The Chocolate Museum

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During the Easter Break I googled chocolate related things, as you do, to find that London had its very own Chocolate Museum in Brixton. Their drop-in workshops were immediately added to my bucket list.

For £9.50 per child or £12 per adult, you could also take part in a drop-in workshop. What exactly happens at this workshop you ask? Well, you’re not alone as their website doesn’t clear things up. http://www.thechocolatemuseum.co.uk/dropin-workshops

Expect to make chocolate truffles and lollipops (as you can see from the photos I was evidently born to be a chocolatier). You too can bring home delicious creations if you haven’t eaten half the ingredients (which I would say was the highlight of the day).

 

If these series of snaps stolen from my Snapchat story haven’t explained anything, let’s take it from the top. Now to clear things up, you’re not actually making chocolate, you’re more chocolate shaping them.

On the day you’ll be given a set of instructions and asked whether you want white/milk truffle and white/milk chocolate. Rolling the truffle into balls, expect to then coat them in melted chocolate of your choice. You are also given a selection of things such as flakes, 100s &1000s and sprinkles to jazz up your creations (some at an additional cost). The remaining melted chocolate can then become a giant lollipop!

Is it worth the money and the time?

  1. It’s a fun experience to take the kids to or an interesting activity to do with a friend.
  2. I ate most of my ingredients, the chocolate tastes really nice, whatever you end up making tastes really good.
  3. Although the website says a session is 30mins long, we ended up being there for 1hour and 30mins. (Tip: they have upstairs and downstairs seating, don’t sit downstairs where no one can see you.)
  4. You get to wrap your creations, this can be a really nice personal gift for someone.

Would I do it again? Maybe if the sessions were actually 30minutes then yes. I must say their chocolate tasted pretty damn good.

 

This is Halloween, this is Halloween Pumpkins scream in the dead of night.

Boys and girls of every age,
Wouldn’t you like to see something strange…

Well… it’s not really strange, just a pumpkin I carved with a medical scalpel.
Moving on, this is Halloween! Or it was, according to my Nightmare before Christmas lyrics.

So another Halloween has passed, and this year like every other year, I wanted to carve a pumpkin. So 2 days before Halloween I went out and got myself a pumpkin. As this was the first pumpkin I’ve ever carved, me being me, I wanted to do something out of the ordinary. It was clearly a spur of a moment decision with no prior planning considering I had no carving tools what so ever. So hey, I thought “Let’s improvise!”.

Below you can see the fruits of my labour. A design of a tattoo I found on google, adjusted so the appropriate holes could be removed without the whole thing falling apart.

I hope you like it; hopefully it may inspire you next year. I know I definitely want to try this again next Halloween.

Tools: Medical scalpel. Time: Under 2 hours.

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Roaming in Rome

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This morning I boarded a flight from Heathrow to Rome. I love to travel but for the love of God, I’m probably more paranoid and get airsick than your average flight noob. This time however, 2 hours 30mins was actually doable! Yes, I still emerged from the flight as a zombie, but this time it was down to not having slept a good 24+ hours before hand.

As usual I try to cram every little thing I got up to in one blog post, and lets say 110% of the time it means the post never gets to be published. Sitting in my drafts, I still have Dubai, Japan, France, Greece and much more. So hey, if you want the best “What to see in Rome and how to go about doing it”, you should probably wait for that on my travel blog: http://www.chaosphotography.co.uk .

But if you want some of my highlights, encounters or anything I really felt like sharing, well let me break it down for you because that’s exactly what’s comin your way (Real time or something close enough).

Today was my sister’s birthday so we took her to Rome, shout out to Shiv. Getting hear pretty late in the afternoon, we picked up our Omnia cards and pretty much just roamed the city.

Things I’ve noticed about Rome from today.

1. I have no idea how to cross roads without feeling like I’m about to be run over. Literally what code do they go by, I see cars still driving when the Green man is on. Huge roads with a pedestrian crossing time of 3 seconds. I’m not a demi-God, what walking speed are they expecting!?

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2. They sell a really strange Fanta, I haven’t looked into it in more detail but I don’t care what anyone says, it’s not Fanta.

3. What is up with the strange weather today, did I bring it from the UK. It was meant to be sunny, not on and off giant droplets from the sky. It’s like the heavens were crying.
The sun finally came out again towards the end.

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4. Why are so many cars really dirty, and I mean strangely dirty. The city is full of tumbleweeds and cars that look like they drove through an ash cloud.

5. There must be some magical app that helps you identify what bus and where you need to take it. Because I can’t find a magical map and the majority of roaming today was simply trying to find a bus stop that would take me to the destination I wanted.

6. These amazing pieces of art on the streets are actually done with stencils.

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Hoping for some decent weather for photography tomorrow. More to come soon.

Chelsea Flower Show in Pictures

With Chelsea Flower Show 2016 coming up soon (Tuesday 24- Saturday 28 May), I thought I’d give you a Chelsea Flower Show 2015 in pictures so those who have never been know what to expect.

Show times are Tuesday 24 May to Friday 27 May from 8am to 8pm. On Saturday 28 May show time will run from 8am to 5:30pm. You can still purchase tickets at The Ticket Factory. Prices start from £55 and includes priority booking, discounted tickets and access to Member’s days and RHS shows.

