My Week In Pictures 23rd -29th March

Soooo this week was the week before payday (I get paid on the LAST day of the month!) so I have spent the past few days pretty much hibernating and waiting for the dollar (or, erm, pound sterling) to role in. Nonetheless, fun has still been had, albeit on a shoestring budget!

Monday

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Hurrah for being a designated member of the press! I was invited to the gala night of Harvey at the Theatre Royal Haymarket. I took my lovely friend Emma as my +1 and a few of my other critic friends were going to so a lovely evening was had by all (review here.)

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After the show my friend Ed and his boyfriend Pete treated me and Emma to a cheeky wine at “Half Way To Heaven” – which perhaps would be better named “Half Way To Hell” – it’s like the place all the people who are too drunk to get into other venues go. On Monday night it was karaoke night with a weird mix of suits and drag queens “rocking” the mic!

Tuesday

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On Tuesday I recorded my radio show at the Shoreditch Radio studios. This week’s theme was spring – give it a listen here!

Wednesday

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I had a night in on Wednesday night and Will and I made chilli and chips with leftovers in the fridge and it was an actual delight. Coupled with a beer and an episode of Better Call Saul – I was very happy indeed.

Thursday

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On Thursday me and a few of my work friends had pizza at lunch from the lush place round the corner, however I wolfed it down so quick I forgot to take a picture. BUT In the evening a made a lovely poached egg, mushroom, sun blushed tomato and rocket salad.

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Will’s brother Ryan came round and we helped him work on his script for a comedy film he wants to shoot.

Friday

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On Friday I had to get my nails done due to a minor emergency and finally bit the bullet and had my trusty gel nails removed to give my real nails a break. Whilst they look good now it is only a matter of time til they snap!

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I decided that I was going to go for a drink with Michaela on Friday night as it was Friday after all! We headed out to West Hampstead and some kindly chaps bought us s couple of gins.

Saturday

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Will and I headed to Southfields for his aunty and uncle’s diamond wedding anniversary. It was really nice to see all of Will’s family and celebrate such a landmark achievement! Will’s mum Sue had made a fantastic cake for Peggy and Chick and they even got a letter from the queen with a rather marvellous tassel.

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Sunday

After laying in for probably a touch too long, Will and I went to the local sports centre for a swim and a game of badminton and I was most pleased my newish pink trainers could have a little outing :)!

Now there is a roast in the oven – thank god! In fact…publishing this blog took a little longer than I had planned due to some emergency admin (snooze)  SO YEAH HERE THE ROAST IS:

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Aint no party like a roast pork party! Make of that what you will! For pud we had a controversial cadbury’s Creme Egg ice cream… it was egggggggggcellent. (NOT EVEN SORRY!)

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SO next week I get paid, so expect to see more exciting things than just my dinner! I even have a chocolate making masterclass at Hotel Chocolat to look forward to ! YES!

What If I’m Never

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What if I'm never a rock star
And, well, like this is just it?
Riding tubes home in the dark
Without any space to sit.

What if I'm just one more person 
that lives and predictably dies?
What if I am another number
Just one more set of eyes? 

What if I just take my payslips 
Clock watching til I can go home?
What if I never stray far from 
These places that I have known?

What if I get too tired
To sing loudly any more?
What if let them break it down
When the wolves knock at my door?

What if I stop playing records
Because I know I've never been cool?
What if stop being hungry
Because I know I'll never be full?

What if I am never a rock star 
What if I never know fame?
 
What happens when
There's no one left
Who has ever 
Spoken
My name?

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I wrote the above drunk on the last train home after a night out. Strangely profound for one too many cans of Red Stripe!
This may never be me...
This may never be me…

FishWorks Swallow Street

I love seafood. Love love loveeeee it. King prawns, crabs, a beautifully cooked monkfish…heaven heaven heaven. Therefore you can imagine my glee (yes glee) when i was booked in for a meal at FishWorks, situated on the super chic Swallow Street.

FishWorks on Swallow Street
FishWorks on Swallow Street

With a fish market vibe at the front and a classy restaurant at the back with a distinctive nautical vibe FishWorks is all about the seafood.

Aioli is my favourite
Aioli is my favourite

Sitting down at our table, Will and I pondered what to order over a crisp glass of FishWorks endorsed Sauvignon Blanc, Nicolas Choblet and some bread with a fabulous aioli dip, closely followed by some deliciously fresh rock oysters.

Love me an oyster!
Love me an oyster!

