Tuesday, 26 July 2016

Bloggers Block and the Pains of Adulting

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You may (or may not have noticed) that it's been quiet/half arsed on here the last couple of weeks. There's two reasons I guess, the first one being that I've been feeling pretty uninspired.

I mean we've all had bloggers block right? Where you don't feel like writing anything, can't pluck any ideas out of the air, and quite frankly, can't be arsed. It's been so hot that I've been spending evenings sat in the garden, eating my weight in ice lollies and playing with the dog. I haven't really felt like sitting for hours on end with a hot laptop on my knee.

I spend so much time online when really I should be spending time with the people I love and doing things away from the screen. I mean I sit at a computer at work for 9 hours a day, you would think that would be enough right? I used to draw and create things all the time and I couldn't even tell you what the last book I read all the way through was. What happened?

That realisiation has led to me not really being arsed to sit and type up something, something that people have probably written about a million times over elsewhere. What do I have to say that someone already hasn't?

Maybe it's just me being a bit of a Debbie Downer, but I've come to realise that there's more important things in life than followers and blog statisitics. I enoy blogging but instead of beating myself up when I hit a wall, it's time to step back and forget about it. When I'm feeling isnpired again the words will come.

The second reason for the uninspired and unexciting posts? Adulting.

 I've mentioned a million times that I'm saving for a mortgage and the idea of having my own house is so exciting and gets me through each week at work - But it is so fucking boring.

Putting half your wage away every month means there's little money spare to actually go out and have fun. There's little to no eating out, no spontaneous day trips and zero holidays. Fun is no longer a priority and that's maybe another reason why I'm feeling so uninspired - 'Cos I'm not really doing anything inspiring.

Alright Blondie was primarily a travel blog - An online diary where I could keep my family up to date with my adventures in Oz, a thing that I could look back on in a few years and reminisce over - but when you're not travelling, then what?

When I first got back the idea was that we would go on day trips and have mini adventures to create content for the blog but the reality is that if I want a house before Christmas 2017, adventures and exploration have to take a back seat.

And tbh it's a sacrifice I'm willing to make in order to have my own house and get that dog I've always wanted.

So what do I write about?

I like make up and stuff but I'm not you're usual beauty blogger, I don't read enough anymore to be a book blogger and I really don't want to churn out half arsed, boring posts that loads of people have already done a good job on.

So please excuse me whilst I figure out what the hell I want to do with my blog. Bear with me whilst I wait for the idea cogs to start whirring again.

This weekend I'm going to Kendal Calling so I'm hoping the musical geniuses there combined with a weekend of camping, having fun and exploring the carnival theme of the festival will set off fireworks in my mind and get the creative juices flowing.

But it might not, who knows.

What do you do when you're feeling uninspired or feel like being a grown up is just too much/too boring? I'd love to hear your techniques for getting back on track!


Sunday, 24 July 2016

The Sunday Catch up #23

You may (or may not have noticed) there was no Sunday Catch Up last week as my laptop went to the computer hospital cos dickhead here stood on it in the middle of the night when she went for a wee and cracked the screen - Nice one. Sadly they can't repair it but aslong as I look after it I think it will be okay. *cries inside*

Anyway apart from that it's been a good few weeks - Here's what I've been up too.

I babysat my beautiful 9 week old niece for the first time last Saturday! I won't lie to you, it was bloody terrifying, I'm not sure I will ever be ready for the responsibility of a child. Jody was ace though, a proper baby whisperer, I think she could maybe sense my fear? When Nannie came round to check on us all she decided that was the perfect time to do a poop and a big sick - What great timing eh? SHE'S SO CUTE THOUGH I COULD DIE.

- The beauty of spending a year in Australia means that every cent I gave to the government in tax I can claim back - and it just so happens that I got my refund last week! Yay! I got just over a £1000 which is awesome - It took every ounce of self control I have to not spunk it on a holiday and instead it's gone straight into my savings for a house deposit. Pfft.

