Homeward Bound: Villagio, Basildon, Essex

Homeward Bound: Villagio, Basildon, Essex

Despite being an Essex girl for my whole life, there are many patches of the county I have yet to explore when it comes to mu culinary adventures. One such patch is Basildon, an area I am certainly more interested in now the hubby and I have it in our sights as a potential destination … Continue reading

Holiday Munchies: Salt Kitchen and Bar, Hayle, Cornwall

Holiday Munchies: Salt Kitchen and Bar, Hayle, Cornwall

Having just arrived at our holiday chalet, foot loose and fancy free, my husband, sister-in-law and I decided that a slap-up lunch was in order, to really kick start our Cornish seaside weekend with some typical Essex style. When driving to a nearby supermarket to pick up typical chalet supplies, we spotted a gorgeous mixed … Continue reading

Holiday Munchies, The Brasshouse, Birmingham

Holiday Munchies, The Brasshouse, Birmingham

After spending all day cooped up at Birmingham’s National Indoor Arena watching the Yonex All England Badminton Championships, my husband Dan and I were pretty cream crackered. I mean, watching all the athletes running around was more tiring than we expected, so rather than head back to the hotel to change and then find somewhere … Continue reading

Holiday Munchies: Cielo Italian, Brindleyplace, Birmingham

Holiday Munchies: Cielo Italian, Brindleyplace, Birmingham

Birmingham may not be typically associated with romantic restaurants and date night hotspots, however when my husband Dan took me out for a meal on our recent visit up north (we are from Essex, most things are north to us), we found a restaurant that certainly ticks every box I have when it comes to … Continue reading

Eating Around: Villandry, St James, London

Eating Around: Villandry, St James, London

Brunch; isn’t brunch wonderfully indulgent? The fashionable younger cousin of prim and proper breakfast and steady-as-a-rock lunch, brunch instead offers diners the chance to be frivolous and steer the curve of convention away from the traditional three meals a day. A perfect weekend treat, there is only way one brunch could possibly get better; by … Continue reading