The start of this week was an absolute nause for one reason or another, but definitely started to improve towards the weekend. Well, other than an utterly revolting meal yesterday which seemed to be soul food without a soul… there’ll be a review going up shortly, but it was bleak.
It’s Sunday afternoon and I’m feeling reflective and incredibly content. All of the people I’ve met and the amazing and delicious experiences I get to have every week aren’t something i’ll ever take for granted. I’m busier than I’ve ever been and all of it is thanks to my blog, the little babe. It may not make me overly popular in some arenas occasionally, and it is a lot of work, but I wouldn’t change it.
Earlier in the week, at the height of a very stressful day, I had a bit of a breakthrough moment and ever since then I feel like I’ve had a fire lit underneath me. I am raring to go, so watch this space.
It’s been a while since I’ve had the chance to indulge my love of all things Street Diner, but this week I managed to do so twice. It was good to see new faces popping up, but I stuck to my fave Toston Tolon (one of my favourites for the British street food awards 2014) both times, and they were as good as ever. Pulled pork both times in case you’re wondering, my friend had the chicken though and that was great as well. The buns are made from cornmeal so ideal for those with wheat and gluten intolerances.
There was a bit of a kerfuffle on my instagram when I posted this photo. Turns out there’s a lot of coconut oil fans out there. There’s numerous benefits to using it in cooking in favour of olive and vegetable oils, you can really taste the difference too. Be careful not to go too overboard with it when you’re frying, some things absorb the flavour more than others and can be a bit overpowering.
Not the first time I’ve declared my love for the M&S stir-fry deal and it probably won’t be the last. A pack of raw tiger prawns, stir fry sauce sachet, noodles and a bag of veg and peashoots, for £6- absolute bargain. Would easily serve two, or one if you’re really famished. They offer loads of different options of meat, veg and sauces so there’s something for everyone. They’re my go-to midweek meal.
I’ve been pretty blatant about my feelings for The Hearth. I love it in principle, I adore it in practice and I was delighted when the invitation to celebrate their reopening came my way. I’m going to do a little write up of the event in the next couple of weeks. If you’re in the area then I would definitely recommend you visit. It’s just so much better than anything you can get in Brighton.
The daffodils are a staple buy for me at this time of year, cheap and undeniably cheerful. The palette I fell upon gleefully, I already have it, but it was £29- so to see it for half the price was just too irresistible for me not to pounce on. The Stila smudge stick, shamefully is an old purchase I came across while tidying my make up shelves, it’s a kind of olive green and I have it in lots of different colours thanks to their fab gift sets every year at Christmas. Fillume is a moisturiser I’ve had my eye on for ages but my branch of Boots was completely sold out, not yesterday it wasn’t, and there was a fiver off too. I’ve been feeling a bit tired and haggard looking recently, so hopefully this will sort my thirsty skin out. I’ll report back for sure, cos if it does what it claims to, I’ll be walking round with a plumptious face in no time at all.
This afternoon I was lucky enough to be invited for a tasting of English’s spring menu, and also to raise a glass(es) to their 70th Birthday. I’m happy to report that I am not going to be upsetting this particular Brighton institution with my words. Full marks for every aspect of my couple of hours there and there’ll be a gushing review coming atcha very soon.
What were your Favourite things last week? Are there any restaurants or pubs you’d like to see me review? Please do comment below or hit me up through all manner of social networks x