When we planned our trip from Larne to Cairnryan, we opted to get the early ferry so that we could watch the sunrise as we sailed across the North Channel towards Scotland. At 2am my husband, Andy, packed up the car with all of my ‘essentials’…my extremely large suitcase, picnic basket, picnic blanket, bags of snacks, ‘emergency coats’ and a pillow for car naps (strictly for the passenger only). In fact the only thing I didn’t pack was my dog, Bruiser, but I discovered afterwards that pets are allowed to travel for free with P&O on the Irish Sea crossing, so Bruiser can come next time! The best thing about travelling by ferry is that you can bring anything that you want in the car with no weight restrictions. This is ideal for someone like me. I am that person you see in the airport on their knees, unpacking their bulging suitcase into their hand luggage!
We hopped into the car and made the short journey to the ferry terminal in Larne. From Belfast, it took us only 30minutes to drive, which was a lovely surprise! We joined the check-in queue, ready to board the ferry. When the gates opened, we got to make the exciting drive from our lane, up the ramp, onto the ferry. As soon as we parked our car, we were allowed to get out and make our way on-board. Read More
I start my day with peanut butter and jam on toast, washed down with a big cup of tea. Every. Single. Morning. It’s a bad habit that I have slipped into - I know it is too much sugar, but the laziness of an easy breakfast has firmly taken over. It is this reason along with a few other cheeky habits, that this week, I am taking part in Free’ist’s ‘Sugar Swap Week’ from 28th May to 3rd June 2018. Free’ist are aiming to make people think more about their sugar intake and follow a low sugar diet for one week. Hopefully after one week, we will all become more mindful about the sugar we are consuming in our diet and understand the nutritional and health benefits that can come from a low-sugar diet. Read More
For a city as small as Belfast, the amount of great gluten-free-friendly restaurants is pleasantly surprising! The food scene is always growing, with new restaurants opening on a weekly basis. Last week, I took to the heart of the city (BT1) to explore a number of different places that are great for gluten free food. Here are a few of my favourites:
Tucked in behind my fashion mothership (Zara), City Picnic is in an ideal location for anyone looking for some lunchtime shopping fuel. Using only homegrown, local produce, this little gem prides itself as serving 'The Best Burgers in Belfast'. With one of their owners being coeliac, City Picnic is a pretty unique diner because everything (and I mean EVERYTHING) on their menu can be made gluten free! Think of everything that is normally off limits if you're gluten free - burgers, chicken wings, 'messed up fries', hot dogs, wraps, nachos and chicken strips - and then think how challenging it is not to order four lunches at one time. Further to that, you can wash all of this down with a gluten free beer, prosecco or cocktail! I have no doubt that City Picnic will become an absolute favourite for any of you popping into the city centre!