UPDATE: Tickets are selling out, remaining tickets are available for Friday and Saturday.

So last year I went to Chelsea Flower Show for the first time. In my opinion RHS Hampton Court Palace was much better and bigger. But if you’re looking for beautiful flower displays in London, extravagant ideas for your own garden or plan to buy garden related furniture for your home, Chelsea Flower Show isn’t a bad place to go either.

So here is my Chelsea Flower Show 2015 in pictures:

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The road trip that was meant to be a wedding trip

As we make our way to Strasbourg for my French cousin’s wedding, we find ourselves in a small village called Rosenwiller in the region of Alsace.rosenwillen

 
It’s been somewhat of a hectic drive all the way from London to Strasbourg, especially since I’ve injured my leg. Trespassing into vineyards isn’t as easy with crutches. Nonetheless a photographer always searches for those photography opportunities.

 
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In Rosenwiller you can find all sort of things growing, the scenery is absolutely beautiful, I decided to try and get some shots up close with the grapes, apples and peaches. The owner was keeping a close eye on me while I strolled through her garden from her window (above). Stealth mode activated as me and my family picked some of her grapes (which were delicious).
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From car park to pan

6D6A6852Today I went to Grand Bay, up North of the Island. Nothing really special to report on. While we were in the car park of SuperU, Richmond Hill, this man came to sell prawns and small lobsters. We got 6kg’s for 1000Rs, (£20).

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Freshly caught and still kicking he put them in our car where we brought them home.
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Everyone at my Aunt’s house was scared of cooking them because they were still crawling all over the place. In the end my mother was the one to clean and cook them. When you boil them they become red.cookingSo today after the long drive and walk around the island we had a nice home cook meal made by my mother, nan and Aunt.

 

My favourite Beauty picks

I’m not a beauty blogger, neither am I a make up artist, make up specialist or anything to do with sales in the industry. I’m just an ordinary make up loving human being / consumer.

From time to time I get a lot of family and friends asking me what products I use or would recommend etc. Who else would you trust than someone with no ulterior motive. Here’s a list of some of my favourite products or what I would say ‘must haves‘. I don’t use all of them daily, I like to mix it up with some other things not listed. But I really would recommend all of these items.

In no particular order:

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Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation £29.50

As a woman of colour it can sometimes be VERY difficult to actually find my foundation shade. Makeup artists say I’m a sun kissed tan/beige with a yellow tint etc When you finally find your shade, sometimes the foundation is too cakey, not enough coverage or there’s always something wrong. I’ve been using Estee Lauder’s double wear foundation for the last few months and I actually love it (Converted my whole family.) My shade : Cashew

I sometimes switch between Benefit’s Hello Oxygen Flawless Wow in Toasted Beige. It gives a nice coverage and overall dewey look. The problem I experience is during the day when I touch paper or anything off white, my foundation seems to go on it. White clothes, my laptop, phone, you name it I’ve probably got traces of foundation on it. It happens no matter how many times I wash my hands (conclusion: I must touch my face a lot). But with double wear, as it says on the bottle, it stays in place. Foundation stains are really a thing of the past.

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Clinique – Kohl Shaper for eyes £15.00

Sometimes you really want a Jet Black eyeliner, because ‘Black’ really isn’t black on half the eyeliners out there in the market. It’s really a dark Grey. The beauty of the Kohl Shaper for eyes is the colour and intensity, it’s also great for a smokey eye look. But my favourite part is the sharpener in the lid. I know some other brands have started doing this, but this eyeliner performs all round. You can even sharpen your other liners, so handy!

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Beethoven’s Ninth

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So I went to see Beethoven’s Ninth at the Royal Festival Hall which was incredible. I got pretty good seats ( £60 pp) straight centre. Just as they announced no photography I took this sneaky picture for instagram.

I’m in love with classical music, and frequently go to the RFH and Royal Albert Hall. Sometimes you can get really good ticket deals, or you can cheaper tickets if you sit further back.  July 17th is the beginning of the Proms, ( if you’re never been you should go at least once! Even the cheap tickets are worth it.)

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Skylines at Sky Garden

Sky Garden, a public indoor garden located on one of London’s largest Skyscrapers is available to visit for FREE. All you have to do is book your tickets HERE. Located at 20 Fenchurch Street (Aka the “Walkie Talkie”) or as some people call it, ‘the building that melts things’. Sky Garden allows you to have a 360 degree view of London.

(Photograph above taken from the Evening Standard. )

Some opinions floating around on the internet describe the experience as being in a large  cage. I personally didn’t feel this way, but the grid line architecture does tend to limit capturing large sections of London’s skyline in one photograph.

The garden is located on the 35th Floor of the building, and yes you do have to go through a small security check. But it’s simply put your bag on a conveyor belt and walk through a scanner, some websites have exaggerated it to be some tedious airport security check.

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Closest stations: Monument ,Bank, Tower Hill, Fenchurch Street, Cannon Street.

The Garden incorporates Fenchurch Seafood Bar & Grill, Darwin Brasserie and Sky Pod Bar. My honest opinion is a meal is not worth having here, but a couple of drinks is a yes.

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