Drops of Youth Gentle Foam wash & Liquid Peel Review

I have been using The Body Shops Drops of Youth Gentle Foam Wash (£9.50) and Liquid Peel. (£18.00) Review for almost a month now and I have been amazed with the results of my skin. The Drops of Youth Collection has been out for a long time now and I was reluctant to try it […]

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9 Things I Hate About Shanghai (because I can’t think of 10)

Originally I wanted to begin with 10 Things I love about China but my stay here so far has been more negative that positive so this is what’s coming first.  Honestly, it’s a shame because I came here in 2010 (aged 14) and 2012 (aged 16) and it was an amazing and lovely experience.  I went to […]

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The Pie Society: Home Away From Home

I have been living in Shanghai for over 2 months now and I’ve found that it’s a lot easier to go out for food that are of cuisines other than Chinese or cook at home.  It’s not because that I’m not proficient enough in the language to order the food from the menu but it’s […]

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Afternoon Tea at St. Ermin’s Hotel London

London most certainly is not my favourite city in the world but a Bridal Shower is a special occasion.  Hotels have been one of my muses since I began travelling at the age of 12.  The art and craft that goes into a hotel in order to give you a new experiences has always fascinated […]

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Mise À Jour: Summer Job Struggles, lots of cooking and independent study

The last month and a half has gone a little slow.  Probably because of university and my negative anticipation for the next academic year. Academics| I have been spending a lot of my time immersing myself into Japanese language and culture through some books I have bought and the media.  I’m also still pacing myself through […]

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Country Cooking Month #5: Shallow Fried Chicken Burger

I had another craving for fried chicken but this time on a burger and some fries.  Since I have been making a lot of bread recently I decided to make the buns myself. For the bread buns, you will need: Fried Chicken 2-4 chicken breasts (depending on how many people you’re making this for) Milk […]

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Country Cooking Month #4: Fresh Linguine

Yesterday I made linguine and it it was not as hard as I thought it was going to be.  Fresh pasta has to be my favourite thing I have made so far and it really does taste better than dry, ready made pasta.  After making this, I don’t think I will buy pasta again.   […]

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Happy World Gin Day: Iced Ginger, Lemon and Tropical Fruit Gimlet

To be honest, I had no idea it was World Gin Day but it was still early enough for me to participate and create something. Luckily, I had all of the ingredients I needed.  I based this cocktail on a gimlet which is one part sweet lime juice and 4 parts gin. I had the […]

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Café Diaries #7: Grindsmith

It wasn’t until the last couple of days that I really thought about ‘What makes an independent café, independent?’ It sounds like an easy question to answer but I beg to differ.  At first what made an independent coffee shop independent to me was the idea that it does not exist anywhere else unlike Starbucks and Costa. […]

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Country Cooking Month #1: Homemade Pizza

June is Country Cooking Month so this month,  I am going to try to cook as many dishes I have not done before or have not cooked in a long time. Country cooking month means something different to everyone.  For example, for some people it means cooking food from your home country, to others cooking […]

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Swadesh: My Go-To Indian Restaurant

Last Monday I was in the city centre and craving Indian food and the first place I thought to go was Swadesh.  There used to be one in my neighbourhood but it shut down.  Luckily, the main restaurant is still doing well in the city centre. Swadesh is right in the centre of Manchester on […]

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Green Pesto With A Spinach Base

Pesto in one of my favourite pasta dishes and usually I buy the pesto sauce from a superstore, but then I thought back to last year when I was living in Italy and how amazing fresh homemade pesto was.  So, I decided to make pesto myself and now I will never buy pesto again. I’ve […]

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Café Diaries #6: Caramello

Caramello is a gelaterie and eatery in heart of Didsbury Village in the south of Manchester.  It has been around for about a year and it is exactly what Didsbury did not know it needed.  Didsbury has so much going on, from tapas restaurants and Italian wine bars to quiet cafes and boutiques. As well […]

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