home bound | items to jazz up your new gaff (that is not from ikea)

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Once the leaves started falling, I was rejoicing.  New projects to undertake, new hobbies to try out, and new spots to check out for cosying up during the colder months.  The start of a new season also means another batch of house movers.

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Where To Stay: Riad Dia, Marrakech

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A colourful myriad helpfully tucked in an alley near the Koutobia Mosque, and only a five-minute walk from the crazy Jemaa el-Fnaa square, Riad Dia boasts rooms and social spaces as bold and lively as its friendly staff.

After taking our pre-arranged airport transfer to the hostel (which set us back a mere 50 DH as there were 3 of us in a taxi), we were welcomed with Moroccan mint tea and some sweet treats as we sat down finalising our payment for the taxi ride and upfront accommodation fees.  As it was New Year’s Eve, we were kindly invited to a three-course meal and entertainment provided by the group ‘Rouge Hostels’, with which Riad Dia belonged to.  At 250 DH, and with no idea where else to welcome 2016, my sister and I, alongside our newfound Irish friend, reluctantly agreed, and handed over our freshly printed dirham notes.

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In Search of Vegan Festive Treats on the High Street


The first week of December has passed, and shops and restaurants are brimming with their Christmas trade.  Many establishments have already whipped out their festive menus last month, for the hungry shoppers and their designated bag-carriers.

I have been a little jealous recently as everyone seem to be able to treat themselves to an annual Christmas sandwich (or two) whilst out and about.  To combat this, I sought out five festive treats from the British high street.  From vegan mince pies, to a Christmas pudding-flavoured NAKD bar, I just had to try them for everyone’s benefit.

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November Saviours: And It Was All Orange

Food testing and reviewing continue for another month…

November: orange really is the new black as I ate my way through the food section in Boots and drank pumpkin-spiced latte’s hotter cousin, orange-spiced latte.

 

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Mildred’s (Camden), LONDON

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I-can’t-believe-it’s-vegan desserts: apple crumble and chocolate peanut butter brownie.

An infamous restaurant in the heart of Soho, Mildred’s vegetarian fare boasts flavours from international inspirations and bold combinations.  Having never step foot in their Soho branch, I finally took on the establishment one Friday evening, the day after they opened their doors of their new Camden hub.

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October’s Finest: One Bottle of Boozy Kombucha and Hotline Bling

As a person who claims to ‘love’ and ‘like’ everything under the sun, I may not be the prime choice for product reviews.  However, as the topic digresses to food – it always does when I am present – I am by no means shy about voicing my opinion on “what’s hot and what’s not.”

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It’s Foodtober Season

I had a long weekend at London recently, visiting my favourites and hitting the shops like a pro.  I have also had the chance to finally try some food outlets, pop-ups and restaurants which had been on my radar for a while.

Girl with No Gluten.
Girl with No Gluten.

The time spent on the establishments may not have warranted a full review of each, but excessive food porn and Instagram-worthy set-ups should still be expected.

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