So this one’s a bit of a Birthday edition really as it dominated the first part of my week. I had the best time. Last year was a bit of a weird one as I was adjusting to a totally new life, as well as a new age to come to terms with! But this year was incredible.
If you read this post and think I’m a spoilt bitch; I am but if you think I’m boasting, I’m not. I do one of these posts every year as I love to look back on them. As a result of severe discomfort at the thought of putting everyone I know together in a social situation ( I don’t know why, I just hate the thought) I get to have a Birthday that lasts two weeks, and I’m not complaining at all. Because nearly all of it revolves around food, it seems only natural to share. There’ll be full reviews and a couple of videos coming about some of the below so don’t forget to subscribe to my YouTube channel or like my Facebook page, as I post all the links there.
It’s Sunday evening, I’m watching The Witches, waiting for my nails to dry and feeling extremely content. I had a lovely lunch, a great hair cut and the lady, thankfully didn’t want to make small talk, so I had a blissful hour of reading my book and having my hair played with, while we both comfortably avoided eye contact- bliss. I’m off up to London tomorrow to do something really exciting… I’ll report back next week.
|Birthday treats from my lovely flatmate|
THAT book, I’d been dying to buy it, but as everyone says I’m ‘impossible to buy for’ I held back on the purchase so I could get it as a Birthday gift. My lovely flatmate Rosie obliged, and I honestly haven’t put it down. It’s amazing. If you have the slightest interest in beauty; buy it. If you’re feeling drab cos you’re ill/got acne/had a baby; buy it. If you have no interest in beauty but feel like you should; buy it. If you think you know everything there is to know about beauty; still flippin’ buy it! It’s straight talking, pearls of wisdom from one of the Beauty Industry experts, Sali Hughes. She covers SO much, in a conversational and understandable way. Brilliant Christmas gift too. Buy it from Amazon for the best price.
Oh and those macarons… I would do quite a lot for some more of the pistachio, and salted caramel ones right now.
|Birthday lunch at Silo|
|Forcing my Mum to spend money on
products in Space NK
|Birthday tea at The Blackbird tea rooms|
For as long as I can remember my Mum and I have always celebrated my Birthday in the same way. Brunch or lunch in Brighton, browse around the shops with various stops for seasonal lattes and slabs of cake or Krispy Kremes. This year, as every year, she spoilt me rotten, made me a gorgeous chocolate Birthday cake and gave us a day together of perfect, quality time. If I ever have a daughter, I hope she loves me as much as I love my Mum, she rules.
Part of my Birthday tradition always seemed to be that we would have some problem or other in a restaurant. I KNOW what you’re thinking, I must be a nightmare customer, but my Mum is the first to tell me if I’m being a princess (believe me) and even she had to admit that we had an unfortunate run of luck. We had no such trouble that day at Silo, lunch was lovely (full review to follow), I liked it a lot more than I thought it would and it was reassuringly busy as well. I thought it might be a bit up its own arse, but it wasn’t. Not keen on the serving of drinks in jam jars though, despite the sustainability factor, they’ve kind of had their day.
If you’re a regular to this blog or follow me on Instagram, you’ll probably have noticed that I have a tendency to be a bit spendy… this clearly came from the other side of my gene pool, as I had to coax my Mum into buying herself a cashmere jumper and some make up from Space NK. After all that excitement we went for tea at the Blackbird tearooms, my favourite place to have tea and cake in Brighton. That orange and almond cake was sublime and my Mum loved the tea so much I’ve bought her some for Christmas.
|Pizza Express with a lover and a hater|
I have an unswerving devotion to Pizza Express, even more unswerving as Fran’s dislike for them, and that’s a lot. We are slowly chomping our way around Brighton & Hove in the pursuit of a pizza that, let’s be frank, Fran, deems to be acceptable. I worked for Pizza Express for 8 years and barely a shift went past where I didn’t eat at least one a day, so therefore they will always have a special place in my heart. I won’t say any more as it’s going to end up in my overall ‘pizza crawl’ post as well as on my YouTube channel, but it’s pretty safe to say that neither of us changed our opinions after the visit.
|Kambis with Jenna <3|
So Jenna and I had a little Bday night out/Pussy Palace reunion the day after my Birthday, and it was sooooo good to see her. We went to a show… there’s quite a lot I could say about it, but I won’t because it was a thoughtful suggestion by a friend who arranged the tickets, then couldn’t make it so gave hers to Jenna. I guess I should have looked into it more, but oh well, we had a right laugh anyway.
