My Week #58 – A Week Full Of Food

my week #58

*Manchester University *Homemade paella

*Monday morning coffee *New hair

*Cocktails on the town *Outfit and tiles

*Luna *Introducing Emma to Mowgli

I didn’t realise exactly how much I did this week until I started writing!

I’ve been still dragging my feet getting back into my full routine but I introduced another section and feel a bit better for it. As for out of the house activities, they’ve been plentiful. We started the week by helping some friends out with their wedding dressing business. Apparently I really enjoy putting chair covers on. Quite satisfying and it was nice to get out of the house and help friends.

I stuck to Slimming World 100% for about 3 days and 50% the rest of the week.

And by some miracle managed to lose a pound so not bad going. My main worry was that the night before weigh in we went out for a friend’s birthday which included dinner and LOTS of cocktails. But I guess my hard work at the beginning of the week paid off. Yay!

I dyed my hair

Finally took the plunge and it’s now black with a hint of blue. I think I’m just about used to it now. It’s taken me a week. I love the length now so much – washing and brushing my hair is a breeze and my head feels so much lighter. Someone asked me if this was my new wife hair which made me laugh. My usual look is short dyed hair – I just let it grow long for the wedding so I could have it up. Yes I know that post is from 5 years ago but that hair makes me feel most like myself.

I left my natural colour in for the wedding I think because I plan on having a lot of different hair colours over my life so I wanted something natural for my wedding. Not sure if that makes any sense but it does to me and that’s all that matters.

I’m on a bit of a sorting out and decluttering spree again

Hopefully planning on doing another car boot this weekend (please don’t rain!) and I’ve been working hard to try and get the house back to normal again. I just let so much slide in the run up to the wedding. Everything is everywhere. I’m just glad I can work in my office again.

How was your week?

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A Day in London – V&A, Columbia Road and Liberty

So due to a booking fuck up of mine, I ended up solo in London for the day after Blogtacular. I say fuck up, it’s not much of a fuck up when you get a day to yourself in our nation’s capital is it?

A few years ago I managed to pack in Portobello Road, Old Spitalfields Market & Brick Lane, as well as Neal’s Yard and Covent Garden all in a day so I decided to do it again!

Here’s a little video of my day:

I started off the day with breakfast at The Breakfast Club in Hoxton where I had the most delicious waffles. Though I’m usually a pancake aficionado, the Elvis Waffle was calling my name. Atop a waffle sits caramelised banana, peanut butter, greek yoghurt and maple syrup. Nom.

London - The Breakdast Club waffles

Then it was off to the Columbia Road Flower Market where I may have spotted a celebrity. Check out the video to see who it was. It was my only celeb spotting of the day but a pretty good one, especially for a Potterhead such as myself.

I also finally got to go to the V&A museum which is something I’ve been wanting to do for about a decade. The building itself was gorgeous as was all the exhibits inside. The fashion section in particular reminded me how much I used to love fashion when I was a teen and in my early twenties. How times have changed.

London - V&A

Does my bum look big in this?

London - V&A dress

My final stop was Liberty – another place I’ve never been inside even though I’ve lived in London. What a gorgeous building! And it was fun to window shop too.

London - Liberty

I also paid a visit to Japan Centre to buy some treats. I don’t think we’ll be going to the real Japan until 2019 now so I thought it would be nice to get some snacks. And I finally tried something matcha flavoured. Topher wasn’t a fan but I loved it.

Where would you go if you had only one day in London?

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My Week #57 – Back to Normality

*New purse! *The one time Pickles doesn’t move when you place one of his toys on his head.

*Tried takoyaki *New haircut

 

Getting back to normal is hard

I feel like I’m in some weird limbo where I’m tired all the time. But I’m slowly getting back into it. So glad we didn’t go off on our honeymoon right away – I think we would have just slept the whole time. And this is a jam packed holiday so I think it definitely wouldn’t have had the same impact.

Honeymoon planning is in full swing

I have numerous spreadsheets on the go and I don’t even care if that sounds a little bit overkill. This is my first adult holiday that is not Florida and I have to admit that I’m a little bit nervous. Particularly about driving in LA. And getting around in San Francisco. New York I’m cool as a cucumber but I think that’s down to it being a lot more familiar territory (I’ve been twice – once with family and once with uni). Planning is definitely reducing my anxiety though. We all have our things right?

Word of warning to those newlyweds who are both changing their name:

It’s a pain. And I haven’t even started changing our names on bills yet. But I know it will be worth it when it’s all done. We’ve done the bank and I’ve sent off for my new (and second of the year) passport. It is pretty satisfying getting things ticked off the list. Next week is definitely tackling all the bills.

