Author Archives : Katja

The most curious cavern in Chester


Instant confession: I bloody love Belgian beer. I like it in all its glory, all styles and most of all I like lots of it. So if in my home town there’s a place that promises me a magical, secret place crammed with all manner of Belgian beers, continental ales and a few homespun favourites I’m going to be all…

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None of this New Year, New Me b*llocks


  It’s a little belated, but Merry Christmas and a happy New Year y’all! You may have noticed I took a little break of blogging during the festive period and it was totally on purpose. No, it really was – I needed a break from the computer and wanted to concentrate on friends, family and festivities for a few days…

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Six things I’m looking forward to this Christmas


I don’t like the festive season stuffed down my throat for months on end but once we go past the first advent and hit December it’s all system go and BRING IT ON PLEASE. Now the big day is almost here and I can unashamedly be excited about Christmas. It’s all jingle bells and lights and mulled wine from here on.…

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Your best last minute Christmas presents


It’s 8 days till Christmas, and I am in full blown Crimbo panic. I still have pressies to get, and even though I’m in a hurry, I’d like them to be super thoughtful and meaningful and all that jazz. I was just about to start hyperventilating with stress but then came across THIS site where I can still order personalised,…

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Smile Brilliant: does it work?


Confession time guys: I have always been really, really, ridiculously embarrassed about my teeth. No, I mean, really. I know oftentimes people say they dislike something about themselves to get praises for it or the avalanche of support in how what they dislike “isn’t that bad” – but that ain’t the case here. I genuinely detest my dentals.   When…

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Should I swap my setting powder?


  I’ve been swearing by the NYX HD Finishing Powder for ages, and hooked a few of my friends on it as well (looking at you, Polly) so what possessed me to pick up something else this time is beyond me.   But here we are. I’m a proud owner of a Barry M Ready Set Smooth Loose Powder and…

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The best pasta dish you’ll ever make


  This may come as a shock to you, but I do cook sometimes. When you’re married to a chef you don’t really a) need to b) want to but sometimes the mood takes me and then something pretty special happens. Like this bad boy. Officially it’s called a Pasta Rotolo but I just call it “stuffed rolled up pasta…

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I got on the Gravedigger Bus and this is what happened


Happy Halloween guys! ‘Tis the season for all things spooky – and whereas I’d class myself as a “class a” wimp when it comes to scary stuff, I’d still like to tell you about the scariest thing I did this Halloween and maybe even recommend you do it too… provided you’re Dublin-bound on this All Hallows Eve.     I’m…

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6 things I want to do in Dublin on my anniversary


I can’t believe it, this weekend hubby and I are celebrating 3 years of marriage. I have no idea where the time has gone but here we are, 3 years in, and exactly as disgustingly in love as we were on that day. Eww – I’m now one of those people (you know, the ones who subject their surroundings to…

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Five Halloween cocktail recipes


It’s almost Halloween guys! I know this year it’s falling on a school night but that shouldn’t stop you from getting into the spirit of things with a few kooky cocktails in you while the kids (or you, if you’re that way inclined) do their thing.   Here, have a few of my favourite recipes:     Black Devil Martini…

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