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TWELVE EATERY – VEGAN RESTAURANT

I had a very exciting week last week going for lots of little brunch’s. For my University project I have to create a news feature about anything we want, so I am writing one about the health benefits of veganism. This is an interesting topic for me, as I believe that one day (when I can afford really nice food) I will be a vegan. I am currently giving up meat for lent and am really enjoying it. I don’t even miss eating any type of meat as there are so many other options. I am giving myself a day off on my birthday, just so I can treat myself on my 21st!!

This restaurant Ellie, Katie and I went to is a new vegan place that has opened up in Bournemouth. I have never eaten there before so we went for a cute brunch, which ended up being quite posh. I would definitely say we had a light lunch as all of us were still hungry after but I definitely enjoyed what I ate and would recommend giving them a visit.

I am extremely interested in my health and fitness at the moment. I have thrown myself into the gym and have been eating extremely well (for a Universtiy student.) This week I have no motivation to do anything productive because I am so excited for the weekend. I am turning 21 and am celebrating with all of my friends!! Keep updated with everything on my Instagram – @emilymaythorne.

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AN AMAZING VEGAN BRUNCH

For my latest University project I had to create a news feature about anything I wanted, so I decided to create one about ‘The Explosion of Vegansim.’ To do this I had to visit different vegan restaurant and gather different opinions.

Katie and I went to ‘Mad Cucumber’ at the top of Bournemouth town for brunch. As you can see from the bottom photograph it was delicious. For lent, Katie and I have given up meat which I am currently struggling with as I am going out for Thai food this evening, haha! On my birthday I did eat a little bit of meat (because it was my birthday) but I have never felt so bloated afterwards. Your body adapts extremely quickly.

This restaurant had a lot of Glastonbury vibes which made it extremely comfortable and friendly.

the real eating company & lunchd collab!

Outfit: Dress – isawitfirst & top – Primark.

On Saturday afternoon, I was lucky enough to of been invited to a bloggers event at The Real Eating Company in Bournemouth. Little did I know, this cafe would be a hidden gem down a small back road on the high street. They are currently creating a collaboration with Lunch’d, to make delicious takeaway lunch boxes which are healthy, gluten and dairy free so that customers can grab it and go.

The 1st menu will feature:

MY PHAT GREEK BOX: Aubergine Moussaka & Quinoa Greek Salad with hummus & balsamic dressing (this is the box that the Bournemouth Bloggers got to try)

JERK CHICKEN BOX: Pulled Jerk Chick Roasted Sweet potato & Quinoa Super Salad with pomegranate seeds & lime. Served with seasonal slaw.

Helena Hudson, the owner of Real Eating Company says, “we are thrilled that Lunch’d is coming to the Real Eating Company Bournemouth. Oli creates and cooks really delicious healthy food and I can’t wait for our customers to try it. It’s also great to be able to offer this opportunity to a successful, smaller company when the cost of being on the high street is increasingly prohibitive.”  The Real Eating Company has had a site in Bournemouth for 4 years now, having been names ‘Entrepreneur of the Year’ at Dorset Food, Drink and Farming Awards. It is an independent business with a collection of food destinations in five towns in the South East – using local products whenever they can all day.

The Real Eating Company: Helena Hudson

http://www.real-eating.co.uk

I: @realeatingco T:@realeatingco F: @realeating


Oli Perron, founder of Lunch’d adds, “we’ve been approached before to white label for other cafe groups, but the opportunity to collaborate as a pop-up with The real Eating Company to showcase our new seasonal Hotboxes felt like a perfect match. We’ve been solely supplying offices since the first lunch in 2013, so this will be the first time non-office based customers can try us out.” Lunch’d was launched in 2014 providing healthy, gluten and dairy free meals including vegan options to companies across the county in a subscription basis and also caters for events.

This collaboration will start on the 5th March (TODAY) and will continue every Tuesday and Wednesday – customers can grab and go or dine in. Each box will be priced at £6.65.

Lunch’d – Oli Perron

http://www.lunchd.co.uk

I: @lunchd T: lunchdorset F: @lunchdorset

A lovely little cafe, hidden away in Bournemouth. The food was delicious and left me feeling extremely satisfied. Thank you Bournemouth Bloggers for letting me join in with such a nice afternoon!

