Feature | Favourite Eateries #3 ft. Bakchich, Liverpool

If you’ve seen my previous Favourite Eateries, you will have vicariously sampled the delights of The Tavern Co and Lunya. Today, now for something completely different – Lebanese street food via Bakchich on Bold Street in Liverpool.

“Bakchich vision is to introduce Lebanese Street food to Liverpool and Manchester. It is also to educate and help our customers discover about the Arabic food culture, traditions and heritage that unite communities. Bakchich Cafe is Lebanese street food with a french twist, serving variety of Lebanese Mezza with innovations in the traditional Lebanese dishes from Shawarma to Falafel, and baklawa and a wide variety of healthy fruits cocktails, to meet the taste of our food lovers.” (Bakchich)

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Feature | Favourite Eateries #2 ft. Lunya, Liverpool

In my inaugural Favourite Eateries blog post I gushed at length about The Tavern Co in Liverpool. This time, I bring you something completely different – we’re ditching the tex-mex breakfast food and heading to the Iberian peninsula via Lunya in Liverpool.

With independent, family-owned restaurants in both Liverpool and Manchester, Lunya is Peter & Elaine Kinsella’s homage to Catalunya and Spain. Lunya is a combination of Catalan restaurant, deli, and bar, and they are multi-award winning, with the Liverpool restaurant featured in the Good Food Guide North West as Restaurant of the Year for two years running (2015 & 2016). Located on the corner of College Lane and Hanover Street, opposite Radio Merseyside, Lunya is best experienced when you have plenty of time to eat in Catalan fashion, that is to say: slow and social. If you’re looking for a quick get-in-get-out meal I would not recommend the Catalan restaurant, but if you’re happy to sit back, relax, and have some seriously tasty tapas brought to your table as and when it’s ready, then Lunya may well be the place for you.

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Feature | Weekend Watching #6

Welcome one, welcome all, to a new feature to this blog which I have decided to call: Weekend Watching. This will be a hopefully regular post uploaded on Saturdays or Sundays (hence the “weekend watching”) where I talk about a film, TV show, or maybe even YouTube channel/video that I’ve particularly enjoyed recently. I’m hoping to spotlight at least one thing to watch each week and hopefully someone at least will get a kick out of these posts – I will, if no one else does!


My last Weekend Watching showcased the brilliance that is Marvel’s Jessica Jones, and this week we’re staying with TV shows produced by Netflix and hopping over to A Series of Unfortunate Events! As a huge fan of the book series when I was younger, when I heard ASOUE was getting the Netflix treatment I was extremely excited about the series. Add in Neil Patrick Harris as the villainous Count Olaf and I eagerly awaited the first season with barely disguised impatience, especially since I seemed to be one of the very few people who’d actually enjoyed the film version starring Jim Carey. The Netflix series, however, is leagues above the film, and it’s for this reason that I’m featuring it in this week’s Weekend Watching.

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Feature | Bookish Savings Jar: An Update

Do you remember back in January when I floated the idea of the Bookish Savings Jar, the tactic that would solve not only my re-reading problem but also my book buying problem? Well since I seem to be checking in with my resolutions for this year lately, I thought I might as well do an update for how my Bookish Savings Jar is going so far.

tl;dr version: it’s going pretty well! But if you’re curious as to how well it’s going, keep reading!

Let’s remind ourselves of the 3 simple rules for dating my teenage daughter:

  • For every book read, £1 must be surrendered to the jar.
  • For every book that is reread, an additional £1 supplement must be surrendered to the jar.
  • For every book purchased, £1 must be surrendered to the jar.*

* Exceptions: eARCs and audiobooks do not incur charge, since they’re not adding to my physical TBR.

