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5 Best Tapas Restaurants in SE1 London

Now today is national paella day and with that in mind I thought I would do a post about some of the best places in SE1 to get your spanish food fix.

I studied Spanish many years ago at school. I love the language, the people and the food. Especially the food. In recent years there have been quite a few tapas restaurants open up in the SE1 area and we can’t get enough of them as a whole family. I have two little ladies, one who loves all food and the other who is quite (very) fussy, but we all love tapas.

Here are some of our favourites:

Lobos – www.lobostapas.co.uk

We are regulars at Lobos, the staff are great, always chatty and very helpful when one of the littles ladies wants a dish without something, or just want more breadsticks, they are only to happy to help. The interior is industrial but cosy and we haven’t had a bad meal there.

Brindisa – www.brindisakitchens.com

These guys were there from the beginning of Borough Market, with a stall, a shop, a restaurant and now more restaurants around London. We love this place too, but generally very hard to get a table, as it is very popular and you can’t book. It is best to get there early for more than two of you, unless you are happy to sit outside. We have done that many a time in the rain and shine as the food is worth it. Sometimes we get to sit inside but it isn’t always great as we end up on the high tables, not so good with smaller children.

Mar i terra – www.mariterra.net

I was on a train to Charing Cross once and saw the name on the side of the building and had to check it out. This is a hidden gem in Waterloo, tucked down a side road under the arches. It is family run and traditional. In the hot London sun you can eat outside in their garden/yard but be quick as it is the size of a postage stamp, but very welcome in the summer. They are also very friendly with the kids.

Jose – www.josepizarro.com

This place is always busy, very hard to get a table and no booking, in a true tapas taverna style very small tables and you can end up standing up, but again worth it. Their food and service is excellent and will try to accommodate you if they can.

Bar Tozino – www.tozino.co.uk

Tucked in one of the arches another favourite place to visit Maltby Street Market, Bar Tozino does some amazing Jamon’s, we are also a fan of their wine selection and their pickles.

#nationalpaelladay

But, Can I keep my socks on?

I recently went for my health check, annual asthma check and smear test all in one go with the surgery nurse. I don’t believe in doing things by halves.

On arrival the nurse asked me what I wanted to do first, I said “Lets get the worst job done first” (I have been reading a lot of time management books recently and this is what they tell you to do, do the worst job first). So she said “Pop your trousers and Knickers off and lay on the bed”.

I said “Ok. But, can I keep my socks on, as it is pretty cold in here?” She laughed and said you are funny. I love being told I am funny, so took the compliment graciously whilst naked from the bottom down (but still with socks on) and jumped on the bed.

I have this habit where I like to make people feel at ease, even when there is no need for me to do so. Like making jokes when you are about to have your smear test done and  trying to make the nurse at ease, when she probably sees 10 badgers a day. (When I say badgers I mean, your lady garden.)

She then pointed to a piece of tissue and told me to cover my badger (she didn’t say badger but you know what I mean) I said “You are lucky I trimmed for you, otherwise we would have needed a bigger tissue”.

All in all I think it went quite well.

#smearforsmear

The Humble Tea bag

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I  read an article in December in The Times newspaper that said gardeners have been noticing that the Tea bag was no longer disintegrating into the earth, after popping used Tea bags in the compost bin and then using that in their gardens. Small pieces of the T-bag was turning up in the soil when turning the earth. I was surprised to hear that and a little upset as my morning routine consists of making a nice cuppa before getting started on the day.

It turned out that Tea bags have up to 25% plastic in them. Our humble tea bag has been sealed with a plastic glue and therefore was not fully biodegradable. The article also mentioned that Mike Armitage of Nature Matters has launched a petition to get the main manufacturers to remove the plastic – you can sign it here.

In the past few days The Guardian has reported that the Co-op have taken notice and are now developing a 100% biodegradable Tea-bag (read article here) which is great to hear and I really do hope that the others manufacturers follow suit. So that we have a choice of tea bags to choose from.

Moral Fibres blog post about plastic in our tea-bags is an excellent resource to find out if your favourite brew includes plastic and some great suggestions of getting rid of the bag all together and going back to leaves and a strainer.

Please sign the petition and also you can email the major companies to request the removal, all contacts provided in Moral Fibres post.

Lets help our hug in a mug be truly that again.

 

 

 

10 of the best blog posts and articles about Grey Hair.

After my serious allergy to hair dye (thanks to the black henna tattoo) my doctor and I agreed it would be best that I never coloured my hair again.

