I Go Chop

I Go Chop

After noticing the opening of a new takeaway, I Go Chop, in Hackney, I needed to try it ASAP! For one Iftar (breaking fast) meal, I decided to pick up a few items from the menu from them. The meat is halal and there is quite a wide selection of items on the menu. There are no seats inside the store, however, it does have a great look and if bigger could definitely be quite a nice restaurant. I Go Chop serves Nigerian cuisine and has been rated quite highly by other food critics. I decided to go for the fried fish, plantain, beans and jollof rice. Annoyingly, none of the main toppings were available except cow's foot and a turkey plantain dish. Neither was what we wanted but because there was only 20 minutes left until Iftar, we just went for whatever was available. Customer service was great and we got the meal quite quickly. The jollof rice, plantain and beans...
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Exclusive Helicopter Tour Above Central London!

Exclusive Helicopter Tour Above Central London!

To celebrate my graduation (and marriage), my siblings surprised me with a HeliAir Helicopter fight over London (link here). They told me to keep that weekend available, so I knew they were planning something; a helicopter ride over London was the LAST thing on my mind. We were driving for over an hour towards the (for me) unknown destination. I was told to dress comfortable and warm. So I did. The weekend before, I purchased a hat and gloves - yes, I do not otherwise own these cumbersome items. Anyway, as we approached the helicopter base, I started to get clues and as we drove into the carpark it hit me! I was going to fly inside a helicopter. To cut a long story short, I was overwhelmed and couldn't believe the kindness of my siblings. We were first briefed by the pilot, told all the safety information and we were ready to go! We walked towards the field and there it was,...
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My Dream Destinations 2018

My Dream Destinations 2018

Hello and HAPPY NEW YEAR 2018! I can not believe how quickly 2017 flew, I feel like it was just yesterday that I started this page, but in fact I starting blogging in 2015. Last year I published a list of my Dream Destinations of 2017. They were Greece, Australia, Portugal, Scotland, Italy, Spain, Thailand and Oman. I was fortunate enough to do a lot of travelling in 2017. 2017 took me to Greece (Santorini), Italy (Milan, Venice, Florence and Bologna), Netherlands (Amsterdam), Malta, France (Paris) and to a few cities in England. Again this year, I am compiling a list of my dream destinations of 2018 and hope that I can travel to them all this year! Ethiopia I shouldn't really be allowed to add Ethiopia on this list as I recently visited in the summer of 2016. Never the less, Ethiopia has repeatedly topped bucket-list holiday guides and has been voted the go-to place for travel last year. I usually go...
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Top 7 Brunch Spots In London

Top 7 Brunch Spots In London

Brunching should be a new national sport, or maybe it's just a London thing? Gone are the days of celebrating a birthday or graduation over dinner, instead us millennials are opting for the late morning, early afternoon amalgamation of breakfast and lunch - brunch. Brunch isn't eaten at 8am, nor is it eaten at 4pm; it is more of a 11-1pm meal (although I have seen some restaurants with a brunch menu up to 4pm - shame on you). I must admit, I have entertained a fair number of brunch invites, and although sceptical at first, I now prefer to eat out for brunch over any other meal. London is particularly blessed in the brunch department, boasting a diverse number of resturants serving brunch some with bottomless beverages. Here I present my top 7 brunch spots that I hope tickle your taste buds by the end of this article! Happy brunching :)  1 : Clerkenwell Grind I visited Clerkenwell Grind (Barbican) a few months...
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4 Italian Cities in 4 Days

4 Italian Cities in 4 Days

Recently, many people have asked me how I planned my 4 cities in 4 days trip around Northern Italy. I used to be the kind of person who travelled to one city and spent the whole trip in the one city - but lately, my holidays are rarely limited to one city. Thing is, some cities/towns really don't need more than one day to explore completely, and would be a wasted trip if one stayed there for a number of days. I do admit, however, that Venice and Florence definitely warrant a return trip for a couple of days! I feel like it was a bit rushed and would love to return for a more relaxed visit. In this post, i'll share a few tips for deciding where to go and how to plan a multi-city trip, like mine! Choose a region that you want to travel to Stick to a specific area; let's say, the North of Italy only, or the South of...
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I Am In Florence, Italy

