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Zoo Lates

29th July 2013

Do you remember the magic of the zoo as a child?  The weird and wonderful animals.. ice cream.. the penguins being fed?

Well, some clever noggin at ZSL (London Zoo) came up with the idea of combining that magic with Friday nights, alcohol, and pop-up food stalls.  So, every Friday in June and July London Zoo plays host to a bunch of adults that want to look at (and sometimes act like) the animals.

We met at the gate, near Regent’s Park – a big group of girls ready to ‘go wild’ (couldn’t resist, sorry).  

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Here are the photo and food highlights of the evening…

We started at the otters, which are my personal favourite – they make adorable little noises and hold hands when they’re floating.

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A met her animal soul mates – the lovely giraffes.

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We stopped for a beverage…

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And everybody got into the animal spirit of things.

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In the main open area at the centre of the zoo, you find all the food stalls, more bars, shops, even a merry-go-round.

I was delighted to discover a ‘tail shop’, and quickly embraced my inner fox.

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And J tried one on as well!

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When we were finished playing with the tails, we carried on exploring…

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Until it was time for food.  To be honest, they gave me too much choice and I couldn’t decide what I wanted!  There were pies, paella, tartiflette, wraps – the list continues.

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Some of the girls went for Anna Mae’s delicious Mac ‘n’ Cheese, which has been at a lot of events recently.  If you see them somewhere, definitely try it!  They have lots of different toppings.

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The rest of us had hot dogs – can’t go wrong with a hot dog.  These were from the Great British Sausage Company and they went down a treat.

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We ate our food sitting on the grass and listening to the music from the cabaret show (which was interesting).

Zoo Lates is sold out for this summer, but put it in your diary for next year.  You can find the details on the website.  Something a bit different from the average night out!  Make sure that you do what we did – if you book in a group of 10 people or more, tickets are half price, and this is good value considering usual entry to the zoo.

Final piece of advice – we weren’t sure what to expect – but it is very much a walk around the zoo, plus the fun extras.  Wear comfy shoes!

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A Collection

8th July 2013

Is it really already July?  I have spent the last couple of weeks preparing for, dancing at, and recovering from what has been billed as ‘The Best Glastonbury Ever’.

Being a first timer, I obviously agree with this, and plan on returning next year (if at all possible) to see if it can be beaten.

However, I have realised that as a new blogger, I have been dreadfully lacking on the organisation front.  I did not prepare any blogs before I went away, and I have been lucky enough to be doing lots of nice things.  I am therefore very behind (cross voice) and my camera and phone are full of photos that I want to share.

While I get ready to fill everyone in on what I’ve been up to (and mainly what I’ve been eating), I thought I would post a little collection of my favourites bits and bobs from the last year.  I only started writing this blog in April, and it does seem a shame for anything pre-dating it to be lost to the iPhone archive.

I hope you enjoy them!  (And I promise some high quality ‘food porn’ photographs are coming up very soon!)

A perfect latte in the sunshine in South Kensington

A perfect latte in the sunshine in South Kensington

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Mummy’s Easter ‘Nest’ Cake

Amazing wrapping paper from a little card shop on Camden Passage in Angel (name TBD)

Amazing wrapping paper from a little card shop down Camden Passage in Angel (name TBD)

A wine that I REALLY LIKE

A wine that I REALLY LIKE

A cupcake from Waitrose that was dressed up as an ice cream

A cupcake from Waitrose that was dressed up as an ice cream

Pizza from Franco Manca on Northcote Road (it's the best)

Sourdough pizza from Franco Manca on Northcote Road (it’s incredible)

Burrata cheese, tomatoes, bread and ham - also from Franco Manca

Burrata cheese, tomatoes, bread and ham – also from Franco Manca

Real foodie romance - image from Cargo Collective

True foodie romance – image from Cargo Collective

A holiday twist - Brussels sprouts with chorizo, a balsamic glaze and a sprinkle of pine nuts

A holiday twist – Brussels sprouts with chorizo, a balsamic glaze and a sprinkle of pine nuts

She does it again!  Traditional Christmas roulade (plus Snowman)

She does it again! Traditional Christmas roulade (plus Snowman)

Cheecken Noodle Soup

Cheecken Noodle Soup

Pomegranate, Lime & Soda Water Coolers (with a splash of Vodka)

Pomegranate, Lime & Soda Water Coolers (with a splash of Vodka)

Fried egg in a pepper cut-out - my little sister sent me this but I can't remember if it was her or a clever friend who was the creator! (Let me know and I'll update)

Fried egg in a pepper cut-out – my little sister sent me this but I can’t remember if it was her or a clever friend who was the creator! (Let me know and I’ll update)

Quote found here and brought to my attention  by her

Quote is from here and happily brought to my attention by her

Backgammon completes the perfect brunch

Backgammon completes the perfect brunch

A Valentine's Day treat

A Valentine’s Day treat

Goats Cheese and Red Onion Tarts, created at home by A

Goats cheese and red onion tarts, created at home by A

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My ultimate comfort food, keeping warm on the Aga – cauliflower cheese, toast and bacon (what?!)

Tea Party delicacies...

Tea Party delicacies…

O doesn't cook much, but he nails the caesar salad

O doesn’t cook much, but he nails the Caesar salad

Wine, grapes, and a rooftop terrace

Wine, grapes, and a rooftop terrace

Perfect fish and chips from the East Hill in Wandsworth

Perfect fish and chips from the East Hill in Wandsworth

And finally, a card from Joy that made me laugh out loud

And finally, a card from Joy that made me laugh out loud

Back soon (I promise!)

Burberry Kisses

13th June 2013

Burberry have just set up a website which is such a sweet idea that I thought I would share it.

It’s called Burberry Kisses and it manages to make technology more than a little bit romantic.

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Visit the site here and you can upload your own kiss and ‘send’ it to someone you love (or maybe someone you want to love?!).  The kiss is basically a virtual version of a lip print you’d make on a letter in the good old days.

If you open the site on your computer, you can use a webcam to capture your kiss.  Or (and I think this is better), open it on your mobile or tablet browser, and you have to actually kiss the screen.

You can pick what colour you want your lips to be (or no colour – for the boys!) and then send a personal message with your kiss to the recipient’s email.

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Here’s the really clever part – you enter your city and the city of the person you’re sending it to.  Once you’ve finished, an animation plays of the kiss flying through your city to the city it’s going to.  The site uses information from Google Earth to show accurate skylines of the cities – Romance for Nerds!

Burberry are planning to use the cities people enter to see where in the world is the most romantic.

Kiss your phone – you know you want to!

Here’s what my kiss looked like…

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SWALK x