I have found it difficult to refuse 108 Brasserie‘s aesthetic intrigue, passing the restaurant at least once a week since it opened. I have spent paltry pockets of time people-watching through the windows and appreciating the sun-soaked smiles, burgundy lounges, and modest chandeliers behind the glass.
I finally crossed the border in schedule-friendly favour of the Dish of The Month – Executive Chef Russell Ford’s monthly carousel of modern British specials. This month, it is his new Yorkshire Rhubarb and Custard dessert…
…but we’ll get to that.
Our first priority was a glass of Perrier-Jouët chased with their glutton-provoking homemade soda bread and Guinness brown bread (genuinely so moreish I could have had a few more servings and called it a dinner).
Refraining from carb-laden penitence, we moved on to two faultless mains – seared Isle of Skye scallops (served with spiced lentils & coriander) and Merrifield Farm free-range duck (set atop a bed of five-spiced radicchio, endive & honey). Dishes so well-arranged and flavourful that my soda bread slight became a distant memory.
Having never found ourselves fond of rhubarb, my dinner date and I then chanced our final requests with the ‘Yorkshire Rhubarb and Custard’ – a creative construction of each ingredient – jellies, pastries, crisps, et al. The expert execution couldn’t make a rhubarb fan out of us, but the experiment was relatively doomed from its inception (does anyone else find rhubarb always tastes like sour celery?!).
3 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Getting a Tattoo
1) Can I commit to this design for life? Both of my tattoos have very important meanings to me and were designs I thought about for a long time, considering their permanence, designs I decided I would be happy to have on my body at 97 years old. They are easy to conceal (should I be in an environment that asked for it), black and white (because I wear a lot of colour), and represent nothing ‘fleeting’ – just an artistic expression of my happiness.
2) What is my pain tolerance? Tattoos are no cake walk. You are essentially, scarring your skin with ink and that doesn’t come without pain. If you have a low pain tolerance, you may want to start small.
3) Will this tattoo improve my life? Tattoos are expensive, painful and permanent. There are many other ways to express yourself (fashion, art, etc) if your concept doesn’t seem to be ‘worth’ the aforementioned!
If you’re still game…
Find a tattoo artist!
Hands down the most important part. At 18, I went to the most renowned tattoo parlour in my local town and looked through their portfolios for hours before choosing my artist. I actually loved my artist so much I returned to America – six years later – to get my second tattoo done by her. Since my last tattoo, Instagram has become an absolute haven for discovering tattoo artists (showing real time portfolio updates) – I recommend researching for at least a few weeks to decide who is best for you and who might be able to bring your concept to life in the way that makes you happiest. The right artist, regardless of style, will always be open to any questions or queries you have beforehand. Including design work-shopping. Don’t settle for anything less.
Test your tattoo out!
Before the final step, it is absolutely worth testing your tattoo design on your body. While this can be done with henna or temporary tattoo pens, Londoner’s are in for an absolute treat this weekend when Lenovolaunches its Illuminated Ink Tattoo Parlour in Soho. From the 22nd to 23rd of April (11am-5pm), Lenovo is pop-upping the UK’s first projection tattoo parlour powered by the YOGA Tablet 3 Pro, with its in-built projector in collaboration with renowned tattooist James King. The tattoos are mapped directly onto skin using nothing but light and the event is completely free to attend, so worth a trip even if you’ve decided temporary tattoos are as committed as you’ll get!
In every blogger’s life there comes a moment where you recommend something so much in your daily life, a blog almost writes itself. Case in point: Farmdrop.
In their own words, they are “on a mission to fix the food chain”. In mine, they deliver the most ethical, responsibly-sourced and – most importantly – delicious food straight to your door.
While most people are aware their supermarket food purchases do little for the farmers providing the produce (let alone the environment or our bodies), very little has come along to revolutionise our food shopping until Farmdrop. Unlike massive chains, the online grocery store (or sorts) leave their farmers and foodmakers with 70-75% of the retail price for their hard work by cutting out the middle-man. This means the process is not only better, but faster – leaving you with ingredients five times fresher than supermarkets.
By supporting local producers and their sustainable values, a shop with Farmdrop (zero emission electric vans, reusable thermal packaging, et al) offers you the smartest and healthiest shop available.
Bar perhaps owning expansive dairy, meat, and veg farms of your own.
While this is not a paid endorsement (, I did contact Farmdrop to let them know I wanted to spread the love and they’ve very kindly offered you all a discount code – REVOLUTIONLELA – which gives you a massive £20 off a £40+ shop (the code is only valid until the 12th of May so be sure to use it asap)!
Don’t forget to let me know what you think and what you order – I’ve included my most recent shop, below, for inspiration!
The dinosaurs at the Natural History Museum are some of my oldest friends.
Having not seen them in a few years, I threw on my Monday best (an impossibly easy and tactile combination of pyjama silk, soft faux suede and vintage leather) to say hello before an evening of work events.
There is no better way to kick off my blog adventures in Mexico than the incredible Vallarta Food Tours experience.
Mex-ology (the Tequila, Tacos and Mexican Cocktails Tour) is, without a doubt, one of the best experiences I have ever had the pleasure of enjoying as a travel blogger. Though a three hour walking tour might intimidate some, the Mex-ology group is kept to a maximum of six people and is paced wonderfully through the beautiful streets of downtown Vallarta by the tour guide – Lobo (Wolf, in Spanish) – a gentleman, scholar, and cherry on top of a faultless afternoon.
We discovered hidden gems and local favourites including Vallarta’s first microbrewery, a taco stand that has been churning out the city’s best carne asada for 45 years, Elizabeth Taylor’s favourite beach-side restaurant in the Sixties, and much more – all featured in the video, below!
Locations featured in the video:
– Joe Jack’s Fish Shack
– Los Muertos Brewery
– La Playa
– El Cuñado Taco Stand
– Maia Restaurant
– La Palapa
What I Wore:
Backless pink dress (vintage – similar here) Teva sandals (I don’t actually think I wore a different shoe for the entire week I was there)