All posts by Poppy Loves

From nursery to bedroom…

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You may remember Isabelle’s nursery from when she was first born. I was so proud of the space we had for her – a simple room with minimal furniture and minimal stuff. We had a beautiful cot (which she still loves and sleeps so well in), a large, high-backed chair for nursing/sleeping/gazing into the middle distance in… and a changing table.

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Local brunching with my little family

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I woke up this morning with the sun pouring through the window – what a treat for a Sunday in late January. “Today we brunch!” I announced. And Isabelle concurred. Despite not knowing what brunch is.

We live a short walk away from Eat17, one of my favourite haunts in Walthamstow. Set in the village, opposite the square (where I always expect to see a game of Petanque but alas, none to date) Eat17 is an all-day eatery with a *sensational Spar attached next door. (*I don’t use this word lightly – it is a local store with more condiments that you could ever count and the BEST sourdough, pastries and local produce, with a vegan burger bar at the back. I meander the aisles in merry bliss).

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A whole new chapter…

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Hello team,

It’s me. It’s me in 2020 and I am ever so pleased to be here. A very very happy new year to you all.

Towards the end of 2019 I got walloped with some kind of horrible fluey bug that saw me out of action for weeks. Everything stopped. I didn’t check my emails, I couldn’t do my work, I let people down, balls were dropped and I just couldn’t shake it. It meant that both Christmas day and Boxing day were spent in bed (SO BORING) and I was entirely at its mercy.

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PASSO: Shoreditch
Italian restaurant and wine bar

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I’m always on the hunt for a delicious and inexpensive midweek supper spot… throw in a 10 second walk from Old Street Station, perfect pasta, and fabulous sharing dishes and you’ve got Passo – an Italian-inspired restaurant, bringing a more refined approach to traditional, southern European cooking… and it’s bloody lovely.

LM and I headed to the Shoreditch establishment after work one day – Grandma and Grandpa came to the rescue (babysitting) and I hopped on the tube to meet him at Passo. I walked in to the warmest greeting and a very beautiful room. Elegantly designed and featuring natural woods, Passo’s subtle earthy tones and floor-to-ceiling windows were designed by East London design outlet Alexander Waterworth, the designer behind Luca in Farringdon and Soho Farmhouse, Oxfordshire… so yep, he knows what he’s doing and he’s done it very well indeed.

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Trusting your gut… put the kettle on

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We talk about our gut a lot in the UK. Having gut instincts and commonly used phrases such as “trust your gut” and “I can feel it in my gut” are part of our everyday vocabulary.

And it’s no wonder – our guts are the centre of our body’s universe. Recent research has found that bacteria in the gut can directly affect people’s mental state, however in traditional Chinese medicine, the link between the gut and, not only our mental state but all of the body’s organs, has been recognised for thousands of years…

So it’s no wonder that ancient China was also the birthplace of tea – According to legend, in 2732 B.C. Emperor Shen Nung discovered tea when leaves from a wild tree blew into his pot of boiling water… ta da! 

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‘Do you like Chocolate?’
A sensational afternoon tea from
Kimpton Fitzroy London

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Did someone say chocolate? Did they? DID THEY?

Good heavens. When I was invited to Kimpton Fitzroy London, to try their new chocolate afternoon tea, celebrating the shorter Winter days and the season of decadence, I had no idea it was going to be so very special.

Do You Like Chocolate?’ is a stunning collaboration between Executive Pastry Chef and Winner of Bake Off: The Professionals 2019, Thibault Marchand and Director of Bars, Sean Fennelly, who has magically concocted four amazing pairing cocktails which match the exquisite patisserie perfectly.

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Flat Iron X Winemakers Club

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Wine and steak are one of this land’s great partnerships. It’s a wonderful marriage, with no niggles or squabbles… it’s a cosy, relaxed, divine combo.

And hip pip for Flat Iron and The Winemakers Club, who have come together in a joyful union to offer stunning wines and tender bavette steak at a new venue in the city – a mere hop skip and a jump from Liverpool Street station.

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