Monday 24 November 2014

LONDON - Restaurant review: Flat Iron

The Flat Iron is a steak restaurant in Soho, London. Last Saturday I went there with a friend for lunch after being recommended by a friend, and having heard loads of fab reviews, and honestly, the restaurant didn't disappoint.

Flat Iron is a small restaurant with an even smaller menu. There's just one item on the menu, flat iron steak (you'd never guess right?). The steak cost £10 and is absolutely delicious. The choice of sides is good, and fairly priced. We chose dripping cooked chips and creamed spinach, both just as delicious as the steak.

As well as their main menu, they have a specials board which normally contains one dish, such as steak from a different cut, or a cheese burger. Although neither of us chose the special last Saturday, the couple next to us ordered the burger and it looked to be to the same standard as the steak.

I would recommend Flat Iron as a place to go for lunch rather than for dinner purely due the portion size. It is perfect for a large lunch, or a small dinner, but I think you would have to order a few sides to make sure you got your fill if you were hungry and went for an evening meal there.

I will definitely be going back to Flat Iron. I think it's a fantastic place to go for lunch, to eat nice food whilst keeping the cost down too.

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Sunday 16 November 2014

B is for Birmingham

B is for Birmingham
B is for Browns restaurant
B is for Boozy lunch with friends

Thursday 23 October 2014

Book Review: Rooftoppers

Picture and synopsis from Goodreads

Everyone thinks that Sophie is an orphan. True, there were no other recorded female survivors from the shipwreck which left baby Sophie floating in the English Channel in a cello case, but Sophie remembers seeing her mother wave for help.

Wednesday 24 September 2014

LONDON - Whats on: Mock Tudor

One of my favourite things about London, is that there is so much going on, all the time. There's quirky cocktail bars, specialist restaurants, weird exhibitions, pop up events, roof bars, food markets selling the most delicious food, and loads more. There are so many different opportunities to do something different that I usually wouldn't.

Last night my flatmates and I went to go and see a play called Mock Tudor in a small theatre above a pub in Clapham. I can't express how much I enjoyed it.

Thursday 11 September 2014

Moving on up...

Some of you might have been wondering why I haven't posted in a while, and the truth is I'VE MOVED! I've got myself a grown up job in the city and moved into a flat with two friends. Very exciting stuff, but I have been without wifi for a while (and hot water/gas/washing machine/blinds/shower curtain, but who's counting..). 

Our faces when we signed the contract on our flat

Sunday 27 July 2014

Monthly book reviews - June

Now that I've finished university and entered the grown up world of work, I'm spending a considerable amount of time on a train commuting too and from my job. This has resulted in lots of books being read, which gave me the idea of starting a monthly feature of mini reviews.  I've never had a recurring feature on my blog, so lets hope I can keep it up. (One post a month can't be that hard right?!)

So, here is my 'June mini book review monthly feature' (yeah, I'm still working on a name..)

'Divergent' Series by Veronica Roth


Sunday 20 July 2014

Saturday 5 July 2014

Lingfield Races -- my evening in numbers

Last weekend my sister and I, plus our boyfriends went to the races. We had an absolutely wonderful time, and despite a little rain at the beginning, the rest of the afternoon was beautifully hot and sunny. I've never been to the races before, so I didn't now what to expect but I really enjoyed it. We even got to watch a Shire Horse race (it felt like watching a race in slow motion). 

Wednesday 25 June 2014

Home improvements: New conservatory (part 1)

The conservatory at my family home is old, 25 years old in fact, and it is in a bad way. The wooden beams are rotting, meaning that whenever it rains you have to put out buckets to catch the rain water. It's become second nature (apparently not for my sister though, who once put a colander out).

So this year, my mum and dad decided enough was enough. A new conservatory was in order...

Can you spot the pink rain catcher?

Wednesday 18 June 2014

BRIGHTON - Restaurant review: Pho

When Tom and I last went to Brighton, we tried out a new restaurant called Pho. Pho is a Vietnamese dish which is a type of noodle soup. Although the menu at Pho does include other Vietnamese dishes, Pho is what they specialise in. 