Eventually I decided to order scallops in breadcrumbs for my starter and Will went for a special, deep fried squid.

Breaded Scallops ...mmmm!
Breaded Scallops …mmmm!

I love a scallop at the best of times, especially when served in a novelty shell, and these were fabulous juicy. The squid was a modern take on a classic battered seafood dish and was complimented nicely by a subtle tartar sauce.

OH HI FISH! I was shown a selection of fresh beauties which I could choose from should I so wish.
OH HI FISH! I was shown a selection of fresh beauties which I could choose from should I so wish.

On considering our mains carefully, I was shown a rather handsome Dover sole which I had grilled and filleted served with sides of roasted vine tomatoes plus fennel and anchovy gratin potatoes with a Parmesan crust ( GUYS THE POTATOES WERE GREAT!)

Soley moley!
Soley moley!

Will went for the bobby dazzler of the evening ; the FishWorks Fruit de Mer which was comprised of king prawns, muscles, cockles, crab and oysters. This was the true joy of the evening and really demonstrated FishWorks’ delectable shell fish at their finest.

WHAT FISH DREAMS ARE MADE OF!
WHAT FISH DREAMS ARE MADE OF!

Thinking it would be rude not to try a dessert, seeing as they sounded so good, I opted for a lemon tart served with a sharp lemon sorbet; the perfect pallet cleanser. I barely got a look in with Will’s Eton mess as he had happily polished it off with within a minute, but the one spoon I did have was a job. Clotted cream was cut with the sharp taste of raspberries and the sweet crunch of meringue… I can imagine this would be a very popular option!

Lemon for the actual win.
Lemon for the actual win.

Feeling full of delicious fish and perfect pud, Will and I waddled home feeling very happy indeed!

FishWorks does have dishes for all budgets, including a pre-theatre dinner set menu, but it is also great for those who want a special, slightly more upmarket meal. I mean LOOK at that fish platter above! If that won’t impress a date I don’t know what will!

My Week In Pictures 9th – 15th March 2015

As I write I am feeling particularly snoozey after another eventful week! There has been food, theatre, craft beer and babies ( well just one actually, but she is so cute she counts for two!)

Monday

£1 Daffodils from Tesco certainly spruce a desk up!
£1 Daffodils from Tesco certainly spruce a desk up!

I was glad to see the daffodils I had bought myself the week before were still going strong on my desk. It sounds lame but it’s lovely to have some flowers at work to keep you perky – honestly it makes a difference!

Homemade Jerk chicken with traditional rice and peas
Homemade Jerk chicken with traditional rice and peas

On Monday night I made jerk chicken from scratch (WITH coconut rice & peas) for myself and Will – it was just what I needed.

Tuesday

The Geffrye Museum in Hoxton
The Geffrye Museum in Hoxton

On Tuesday we were absolutely blessed with lovely weather! So much so that I sat in the garden of the Geffrye Museum (near my office in Hoxton) and enjoyed the spring air. The Geffrye is a favourite of mine in the summer but obviously not that much of a joy in cold wet weather. Spring – it was nice to feel you peaking around!

Tuesday night I recorded my radio show, which you can listen to on mixcloud.

Wednesday

The London cast of musical, Let It Be.
The London cast of musical, Let It Be.

Wednesday was great as I got to go to an exclusive event at the Waldorf Hilton at which the cast of Let It Be were performing a special acoustic gig for a select few. To coincide with the re-opening of Let It Be at the Garrick Theatre, the Waldorf has decked out one of it’s bedrooms as a Beatles suite with all kinds of Fab Four memorabilia.

Treats at the Waldorf Hilton.
Treats at the Waldorf Hilton.

As we checked out the suite, comprised of a separate lounge area, bathroom and bedroom, we were treated to some fabulous afternoon tea style cakes and a few glasses of bubbly. I am a strong lover of a macaron and these were top-notch. I also LOVED the mini pavlovas.

Oh HI little white chocolate meringue of dreams.
Oh HI little white chocolate meringue of dreams.

After listening to three tracks from the lads (you can hear/ watch them here) I then was asked to interview the stars of the show – in the bedroom of all places! Howwwwl! Again you can watch the interview via the link above.

In bed with "the Beatles."
In bed with “the Beatles.”

Thursday

The Woman In Black at the Fortune Theatre
The Woman In Black at the Fortune Theatre

I took a group of theatre bloggers to see The Woman In Black at the Fortune Theatre. Naturally we had to have a wine or two before the show (to calm our nerves and such like !) so we met at the Nell round the corner. I’ve seen The Woman In Black 3 times now and it is still terrifying!

