Rudie’s at Hackney: Jamaican jerk, rum and reggae

Rudie’s oozes sass. Serving up signature real jerk and yard classics; this Hackney hangout is unmistakably Jamaican. But aside from the menu, people come here for the drinks and to soak up the atmosphere too; thanks to Rudie’s choice of rum cocktails and relaxed reggae music. We grab a window seat and I order the…

MAMIE’S crepes and healthy gluten free galettes

Nutella, pears and chocolate or homemade salted caramel – just three of the tempting crepe toppings at MAMIE’S Covent Garden. And that’s not all… inspired by authentic creperies in Brittany, MAMIE’S menu also features galettes – the savory cousin of the crepe – made of buckwheat flour, salt and water; healthy and gluten free. The…

Gyoza Bar, Covent Garden

Gone are the days of hidden kitchens, tucked away at the back of restaurants. The head chef is the first person I see as I wander into the glass fronted Gyoza Bar – one of the latest additions to Covent Garden’s long list of eateries. I love the reverse concept. Why wouldn’t you want to…

New Year’s Eve in New York City

It’s always been my dream Christmas break – wandering the wintry pathways of Central Park, visiting the Rockefeller tree and watching the Ball Drop in Times Square. Ok, so it didn’t snow, the tree had died and Mariah Carey had a strop on stage during the countdown to 12 o’clock. But it was certainly a…

Bootcamp and bants with Fran

Who? Francis Sprenger What? Personal trainer and transformation coach Where? Be X Fitness, Sheffield Why? He loves what he does… “I was skinny before I started going to the gym. I was 16/17 years old and weighed about eight stone. I started training as a hobby but soon after I enrolled on fitness courses and…

72 hours in Dublin

It’s the ideal winter getaway – shopping, sightseeing and lots of Irish singing… It’s an early start out of Doncaster-Sheffield Airport – the cheapest flights usually depart before at 7am. But there’s a Wetherspoon bar and restaurant serving coffee and breakfast to fuel you for the flight… Leave the airport and take the airbus to the…

#Vita360: Reach your peak with AM Fitness

Meet Austin McIntosh: health professional – personal trainer, sports massage therapist, motivational speaker and mentor.   He’s also the founder of Vita360 – a new health programme that’s just launched at Pure Gym, Sheffield. As a former client, I’d recommend anyone starting their fitness journey to consider Vita360. Austin has taught me how to train…