headed to work.

Cheese and ham pancake with apples!
Cheese and ham pancake with apples!

Tuesday was pancake day so me and Will made a variety of pancakes; some savoury and some sweet – all bloody marvellous. We washed them down with a beer and an episode of Better Call Saul – perfecto!

Wednesday

Home-made Thai Red Curry
Home-made Thai Red Curry

As I knew I’d be tired from Cologne, I didn’t plan too much at the beginning of the week and on Wednesday I was thrilled just to go home and relax after work, something I perhaps don’t do enough!
I made myself and Will a pretty fabulous Thai curry from scratch (even if I do say so myself!!) we ate it in basked in the glory of an early night. #rocknroll

Thursday

Onglet Steak with glorious MASSIVE chips and salad.
Onglet Steak with glorious MASSIVE chips and salad.

Ooh Thursday was filled with all the food joy! At lunch time my colleagues and I went to nearby restaurant, Beagle, which is just next to Hoxton station. I order the onglet of steak (served blue!) and it came with some FABULOUS chunky chips, that we’re actually more like potato wedges. With a side salad and some dipping aioli  my life was complete!!!

Pho sho ;)
Tofu Pho :)

Still feeling full but a glutton for all that is tasty, I met my lovely Friend Emma after work for a Vietnamese. Where I work on Kingsland Road, I am absolutely surrounded by Vietnamese restaurants! We shared some king prawn summer rolls (that literally tasted like sunshine and joy!) and I opted for a bowl of pho as I thought it would be a lighter option ( I was wrong!)

Waddling away from the restaurant, we had tickets to see my lovely friend Katie Brennan in a show at the nearby Rosemary Branch Theatre. Hurrah!

Friday

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ADVENTURE Time

Friday was bitter-sweet; my friend and work colleague handed in her notice at work which is great as she is moving back up to Leeds for a good opportunity but sad as she is flying the Hoxton nest. Waa. We went for a beer after work then I headed to my lovely friend Emma Minihan’s Adventure Time themed birthday party!

Adventure Time!
Adventure Time!

I painted myself yellow as I was the Breakfast Princess. My costume looked good however when it came to going home, I tried to remove the yellow face paint but failed miserably, meaning I was sat on the Northern Line at 1am looking like a reject Simpson #yolo.

Saturday

Salmon Curry of DREAMS
Salmon Curry of DREAMS

On Saturday I had a relaxing little morning in my flat (Will was away working in Liverpool) then I headed to Cambridge to see my family and celebrate my mums birthday.

We headed to a LUSH Indian restaurant in Newmarket called Montaz and went to town ordering a legit Asian banquet. Mum’s Birthday is actually next week but my sister, Julia, is heavily pregnant and her baby (a girl!!!) is due in little over a week. We thought it was best to get a dinner in while we could!

Sunday

Bracken wondering why I  have stopped throwing the ball and am holding a square black thing all up in his grill.
Bracken wondering why I have stopped throwing the ball and am holding a square black thing all up in his grill.

After a lovely meal followed by cake in Tia Maria at mums house on Saturday night, we had quiet a lazy morning this morning. My step dad made us a lovely fry up for brunch and then mum and I took the dog, Bracken, for a walk before I caught my train back to London.

I’m now sat at home waiting for Will to get back and wondering what to have for dinner 🙂

Do let me know what you have been up to this week!

My Week in Pictures 9th – 15th February 2015

OKAY so yeah, this is actually a couple of days late BUT I have a good excuse – I was in Germany having ALL THE FUN and I couldn’t take my laptop due to carry on luggage space. Plus…there was too much beer to type. Oops!
Anyway, better late than never as they say. I seriously sing Craig David “7 Days” every time I do this….

Monday

Healthy breakfast of kale, egg and avocado - much better than cereal!
Healthy breakfast of kale, egg and avocado – much better than cereal!

So Monday I got up early pre work to make a nice healthy breakfast. I have never really liked cereal that much anyway but it is just such an easy option.  I knew I would be eating and drinking a lot in the week coming so I thought I’d start well!

She Loves Me at the Landor Theatre
She Loves Me at the Landor Theatre

Monday night I went to the Landor Theatre in Clapham to see a Fringe production of an old Broadway musical, She Loves Me. Lots of my blogger friends were there and an old friend was in the show so it was a pleasant evening all round!

