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Highlights from LDF 2016

I have been coming to London Design Festival for as long as I can remember, longer than I’ve even had a job in design. I’d write endless lists of events I wanted to go to and exhibitions I wanted to visit. I had to see everything. These days I don’t really get to do the small shows as my boss …

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London’s Chinatown: P2BUS and the many cakes I didn’t eat

I had a few spare hours to myself in London last week, so I decided to check out Chinatown. I’ve never had a proper wander there before despite how close it is to the West End and Soho, which is really a bit ridiculous isn’t it? Edinburgh doesn’t have a Chinatown, though we do have a handful of Asian supermarkets and …

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London: A Feeding Frenzy

I’m a foodie. The first thing I look for when visiting a city is the best paces to eat, and for weeks before any trip I can be found scouring restaurant reviews. Time best spent packing maybe. I might arrive with a suitcase full of socks and no knickers, but at least I have a list of places I want …

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Edinburgh Fringe: 8 Survival Tips for Locals

The other day, I tried to buy cat food. This isn’t usually a momentous event in my day, in fact I can usually go months without feeling the need to mention the purchase of kitty kibble on my blog. However, this fateful day my poor beleaguered feline ran out of Whiskas was also the day Edinburgh Fringe 2016 officially started. …

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Festival Essentials: Travelling with a tent to Kelburn

Last weekend I went to my first festival of the season, and it was fabulous. I had a great time catching up with friends I haven’t seen in awhile, drinking some rather strong Thistly Cross Cider *hic*, and enjoying the whole 30 minutes of Scottish sun. Kelburn Garden Party is one of my favourites for being not only a music …

Post-Brexit Thoughts from “An Immigrant”

The past few days haven’t been the easiest. I have seen so many stories of an increase in anti-immigrant sentiment, heartbreaking stories of families and schools being targeted by those who misguidedly thought a vote to leave the EU equalled sending all “foreigners” home. I may be unique amongst my friends as I do know people who voted “Leave” for …

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Things to do in Edinburgh: Hidden Door 2016

I first heard about Hidden Door in 2014 when the non-profit put on a series of exhibitions and events in the Market Street Vaults behind the train station, now the new Waverley Arches. I only made it to some of the evening gigs, which were mightily booze-fuelled with a lot of dancing involved. Questionable dancing.   This year they were …

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Mondays, London, and spending all my money in 2 hours 

To say I had a great time in London at the weekend would be a gross understatement. I have gushed about the fabulous food and the even more fabulous company to everyone I’ve spoken to since I got back, and i just will NOT shut up about the incredible vegan pad thai Laila introduced me to. I wrote about it, …

The Land of the Vegan Meats: Loving Hut (Archway)

“Is there meat in this?” Of course there isn’t, I don’t eat meat. I finally made it to Loving Hut tonight though; this place has been on my wish list of vegan restaurants to visit for almost as long as I’ve been vegan, and every time I’ve been in London circumstances have conspired against me getting here. This afternoon I …

London brunches, bunches of flowers and the best vegan street food in the city

Today I was in London and I was hungry. Now that sentence sounds like an oxymoron. London is full of delicious vegan eats. Every time I come here I’m like a kid in a candy shop because there’s so much choice! So many places are vegan, vegetarian or just vegan-friendly that I usually end up eating enough for a week …