As of 19th January, I had surrendered £17. And as of today, 26th March? (Oo, the suspense is killing me…)

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Feature | Weekend Watching #5

Welcome one, welcome all, to a new feature to this blog which I have decided to call: Weekend Watching. This will be a hopefully regular post uploaded on Saturdays or Sundays (hence the “weekend watching”) where I talk about a film, TV show, or maybe even YouTube channel/video that I’ve particularly enjoyed recently. I’m hoping to spotlight at least one thing to watch each week and hopefully someone at least will get a kick out of these posts – I will, if no one else does!


Last week’s Weekend Watching showcased the strange and inexplicable joy that was Virtue Moir’s ice dancing, and this week we return once more to one of my favourite franchises – Marvel. This time, however, we step away from its many, MANY cinematic offerings and turn to its plethora of television shows, specifically it’s neo-noir superhero drama Jessica Jones.

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Feature | Weekend Watching #4

Welcome one, welcome all, to a new feature to this blog which I have decided to call: Weekend Watching. This will be a hopefully regular post uploaded on Saturdays or Sundays (hence the “weekend watching”) where I talk about a film, TV show, or maybe even YouTube channel/video that I’ve particularly enjoyed recently. I’m hoping to spotlight at least one thing to watch each week and hopefully someone at least will get a kick out of these posts – I will, if no one else does!


Last week’s Weekend Watching showcased the latest offering in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Black Pantherthe film that EVERYONE (including me, apparently) is raving about. This week features something that is a little left-field because it’s not exactly a TV show or a film but is IS equally something that EVERYONE (or, at least, a certain portion of Twitter) is going on about: the ice dancing pair that is Canada’s Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir. Yes, folks, this is going to be about ice dancing so strap yourselves in and get ready to learn about how I went from 0-60 in the space of about a day, or, rather, over the course of a single ice dance…

It’s not secret that I’m not exactly a sports fan. I can maybe tolerate cricket and I do like a fair bit of men’s tennis when Wimbledon is on. But, aside from those instances, I don’t care for sports. I pretty much hate football, which, when you live in England (specifically Liverpool), is something that is guaranteed to raise a few eyebrows of concern. I certainly don’t care for athletics and even the Olympics, arguably the most easy to fall into watching showcase of the world’s greatest athletes at their peak, doesn’t do much for me. But then, a couple of weeks ago, the Winter Olympics in PyeongChang started and I fell in love with two events – the mixed doubles curling (yeah, I know, but it’s ADDICTIVE and my faves, Canada again, won) and the figure skating. After watching the various disciplines involved in the team event of the ice skating, the very last couple from Team Canada were performing to add some more points to the team’s overall score, and onto the ice skated Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir and, pretty much five minutes later, I became an obsessive fan.

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Feature | Weekend Watching #3

Welcome one, welcome all, to a new feature to this blog which I have decided to call: Weekend Watching. This will be a hopefully regular post uploaded on Saturdays or Sundays (hence the “weekend watching”) where I talk about a film, TV show, or maybe even YouTube channel/video that I’ve particularly enjoyed recently. I’m hoping to spotlight at least one thing to watch each week and hopefully someone at least will get a kick out of these posts – I will, if no one else does!


Last week’s Weekend Watching showcased British sitcom Lovesick and this week I’ve decided to highlight the first film in this feature. To anyone who knows me at all or knows what films are out at the cinema right now, it’ll come as no surprise that the film I’m talking about today is (of course) the incredible latest offering from the MCU, Black Panther.

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“Marvel Studios’ “Black Panther” follows T’Challa who, after the death of his father, the King of Wakanda, returns home to the isolated, technologically advanced African nation to succeed to the throne and take his rightful place as king. But when a powerful old enemy reappears, T’Challa’s mettle as king—and Black Panther—is tested when he is drawn into a formidable conflict that puts the fate of Wakanda and the entire world at risk. Faced with treachery and danger, the young king must rally his allies and release the full power of Black Panther to defeat his foes and secure the safety of his people and their way of life. “Black Panther” stars Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Martin Freeman, Daniel Kaluuya, Letitia Wright, Winston Duke, with Angela Bassett, with Forest Whitaker, and Andy Serkis. The film is directed by Ryan Coogler and produced by Kevin Feige with Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Nate Moore, Jeffrey Chernov and Stan Lee serving as executive producers. Ryan Coogler & Joe Robert Cole wrote the screenplay.” (Synopsis from Marvel)