Tuesday

Fabulous cakes from Lola's Cupcakes
Fabulous cakes from Lola’s Cupcakes

On Tuesday my mum was coming to visit me in London for the first time in AGES. I took the afternoon off work and had tickets to see Wicked in the evening. Mum travelled to London with her friend, our old neighbour, Linda. I met them in central then we went back to my flat in Kilburn for coffee and cupcakes that I had brought from the fabulous Lola’s. For those of you who haven’t had a Lola’s cake before, please god do so. These were the mini ones, so I could have two guilt free! From clockwise the flavours above are chocolate, coconut, strawberry, red velvet and oreo cookie. Mmm.

Smoked Chicken Filo Parcel from Little Bay in Kilburn
Smoked Chicken Filo Parcel from Little Bay in Kilburn

Mum, Linda and I went for dinner at Little Bay in Kilburn, which is a firm favourite of mine as it’s tasty and SO cheap! Hurrah! Mum and Linda loved it, which was great 🙂

Wicked at the Apollo Victoria
Wicked at the Apollo Victoria

As I mentioned above, I has tickets to Wicked so mum, Linda and I smuggled in a few gins in tins and had a lovely time watching the show. It was my 4th time seeing Wicked (although over about 7 years!) and this time  was one of the best! I saw understudy Natalie Andreou in her first show as Elphaba – she was honestly amazing!

Wedesday

Lunch break PIZZA!
Lunch break PIZZA!

Wednesday was relatively chilled out – I knew I had to get up at 2.30am on Thursday morning  to fly to Cologne so I tried to do as little as possible! At work we ordered pizza for lunch; there is an amazing pizzaria called Barrel Boulangerie round the corner to our office in Hoxton. The pizza is cheap (£4-5ish for a 12″) and delicious. We ordered a goats cheese and leek pizza and a margherita and then split them 3 ways. Hurrah!

Champage for Wilbo and I!
Champage for Wilbo and I!

In the evening Will and I had some dinner, champagne and watched the first episode of Better Call Saul, which was lovely as I knew we weren’t going to see each other on Valentines day.  We then went to bed pretty early as my 2.30 alarm was looming!

Thursday

Up up and away!
Up up and away!

ARGH ALARM. BUT IT’S 2.30 AM!!!! AH! Yep. So I dragged my sorry ass out of bed and got a bus to Victoria in order to get on a coach to Stansted. Luckily I made it in plenty of time to board my 7am flight to Cologne. I was off to visit my bestie from uni, Christina whilst also partying hard in the city’s yearly carnival – but more on that later!

Plane prosecco!
Plane prosecco!

Carnival is pretty intense and proceedings start early on Thursday. In order to get myself in the party spirit I got a cheeky mini bottle of prosecco for the flight. Woops.

Friday

Pirate and Lightning!
Pirate and Lightning!

I don’t want to talk in too much detail about carnival as it actually deserves a post of its own so I won’t explain now, I’ll just show you the pictures. Essentially you dress up in crazy costumes and drink.

Saturday

Kolsch beer
Kolsch beer

Kolsch beer is a BIG party of carnival – it is a larger made in Cologne that the people of the city are really proud of. By Saturday Night I had pretty much had enough of it to fill the River Rhine. Good.

Sunday

Red smoke in the street
Red smoke in the street

Sunday is a REALLY fun carnival day where each village has their own street party. Again I want to write a post about the whole carnival, so I will just leave you with this picture of some of the revelry!

As you can see, this week was suitably busy! What have you been up to? Let me know! NOW time to detox!

 

 

My Week In Pictures 2nd – 8th February 2015

February is HAPPENING! We are POWERING through the year! I went to see two shows in the West End, tried my first proper Bubble Tea, had a fabulous dinner with my blogging friends, a lovely Sunday brunch, did some old school rock dance thrasing AND attended a Mario Kart super tournament. What more do you need from life?!

Monday

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Bubble Tea at Chatime

If you read my Bubble Tea post from Monday you will know that I was invited by the lovely people at Chatime to try some glorious tea. Now I have dallied with BT before BUT I REALLY don’t like jelly so I haven’t got on with it that well. However at Chatime there are a range of topping options, meaning I was able to enjoy it for all its loveliness this time!

