21/31 Food glorious food

21. Your 10 favourite foods

Oh well this is going to be easy as I absolutely LOVE food! I’ve never been able to understand when people say they don’t like trying new foods or they only like one food group/cuisine… it baffles me since there’s so much variety out there for the tasting – quite literally!

So in no particular order…

  1. Avocado
  2. Fajitas, burritos, quesadillas, nachos, frijole…
  3. Lamb dupiaza with garlic rice, garlic naan and mango chutney
  4. Pret’s tuna and cucumber baguette with a packet of salt and vinegar crisps
  5. Tapas
  6. Dim sum
  7. Afternoon tea (of any variety)
  8. Cake or the dipping pot from Choccywoccydoodah, with a banana and white chocolate milkshake
  9. Vegetarian cottage pie
  10. Chocolate tea cakes – especially the giant ones!

Simply irresistable

#329: Tell us about the favourite dish or food that you simply cannot turn down.

I was really struggling to think of something because I’m fairly temperamental when it comes to food – I can be in a sweet mood, I can be in a savoury mood. But it’s something I’ll never know until I’ve sat down in the restaurant and soaked up the atmosphere. For example, one of my favourite Mexican restaurants is Las Iguanas and I absolutely love their gooey, chocolate orange Aztec cake. However, after gorging on Totopos (nacho chips with freshly made salsa) and a huge burrito, I can very really fit it in!

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And then, I had a magnificent lightbulb moment – Choccywoccydoodah! Of course! Shamefully, in the past I have been known to already be full before heading to this incredible establishment and STILL ordering a wedge of cake or a delicious dipping pot! I will never be able to say no to their delights.

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P.s – photographs to come (they’re on my iPhone, which I forgot to pick up this morning as I left for work – doh!)

Cheering section

#311: Do you have a mentor? Tell us about him or her. Are you a mentor to someone else? Tell us what that relationship has added to your life.

I do indeed! He’s my best friend and I couldn’t imagine my life without him! We met through my current job, as he freelances for the mag, and he’s the most incredible person I have ever met. We speak most days and try to meet up as frequently as we can, mostly for a visit to Choccywoccydoodah as we both love the place. But I can honestly say that he’s made me a better person and, for that, I will be forever grateful. If I’m ever stuck or in a pickle about something, he’s always there for me, showing me oodles of love and support – I couldn’t wish for anything more!

I hope that I can do the same for someone else one day.

Celebrate good times

#268: You receive some wonderful, improbable, hoped-for good news. How do you celebrate?

This is a simple answer as no matter what the good news is, I would always want the celebrations to include a wedge of the famous… you guessed it… Choccywoccydoodah cake! Whether it’s the only way I celebrate this news or one of many, it has definitely become one of my staple ways to celebrate and indulge.

You’ve got the power

#163: You have the power to enact a single law. What would it be?

Hmm… this is tough as there are several laws I’d like to introduce:

– Spitting on the pavement, into bushes, just in general would be against the law. It’s a revolting habit and if you want to creep yourself out thinking about it, people step in it and then walk into their homes, thus spreading other peoples disgusting spit germs!

– Employers would have to provide their employees with a fruit allowance e.g. two pieces a day. A healthy workforce is a happy workforce in my book!

– The idea of work experience/internships that last longer than a week, would have to be paid minimum wage for the work they do. It’s so easy for young people to get trapped in these schemes as they don’t want to speak up for fear of being replaced.

 – Lastly, a silly but fairly reasonable one, it would be against the law to dislike Choccywoccydoodah!

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Ripped into the headline

#161: Write about something that happened over the weekend as though it’s the top story on your local paper.

WOMAN HAS BEST DAY OF HER LIFE

A woman claims to have had the best day of her life, even though she is only 25. On Saturday, she visited London’s Choccywoccydoodah branch with one of her closest friends and introduced two new “recruits” (as she calls them), her close friends boyfriend and another close friend from work. She was recognised immediately by staff due to how many times she visits and introduces new people to the wonders of Choccy. Everyone loved the cake, although there was no doubt in her mind that they wouldn’t… Favourite food. Favourite friends. If only there was a way to enjoy this event every weekend without getting incredibly obese and/or inducing diabetes.

Tell us your story

#145: Tell us about a journey — whether a physical trip you took, or an emotional one.

I haven’t been on an interesting journey recently… I was going to write about my journey into London today (for a preview screening that has to be kept secret until it’s release and of course, my favourite, a wedge of Choccywoccydoodah cake!), but it’s really not that exciting at all!

Instead, I’ll write about a few physical trips I’d really like to take in my lifetime. So, I’d love a road trip around America visiting tonnes of theme parks – especially Disney related ones, various Six Flags and at least one US Legoland (just to see the difference). I’d love a trip that allows me to see wild animals in their natural environments – (in no particular order) orangutans, chimpanzees, gorillas, elephants, dolphins, turtles, etc. Of course, this post wouldn’t be complete if I didn’t include Egypt – Tutankhamun’s tomb, Valley of the Kings, Abu Simbel, Temple of Karnak etc etc.

So many trips, so little funds!

My birthday – oodles of cake, achey legs & sunny weather!

So, todays prompt topic didn’t appeal to me as it is, but my rebellion is primarily due to two outside, yet incredibly influential factors – today is press day, so it’s all systems go in the office, combined with the fact that I’ve been meaning to write up my birthday shenanigans whilst we’re still in the month of March!

