We had such a fun time in Barcelona- which means we ate lots! Michael and I absolutely love food so our days we’re quite focused around where we ate. We really indulged (trying to be super healthy now!) but we walked so much whilst away that we didn’t feel super guilty and to be honest I just had such a great time that I’m not too worried about the calories. I think what I’m trying to say is that if you’re looking for a super healthy list- this isn’t it. We ate doughnuts from local bakeries, Filipinos (biscuits we don’t get in the UK) from the supermarkets, pancakes for breakfast and burgers for dinner- it was great!

Brunch & Cake
If you’re in Barcelona for the Instagram posts you simply have to visit here, just check our their Instagram here. I have never seen such Instagramable food! That said the lighting inside is awful so I’d recommend sitting outside if you can. Michael went for Pancakes, which were completely covered in beautiful fruits and a pink coffee (I can’t remember what it was), I opted for their take on egg benedict: shrimp, poached eggs, lobster hollandaise and salad on house made black bun with a fresh juice. It was one of our healthiest meals but the portions are huge- although I’d say it’s a tiiinny bit of style of substance, the food was nice, don’t get me wrong, but not amazing, although it looked amazing. It’s great for breakfast, lunch and dinner and has vegan/gluten free/dairy free options too.


El Petit Princep
This is a really cute little cafe that services coffee, breakfast and lunch. Great if you’re looking for something not too fancy but still delicious. It had a nice mixture of locals and tourists. We went for pancakes, toast and an acai bowl. It was my first acai bowl ever and I really like it. Service was a little slow so probably not the place to go if you’re in a rush but great for a little stop off and to relax with some great coffee, a fresh juice and a delicious sandwich.

365 Cafe
Unlike some cities (particularly Rome) Barcelona is a city where you an easily find good, affordable food/coffee. We stumbled into 365 coffee on the way home as we still had a 30 minute walk and to be honest needed a little hit of caffeine and sugar. It’s probably not worth going out of your way for but it was lovely, we had a doughnut and a coffee each- it was affordable and they had white marble tables.


El Tiet Taver Teca
I really wanted to have some tapas whilst in Barcelona but they can be quite pricey. I’m not too sure where I originally heard of this restaurant but I had it pinned to my map and it was just round the corner from our hotel. As it was Valentines day we did book but when we arrived after 8PM the hotel was completely empty and although it didn’t really fill up whilst we were there they were turning people away as the tables had been reserved so I’d definitely recommend booking. We shared about 7 tapas, which came to about 60Euros with soft drinks, which I think is quite reasonable for tapas but quite expensive for the amount of food. Everything was delicious but it’s not necessarily the most filling food (well my boyfriend doesn’t think so) but I love the idea of small plates and getting to try lots of different things. We had patatas bravas, Spanish omelette, the octopus, squid, the veil and a few other bits.


Granja Petitbo
We visited here for breakfast on route to Park Guell (don’t get me wrong, it’s a long walk but doable) and it was our favourite breakfast of the trip. It’s a really cute restaurant with high ceilings, the staff was super friendly and I’m so sad I didn’t get a photo of the pink bathrooms! Michael opted for Huevos Rancheros (which I did test and they were amazing!!) I went for simple scrambled eggs, which were delicious too- although Spanish bacon is nowhere near as tasty as English Bacon! If you’re in Barcelona a little longer and looking for a good place to work from I also think this would be great as it big enough that you’re not taking up too much space. Would definitely be going back next time I’m in Barcelona.



Marmalade
Everyone had recommended we go to Milk restaurant- literally everyone! I had decided to go there for breakfast the morning after and instead go for dinner at Marmalade, which is Milk’s Sister restaurant. We didn’t end up going to Milk as I wasn’t blown away by Marmalade. Cocktails and atmosphere were great! If you’re looking for a cool place on a weekend, it even has a pool table, I’d definitely go here but the food was just average. I wasn’t blown away but the vibe is great- again I’d recommend booking.



Citizen Cafe
Our final breakfast of the trip was here, quite a dark restaurant so if you’re looking for that Instagram shot ask for a table outside/at the front of the cafe. Michael and I got eggs Benedict and scrambled eggs- they were great.


Chök
We went a little out of our way for this (although it’s near the food market which we were too late for) and I must admit it wasn’t anything special other than providing a few pretty shots I may later use on Instagram. They weren’t bad but I’d rather the ones we bought in a little bakery that we happened to stumble across, they were far more minimal and therefore had less calories, they we’re cheaper and easier to find.





