Friday, 2 December 2016

Walt Disney World 2016: Part 3 - Day 2


Day 2 - Epcot

Way back when we first started going to Walt Disney World and I was a but a tiny Saloca, Epcot was my least favourite park. I could never get into the whole World Showcase vibe, it did nothing for me, and the rides were cool but it was more about things to look at than do. Suffice to say, I have (in some ways at least) grown older and wiser and have come to seriously love Epcot! It could also have something to do with being over the legal drinking age…

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We had early fast-passes for Soarin - the new update is amazing but I kind of miss kicking the canoeist (You disney go-ers will know what I mean!). After a quick jaunt across the world, we hopped off our gliders and headed over to Sunshine seasons for breakfast. We went here years ago and it was bad. Very. Thanks to the magic of the internet I’d heard it had been updated and was getting good reviews, so figured it was worth another try! I had a cinnamon toast bread pudding with bacon (not that you can call American bacon, bacon!). It looked a bit er….interesting? But it actually tasted surprisingly good with a ton of maple syrup on top!

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We finished up and jumped on Living with the Land which I absolutely love and figure really is a sign of me getting older - but who doesn’t want to see tomatoes growing upside down and Mickey shaped pumpkins? It’s fascinating stuff! And then…it was time for our next fast pass to see…

M-I-C-K-E-Y-M-O-U-S-E (you better have sung that!)

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I’ve never actually been in the Character Stop in Epcot but it was brilliant! You get crackin’ pictures with Mickey, Goofy, Pluto and Minnie and have a laugh whilst your at it! Top character meet moments included;

  • The Mr being forced into a huge hug from Mickey Mouse and not really knowing what to do!
  • Dad thinking Goofy was asking him the time when he was actually going for a fist bump!
  • Seeing the look on other peoples faces as they went up for their pictures!

I love people watching at these kinds of things, especially when you see really tiny kids meeting their heroes for the first time! Oh be still my ovaries!

walt disney world day at epcot


Next up, World Showcase! 11 pavilions showcasing 11 different countries cultures, traditions, food, wares and more! AND we where travelling during Food and Wine festival so you know what that means…more pavillions, more countries, and more food! Food and Wine is my favourite time to go but I’ve only ever dabbled in the delights it has on offer - and a big part of this trip was all about really getting to experience the festival and everything it had to offer! 

We had a big tour of the festival planned for the coming weekend so just had a mooch at what was offer as we made our way over to the Japan pavilion for lunch!
Have you noticed how everything seems to be revolving around food on this trip?

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Katsura Grill is one of my favourite places to stop for something to eat! From the infamous cutlet curry to the iced green tea and green tea cheesecake - it’s all soooo good! The noodle bowls are really tasty and the ice cream on offer is no ordinary vanilla! There’s a great atmosphere, a koi pond outside, and the prettiest blossoms and lanterns you ever did see - it’s about as far away as you can get from being in a theme park and then some!

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Ok….so we had our food and wine festival binge planned for the weekend but it would have been rude to continue to walk past so many stalls and not partake in just a little of what they had to offer…

I’m talking margaritas
I’m talking German beer flights
I’m talking rum
I’m talking Kung Fu Panda punch

I’m talking I ended up sitting on an elephant for a while…

Oh food and wine festival you beautiful thing!

walt disney world day at epcot


I’m not going to say I was drunk (because my parents are probably reading this and about to phone me up and ask about the elephant) but I was very merry shall we say which for me, was a first in Disney…and not exactly a last either…but anyways!  We meandered around the showcase, sampling festival delights, and just generally taking it all in. 

walt disney world day at epcot


We eventually headed back to the hotel and called it a night. The jet lag was still niggling around the edges so we grabbed tea at the hotel, I took a quick dip in the pool and we called it an early night…tomorrow was going to be a big day for little ol’ me! Afterall, how often do you get to wake up on your birthday in Disney?

Until next time,





Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Christmas with Kilner

kilner christmas gifts


Last week Rex played host to Kilner, and their amazingly fun and festive pop up Christmas shop. Kilner has been around for a whopping 170 years, and you’ll be hard pushed to find a household that doesn’t have at least one Kilner jar in it! I don’t know about you, but I get excited about glass jars, especially when they have that signature pop up lid or a handle on the side. Blame Pinterest, blame Instagram, blame Good Housekeeping, but there’s something about the style and design of a Kilner that makes me want to fill my home with everything they create.

kilner christmas gifts



And Kilner is not just about the jazzy jar with the screw top lid. From drinks barrels to cocktail kits, butter churners, spiralizers, who knew that little glass jar had so much potential?  Kilner set out to show us what kind of magic it could work this Christmas, from freakshakes to GIN (yes, there was gin), Kilner had us covered.

Rex, located on Liverpools Bold Street is a kick ass store that houses some of the top independent designers and retailers the city has to offer. Artwork, crafts, clothing, food, homeware, you name it, someone makes it and they sell it here. It’s such a quirky and cool place that half reminds me of the old Quiggins. After being thoroughly Kilnered out for Rex-mas, I ventured in from the cold to see how the night would unfold. 

kilner christmas gifts


First up - drinks up! Two stations, 6 drinks, hello on a school night. Cranberry Gin, peppermint Vodka, and rosemary and grapefruit vodka, all home made, all jarred up, samples at the ready - it would have been rude not to try them all! Of course, the cranberry gin intrigued me the most - and turns out the be very simple to make at home! It tasted like Christmas, all it needed was a little edible gold to make it really shine! 