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The Nether at the Duke of York’s Theatre

After my Bubble Tea escapade I went to see The Nether at the Duke of York’s Theatre. I had really wanted to see the show when it was at the Royal Court but I didn’t get chance, so I was pleased to get the chance in its West End transfer. The show LOOKED amazing; Es Devlin’s designs were on form. I was quite disturbed by the subject matter but it certainly left me pondering the highs and lows of the digital world.

Tuesday

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Di Viv and Rose at the Vaudeville Theatre

On Tuesday I went to see Di Viv and Rose at the Vaudeville Theatre with my lovely friends Sammi, Amelia and Vicki. The show transfers following two successful seasons at the Hampstead Theatre and is starring one of my favourite West End actresses, Jenna Russell. Jenna was in my favourite production of all time, Mr Burns at the Almeida, last year and I have previously seen her in delights such as Urinetown and Merrily We Roll  Along. Seriously she is a mega acting babe of dynamic dreams and this show was certainly no let down! As the show is about 3 university friends and their relationship over 15+ years, it got me reflecting on my good old uni days. Certainly a tear jerker!

Wednesday

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Icy Brondesbury Station

This week has been a bit of a bitter one. Other areas of the UK got to bask in snow but London was offered just this measly smattering. I long to be in North Yorkshire sledging down a hill and warming my wet gloves by a pub fire. Instead I must deal with delayed Overground Trains (as you can see they have to FIGHT with the above “adverse” weather!) and a cold office.  ALTHOUGH life got A LOT better when my colleague Vicki brought us in some sweets from her mum’s Sweet Shop, the Sugar Mouse, in Rugby! YUM

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Retro sweets. I LOVE A FOAM PRAWN AND A FOAM BANANA!

Thursday

YES! Thursday was a good day as I had dinner plans at Rocket in Holborn with my friends Katie Brennan and West End Wilma! I had had a hideous day in the office so a three course dinner with prosecco and cocktails was JUST what I needed 🙂 Thank you Rocket for treating us SO well.

Seared tuna sent from ACTUAL heaven at Rocket in Holborn.
Seared tuna sent from ACTUAL heaven at Rocket in Holborn.

Friday

Wasabi is boxed deliciousness!
Wasabi is boxed deliciousness!

TFIF – that ‘ol phrase had never been truer to me by the time I reached Friday this week! At lunch I treated myself to a box of sushi from Wasabi in Liverpool Street and quietly reflected on a tense working week!

After much head banging and many Red Stripes!
After much head banging and many Red Stripes!

After work I had some drinks at home with Will then headed out to FACE DOWN, a club night at the Scala in Kings Cross, to see my friend Kate and an old work mate, Edith.  Will and his brother Ryan accompanied me and we all go on board with some old fashioned head banging (which, going by the searing pain in my neck today, I suspect I am now a touch too old for?!)

Saturday

Me and Will had the most glorious of all lay ins on Saturday morning and then we attempted to make cookies but failed miserably due to an unfortunate candy corn incident. Bah.

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The much sought after Super Mario prize!

Later we headed off to Will’s brother in law’s MARIO KART birthday party (!) in which we drank themed cocktails and played in a wii tournament. Ryan won the much coveted golden Mario prize and we all hailed him as king of the kart! I lost, but for some divine reason this meant I won Champagne! #SwingsAndRoundabouts !

Sunday

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SUNSHINE on my face making me look as if I have half a face when really I have a full face.

BRUNCH! Glorious brunch! Us Brits are usually more about our Sunday roasts than going for brunch but today me and my friends Emma, Michaela and Cher Ann enjoyed a lovely 12 o’clock breakfast with a cheeky mimosa on the side.  We ate at the Wet Fish Cafe in West Hampstead, which is lovely and serves very tasty food indeed! I ordered scrambled eggs with potatoes, chorizo and black beans. Breakfast of champions!

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Brunch at the Wet Fish Cafe it West Hampstead.