 

 

i love u & the city

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A LITTLE CHRISTMAS TRIP TO ROME

when in rome…

A Tapa Tapa Evening in Barcelona

Zugspitze Mountain

Here comes my non – stop pics of Solly and I’s trip to Rome. As I have said I took 3 different cameras –  my phone, Olympus Pen Canon camera and a Canon film camera (which I haven’t been able to get processed yet) so I have a lot of content to share with you.

Sol and I only spent 3 nights in Rome, with only around 2 full days to fit in all the sites. When I say all the sites… there is soooo much to see! On the first day we did a hop on hop off bus all around Rome, just to get our bearings. The first stop was the colosseum which is was Sollys main site to see. We decided to get skip the queue and a tour, just because this is one of the main sites in Rome and yes it was so worth it! If you haven’t been, the colosseum is incredible and so much bigger than I imagined.

These are not just photographs from day one, but a collection of some of my favourites. We stuffed our face with pasta, pizza and a little trick for anybody going to a busy city, walk down the back streets… you will find a lot of cheap food and cute little restaurants. Solly and I used an app called ‘YELP’ to help us find the best places to eat and drink.

This was such an amazing experience for Sol and I but I can honestly say it has given me a travel bug, I WANT TO BE ABROAD 24/7 to the point my friend Kimia and I are organising a cheap trip to Berlin at the end of January, to celebrate the end of a stressful month. Where would you like to visit in the EU?

 

 

pumpkin pickin’

SOPLEY FARM – PICK YOUR OWN

Is it halloween season if you don’t pick your own pumpkin? Today my friends and I went to Sopley farm in Christchurch where you are able to go and pick your own pumpkin. In the Summer it turns into a strawberry farm and in the Winter you are able to cut your own Christmas tree. I never really get into Halloween, I never get that dressed up or decorate my house, I just never understood the point. But this year has been so much fun! Although I’m not actually going out on Halloween, I spent the whole weekend dressed up with my friends.

Maybe next year I will make more of an effort, who knows.

 

beach, burgers & a sinking pedalo

I don’t want this Summer to end

 I don’t think I will ever be finished with uploading photographs from Malaga. I took 4 cameras and filled them all but I got some goldies. These are from our last day which we spent in Fuengirola. Our flight was not until the evening and we had to be out of the villa at 10, so we all spent the day on the beach – it was one of my favourite days. Most of our time in Malaga we spent at the villa, which was amazing, but it was so nice to adventure out and spend the day in a different location. We had came to Fuengirola one evening before, so we thought that going back there would be the best idea as then we would know what we are doing.

A couple of us took a pedalo out to sea which was so much fun. I love doing things like this rather than just sitting at the beach.

I do not think I am ready to let go of the Summer. England is freezing cold at the moment, waking up for my 9ams are a struggle!! Jumper weather has come round so quickly, we are now in October – Christmas is coming!!

fuengirola

Malaga 2018

On one of our last evenings in Malaga we thought it would be nice to go for a big family meal. We travelled over to Fueungirola for the first time since being there. We had been told it was somewhere to definitely visit as it was full of life and youth. In Malaga centre, we found that the clubs were very small and there was not much to do in the evenings. Where as Fuengirola was the place we had been hoping for the whole time we were there!

Our meal was so lovely. We went to this open restaurant where we were all able to sit outside. This my favourite evening of the whole holiday, everyone was happy and having so much fun.

 

 

a weekend in hollands wood, new forest

Camping in the New Forest, Dorset

I would massively recommend a weekend away at the New Forest. It is very relaxing and a lot of fun. The place is filled with horses, on the first morning a shetland pony came charging at us for our food! Although there is not that much to do around us bar cycling and long walks it is a very pretty area. I would go back again!

Bag – SHEIN (buy here)

Solly and I were not able to go on a holiday this year due to him being super busy with work and us both having so many other things planned, so we thought we should spend a weekend in a tent instead. We have now both spent 2 weekends in a row in a tent, the first weekend being in a smelly, muddy field with lots of other people to the second weekend doing it properly. We borrowed my mums Glastonbury Festival tent that has one pod with a huge middle bit to keep all of our stuff in. We bought a gas cooker to make ourselves cups of tea and breakfast every morning, I stocked us up on food and beer and made our sleeping area extremely snug.

