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Sunday 27 January 2019

Winter Podcast Favourites

Its been a while since I’ve done a roundup of my favourite podcasts to listen to. I love to discover new ones all the time so my favourites change on a regular basis. That's not to say that previous favourites are no longer loved- oh no! But I do find depending on what I’m up to, my mood and the time of year, i switch up my listening.

So without further ado, this is what I’m loving at the moment.

photo of speaking of carrie podcast

Speaking of Carrie 

Having been to New York in December and doing the Sex and The City Tour, I discovered that the tour guides Melissa Stokoski and Elyse Brandau do their very own podcast on the show called Speaking of Carrie! I was truly overjoyed to discover this and have been avidly listening to the back catalogue all through January. They dissect an episode each week with a guest and talk through the highs, the lows and the hilarious moments. If you’re a fellow SATC fan you will love this podcast and the hosts are hilarious to listen to. It’s a real pick me up show that’ll leave you feeling cheerful for sure.

photo of Katie Piper's extraordinary people podcast

Katie Piper’s Extraordinary People

If you’ve missed Katie since strictly or are generally looking for a great podcast, Katie Piper’s extraordinary people is a brilliant and inspiring listen. Each episode features a guest who talks about their astonishing experiences, facing adversity and how they’ve come through the other side. I come away from each instalment feeling inspired, albeit a little shocked at what some people have gone through in life but it goes to show that as human beings we are stronger than we perhaps realise at times. 

photo of Locked Up Abroad Podcast

Locked up Abroad

Since discovery The Wonderland Murders (which I featured in my last roundup) and Dirty John from Wondery, I have been scrolling through their other podcasts and came across Locked Up Abroad. This podcast features real life accounts of how people have come to be imprisoned in foreign countries and their stories are told by none other than themselves! This podcast is jaw dropping and at points the stories sound almost unbelievable! It’ll have you on tenterhooks wondering whether they are going to make it and how they escape. Some people are falsely imprisoned and others admittedly are not but regardless if they’re guilty or not, their stories are jaw dropping, gritty and real. You will be hooked! 

photo of On The Line Podcast

On The Line with Estee LaLonde

I was really sad when I found out that Estee’s podcast The Heart of It wasn’t coming back but thankfully she is back with a brand new podcast called On The Line. I love the concept behind this podcast. For each episode there’s a caller on the line with a question relating to the topic Estee is discussing with her guest. The topics covered are those that us ladies out there would discuss on a girls night in. From contraception to sexuality and so much more- this podcast is like listening to your gal pals and no topic is off limits. Love! 

Photo of The Prosecco Sessions podcast

The Prosecco Sessions!

Of course as always I’m biased- I love my podcast and it’s had a revamp and switch up! If you’re subscribed on apple podcasts, Soundcloud or follow on Twitter, you may have noticed the cover art has changed. With that there’s also been a switch up with the hosts so rather than there being three regular hosts, it’s now me and a variety of different guests!

Season 3 of The Prosecco Sessions is going live Thursday 31st January!!!!! So you have ten whole weeks of brand new, uninterrupted listening ahead! I’ve worked really hard on this season; doing it all by myself but I’m really pleased with the end result! It’s taken a while to do but I’m sure you’ll love the topics and the guests I’ve got on to talk with! So stay tuned for that and be sure to subscribe, rate and review.

So that is what I’m listening to at present! If there’s any you think I’ll love or would recommend, pop a comment down below and share your fabulous podcast favourites.


Monday 14 January 2019

New York and Turning 30

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She's A Gentry in New York

I think that introduction shows just how rusty I am with this blogging malarkey. It’s too late to say happy New Year so instead I’ll just say hello and happy 2019. How are we all?

I thought I’d get back on the horse with a somewhat unassuming post on NEW FLIPPING YORK!!! I know I’ve been absent from the blog but if you follow me over on Instagram you may have seen a post or few thousand I’ve put up o the big apple.

She's A Gentry

I went for my thirtieth birthday last month and after romanticising about it through Sex and the City episodes and Frank Sinatra songs and I have to say it lives up to the name and so much more.

