These are a few of my favourite things #43

This weekend has been FAB,  it’s combined so many of my favourite things, food, shopping, booze, makeup, friends. I think I wrote in last week’s post about my fears I’d cracked a rib laughing, this weekend has definitely flared up the injury. My friends make me laugh, mad amounts.

I had a lame roast and the worst lavatorial experience (see Twitter/Insta/Facebook) for deets) since Marocco’s today, SO disappointing, and particularly unfortunate after a weekend of eating (in vast amounts) a lot of high quality, well cared for, food, at various places in Brighton (more on this below). I’m going to do a post about today’s place, usually I’d include it in the round up, but if that’s not for another three months then they may have sorted their filthy lives out by then (hopefully). It’ll be up in a few days.

*update* they’ve been in touch… their customer service is as sloppy as their cleanliness…

I also want to say thank you for the response to my post on feedback. I felt really odd posting it, but the tweets, emails and comments on the post have been SO lovely. I totally didn’t do it for that reason, but it’s so, SO lovely of you and brought a (happy) tear to my eye x

Pussy Palace reunion meal!

Jenna came back to Pussy Palace for the first time since moving out the other day. NO we didn’t have some big falling out, we’ve just been out to eat or done something else when we have met up, but it was so nice to see her (she’s partly responsible for my laughter cracked ribs).

Jenna never wants to eat carbs so I spiralised some courgettes, and tossed them in salted butter and pepper. These were served with with the (homemade) meatball, tomato, basil and mozzarella bake. Easy to make and really delicious, I’d have liked some garlic bread of some description- but as I prowled around the pizza section, I heard Jenna’s voice in my  ‘fat doesn’t make you fat, carbs do’  so I refrained from buying any, more’s the pity.

Jenna has started writing her blog (Raw Rhubarb) again, and I’m thrilled. She’s hilarious, i her writing style is great and she’s FIT. Follow her on twitter for her ramblings and links to her blog- I know that I’m biased, but it really is fab.

Another reason I love my job

I mentioned a few weeks ago that I did a social media course at the University of Brighton, which despite being for beginners (I have used it personally and professionally for nearly 8 years) I still found fascinating. It got me really fired up about how I can use it more at work. I also started up my Facebook page on the course, which is proving to be a great way to engage with people who don’t have Twitter (A LOT). People are a lot less… aggy… on Facebook too.

I was really lucky that through work, I got to take part in the next session, spending a day learning more about advanced techniques, and for me, the most important part, a step by step guide to creating a social media strategy. I’ll be applying it in my day job immediately and although I do have a strategy for my blog, it would be good to actually have a structure written down, rather than just in my mind as it has been the last three years.

I honestly can’t recommend the course enough, you can find full details on the website, or contact me if you want any more info about what I think or how to book.

Horrible photo but a lovely 24 hours with this one <3

I mentioned in last week’s post that I’d been reunited with my old friend Sarah and that she was coming to stay, and she did! I met her from the station and took her into town where we went clothes shopping and my 20% off discount card for H&M card got a flexing and both my cashmere and Christmas jumper collections both have new additions to their families.  We bought her lots of gorgeous clothes and then went out for supper and drinks (more on that below) as well as three course breakfast and more shopping in the morning.

We laughed from before she’d even arrived (whatsapp) to when I waved her off to the station on Saturday afternoon. I can’t believe we left it six years, despite our wildly differing lives, we are alarmingly similar in a lot of ways and she was the perfect partner in crime for people watching/eating/getting pissed and shopping. Plans are already afoot for me to visit her in Surrey next month and I can’t wait  So yes, if you have a friend who you haven’t seen for a while but would love to, DO IT. If they’re a true friend, it’ll be like they’ve never been away, I guarantee it.

Mexican at the Sidewinder pub

I was invited to review the menu at the Sidewinder, and as it’s pretty much my local, and I’m always bemoaning the lack of decent Mexican food in this city, I jumped at the chance.  A full review will be going up in the next couple of weeks, but the food, drink and overall experience, definitely warranted a spot in this week’s favourite things post.  Follow them on Twitter and if you go, definitely have the Chiccarones- absolutely incredible, I could’ve eaten bowls of them.

Brunch at Sam’s of Brighton

Anyone at all familiar with me knows that I am obsessed with breakfasts. I’ve written two huge posts as well as countless mini reviews of breakfasts, at all price points, and standards, so it’s pretty safe to say I know what I like.  I follow Sam’s on Twitter and wasn’t even aware that they did brunch until Ollie, their chef, tweeted me to say he’d been working on a new menu. I hadn’t seen any photographic evidence, but I had a hunch it was going to be great and a quick browse of their menu confirmed it.  My verdict is over on Instagram and Twitter, but I’ll be posting a full review in the coming weeks.

They had some trouble with their Twitter account, had to start another one and as a consequence lost all of their followers, so definitely go and follow them, if you have an account and a taste for food porn.

The Marwood Coffee Shop

The Marwood
is a bit of a Brighton institution. So much so that, even though I only had coffee and cake, I’m going to do it an individual review, cos I’ve been here loads, it’s really cool, and it seems crazy that I haven’t done one already.  that cake was banoffee and was to.die.for. so fresh and the sauce on it was warm, sticky and had seeped into the moist sponge. Eurgh, rank sentence.

Almost time for the festive bed linen

This little number will be gracing my bed within a matter of days, if not hours.  It’s brushed cotton, warm and snuggly and will be it’s third Christmas with me. I’m amazed at how well it’s lasted given that it came from Primark and only cost £20. I love it. I need some more red cushions….

Local pub bringing the LOLs

What were your favourite things last week? Any restaurants you’d like to see me review on here or over on my YouTube channel? Tweet me or comment below (you don’t need a Blogger account to do so) x

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