The Woman In Black has a very simple set.
The Woman In Black has a very simple set.

The show is one of the least expensive to run in the West End – it is very simple with little set. This in a way makes the scary moments more effective in a strange way, like more elemental. The imagination is what the really terrifying thing can be; where will the woman appear next?!

Friday

BURGERS AND DREAMS AND BURGERS!
BURGERS AND DREAMS AND BURGERS!

Friiiiiiiiiiiiiday! What a treat! You can’t beat that Friday feeling and this Friday evening I was going to a pub quiz with my lovely friend Emma. The quiz was hosted at the Royal George pub by theatre marketing agency, Dewynters, who not only plied us with amazing food and wine, they also took the opportunity to introduce us to their new social media service Go Little Birdee.  DID I MENTION THERE WAS FOOD?

NACHOS! With an acceptable amount of guacamole.
NACHOS! With an acceptable amount of guacamole.

Emma and I were paired with my theatre friend Ian and his mate Chris. We thought we were at a disadvantage being as there were only 4 of us, however we turned out to be a dream team (we also aptly named ourselves QUIZ SAIGON!) Yep. The impossible happened and we won! I thought I was already winning after guzzling several glasses of complimentary wine, burgers and nachos but things got even better as we were given a medal and £30 in theatre tickets each! Thanks little Birdee!!!

VICTORS.
VICTORS.

Saturday

A lovely CRAFT-ernoon
A lovely CRAFT-ernoon

On Saturday Will and I met up with our friends Jonny and Candice and headed on s craft beer adventure in Bermondsy. Basically around the trendy Rope Walk area lots of small brewers open up shop to sell their beer on a Saturday afternoon. It was great, like a mini pub crawl!

An IPA and a Raspberry Saison
An IPA and a Raspberry Saison

After finishing up with a really nice raspberry saison, will and I headed off for dinner at FishWorks near Piccadilly Circus.

FISH!
FISH!

I won’t say too much about the seafood based glory that was FishWorks as that baby deserves a post of it’s own, but let my draw your attention to the picture above. I mean…wow!

Sunday

Sunday Lunch - Chicken pie, oh my!
Sunday Lunch – Chicken pie, oh my!

Today is Mother’s Day so I ventured down to Newmarket to see mum and my sister, who has just become a mum.

Mum had rustled up a fabulous lunch of chicken pie with roasties, red cabbage and sprouts and we all toasted the occasion with a glass of aptly named Mumm champagne 🙂

Aunty Bex reporting for duty!
Aunty Bex reporting for duty!

Now I am back home trying to convince Will that he needs to give me a shoulder massage. He seems tepid on the idea!

Who Are Ya Felgate

So a lovely blogging babe called Caity tagged me in one of these get-to-know-you-ey things and asked me some questions. Here’s what’s what in the life and mind of me (essentially a lot of evil plots and schemes according to my boyfriend !)

WHO ARE YA FELGATE?

1. What’s a day in the life of you?

My office in Shoreditch.
My office in Shoreditch.

Haha. GOD. Depends what day – week days and  weekends are a bit different. WORK DAYS (week days) usually involve me waking up, having coffee, watching some mindless Netflix for 30 mins whilst I put on my make-up (at the moment I’m watching 90210…guilty pleasure!) I then curse the existence of the overground as it fails to show up on time. When I get to work in Hoxton I am doing all kinds of theatre editorialy things, like writing up reviews or filming little videos or even organising theatre outings for the lovely bloggers.

 

Working in Adobe Premier Pro
Working in Adobe Premier Pro

When I am at work I tend to go to the gym in my lunch break a couple times a week. Most days after work I have plans, they will either be going to a show or going out for dinner with my friends.

At the weekends I LOVE going for brunch with my friends or making breakfast at home with Will. If me and Will have free weekends we like to organise mini and obscure adventures, like recently we went on an Alpaca Trek!

Me and my Alpaca mate, Andy. Casual.
Me and my Alpaca mate, Andy. Casual.

2. What are you really really good at?

Making curry. Like really good authentic tasting curry. I can do Indian and Thai with similar prowess 😉

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

3. What meal could you eat for the rest of your life: Food, drink, AND dessert.

OH GOD. I LOVE FOOD SO MUCH, HOW CAN I POSSIBLY CHOOSE ONE MEAL?! CURSE YOU.

