February brought me lots of good things. I saw friends, family, ate like a King and had 0 and 30 degree holidays.

Life:

With the blog’s 1-year birthday falling at the start of the month I was a little proud when the i paper contacted me and asked whether they could feature one my recipes right beneath none other than Mark Hix’s. I think yes.

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One of my besties came over for a Vietnamese feast, more wine than sensible on a school night and a little sleepover. We ordered our takeaway using Take Eat Easy, the service of which I reviewed here and is absolutely seamless. We got all our goodies from Que Viet but there’s nothing stopping you from mixing & matching your food suppliers. You can also get a cheeky £10 off your order using this code: 5Y9Q1M, so go cray!

The following night saw a slightly fragile me attend an EPIC work dinner that involved drinks at the Connaught Bar, dinner at Pollen Street Social, and more drinks at the Arts Club. As you can imagine it was incredibly boozy and a lot of fun. I didn’t get home till 4am and was sitting pretty at my desk by 9:30. Painful.

As for my thoughts on Pollen Street, service was shockingly slow and food was hit & miss, with some of the items on the tasting menu being truly incredible and others seriously below average. I think consistency is key for a Michelin-starred restaurant and after having had such a great experience at City Social in January it’s fair to say that I was a little disappointed, but I am keen to go back and order off the a la carte menu.

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^ Plus, the amuse bouches were good enough to go back for alone.

The trooper that I am I then hosted a dinner party the following day. (Praise welcomed.) Six of my best girls, fishcakes, wine, and a lot of music was the order of the day and I couldn’t have asked for a better night with my favourite people.

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My inner edge resurfaced when I went to a Friendly Fires gig in Hackney and for a night out at Blues Kitchen in Brixton for a friend’s birthday.

After a relaxing weekend at home I returned to London on Valentine’s Day and was treated by Michael to a surprise full body massage at the Landmark, followed by a bottle of champers in the bar before dinner at Zuma.

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Eats:

February was another great & large month on the eating scene, kicking off with dinner at the recently opened and much (overly) hyped Frenchie in Covent Garden, of which I’ve also visited the flagship restaurant in Paris.

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Michael & I went to Zuma for Valentine’s Day and ate all our favourite dishes, and then some.

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I was invited to review Pulia, an incredibly quaint and authentic Italian deli with amazing produce and staff genuinely passionate about their food & ingredients, for a change. A definite winner!

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A group of us internet friends met for a camera-tastic dinner at Shackfuyu, which was a lot of fun with a lot of food. Bloggers certainly know how to eat.

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Prior to my ‘edgy’ night out at Brixton Blues, the girls & I had dinner at French & Grace in Brixton Market, which was fairly yummy and good sharing food, though I wouldn’t necessarily rush to go back.

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^ I’d like to add that I got home from said night out at 4am, yet still made my 9:40 flight. Definitely an achievement.

After a week away I managed to squeeze in one last dinner at the very end of the month at Salmontini, which I thought was absolutely fab; considering it was a Sunday, there was still a relatively lively vibe, the music was good, the staff were amazing and the food was delicious. Which was made all the more better by the Opentable 50% off food offer, which has now sadly ended, but meant that the meal was also excellent value.

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Travel:

Travel-wise I went skiing in Engelberg, Switzerland with work for a long weekend at the start of the month, which was absolutely epic. We had amazing weather and really great snow.

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And a lot of booze. What more do you want from a skiing holiday?

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For the last week of February I flew to Dubai to visit my Dad (who lives there) for a week. It was super chilled and really nice to get some quality family time in, especially with my little bro and sis that I only see twice a year. I genuinely can’t believe how fast they grow!

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One of my old & good friends also lives and works in Dubai and made some time for me at the weekend, so I tagged along with a group of his friends for an afternoon of boozing & dancing at the snazzy Eden Beach Club on the Palm. I can definitely recommend it for a good night out.

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And then all the fun was over and it was back to work with jet lag. March is going to be a pretty big month for me as I change department within my firm (essentially like starting a new job) and am moving house, so am both apprehensive and excited to see what the next chapter brings!

How was your February?