What to do in Arcachon, Aquitaine, France

We caught the train from Bordeaux to Arcachon, an hour-long journey that cost about €30 for a one way trip, and arrived at Arcachon Train Station.  Arcachon is a seaside town on the West Coast of France, almost directly west of Bordeaux.  It looks out over the Bassin D’Arcachon, an inlet that is surrounded on…

Gambas Al Ajillo (à la Dan) – Garlic & Chilli Prawns/Shrimp)

Last night’s dinner was a follow-on from Madrid.  When telling Dan all about my trip, I realised that I hadn’t eaten Gambas Al Ajillo (Garlic & Chilli Prawns/Shrimp) once on the whole trip, so to rectify it we decided to make it at home, and Dan offered to cook it .  Other than his burgers…

Morada Brindisa – Soho, London

Last week I went for dinner with some girlfriends of mine.  We picked Morada Brindisa in Soho as there was something for everyone and it was conveniently located for us all.  It’s just off of Leicester Square so perfect for post work drinks and dinner.  Morada Brindisa is a new restaurant from the Brindisa group…

Bala Baya Restaurant, Southwark, London

Bala Baya is a new restaurant, just opened in Southwark and is the creation of the ex-head chef, Eran Tibi, from Ottolenghi’s Restaurant, who left to start this place up!  There was an offer for 25% off on all bookings as it was the first month so we went with a few friends to see what it…

The Best Food Markets in Madrid

One of my favourite things to do when I travel is to check out the local food markets.  I love just wandering around, seeing what the locals eat and buy, trying a few things, maybe buying some lunch for a picnic and just generally enjoying the atmosphere.  I’m in heaven in Madrid as there’s so…

Barrafina – Dean St, Soho, London

Another date night tonight and this time it was my turn to be treated.  A fabulous musical ‘Aladdin’ (which I highly recommend, *the genie was amazing* and even musical hater Dan agreed it was great) followed by dinner at Barrafina, a Spanish Tapas Bar, in Soho. We’d been to the old Soho Barrafina before but…

Dehesa, Soho, Date Night Dinner

Dan and I take it in turns every other month to take each other on a date night where we plan a special evening for the other person. Last time, he took me to The Ninth on Charlotte St (read about it here), a fairly new restaurant that’s actually just been awarded a Michelin Star, and tonight…

Date Night on Charlotte Street

This month it was my turn to be treated to date night and Dan had planned a surprise evening for me – I prefer not to know where we’re going until the last minute, whereas he likes to pick where he goes!  I guess he doesn’t trust me enough to choose wisely on my own…

Pride and Providores, Marylebone High St

Today started with a BODYBALANCE class followed by a BODYPUMP class – I was clearly feeling energetic and am now most definitely paying for it!  When we got back from BODYPUMP I made us both a brunch – smashed avocado, bacon and poached eggs on bagels for him, and yoghurt fruit and paleo granola for…

Madrid (Day 3)

Catch up on Madrid Day 1, Madrid Day 2 This morning was our last in Madrid, and we decided to do what most Madrilenos do on a Sunday morning which is head to the El Rastro, flea market to wander around the stalls in the sunshine.  I didn’t realise it would be so huge; there must’ve been…

Madrid (Day 1)

See also Madrid Day 2, Madrid Day 3 Wow, so I’ve just come back from an amazing 3 days in Madrid with my mum to celebrate our birthdays, and what an amazing trip we had.  Perfect weather, lots of walking, sightseeing, fabulous food, amazing wine and a few special treats for my mum thrown in made…

Tarifa Day 3

Catch up on Tarifa Day 1, Tarifa Day 2, Tarifa Day 4 So, the second whisky was definitely not a good idea last night…I didn’t feel quite so fresh waking up today but Dan was excited as the wind was much stronger so we got up to go to our kitesurfing lesson…along with every other…