Holiday Highlights: Robot Restaurant, Tokyo

For the 2016 New Year’s Eve countdown, my family and I traveled to Tokyo, Japan! The people were so kind and welcoming, there was inspiring art everywhere and the fashion was gorgeous; but, there was one stand out night that I’ll always remember.

An evening with Flora Shedden at Topping & Company

Cooking with friends and gathering to enjoy a meal is what lies at the heart of good food. It is a coming together of good friends, old friends and new friends. This is what Flora Shedden wishes to highlight with her very first cookbook, Gathering, published this month.

Thailand: Spend Less and Gain More

Amidst lotus blossoms and the drifting scents of incense, I spent my last spring break in Zen with Buddhists monks in the North of Thailand and on the pristine sands of the South. Thailand is a place of rare wonders where beaches jungles, and temples abound. It is overflowing with the richness of bright turquoise waters, deep green forests, and lavish precious gems sprinkled on holy sites. But surprisingly, Thailand can be seen for a bargain. Here is why the country is a must visit spot, and all the secrets to exploring affordably.

Mastering the Art of Eating Abroad

Last spring break I stumbled upon an unusual talent. It was a talent that my best friend, and best travelling companion, had been nurturing for a few years. It’s a talent that suspended the regular arguments incurred by traveling. A talent that led us into the heart and soul of the cities we explored together. Hopefully I now have you all itching to know what this magical talent is.The talent was finding the best restaurants in whatever city she found herself in. You’d be surprised the impact good food can have on a trip, especially when travelling with friends. Some of my best memories have been made over the splitting of a custard doughnut in Prague, or sipping an earl grey martini in a mixologist bar in Budapest. In the spirit of autumn, I thought I’d share the love, so here are my top tips to mastering this oh so important talent.

Best Christmas Markets

It’s that time of year again. I know it’s early, I know we’ve only just had Halloween and Bonfire Night, but people are beginning to mention that inevitable c-word. It is quite a while away, but with deadlines and exams and last minute shopping and travelling home, it will be Christmas before we know it. And to really cash in on this festive season, towns and cities all over the country are beginning to open their Christmas markets, to lure in those people who having been waiting for Christmas since boxing day of last year. I know it is certainly too early for some (at work the other day, I made a man a coffee with a snowman on top and he looked far from impressed), but we’ve decided to round up some of the best Christmas markets for you to see before they all start getting far too busy!

New York In Photographs

As I’m not always the best with words I found myself completely stuck for ideas about what to write about New York. It’s such a well-known place. Everyone knows what New York is like, or at least has an idea of what it’s like from the hundreds of films and tv shows set there! Plus, there will be tons of students here who know New York waaaay better than I do, or could ever, being native New Yorkers themselves. I really just didn’t think I’d be able to write anything new. Instead, here are some of the photos I took from my trip that sum up the experience I had in the wonderful city.

Freshers’ Guide: Easy Veggie Frittata

I don’t know about you, but cooking has been just about the last thing on my mind since being back in St Andrews. With all of the excitement of being back in town and the start of a new semester, cooking and eating healthy can easily take a backseat. However, with the start of classes its time to get back in the swing of cooking for ourselves again, and the best way to do that is with a really delicious, and really simple recipe. For a dinner that requires only a few ingredients and little cooking time, one of my favorite meals is a vegetable frittata.
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Freshers’ Guide: Easy Lentil Soup

I don’t know about you, but cooking has been just about the last thing on my mind since being back in St Andrews. With all of the excitement of being back in town and the start of a new semester, cooking and eating healthy can easily take a backseat. However, with the start of classes its time to get back in the swing of cooking for ourselves again, and the best way to do that is with a really delicious, and really simple recipe. For a dinner that requires only a few ingredients and little cooking time, another one of my favorite meals is red lentil soup.
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