EAT YOUR WAY THOUGH THE WORLD: CAMDEN MARKETS TO BRIGHTEN UP THE BLUES WITH THEIR £5 MUNCH CLUB
Banish the blues and join the Munch Club for free at Camden’s Markets, Lock, Stables, Buck Street and Hawley Wharf this January, kick-starting on Blue Monday (17 January)
The eclectic eateries at Camden’s three iconic markets will be helping to make Blue Monday (and the next few weeks!) a little less blue, by offering tasty treats to suit all palates for just £5 from 17th January – 13th February. From premium picks to authentic street food, Camden’s Markets, Lock, Stables, Buck Street and Hawley Wharf have blues-busting meals on offer to lift everyone’s spirits.
Market favourites such as Mac Factory, Clean Kitchen and Baoziinn are just a few of the deliciously unique vendors taking part, with over 80 traders offering dishes for £5 across the markets.
Since lockdown due to COVID-19 there has been a plethora of meal kits created by restaurants. Many have complicated instructions, short shelf life and large price tags that leave customers longing for restaurants to be back open again.
Ping Pong has set themselves apart from the majority by providing customers with handmade restaurant products at affordable prices, created by their chefs and ready to cook at home as soon as they arrive. Meaning customers can have their favourite Ping Pong dim sum in just over a minute if using a microwave or 5 if using a traditional steaming basket.
Hello and welcome! This evening on the menu we have a couple of items from Aloha 65 – the same brand who brought out a spirit drink which we reviewed here. Since our last review, the company have brought out a range of snacky food items including a hot sauce and some spicy pineapple chunks and we’re fortunate enough to give them a whirl!
I love chilli sauces, but one thing that I’m not a fan of is sauces that forgo flavour for pure heat. The Sun on a Beach hot sauce is not the hottest out there but it is very flavoursome and rather moreish. The sweetness and slightly fruity taste of the Scotch Bonnet chillies goes perfectly with the pineapple in here (and the rest of the herbs and spices and of course the Spirit of Aloha 65). After doing some taste testing with chicken tenders I ended up pouring some on a plate and dunking bits of bread into it. It really is a great taste.
Downsides? It’s a little thin so appears more liquid than some other sauces, so you do need to be a bit careful when it’s on the plate… unless you want a Sun on a Beach infused carpet. Aside from that, it’s not very hot, it has a pleasant tingle but won’t blow you head off. Now this doesn’t bother me. As I said above I like flavours. And this has a great flavour. But I know some people will unfairly mark it down because they think hot sauces should be super hot. I disagree! And I’ll definitely be using this again.
As for the chilli infused pineapple chunks. These are pretty delightful – I’m a fan of pickled things and so these are right up my street. I could definitely see myself chomping through a bowl of these. Now, whilst the sauce is pretty mild these have a wee bit more of a kick to them. I probably should have read the name (or the very clear warning) on the jar before I gobbled some up. They are called Detonators for a reason… there’s definitely a bit of a kick on these especially when you’re not expecting it!
All in all I’d definitely recommend both the sauce and the Detonators.
As restrictions have been in place for over a year now, there has seldom been a better time to learn a new indoor-based skill which also involves consuming alcohol. Our wine and cheese correspondent Jax took the time to sample a membership of The Wine List, a wine club which teaches you how to taste wine via a high-quality two bottle-per-month subscription.
Oh my sweet lord… You need to check out these lads. I was first drawn to them because of the frookin delish pics of their babka all over social media… My eye stomach couldn’t get enough and the climax of me ordering finally arrived.
Luckily for me there was a slot for delivery in my area the very next day so I popped my order through and sat by the door in excitement… The next day (just imagine I’d sat there for the whole time) my babka was hand delivered to me by a lovely cyclist – yay to environmentally friendly local delivery!
Hello there! Today I need need NEED to share this dress with you. Catalyst Latex are a brand I’ve worked with a few times now and their latexwear is banging so when the opportunity arose to model this dress I couldn’t resist! This post will be covering their What’s The Tea dress and my shoot with the lovely Sean O’Malley @omalleyimages on instagram.
This photoshoot was at Butler & Blake in Hackney and be assured it was done at a ‘social distance’ (god I loathe those words now, though am still sticking with the guidance despite hating the wording!). Sean is always great to shoot with and I knew he’d be able to crack out some awesome images!
I’d recently been to see Verity at The Vanity Box to treat myself to a new hair colour and the colourway of the Catalyst dress matched PERFECTLY! So, so pleased. It’s got super cute puff sleeves and bust in a cream/white and the rest is a high waist pencil/bodycon skirt in a lush navy blue. Swoooooooooooooon. The latex is quite thick and so holds you in nicely – super flattering. I don’t often wear pencil dresses and people often think latex can be unflattering but not this piece!