Hm. Well. My favourite is probably Indian and as you know you can’t just have one dish at an Indian! You have to have like main, side, nan and rice. SO I’ll go (GAH) King Prawn Shashlik Masala with a side of Sag Aloo, Pashwari nan and mushroom rice. For pudding, hm. A cheese board! Us brits do that – cheese for dessert! Drink. Tricky. Is drinking red win acceptable for THE REST of my life?!

All the curry - just how I like it!
All the curry – just how I like it!
CHEEEESE IF YOU PLEASE
CHEEEESE IF YOU PLEASE

4. Favorite musical?

OH. AH. HM. CRAP.

Les Miserables.

5. Life goal – what is it?

To be a sassy businesswoman in charge of some kinda multi-millions generating cooperation whilst also maintaining a loving family life with my husband and kids. Also I’d like a steam room and a pool. AND a shit ton of Christian Louboutins.

Business Barbie. In Louboutins. Obvs.
Business Barbie. In Louboutins. Obvs.

6. Dogs or babies. Is that cruel?

YES THAT IS CRUEL.

But babies. Although I note you have used plural…DOG now. BABY later. Way later.

My niece - a baby!
My niece – a baby!
My "brother" - a dog.
My “brother” – a dog.

7. You have to travel with only one person for the next 5 years. That means 24/7, baby. Who is it?

There are so many people I would love to travel with for 5 years but I guess if I am ONLY allowed one, it would have to be my boyfriend Will. He is my friend and co-adventurer as well as the love of my life! (too sappy? Sorry!)

Will and I at the top of Crib Goch.
Will and I at the top of Crib Goch.

8. What is your current JAM?

(As much as I wish we hadn’t left the topic of food, we did at question 3 – we’re talking about music here!)

SO I do a radio show on Shoreditch Radio. I have LOADS OF JAMS as I am always listening to music. A recurring love is “Wolf Like Me” by TV on the Radio. “WE’RE HOWLING FOREVER.” We are. I don’t imagine I will be stopping any time soon.

9. Most thrilling adventure you’ve ever taken

SO I have realised that actually, you can totally travel alone. If you have the money for your ticket and the time then you have no limits. I have always wanted to go to New York. Will isn’t particularly interested so I just decided to go without him. I had a friend living in NY who I decided to visit, however I also decided to make a de-tour to Toronto because, why not? On my own I ventured to Canada for a few days, then I met my lovely friend in NY and stayed with her for 5 days. She was working so I had to spend some time alone, which was totally cool. I met up with a few people on a whim, saw some shows, ate some food and generally had a f*cking fabulous time.

CN Tower, Toronto.
CN Tower, Toronto.
A hot dog stand (?!) in New Jersey.
A hot dog stand (?!) in New Jersey.
Sweet heaven in Manhattan, NY.
Sweet heaven in Manhattan, NY.
On top of the world / Rockerfeller
On top of the world / Rockerfeller

10. What would you do if you knew you couldn’t fail?

Be a television presenter. I guess that is kind of my goal too – I just can’t seem to get any proper work without dedicating ALL my time to finding it. It isn’t feasible to quit my job in order to tirelessly hunt for a broadcaster to hire me. Honey aint got the money.

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11. What is your favorite day of the week?

FRIDAY. NO. WAIT. SATURDAY! Definitely Saturday. Any day I am not at work and can eat a fabulous brunch/ drink mimosas at noon!

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SO I think I am supposed to nominate some questions for some people…sooo (you huns are under no pressure but, yeah, taged) I am going to go with LittleMissKaty. I AM ALSO going to go with Emma and Amy

  1. What is your favourite kind of cheese?
  2. What is your opinion on cream tea etiquette – cream before jam or vice versa?
  3.  If you HAD to choose between gin and champagne/prossecco/fizzy wine (because lets not pretend anyone gives a fuck which is what) which would you choose?
  4. Describe your ideal date (event)
  5. Describe your ideal date (person)
  6. What is the most embarassing thing that you have done that you will freely admit to?
  7. Show me a picture of your favourite place in the world?
  8. What is the best show you have ever seen?
  9. What is your 5 year plan?
  10. Babe, like what should I be watching on Netflix right now because I actually factually can’t choose anything ever. (Although yes, I am already calling Saul and building a few houses out of cards.)

<3

 

My Week In Pictures 2nd – 8th March 2015

OKAY so this week something pretty amazing happened – I became an AUNTY for the first time ever! My, as yet unnamed, niece was born on SATURDAY and is very beautiful!