SURF HOUSE
If I had to go to any of these restaurant again tomorrow I’d chose Surf House. It’s on the beach, so I was basically sold before I even before we got there but the food was the best we had to. Food is only served outside so remember that if the weather isn’t great but otherwise it’s the perfect spot. Michael has a Chicken Burrito, I had a burger and we shared fries. The must have item though has to be the Kinder Bueno Milkshake, I don’t usually like Milk Shakes but it was AMAZING! And it’s outside, on the sea front. I’d happily go there again tomorrow. 10/10.

I’m now currently Googling ‘Kinder Bueno Milkshakes in London’, if you know where I can find one let me know

There were still so many places I wanted to visit so hopefully I’ll be back in Barcelona soon! Since returning to London, I’ve been eating far less burgers and I’m back in the gym but it was so worth it!

Have you been to any of these? What is your favourite place in Barcelona?

PS- Check out my first Barcelona vlog below

It appears I’m awful with keeping up with travel posts so expect a few about my trips from last year and to kick it off I thought I would run through five things you should do in Berlin outside of the usual tourist things.

First, lets quickly touch on where to stay.

I went on this trip with Holiday Inn Express, so naturally we stayed at the Holiday Inn Express in Alexanderplatz. This is actually the second time I’ve used Holiday Inn in Berlin and I’d highly recommend it. Location wise it’s perfect, walking distance from a lot of the key locations such as Alexandrerplatz and easy to get on public transport too. The rooms were recently redesigned with the IHG Next Generation concept which means the rooms feature Smart TVs allowing guests to stream their own devices in bed and the rooms all have a work area and high padded noise-reducing area, so perfect wether you’re there to relax or to work. The rooms are all very clean, modern, comfortable and the location makes it perfect to pop back into the hotel if you’re looking to recharge your phone or your own batteries after a busy day. Breakfast is included and comes with the usually continental food you’d expect and best of all pancakes!

If you caught my guide to Berlin back in 2016, here are a few extra things I’d recommend checking out/doing in Berlin

Enjoy dinner/drinks at a speak easy
I’m not a big party animal but if you are Berlin is the most perfect city. However, if you’re more like me and would rather get a drink or a nice meal then Berlin’s Speakeasies are perfect. We went to Bar Tausend for dinner, which is beneath a railway bridge (an unmarked old iron door), the getting in process is a little intimidating but once we were in we had a great dinner. I think they also have DJs depending on the night, it’s not the cheapest but I’d recommend!

Visit an art Gallery
Berlin has an incredible art scene so it’d almost be rude to not visit an exhibition! We went to C/O Berlin to a photography exhibition but there are loads to choose from!








Go on a Graffiti Walking Tour
After this walking tour I now want to do one in every city I visit. We learnt so much about graffiti (obviously), the history of the city and we got to see the city too. Graffiti tours are also very affordable so a great option if you’re on a budget.


Have a hot dog for lunch Curry 36
I love a hot dog so of course I was excited to check out Curry 36. It’s definitely not the fanciest, it’s basically a kiosk selling fast food but as a one off it’s great and it’s super affordable (which means you can splash out on dinner!) I was also surprised by the amount of locals (many in business suits) eating here too, I got a simple Currywurst and although it’s probably best to not have these too regularly I’d definitely go again!

View the city at night the Fernsehtrum Tower
We didn’t do too many touristy things but theres something magical about seeing a city from above at night and the Fernsehtrum Tower is a great place to do so.

Have you been to Berlin? I’d love to go back again soon so if you have any extra recommendation then please leave them in the comments.

Back in July, Michael and I took a trip to Gran Canaria with GC Wellness, who looks after luxury spas in the most beautiful hotels across Gran Canaria island. We had an itinerary which was actually quite nice, it meant we didn’t have to plan what we wanted to do with our days and although we didn’t get a chance to see too much of the island we did have the chance to relax- and that was pretty amazing!

I’m a huge fan of Spain, culture wise it’s quite similar to Portugal (where my parents are originally from) so it feels like home but Gran Canaria is actually a Canary Island just off the coast of Africa and since I’d never been to any of the Spanish Islands I was super excited! The flight was four hours, which is a little longer than to south of Spain and on the drive to the hotel from the airport we realised it was pretty different to what we expected. It’s a very dry island, it’s more what I would imagine the Texan Desert to be like and on the week we visited there was a lot of sand in the air from the Sahara Desert. I’m going to be honest- we weren’t sure it was going to be for us at first but we luckily we were wrong and had the most amazing time!


We visited a few different hotels but were very lucky to be staying in the Sheraton Salobre Golf Resort, it was far more modern than the others we visited and as it’s on a golf course it was also surrounded by lots of greenery. Our room was pretty standard and modern, plus we had a nice balcony with a beautiful view. The layout of the hotel is also amazing, they have lots of smaller pools everywhere so the hotel never feels too full, there’s a great adult-only infinity pool but we also used some of the other ones and none of them were too busy or noisy.