Newquay

Weekend In Bournemouth

Weekend in Watford

On Friday evening Sol did not finish work until 6:30PM so we did not get to the campsite until it was pitch black. Putting the tent up in the dark was a struggle, especially when we had people taking the micky out of us when they walked passed.

On Saturday we had a long morning, relaxing outside the tent and trying to figure out how to cook some sausages without burning them. In the afternoon we went to Hurst Castle which is Henry VIII castle, a prison of Charles and a World War 2 theatre. To get to it we either had to get a ferry or walk for a couple miles along the sea front. Stupidly we decided to walk, forgetting how windy it would be being right by the seaside, but when we got there we were glad we visited. Solly loves things like this.

In the evening we went for dinner at The Snake Catcher which was not amazing. I got whitebait to start and before I had even finished they bought out my burger. It seemed like they were in a massive rush, but I did hear that they had been packed all day. On Sunday we went to Christchurch Harbour which I loved!! It was so cute, people were crabbing, paddle boarding and it was filled with lots of boats. Thankfully it was actually sunny so we were able to sit on the rocks and eat fish and chips.

I am getting my disposable cameras printed of today and I can not wait to share with you the craziness of Boomtown, bits of London and some cute pictures from camping. Disposable camera photos are my favourite, they look so nice when they are printed out. Was thinking of carrying one around all the time so I can hang the photos up in my University room!

City of Love

J’adore Paris – 35mm

Around 3 years ago my cousins and I spent a couple nights in Paris. We ate, we drank and visited every sight there is to the point our feet were in pieces. For some stupid reason I wore high heels on the day we visited the Eiffel Tower and by the end my feet were in 2, I do not wear high heels and I don’t think I ever have since. My mum booked this trip to Paris for us and placed us in the gay capital of Paris so going out in the evenings was hilarious. We met the funniest people while sat drinking funky cocktails.

I used a 35mm lens camera to take thee photos and they came out amazing. I love the look of disposable cameras and this is just a better quality version. It made the whole trip look extremely vintage and old fashion which is the style I love. I haven’t used this camera since because I just have to found an occasion. There is so much technology these days, when i go abroad I would be taking 3 cameras.

Paris is definitely somewhere I would visit again but there are a lot more city breaks that I want to do first including Berlin, Dublin, Amsterdam, Rome and I would definitely rush back to Barcelona first!!

I am currently getting all my outfits together for Boomtown on Thursday, how exciting!! Typical that the weather had done a complete 1-80, now its meant to be raining this weekend.

snowy getaway in bath

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If you read one of my last blog posts you would of seen that my boyfriend and I were meant to take a 3 day trip to Dublin. We arrived to the airport earlyWednesday morning for our flight that was meant to take off at 8:05AM. After 6 hours of sitting on our phones, drinking coffee and spending a ridiculous amount of money of food the flight finally got cancelled because of the crazy drop in temperature and flood of snow.

Solly and I left the airport at 1:00PM and decided that instead we will just spend two nights in Bath because Sol never gets time off work so we had to do something.

Hilton Bath City Hotel

Review – Hilton Bath City Hotel is a great hotel with great customer service. The rooms were spacious with a bath, TV and free tea or coffee. The view out of the window was stunning, especially when Bath is covered in snow. They have a full english buffet for breakfast which is a big bonus, although on a weekday they stop serving breakfast at 9:30AM. I would highly recommend staying in this hotel, it is centred right in the middle of Bath by the river, so it is just a 2 minute walk from all the shops.

For two nights we stayed at the Hilton Bath Hotel. We drove up early Thursday afternoon while the snow was coming down heavy. Luckily by the time we got there it hadn’t set yet, so it wasn’t too slippery.

After the snow had set a lot of places were shut so we did find it hard to occupy are time, but it was nice just to relax. Bath spa was shut, the shops and a lot of the restaurants and bars shut early in the evenings. But having two nights away from home was very nice. We came back Saturday afternoon when the snow had turned into slosh. We did a bit of shopping in the morning (well Solly did) and got home just after lunch time. When Solly and I go away together it is very hard to not spend all our money on food.