She's A Gentry in New York

Chris and I were there for six magical days, taking in the sights and the atmosphere. I won’t bore you with all the details of where to go and why because to be honest it would seem a bit patronising. They’re tourist attractions for a reason and I can assure you they are worth visiting. I will say though that my highlights were the Empire State Building for the views- I mean just look at them.

Empire State Building views

empire state building views

photo of views form The Empire State Building

One place I really do have to tell you about is this gorgeous gorgeous restaurant in Brooklyn called the River Cafe. Chris took me here on my 30th Birthday as a surprise and I can honestly say it was the most special, thoughtful and magical thing anyone has ever done for me. He made reservations 9 months in advance to ensure I had the best birthday ever and I have to say he nailed it. The restaurant itself has been there for 42 years and boasts the most stunning views of Manhattan on the riverside of Brooklyn, right next to the Brooklyn Bridge.

The River Cafe, Brooklyn, New York

The River Cafe, Brooklyn, New York

As we entered we were greeted by the sound of beautiful jazz music played on the piano and the breathtaking views through the large windowed restaurant. The dress code for the evening was “jackets for gentleman for dinner anytime after 4pm. Ties preferred” and then I realised why Chris had been so adamant on the dress I wore. Usually he’s not interested! Ha!

The River Cafe, Brooklyn, New York

The River Cafe, Brooklyn, New York

We had the most exquisite dinner I’ve ever had in my life from the three course set menu and honestly I had a really tough time choosing what to have. Everything sounded amazing and its the longest I’ve ever spent pouring over a menu, which doesn’t surprise me as the restaurant is Michelin Star. Eventually I chose the Three Shells for an appetizer.

The River Cafe, Brooklyn, New York

A variety of chilled shellfish, fresh abalone, citrus, soy, lime, Shigoku oysters, cucumber Champagne mignonette, Peconic Bay scallop ceviche, sea bean, tomato and coriander.

Chris’ main looked equally delicious. He went for the Colorado rack of lamb, braised lamb breast and Swiss chard cannelloni, Sicillian pistachio and arugula pesto, whipped ricotta.

The River Cafe, Brooklyn, New York

All in all it was such a special place to spend my birthday. I’d be lying if I told you I didn’t shed a tear or two because honestly I’ve never felt so special in all my life. If you are ever in New York and celebrating something special,I urge you to go. It is phenomenal.

The River Cafe, Brooklyn, New York

The River Cafe, Brooklyn, New York

The River Cafe, Brooklyn, New York

On another birthday note that is a whole different class of fabulous is the Sex and The City tour! 2018 Marked the twentieth anniversary of the show and I couldn’t help but wonder... would anyone still be into it as much as I am? It turns out they are and if you too are a fan of the show, this is a must do tour! Firstly our tour guide Melissa Stokoski was fricking hilarious. I mean she is a comedian but she’s awesome and she really made the tour. A bunch of single gals and us ladies with unfortunate husbands who were forced to join all gathered by the fountain outside Central Park to get on the bus and from there we were whisked away and shown various locations the show was shot at.

She's A Gentry in New York

During the tour you get to stop at some of the famous filming locations such as Carrie’s House (eek!) and the bar known as ‘Scout’ in the sow for a cosmopolitan or two. It was bloody awesome and well worth doing!

Yes this is a crappy iPhone photo but fuck it, it's New York!
Finally the last thing I would recommend on my to do list in New York would be cycling. Yup! But not just cycling anywhere- cycling in Central Park!

cycling in Central Park

Until I visited New York I had no idea quite how HUGE Central Park really is so to get as much out of it as we could we hired bikes for couple of hours. The park itself used to have traffic running through it but then got pedestrian-ised so the roads that remain are perfect for cycling novices and beginners plus you can see so much more of it on a bike rather than walking!

cycling in Central Park

So those are the un-touristy things that I would recommend and yeah I’m 30 now! It’s been three weeks since I got back from New York and hand on heart I still miss it now and feel sad to be back.

Maybe its the fact it’s new year and I’m doing dry January, maybe I’m having a quarter life crisis at 30 (I mean, what do you do in your thirties anyway!?) or maybe it’s the best city in the world and it has changed me forever. I think its a combination of all three but who knows!

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