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Hanedan Restaurant, Edinburgh 31/08/2015

Beauty is Food, Food Beauty.

Hanedan Restaurant, Edinburgh The Road To Hanedan A few weeks ago, my boyfriend and I were faced with the rather sad prospect of not seeing each other for a couple of weeks. We were both going to spend Christmas with our respective families and I wouldn’t be returning until just after New Year, and so we wouldn’t both be back in Edinburgh for just over two weeks. We therefore decided to go out for a nice meal somewhere the Saturday night before I left (the 17th of December) but stupidly didn’t get around to booking anything until the day itself, so everywhere we had in mind was either ridiculously busy or full. I had the idea of seeing if they could fit us in at Hanedan Turkish restaurant, as I had been there a few months previously with a friend and had a great time. It’s a small restaurant but I thought that it not being in the middle of town would mean that it wasn’t quite as busy as other places would be the weekend before Christmas. We called and were told that although we were busy, we should turn up at about nine o’clock and they would ‘see what they could do'. Arrive at about nine we did, after having stopped off at several pubs on the way, and were told that there would be a table ready for us in a short while, after the couple sitting there had finished their coffees and paid. We were advised to go and wait in the pub over the road from the restaurant and that the manager would personally come and get us when our table was ready. As we’d anticipated not being able to get a table straight ...

The Good Wife - Season 3 (DVD) 23/05/2015

The Good Series

The Good Wife - Season 3 (DVD) The Good Wife is a series that I was very keen to watch as soon as I heard it was coming out, as I was a fan of the main actress, Julianna Margulies, from her role as Carol Hathoway in ER. I'm also a fan of legal dramas, but with there being so many of them on TV, I often don't go for them unless there's something that jumps out at it me about it. In addition to Julianna Margulies, the appearance of Chris Noth (Sex and the City), Christine Baranski and Alan Cumming in major roles was enough to catch my interest. I enjoyed the programme greatly the first time I watched it, and have recently been rewatching it on Netflix. The Good Wife After her husband is arrested for corruption and soliciting prostitution, Alicia Florrick (Margulies) is forced to return to a legal career after thirteen years as a housewife in order to support her family during her husband's imprisonment before trial. Working closely with a former romantic interest, getting reacquainted with her work as a lawyer, deciding whether to stand by her husband in light of his infidelity and raising two teenage children, Alicia has a lot to deal with on top of a heavy workload. Series Three By the third series, Alicia's career is back in full swing and she has separated from her husband, who has returned to his position as State's Attorney for Cook County (Chicago). She has settled into her new life, with her focus being more firmly on her role as lawyer as opposed to wife. Each episode follows a court case ...

Django Unchained (DVD) 19/03/2014

Welcome to Candieland - Rated 18

Django Unchained (DVD) Allow me to open this review with a bombshell: I have never seen a Quentin Tarantino film. While you pick your jaws back up from the floor, let me add that I’m as surprised by that fact as you are. I knew I’d never seen Pulp Fiction or Reservoir Dogs but I imagined that I must have see one of his films at some point over my 23 years of existence. Alas, it transpires, apparently not. This means that I am one of the probably few people for whom Django Unchained was their first experience of Tarantino’s film-making. I hope that this will therefore make my review different as I imagine that most other reviewers will compare this latest film to his previous work, whereas mine will have to be a review of the film by a viewer with limited expectations. Django Unchained Set in America’s South two years before the American Civil War in the 1850s, Django Unchained is the story of Django (Jamie Foxx), a slave who finds an unlikely saviour in the form of German dentist, Dr Schultz (Christoph Waltz). That’s all I’m giving you in terms of plot. I went in only having seen the trailer, so while I knew that it starred Jamie Foxx and Leonardo DiCaprio (as Calvin Candie) and that there’d be some typical Tarantino-esque violence, that’s all I really knew about it. It technically belongs to the Western genre but, as it is set in the Deep South, Tarantino prefers to call it a ‘Southern’ movie. What I Thought I should really do a video review for this film as I don’t feel I can do justice to ...

