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Guest Post: The Alice Tea Rooms

Guest Post: The Alice Tea Rooms

Ever wondered what became of the white rabbit and the mad hatter? Literary lover Hannah  from Palindrome Poppet  recently visited the Alice in Wonderland themed Richmond Tea Rooms in Manchester. Here’s what she thought… If someone asked me to go wander round aimlessly down the dark alleyways surrounding Canal Street, I’d wonder if they’d recently suffered a...
Chorizo, chicken and bean casserole

Chorizo, chicken and bean casserole

Like a bad date, low fat, carb free dinners tend to leave you empty, unfulfilled and desperately craving one of those 367 million calorie melt in the middle chocolate puddings. I can’t claim that my latest culinary favourite is *quite* as delicious as cheese covered chips, but considering how kind it’ll be to your thighs,...
20 minute salmon and lentils

20 minute salmon and lentils

The Clark Kent of the fish world, salmon is one the world’s greatest superfoods. Packed with Omega 3 fatty acid and vitamins, it’s not only good for your heart, it’ll also make your skin glow like one of those swooshy haired chicks in a Ralph Lauren commercial. (Fisherman’s Weekly didn’t pay me to write this, you can...
The health kick: cracked pepper mushroom omelette

The health kick: cracked pepper mushroom omelette

After a gruelling few days on a (fairly ineffectual) health kick I have discovered three things. 1.) There’s a large part of me that would rather be eaten by a bear then get up to go jogging at 7.30am. 2.) Apples are not appropriate dessert food and 3.) Omelettes are a source of magical power....
House parties: The good, the bad and the ugly

House parties: The good, the bad and the ugly

When I turned 23 I threw a small informal gathering for a select group of guests. My parents, content in the knowledge we were mature enough to be left to our own devices, absconded in favour of a leisurely dinner. Several hours and 16 bottles of vodka later, they returned to a scene of carnage....
Escape the rain: The Algarve

Escape the rain: The Algarve

  “I haven’t ridden a bike since I was 10”, I casually warned our tour guide. “Don’t worry, it’s just a gentle 6km cycle around the national park.” An hour and a half later I arrived, near collapse, to a bemused guide. “Hmmm, you need to join a gym,” he said, eyebrows raised. D’ya think!?...
Why you shouldn’t detox

Why you shouldn’t detox

From Bambi legged Vogue models to wobbly lady guts splashed across the cover of Heat magazine, you can’t pass a newsstand without being assaulted by the phrase ‘bikini body’. So it’s no surprise the Twittersphere is awash with women keen to minimise their waistline with a brand new spangly detox programme. “Reboot your metabolism” the...
How to pick a good restaurant abroad

How to pick a good restaurant abroad

Though I’m often plagued with the nagging fear that my smart phone is cleverer than me, I wouldn’t be without it.  For starters, the iPhone culture has almost completely abolished disappointing restaurant meals for tech savvy diners. With a stream of reviews available at the touch of a button, I need never again dampen my...
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