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Radici: Islington's Southern Italian

Living in Islington I’m completely spoilt for choice when it comes to choosing a restaurant when the belly grumbles. Granted many of them nowadays are of the chain variety. A double-edged sword for us, as it does make for easy pickings when out with the kids. On the other hand its sad to see your high street turning into generic. So when I heard on the grapevine that Francesco Mazzei had opened Radici, a Southern Italian restaurant in my hood… well, I can’t deny it. I was more than a little excited.

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London Duck Tours: An amphibious adventure

I class myself as an adopted Londoner (first and foremost a Mancunian of course). Having lived in this incredible city for nearly 17 years, there are still sights I haven’t seen or experienced. Everyone I think can be guilty of taking their own city for granted. So this week I joined the 18 million plus visitors who pour into this cosmopolitan capital and experienced London as a tourist. View Post

When life hands you an IKEA commercial - You roar with it!

You know the saying ‘right place, right time?’ Well that was yours truly not so long ago. For this post I’m stepping away from my usual restaurant reviews and holiday tips. Instead I’ll be telling you the story of how I came to appear in the new Summer 2017 IKEA TV and online campaign. I know?! Me? Right? Sitting comfortably for my very random tale?

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Keeping on track with the Daniel Wellington Classic Petite

I’m often asked – How do you fit everything into your day? Where do you find the time to blog? Valid questions when I work in TV (not your standard 9 to 5 job), a mummy to two little ladies and a lifestyle and travel blogger. Well let me tell you – this Curious Pixie (tries) to run her life with military precision. Believe me if I didn’t my head would surely whirl off.

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The Modern Pantry: Fusion heaven

Recently I met a friend who had recently undergone a serious health overhaul. It meant all gluten and dairy products were off the menu with only limited pescatarian items welcome. To make the restaurant search even trickier there was a radius restriction of not being more than five stops from Euston Station for the train back up north. Challenge accepted!

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The Swan at Lavenham: An enchanting weekend break

This year Mr S and I celebrated our 11th wedding anniversary at The Swan Hotel and Spa in charming Lavenham, Suffolk. Little ones safely deposited at the grandparents, it was just a two hour drive to a weekend of pure relaxation.

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South Africa: The Elephant Sanctuary, Plettenberg Bay

Anyone who knows me will know about my big love for the gentle giants that roam our earth. Elephants embody a tender and peaceful spirit. These immensely powerful animals have always fascinated me. View Post

Barcelona: 5 must-see sights for a first timer

I love Barcelona. Why? It’s the city that has a little bit of everything. The capital of Catalonia is brimming with culture, a rich history, amazing architecture, picturesque streets, exquisite cuisine and beautiful beaches. The list is simply endless.  View Post