Now that said, it is fine to agree to no hair dye in your 20’s, but as you head further into your 40’s the grey hairs start to come thick and fast (well for me). So you start thinking about your options or try to come to terms with your grey hair.

I have read a lot of articles about how other women feel about having grey hair and here they are some of the wonderful articles and blog posts on the subject.

Women In Consulting

Anne Kreamer – Going Gray

Boom By Cindy Joseph – 5 tips for embracing natural hair

What I have learned from my gray hair experiment

The Guardian – Why women dare not go grey, The politics of hair

The Telegraph – I’ve had grey hair since I was 16

The Change Guru – Lessons from a year of growing gray hair

Silver Style Life – Grey Hair Lifestyle

Make Up and Beauty Blog – Graceful way to gray

Andrea Bonawitz Styling – Aging Gracefully how to go grey

Just about to start reading Anne Kreamer’s book – Going Gray, will let you know my thoughts.

Things you should have nailed by 40-ish.

I feel like today is a good day to post this seeing as it is my 42nd birthday, so here goes.

I have read so many articles about what we should have accomplished or have or need to have sorted by our 20’s, 30’s and 40’s that I decided to put together my own list. I then thought who am I to say what you should have achieved when I am reading articles about what you should have achieved! It then came to me I know a bunch of 40 somethings, lets see what they think you should have nailed by the time you are in the big 4 – 0.

 

So here it is, I asked the question on Facebook to a bunch of 40 somethings and this is what they said you should have nailed by the time you are 40 and still growing….

1. Know what you are good at and love and going for it – Van Crol

2. Learn to live without out jealousy and make peace with your body- William Preen

3. Foundation Colour – Katy Heale

4. Patience and Empathy – David Smith Segarra – I am still learning this one.

5. That to be remembered and recognised is more useful than sinking into the background (yes blue hair helps). – Jessica Evershed, who has blue hair.

6. How to apply eyeliner, nail varnish – Also Jessica Evershed

7. Confidence….loving yourself….having true friendships….how you like your coffee!! – Chantal Hinkson

8. How and when to say no – Alistair Beadle

9. To wear the clothes you’re saving for ‘best’ before they either go out of fashion or you don’t fit in them anymore – Jess Evershed – she is full of good advice.

10. Letting go of people / things that don’t make you happy. Being brave enough to say ‘this is me and I don’t need you to like me-‘ just being happy and grateful for all that you have. – Diana MacGregor

11. Not giving a shit ie not sweating the small stuff – Sarah Edwards

12. Cooking eggs. Being kind to yourself. Quality over quantity (alcohol, chocolate, cheese, clothes). Fixing stuff with whatever is at hand. Knowing when good enough is good enough. -Rebecca Woodfine

13. When to stop drinking Peroni (I am going to add in Wine, Vodka, Snowballs etc…) – Ben Wright

14. Cling Film – Alan Edwards

15. Being proud to voice your achievements – Laura Johnson

16. Should have nailed accessorising. I haven’t. – Kerry Rowland

17. 1/2 marathons under 2hrs – Lisa Hughes

18. Been sacked or made redundant from a job and bounced back with positivity…- Daragh McDonogh

19. Botox – Stephanie Reade

20. Learn to always have some white wine in fridge, red at hand for emergencies. And a bottle of Champagne for special surprises. – William Preen

21.How to save for a rainy day, travel the world… or at least achieve your own travelling goals (before the Children arrive), volunteer, learn a new skill, definitely have children (if that’s what you want) because by the time you get to 40 they’ll be taking advantage of your old age ….  – Helen Worgan

22. How to get over a hangover with Kids – Claire Redden

23. How to make a good G&T – Katy Heale

24. You should have something very expensive, that you have bought yourself, not out of impulse, but because you actually deserved it. – Caroline Cotter

25. Making it to the 50’s – Darren Trip

26. A great group of friends – Me – Sam Bruce.

I definitely haven’t nailed all of these so I think I am going to re-visit this post in 2018 and see what I can do about it. I think 2018 is going to make for a fun year don’t you?

 

Not for the hairs on my chinny, chin, chin…

Who knew when I read that line aged 6 that is was ever going to relate to me! Know aged 41 nearly 42 it does. Eurghh. No one told me when I was merrily plucking away at my mono brow aged 17 that they wouldn’t grow back in later life and just start to fade away even if you don’t pluck them anymore but yet I would get a bucket load of hairs on my chin.