I Am In Florence, Italy

Florence, Florence, Florence. Beautiful Florence. It has been one of my dreams to visit Florence and so I made sure that I gave myself a day to explore some of Florence during this North Italy trip. I know that one day in Florence isn't enough, and I most definitely want to return to stroll around Florence and the greater Tuscany for a week. The day before, Venice treated us with cold weather; and then Florence treated us to sunny 13 degree weather! It was like a dream, honestly. So, here's what we did for the 6 hours that we had in Florence. The Duomo  As soon we arrived in Florence at the main station, the first place we walked to was the Duomo. The architecture and façade of the Duomo looks almost fake at first sight; the exterior is faced with polychrome marble panels in various shades of green and pink bordered by white. Entrance in the Duomo is free, there is an obvious queue...
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I Am In Venice, Italy

I Am In Venice, Italy

For day 2 of my Northern Italy adventures with my beloved sister, we decided to explore the beautiful Venezia. My expectations for Venice were exceedingly high, due to everyone speaking highly of Venice, and from all the research I had done online. Unfortunately, we just missed the Venice Carnival. It started on Saturday the 11th and we visited Venice on the 10th; but there were a few Carnival hints and preparation dotted around the city (it's going on right now, so anyone there do check it out)! We only had 8/9 hours in Venice, and so we planned a FULL day of activities. Venice Free Walking Tour I have a love hate relationship with walking tours. Sometimes they're AMAZING, and other times they're a waste of time and money. During my research before travelling, I stumbled across the Venice Free Walking Tour and thought that it looked pretty cool. Not only was it free, but it avoided the main tourist locations and instead delved...
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Top 5 Halal Restaurants With Prayer Rooms in London

Top 5 Halal Restaurants With Prayer Rooms in London

When catching up with friends or colleagues, I usually choose a restaurant as our location of choice, as opposed to a café. I have been to quick stop resturants after a long day of shopping, and I have also been to resturants where my jacket is hung up for me and my napkin placed on my lap. I have compiled a list of Halal resturants in London that I love and have been to repeatedly (when I say repeatedly, I mean to the point where I'm friends with the waiter/waitresses and automatically sign in to the wifi, ha). Guanabana, Camden : Rating: 5/5 Guanabana is my favourite restaurant of them all! Located in Camden, and serving Latin and Caribbean dishes, Guanabana is a family-friendly rustic wooden cafe. The menu is completely halal, and also does not serve alcohol (BYO only). The atmosphere is amazing, featuring classic songs that I just sing along to as I eat (and talk). There is also a reasonably spacious prayer...
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The Chess Valley Walk, UK

The Chess Valley Walk, UK

Last weekend I decided to partake in a 10-mile walk on a glorious Saturday morning. The Chess Valley Walk is a 10 mile linear walk through the Chilterns following the River Chess from Rickmansworth to Chesham. It passes through the beautiful scenery of the Chess Valley and several attractive villages and at times gets close to the clear sparkling waters of the River Chess, one of the Chilterns' famed chalk streams. My friend came across this walk online and suggested starting from Rickmansworth and walking to Chesham. I've done many long walks within Greater London and the UK, especially this year, and so I wasn't too worried about the length of the walk. We got to Rickmansworth at 10am via the Metropolitan Underground Line. I would highly recommend downloading the PDF map of the walk as a guide, as some points during the walk, there is no Internet Network and signage isn't great. We had planned to pack lunch from home as we didn't...
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I Am In Germany – Frankfurt

I Am In Germany – Frankfurt

After spending 4 studious days in Heidelberg for the Biology conference, Malti and I decided to spend a couple of days in Frankfurt. We decided to stay at Frankfurt Hostel; this was the first time for me staying at a hostel, and I must admit, I was a tiny bit hesitant. I've always heard such negative things about hostels, regarding cleanliness and safety. But, we read some reviews online and considering Frankfurt Hostel cost about 3 times less than a hotel in the same central area, it seemed like an obvious choice. We booked two beds in a 6 bed female-only room, and it was very pleasant, spacious and clean. This hostel was also an ideal environment for meeting fellow travellers, as there was a common room with music, food and drinks. I would highly recommend this hostel for anyone planning on visiting Frankfurt on a budget. One of my best highlights of my trip to Germany was watching the sun set whilst sitting...
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