Sourz 04/03/2013

Lil Was Wearing a Sour Face

Sourz I’m definitely someone who enjoys a drink or two (or ten). Whether it’s wine with a meal, whisky afterwards or another drink in a pub just because, there are a lot of drinks that I’m quite a fan of. There are, however, some drinks that I have drank in the past purely to get drunk and cheaply. This was mainly when I was at school or in my first year at university, when money was tight but going out was frequent. Sourz drinks were something that I used to drink quite a lot for this purpose. Sourz Sourz are basically alcopops - they are strongly artificially flavoured, alcoholic drinks, the strong flavour masking the alcohol, allowing you to get drunk without feeling like you’re drinking. They’re mainly good for people who like to get drunk but not the taste of alcohol in drinks such as vodka. Unlike other alcopops, however, Sourz are meant to be drank as shots or in place of a spirit with mixers, as opposed to being a long drink on their own. With an alcohol content of only 15%, they are significantly less alcoholic than spirits, which tend to be around the 40% mark. Sourz are available in a few flavours: apple, cherry, raspberry, tropical, blackcurrant pineapple. There are also limited edition varieties available on occasion. These are all fruity flavours and, while they are all sweet and pleasant, they also have a big sour kick as the name would imply. This makes them more interesting than a lot of other alcopops, which tend to be very sweet and nothing else. In this ...

Herbal Essences Hello Hydration Conditioner 02/03/2013

Hello, Hair.

Herbal Essences Hello Hydration Conditioner I have a really bad habit of sitting and picking at the ends of my hair when I’m sitting about (or working). I used to have fairly short hair but have been growing it long for the past couple of years and so haven’t been getting it cut as often as I used to. This means that I have quite a few split ends and I seem to find it fascinating to sit and get rid of them with my fingers. It’s not good for my hair, I know, and so I’ve been trying to reduce this habit at the source by trying to ensure I have fewer split ends to play with. I therefore decided to get a conditioner that is particularly moisturising in the hope that this would stop the ends of my hair getting too dry and splitting. I was with my friend in Boots and saw that Herbal Essences shampoos and conditioners who two for one and so we each decided to get a conditioner from this range. I chose ‘Hello Hydration’ as it sounded like the one most likely to help me with my dry ends issue. Herbal Essences Hello Hydration Herbal Essences say that this conditioner ‘has a shine and moisture formula which contains orchid and coconut extracts to quench the thirst of dry and damaged hair.’ Perfect, therefore, for dealing with my damage ends problem and hopefully allowing me to get some work done instead of picking at it all day. Herbal Essences is a brand that I have used before and, bar one shampoo that I tried a few years ago and hated, I have been happy with their products. This conditioner costs £3.89 and is currently on ...

Cointreau Liqueur 16/02/2013

Transparent Orange

Cointreau Liqueur I’m definitely someone who enjoys a drink or two (or ten). Whether it’s wine with a meal, whisky afterwards or another drink in a pub just because, there are a lot of drinks that I’m quite a fan of. One of my favourite drinks to have when I’m at home visiting my parents is cointreau. It’s a nice liqueur to have before or after a meal or at another time should you wish. I really like it but it’s not something that I would drink often enough to warrant keeping my own bottle in stock. It’s therefore really only something that I have neat every now and then or sometimes in cocktails. Cointreau Cointreau is a clear-coloured, orange flavoured liqueur. It has a similar alcohol content to vodka and gin and the like (40%) so it’s fairly strong. Its orange flavour also means that it doesn’t particularly complement any traditional mixers. For this reason, it’s something that is sipped slowly in my family rather than being diluted or drank more quickly. It is, however, used in some cocktails. What I Think As I said earlier, this is one of my favourite drinks to have when I’m visiting my parents if they have it in. It really does have a lovely orangey taste that has a sharp, citrusy edge to it. Despite being as strong as vodka, it doesn’t have a taste of alcohol to it, although you can definitely feel its alcohol content in your mouth the same way as you can with whisky - warm with a bit of a sting if you drink it too quickly. It is a delicious drink but can be lethal if you drink ...

