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Italian cooking class with Obby

July 11, 2017

Obby

Obby is a website listing a whole selection of different classes, courses and workshops in London.  All of the classes look really fun, they are a great way to try something new and meet like minded people! Ranging from cocktail making, photography, floristry and cheese tasting to jewellery making, calligraphy and lollipop making, there are so many options to choose from. There is something for all ages and interests, they would all make great gifts for the whole family to enjoy. Recently, I was invited to try out the Italian cooking class which I was very excited about!

Emma’s Kitchen Simple Italian Cooking Class

The class is based in Emma’s home, immediately upon entering you feel so welcome. Emma’s so friendly and engages with everyone in the class making us all feel included. We started the night off with some nibbles and prosecco or wine, which were always topped up thanks to Emma’s husband and friend who were there to help out during the class.

Emma goes through how to cook each dish and get’s people to help out with chopping and mixing etc. You can get involved or watch how its done, it’s up to you how much you want to join in. We made an amazing selection of dishes including gnocchi with pesto, Neopolitan meatball, Italian lamb with potato garlic and rosemary, spaghetti vongole, chicken paillard with rocket and lemon and also a risotto carbonara. All the dishes tasted amazing my favourites were the gnocchi with pesto and the Neopolitan meatballs. I’m going to attempt to make my own pesto at home and I’ll also be trying out the risotto carbonara as it looked pretty easy to make. I’d definitely recommend this class. I learnt so much and it’s inspired me to make a lot more Italian dishes at home.

Check out Obby classes at www.obby.co.uk

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Days Out UK

Arundel Castle, West Sussex

July 2, 2017

Last month, Mum and I went for a day trip to Arundel Castle. We had such a nice time exploring the old medieval castle and wandering around the beautiful gardens.

The restored medieval castle is based in Arundel in West Sussex. Founded at the end of the 11th century the castle was originally home to the Dukes of Norfolk. I was unable to take photos of inside the castle as photography is not permitted there, but the architecture’s lovely and is worth a look around.

I would definitely recommend visiting the gardens too. There’s lots of different areas to explore such as the rose garden and glass houses. My favourite area was the collector earls garden. This garden is full of pretty flowers, water fountains and a unique floating crown.

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Address: Arundel Castle, Arundel, West Sussex, BN18 9AB

  • Pay and display car park opposite the castle
  • 1 hr 20 mins from London Victoria to Arundel station
  • 10 min walk to castle from Arundel station

Prices start from £11.00 with options to pay more to see all of the rooms, it costs £20.00 to see everything.

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UK Weekend Away

Harepath House Accomodation in Wiltshire

June 29, 2017

This beautiful accommodation is set in the heart of Wiltshire in Bishops Cannings. The location is perfect, rural with lovely views but still walk able to the local village. We arrived on the Friday evening and the owner Claire was there to greet us and show us to the room. She was very thorough with this, from showing us how to work the heating to providing menus for the local pub. She really made the place feel like our home for the weekend. The self contained studio apartment has its own entrance so you have your own privacy and is well equipped with everything you need, there was even fresh eggs from the chickens in the village.

Harepath House Visit Wiltshire - Enjoy the AdventureFacilities

  • Excellent WiFi Connection
  • Parking spaces
  • Welcome Pack – bread, jam, eggs and biscuits
  • Kitchen equipment, kettle, frying pans etc
  • Condiments, tea and coffee provided
  • Ideal location for exploring World Heritage Sites
  • En suite bathroom with shower and toiletries
  • Full Sky Package
  • BT Sports Channels
  • Radio

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We visited a local pub called the Crown Inn, it was about a 15 minute walk from the house. The pub had a very friendly atmosphere and we had a really good burger there. Overall we really enjoyed our stay here the location was excellent and the apartment was so cosy. The property was spotlessly clean and bright with a lovely view of the countryside. It’s such a great place to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city.

Click here to check availability for Harepath House

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My stay was in collaboration with Visit Wiltshire. However, all views and opinions are my own.

Food UK

Giggling Squid Thai Restaurant Review, Guildford

June 5, 2017

The other week me and Sam went to Giggling Squid in Guildford to try out their evening menu. We arrived at the restaurant and were seated quickly and offered drinks promptly. Sam ordered a Chang which is a popular beer in Thailand and I went for a Merlot red wine. We ordered some prawn crackers as we made our menu choices. You get a large portion and it comes with a sweet chilli sauce which was delicious although I ended up spilling it everywhere. I’m such a messy eater!

There’s such a lot of dishes to choose from but I opted for the Sleeping honey duck with orange salad. I asked for it without the skin as I find it a bit too fatty. The duck is served sizzling at your table and comes with a special honey glaze sauce. Served on a bed of cabbage with cashew nuts and crispy fired shallots. It also comes with an orange salad side dish which includes lettuce, tomatoes and red onion. I loved this dish the duck went so well with the honey glaze. The duck was cooked perfectly and complimented the orange salad. I’ll definitely be back to have this dish again!