After ordering some coffee to finish off our Sunday Funday breakfast, we decided to walk to Hampstead Heath as the weather outside was pretty lush.  When we got there we could see right across London. It was B…eaaauuu…tiful!

Hampstead Heath on a sunny Sunday
Hampstead Heath on a sunny Sunday

After a few miles of walking we obviously need to find a pub immediately and rounded off our mini adventure with a large glass of red. Parfait!

Next week I am off to see  a few shows early in the week then am off to Germany to see my best friend. I couldn’t be more excited! Ah!

Let me know what you got up to this week 😀 xx

Pre Theatre Bubble Tea at Chatime Soho

SO today I did something a bit crazy. Instead of going to the pub for a pre-theatre gin I went for a pre-theatre bubble tea!

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I have tried bubble tea once before when I was in Thailand and whilst I LOVE the flavour of the teas, jelly REALLY freaks me out.  I have to admit though, I do sort of want to like it…so when I saw that Chatime had opened up in the super theatre convenient Old Compton St I had a weird inquisitive urge.

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Venturing in to Chatime, I was quite relived to discover that they actually offer a big range of teas and you don’t actually have to have “bubbles” (jelly) in them at all.

By range, I seriously mean range! For example you can have fruity teas such as mango, peach, strawberry or creamy teas such as chocolate, hazelnut and matcha milk or classic teas such as green and oolong teas.  Great. Oh, they also do coffee! Who knew!

The "pearls" - I did try some!
The “pearls” – I did try some!

I decided to face my fear and try some of the jelly pearls (the bubbles) and they did taste good but the consistency just isn’t for me.  I opted for a read bean topping with my tea, which was weirdly tasty!

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My friend Vicki, who was accompanying me to the theatre, went classic and had a peach tea with pearls, which I am told was lush.  I however went creamy with a hazelnut milk tea. Mmm!

Peach green tea with peal
Peach green tea with peal

The best thing about Chatime is its choice; not only can you choose from a wide range of teas, a wide range of toppings and temperatures, you can also choose your sugar and ice levels. As the teas are sweet anyway, I opted for no sugar which made my hazelnut tea a guilt free treat!

Hazelnut milk tea with red bean based excitement!
Hazelnut milk tea with red bean based excitement!

I am not sure I will ALWAYS opt out of my beloved pre-theatre gin, but this was a lovely change. I imagine it could become a fav of mine in the summer when I need a nice cool ice tea whilst on the move!

Chatime is located at number 11, Old Compton St – right by the Prince Edward Theatre!

*Thanks very much to Chatime for the tea. Whilst the tea was complimentary, I wouldn’t have written about it if I didn’t like it 🙂

My Week in Pictures 26th January – 1st February 2015

Another week, another crazy romp through London and beyond! I only went to the theatre once this week but I did also record my radio show, have dinner and drinks with friends, host a party for 40 bloggers AND it was mine and Will’s 3 year anniversary! Woosh!

Monday
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SO Monday was pretty chilled, which is good as I had a busy week ahead. I took a walk through Shoreditch on my lunch break and saw this awesome street art of a crazy tape. Very East London! Sometimes I wish I lived in the countryside, but I am not sure I would get the same daily degree of culture!

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On Monday night I had to pop to the Noel Coward Theatre to give some of the #LDNtheatrebloggers some tickets to Shakespeare In Love, which I have already seen so I decided not to join them on this occassion, knowing I’ll see them at the party I was hosting on Friday. After the ticket drop I went home and actually had some time to cook!

Tuesday

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On Tuesday night I wet to see Taken At Midnight at the Theatre Royal Haymarket. The show transferred from Chichester, which tends to produces awesome work. The show was good and especially moving considering it was Auschwitz Memorial Day and the show focuses on a Jewish Lawyer who was  “taken at midnight” to a concentration camp and his mothers desperate attempt to free him. The show perhaps demanded a little more intimacy than the Theatre Royal could allow and I did find the structure of the show a little formulaic but all in all it was pretty affecting.

Wednesday

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Gin in a tin on air. In the words of my idol Alan Partridge, “AHA!”

Wednesday was busy! On top of working in the day, I recorded my radio show in the evening then had dinner the Breakfast Club with my friend Sara who has just moved back to London. This week my radio show (Rebecca’s Happy Hour on Shoreditch Radio) was an indie take on TRAINS. yes. Trains. Listen here.

