Monday, 29 February 2016

What to pack when going to the Arctic


It was a month today (if your reading this on the day of publish) that I set off on my Arctic Charity adventure. The prospect of -20c temperatures was a very daunting one and so what to pack was pretty much a mind field.

You might be thinking, how often is this going to be relevant to me, but if you want to see the Northern Lights, chances are you’re going somewhere in the Arctic to see them. This packing list also applies for Northern Canada too.

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Friday, 26 February 2016

Flat Iron, Covent Garden

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Finally I got to try a restaurant which I've been meaning to do for no word of a lie, about 2 years.

I heard about Flat Iron doing amazing steak at amazing prices years ago, but with a no booking policy as seems to be the (annoying) trend in London, and queues out the door every time I walked past, it just never happened.

Fast forward to now, and they've opened up another restaurant. A bigger and better restaurant (edit: they don't do bookings as I first thought. But if you go into the restaurant in person like we did they will hold a table for you at a certain time later on) in Covent Garden.

So after me and Ella left a rather dull party early (was the cleaver a sign of how things had got?), we found ourselves wondering what to do with our Friday night. Steak is always a good idea, no?


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Now I'm not sure if I never fully understood the concept, or after 2 years I'd forgotten, but the menu is very straightforward. 

There is one option. It's steak- duh! and its a Flat Iron steak- Double Duh!

Oh and it costs ten freaking pounds. £10! For a steak. In London. 

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If that wasn't generous enough, they even give you popcorn whilst you wait. 

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Now I'd love to say we in our slightly over the top steak night outfits, were the air of sophistication...

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But no. Of course not. Cue playing around as murderers with the steak cleaver. 

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The staff, potentially fearing for their safety, quickly gave us our food.

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So here it is, the crowning glory. 

Apparently a Flat iron steak is the American name for the butlers' steak in the U.K. I've lived in the UK all my 24 years and never heard of this but OK. It's cut from the shoulder and has a rich, deep flavour with a good amount of marbling. 

It's considered not as good quality as your rib eyes or sirloin, but then hence your price difference. However by no means is this a bad steak, oh no, oh no! The steak is beautifully juicy and rich, which cut with not too much effort. 

I'm not saying it's close to being on par with Goodmans or Hawksmoor, but for £10, you certainly won't be disappointed. 

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Whilst only one main is on offer, you can choose your sides, with beef dripping chips and a very good creamed spinach on offer. 

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Don't forget about the drinks too. 

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I'd really recommend the plum aperol spritz. It was so delicious, I had to consciously pace myself from gulping it right down.

Flat Iron is the kind of place you can come down at what ever time with a friend or two for some low cost catching up, yet with an amazing atmosphere, and great food. 

Now just before we left, I was once again caught by surprise. This time because we were told to get ice cream. Well do I want to buy a dessert...

I didn't need to worry, a salted caramel ice cream is free for everyone who eats there! Yes really!

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And it's darn good ice cream too! 

Cheap, but not cheerful in that sense. Actually a really really good place to go for a meal, it lived up to my hopes 2 years ago. 

Get your butt down there as soon as you can. 
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Monday, 22 February 2016

What does a blogger actually do?

Ah the question that is on everyone’s lips at the moment; what does a blogger actually do? Blogger gets batted around a lot, both in positive and negative light. So I thought I’d address the question and explain what I do as a blogger to clear things up and just generally answer the question that you might be pondering over.



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Friday, 19 February 2016

Baking with Martha Collison at the Creme Egg Cafe

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So if you decided to do Lent traditionally and have given up chocolate, you might want to look away now. Eyes closed? Ok so for those of you who still have them open I've got some drool worthy shots for you to indulge in, as theres a very cool pop up in Soho- it's only an offical Creme Egg Cafe!

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Wednesday, 17 February 2016

The Ice Hotel, Sweden

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After my epic dog sledding trip across the uninhabited, but beautiful Swedish Arctic, before I left Sweden I took some time to see a few of the more inhabited areas close by.

Which just so happened meant I was close by to the world famous Ice Hotel. So me and my fellow explorers hopped in the back of a rather large truck and headed over to it.

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Monday, 15 February 2016

Dog Sledding in the Arctic


There are some days when I feel all sorry for myself, and that my life sucks. We all get those days, and usually they can be cured by Ben and Jerrys and Netflix in bed. However in reality I do realise I I’m doing pretty alright. No, it wasn’t handed to me, I work very hard as a financial analyst, however I do know I’m very fortunate now. So mid last year I decided I wanted to do something for charity. Do something that wasn’t about me and do something that would actually help someone else.

So I pretty much thought it was fate when my friend Claire (of Twins that Travel) posted on Facebook that she was going to head to the Arctic for the charity she works for; the Spinal Injuries Association. Well a day later I signed up too.
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Thursday, 11 February 2016

Early Valentines at Mosimann's and Belgraves Hotel

Mosimann's

Valentines is fast approaching once again. A time of year when everyone makes that extra special effort for their loved one. Whether you hate it or not, there is no escaping it.

I knew that on actual Valentines Day, me and Dan wouldn't really be able to do anything special as we are both travelling. So instead, I just decided to bring the date forward and have our Valentines a week early. Well at the end of the day, it is just a fixed date made up by someone years gone by...

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Monday, 8 February 2016

Down Motcomb Street


I'd like to think of myself as a bit of an explorer. I rarely eat at the same restaurant twice; always eager to try the next best thing, and I'm always keen to visit a new county.

However one area of London I have to admit I've never been to before is Belgravia. I'll be honest, I used to think of Belgravia as a place where rich people lived, usually inhabited by the super rich from abroad who didn't actually live in the properties. So in essence, a little bit dull.

Well I'm not the only one, which is why I spent Saturday down on Motcomb Street, Belgravia to see that there is actually some amazing Boutiques and restaurants. And let me tell you, it's actually quite the gem.

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Friday, 5 February 2016

The Gate, Islington


If you read my blog at all, you will know that I do like meat. A good juicy burger, a huge steak or and the classic- a Sunday Roast.

However I'm always up for something new, so with the desire to go out for dinner strong, I found myself trying something quite different. I ended up at a vegetarian restaurant. Would it be rabbit food? Or missing flavour? I had a million questions, so I guess the only way to know would be to get on down there.

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