womens day
My mother

As we look back on International Women’s Day 2020, I honestly cannot put into words how proud I am to be a woman… Women can do it all, singlehandedly. My mother is testament to and of that.

My mother has forever been my best friend. I tell her everything, and she is the only human being on this Earth who holds me most accountable!

Celebrating Womens Day:

She has taught me strength, independence, self-sufficiency, honesty, integrity and only ever instilled peace within me…

Mum taught me patience, her love for me is unwavering and unconditional. Growing up, I wasn’t easy to handle (are pubescent, hormonal young people ever ‘easy to handle’!?) – but she managed to raise me & my brother alone mostly.

My mother is my hero. She is what International Women’s Day is all about… Women who are equal. Women who are empowered/empowering. Women who lead. Woman is she, and she is my mum.

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gloria italian

Happy International Women’s Day, Gloria Italian!

In a change to the usual theme of food blog posts recently – burgers, I’m reviewing one of London’s best Italian restaurants, Gloria!

Stepping into Gloria Italian

Stepping in from the hustle and bustle of kitschy/hippie Shoreditch, this restaurant looks grand and very up-market. The decor and ambiance has a very regal vibe!

If you know me, you’ll know I’m a massive fan of gardens and nature in general… Well, Gloria looks like an indoor and outdoor garden. I know what you’re thinking: ‘it looks like Christmas decorations in there…’ Nope, this is what it looks like all year around!

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If you’re a lover of wine, the walls in the back room double up as a four-wall in-built wine rack with an array of wine bottles stashed in each compartment… So, if pollen isn’t your thing, alcohol might be!

Let’s discuss the food… We got a very delicious Focaccia Della Nonna for the table to share – which – I sadly didn’t get a photo of, but was delightful! There was a thyme aftertaste to it that is an acquired one for sure, but I ‘acquired’ it (like Facebook does absolutely everything nowadays).

Gloria Italian – Pizza

What did I get for my main course? PIZZA, of course!

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Pizzagiana

Think parmigiana (aubergines) – but on a Neapolitan pizza with San Marzano tomato, buffalo mozzarella, mozzarella fior di latte and basil. Honestly, this pizza was one of the best I’ve ever had outside of Italy!

The base: fresh and doughy – just how I like it! The only thing I would say RE: the flavour is that I’d have preferred it to have a little bit of a spicy kick. However, I know not many people like chilli, so I can see why it wasn’t added as a compulsory ingredient. I’m pretty sure it’s optional and something that could be requested.

My final thoughts on Gloria Italian

Do I recommend Gloria Italian? Yes, because it is glorious! This restaurant is the Gloria Gaynor and Gloria Estefan of the catering/restaurant industry!

Rating: 4*

Ciao bella/bello!

le bun

I’m not even going to pretend I haven’t been on a burger craze lately…

I’m not French, but I’m willing to convert for Le Bun! Hidden away down an Old Street slip road in Rotate, Shoreditch is where you’ll find it!

Where to find Le Bun in Shoreditch

Rotate is a coffee shop / cafe that sells CBD infused food and drinks, by the way! However, BURGERS!

(I’m pretty sure there’s a CBD infused burger but I haven’t and won’t try it)

I always thought my last meal would be sushi… Turns out, it’s Le Bun’s Truffle Cheeseburger!

What’s a ‘Le Bun’ burger like?

Described as: “aged beef patty, American cheese, truffle mayo and potato brioche” – I don’t think anyone ‘can even’, let alone “I”!

See the menu for the full list of deliciousness! Oh, they have Instagram too!

Vegans, don’t worry – they’ve got you covered!

Le Bun’s opening times are a bit weird, they’re closed on Sundays and Mondays but open from 12pm-10pm on Saturdays, and 12pm-3pm (before opening again from 5pm-10pm) on Tuesdays to Fridays.

If you can’t get to London’s Shoreditch, you could find Le Bun in Smugglers Tavern, Warren St – Fitzrovia or The Sebright Arms, Hoxton.

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theatre

This week is London Theatre Week!

Aside from raising awareness for the absolute talent that the West End has to offer, it’s also a great opportunity to to take advantage of some great deals, with TodayTix – the place to book for the best plays and musicals – with tickets from just £15, £25 and £35!

Today is the last day to take advantage of the above prices!

Which theatre shows do I recommend?

The Lion King

Disney’s best loved and most famous classic is an unforgettable experience on stage.

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The Lion King, Lyceum Theatre

Matilda

The multi-award winning West End depiction Roald Dahl’s beloved adorable, smart kid with a big imagination and magical powers. How will she navigate around her awful parents and even more awful headteacher?

There are special effects used in this show that will blow your mind!

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Matilda, Cambridge Theatre

Mary Poppins

Cameron Mackintosh has done PL Tavers (writer) and Disney (film) proud with his newest depiction of the ‘Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious‘ children’s classic!

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Mary Poppins, Prince Edward Theatre

Mamma Mia

Where can you go to experience the greatest renditions of ABBA? Here.

Spend your ‘Money, Money, Money‘ on this smash-hit musical, ‘Honey‘! It promises to be a ‘Super Trouper‘ night!

You can expect to boogie and swap the London cold for an island for a couple of hours for an all-singing, all-dancing experience.

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Mamma Mia, Novello Theatre

Les Miserables

‘I Dreamed A Dream‘ of you booking tickets for this absolutely sensation work of performing arts! Honestly, as far as stage shows go, this has to be the most memorable (probably more-so than Lion King in my opinion).

It’s a heart-wrenching masterpiece that cannot be missed! Bring a box of Kleenex, you’ll need it and prepare to forget you’re in a theatre!

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Les Miserables, Sondheim Theatre

Phantom of the Opera

“Now in its 34th glorious year, The Phantom of the Opera continues to mesmerise and entrance audiences at Her Majesty’s Theatre, London and around the world.” – Official website

Andrew Lloyd Webber never disappoints – and no, the Phantom of the Opera ISN’T dead!

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The Phantom of the Opera, Her Majesty’s Theatre

The Book of Mormon

“‘The Book of Mormon’ is wickedly funny, risqué and inappropriate in almost every way, the music is punchy and fun but it’s also sassy and sweet – everything a musical should be!” – Manchester Evening News

The Book of Mormon, Prince of Wales Theatre London

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Wicked

Two witches, one worse than the other… What’s not to book for?

Defy gravity by booking tickets to this and be spellbound! Join them on the untold story of Oz before it’s too late…

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Wicked!, Apollo Victoria Theatre

What about other theatre shows?

For the full list of stage shows, click here.

TodayTix is great because it could be used to book tickets for shows all over the world, not just in the UK – for London’s West End. You can enter draws to win FREE tickets every day, and experience great discounts on all the newest and best-loved shows that are around!

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