Thursday, 28 August 2014

Stax Diner - Review

“I love you like a fat kid loves cake!” 
― Scott Adams


On Monday I went for dinner with two lovely friends for a overdue catch up.  We ate a quick meal at Strada restaurant, before heading over to Stax Diner off Carnaby Street for dessert.

I'd seen online that Stax serves an oreo/baileys milkshake which is what tempted me in the first place, but the savoury menu is quite limited and as one of our party is on a strict diet, there was literally nothing for her to eat (hence the Strada trip).  However if you like fried chicken and waffles then get yourself down there immediately as you'll be in heart attack heaven.
However, when we arrived and took our window seat I was transfixed by the idea of the do-bro a 'fudge brownie donut' with ice-cream and promptly changed my mind.  It was definitely worth it - it tasted delicious.  Warm, deep fried chocolately goodness, I mean, what's not to love?
Stax Diner - the do bro


Our window seats


The restaurant had a nice, relaxed atmosphere and wasn't too busy. Service was friendly and quick (bonus). Stax is on the 1st floor of Kingly Court off Carnaby St and is above another fave of mine Pizza Pilgrims new location (which I'm visiting this week). 
It was raining cats and dogs when we turned up but the courtyard has a lovely holiday vibe with outside tables, decking and fairy lights lending some atmosphere!
The desserts were priced at £5.75, which is reasonable and they're definitely worth the trip, next time I'm going for the milkshake for sure...

Let me know if you go.

x

Monday, 25 August 2014

Favourite things of the Week

“Happiness is part of who we are. Joy is the feeling” 
― Tony DeLisoLegacy: The Power Within

This week has flown by, I had three theatre trips, three lovely dinners with friends, a cocktail with my best friend and a long marathon training walk (followed by a chocolate treat!)
Here are my favourite things of the week;
One of my favourite bars in London

My favourite cocktail - the pornstar martini

This made me laugh - seems appropriate

My visit to Stax diner was a success

More drinks with my best friend

Super long walk means I've earned a treat

Chocolate time!
Hope you had a good week

x

Saturday, 23 August 2014

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Volunteering and working abroad

“In America, anyone can become president. That's the problem.” 
― George Carlin

I've had a fascination with America since I discovered the movie 'Annie' when I was about 7 and fell in love with NYC.  I visited Florida when I was 6, New York at 19 and then Vegas regularly since my early 20s.  But, along with millions of others I'm sure, I've always fancied that cross country road trip, ideally in a VW camper of course!


The problem with going away for a long period of time I suppose, is being brave enough to give up all your home comforts, and a great deal of money, in pursuit of adventure and endless memories.  While I know I'd have a  fabulous time, all these thoughts crowd in and make me wonder if I could ever do something so fearless...  I'm sure this goes through everyone's head when they decide that travelling is the option to go for, but I don't know if I can get past all the sensible stuff that goes running through my head when I start to daydream.
I know there are many, many opportunities to volunteer as a sort of working holiday in locations as far and wide as Nevada, Mexico, Croatia, Thailand etc.  I've looked at a few websites, however I think without another language or some useful outdoor skills I might not be that much help.  There are lots of programmes working in conservation or with animals across the world, but the thought of spiders and exotic animals makes me a bit nervous, and the other option is teaching or helping children but in a country where I don't speak the language I wonder how useful I could be?

It's definitely something to consider and look into as the opportunites look amazing if you can handle the shared bedrooms, cold showers and tough conditions. I'm sure it'd feel amazing to contribute something and have a brilliant adventure but I haven't yet seen something that absolutely grabs me.

Have you done any overseas volunteering? Let me know your experiences as any first hand experience would be great to hear

x

(pics from Google)

Friday, 15 August 2014

Painting by numbers

“Decorate your home. It gives the illusion that your life is more interesting than it really is.” Charles M. Schulz 

I've decided to jazz up my very small hallway. After numerous hours perusing Pinterest, I decided on light grey and got to work.
Ready to start painting
However I did coat 1 on wall 1 and decided it's too dark (drat) so now I need to figure out a way to mix it lighter to do the rest of the room.  I'm so un-handy, I need a DIY enthusiast boyfriend immediately.
I'm definitely good at Googling furniture though and have fallen in love with a table on Etsy, which is of course in the USA and costs a fortune to ship, but I might just treat myself come pay day.
What I'm currently faced with...
Perhaps a nice mirror might lighten things up?  My inspiration was more like the below, so I'm not doing very well so far... never mind, at least I'm trying!



Have you had any decorating disasters? 
I'll update when I've fixed it!

x

Thursday, 7 August 2014

7 things I didn't know about walking

  “I like long walks, especially when they are taken by people who annoy me.”
― Noël Coward

1) It hurts - more than you'd think. I've never been so aware of my hip flexors - STRETCH
2) You can buy running socks that stop you getting blisters and cushion your feet, get them, they help!
3) There is never enough water in your bottle, take double.
4) Jelly babies can keep you going for an extra mile at least

5) A good playlist does wonders for energy levels
6) Little and often is the key - build it up slowly and use an app to track your progress and encourage you.
7) Good shoes are so important. Do not use your nearest flip flops. 


So there you have it, my thoughts on walking long distances, grab a friend and get out there.

x

Monday, 4 August 2014

I will walk 500 miles

 “Everywhere is walking distance if you have the time.”
― Steven Wright


This weekend we did an epic 15 mile walk as part of our marathon training.
I am always last in our group - I blame my legs, they ache too much. I suppose I wasn't helped by 26 degree weather on my pale and ghost like skin.  I've also noticed that I tend to daydream and when I snap out of it, my walking pals have disappeared round the corner.
However, I do feel good that we've achieved a good distance with 8 weeks still to go and hopefully we have time for another 10mile+ this week to keep up my stamina, although my legs would tell a different story if they had mouths (which thankfully they don't!)

I've been getting lots of donations from friends and family, which is lovely. I'm so grateful for their support and hope that I complete my challenge in good time so that I deserve my donations.
If you want to donate to Cancer Research click this link www.justgiving.com/ginarowland. I'll be super grateful if you can help.


It's lovely being able to walk around London and see areas thats I never knew existed.  This week we wandered through Hackney Wick and Stoke Newington and I couldn't believe how nice they seemed. Obviously it's always better when the sun is shining and there were people sitting outside bars everywhere drinking Pimms and making me jealous as I trudged along in my sweaty leggings.

I'm using the Nike Running App (although I absolutely do not run anywhere) and seeing the calories burned at the end is so satisfying, even if the DLR home wasn't so fun!

Anyway, that's enough waffling I've got some serious stretching to do.

x