Lose Yourself - Eminem (Single) 10/02/2013

Lose Yourself in The Music

Lose Yourself - Eminem (Single) As a teenager I used to absolutely adore Eminem and listened to his music all the time, had a few posters of his likeness on my wall and once went to a massive gig he did. Over the past few years, however, I haven’t found myself listening to him anywhere near as much as I used to, and while this is partly because I haven’t been as keen on his newer stuff, it’s also because my tastes have changed slightly and rap is no longer my music of choice. That said, when I do listen to him again I do enjoy his music almost as much as if not actually as much as I used to several years ago. I recently downloaded Spotify and so have been enjoying listening to some of my old favourite tracks and artists, Eminem’s ‘Lose Yourself’ being one of said tracks. Eminem I doubt that there are many people in the Western world who have not heard of Eminem, such has been his fame and notoriety over the past ten years or so. He is famous not only for being one of the first and most prevalent white American rappers to achieve commercial success, but also for being a very talented lyricist and for releasing many chart topping raps in the space of only a few years. He is also a very controversial figure, with many people including public figures blaming him for corrupting youth and for being an extreme and negative influence. His music is in the rap genre and unsurprisingly there is swearing as well as drug and sex references abound, but my parents allowed me to listen to it when I was about twelve years ...

Cougar Town Season 3 (DVD) 05/02/2013

Have We No Wine Here?

Cougar Town Season 3 (DVD) Having spent the past almost four months in Germany, I’m now back in the UK for good. While I’m mainly glad about this fact, there are some things that I’m going to miss about the place. The main one of these is the many nights me and my two closest friends there spent in my room drinking wine and watching TV in ‘The Fort’, which was my sofa and sofa bed pushed together to create an amazingly comfortable sofa extravaganza with enough room for three of us to sit, lie and eat takeaways without getting in each other’s way. The main programme we watched here was Cougar Town, two of us having been introduced to it by the third person in our party. We watched most of the first two series together in The Fort and I finished watching the second series alone when I got back home. Getting drunk and watching this very funny programme with my friends was one of my favourite things to do the last few weeks I was in Germany. Cougar Town Jules (Courtney Cox) is a recently divorced woman in her early forties living with her son, Travis (Dan Byrd). She lives next to her best friend, Ellie (Christa Miller) and her husband, Andy (Ian Gomez), who is also best friends with Jules’ ex-husband, Bobby (Brian Van Holt). Jules is an estate agent who works with her other best friend, Laurie (Busy Philipps). She lives on a cul-de-sac in a town in western Florida (south of Sarasota, if that means much to you) and, at the start of the first series, has just started seeing a man in his twenties (hence the ...

Pages (Mac App) 03/02/2013

Flipping Through Pages

Pages (Mac App) I’ve had a MacBook for just over a couple of years now and, while I’ve had a couple of problems with it, in general I have been happier with it than I was with the Windows laptop I had before it. I do like the Mac versions of a lot of programmes and applications more than their Windows counterparts, which is why I was keen to get iWork for word processing etc. as it was made specifically for the the Mac operating system. The word processing application included in iWork is ‘Pages’, which I am in fact using in order to write this review. Pages Pages is a word processing programme created for Mac. It is pretty simple to use and shouldn’t be too difficult for anyone who has used other word processing software to get to grips with. You can create a new document in Pages by clicking on ‘File’ then ‘New’ or by simply using the shortcut ‘cmd+N’ on your keyboard. You are then prompted to choose a template or simply use a blank document (portrait or landscape). I mainly use blank documents as I mainly use Pages for review writing or other simple writing tasks, but there are a lot of handy templates here that could be of use to a lot of people. There are, for example, layouts for CVs, reports, certificates, menus and even syllabuses and lesson plans that you can slot your own text into. There are quite a few things to choose from and they all look good and professional, so if you have potential use for any of them, this could be very useful and save a lot of formatting time. Using ...

