Saturday

16 Brighton and London Food Highlights for 2016

It was the year I discovered new ways to enjoy food with pop-up supper clubs, a food tour, discounted fine dining and free organic breakfasts.

It was also the year I discovered food markets to rave about in London and Lisbon as well as places to suit breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner in the great eating destinations of Brighton and London.

Barbecoa, 16 Brighton and london food highlights for 2016, photos by modern bric a brac



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Friday

Christmas Days Out - London's Foodie Borough Market

Truly delicious Argentinian street food, lull-you-to-sleep mulled wine, a wreath that's going to start trending, cheeses to tell everyone about, a sea urchin, golden milk for breakfast and spices I've never even heard of.

Christmas Days Out - London's Foodie Borough Market, photo by modern bric a brac


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Tuesday

Portugal - Martinhal Luxury Family Holiday in Cascais, Lisbon

This hotel is so brand new the paint is still wet. Ok, maybe not, but this luxury destination for families is my second great recommendation from Cascais, a 20 minute drive from Lisbon and worth checking out. I promise!

Portugal - Martinhal Luxury Family Holiday in Cascais, Lisbon, photo by modern bric a brac

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Friday

Days Out - The London Illustration Fair 2016

For this weekend only, Sat 3 - Sun 4 December behind the OXO Tower on the Southbank over 65 illustrators, designers, print-makers and publishers have come together for a truly fabulous Illustration Fair. 

Days Out - The London Illustration Fair 2016, photo by modern bric a brac


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Thursday

Tuesday

Portugal - Stay in the Citadel of Cascais, Lisbon

Which would you prefer a seaside escape or a city break, or even better, would you rather combine the two?

Portugal - Stay in the Citadel of Cascais, Lisbon photo by modern bric a brac


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Friday

Portugal - 8 Great Discoveries in Lisbon

Tuk tuks and trams, cobbled steep streets flanked by decoratively tiled buildings; grand old churches, stunning city-scapes, an exclusive clothes shop and a fantastic food market that everyone is talking about.


Portugal - 8 Great Discoveries in Lisbon, photo by modern bric a brac


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Giveaway - Winner announced and a great offer for everyone else

Not only can I announce the winner but I have really great news for everyone else that entered the Giveaway, so please read on (you'll be glad that you did).





The great magazine subscription Giveaway has now ended and thank you so much to everyone who took part.

In particular thanks to everyone who took the time to share their magazine preferences, it was so interesting to see the huge range of choices.

From cooking, baking, sewing, crafts, fitness, shooting, interiors, music, cricket and travelling the list was extensive. 




The most popular choices turned out to be Slimming World, Prima, OK, National Geographic for kids (I didn't even know there was one for kids) and Empire. Just so ya know.

Rafflecopter randomly selected the winner and I'm pleased to announce that Michaela from County Durham was chosen. Big, Massive Congratulations to Michaela.

Scroll down for exciting news.......



But wait! There's more news, magazine.co.uk have been so delighted with the response that the Giveaway has generated that they are offering £5 off any subscription, to everyone.

There is no minimum spend requirement and the offer is open until the end of December 2016. So get choosing.

To get an idea of how great the offer is, if the £5 discount is applied to the annual Slimming World subscription you'll be benefiting from a 27% discount.

Here are some more ideas of how you could use the discount.

Prima 12 issues for £24.99 NEW PRICE £19.99

National Geographic Kids 12 issues for £33.00 NEW PRICE £28.00

OK 51 issues for £50.49 NEW PRICE £45.49

Empire 12 issues for £37.40 NEW PRICE £32.40


So what do you have to do?

Click here to go to magazine.co.uk website

Choose the subscription, excluding trial offers or offers with gifts

At checkout use Discount code TREAT

Apply the discount before the end of DECEMBER 2016 and there is no minimum spend

Perfect. Just in time for Christmas!

Please let me know how you get on, I'd love to know.

Best wishes

Sarah xx


photo 
Sarah Agnew
Blogger, Modern Bric a Brac
    

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Days Away - Stay and Eat at The Pig in Southampton

For this Foodie Friday blog post, I felt it was time to share a fabulous hotel offer with supper and drinks that's perfect for a special date night. 

Days Away - Stay and Eat at The Pig in Southampton, photo by modern bric a brac


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Thursday

Days Out in Sussex - Alfriston and the Cuckmere Valley

There's a dip in the road on the coastal route to Hastings where for a moment you can glimpse a very different route that cuts through it. 

Days Out in Sussex - Alfriston and the Cuckmere Valley photo by modern bric a brac


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Friday

Foodie Friday - Granger's in London for ladies who lunch

The second thing I noticed once we had sat down to eat in the super busy and sunlit restaurant Granger and co was that the other diners were almost exclusively female.

Foodie Friday - Granger and co Kings Cross, London for ladies who lunch photo by modern bric a brac

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Foodie Friday - Vietnamese Milk No Sugar

It's always good to feel as if you're in the know. That hidden little gem that the locals love. A place where the food is fresh and tasty, great value, great vibe and super central too.

Foodie Friday - Vietnamese Milk No Sugar in Brighton, photo by modern bric a brac

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Wednesday

Giveaway - £30 for ANY Magazine.co.uk Subscription

I get a little bit excited when I go on to the magazine.co.uk website. Offers galore whizz past as brightly coloured magazine covers pop up in turn on their headline banner.

Giveaway - £30 for ANY Magazine.co.uk Subscription, photo by modern bric a brac


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Saturday

Days Out in Brighton - Brighton Art Fair highlights 2016

Back this weekend for its annual celebration of contemporary art and design, the Brighton Art Fair returns to the Brighton Dome.