- My all time favourite band, The View, announced a one off show at the Barrowland in Glasgow so obviously I was ready and waiting on Ticketmaster at 8:59am on Friday to make sure we got tickets. Good job aswell because they sold out within 3 hours. I would travel anywhere to see them, they're so underrated and so, so good!

- I'll be spending next weekend in a tent as I'm heading to Kendal Calling. It's smaller than my usual festival of choice (Leeds) and I'm looking forward to it - I can't wait to see Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds and Jason Manford's also gunna be there - Yay!

Have a lovely week y'all

Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Three Ways Travelling Changes Your Life

Alright Blondie Western Australia

You will appreciate things a lot more.
After sharing a room with four sweaty, stinky boys I am so grateful for my room at Jody's parents house. I love not having to wear flip flops in the shower and it's great not having to battle a million over people for the only working gas hob in the kitchen. 

Your confidence will grow.
The idea of walking into a room and talking to strangers used to make me feel physically sick, as did picking up the phone to someone I didn't know. After a year of travelling around and organising adventures, talking to people has become second nature to me.

You become a lot more open minded.
I like to think I was always very open minded, especially when it came to things like race, sexuality and religion but after travelling and meeting people from all over the world from all different nationalities it's safe to say I'm a lot more understanding than I ever was before.

How did travelling change your life?

Monday, 18 July 2016

13 things you will only know if you were an emo teenager in Leeds

I was a teenage emo (Not that there was out wrong with that). Tbh I still have fairly emo tendencies (Black eyeliner + skinnies, a love for Fallout Boy + Panic at the Disco) and I look back on those days quite fondly - Although I do cringe inside a *little* bit.

I used to get on the 36 bus from Ripon to Leeds with all my mates and we would spend the day there, not really doing a lot cos none of us had jobs and we were all broke.

If you were a teenage emo in Leeds then this one is for you.

- You spent Saturdays freezing your bollocks off outside the corn exchange.

- And when it got REALLY cold you crossed the road and spent the afternoon in MaccyD's, nursing a medium packet of fries between four of you. 

- If you were feeling flush you would spend the day in one of the Shisha cafes - Probs Kada's (down the back of the corn ex) or Sahara's (back of bus station). There was also that one near Leeds Market but it was a bit weirder in there and not as comfy (Good chips though).

- Summers were spent sat on the grassy hill by the playhouse with some tinny music blaring from one of your crew's phones.

- You usually spent Friday nights at home bleaching your fringe and slapping on a Stargazer dye that you'd bought the week before (much to Mum's disgust).

- Speaking of hair, all the trendy girls had spiked hair around the crown paired with long extensions and looked like queens - Why wouldn't your Mum let you have hair like that?!?!?

- You went to Pagan just down the road for your piercings - £4 for a gun cartilage piercing? Count me in.

- But when you got a bit older and more mature you graduated to Red's Tattoo & Piercing (across the road) for the more hardcore piercings.

- And that piercing was most definitely your lip. Maybe even snakebites.

- All your accessories came from Culture Vulture. Who doesn't want a massive bow on their head and a massive lightening bolt necklace? Very budget friendly too unlike...

- Fabric Junkie. Please tell me I'm not the only one who remembers this cute shop inside the corn ex?! Full of quirky jewellery (think lego bracelets and dinosaur earrings) and super quirky tutus (care bears and polka dots), this place was heaven.

- Your clothes came courtesy of the emo shop inside the corn ex (can't remember the name) but there was a plethora of striped tees, coloured jeans and studded belts all at bargain prices.

- You went to see as many bands as you could at the cockpit and had the tickets plastered around your room.

Obvs these might only apply to me but hopefully some of you guys remember the corn ex days too! Do you have anything else to add to the list? I know we don't like labels but were you ever stereotyped at school?

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Friday, 15 July 2016

15th July 2016

Stay safe and be kind.

Wednesday, 13 July 2016

5 of my favourite New York based movies

Alright Blondie New York
New York, New York, the city where anything can happen. I haven't been to NYC yet but it is most definitely at the top of my list. I'm just waiting on my money tree to start growing and I'll be away. So in honour of the city that never sleeps, today's post is a round up of my favourite NYC based movies, enjoy!