Tesco Italian Chopped Tomatoes in Tomato Juice 27/01/2013

Good But No Better Than Cheaper Tomatoes

Tesco Italian Chopped Tomatoes in Tomato Juice Chopped tomatoes are something that I use a lot when cooking and so I’m keen to get value tins of them where possible in order to save a bit of money. Sometimes, however, they’ve sold out when I need them and so I have to go for another version. As Tesco is a supermarket that I shop in often, I have unsurprisingly had to go for their standard Italian chopped tomatoes on occasion. Tesco Italian Chopped Tomatoes in Tomato Juice What these are is pretty self explanatory: chopped tomatoes in tomato juice in a tin. They are very convenient to use when making tomato-based sauces, curries or other dishes as they are already chopped and can simply be poured into the pan you’re using. They also obviously don’t go off as quickly as fresh tomatoes so you can buy a few tins and keep them in the cupboard without worrying about whether you’re going to eat them any time soon. These particular chopped tomatoes from Tesco are described as ‘Italian’ but I have to say I don’t know what makes them different from chopped tomatoes without this description. There are no additional Italian ingredients as far as I can remember in the standard tin, although another version is available with basil. I have used this for Italian style recipes as well as other styles of cuisine and they were suitable in all instances. What I Thought These are perfectly good chopped tomatoes and I’m very happy to use them if the cheaper option is not available. They taste nice and while not as fresh tasting as ...

Gordons Special Dry London Gin 27/01/2013

Ginny Gin Gin

Gordons Special Dry London Gin Everyone likes a drink or two. Well, I know not everyone, but everybody that I know and spend time with will at least have a beer or two every few days, and usually significantly more than that. Having lived abroad a few times and meeting people from all over Europe and having friends who have done the same, however, has alerted me to the fact that most countries don't drink as much as we Brits do. Some people may find that cause for concern but I am included among the people for whom that inspires a sense of pride in being from the United Kingdom. We do know how to have fun. While you would imagine Germany to be the same, they don't drink in the same way as we do. Here in Bavaria there is obviously a large selection of beer and every restaurant and pub will serve as much light, dark and wheat beer as you'd like as well as wine, but spirits are harder to come by. My usual pub drink of a gin and tonic has bee replaced by the infinitely more fattening Weißbier (wheat beer) and while I enjoy that, I do miss being able to have a gin or two when I'm out with my friends. As I stated in a previous review, Bombay Sapphire is usually my preferred gin when there is a choice available, but I am also happy to drink Gordon's gin if it is the cheapest option. (Gordon's) Gin I'm not going to go into a detailed description of gin, as I'm sure it's something that you're all familiar with even if you don't drink. It is most traditionally (or at least commonly) paired with tonic water and a ...

Skullcandy Ink'd S2INCZ 20/01/2013

Do My Ears Deceive Me?

Skullcandy Ink'd S2INCZ If I remember rightly, I bought these earphones in an airport after realising that I had left my existing earphones at home. I was mainly keen to get a pair so that I could listen to music on the plane and so I wasn’t particularly concerned about brand or quality and so just went for the cheapest ones they had available. Skullcandy INK’D These are fairly simple earphones - they have no interesting features to speak of other than the option to pause the song you’re listening to by pressing a button on one of the wires leading to your ears. Considering that the earphones I got with my iPhone had a similar control that allowed you to not only pause songs but also skip them and change the volume, this single-feature button wasn’t particularly attractive. The wires were black and the buds pink and black, although other colours are available. What I Thought I bought these as a simple replacement for the earphones that I left at home at wasn’t expecting wonders from them. I was therefore not disappointed but nor was I particularly impressed. The sound quality is acceptable but not exceptional, but then these were earphones chosen for their cheapness and so that is not particularly surprising. I also miss the ability to change the volume without having to take my phone out of my pocket. This isn’t a massive problem but it is irritating, especially if a particularly loud track comes on and you want to be able to change it quickly. Also, despite only having had these earphones for ...