Thursday 12 June 2014

Brighton -- my day in numbers

2.00am -- the time Tom and I got in from a wedding the night before

9.30 -- the time we dragged ourselves out of bed

Wednesday 21 May 2014

Trying something new: my spotty trousers

On Monday I went out for afternoon tea and thought it would be good time to try out my new trousers. I bought these in H&M and fell in love with them as soon as I saw them. The only trousers I own are jeans, so I thought I should try something new.

Thursday 15 May 2014

A is for afternoon tea

To celebrate finishing our time at uni together, my course mates and I went out for afternoon tea at Coombe Abbey. Coombe Abbey is a beautiful manor house, hotel and restaurant near our university, and one of my favourite places. The grounds are stunning. I have enjoyed multiple picnics there in summer and some picturesque walks there in winter. But this time, we went into the hotel and enjoyed a super yummy lunch.

Wednesday 7 May 2014

Holiday reading ideas

A couple of days ago Tom and I booked our summer holiday!! I'm so excited. Now all I have to do is pass my final uni exams...

I love reading, especially on holiday. Last year I read seven books. So now I have the task of choosing which books I want to take on holiday this year. Luckily I have a kindle so I don't have to limit the number of books I want to take. 

Friday 2 May 2014

Little Loves

It's been pretty hectic this week. Exams are coming up and all of my time is being spent either revising or sleeping. Not much time for fun. However, it will all be over soon and I know that I'll miss university loads when I've finished. In the mean time, here are some little things that I've enjoyed recently.

(HOW CUTE IS THIS PENGUIN) Source: Pinterest -link

Friday 25 April 2014

The tree in my garden

Round the back of my house, in my garden, is a tree.  It is a huge tree, 60 ft intact. It's been here ever since we moved into the house, which was 17 years ago.  When my youngest sister was born, my mum used to put her outside in the shade of the tree to play when it was warm.  My other sister and I used to build obstacle courses around the tree and used it as 'home' or 'base' in multiple games when friends came over. It was home to lots of birds and pesky squirrels.

Sunday 30 March 2014

Saturday -- my day in numbers

Saturday was a great day. Tom drove up late on Friday, so I had all of Saturday with him. The weather was fab and we wanted to make the most of it. Plus I felt like I deserved a day off from university work. So here is my Saturday, in numbers.

Tuesday 25 March 2014

Book Recommendation: Before I go to Sleep

'As I sleep, my mind will erase everything I did today. I will wake up tomorrow as I did this morning. Thinking I'm still a child. Thinking I have a whole lifetime of choice ahead of me ...' Memories define us. So what if you lost yours every time you went to sleep? Your name, your identity, your past, even the people you love—all forgotten overnight. And the one person you trust may only be telling you half the story. Welcome to Christine's life.

Friday 7 March 2014

Could you give up your phone for ten minutes?

Millions of children lack clean water every day. But how long can you go with something less vital, like your phone?

What about if you could raise money with every 10 minutes you don't touch your phone? The UNICEF Tap Project invites you to go without your phone to help children in need of clean water.

Wednesday 5 March 2014

Book Recommendation: The Fault in our Stars

Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel's story is about to be completely rewritten.

Wednesday 19 February 2014

I'm back!

Wow, well that was a long break!

It's been nearly a month since I last blogged, which is by far the longest break I've taken from blogging by a long long way. But it was a much needed break. And it wasn't that I stopped enjoying blogging (because I seriously love it) but life just got in the way, and by life, I mean university work. I didn't have time to create posts that were to a standard I was happy with. I didn't want to write just any old thing. I love my blog, and I love the content. Heck, I haven't had a proper chance to sit down and read any blogs recently.

Monday 20 January 2014

Not so safe Sex

So I bet you're wondering what this post is about. Is she pregnant? Is she writing a post about Durex? Is she about to give wayyyy TMI about her private life?