Lifestyle blog by a thirty-something city dweller

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Mulled wine and mulled cider

It’s been so cold and foggy the past few evenings that it makes me want to curl up with a blanket in front of a fire and drink delicious hot drinks. Whilst I’m not a big tea or coffee drinker, I’d happily drink mulled wine or mulled cider. The smell alone of these cooking is enough to make me feel instantly warm and cosy, and of course festive too. Continue reading…

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Christmas cocktail party

I was planning on a Christmas cocktail party this year but, timing-wise, it just didn’t fit. I have organised numerous parties and events over the years though. So, for those who are still planning to host a festive get-together, I’ve created the following guide to help minimise some of the stress and ensure you don’t forget anything. Continue reading…

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My Christmas biscuit recipes

I love to bake and I especially love to bake at Christmas time. For yourself, to share, or for gifts, home-baked goods can be easy to make and really yummy! Over the years, I’ve perfected my Christmas biscuit recipes and I’m going to share two of them with you in this post. One is a classic (with a little twist) and the other is a simple but versatile option. Continue reading…

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Why I love a pop-up restaurant

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Although not a new concept, the past 5 years have seen a growing trend in pop-up restaurants; giving chefs and restaurateurs the chance to really think outside the box when it comes to food and drink. I love a pop-up because they provide innovative, interesting ways to enjoy food (and I really do enjoy food) and drink. Often encouraging you to try new tastes, combinations, and environments.

On a recent business trip to Brussels, I attended an evening reception at a summer pop-up called Rooftop 58, a very cool bar & restaurant set up on the top floor of a multi-storey car park with incredible 360 degree views of the city. Having first convinced the taxi driver that yes, I was completely sure the restaurant was in the car park, I took the lift to the 9th floor and then walked up the ramp (the one cars would usually use to move between parking levels) to be greeted by the ‘door man’ (not so much a door as a steel gate). Continue reading…

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Bargain Day Out #1

I love a bargain and a discount and, as a student, I’ve come to love and value them even more. These days you can find vouchers, offers, and promotions for so many different products, services and activities. Its not about spending as little as possible (you can do that by staying at home and doing nothing), but about being able to go out for meals and have enjoyable days out whilst saving money.

For a while now, I’ve been planning a full day of discount fun to see how many different things I can do in a day whilst saving money. Unfortunately, the demands of uni and work have meant that I haven’t actually had a whole day off in months to try out my plans of a ‘bargain day out’! Continue reading…

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I love food

Most of my disposable income goes on food. I love to eat and I love to eat well. Since giving up my waitressing job in November, money has been a lot tighter and I have to budget more carefully than before.

A few years ago, I found myself in a similar position and, having read an article at that time about ‘Living below the line’, I set a personal challenge to live on £1 a day for two weeks Continue reading…