Bostik Blu Tack Economy 12/01/2013

Not a Perfect Blu

Bostik Blu Tack Economy Blu Tack is one of those things that everyone has used at some point in their life. While I haven't used it particularly often recently, I used to have quite a few posters on my walls as a child as so Blu Tack was a constant presence in my room. Along with White Tack, nothing else is used so much to temporarily attached posters and pictures to walls. Blu Tack Using Blu Tack is simple. A pack consists of a long, shallow block of Blu Tack from which you rip off small pieces. You then gently stretch each small piece and warm it slightly with your hands until it becomes flexible and can stretch a few inches or so, and then roll it into a small ball. You can then attach this ball to the corner of whatever you want to attach to a wall or similar surface, such as a photograph or poster. Once there are enough pieces of Blu Tack on the item (you need more or less depending on how much it weighs) you can then attach the object to the wall by pressing on the bits of Blu Tack through the item onto the wall. Providing that you've used enough Blu Tack, this should stay attached to the wall for a reasonable amount of time. What I Thought Blu Tack is a handy thing to use for attaching posters and the like to walls. It works pretty well and I even managed to use it to attach a poster on the ceiling above my loft bed when I was younger (Spike from Buffy and then Eminem, if you were wondering). It also worked well on attaching posters and sheets of paper to my walls. This year two ...

Cougar Town - Series 1-2 - Complete (Box Set) (DVD) 02/01/2013

Wine Time

Cougar Town - Series 1-2 - Complete (Box Set) (DVD) Having spent the past almost four months in Germany, I’m now back in the UK for good. While I’m mainly glad about this fact, there are some things that I’m going to miss about the place. The main one of these is the many nights me and my two closest friends there spent in my room drinking wine and watching TV in ‘The Fort’, which was my sofa and sofa bed pushed together to create an amazingly comfortable sofa extravaganza with enough room for three of us to sit, lie and eat takeaways without getting in each other’s way. The main programme we watched here was Cougar Town, two of us having been introduced to it by the third person in our party. We watched most of the first two series together in The Fort and I finished watching the second series alone when I got back home. Getting drunk and watching this very funny programme with my friends. Cougar Town Jules (Courtney Cox) is a recently divorced woman in her early forties living with her son, Travis (Dan Byrd). She lives next to her best friend, Ellie (Christa Miller) and her husband, Andy (Ian Gomez), who is also best friends with Jules’ ex-husband, Bobby (Brian Van Holt). Jules is an estate agent who works with her other best friend, Laurie (Busy Philipps). She lives on a cul-de-sac in a town in western Florida (south of Sarasota, if that means much to you) and, at the start of the first series, has just started seeing a man in his twenties (hence the name Cougar Town). She also has a bit of a flirtation going on with her ...

The Muppets (DVD) 28/12/2012

It's Time To Meet The Muppets

The Muppets (DVD) I have to confess to being quite a big fan of The Muppets. The Muppets Christmas Carol has been one of my favourite films since childhood and I even had two computer games based on the show. I was therefore pretty enthusiastic to go and see the new film when it came out at the cinema in early 2012. My boyfriend happily accompanied me to see it and we absolutely loved it, enjoying it so much that I bought him the first film, The Muppets Movie, for his birthday a week later. We also watched quite a bit of the TV series from the seventies and got more and more into them. The day I returned from Germany for Christmas, The Muppets Christmas Carol was playing at a cinema near us and so we went out and watchd it (fairly drunkenly, I must say). Our enthusiasm for The Muppets reinspired, I thought that a box set of The Muppets films would make a great present for my boyfriend for Christmas, and it appeared that this was gratefully received. On Boxing Day, we felt like watching a film and he decided that he’d like to watch the most recent Muppets film again, and so we did. The Muppets Walter (Peter Linz) hasn’t had the easiest life - as a Muppet, he never grows tall or has much luck with girls, with his close friendship with his brother, Gary (Jason Segel), and his love for The Muppet Show being the main joys in his life. This continues into his adult life, where he is still living with Gary despite his being in a ten year long relationship with Mary (Amy Adams). Mary kindly agrees ...
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