REVIEW: SQUASHED TOMATO, DERBY

Coffee is an elixir which should be celebrated. Whenever I stumble across a good coffee place, I see it as a public duty to grab my virtual tannoy and shout out about it from the rooftops. When I discovered a café was open on the former site of one of my coffee hangout spots (Baked), ...

CHRISTMAS MENU REVIEW: SLUG & LETTUCE, DERBY

*Invite to review* I love anything to do with Christmas. From twinkly fairy lights (they should be a perennial staple and not just Christmas, oh the things I’d enshrine into law if I were prime minister) to spiced baked goods, it is easy to fall in love with the festive season and make like Will Ferrell’s Elf. If ...

AFTERNOON TEA REVIEW: MANCHESTER HOUSE, MANCHESTER

With less than 14 days to go to the big day (1,209,600 seconds to be precise), you may have done all your Christmas shopping and feel like you deserve a treat. Even if you haven’t even glanced at your Christmas shopping list *guilty cough*, you need a pat on the back for showing up and ...

RESTAURANT REVIEW: LOCH FYNE, NOTTINGHAM

Elf, roasted chestnuts, mince pies, mulled wine, turkey. If you’re not a fan of the aforementioned Christmas turkey staple, then stay glued. I love seafood and wish there were more specialist seafood eateries around. As I want to eat less meat and switch over to fish instead, I’m actively looking at more fish recipes and restaurants ...

BULLET JOURNAL THE RYMAN WAY

*Complimentary stationery from Rymans* I write. A lot. For clients, it is factual-corporate press release writing. For my personal writing, I can get a little more creative, and that is where the fun starts. Yes I may have the hand-writing of a five year old (make that six if I really concentrate), but I find the ...

RESTAURANT REVIEW: ZING VAA, DERBY

  Popping out for a nice spot of lunch always puts a spring in my step, especially if the restaurant is five minutes down the road. Think about the time that one wastes in traffic and parking, when you can be writing or drinking coffee or chillaxing with The Punisher on Netflix. I have dined at Zing ...

CHRISTMAS DAY #CHEFHACKS FROM CHEF ALEX BOND

Alex Bond, chef and owner of Alchemilla restaurant in Nottingham, shares some of his expertise and tips to help make your Christmas day stress-free so that you can enjoy the day with your family and friends. For most cooks, the biggest worry is that they will spend the day melting in the kitchen with a partially ...

8 COUNTRIES – 8 CITIES – 8 DAYS: THE GLOBAL FOOD INNOVATION TOUR 2017

Tried & Tested is a new British TV show currently in the commissioning stage with interest from broadcasters in the UK and around the world. In just 4 weeks, the show has found some incredible new food innovations from around the world to feature on the show’s pilot and now takes that one step further by ...

REVIEW BUZZBALM®

*Complimentary BuzzBalm® Review* I write predominantly about food and drink, but as Christmas is around the corner, I’ll be including a few fun features to mix things up. Expect posts on gift-guides, great if you’re stuck for ideas on what to gift as presents. I was sent the full range of BuzzBalm® a hand-made cosmetic collection of ...

HOW WORKING OUT CAN HELP YOU STAY MENTALLY FIT

*Guest post* While many of us hit the gym in order to reap the rewards of improved physical fitness, it is also important to note that exercise can have a profoundly positive effect on your mental health. A number of celebrities credit working out for improving their sense of wellbeing, including singer Demi Lovato, who credits exercise ...