Catalyst are great at creating day-to-day latex clothing as well as the more lingerie, cosplay, fetish side of the outfit world and I think this dress looks so smart. All their clothing come fully chlorinated for ease of use which basically means the latex is smooth and soft – you have the option to shine it up using latex oil/latex lube (as I call it) or leave it to have a more ‘matte’ look. In my shots here I chose to shine it with Pjur Cult shiner.
This photo is one of our finished images taken and edited by Sean OMalley – I love it!
The features of this dress from the Catalyst site are below in case you’re interested, and for reference I’m 5’4″ with an approx 28″ waist and am wearing a size XS.
High underbust ‘skirt’
Mid length sleeves
Gentle puff sleeve
Back dressing zip
Other colours and unchlorinated versions are available, just ask Catalyst
Available in sizes XS to XXL or custom sizing for a fee
Dress is supplied unpolished
Thanks so much to Sean for the professional photos and Catalyst for the beautiful dress. You can find the rest of the professional images from this set on my OnlyFans account which is filled with more of my modelling work, behind the scenes previews and my pinup photoshoot archive… as OnlyFans is a great platform for people/artists/businesses and isn’t just for x-rated stuff as most may think when they hear the name! Find me on onlyfans.com/stephaniejay_uk
Following on from my post about the Pyramids visit, we also went to see the Sphinx. You’ll definitely have seen photos of this around if you follow my insta and when you think of Egypt probably one of the first images you imagine is of the Sphinx and Pyramids.
We’d previously been at the Middle Pyramid site so took a short coach journey down to the Sphinx location, which isn’t far away at all. It’s actually at the end of a ramp road built in ancient times for transporting prepared bodies from the Sphinx area up to the Pyramids!
It’s pretty impressive to see but isn’t as big as maybe you’d imagine, similar to when I saw the Statue of Liberty. It’s still an epic sight all the same. The main viewing point is from the right side… entering through the Valley Temple of Khafre which was part a mortuary temple, where ceremonies were performed to prepare the dead for burial in the Pyramids (taken up the walkway I mentioned).
When you get through the Temple you get to a walkway so you can stroll along to see down to the butt of the cat (or the sphinxter as I later hilariously named it), though most people stay by the face. It’s in amazing condition and it’s another thing I could take photos of for daiz, with the Pyramids in the background and the colour of the gawjus limestone against the blue sky… Swoon. I liked the paws. It’s a vary majestic kitty cat I must say. It was built around 2558–2532 BC, mucho impressive.
Again similarly to the Pyramids we had a lot of selfie requests and they did interrupt my own tourist photos but the gals who approached me were very sweet/excited so I obliged; one even took a secret selfie with just my legs… and no they weren’t evenly shaven… Sorry kid.
I’d have liked to been able to see the Sphinx from the front front and there was a bit of ground where that was possible, but not for the tour we were on. Ideally I’d trot off to take a look and catch up but the group we were with were in the 65+ age range and we didn’t want to mess anything up for them. I’ll come back again and check it out from the front another time. If you book in for the evening light and sound show then you’ll get a different view but we didn’t stay for that… It’s voiced by Omar Sharif and we don’t imagine it’s changed a lot since the 80s so might be good for the lols but I’m a cheapo so didn’t want to fork out! Have a little Google if you think it’s something you might enjoy, I think tickets were about £28pp GBP.
From the Sphinx you get a view of all three Pyramids, which was pretty epic. We tried to get a photo but had limited time until excited folks gathered in the background to watch the pale tourists with glee. They were super cute.
Again this is a classic and legendary sight so I’d highly recommend a visit. We were there in early November and it was hot but not unbearable so I’d say that’s a pretty good time to go too, and gives a little break from the western Europe chill and rain.
Hello hello hello! We’re now (at time of posting) in lockdown stuck in our flat but at the time of writing I was in holiday in Egypt… so I thought I’d finally whap up this post to tell you about the Pyramids trip we went on. This was our first full day in Egypt and after a day of flights and a late hotel check in the night before, we were collected from the hotel lobby at 8.15am. Ouch!
We booked via Discover Egypt but the actual tour company for this excursion was Wings, in case anyone is interested. The day trip cost was included in our tour package (we had the 10 night Classic Egypt package and stayed on the MS Tulip) but you can find similar on Trip Advisor for around £50-70, which should include a visit to the Pyramids, the Sphinx and Saqqara. If you want to go inside any of the Pyramids it’s extra.
I was recently fortunate enough to have a couple of days in Pisa and Florence but somehow I was foolish enough to not stuff down a pizza during my stay! Don’t worry though, soon after I returned home I received this joyous package at my door from the gang at Eat Pizza Repeat! A pizza to cook in my own kitchen using carefully measured pre-prepped ingredients! Winner!