ImageDuring my week off, I wanted to go inside St Paul’s Cathedral. I’m not sure why but ever since visiting Sagrada Familia, Barcelona, a few years back, I’ve developed a great love and appreciation for these magnificent works of art. However, this place should come with a warning sign. Don’t get me wrong, the Whispering Gallery is absolutely incredible and I’m so pleased that I reached the very top to the Golden Gallery… but they neglected to mention before I began my ascent, that I’d be climbing 1,161 steps that spiralled and also grew narrower the higher you got! This climb, for me, will be one of the things in life that I’m glad to have done but will never be doing again. Once is more than enough!

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ImageAfter giving my legs a good workout, my Mum and I headed to Bea’s of Bloomsbury for Afternoon Tea and what an absolute delight! We were treated to freshly made baguettes, an endless supply of tea (I chose peppermint – my favourite, since it is the only tea I drink), meringues, brownies, blondies, killer brownies, marshmallows, cupcakes and beautifully baked scones with lashings of jam and cream! I thoroughly enjoyed it even though we had to take the cupcakes home with us, as we’d turned slightly green by the end of it due to how full we felt. The only thing that let it down ever so slightly, was the missing feet at the top of the cake stand – never mind!

ImageWe then proceeded to waddle, I mean wander around the shops so that we (well, mostly I) didn’t doze off somewhere thanks to Bea’s tasty treats.

Also, during my birthday week off, I started my running training (ahead of the Sport Relief run… I use the term ‘run’ very loosely), I visited my favourite Mexican eaterie, Las Iguanas, for delicious fajitas, went to the hairdressers, joined my local Gym, had a meal from my favourite Indian restaurant and of course, no birthday would be complete without visiting the one and only, Choccywoccydoodah! (Check out my Blondie… which I devoured!)

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Mr. Peabody & Sherman gala screening, Peter Andre and Choccywoccydoodah!

As another 365 Days of Writing Prompts rebellion (don’t get me wrong, it’s not that I didn’t like the prompt, I just couldn’t think of anything I’d liked to have been different in my childhood – I know, sounds cheesy, but it’s the truth!), I’ve decided to write about what exciting things happened last Saturday.

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So, as you can probably tell from my post title, I went to the VIP gala screening of Mr. Peabody and Sherman! I ended up taking my parents as unfortunately, I was going to take my best friend and her daughter but lil’un was unwell that morning, so couldn’t come 😦 We saw the film in 3D and were given the coolest glasses… shaped like Peabody’s specs! Before the film begun, we were treated to the preview of Peter Andre’s song ‘Kid‘, introduced by the man himself (if you haven’t heard it – watch it now! You have no excuse since I’ve provided the link!). The film itself is absolutely fantastic! It’s one of those kids ones that has adult humour sewn throughout, so everyone can enjoy it!

As we were leaving the screening, who did we happen to spot coming up the escalator… Peter Andre! This is when I went into full professional mode introducing myself as being from NG Kids mag (such a handy skill to have nowadays!). He was a really nice, genuine guy and we had a brief chat about how we loved the film, and of course his happy go lucky song! I also told him that my auntie would be very jealous as she’s a big fan and he kindly signed a Mr. Peabody and Sherman poster for her… d’awwww!

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After such an exciting day, we headed to what is becoming a regular hangout for me and my family… Choccywoccydoodah! We had to wait a little while since it was a Saturday, but we didn’t mind as the staff are so entertaining and give you free samples (this way I got to choose which flavour cake I wanted before heading up to the cafe!). I tried a piece of their ginger cake just to be sure that I’d enjoy what I planned to order… and boy did I! Plus since there was three of us, we though we’d treat ourselves to two slices wedges; one traditional chocolate and one ginger. As always, we had to bring half of each home (there was no way we’d waste it!) and they suggested that we pop it in the microwave for 20 seconds to make it gooey… heaven!

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P.s. I had to write this earlier on today and schedule it as I’m actually at a gala screening of another movie right now (which I’ll fill you in on when the embargo has passed) and afterwards, I will hopefully be heading to… you’ve guessed it… Choccywoccydoodah! In my defence, this time I’m taking my brother and we’re planning to try a slice wedge of lemon cake, so it’s all strictly for research purposes!

Image: Peabody poster and cakes – me. Peter Andre and I – my dad (hence the fuzziness).

32 flavours

#10: Vanilla, chocolate, or something else entirely?

Of course, it all depends on what it is that I’m eating, as I wouldn’t fancy consuming a banana chilli or a scoop of parsnip ice cream! However, the first flavours that sprung to mind when I read this question was banana and white chocolate. The more I thought about which flavour to choose for todays writing prompt, the more I realised I couldn’t actually decide between the two! Plus, they do tend to compliment each other perfectly in every dessert I’ve ever tried, where they’ve been expertly paired in. 

Before anyone asks, I know that the below image doesn’t show any bananas but there is a link … trust me! The below (incredibly indulgent) cake can be found at London’s Choccywoccydoodah and I strongly advise that everyone makes visiting this delicious venue, a 2014 New Year’s Resolution! They have so much to choose from, but on this particular occasion we ordered a slice of their traditional chocolate cake and (here’s the link) a banana and white chocolate truffle milkshake! We were in absolute heaven but we do think that their cake slices should come with a little bit of a pre-warning, as even though it is the best cake that I’ve ever eaten, it would be (in my opinion) impossible for one person to physically consume the entire slice by themselves due to the generous serving – although you can always take the rest of it home to enjoy a double dose of deliciousness whilst on the sofa in your cosy onesie 😀 Result!

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Image: taken by myself at Choccywoccydoodah (December 2013)