Then, the oh so pretty and Pinterest worthy Kilner drinks dispensers, these are the stuff an outdoor wedding is themed on! We had cucumber and mint water, Pimms punch and a christmas cocktail to choose from - and I went with the Pimms. Served up in a Kilner handled mason jar, it was delicious, wintery and very warming! 

kilner christmas gifts


With bloggers bounding around all over the show, I managed to grab one of the team and get a pretty in-depth tour of their offerings this Christmas. Two things really caught my eye. The Kilner Cocktail shaker for Two set would make for an amazing gift, with everything the budding at home bartender requires. The shaker features a leak proof screw cap top so no mater how vigerous your shake, you’re safe, and a clip on cap that doubles up as a measuring cup (single and double!). You also get two handled mason jars and a wooden muddler! 

The second beauty was this stunning Kilner Barrel Dispenser that, let’s get real, paired with a bottle of something, or oh I don’t know, some homemade cranberry gin, would be the perfect gift! It comes complete with a stand and stopper, and the stopper doubles up as a measure too! I swear, if I actually had a little bar area at home this would have gone straight under the tree for the Mr - I mean why pour out of a bottle when you can pour out of a barrel?

kilner christmas gifts


And then came the freakshakes. We each got to make our own mini freakshake in the words tiniest and cutest mini handled mason jar! I went for a chocolate milkshake topped with chocolate squirty cream, mini Oreos and some sprinkles to make the most magical freakshake you ever did see!

kilner christmas gifts


The Chocolate Celler came by on the night too with some very tantalising treats on offer - their chocolate dipped Turkish Delight was….delghtful! I forgot how much I loved Turkish Delight and now I’ve got some serious cravings! I also had my Instagram name put on chocolate! Can we just stop for a minute and appreciate how freakin cute that is? And also note how quickly I devoured it!

Backich provided food on the night and boy were we in for a treat! Avocado, salad and a yoghut/parfait, all individually potted up in various clip top jars with mountains of Arabic bread on the side - I won’t lie, I had one of everything on offer and it was all amazing - especially the avocado! It was also at this point we discovered how durable these clip top glass jars really are! I don’t know if the parfait moutain was a test or just a pretty set up but as is the case with bloggers and alcohol and camera bags bigger than a carry on…you see where this is going? Several jars came a’tumblin down and not one cracked or even popped open! 

kilner christmas gifts


Overall the night was a huge success. Cute glass tupperware really is something to get excited about and everyone is going to be getting a Kilner jar for Christmas this year!

How do you fill your jar?

Until next time, 




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Monday, 28 November 2016

Currently Watching #6

what to watch on netflix


Ooooh it feels like it’s been a while since I did a round-up of what’s been on the box lately! You know, I never really feel like I watch much television until I write these posts! *insert eye covered monkey emoji*. Do I watch too much tv? Surely not?

Gilmore Girls

I’m annoyed. I’m annoyed that I started watching this back in September and still, I’m no further than the early episodes of season 2…what’s wrong with me? I can’t seem to get through it quick enough and everyone else is already onto the revival! Would it be wrong to take a week off work just to try and catch up?

Designated Survivor 

When the guy least likely to become the President becomes the President…no, not that guy, this guy; Tom Kirkman. Former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, aka, Kiefer Sutherland. Literally about to be kicked out and sent to far far away, he’s there all chill in his sweatsuit and popcorn when the State of the Union blows up, killing the President and forcing Kirkman to his place, whether he wants to or not. It’s got promise though is somewhat of a slow burner but I seem to love a good political drama these days!

Once

This show never ceases to amaze me. How it weaves the fairytales we know in amongst each other and takes them down deeper and darker paths than we could have ever imagined. How this show was ever dropped from TV is beyond me but YAY for Netflix for keeping it alive and more magical with every new season! This one just never gets old!

Westworld

Oh, we binged our way right through this from start to finish and I’m beyond hooked! I never knew there was a film originally and I’m really tempted to give it a watch. I love how the characters have developed and it took a couple of twists I didn’t see coming which is always good! I haven’t checked but I hope it gets picked up for the second season!

The Apprentice

Most of this season I have just sat there shaking my head and wondering why? By far it has been one of my least favourite seasons. Every single candidate annoys the hell out of me, I’m rooting for no-one. I would love this seasons to be the season where during the final, instead of hiring someone, Lord Sugar actually fires them all and donates the money to charity instead. As far as I’m concerned that would be the best investment he could make!

Black Mirror

I freakin love this show and am terrified of it at the same time. I also have a theory that Charlie Brooker has a time machine and so already knows where our social media obsessed future is taking us, thus he is warning us to stop now and turn back before it’s too late and we end up with a 3.5 rating. I can’t binge watch these at all, I have to take them slowly, they end up playing on my mind so much!

Vampire Diaries

I go through phases and the earlier it gets darker, the more I seem to be watching Vampire Diaries again. I’m nowhere near as hooked as I once was but once I’ve got an episode on I can’t seem to do anything else!

Fantastic Beasts and Where to find them

Could this film have been any more amazing? Someone actually said they preferred it to Harry Potter and I was like no way, impossible but after seeing it….I can see where they’re coming from. I love the Harry Potter films, don’t get me wrong, but Fantastic Beasts was just on a whole other level! I loved the nods to the HP universe, to Dumbledore and Hogwarts, his house scarf at the end and I can’t wait to see what the next two films bring! Cash cow or not, just take my money and keep me in this magical world!

What have you been watching lately?





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