Oh hey honey.
Oh hey honey.

The Breakfast Club was as delicious as ever and it was nice to try something non breakfasty from the menu (I work really nearby and usually go at lunchtime when they are still serving their breakfast menu.) I opted for a juicy emmental and portobello mushroom burger with avocado and a sweet brioche bun. Yum. Oh and obviously it was washed down with a pitcher o’ Pimms because, y’know.

Thursday

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Coral talons with a hint o print behind!

Thursday was relatively chilled. I worked in the day, got my nails done and lunch at put some final bits of prep work into the blogger party on Friday. It was all getting a bit stressful as a couple of people dropped out last minute, so the nail bar was a welcome break! In th evening I grabbed a cheeky Nandos for Will and I then, like the rockstar I am, I went to bed at 10pm!

That's the spirit of Nandos
That’s the spirit of Nandos

Friday

A part isn't a party without a blow up flamingo!
A part isn’t a party without a blow up flamingo!

Friday was the big blogger meet up! Woo! I was in the office until 5ish then my colleague Vicki and I headed over to set up our summer themed partaaay (that obviously mean that I HAD to buy an amazing two piece palm tree shorts suit from the ASOS sale. See below!)

After worrying that no one would come, the party went REALLY well.  #LDNtheatrebloggers arrived in their swathes and indulged in the unlimited food and drink I had organised! Especially delicious were the mini burgers and golden chicken dippers. HELLO YES!

Planet Hollywood burgers are what DREAMS are made of.
Planet Hollywood burgers are what DREAMS are made of.

After some productive networking and blogger announcements, including from our co-hosts SeatPlan,  it all got a bit raucous! The lovely Theatre Nanna West End Wilma had donated us some of her new “Stagey” bags, that are available to buy from her site!

Thanks so much to Planet Hollywood and their PR, Esther Bell who is a mega babe!

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 Saturday

Alpaca comin' atcha!
Alpaca comin’ atcha!

On Saturday me and Will were celebrating our 3 year anniversary! We had booked an ALPACA TREK (YES!!!!!) so we got up super early considering it was a Saturday morning and headed down to Haugelands Farm in Burmash (about a 2 hour drive away from our flat in Kilburn.)

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Will and I with our Alpaca’s Andy Pandy and Splodge!

We had loads of fun taking the Alpacas for a walk and our guide Lara told us all about how they live and what they are like as animals which was very interesting! We got to feed our Alpacas carrots and they were very pleased about that!

After our “trek” (it was more just a nice little walk through a few fields) Will and I decided to drive to nearby Folkestone and check out the sea!

Winter sea
Winter sea

There is nothing I love more than being beside the seaside. As I was wearing my nice new Ralph Lauren wellies I was able to get in a bit. This pleased me no end!

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Looking out to sea.

After we had our fun, Will drove us back to London as we were planning to go for a nice meal that evening.

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Lovely Will

When we got back home we had a cheek re-spruce and I popped on my new little crazy skirt suit!

I love a jazzy print!
I love a jazzy print!

On our first date we went to Ping Pong on the Southbank so we decided to go back and treat ourselves to a luxury dinner! We started off with cocktails at the bar upstairs (a spiced elderflower Sake and a flaming passion fruit martini) and then took our table, ordering some edamame beans, which we bonded over when we first ate them 3 years ago!

FLAMING cocktai
FLAMING cocktai

I ordered another cocktail, this time a ginseng passion whilst Will opted for a chocolate tea. We has a feast with duck spring rolls, crispy prawn balls, roast pork puffs (oi oi!) vegetable sticky rice char sui bun (a mystery dish that turned out to be lush), some chicken and cashew dumplings as well as some scallop and shiitake dumplings! Woosh.

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Sunday

After all of the excitement of the week I wanted to have a nice and well earned chill out! Will’s friends are over to use my green screen and record their music video. I have been keeping out of the way in the bedroom and doing some writing whilst eating some chili and watching 90210…classy!

CHILI-ing ;)
CHILI-ing ;)

That’s all for this week! Hopefully next week will be just as awesome!

What have you been up to this week? Let me know!