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!)

Eat, drink and be merry…

#305: …for tomorrow we die. The world is ending tomorrow! Tell us about your last dinner — the food, your dining companions, the setting, the conversation.

I’m guessing today’s morbid post has taken inspiration from yesterday’s spookiness… Halloween! My last dinner… but there’s so many amazing tasting dishes out there – how could I possibly choose just the one?! So, to combat this I’d have a tapas style feast with Mexican food, Thai, Spanish, British, Italian, Indian, all sorts! To wash it all down, I would either choose a Southern Comfort, lemonade and lime or a strawberry and lime Rekordelig, as they seem to be my firm favourites… or I’d just treat myself and have both. My dining companions would of course be my family and my besties! The setting wouldn’t matter, so long as it was warm and there was enough space for everyone (and the food!). No doubt we’d be reminiscing about the good ol’ days or playing an incredibly silly game, as has become a family get together tradition over the past decade or so.

Can’t get enough

#282: Have you ever been addicted to anything, or worried that you were? Have you ever spent too much time and effort on something that was a distraction from your real goals? Tell us about it.

I tend to go through phases of addiction – I went through a Pinterest obsession when it first came out and now, I’d have to say it’s Netflix… just having so much choice and multiple seasons available at your fingertips. It’s just all way too tempting! But I wouldn’t say I’ve ever been worried about them, as they are just that… a phase. Fair enough they are harmful to my health in a way, but luckily it’s never been an addiction to food, alcohol, drugs, smoking etc. Thinking about it, the only one I can imagine becoming addicted to from that short list is food – I’ve never been a huge alcohol consumer and I’ve never tried (and never will!) drugs or cigarettes, so fingers crossed I should be ok.

But to answer the prompt fully, I don’t think these phases have been a full distraction to my real goals. However, they may have acted as temporary distractions now and again from job hunting – but that’s acceptable right?!

Never again

#219: Have you ever gone to a new place or tried a new experience and thought to yourself, “I’m never doing that again!” Tell us about it.

TODAY! This type of prompt always seems to come up on the same day as the event – so spooky! For the past couple of nights, I’ve been getting a sort of heartburn feeling in my chest before I went to bed and thought that maybe it could be related to what I was eating for lunch (it was a chicken caeser baguette most days – not the healthiest option either, I know). So, I thought today I’d try something different. I chose the roast beef, horseradish and rocket baguette… oh boy, what a mistake! I’ve never eaten something so disgusting in all my life! I attempted to remove the rocket and the horseradish dressing/sauce, but it had soaked into the bread, so was impossible to take out. Bleurgh! Never, never again!

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Image: stage.colmans.co.uk

Might as well jump

#169: What’s the biggest risk you’d like to take — but haven’t been able to? What would have to happen to make you comfortable taking it?

This is an equal tie between going travelling abroad by myself and moving out of Hertfordshire and into London… I really can’t work out which one is a bigger risk overall, though!

Travelling solo wise – what would obviously make me feel more comfortable in taking the risk, is that I wouldn’t be going by myself. But in this day and age, where everyone (especially my age) is so focussed on building their career, it’s really hard to find the time to go! The other thing I’ve been looking at, as a way of getting around this issue, is to go as part of a charity/volunteering group. The only problem I’ve found with this however, is that there are so many organisations out there that you can’t work out which one’s are actually reliable and will provide the experience they describe. Or maybe I’m just a bit of a sceptic and should just jump in feet first… but I’m very much about the safety aspect – a young, 5″2 woman wandering around foreign countries on her own. Hmm…

Moving out, into London wise – it’s not that I’m concerned about this one teensy bit as I loved living on my own during Uni but for me to be able to take that risk, I’d need job security and a decent salary that truly reflected my contribution to the company. Unfortunately, until I get this I have to stay put, as even though I could afford a monthly rent, I wouldn’t be able to feed myself at all, join a gym (I couldn’t live without my Yoga) or go out socially… even for a few drinks down the pub on a Friday after work. Not a risk I’m willing to take!

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Image: stuff.co.nz

Red pill, blue pill

#155: If you could get all the nutrition you needed in a day with a pill — no worrying about what to eat, no food preparation — would you do it?

Urm… NO! Food is amazing! Mexican, Thai, Indian, Spanish, Chinese, Italian, Greek… why would anyone want to replace it with a measly pill?!?! I wouldn’t care how nutritious it was, I wouldn’t swap it for all the money in the world. Plus, it’s not very social – “hey, do you fancy going for a delicious day pill after work?” Mmm lovely! Food is there to enjoy and of course, fundamentally keep us alive, so why restrict the senses… living is eating!

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Image: lapicositamexicanfood.com

Seconds

#53: Describe the most satisfying meal you’ve ever eaten, in glorious detail.

My first thought was any meal from Las Iguanas, but then I realised the most satisfying meal I’ve ever had, is from our local Indian restaurant, Raj Vogue.

You can always depend on Raj Vogue for every meal to be to the same, perfect standard. My most favourite meal combination is: Lamb Dupiaza, Garlic Rice, Cheese and Garlic Naan, a Poppadom and lots of delicious mango chutney. The greatness about this is that I can only ever eat half, so there’s always plenty for the next day too!

The fact that we only indulge in this meal on special occasions makes it even more satisfying. I plan to treat myself for my birthday in a couple of weeks time… I can’t wait!