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Feature | Favourite Eateries #1 ft. Tavern Co, Liverpool

If you are at all a frequenter of my Instagram, you will find many a picture of breakfast food. The reason for this is twofold: 1) I really love breakfast food, give me pastries and bagels and toast ALL DAY, and 2) I spent a lot of time eating breakfast at The Tavern Company in Liverpool.

Anyone who has been to the Tavern will understand this and I have to say I’m very glad I didn’t go to university in Liverpool because a lot of my student loan would have been “wasted” on said breakfast food. Except when it comes to their food, I don’t really think “waste” is the appropriate verb because oh my god it’s worth every damn penny and every damn calorie.

Is this just really a not-at-all-veiled love letter to one of my favourite eateries? Yes. So buckle in whilst I gush about it.

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Feature | Weekend Watching #2

Welcome one, welcome all, to a new feature to this blog which I have decided to call: Weekend Watching. This will be a hopefully regular post uploaded on Saturdays or Sundays (hence the “weekend watching”) where I talk about a film, TV show, or maybe even YouTube channel/video that I’ve particularly enjoyed recently. I’m hoping to spotlight at least one thing to watch each week and hopefully someone at least will get a kick out of these posts – I will, if no one else does!


Last week’s inaugural Weekend Watching showcased The Good Place and this week I’ve decided to stick a little closer to home by highlighting one of my new favourite British sitcoms, Lovesick

Originally broadcast as the horrifically-named Scrotal Recall, Lovesick is a British sitcom first broadcast on Channel 4 in the UK and now commissioned by, and available via, Netflix worldwide. Starring Johnny Flynn, Antonia Thomas, Daniel Ings, and Joshua McGuire, it focuses on a group of twenty-something friends living in Glasgow, Scotland, and the trials and tribulations of their various love lives. The show opens on Dylan (played by Johnny Flynn) discovering that he has contracted chlamydia and so has to contact his previous sexual partners to let them know they may have it too. From what sounds like a rather bleak premise emerges a hilarious (and often unexpectedly emotional) TV show, with each episode focusing on (and named after) a previous sexual partner of Dylan. The episodes are, in effect, flashbacks to months or even years before, and the non-linear structure of these episodes disjointedly builds up a picture of each character’s past and present, and perhaps their “growing up” along the way.

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Feature | Weekend Watching #1

Welcome one, welcome all, to a brand new feature to this blog which I have (tentatively) decided to call: Weekend Watching. This will be a hopefully regular post uploaded on Saturdays or Sundays (hence the “weekend watching”) where I talk about a film, TV show, or maybe even YouTube channel/video that I’ve particularly enjoyed recently. I’m hoping to spotlight at least one thing to watch each week and hopefully someone at least will get a kick out of these posts – I will, if no one else does!


This week I will inaugurate this brand new feature with a TV show I did not know I would enjoy so thoroughly when I first came across it. Its premise sounded a little iffy, with the potential to be terrible if done poorly, and even after the first couple of episodes, I still wasn’t sure if I was actually enjoying it… and then I realised I was up to like episode 6 so maybe (just maybe) there was something compelling about it after all. To what do I refer? Why, it’s The Good Place of course!

The Good Place is an American fantasy comedy series created by Michael Schur which is broadcast on NBC and available on Netflix UK – which is where I watch it! Currently wrapping up its second season, it stars Ted Danson and Kristen Bell in the lead roles, but is full to the brim with an amazing supporting cast of William Jackson Harper, Jameela Jamil, Manny Jacinto, and D’Arcy Carden and guest stars including Adam Scott, Marc Evan Jackson, Jason Mantzoukas, and Maya Rudolph.

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