Sam went for the Paneang curry and sticky rice this is a red curry thickened with coconut milk. This was also delicious and came with plenty of sauce.

Giggling squid have recently launched a child friendly menu called ‘Little Tapas for Little People’ For just £5.95 kids get to choose two dishes from a range of Giggling Squid favourites. Including mild curries, noodle and rish dishes. Unlimited plain or sticky rice is available upon request. For an additional £2 kids can enjoy a roti served with a dash of condensed milk and a sprinkling of sugar or two scoops of ice cream.

The food was delicious, the waiters were friendly and service was quick. Giggling squid is a must for any Thai food fans.

Location

I went to the Guildford branch, they also have other branches across the UK to find your nearest click here.

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*Complimentary meal provided for review purposes*

 

Days Out UK

East London Liquor Company Gin Tour & Tasting

May 25, 2017

Last week I headed to the East London Liquor company for a fun Gin tasting event. The event was in collaboration with UNiDAYS and Virgin Experience Days. Keep reading for a 20% off discount code for Virgin Experience Days at the bottom of this post!

Gin Tasting

I’ve been wine tasting before but never been in a distillery for gin tasting so this was pretty exciting. Alex our host took me and the other bloggers down to the cellar. Going down the stairs you’re hit with a super strong smell of alcohol! The cellar was full with ageing whisky casks, we each took a seat at the bar and our first tasting drink was vodka. I’m not a huge vodka fan so didn’t enjoy this that much and definitely felt the burning sensation you get when you drink strong spirits.

We then moved onto my favourite part the London dry gins! Alex told us information on the spirits and some of the ingredients. The ingredients included juniper, lavender and cardamom and many more. We passed some of the ingredients around the room to smell. You could smell the juniper in the gins that we tasted. I enjoyed tasting the gins as they had a botanical fruity taste to them. Gin Batch No.1 had pink grapefruit peel and Darjeeling tea this gin in it and would be great in a gin sour cocktail. The London dry gin was my fave! It has a fresh taste with flavours of citrus making it perfect for a gin and tonic. The last spirit we tried was a navy strength rum. Navy strength is a rum with over 57% alcohol, the alcohol was made strong to make it gunpowder proof. By the end of the tasting we were getting used to the spirits so didn’t feel the burn as much. We then headed back upstairs for a cheeky gin and tonic.

I had a great time at this event and this experience would be a great present for any gin lovers!

What’s included

  • A visit to a trendy London distillery
  • A gin and tonic
  • Several tastings, including East London Liquor Company’s British Wheat vodka and rum, as well as three world gins
  • Experience gift pack including personalised voucher and message card

UNiDAYS

UNiDAYS is a discount website and app for students. When I was a student I used it a lot for discount on clothes such as on Missguided and ASOS. They also have a lot of great discounts for restaurants. It’s quick and free to sign up, you can check out there website here.

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Discount Code

Below is a code for students to get 20% off Virgin Experience days. They have so many amazing days out with plenty of things to do in London. They have the view from the shard, afternoon tea and up at the O2 experience.

Click here for 20% off

Getting here

The East London Liquor company is located in Bow Wharf in an old glue factory.

It’s a 13 minute walk from Mile end tube station.

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Days Out UK

See Your City Harry Potter London Walking Tour

May 23, 2017

The Walking Tour

I love walking tours and Harry Potter so thought I’d try out the See your City Harry Potter walking tour in London. We started the walking tour outside the Palace theatre where they are currently showing Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, I’d love to see this but its super expensive and is selling out really fast!

See your city - Harry Potter Tour - Enjoy the AdventureOur tour guide came round with a hat and asked everyone to pick out a card to allocate which house they would be in. We then were asked Harry Potter questions throughout the day to see which house would win. I was in the Slytherin house but we didn’t get many points.See your city - Harry Potter Tour - Enjoy the AdventureWe then set off exploring the filming locations in London.See your city - Harry Potter Tour - Enjoy the AdventureSee your city - Harry Potter Tour - Enjoy the AdventureMagic Money – Harry Potter notes.See your city - Harry Potter Tour - Enjoy the Adventure

See your city - Harry Potter Tour - Enjoy the AdventureThe tour ended at Kings Cross Station where you can get your photo taken outside platform 9 3/4 but there was a massive queue and I didn’t want to wait an hour. I’ll try go back early one morning when the queues less busy.

I really enjoyed the walking tour, our guide was very knowledgeable and funny!

Tour Times

Departs at : Tues & Fri @ 2pm, Sat – Sun @ 10:30am & 2pm

This tour lasts 2 hours.

There was a stop on the tube so make sure you bring your Oyster card or contactless card.

See your city have a bunch of other walking tours which all look pretty good such as a ghost walking tour and a coffee tour.

Check out the walking tours here – https://www.seeyour.city/

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