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Visiting Tampopo

I’ve never given Tampopo a chance before as I thought it was just a noodle bar and I have a fear of messily slurping in front of strangers. However, after browsing the menu outside I realised they have an extensive selection of veggie options. Traditional flavours such as green tea, sesame, cinnamon and lychee combine with Western ingredients to create something unexpected and unique. Something that made me really respect this brand is that one of the desert pastries is fried on a grill where meat is frequently cooked so it’s not marked with a V on the menu. Most places wouldn’t even consider that one grill for everything is a problem for vegetarians.


Finding Emoji Lip balms in Superdrug

How cute are these!? Even better…There’s ten of them! I bought the monkey because he’s adorable and banana scented, the señorita as she’s my favourite (and smells of exotic cocktails!) and the kissy face as it’s water melon scented. Am I the only one who wishes there was the smiley poo that was er, chocolate scented? ^_^


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Watching The Huntsman: Winters War

I went with the bloke and two of our mates to see this for my birthday and was really getting into it, until around a third of the way through where the pace seemed to slow to a near standstill. A ‘comedy’ element was introduced in the form of dwarves (the mythical kind) and a lot of petty arguing ensued between the characters. There was an action scene in the middle of this complete with a forced emotional ending but it was so predictable I was bored.

There was a point where the dwarves had some obvious expositional dialogue which sounded so mind numbingly boring I was utterly relieved when the main threat suddenly re-appeared and their plans were abandoned. Action ensued which was throughly enjoyable and the film was not predictable at all from that point onward. If you can ignore the pacing issues and the patchy tone of the scenes which lurch from the dramatic to the comedic and back again, then you should be able to enjoy this film. I’d suggest watching this with friends at home so you can have snacks and a good chat about it together whilst it’s playing.


Snacking on Vegetable Festival

I discovered an Asian wheat and dairy free version of a Pot Noodle. It comes with an utterly useless spawk making it more of an in-convienience food but tastes very similar to tasty szechwan soup. Perfect for a quick snack if you bring your own folk.



Rocking out at MASH Guru, Macclesfield

My old mate Pete and his Mrs have become the awesome owners of MASH Guru, a very funky bar with live music and independent ales. ‘A fine blend of New York Speakeasy, Berlin underground and 70s Porn Lounge, shaken not stirred. Mash is a bar with attitude, eclectic, electric and unexpected on every front.’ I couldn’t agree more!


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Drinking Mr Basil (bubble tea?)

I found these in my local Bargain World for a £1 each. They really remind my of bubble (boba) tea with the squidgy little beads but it doesn’t mention tapioca anywhere in the ingredients. They are both really refreshing but have a sweet taste and contain a lot of sugar so don’t mistake them health drinks!



Reading The Lie Tree by Francis Hardinge

I liked and admired the young female protagonist which was the reason I kept on reading but I felt Hardinge took too long to introduce ‘the lie’ tree to the story and that it was under utilised overall. The genre is gothic-murder mystery but the story lacked momentum with the suspense element building too slowly in my opinion. I found that I didn’t care for the victim and I didn’t find the suspects interesting enough to care if they were the murderer either.


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It’s Alive!

I’m still marvelling over the fact I kept the bloke’s picture plant alive for 12 months and it’s doing better than ever. They are swamp plants so they have to sit in water constantly but drink it really quickly. The Bloke’s on for probably the seventh generation of Collard Dove’s who visit and chill everyday. My head bob to them means “There’s food out, come down” when they are weighting in the tree and my head movement to the right means “I know you’re new little dude but you’ve landed at the middle window you need to move over to the right one, where the seed is.”


Cranes Cider                             Cranes Cider

Enjoying Summer

Although I’m usually out and about it’s been so hot I’ve just been spending a lot of my time at my folks lounging in their back yard. They’ve planted it out beautifully and it’s a great place for OOTD shots or just chilling in sun with a magazine and a drink. Appropriate then that Cranes gifted me three bottles of their fruit cider! First of all, I love the packaging they arrived in and the pretty labels on the bottles. I found the Strawberry and Kiwi to be a little too sickly sweet in the heat. The Rasberry and Pomegranite wasn’t as sweet and was my favourite flavour. The original Cranberry, although very tart at first, was the one I’d be able to drink repeatedly as it was very refreshing.


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Trying blue cheese pizza

I was sober and challenged to try blue cheese on a pizza the other day, I said yes because, well, pizza. The result was a pizza with an incredibly rich depth of flavour which I really enjoyed. Ingredients: Gorgonzola cheese, red onion, sun dried tomato, Kalamata olives, green olives, vine ripened tomatoes, sweetcorn, Elmental cheese, very small amount of jerk BBQ sauce.





6 responses to “My Lifestyle Lately”

  1. Bizarre Brunette Avatar

    There is nothing better than eating good pizza.

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  2. Haylee Avatar

    I didn’t even see the dove in the plant picture at first and wondered what you were on about! I wish I could attract birds to my garden but too many cats keep them away – I have to be content with bees!

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    1. Vamp It Up Mcr (Chrissie) Avatar

      I love furry bumble bees! It’s hard for me to spot them sometimes until they make their little noise and start charging up and down lol Lucky to be on the 1st floor basically where nothing can get them. Maybe hang a feeder out of a bedroom window?

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      1. Haylee Avatar

        I thought about hanging it from a window but it’s so difficult to get access because of how mine are. You’d love the bees in my garden…some of the tiniest I’ve seen and utterly adorable! Did you see my vlog? You got a mention and an answer to one of the award questions from yonks ago 🙂

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      2. Vamp It Up Mcr (Chrissie) Avatar

        Aww! I got some free wild flower seeds when I purchased a honey drink the other day. Ooh, I don’t watch blogs but I shall check it out , thanks hon :0)

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