The week started a little badly; it was cold and I felt a bit “meh.” ALSO some IDIOT has hacked my work website/set up a dupliacte site but has changed all the content to porno content! I am fuming, plus SOME PEOPLE refuse to help. ANYWAY Socially things have really picked up for me as the week went on and I got to hang out with some lovely friends :). THEN obviously my niece was born…so yeah, here is the full story.

Monday

Positive Purps!
Positive Purps!

Monday was a weird one. I decided to get my nails done in my lunch break to perk myself up. I opted for what I like to call a “positive purple.”

I then had an impromptu but really fun trip to Leytonstone to visit my friend Kate. I used to live with her there before I moved in with Will and it was nice to return to my old stomping ground! We went to the Red Lion pub for their Monday quiz AND WE CAME SECOND! We didn’t anything, except, y’know, major respect.

Tuesday

 lovely surprise card from my friend Katie.
lovely surprise card from my friend Katie.

On Tuesday I came home to this lovely surprise card from my friend Katie Brennan. Nothing makes my day more than a little unexpected kindness. Plus there was glitter 😀 Yey for glitter.

Wednesday

Winner winner chicken dinner
Winner winner chicken dinner

On Wednesday I met my lovely friend Kate (Kate from Monday!) and we went for a cheeky little cheap and cheerful dinner at a weatherspoons in Holborn then to the press night of Romeo and Juliet at the Peacock Theatre.

I went for some southern fried chicken and a glass o’ red, all for the bargain price of £7! Kate had Forcaccia and a little white, little did we know there was food at the press party too! Whoops!

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At the Peacock Theatre

The show was goodish – full review here. It was mostly just great to see some dance as I am mainly about plays and musicals. It was also amazing to see my lovely friends, including Kate :).

 Thursday

Buffet lunch at Troy in Hoxton.
Buffet lunch at Troy in Hoxton.

My friend Vicki was leaving work on Friday so we decided to do ALL the eating to celebrate on both Thursday and Friday. There is a place near our office called “Troy” that does a buffet style lunch with Bulgarian and Greek style food with hummus and stuffed vine leaves etc! It is only £6 to eat in and you can load up with food. They even gave us free tea! Hurrah.

Birdman!
Birdman!

On Thursday evening I went to Hertford to see Birdman with Will and his mum and the Hertford Theatre. I LOVED the film but it was pretty dark! It was massively Broadway porn – lots of lovely sites to be seen around New York in the film, which was kind of a comedy “Black Swan.” The Hertford Theatre was also very nice. You can bring beer in the auditorium too ! Hurrah!

Friday

YELLOW!
YELLOW!

On Thusday I had bought myself some £1 daffodils from Sainsbury’s and they had bloomin BLOOMED over night! I was thrilled! I also bought myself a BRIGHT yellow jumper (from Topshop) as you can see.

Friday after work, as Vicki was leaving (waaa!) we went to a new pub near our office called Cirque and had  a few drinks. Hurrah.

Piston Head
Piston Head

Saturday

Green Screenin'
Green Screenin’

After going for a run with Michaela on Saturday morning, my friend Katie (the aforementioned Brennan!) came over in the evening to film a gin in a tin review vlog with me. It is always fun getting the green screen out; I feel like such a pro! ha!

Gins in tins!
Gins in tins!

RIGHT SO KATIE PROVIDED in terms of the gins! We tried 8 (!) different gins each including Gordon’s cucumber and elderflower flavours plus a lovely Greenall’s gin infused with grapefruit. The results will be edited into a fabulous vlog asap! ALSO right in the middle of filming I found out about the baby! Hurrah!

The most beautiful girl in the universe!
The most beautiful girl in the universe!

Sunday

Brunch is the best!
Brunch is the best!

On Sunday I met Kate once again (lucky Kate ha!) and we went for brunch at a restaurant called Jackson Rye on Wardour Street. It was EXACTLY what I needed. We had avocado benedict with smoked salmon and I had a nice pink gapefruit and orange juice.

Later me and Kate went on a nice walk around London before I headed off home.

Sunday friends!
Sunday friends!

PS I am holding Kate’s ear because she kept complaining that she thought they looked big – the hooligan!

Will isn’t home this evening as he had a gig with his family in Hertford. I actually feel a bit ill this evening (dodgy pate for dinner?!) and I wish he was here  to make me tea and give me a hug! Waa! Anyway, I am so happy to be an aunty and I look forward to meeting my niece next week!