However, the highlight for me was probably the food (because I LOVE food!), we had breakfast and dinner at the hotel every day and although it isn’t fine dining, it was absolutely delicious! Breakfast was potentially not quite as good as dinner and I think, had we been there 2 weeks we’d probably start to get a little bored but there was pancakes, omelets, cereals, cakes and all the standard breakfast foods. Dinner however was amazing and the buffet style really suits my love for food as I had the opportunity to try a little bit of everything. We also made use of the Sheraton Salobre pool and it had everything you’d want from a spa; saunas, steam rooms, all the usual treatments and some great water treatments in the outside pool.

As we were there with GC Wellness we had the chance to try a few treatments at different hotels and also tour some of the hotels.

If you’re into plants you will absolutely love Hotel Cordial Mogan Playa! They have the most incredible and unusual flowers and plants. It’s incredible to see all this greenery in the middle of such a dry island and it really is a beautiful haven. We also had a really delicious Spanish lunch and spent the rest of the day relaxing in the spa area. We had a couple’s massage, which was the highlight of the day, it’s actually not something we’ve ever done but both really enjoyed it-I mean who doesn’t love being pampered?!

We were also lucky enough to have a tour of Gloria Palace Thalasso Hotel and Spa, which is another beautiful hotel with even more beautiful sea views. We had a Thalassotherapy treatment which we initially thought was a very strange treatment, you essentially use mineral charged saltwater to detox the body in a pool. You sit under running water or lie on beds which bump bubbles around you and after a while of being in the pool we totally understood what all the hype was about- it was another great treatment! It was followed by a couples body scrub and massage, which again we both really enjoyed!

Although it probably wasn’t essential, we did rent a car as we love the opportunity to explore and potentially get lost, I think it’s always the best way to see somewhere (other than a city). We visited Las Palmas City, which was beautiful but we chose the wrong day, it was a bank holiday and pretty much everything was closed. However, on the final day we drove to Maspalomas, which are the sand dunes on the island and we both loved it! It was unlike anywhere I had been before and had we been on the island a few more days I would have loved to spend some more time there. We went just before sunset to get a few photos, which just wasn’t enough time to explore.

The other thing I would highly recommend is a boat trip, we done the Canary Boat Trip, which lasted 5 hours and included food. It was the perfect way to see a little of the island whilst relaxing and catching some sunshine. Michael even managed to convince me to get off the boat for a swim which I wouldn’t usually do as I’m just so scared of how deep the water is. Plus, the food was delicious and cooked on the boat.

Huge thanks to GC Wellness for having us and if you’re looking to book a holiday I can’t recommend Gran Canaria and the hotels I visited enough. It was one of the best holiday’s I’ve had and as it’s off the coast of Africa the island is warm (25C) all year round so I’m actually already considering going back, it’s perfect if you’re looking to catch a little sun in autumn or winter- and of course spring and summer.





Spain has to be my go-to location for a quick summer break; flights are affordable and short- plus the sun is almost shining- what’s not to like?!

So when Jess (from Cocoa Chelsea) and I decided we needed a little bit of sunshine, that’s exactly where we headed!

We stayed at the Kempinski Bahia Hotel in Estepona, Malaga, a beautiful 5-star hotel right on the southern coast of Spain. Our room was perfect; terrace, living room, huge wardrobe area, bath tub, shower and most importantly, a beautiful view over the sea. It did have a glass bathroom door, meaning one of us had to sit in the living room the whole time as the other one showered but, we worked around it and it’d be okay if you were going with your partner.

We were only there four days but it would be a great room to spend 10 days in, it was so homely but yet a large room and the hotel is the perfect place to relax. It’s also pretty well priced for a 5-star hotel with prices starting at £178 a night. Although, I would recommend asking for a more modern room if you like the look of my photos as some are more traditionally European.

All rooms come with breakfast which Jess and I had everyday. There’s a good variety of hot and cold food, as well as an omelette station and a children’s breakfast area with the cutest cakes. I went for eggs everyday as I do back home but the juices were great and I did have a cheeky cake or two as I simply couldn’t resist!

