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Where to Drink Craft Beer in Lisbon, Portugal

There isn’t much better than sitting down for a cold pint after a few days of touristing. Resting aching feet, removing the hefty backpack, looking through photos of the day, and swapping highlights becomes a holiday ritual when there’s a…

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Five Delicious Ways to Eat Eggs For Breakfast

I miss brunch. The ritualistic act of rolling into a restaurant as morning is a hair’s breadth from turning into afternoon, an empty stomach but full in the knowledge that I can order excellent breakfast food while legitimately also having…

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An Underwhelming Friday Feast at River Cottage, Devon

River Cottage is synonymous with homegrown produce, the first word in sustainability and epitomises the Good Life existence. After dedicating the warmer months to learning to grow my own fruit and vegetables on my tiny London balcony, a visit to…

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36 Hours in Cologne, Germany

I’ll be honest, Cologne and I almost had a big falling out right at the beginning of our relationship. My first solo travel destination on my Germany rail trip after having spent time in Frankfurt and Heidelberg with a friend,…

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Notes From A Tiny London Balcony Vegetable Garden

Last weekend, I harvested my first homegrown courgettes. Grown from seeds in a plastic propagator on my kitchen table, I dropped them just as the beginnings of tiny shoots had started poking out of the soil. The fact that I…

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Baking Bread: How a New Skill Has Made Me Feel Like Myself …

On what felt like day 435 of social lockdown, a friend text me to say she’d heard there was bread flour in her local supermarket. In less than a minute I had my coat and shoes on, was shouting across…

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Crab and Whisky for Brunch at Bistrotheque, Hackney

I’d read that Bistrotheque was the place to put east London on the brunch map which is ironic considering I walked past it three times before I found the entrance. A small alcove with festoon lights on a Hackney side…

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A Self Guided Walking Tour of Street Art in Bristol

“Have a shot every time someone tells you they know Banksy’, said a particularly sarcastic friend when I told her I was doing a day trip to Bristol on the way to a wedding on Devon. Bristolians are, rightfully so,…

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The Best Places to Eat in Lisbon, Portugal

You could easily survive four solid days in Lisbon on pastéis de nata and vinho verde – the iconic custard tarts and the sharp ‘green’ wine are everywhere in the Portuguese capital, and are well worth the indulgence. They were…

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