Elf 2003

Synopsis: After inadvertently wreaking havoc on the elf community due to his ungainly size, a man raised as an elf at the North Pole is sent to the U.S. in search of his true identity.

Why's it on the list? I could watch this film every day and not get bored. It shows New York in all it's glittering, Christmassy splendour, through the child like eyes of Buddy the Elf. He decorates the department store, has a snowball fight in Central Park and ice skates at the Rockerfeller centre - I think we all want to witness NYC at this time of year right?

When Harry Met Sally 1989
Synopsis: Harry and Sally have known each other for years, and are very good friends, but they fear sex would ruin the friendship.

Why's it on the list? One of my all time favourite movies, Harry and Sally try and disprove the age old theory that men and women can't be friends (and fail in doing so). Set in magical New York we see the couple fall in love over the course of 10 years. Also, Katz deli has become an institution because of *that* scene.

Friends With Benefits 2011

Synopsis: While trying to avoid the clich├ęs of Hollywood romantic comedies, Dylan Harper and Jamie Rellis soon discover however that adding the act of sex to their friendship does lead to complications.

Why's it on the list? Justin Timberlake is headhunted by Mila Kunis, who wants him to relocated from LA to work at GQ in New York. Instead of selling him on the job, she decides to sell him on New York - and succeeds (he also falls in love with her - bonus!). Expect a dance off in Central Station...

Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (Durr) 1992
Synopsis: One year after Kevin was left home alone and had to defeat a pair of bumbling burglars, he accidentally finds himself in New York City, and the same criminals are not far behind.

Why's it on the list? Do I really need to answer this question? The ultimate Christmas movie (behind the first Home Alone anyways) that also happens to be set in New York. More Christmas lights and decorations, with that cracking Home Alone music that makes you feel all fuzzy inside.

The Secret Life of Pets (2016)

Synopsis: A terrier named Max's quiet life is upended when his owner takes in Duke, a stray whom Max instantly dislikes.

Why's it on the list? The film starts with sweeping views of an animated New York and is accompanied by Taylor Swift's 'Welcome to New York'. Think the Brooklyn Bridge, high rise apartments and yellow cabs - It doesn't get more big apple than that my friends. It's a great film and if you're into your talking dog movies, this is one for you..

There's probably a zillion more NYC based movies that I could add to the list but that's for another day and another post. What are your favourites? Have you been to New York?

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Monday, 11 July 2016

21 things all women did when they were young

nostalgic nineties list

I know, I know there are millions and millions of 90's nostalgia lists like this one - If you go on Buzzfeed there's probs one on the main page right now. BUT I'm sharing one anyway because man they are so much fun to write! Enjoy.

(These are kind of in order from Primary School - Secondary School)

Went to boring shops like Matalan and Ikea with your Mum just incase she fancies a detour through Toys R Us.

Went to boring shops 'cos Mum promised you a McDonalds and you haven't been in ages and omg such a treat. Can I get an extra toy for 99p please?

Played all the games on the Bang On The Door website and prayed that one day when you got home from school your room was decked out in errything Groovy Chick.

Worn all the clothes you receved for Christmas Dinner at your Nan's and thrown a Bitch Fit when your parents wouldn't let you take all the toys you'd received.

Believed that Marilyn Manson had ribs removed so he could suck his own dick and that Slipknot killed puppies on stage.

Had a sleepover complete with makeovers and the promise of midnight snacks.

Except you all ate the snacks at ten and were asleep for eleven. Wild.

Went mad for Beanie Babies but not so much the Beanie Boppers. Although you still had to have at least three to be hip.

Felt super inspired after reading Jacqueline Wilson's back catalogue and deciding you were going to be the next best thang in YA fiction.

Anyone remember the anticipation of waiting for your Sabrina's Secret's magazine - What groovy make up would you get with the new issue?

Begged your Mum to upgrade you from Girl Talk to Mizz despite Mizz talking about things like boobs, boys and blood.

Bought magnetic earrings from Claires because getting your ears actually pierced was way too risque.

Bought a return bus ticket, a cinema ticket and a MaccyD's with the tenner that you nagged your Mum for.

