It’s been far too long since my last #whatthefizz and it seems you love a good recommendation just as much as I do as a few of you mentioned you’ve missed it. Alongside figuring out what items of my ‘holiday wardrobe’ are ‘work appropriate‘, here’s what I’ve been up to…
What I’ve been listening to
- Fans of The Debrief podcast will be pleased to hear comedy duo Stevie & Tessa are back with their own podcast series Nobody Panic. The format remains the same, covering off a range of topics on ‘how to adult’. They are also recording three live podcasts in Edinburgh during the Fringe.
- Daily Advice from Grazia is another podcast worth listening to. Guests include Jasmine Hemsley, fitness guru Alice Liveing and even the guys from Queer Eye. It’s super short and the guests share the best advice they’ve ever been given.
What I’ve been reading
- In Corfu last month I gobbled up ‘Little Fires Everywhere’ by Celeste Ng. Mia Warren and her daughter Pearl arrive in Shaker Heights in Cleveland and turn everything in this, quiet, perfect, suburban town upside down. The characters are interesting and likeable, a few different plots are weaved in and out, but nothing my sleepy holiday brain couldn’t process.
- Next I turned to Marian Keyes, The Break. I’ve always adored her novels and find them laugh-out-loud funny, and this one definitely provided me with those moments of joy. Keyes has spoken in various interviews on the topic of abortion rights in Northern Ireland and she explores that experience through one of the central characters. This novel felt a more serious than her others, and maybe a little more real.
- I’ve also been given The Year of Living Danishly by Helen Russell (thanks, Kaye!) which is making me want to sell up and flee to Denmark. Journalist Helen spends a year in Jutland after her husband takes a job with Lego. She writes honestly and entertainingly about what makes Demark the one of the happiest nations on the planet.
What I’ve been wearing
- More than a couple of people have expressed their joy over my super cheap, New Look plimsolls. Comfortable, smart and cheap – as long as you keep them clean, I’d argue they look a million dollars. But they’re not as fun as these shoes.
- I’ve swapped by oxford shirts for M&S linen shirts (exact ones out of stock, but here’s some others) and am feeling tres chic in them. This jumper also does that trick too.
What I’ve been watching
- Keeping Faith first aired on BBC Wales earlier this year, and now it’s on BBC Scotland. It’s a beautifully shot drama, set in the fictional small town of Abercorran in Wales, about lawyer Faith Howell. Her husband and business partner Evan goes missing and the series explores the ever folding mess he’s run away from. Eve Myles is brilliant as Faith, why haven’t I seen her in other dramas?
- Nicola Walker is back on our screens as DCI Cassie Stewart in Unforgotten, but it’s her role as Hannah Stern in The Split that I want to bring to your attention. Another courtroom drama it looks at the dynamics of the Defoe women, their family business and their complicated love lives.
- After frantically searching another foodie documentary to fill the void that Chef’s Table had left, we came across Ugly Delicious. Did you know Americans call pizza, pie? Me either.
Where I’ve been eating & drinking
- Earlier this summer my Mum and I discovered the delights of the Garden café/bar at Principal Charlotte Square (formerly The Roxburgh). Beautiful interiors, delicious home baking and equally nice vibes for an evening glass of wine.
- Last month I spent a glorious, sunny weekend in Paris. Drinks by the Seine, picnicking in the gardens outside the Louvre and dancing till the wee hours – it was a dreamy send-off for a gorgeous friend. Plus, it didn’t matter where we went, we couldn’t get anything else than a fabulous glass of rose. At home, I’m desperately trying to keep the rose vibes alive with this, you can stock-pile for fear of it running out, from here.
- I went to see what all the fuss at Fazenda was about. A Brazilian style buffet (that makes it sound like a China King, it’s not, it’s more like this) with roaming Passadores (meat chefs). If you’re prepared to indulge, you get really good quality meat – anything you want – you name it, it’ll do a turn of your table – at a reasonable fixed price. I also had some incredible oysters and fizz at White Horse Oyster Bar, but that’s another recommendation altogether.
- Finally, I’m late to the party, but for anyone who doesn’t already know (probably just me) brunch at Dishoom is INCREDIBLE. I’m going to put it out there – a bacon & egg naan is BETTER than a breakfast roll. It’s so light, fluffy and the sweet chilli sauce, coriander and cream cheese just work.
Thanks for reading, until next time! x