youtube mukbang eating show
Before visiting her family back in Italy, my beloved Alice and I got into a conversation about the ‘norms’ of our upbringings (in Italy and America, respectively) and – more specifically – their sweet treats.

Realising neither of us had tried any sweets across the seas that once separated us, we met up back in London and mukbanged them all on camera for your viewing pleasure.

From Warheads Extreme Sour Candy to Pocket Coffee, this fail of ‘Italian vs American Candy‘ is everything you could expect and so much more…watch here!

meem
I am usually – almost definitely – happy. Happy at a level that most people find confusing. It takes a lot to trigger anything other than happy…but something did, recently…

My phone got wiped.

Adulting 101: Back up your phone (before it’s too late!)
After sending my phone off to fix a cracked screen, the phone was returned to me completely wiped of all data. All photos. All videos. All contacts. All memories.

Honestly, I would have rather continued to fear the screen chipping off into my eardrums.

I decided to combat the loss by looking for a way to prevent this from ever happenning to me again and found solace in the discovery of MEEM

It is ingenius (if not a little too late for my personal story). MEEM is a phone charger cable that automatically backs everything on your phone to the cable itself every time you charge your Android or iPhone handset with the cable. Even if it’s by car charger, PC port, or power bank.

I never “got” cloud back-ups because it isn’t instinctive and often comes with third party access. On the contrary, MEEM has no third party access and I charge my phone at least once a day anyway.

I had to learn the hard way, but I’m happy I’ve learned at all.

As ‘adulting’ continues to force itself upon me, I wanted to include giveaways in each of these posts so will kick this one off with a chance for you to win your very own Meem memory cable, below:

Meem Giveaway!

Follow the instructions on the Rafflecopter widget below – giveaway ends on February 22nd, good luck!
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last minute valentines gifts
On this happiest of days – Galentine’s Day – I thought I’d give a little bit of love to those among us who have either forgotten or struggled with tomorrow’s annual heart-filled gift-giving.

Valentine’s Day isn’t particularly “my thing”, but I do love the idea of celebrating love of all kinds so thought I’d round up a few last-minute Valentine’s Day gifts that slay.

For your bae of any kind…tickets to Dirty Great Love Story
This Edinburgh Fringe First award-winning show is an alcohol-laden masterpiece exploring modern dating through two relatably hopeless romantics. Is not so much ‘romantic comedy’ as it is ‘romantic catastrophe’; bringing poetic light (and constant lolz) to inescapable familiarities of timing, tousles, and terrible choices.

I enjoyed every cringe-worthy moment (thanks to delicious performances from Felix Scott and Ayesha Antoine) and could not imagine there being a type of human who wouldn’t feel the same.

For the blossoming romance…EatFirst
The award-winning online restaurant EatFirst has developed an incredible Italian tasting menu together with top antipodean chef, Benn Hodges, inspired by sultry summers on the Amalfi coast and the island of love, Capri.

The menu (which prepares everything and simply needs to be heated when ready to share) includes:

– Buffalo Burrata antipasti (with heirloom tomatoes, black olives, creamy buffalo burrata, micro Italian basil and rocket dressed with extra virgin olive oil infused with vanilla, lemon zest, and basil), grilled rosemary & sea salt focaccia

– Duck Ragu Pappardelle Primi Paitta (Devonshire ducks marinated in red wine, carrot, celery, bay leaves & garlic, then scented with juniper berries and star anise. All is braised overnight with virgin Sicilian green olives and eventually served with handmade pappardelle pastafinished with parmesan, parsley and green olives)

– Squash Salad (Butternut squash marinated in thyme & garlic – seared and roasted – with endives and tomato jam)

– Flat Iron Steak Secondi Paitta (Aged flat iron steak marinated in pepper & ginger, chargrilled, and served pink with fresh baby spinach, sesame salad and a mix of pickled vegetables)

– Flourless Chocolate Cake Dolci (70% dark chocolate cake served paired with a light vanilla custard)

Wine pairings are available (Chateaux Fayau Bordeaux & Chablis Domain du Colombier), and all. Talk about easy, refined intimacy!

For someone super special…a vacation
Be it a weekend away or a staycation, I have always believed the best presents are experiential or travel related. Thankfully, Airbnb can hit pretty much any wanderlusting nail on the head and allow you to find comfort in your very own romantic home from home(if you haven’t used it, you can also get £30 in travel credit by following this special link!).

Think about somewhere your partner has expressed interest in and give them the surprise of their life!

For yourself…Calmia yoga roller
If we’re forced to celebrate love we might as well celebrate loving ourselves, right? While this gift would actually work for anyone (especially someone who’s partner isn’t often at home or has recently decided to part ways), you’ve got to get one for yourself. By simply shifting your body around the roller, you can de-stress your mind & body, reduce soreness, aid muscle recovery, and even prevent injury (tense muscles are injury trigger points!). It can provide the cheapest and longest massage of your life, tailored to perfection. What could be better than that?!


The 90s Brunch was a birthday dream come true.

A dream that included finally living out my lifelong dream of being Cher from Clueless for the day (I have even filmed a ‘Get Ready With Me’ portion in the accompanying vlog for your viewing pleasure!).

The full youth-defying and decade-celebrating day consisted of showing up at Fu Manchu (each 90s brunch has a secret location), power-houring the unlimited Prosecco, recalling every single word to “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air”, dancing myself silly, performing impromptu lip-syncs of Nirvana & Oasis, watching pro hula hoopers wiggle to 90s boy bands, and ‘brunching’ on a 3-course selection of Asian-inspired nibbles (the bao-bunned Eggs Benedict and doughnuts were the heroes to a mediocre noodle-based zero).

If I had the liver for it, I would 90s Brunch every weekend.

Tickets are £35 and includes entry, a 3 course meal, bottomless cocktails for one hour (12-1pm) and all
activities and entertainment (as seen in the video, above!)

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pan chai harrods london
Conceptually, dining in department stores once felt as naff as naff gets. I’ve spent twenty-plus years as a shopper watching tired families shove “Cafe” fish fingers into tired toddler mouths while people-watching OAPs hoard enough teacups to start department stores of their very own .

I subscribed to a state of non-partisan (or participative) acceptance.

Then, as per hedonistic usual, Harrods changed me.

Their Food Hall’s Pan-Asian counter restaurant – Pan Chai – was everything I needed to be convinced otherwise.

After a hardcore dance class, my dance ‘n’ dinner date and I settled in to the booths for a well-needed refuel and had our proverbial socks knocked off.

Pan Chai serves a menu as creative, decadent, and pure as ‘fusion’ comes. Every dish was a genuine delight; a mouth-watering snow crab salad (with avocado, caviar and seaweed), spicy squid tempura, tofu steaks (two deep-fried ‘steaks’ served with teriyaki sauce and asparagus), an avocado roll (enough for two), and the most exquisite grilled Wagyu Beef Bulgogi you could ever imagine (in Korean barbecue sauce with Japanese mushrooms, asparagus and steamed rice).

All washed down with some Daiginjo (Shirakabegura sake) – the smoothest premium sake I’ve ever tasted – for good measure. It was the best thing I’ve tasted since discovering Masottina.com.

A lunch or dinner may come with a Harrods price tag but will also come with a Harrods supremacy.

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