Nicked a razor off Dad and shaved your legs despite not actually having any hair to shave (So wish this was the case now)

Had a bitch fit when your parents or siblings wanted the PC downstairs. BUT WHAT IF SOMETHING SUPER JUICY HAPPENS ON MSN AND IM NOT THERE?!?!?!

Invested in some Maybelline Dream Matte Mousse in the hope that it made you look like a Goddess.

Thought you were a Top Chef 'cos you got an A for your Fruit Salad in food tech. Dam you sliced that fruit goooood.

Attempted to cut and bleach your own hair and thinking you'd done a good job - 'Til your Mum went mad. Oops.

Were totally shocked and appalled when Turkey Dinosaurs, Smiley Faces and Turkey Twizzlers were taken off the school dinner menu. Who the f*ck does Jamie Oliver think he is!?

Got four blue WKD's to share between you and your gal pals and then feeling brave enough to text that boy you liked.

Told your 'rents that you were round at a mates house when in reality you were freezing your tits off in a tent.

Do you have anymore to add?

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Review: Almost Famous GN and The Stereophonics, Manchester

Alright Blondie: The Stereophonics

I had a 3 day week last week and for good reason - I had tickets to go and see The Stereophonics at Manchester's Sounds of the City at Castlefield Bowl. I love The Stereophonics and they were one of the last bands I had on my list that I had to see before I died/they broke up or whatever.

We hopped in the car and after a surprisingly easy journey, we parked up and found ourselves with a few hours to spare before the gig started. We ended up going to the cinema to see The Secret Life of Pets which was A-M-A-Z-I-N-G and having food at the burger joint, Almost Famous.

Alright Blondie, Almost Famous Manchester

Alright Blondie, Almost Famous Manchester

Byron Burgers are all about keeping something simple and I would describe them as the A* student who does everything right whereas Almost Famous is it's wild and crazy cousin who can't be tamed.

Don't believe me? Some of the burgers toppings included Cheerios, strawberry pop tart and Frazzles.

So yeah, the menu was a little bit overwhelming for a Thursday Afternoon but after hearing good things about the food I didn't let that deter me. I was a bit upset when I was told the milkshake machine wasn't working however I mean wtf?

Alright Blondie, Almost Famous Manchester

Redneck Crack Wings - £5
Despite being upset over the lack of milkshake I soldiered on (I know, woe is me) and ordered the bbq 'Redneck' wings. They were hot but not so hot that I couldn't eat them and I could've probably manned another basket. The sauce (a creamy cheesy one I think?) cooled it down a bit and made it much more edible. They made an awful lot of mess but it was totally worth it.

Alright Blondie, Almost Famous Manchester

Bacon Bacon Fries - £3.50
Winning Fries (Skin on and sweet potato), bacon bacon mayo and bacon rain.

These were the winners for me (which I imagine is where the name came from). The Bacon Mayo was genius and was so creamy and delish. The fries were perfect, crispy on the outside and nice and fluffy inside. They ruined normal chips for me.

Alright Blondie, Almost Famous Manchester

Hoghammer - £8.50
Pulled Pork, Slaw, Shoestring Onions, Famous Sauce, Redneck BBQ

Mmm, I hate to say it but this wasn't my favourite, Jody actually ended up eating most of it (but he highly recommends it). I think the pulled pork + bbq sauce combo was just a tad too spicy and I had trouble keeping the burger together, not something I'm a fan of. Wasn't terrible though so don't be put off.

Almost Famous was pretty good, I wasn't starving, starving when we went so I'd like to go back and experience it on an empty tummy.

We parked in the Great Northern Warehouse for £20 which is where this Almost Famous branch is located. There's a cinema in there aswell as a bowling alley so you could spend a whole day there quite easily. Castlefield Bowl was a 5 minute walk away too so it was the perfect base for our day.

But now it's time to talk about the real reason we went to Manchester.

the stereophonics manchester

The Stereophonics!

The venue was the Castlefield Bowl and tbh I think it's just a stage set up on a street, can anyone from Manchester confirm or deny this? Regardless, I loved the venue, it was quite intimate and although it was packed it didn't feel uncomfortably full.

