These are a few of my favourite things #59

I’ve eaten well this week, well, let’s face it, I do most weeks. I’ve eaten out loads and have probably spent an embarrassing amount of cash on food since getting paid, but I LOVE it, it’s my hobby, and for the most part, it keeps me out of mischief…

It’s Sunday afternoon, I’m lying on my bed eating cake, listening to youtube videos and tapping away on my laptop. I’m very content and have absolutely no plans to move. I’ve been a rubbish blogger again this week, still finding hard to juggle everything the busier I get, but I have smashed out a few reviews over the weekend which I shall treat you to on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday and hopefully a recipe post tomorrow too. My blog is my baby, my outlet, and I really shouldn’t neglect it.

Sorry to my arteries…

Not to blow my own trumpet, but this is probably the best steak I’ve ever cooked, and it was mine all mine. I served it with cheesy leeks and skinny sweet potato fries, which if I’m honest, were a little overdone, but it didn’t matter as they tasted great. Even more so dipped in my very favourite barbecue sauce made by Tiptree, it tastes smoky and homemade, not synthetic like other brands. They’ve got a hot mango one I’m dying to try, I just haven’t seen it on sale anywhere yet, but it’s only a matter of time.

My first pho

People RAVE about Vietnamese restaurant ‘Pho’, and when I tweeted on Thursday to say I was going for the first time, numerous people replied to say they couldn’t believe I’d not been yet. I’ll post a review in the next few weeks but what I will say is; I loved some of it and I didn’t love some of it, the service was outstanding though and I can highly recommend their cocktails too. I’d like to go back and try more I think. Definitely worth a look if your in that neck of the woods and don’t wan’t pizza.

50 shades of Grey

I’ll keep this brief as I’m sure you all know what the film is about and it’s been absolutely slated by a lot of people. My review in under 140 characters was: ‘about 30 mins too long, not as bad as some people have made out, raunchy in parts, bit cringe & Mr Grey is A BABE’- yep, that’s the kind of streams of consciousness that my Twitter followers are treated to.  We went to the 9:15 showing which, regrettably, was full of gaggles of pissed up women making shows of themselves. I can highly recommend those M&S mojito cans, they had two shots of rum in and packed a surprising punch.  So all in all I’m glad I watched it but I certainly won’t be hurrying out to buy it on DVD.

Skincare splurge

My gorgeous friend Clare went to Paris and went to a French pharmacy for me and got me serozinc and my favourite Nuxe lip balm in stick form.  The former is a zinc sulphate solution (and no, it’s not just water in a can) which I use as a toning step as I find it really calms my skin and soothes any redness or blemishes. It’s cheap too, but annoyingly not available on the La Roche pose counters you find in Boots. You can get it online at Escentual, but thankfully I have enough jet-set friends to ensure I always have a back up in my stash.  The lip balm is OK, not a patch on the one that comes in a jar, I’ve gone through pots and pots of it over the years, but this one’ll do for my desk.

Without going into too much detail (for the sake of you who are only here for the food) my skin hasn’t been looking its best and after watching this video by skincare guru Caroline Hirons, I decided to throw some money at the problem. The Clinique cleansing balm is a repurchase, I love it. The others were on some triple points 3 for 2 thing on the Boots site that I could just not resist. I’m a huge fan of Indeed labs and have tried nearly the whole range already, my favourites being their Hydraluron jelly and sheet masks. I’ll report back on the above, but if you’re looking to throw in some more complex skincare bits into your routine for a reasonable price then they are definitely worth checking out. It’s always on offer in Boots and you can order online and have it delivered to your local store the next day. I really want to try their newest moisturiser fillume but annoyingly they’ve not had it in stock recently.

The Set Restaurant

One of the hottest new restaurants in town, The Set opened its doors last week and I was invited down as their guest for a meal and wine flight on Friday.  I was sitting with my pal Fran from The Graphic Foodie as well as food journo Patrick McGuigan, just opposite the pass, and we had a hilarious evening. The space is absolutely lovely, the sweetest front of house team imaginable and I drank every glass of wine that was given me to complement each course. I went for menu one and the highlight of it for me was the venison. A more detailed post will be up in the next week or so.

Another reason I love living in Kemp Town

The weather was gorgeous on Saturday so I headed round the corner from my flat, to Marmalade, a cafe on Eastern Road in Kemp town, with wraparound windows that make it a gorgeous sun trap. I went there almost a year ago for the first time and thought it was lovely then, and I’m happy to say that it’s just as lovely now. Embarrassingly there was a guy working there who I drunkenly used the worst chat up line imaginable on, but as always he was very polite, LOL, it was years ago, but the shame still lives on. I had vegetable tart with two salads for a reasonable £7.95 and it was great. They have wifi and a little mezzanine seating area upstairs that looks really cosy too. Big seal of approval from me.

The mother of all Yorkshire puddings 

I had this fine specimen at The Cow in the seven dials. I’d heard numerous good reports from trusted and not so trusted sources so was keen to try for myself. It was a good, solid roast, I enjoyed it. It’s also the conclusion of part 5 of my best and worst roasts in Brighton series, so keep your eyes peeled for that coming up in the next few weeks, there really is the good, the bad and the very ugly.

My beloved Sugardough

So because I went vaguely in the direction of Hove I decided a trip to Sugardough was in order. I couldn’t resist my usual creme brûlée tart and got some flourless orange cake as well. I’ve eaten them both and they were both perfect. If you live in Brighton then you must visit, immediately. My full review has their contact details on and lots more cake pics too.

I want this painted on my bedroom wall <3
Photo creds to Max Langran, courtesy of Twitter

What were your your favourite things from last week?  Did you eat anywhere nice that you’d like to see me review? Please do comment below or Tweet me x

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  1. March 11, 2015 / 9:16 pm

    All hail Caroline…! Really must get my hands on serozinc. Been struggling since the new year, but No. 7 hot cloth cleanser has worked wonders, that and their micro dermabrasion exfoliator.

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