Ahh paella, the most delicious meal known to man, or well me, myself and I. Ever since I’ve gotten back from Barcelona all I’ve been dreaming about is the amazing paella I ate over seas, it was honestly some of the nicest food I’ve ever eaten and I know I say that about everything I eat but this is just next level stuff.
I’ve tried Paella a lot and from loads of different places but the seafood one from The Chipiron Restaurant in Barcelona is amazing. The thing that makes this so great isn’t just the food itself it’s the view, it’s sat right on the waterfront with mirrored ceilings making it extremely scenic.
We got the large original seafood paella to share which I don’t regret doing in the slightest because it came in this GIANT pan where you just helped yourself. Did you know the best part of a paella is the crispy parts on the edges? Not just a fact from me, a fact from everyone.
The fact that you can sit either inside or outside depending on you mood and the whether is fab too, usually I’m not much of a fan of sitting outside especially when I’m eating because of the flies. I don’t usually like sharing food anyway never mind sharing them with pesky insects. But sitting outside in the warm spanish sun with the salty breeze from the water, eating paella is just something else.
The prices I think is very reasonable with the paella costing €16.85, I did want to try the sword fish and baby squid paella but sadly I couldn’t convince my boyfriend to go for it. Next time I to The Chipiron Restaurant go I’m definitely going to be getting that one though!
If you ever go to Barcelona I definitely recommend going to The Chipron and trying the paella!
I’m not someone that drinks that often and if I’m in the house I usually just drink squash but there’s loads of non alcoholic drinks out that are meant to resemble cocktails and such I thought I’d give one a go.
I tried the Seedlip Original* £27.95 from 31DOVER which is a distilled non-alcoholic spirit with hints of wood, spices and citrus. Honestly I had no idea what the Seedlip was going to taste like or anything and was really surprised by the consistency of it because straight off the bat it reminded me of water.
It was just the consistency of the Seedlip that reminded me of water though since the taste of this is so intense. I think because I had no idea what to expect it just kind of kicked me in the face full force, it felt a bit like I just did a shot of tequila without the burning feeling. Because of the spices and wood it does give it a really smokey flavour which I think is a personal taste.
Sadly it’s not really a personal taste for me on it’s own, but as a mixer it’s lovely. Don’t be a idiot like I did and basically do shots of non alcohol spirits because that’s not what this Seedlip is for, it’s meant to be used as a mixer – on the website it’s mixed with tonic water but I prefer it with Diet Lemonade. That’s just because I despise tonic water though!
This drink is basically a Gin for when you don’t want to actually drink so if you had it mixed with some tonic water you’re basically drinking a non alcohol Gin and Tonic with a twist. Plus Seedlip* is 0.2 calories per 50ml serve, thats not even 1 calorie a drink HOW IS THAT POSSIBLE? Basically if you’re on a diet and not drinking, drink this.
I’m not going to lie I’ve never been that much of a fan of the whole green tea thing, cold, hot, in a latte, basically in any form I haven’t really liked it. Not sure why I just really don’t like it.
So finding out that there’s such a thing as cold flavoured green tea where you get all the nutrients of green tea without it actually tasting like it is fab. Aspire drinks* (£1) are a premium green tea that promotes healthy energy with zero calories and zero sugar, making them good for you.
One thing that I love about these drinks is the packaging, it’s just so pretty to look at it. The only downside is that they come in cans, there’s nothing wrong with that other than the fact I hate cans, always have and probably always will. I just don’t like the fact that I can’t reseal them if I wanted too.
Out of the three flavours that I’ve tried Mango Lemonade*, Cranberry* and Apple and Acai* I think my favourite has to be the Mango Lemonade. It’s refreshing and tastes like a drink you would have on holiday, it reminds me a bit of a lemonade with less fizz and mango flavouring running throughout.
With all of the drinks they have a slight fizz to them but nowhere near as much as a normal pop would do so it makes it easier to drink and if you’re someone who doesn’t really like a pop because of the fizz I recommend giving these a try!
You can buy them online or from shops such as Holland and Barrett.
I love Christmas for many reasons but one of the things that I absolutely love is the food, being a massive foodie this time of year I’m in my element. I mean I’ll just keep stuffing my face until I think I’m about to explode, especially since I’m usually baking all the time with some of the freebies I can fine online. Here’s some of my favourite festive things to shove in my gullet.
- Mince Pies; I’m not actually that much of a fan to be completely honest but I do always have at least one to make me feel a bit festive (and sick.)
- Pigs In blankets; Does this one need any explanation? It’s sausages wrapped in bacon, it’s like heaven in my mouth.
- Chocolate Santas; Or Reindeers I’m not judging, as long as it’s chocolate and in some sort of Christmassy Shape I’ll eat it.
- Just All The Chocolate; Actually I will just eat all of the chocolate especially all of those family tubs that are about £4.
- Pringles; I don’t know why but I feel like these are a major Christmas staple even though they’re out all year round I just think of Christmas with them.
- Turkey; I think we all know about this one – Christmas Dinners.
- Gammon; Ever since I was a little girl it’s been a tradition to have a Gammon joint on Christmas Eve or a ham if you like to call it that.
- Bratwurst; The main thing I eat at Christmas Markets are these and ever since I went to the ones at Berlin, I just can’t seem to find any that taste as good as those! Although they’re all pretty yummy!
- Spiced Nuts; I absolutely adore Cinnamon and nuts so having those spiced nuts from the markets are heaven to me.
There’s so much more that I love to eat but I feel like this post might become a bit too long is I put them all down!
One thing that I absolutely love about Winter (yes I’m counting now as Winter because I’m just SO cold) is getting to snuggle up on the settee in my cosy oversized jumpers while holding a mug full of some hot drink whether it’s a cup of tea, coffee or hot chocolate but there’s only one thing better than that and that’s being snuggled up with a Mug Cake* in my hand.
Yes that’s right, instead of having to make your own mug cake with flour and all that jazz you can just pick up one of these Pud In A Mug* packets by Dr.Oetker. I never got on the whole making a cake in a mug in the microwave trend when it first came out mainly because I thought if I was still going to have to use flour and eggs I may as well make a full on cake in the oven and have enough servings to last me a week, so find out you can buy packets of loads of different flavours makes things SO much easier and convienient.
The Pud In A Mug*(79p) flavours that you can get is Rich Chocolate, Chocolate Chip and Lemon while you can also get some of the Velvety Desserts*(79p) in Milk Chocolate and Dark Chocolate. All you have to do to get a light and fluffy mug cake is mix some milk with the packet in your chosen mug, microwave for the required time and then try not to burn your mouth while eating them – one of the things that I love the most about these is notably are they extremely tasty they take less than 2 minutes to make which is a massive win win!
I will say though that with the Rich Chocolate flavour it is really, REALLY rich. Like I knew it was going to be pretty rich by the name anyway but it was hard to eat the whole thing without adding some ice cream but the Chocolate Chip flavour is just amazing! Plus you can buy these from places like ASDA so you don’t have to go out of your way to get them.