Walking on Cars were the warm up act and they were really good but let's face it, no one goes for the warm up do they? We spend the first half of the gig on a grassy verge sat on some ponchos and sheltering from the rain but went down into the crowd for the second half.

It was a quite tame crowd compared to say The View but we still had a good time and they played all of our favourites (A Thousand Trees, Pick a Part That's New). It got a bit drippy in the middle with all the newer songs we weren't that keen on/didn't really know but they finished off with some classics.

I've never seen such a professional band, they started bang on 9 o clock and it was like listening to a CD. They were perfect.

After the gig we went straight home 'cos it had pissed down and we were a little bit wet from dancing in the rain. Left at 11.30 and were home for 1 so not bad going really. I'll defs be keeping an eye out for next years Sounds of the City Line Up.

Have any of you been to Almost Famous? Did the menu scare you a bit like it did me?

And what are your thoughts on The Stereophonics?


Sunday, 10 July 2016

The Sunday Catch Up #22

I won't lie, I went out last night and I'm feeling a bit fragile today. I'm not hungover but I am so tired. I can't hack going out anymore, I much prefer staying in with a takeaway and watching Netflix. That combined with my steadily growing mortgage fund and my urge to buy a breakfast tray makes me feel like I'm really an adult now.

- I've been hammering the new Blink 182 album (California)  this week. When I heard they were releasing an album without Tom and with Alkaline Trio's Matt Skiba I though it would be shit but omgomgomg I was so wrong. It is definitely one of their better albums with some amazing songs on. Personal favourites are Los Angeles and Sober.

- On Thursday Jody and I drove to Manchester to go see The Stereophonics and I can't believe how easy it was to get there. We got there super early thinking we would probably get lost but ended up having heaps of time to go for a meal and the cinema. The Stereophonics were amazing by the way, probably the most professional band I've ever seen - It was like listening to a CD and Kelly Jones is just the man.

- Speaking of the cinema I finally got to see The Secret Life of Pets. I'm a sucker for an animated film (especially one with dogs) and I loved it. It was so funny and the two hours flew by. The Minions short before it started was really funny too - I never got the whole Minion thing but now I think I might actually watch the movie.

- I downloaded Snapchat the other day after a crash course on how to use it from my Sister. So far all I've done is take stupid filtered pictures and send them to her so she's probably regretting her decision to teach me how it works.

And that's all from this week. Hope everyone had and has a lovely week!

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Reading List's a bit thin on the ground this week, soz!

Wednesday, 6 July 2016

Home. The Travel Link Up July.

yorkshire landscape

Home will always be a three bed house in North Yorkshire with four border terriers and a wild garden that now houses five ducks. The reason my parents bought the house was because it looked like the houses my Mum used to draw as a child (You know, 4 windows, door in the middle, chimney?). It lies in a tiny village in North Yorkshire where everyone knows everyone and for some reason there are two pubs but nowhere you can buy milk from if you run out.

The house where I grew up isn't the only place I've called home though.

There's the shared apartment in Perth, WA. We had two housemates (one Korean, one English) and a sun trap balcony where we would sit drinking Somersby Cider on a nice day. There was the gym and pool that we swore we would use and get buff - Spoiler alert, we didn't. It was perfect though. Perth is surrounded by national parks and get's the most sunshine hours out of anywhere in Australia. You're never more than ten minutes from the beach, all of which are beautiful with white sand and zero litter. Road trips are a must do there.

There was the shitty Sydney hostel that I called home for 3 months and tbh, I'm trying hard to forget it. Constantly cold, annoying room mates, smelly room mates, flying cockroaches and moths the size of my hand. Dirty bathrooms and cold showers...But it was a short 15 minute bus journey into the centre of Sydney, one of the coolest places I've ever lived.The iconic opera house, markets galore and $2.50 public transport travel on Sundays which was ideal for exploring. Maybe Sydney wasn't all bad I guess.