I tried takoyaki

We got restaurant vouchers as a wedding present from Topher’s work so we decided to go to Yo Sushi. The menu has really expanded. They now had street food which included takoyaki. Since it’s on my 101 in 1001 list I had to try it. I have to say I was kind of underwhelmed. But of course I’m not going to write it off. I’ll just have to try the real thing when we go to Japan one day.

Since Topher is now off from school, we decided to go make use of our Cineworld Unlimited cards this week. You generally have to go see at least two films a month to make them worth it and with the wedding taking up so much time we hadn’t seen any this month.

So that had to be rectified. We decided to be ambitious and tick another 101 in 1001 off the list – see three films in one day. We saw Despicable Me 3, Dunkirk and Baby Driver. I really enjoyed all three for different reasons. I definitely recommend them.

How was your week?

my week #57 - Luna

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Foodie Adventures: Bakchich, Dough and Black Milk

Food glorious food! Topher and I have been super lucky recently and have had the opportunity to visit Bakchich, Dough and Black Milk in Manchester. All delicious and all highly recommended. Here’s what we ate.

Bakchich

Bakchich bar

I may be biased being Arab but Middle Eastern food is in my top 5 favourite food regions. So when I heard there was a new Lebanese restaurant in town I knew I had to visit. Especially since they have Diane’s holy grail. Labaneh. I always find explaining labaneh to British people difficult as it’s kinda hard to make strained goats yoghurt sound good but believe me it is. It’s not out of this world but it’s definitely a dip I can’t live without and until now had to get my yearly quota in my 2 week trips to Jordan every year. Not anymore!

So firstly the decor is awesome. I love the bright colours and the Arabic food packaging everywhere. They were even playing Arabic pop music. Love it.

Bakchich interior

Bakchich wall

Bakchich tables

The main feature was definitely the tiles! An Instagrammer’s dream.

Bakchich tiles

So onto the food. We opted for Limon Nana drinks (Lemonade with lime and mint) and a bit of mezze followed by shawarma wraps (chicken for him, lamb for me). The mezze consisted of labaneh (of course!), falafel, halloumi and salad with plenty of arabic bread. First of all the labaneh tasted EXACTLY the same as it does in Jordan. So happy! The falafel was green on the inside as it should be and the halloumi was to die for.

Bakchich mezze

I have to remember though how much I get filled up with mezze so when it came to the shawarma wrap I was so full I had to take it to go. When I did eventually eat it later that day it was delicious. We’ve already been back since and it won’t be the last time.

Bakchich shawarma

Dough

Dough

I’ve only been to Dough once and it was over five years ago so that had to be rectified. I still dream about the lamb and mango pizza I had. Topher and I walk past there all the time and keep saying we should go sometime. So the other weekend we finally went with Claire and Steve before heading to Lucardo.

I love unusual pizza toppings so when I saw they had a falafel pizza, I was intrigued. It definitely lived up to my dreams.  All of the noms.

Dough Falafel Pizza

Topher had the chicken and pesto pizza which I had a taste of and it was very nice. Not as nice as my falafel pizza but still very nice. Topher enjoyed it and it was gone quickly!

Dough pesto pizza

Claire had the red pepper and pesto linguine which she said was tasty but kinda wished there was more of it. Steve had a pepperoni pizza. I’ll leave it up to your imagination what that looked like.

Dough pasta

Dessert was difficult to choose (too many noms!) but Topher and I settled on sharing a cookies and ice cream type dessert, Steve had the same and Claire had a sundae of some kind. I can’t remember the names and the dessert menu is not on the website so sorry about that.

Dough dessert

Dough Sundae

Black Milk

Black Milk interior

After finishing Lucardo and stumbling across Black Milk on Oldham street, we decided to drop in and have what turned out to be a super sweet snack. I’ve seen Black Milk in Affleck’s but didn’t know they had a branch on Oldham Street.

Black Milk bottle

The boys went all out and got freakshakes while Claire and I chose the more sensible option of just a shake for me and a frozen latte for her. I know my limits. For me personally, freakshakes are for photos only – they’re too much for me to finish.

Topher’s was called the Marshmallow Rodeo:

Black Milk rocky road freakshake

And Steve had the Triple Oreo Cheesecake:

Black Milk oreo freakshake

This was my Biscoff & Salted Caramel shake. It was delicious! I couldn’t finish the whole thing but I would definitely be back for another attempt.

Black Milk lotus shake

And now I’m hungry. How about you?

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Winner of Tickets to Manchester’s Ideal Home Show and Eat & Drink Festival

And the winner is…

Lorraine Kirk! 

Well done! Check your inbox for an email from me 🙂

As for everyone else, thank you so much for entering. If you were unlucky this time, take yourselves to the tickets page of the Ideal Home Show’s website as tickets only cost £12.50 in advance (£16 on the door) and children under 16 go free. It’s an event not to be missed.

I know I’ll be going!

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