Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Right Now: Bowie, Baking & Borgia


  1. I started watching Borgia on Netflix and it's absolutely fascinating! The series is based on the history of the Borgia's in Italy starting in 1492 as the patriarch of the family becomes Pope. If you're a fan of historical dramas like The Tutors or if you have an interest in Papal or Roman history, you'll love it!
  2. I also recently started watching Arrested Development after hearing that there are new episodes coming out soon on Netflix. I don't know why I waited so long... It's hilarious!
  3. On Saturday I'll be attending my first Putney Bake Club gathering and I'm super excited! After meeting the founder of this social group for a coffee last weekend, I think it's going to be a lot of fun and a great way to meet people. Every month the club meets up at a different local location and each member brings something baked that fits in with the chosen theme. This month's theme is 'Fair Trade' so I've decided to make Gwyneth Paltrow's fudgy brownies using Fair Trade chocolate. If you live in or near Southwest London and love to bake, definitely check it out.
  4. Over the weekend I saw Absolute Bowie for the second time and it always amazes me how much fun this cover band is. We met some die-hard Bowie fans that travelled from outside London just for this little concert. It's great fun and if you ever get the chance to see them, I recommend it. It's only about £10 per ticket so nothing to loose and always good for a giggle. Absolute Bowie usually plays a few times a year at the Half Moon Putney among other places.
  5. I'm quickly falling in love with The Duke's Head in Putney. It's a beautiful riverside pub and they always have something going on. The downstairs bit of the pub is aptly named The Rowing Club and on Sundays they host Secret Cinema where guests can see a film for free and get free popcorn all the while with the freedom to enjoy a drink or order some grub. I tried out Secret Cinema on Sunday and saw Silver Linings Playbook (my new favorite movie) and had a great time. I'll definitely be going back to The Rowing Club for Secret Cinema again sometime!
  6. I have a horrible time finding the right gym shoes - it's becoming a very expensive problem as I keep buying shoes and they either don't fit properly once I've started working out or they cause me pain. So in an effort to stop buying shoes I don't wear, I decided to hit up Sporting Feet in Putney to have my foot scanned. It was really cool! The machine shows the severity of your arch, where you tend to place more pressure/or weight on your feet and the width of your feet. Sporting Feet will scan your feet for free and the staff there are absolutely brilliant for helping you find what you need. Not only for shoes, I've also had some great success in finding the perfect sports bras there - they know what they're doing and it always feels nice supporting a local business too!
  7. After my foot scan, I decided on the Asics Ayami Zone, a super lightweight shoe that's for cross-training rather than running since I'm not a runner. What I learned is that there is in fact a difference between the two. Running shoes are meant to only move forward while cross trainers cater to multidirectional movement for people who do classes or anything other than running in the gym. I love my new gym shoes and so far I haven't had any problems with them.
  8. I know I've blogged before about Tried & True, but I went there for a coffee last week have to give them another shout out! It's delightful to see my favorite independent coffee shop in Putney thriving and it seems to only keep getting better. If you find yourself in Southwest London, definitely check out Tried & True for a great coffee or tea and delicious food & pastries!
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