Then there was the place I only stayed for a couple of weeks, maybe only a few days. The room on Gili T with a private pool, the best hostel we had ever stayed in at Port Lincoln, a guesthouse in Chiang Mai which belonged the most wonderful owner,a mountain cabin in Pai where you were overwhelmed with a feeling of peace, a bungalow on Koh Tao where we spent lazy days on the beach...They weren't home for long but they were home in the moment - Rucksacks emptied all over the floor and a bathroom littered with make up.

Thirteen months of travel and now I'm back where I belong, in North Yorkshire.

It's good to be home.

Wanna take part in this month's travel link up? Get your posts up before July 7th and link it by going on to Angie's, Jess', Polly's or Emma's sites. Leave some love on someone else's post, maybe add a comment or two or even give it a shout out on Twitter.

Much Love.

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Monday, 4 July 2016

REVIEW: Byron, Harrogate

Confession time, I never used to like hamburgers (this is also the girl who never used to like pizza though so there you go). For some reason I decided to give 'em another go when I was living in Australia and one Mcdonalds double heeseburger later, I was fully converted and ready to become the Hamburgler.

So when Byron invited me to an evening of burger sampling they didn't have to ask me twice.

If you aren't aware of Byron, they're a restaurant chain that offer a 'proper' burger experience. The creator of Byron (Tom Byng) spent four years demolishing burgers in the USA and soon came to realise that the UK was seriously lacking in decent burgers joints.

Ergo, Byron was born.

Byron make sure they're using top quality meat for their burgers and they make sure it's properly sourced. It's minced fresh, cooked medium and pink (so it's nice and juicy) and served in a bun with whatever else you wish to sample.

Their mission statement is simple: 'To keep serving proper hamburgers the way they should be.'

Doesn't that sound good?

The idea of the evening was to sample a couple of the items on the menu and then pair them up with the perfect beer. As I'm not really a beer drinker and had to drive home, I invited a beer connoisseur to be my plus one, i.e Jody, my boyfriend.

We were the first ones to arrive *cringe* but we were welcomed warmly by the Byron PR team and Tom the salesman for Vocation Beweries. We were handed a Byron lager each (I handed mine over to Jodes) and settled down to wait for the rest of the guests. Once everyone was seated it was time for the foody fun to begin.

Buffalo Chicken Wings with Blue Cheese Dip (£4.50 for 6).

The wings were coated in Byron's very own Hot Sauce and let me tell you it was HOT. I mean really hot. I had cooler food in Thailand. Despite the heat, they were actually gorgeous and once you got used to the burning sensation they were quite moreish. The blue cheese dip was nice for dipping but I don't think I could sit and eat it with a spoon like I could with Garlic Mayo!

Paired With -  Byron Pale Ale (Hazy, Hoppy and Citrus)
Jody's Opinion? Not really Jody's jam but it was okay. Compared it to Old Peculiar.

Next up was the main event, the burgers.

I've never really experienced a pink burger before but I think that's the way forward for sure. So tender and juicy *drools*. The buns are super squishy and after having a nosy on the site, I can see why - It took 40 different attempts to get the recipe just right!

Byron (£9.50)
6oz hamburger, dry cure bacon, mature Cheddar, shredded iceberg, tomato, red onion and Byron sauce.

Mate, this burger was on another level of excellence. It was that good I even ate the lettuce and I hatehatehate anything that might possibly be good for me (Think Leslie Knope/Ron Swanson). It was a bit messy to eat 'cos of all the Byron sauce but who cares when it tastes that good? 

Paired With - Vocation Heart & Soul (Golden, Smooth and Tropical)
Jody's Opinion? Really nice, highly enjoyable.

Chilli (£8.95)
6oz hamburger, green chilli, American cheese, shredded iceberg and chipotle mayonnaise.

I hate to say it but this burger nearly killed us both, those green chilli's were just too much! I ended up scraping them off so I could eat the rest and I can happily confirm that bar the chilli's the burger was lush (kinda defeats the object of a chilli burger though right?)

Paired With -  Brewdog 5am Saint (Malty, Berry, Caramel)
Jody's Opinion? Disgusting, why would you want to drink it, like drinking caramel flavoured tar (Jody's words not mine).