Kambis is a BYOB Lebanese restaurant on Western Road, and it is a new love of mine. I won’t say anymore, as I’m going to post a full review, and vlog, but Hoummous, topped with lamb fllets… YES PLEASE.
|Feel good food <3|
|Just another reason to love living in Kemp Town…|
While browsing on Twitter the other day I saw someone RT the notice above, I clicked through to @thesevenbees , had a quick stalk to find out what it was all about and tweeted Ian, the head honcho of the community cafe to see if he was serving food, he was, so I ran, yes ran, the 200 or so meters from my house to there in the pissing rain. The above explains better than I ever could. But in essence, if you are there, treating yourself, then treat someone who can’t afford it to a cup of tea, or if you can spare a few quid, then a hot meal. I think it’s amazing and wholeheartedly have, and will support it whenever I can.
I gave him some shit every time I visited his old gaff, for breaking my egg yolk and because the potato in my lutke was a bit grey, once. I was still a huge fan despite these two offences though. This time, there was zero criticism I could level at it, honestly. It was even better than my favoured, Joe’s Cafe, plus it has the added bonus of being, pretty much on my doorstep. Sadly it’s not open during the weekend, but if you get the opportunity to go, the do. And FFS donate, I think what Iain and the team at the cafe are doing is incredible- genuinely making a difference to so many people’s day, mine included.
|Wild Geese whiskey night at The Mucky Duck|
I was invited to this by one of the Brand Managers from the whiskey company. I really don’t get on with whiskey, but I love cheese and as that was part of the main event, I dragged myself out of my cosy flat and popped down for an hour or so for an interactive chat and tasting session with some reps from the brand, who were all, clearly very passionate about what they do. It was lovely to see blogger Laura as well as meet Susie ‘offline’, and while I’m still not partial to a ‘wee dram’ a fun time was had by all. I quite like the Mucky Duck too, it’s a rainy Saturday afternoon type pub, cosy and local.
|An ode to… Sugardough (again)|
I’ll keep it short and sweet because there’s barely a week that goes by where my beloved Sugardough bakery in Hove doesn’t feature in this post. I hadn’t seen these in there before and they were a 100% 10/10. If they were a bloke, I’d marry him. Every tart I’ve tried from sugardough (and believe me, that is a lot) and other than a few repeat visits to the pancetta and caramelised onion variety, they’ve all been different bar one thing… the pastry, OH the pastry. Crunchy, buttery and utterly perfect. The egg custard in this tart was almost molten, but not so much so that the whole thing collapsed after taking a couple of (ginormous) bites. The crisp sugar was thin, but just the right amount, and made, the already ideal dessert, even more enticing.
You can follow them on Twitter or Facebook or pay them a visit at:
5 Victoria Terrace, Hove, BN3 2WB
|Chicken roasted with apricot jam, fruit juice
& hot pepper sauce
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|I LOVE this place|
|The Rose Fairy <3|
I was introduced to the wonders of this place when I was very young by my Father, and then reintroduced to it by a friend, whose flat was decorated beautifully, with a lot of some of the loveliest pieces being one off or vintage, that she’d unearthed at the flea market. I’ve been a devotee ever since moving back to Kemp Town.
I think it’s open every day of the week, they take card and are ever so helpful about helping you out with bulky items to the car. I must’ve bought a dozen things at least in the last year, including my beloved dressing table as well as a gorgeous rose gold platter which now houses my skincare.
That flower fairy is going to be the last purchase for my bedroom for a while, I’m turning my attention to the sitting room, so if anyone has any idea where I can get nice rugs, please do let me know in the comment box below, cos I’m struggling, I fell in love with one I saw in a youtube video but they sold out before I could buy one. sad.face.
|Revisit as part of #5 of the roast challenge…|
As some of you will know, I set myself a challenge to find the best roast in Brighton and the Busby & Wilds one came out on top in #4 of the challenge. As it’s about three minutes walk from my flat and I loved it so much a revisit happened yesterday. I won’t talk about the meal itself as I’ll cover it in #5 of the challenge but just look at that menu- LUSH.
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