The hotel has a great gym and spa, although I didn’t quite make it to the gym (but did take a yoga class!). I definitely made it to the spa. They have some great treatments but nothing will ever beat a full body massage for me! I also had the Bastien Gonzalez Pedicure which was a great intensive pedi (but no polish).The reason I was there was basically to top up my tan so naturally the pool area was very important to me. It was super quiet, clean and didn’t feel even a little crowded which is great if you just want to relax! However, if you want to glam up your day there is also a Moet & Chandon Pool (Pool by Moet) at the hotel, where you can sip champagne whilst relaxing on a sun bed.
Since I don’t like to stay in a hotel for too long we did check out the Puro Beach club, Malaga, which is a short walk along the beach and I’d highly recommend doing so. We spent a lovely day there, it wasn’t too party-ish on the day we went and there was a really great vibe. It isn’t too expensive for a beach club and far less intimidating and more chilled than most beach clubs. We also booked another full body massage (massively spoilt!), drank cocktails and had the most amazing sushi for lunch! I actually think this was my favourite day, the pool is beautiful as it everything else.

The beach club is in Laguna Village which is also a great place for lunch/dinner if you don’t want to eat at the hotel but also just want a short walk.




Most of the nights, Jess and I had dinner at the restaurants and the food is great, there isn’t a huge selection but we tried two of the restaurants. We had an amazing steak and beautiful wine at Alminar Wine & Steak House but my favourite was probably La Cabana Del Mar, we got to eat by the sea and the food was amazing! We really wanted to explore the town of Estepona so headed in at dusk for a little walk and some paella for dinner. We did walk but it’s a long walk. I’d recommend opting for a cab which is what we done on the way home as it’s under 10 Euros and a really short drive. It’s a really traditionally Spanish town, with friendly locals, adorable roads and delicious food. We had dinner there in a local restaurant and the paella was exactly what I wanted!
Overall, it was the perfect mini break and I’d highly recommend it if you don’t want to go too far and just want to relax in a beautiful hotel.

A huge thanks to Kempinski Bahia for having us and for spoiling us over the four days!

Check out the Kempinski Bahia website here and the Puro Beach Club here it’s the perfect getaway if you still don’t have summer plans.

Last month ASK Italian took Jess (from Cocoa Chelsea) and I to Venice, Italy- to eat like an Italian (which is the dream!). If you follow me on Instagram (or YouTube, I uploaded a daily vlog here) you may have seen a few photos/videos already but if you haven’t I thought I would update you.

 We had a super early flight out of Gatwick and once we landed in Venice we jumped in a Taxi Boat to the city and I must admit it was quite the experience- I wouldn’t mind getting a taxi boat everywhere! Once we checked into our hotel the eating started and we went on a food & drink walking tour. We made our way around the Bacari’s, drank Aperol Spritz and ate all the cicchetti we could.
With a tummy lined with delicious food, we did a little bit of exploring, we wondered around the tiny streets, followed the signs to Basilica de San Marco and picked up some gelato for a touristy photo over the canals. I hadn’t Googled Venice before the trip so didn’t know what to expect but it’s beautiful, we didn’t get to go inside the Basilica (saving that for next time) but even the outside was breathtaking. We ended the afternoon at Danieli Hotel for cocktails on the terrace before it started to rain and we had to take it inside.

But the best part of the trip was in the evening…

We jumped in a taxi boat back to our hotel to get ready for dinner, I didn’t have time for much, I just added a bit of dry shampoo and changed into a jumpsuit but I was so excited for dinner!
We were lucky enough to have the opportunity to eat at a Venetian Family’s home, share their dinner table and food. The table was set up outdoors and absolutely stunning, we started the delicious food outside but were interrupted by lightning, thunder and rain. We managed to have our antipasti outside and the most delicious pesto pasta but ran inside, plate in hand for meatballs and tiramisu. I can’t do the evening much justice but I hope you can tell from the photos and my video just how magical it was, huge thanks to ASK Italian for organising it!

Day two in Venice started again quite early for me, I think I was just excited so couldn’t sleep, I went for a little wander before breakfast as there’s something very special about getting up before all the tourists are out. It was Burano-day and I had very much been looking forward to it since I had seen it on Instagram.

We took the water bus and arrived on the beautiful island, lined with beautifully multicoloured house and we were very lucky to have the sun shining. If you’re ever in Venice then make an effort to get to Burano, it’s well worth the trip! We wandered around, took photos, ate more ice cream and had a delicious lunch at Trattoria al Gatto Nero.
And to end the trip perfectly we finished with a Gondola ride. We got to wear the gondolier’s hat and see the city from the small narrow canals and we did ask the gondoliers to sing but he told us he only sings to his wife!

Overall, an amazing trip and huge thanks to ASK Italian for having me. Since I’ve been back I’ve been dreaming of the pasta and have been into ASK Italian for a cheeky bowl or two. Find your local ASK Italian here

I really didn’t think I’d fall for Venice like I did but I’m already desperate to go back!

PS. Post coming up soon about Spain!