The burgers were followed by some side dishes and they didn't disappoint either.

Bacon Freddar Cheese Topped Fries (£4.75) and Courgette Fries (£3.50)
Okay so the courgette fries came out and they were crunchy, lightly salted and surprisingly tasty. Jodes wasn't mad keen though, I don't think he could get over the fact it was a deep fried vegetable.

So, I was happily chowing on them and then out came the Bacon Cheese fries and it was like 'Bye Felicia' and the courgette fries were left to go cold to one side. The bacon cheese fries were perfectly cooked with a good helping of cheesy bacon mix on top DELISH. I dunno what it is about bacon cheese fries but they are quite possibly the key to my heart.

Paired With -  Moor Nor'Hop (Ultra pale, Floral, Citrus) and Sierra Nevada Hop Hunter (Fresh, Tangerine, Pineapple)
Jody's Opinion? He was really pissed by this point but both were really nice. He doesn't normally like fruity beer but these were an exception.

And finally, dessert...

Hard Shake - Oreo with Baileys (£4.75 - £2.75)
There was another reason I didn't drink any of the beer and that was because I'd seen the hard shake option lurking at the bottom of the menu. I opted for Oreo with a splash of Baileys (I didn't add the full shot as I was designated driver remember) but it was y-u-m-m-y. Really nice and thick with a little kick from the Baileys. It was a massive shake so sadly I couldn't finish it but still, mmm.

Vocation Smash & Grab 8.5% (An Exclusive first taste before it was released on Friday)
Jody's opinion?: Okay so by this point Jody had gone a bit giggly and flushed and he described it as 'deadly'. He drank the whole can though so I imagine he meant deadly but good. He fell asleep as soon as we got home incase you were wondering.

Overall it was a great night with fabulous food and me and Jodes had a good laugh (as we always do).  Being the lucky devils that we are, we also got a nice little Byron goody bag with some Vocation beer, Byron hot sauce and cute little temporary tattoos inside.

It was my first Byron experience but I can tell you now, it definitely won't be my last.

Big thank you to Byron and Vocation for inviting us to the event, details for both of them are below.

Byron Hamburgers Harrogate
5 Albert St, Harrogate, HG1 1JU//01423 506688

Vocation Brewery
Twitter//Facebook//01422 410 810


Sunday, 3 July 2016

The Sunday Catch Up #21

tpshop kitty shirt

Whassup guys, it's Sunday! I both love and hate Sundays - I love the extra day off (obvs) but the later on in the day it gets the more that Monday morning dread starts to set in. Luckily for me though I've only got a 3 day week - I totally forgot!

Anyway, what about this past week?

- Mate, this week has been so busy. I did a few hours overtime at work on Tues/Thurs and I went to an event at the new Byron Burger in Harrogate on Weds (Uber fun, post to come) so I was more than ready for a night in watching TV when Friday rolled around.

- This is the third weekend in a row that I've stayed in, I haven't been to the pub since England played Russia. This is a big deal for Jody and I - We were the people who others could always rely on to be in the pub if they fancied a drink. I'm really getting used to this staying out of the pub lark though and any fomo has well and truly vanished.

- I went to the cinema yesterday and we were all set to see The Secret Life of Pets but a) it was sold out and b) there was a shit tonne of kids there (blergh) so we ended up watching Ab Fab and it was ridiculous but amazing ridiculous. Go into it with an open mind and be prepared for a tonne of celebrity cameo's.

- Soooo we bought tickets for Friends Fest at Harewood House on Friday night. Me and Jody are big fans of Friends so when we saw the advert there was no question over wether or not to go. It was £25 and it will probably be a bit of a rip off but we get to go in Monica's apartment guys so it's not all bad. We had to get tickets for a Wednesday Night because the weekend will be sold out but I'm hoping it just means it'll be less manic.
-  Time for my usual Game of Thrones ramble now so spoiler alert guys! OMG that finale! They had a complete clear out of secondary characters didn't they? Cersei is bat shit cray cray isn't she but man that dress she wore was fierce. AND I KNEW JON SNOW WAS REALLY A STARK! YESSSSS. Hopes for next season: Jon and Sansa carry on being BFF's, Jamie Lannister realises Cersei's nuts and decided to be #TEAMSTARK and that Dany, Tyrion and Jon all team up to take that Lannister bitch down.

