The Kona Brewing Company

Moving house is really hard. I’ve recently moved across London and I thought that was incredibly stressful. Three months ago, after years of mentioning it wistfully, my mom finally made the big decision to leave New York.

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This is where she lives now – pretty much as close to paradise as you can get. She needed an extra pair of hands to help her with the move, so of course I selflessly volunteered to help. Even though she hasn’t technically left the country, moving to Hawaii from New York is stressful (especially when there are pets involved). I’m incredibly proud of her, and think its the perfect move for someone as obsessed with scuba diving as she is.

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We spent a lot of time at the Kona Brewing Company, which is our local when we are over there. The service is absolutely incredible, the beers and ales are brewed on the Big Island, and all the food is delicious.

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We usually tend to go for the ahi tuna tartare – rice, topped with salmon and avocado – unless there is something spectacular on the specials.

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The cocktails are also great, and while we seemed to go when it was slightly overcast, on good days there’s a lovely atmosphere. Does anyone else get hungrier when they’re eating next to open water?

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One of the specials that I really enjoyed were the beef kimchi tacos. If they have them, definitelgo for them – crunchy, tangy, spicy, it all works incredibly well.

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We kept going back again and again, and I’m sure we will do for a while – I can’t wait for the next time I’m back!

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Jamie & Jimmy’s Friday Night Feast

A few months ago I got a completely unexpected, but very exciting email into my inbox.

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It was an invitation to be one of a select group of food bloggers taking part in Jamie and Jimmy’s Friday Night Feast – in an episode all about blood. Black pudding, to be exact – and while to this day I still don’t know how I managed to get on the list, I am supremely grateful that I did. I’m also incredibly grateful to work with such amazing people, who let me take the morning off to hang out on the Southend-on-Sea beachfront, sampling delicious food with some wonderful people.

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We throw away a lot of blood in the UK, while in other parts of Europe, they tend to use more of it in their cooking. I’ll let you tune in to find out more (Jamie and Jimmy do a much better job of explaining it all), but I love black pudding – and definitely think more food should use it. For example, blood can be used as an egg substitute in many dishes – and we got to try an amazing one by Dan Doherty, the Executive Chef at the Duck and Waffle. It was a blood-based cornbread topped with chorizo and yoghurt, and it was absolutely divine.

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Jamie and Jimmy were as lovely in real life as you’d expect – and it was really fun tuning in on the night, and live-tweeting the event! You can still catch it on 4oD here – and I can now claim that I’ve been Lindsay Lohan’s co-star…. right?

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Roux at Parliament Square with FujiFilm Instax

I started blogging as an outlet for a few of my interests, photography being one of them.

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As much as I love the convenience of digital photography, there is something so wonderful about film – the uncertainty and excitement when watching the image develop is something that really can’t be replaced. I was given a FujiFilm Instax camera last Christmas, and over the past year have captured so many amazing memories and experiences.

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The FujiFilm team sent me another one this year to create some new memories with, in order to create a #ChristmasToRemember, which I took out for a spin at Roux at Parliament Square.

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I love a good tasting menu, so I was extremely excited about Roux at Parliament Square, and I definitely wasn’t disappointed!

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My meal was booked through Virgin Experience Days, and was such fantastic value. We started the evening off with champagne cocktails and some delicious amuse bouche – truffle grilled cheese and a spiced rice cracker with goat’s cheese.

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The first course was slow cooked beetroot, Innes goat’s cheese, toasted seeds and lovage. You really can’t beat beetroot and goat’s cheese, and this was presented beautifully – I loved the combination of beetroot varieties in the dish.

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The next course was a roast Scottish langoustine and prawn tortellini with coastal vegetables, served with a consomme. I love a theatrical course, and this was as delicious as it looked – a very juicy mouthful.

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The next course was one I was extremely excited for, but didn’t quite meet expectations. The carbonara of squid, smoked bacon and confit egg yolk had a very strange texture, which was disappointing as I loved the concept.

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The roast wild sea bass with red wine braised salsify, chicken wings and mushrooms more than made up for it – this was one of my favourite courses, and was absolutely stunning.

At this point I was unbelievably stuffed, but we still had a little way to go – Herdwick lamb, smoked aubergine, Isle of Wight tomatoes and gem lettuce was up next. I love braised lettuce, and the lamb was really tender.

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The lamb was followed by the first dessert course – Mead poached pear with lavender honey, chamomile, and pistachio.

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The final dessert course (if you don’t count the petits fours which I was way too full for) was Manjari chocolate with hazelnuts and creme fraiche. Very rich, but utterly delicious.

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All in all I had a wonderful evening – definitely an evening to remember. I’ll be creating a lot more memories with my Instax this year, and for all of you celebrating I hope you have a wonderful Christmas!

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Borough Market Christmas

Borough Market is one of my favourite places in London – I spend a great deal of time there, and I love how festive it gets this time of year.

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If you’ve headed down that way recently, you might’ve spotted Katherine who is partway through a residency at the market. Every Thursday this month she has been doing a Christmassy kitchen demonstration at the market, and next Thursday will be her biggest feat yet – between 12.00 and 2.30pm she will be cooking an ENTIRE Christmas feast in the market.

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Just before I left for Hawaii I got a sneak peek of some of the things she has in store this Christmas. We made some homemade gifts made with ingredients from the market, including chocolates with pistachios and delicious Turkish Delight from The Turkish Deli.

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From mulled cider to chutney, there are so many delicious homemade gifts you can make this season! Katherine is a firm believer in forward planning, so on the 15th she will be cooking an entire feast in an hour, so be sure to head down to pick up some tips so you aren’t slaving away in the kitchen all day!

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Wine Tasting with Marks & Spencer

Marks & Spencer is without a doubt one of my favourite British brands. Not only do they have consistently high quality products, they tend to be extremely transparent about where they source their products, from their clothing to their wine.

Stopping off at the M&S Foodhall after a long day at work is definitely a treat, and when the M&S team invited me down for a Regional Food and Wine Tasting I was thrilled to say the least.

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M&S have a great range of International Wines which we sampled over the course of the evening, but for me there were several stand out ones in particular.

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I was not expecting one of my favourite wines of the evening to be an English one, but the Marksman was really fantastic – light and crisp, it is a delicious sparkling wine. Fun fact – the wine was named after a Spitfire that M&S employees raised £5,000 to pay for in 1941.

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Although I tend to go for a drier white, I really enjoyed the Castillo de Monterey Godello – tart and fruity, the Spanish white complemented a soft cheese (like brie) extremely well.

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I’m quite partial to a Malbec, and the Argentian Dominio del Plata Terrior was another favourite of mine from the evening – fullbodied and robust, it went extremely well with steak tacos (the bloodier, the better!)

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At the event we sampled the wines with a wide range of cheeses and appetisers – the smoked salmon, and the squid rings from the seafood selection platter went extremely well with the white wines.

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When sampling the wines at home, I finished the meal off with roasted pears, figs and almonds coated with brown sugar and cinnamon – a festive, yet healthy dessert – especially with a side of Greek yoghurt.

Have you sampled any of M&S’ Wines of the World Range? What is your favourite? Be sure to comment below, or let me know on TwitterFacebook, or Instagram!