One egg is un oeuf, but two is waaaaay better at Purnell's, where the classics are classics for a reason. We could talk about at least five of the dishes we sampled in the Cornwall Street dining room, but we're going to focus entirely on two, which are as happy-making as they are accomplished.
If ever you needed proof that camping should be entirely reserved for festivals and that team-bonding exercises need to be illegalised stat, then Force Of Nature is it.
Escaping into someone else's world through a book is one of our very greatest pleasures. Doing so from a sun bed, supping a piña colada with nothing else to do all day — well that's the bestest. Yet to pick a holiday library? Young Irish author, Sally Rooney's debut ménage à quatre is well worthy of your shortlist.
When I signed up to yoga classes at the Glasshouse next to The Village pub in Moseley, my main motivation was to just move a bit more. My Monday to Friday sedentary office job sitch meant my step count barely reached 1,000 most days and a shoulder injury from teenage years was only getting worse.
This isn’t a book about freelancing. It’s not a book celebrating job insecurity. The Multi-Hyphen Method by Emma Gannon is a book about creating a new blueprint for the workplace and finding a career and a definition of success that works for you. Next time someone asks what you do, rather than say "I'm a Model-DJ-Actress-Instagram Influencer", just tell them you're a Multi-Hyphenate.
Confession time: we knew nothing about L.A. skin care peeps Murad until they announced their £10, 30-minute facial pop-up. Though loyal to our particular skincare regime, after reading some pretty bold claims, we booked in to see how much difference half an hour could make to our perhaps a little too sun-worshipped visage.
Booking into a completely new hotel is the sort of gamble we lose all the sleep over. Pick well and this will be the only year you can afford the vistas, the thread counts and the in-pool sofas (yep), but pick poorly and you've ruined a holiday.
There’s a big difference between being a competent cook in your own home and being amongst a group of foodie strangers in Loaf's profesh kitchen. But if the idea is a bit intimidating, the reality is a delight.
One Artistic Director. One Associate Director. Two professional actors. 100 members of the public. The Rep’s production of Woyzeck is one helluva undertaking. What could possibly go wrong? We had a right good conflab with Roxana Silbert at The Rep ahead of the pioneering show about the story, the theatre and what it's like to produce a play with 100 non-professional volunteers from the community.
Chances are your local pub isn't really your local pub. You probably sidestep two or three sketchy boozers in order to get to somewhere you, you know, actually feel at home in. Heartbreakingly for us, we've fallen so unconditionally in love with The Hand and Flowers, that our new favourite local is 88 miles away. It's making the stumble home difficult.
Old buildings, ports and markets: so far, so every other European city break you’ve ever been on. But Antwerp is also big on luxey living, high fash and supercool entertainment.
We once went to a wedding where Portuguese egg custard tarts were flown in for midnight munching. At the time it struck us as potentially excessive, but by God we've been on a quest to find those joy-giving little loves, without the need for a plane, ever since. Last week that quest came to the most glorious of ends.
We haven't read this book. Okay, that's not strictly true, we haven't finished this book, but we're admitting it to you. We're not willing to rush this one because, having had first hand experience with anxiety and depression, we can literally feel this novel doing us good as we read. And deadlines, quite frankly, are anxiety-inducing d*ckheads.
Being at one with room service is more our style than being at one with nature. But these rustic spots are light on roughing it and heavy on life-changing experiences and gosh-darned gorgeous vistas. The previously pricey Tuscany and south of France become more purse-friendly as soon as you’re under canvas, so leave the two-man tent at home. For your next temp home, think yurts, caves and gypsy caravans.
Mercury 7 were America’s first astronauts, the first to experience zero gravity and the first to orbit Earth. Perhaps unsurprisingly, they achieved considerable acclaim. You probably haven’t heard of the Mercury 13. They were a group of enthusiastic pilots and aspiring astronauts and part of an unofficial NASA programme - that were women.
The hype for Rihanna's Fenty Beauty launch last September was intense. As is the norm with celebrity brands, it seemed everyone on social media was talking about Fenty and when it came to launch day, there were queues outside of Harvey Nichols - the exclusive stockist - around the country. But is the hype justified?
Dream dinner party guest, David Chang, travels the world as he visits food hotspots to dissect comfort goodies like fried chicken, tacos and pizza. It might not always be pretty, but blimmin' hell it's tasty. Be warned: never watch this show on an empty stomach.
This Country is a BBC Three comedy mockumentary about rural living. We devoured the first series and now we’re patiently waiting each week for a new episode on iplayer. So irritation was our immediate response when we realised we’d stayed in the village that series is set in, only after we’d returned home. We were staying at the Wheatsheaf Inn, in the village of Northleach, where there is no visible trace of Kerry and her friends.
We need some more girls in here / Couple a Chantelles and Chanelles in here / So pass me the bitter let me get heavy on / Buff ting gally rude boy sling it on / There's too many man, too many many man /
Not exactly the most Bell & Smokey of lyrics, but when you're ordering two Menemen for brunch, trust us, it's hard to get the lyrics of Two Many Man by English grime collective, Boy Better Know, out of your head. So hard in fact that we found ourselves rap battling the lyrics with a neighbouring table the moment the waitress was gone.
There are so many new openings in B’ham right now that we’re proper struggling to keep up. What a wonderful time to be alive. Here are the absolute most excitingest.
Lord knows we’re big into relaxy, natural, new age spa treatments. But we’re also recent converts to Flint+Flint’s ‘anti-spa’ concept — dark salons with neon lights and fancy skincare science that actually works.
The last production we watched by Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures was The Red Shoes and it was arguably the best thing to happen to us in 2017. So expectations were preeeetty high for Cinderella, Bourne’s piece that was originally performed in 1997 and is now touring the country.
Did you know interactive podcasts are a thing? They’re totally a thing. The Walk is a thriller in which the listener plays an active part, both literally and figuratively as they're encouraged to get outside and walk as they listen. Written by Naomi Alderman (The Power) and developed by Six to Start (behind the fitness app, Zombies, Run!) this is a dystopian podcast with a difference.
Hairdresser-wise, we've flitted hard. And moving from highlights to a darker mane, we even started to self-colour, such was our confusion about where to hit. But in basically the news of the year, we've found a spiritual home for our now luxey locks, and as it's Christmas, we're even going to share it with you.