Hope you all had and have a lovely week, can you believe it's July already?

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23 of Bali's Best Bits
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Friday, 1 July 2016

7 Adventure Filled Disney Films to Watch

Hands up if you love Disney! All of you? Thought so. No matter how old you get, if you're feeling blue there is nothing better than sticking on a Disney moving and working your way through a mountain of chocolate.

I've picked 7 of my favourite action packed Disney films to share with you today, enjoy!

Up, 2009
Adventure is Out There!

I've mentioned up in one of my '7 films to inspire wanderlust' lists before BUT it's so beautiful that I think it's worthy of being mentioned again. Adventure is out there is one of my all time favourite movie quotes and I think the idea that you are never too young or too old to travel comes across really well in this movie. People underestimate others but we are all capable of doing whatever it is we want to do - the only thing holding you back in yourself.

Plus Doug the Dog is one of the best Pixar characters ever.

Aladdin 1992
I can show you the world, Shining, Shimmering, Splendid.

Aladdin: Wants to be rich. Jasmine: Feels trapped & wants to experience some adventure. Can relate to both. Aladdin is one of those films where you totally get the characters feelings of frustration but unfortunately for me, I don't have a magic carpet or a genie to make my wishes come true.

Killer soundtrack and Robin Williams' performance is unforgettable.

A Goofy Movie, 1995
Look, Maxie. We're using the same map me and my dad used. We'll take the same route, make the same stops, see the same sights.

Hands up if you dream of going to the USA and experiencing a 'proper' road trip? Yeah me too...Unfortunately Max doesn't feel the same way and has a serious case of FOMO after his Dad drags him on a fishing trip. When you're a kid you think your family are cringy but the older you get you realise they're actually pretty awesome - Always appreciate the family you have cos they're the only one you're gunna get.

Another top soundtrack and GOOFY.

Lilo and Stitch, 2002.
''Ohana" means "family." "Family" means "no one gets left behind." But if you want to leave, you can. I'll remember you though. I remember everyone that leaves.

Set in Hawaii, it's jam packed with Elvis songs, surfing and elements of the Hawaiian culture. Plus a weird little alien called Stitch who causes Mayhem wherever he goes. Lilo tries to teach him how to fit in and behave - Another one with a strong family theme that will leave you feeling warm and fuzzy.

I would love to go to Hawaii and I would love to learn to surf - unfortunately I don't think my co-ordination/balance skills would allow me to do that!

Oliver and Company, 1988
Picture the city. 8th and Broadway. The crowd's hustling. The traffic's roaring. The hot dogs are sizzling.

Hot dog stands, yellow cabs and sky scrapers. Town houses, traffic and street wise, dancing dogs.  Yep a cartoon that makes you want to go to New York immediately. I love everything about this film and it's definitely adventure filled. Also has a lead song by Billy Joel.

I can't be the only one who thought Dodger was one of the coolest characters to ever grace our screens can I?

The Aristocats, 1970
Aloha, auf Wiedersehen, bon soir, sayonara, and all those good bye things, baby.

A Disney classic, The Aristocats tells the story of Duchess and her 3 kittens trying to find their way across France, back home to their owner. The French countryside, the lovely cobbled streets, the quaint shops, and Duchess' (Eva Gabor's) sultry French accent combine together to create a really good advert for a weekend in Paris.

I'm also a big fan of drunk Uncle Waldo.

Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey, 1993
Well, you're not going to quit, not now, not when we're this close.

Homeward Bound tells the story of Shadow, Chance and Sassy - three pets who fearing they've been abandoned decide to find their owners who've had to relocate to San Francisco (although don't worry they didn't abandon them). The journey is action packed - Sassy almost drowns, there are bears, chance is prickled by a porcupine, they end up in the pound AND Shadow injures his leg .

A story of love and survival, there truly is no place like home.