Simply Cook food boxes|Review

If you’re following me on Instagram you’ve probably noticed the delicious meals I’ve been sharing on My Stories. If you’re not following me yet, here’s your chance to do it (
The secret behind these delicious meals is called Simply Cook, a new food based subscription box. Simply Cook send out a box each month including four recipes and four corresponding ingredient kits.
You can choose on their website which kits you want to receive each month. Then you just need to add a couple of other ingredients and that’s it!
I ordered a gluten-free box for my first month and included Penne alla Rustica, Chipotle

IMG_0733Grilled Steak Salad, Mexican Pulled Chicken and Chicken Makhani.

Each box contains three little pots and the correspondent recipe, step by step. You can either follow the recipe or you can do like we did, which was following a few steps and and let our creativity do the rest.

Simply Cook state their meals are for two people, but we cooked dinner for three and it worked perfectly.

We were all impressed with the flavour on all meals. And when sharing the images on Instagram I started getting messages asking how I cooked these, so here’s a little gift for all my followers. By using my

You can order your box via my link and get your first 4 recipe kits for £1.
Enjoy your special meals!


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Ask Italian| Restaurant Review

Like Giuseppe Verde (opera composer) said “You may have the Universe if I may have Italy”.

I also want Italy, pretty much all the time. And when I find a nice Italian restaurant my joy levels go up enormously.


After a Saturday spent shopping at Bluewater Shopping Centre in Dartford, England for the ones who are not familiar with this giant place, we went for a family dinner at Ask Italian.

The place was packed and we had to wait on a queue to be assigned a table, but the staff was very nice and efficient and not even 10 minutes went by when we were already sitting and choosing from the menu.

There are several ways of testing if an Italian Restaurants good, including looking around to see if there are any actual Italians eating there too, but I was too tired to pay attention to that, so may other technique, a more delicious one, is order a Lasagne.


My boyfriend ordered the Sea bass fillet baked in a white wine sauce with new potatoes, tomatoes, mushrooms and spinach.


And his sister went for the Linguine Carbonara, a crispy pancetta in a rich creamy sauce with Pecorino, mascarpone and Riserva cheeses.


All of it was so delicious that surprisingly I didn’t have space for dessert. But we will definitely come back for more and try that Melting Eton Mess Tower with dark chocolate filled with strawberries, cream and meringue, and vanilla gelato, I saw on the menu and on several other tables.



Visit Ask Italian website here.


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My Lisbon Guide| Nogueira’s Firefood

Where should I start? I mean, the beautiful decoration of this space is something that you’ll be able to see on the photos I’m sharing on this post.


But the difficult part of this review is explaining that feeling of being in England for a few months without being able to enjoy a nice barbecue. It’s true, pubs have nice burgers and beef, but nothing compared to Portuguese delicious grills.



It’s the first time that I’ve visited Nogueira’s Firefood in Lisbon. But bear in mind that I’ve tasted all of what is in this post pictures! The service was also very good and the price matches the quality of this restaurant.






I’m definitely going back and if you’re visiting Lisbon soon, this place should be on your list!

Visit Nogueira’s Firefood’s page here.


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