Days Out in Brighton, Brighton Art Fair highlights 2016 photo by modern bric a brac
Amanda Cobbett
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Thursday

Days Out near London - Salute to the 40s at Chatham Dockyards

What I hadn't realised about the 40s was just how glamorous a set of victory rolls could be.

Days Out near London - Salute to the 40s at Chatham Dockyards, photos by modern bric a brac

For those who already appreciate how glamorous the 1940s were, I send my apologies. For me it took a trip to a dockyard in Chatham, in Kent to have this lightbulb moment.
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Saturday

Cornish Tales - Staying at Boscastle YHA

It was a day of natural wonders that began with the sighting of a swallows nest full of noisy chicks pitched up in the beam of the ladies public toilets at Lizard Point.

Cornish Tales - Staying at Boscastle YHA, photo by modernbricabrac.com

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Sunday

Cornish Tales - Beautiful Kynance Cove

Saved as a precious memory, we took the opportunity of visiting a beach so spectacular that my Welsh One had remembered it vividly since childhood.

Cornish Tales - Beautiful Kynance Cove, photos by modern bric a brac

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Wednesday

Cornish Tales - Staying at Lizard Point

Not surprisingly I didn't want to leave Coverack. It had reminded me of the beautiful north Antrim coastline and in particular Portballintrae. What could be better?

Cornish Tales, staying at YHA Lizard, photo by modern bric a brac

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Saturday

Cornish Tales - Sculptures in a Meadow

Thanks to a recommendation from Jo at YHA Coverack we went on an adventure to find a sculpture park near the hostel and discovered something quite incredible.

Cornish Tales, Sculptures in a Meadow by Terence Coventry photo by modern bric a brac


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Thursday

Cornish Tales - Staying in Coverack

Our journey to Coverack was horrible. For the second year running we vowed we would never do it again, as we finally reached our destination.

Staying in YHA Coverack, photo by modern bric a brac


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Monday

Days Away - England's Medieval Festival at Herstmonceux

Glorious sunshine, medieval living history, archery lessons and a castle setting. With lots to keep us entertained in the sunny Sussex countryside, it was a great way to spend the August Bank holiday weekend.

England's Medieval Festival 2016 at Herstmonceux Castle, photos by modern bric a brac


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Friday

Foodie Friday - Lucky Beach Burgers

Phenomenal. That's what I thought of the burgers at Lucky Beach and that's the word I kept saying to myself while shaking my head and scoffing the burger I had in front of me.

Best burger in Brighton, photo by Modern Bric a Brac



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Tuesday

Days Out near London - Chatham Dockyard's Salute to the 40's

As a lover of vintage and great days out, Salute to the 40's in Chatham seems made just for me; with swing dancing, a Spitfire aircraft display, plus a chance to have a vintage makeover, it sounds lots of fun.

Vintage days out, Salute to the '40's at The Historic Dockyard Chatham


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Sunday

Vintage Days Out - Fun at the Firle Vintage Fair

Hard to believe the Firle Vintage Fair is only in its fourth year, it's huge and already feels well established.


Firle Vintage Fair 2016, photo by Modern Bric a Brac



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Thursday

Days Away in Surrey - A Mercure Summer Stay and Picnic

I knew Box Hill from the past. Growing up, as a teen when my head was full of poems by John Keats and stories by Jane Austen, I'd drive past the Burford Bridge quite often.


So when I discovered recently the hotel's literary connections my mouth fell to the floor. 


Stay at Box Hill and picnic with Mercure, photo by modern bric a brac



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Friday

Foodie Friday - A Guide to Healthy Smoothies and Juices in Brighton

Following on from my popular blog post a few years ago, A Guide to Summer Shakes and Smoothies, I thought it about time I brought you the healthy version. No ice cream this time.


A Guide to smoothies in Brighton, photo by Modern Bric a Brac



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Friday

Foodie Friday - What Makes Isaac_At So Great

It was as if summer had arrived at last. The night we went to dine at Isaac's, summer light came streaming through large glass windows and glimpses of full-leafed trees in the distance made it feel as if summer had come to stay.

Isaac_at fine dining in Brighton, photo by Modern Bric a Brac


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Wednesday

Days Out in London - Football Auction and the Bobby Moore Lounge

I bring you news that English football fans will love of a 1966 World Cup pop-up bar and an auction of unique memorabilia from the winning England football team.


Bobby Moore auction and bar in London, photo by Modern Bric a Brac



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Days Out in Brighton - The Brighton Pavilion by Madame Gilflurt

Today I am absolutely delighted to introduce to you writer Catherine Curzon, aka Madame Gilflurt. Catherine's eighteenth century blog tells the stories behind the famous and celebrated from that period, bringing them back to life along with all their terrors, scandal, intrigue and eccentricities. It's brilliant.


Days out in Brighton, Brighton Pavilion, Modern Bric a Brac

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Friday

Foodie Friday - Getting my Wriggle on at Los Amigos

It's always good to give you more than one top tip in my foodie blog posts and this time I have two great food experiences to share. One relates to a Mexican restaurant I've found and the other to a new way of helping people discover great independent places to eat.


Best Mexican restaurant in Hove, photo by Modern Bric a Brac


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Foodie Friday - Trying out the Brighton Food Tour

If you want to jump on the current zeitgeist, then I suggest you find yourself a food tour and get strolling. It's the new way to discover a city you are new to or even one you know already. Expect insights, discounts, food and drink samples and a little wandering combined with a knowledgeable guide.


Days Out in Brighton a Brighton Food Tour 2016


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Wednesday

Brighton Shop Heroes - Preloved in Fiveways

Moving away from Kemptown village for my next Brighton Shop Hero I want to introduce you to a dress agency in the very lovely Fiveways area.


Brighton Shop Heroes, Preloved in Fiveways


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Friday

Foodie Friday - Get Your Free Breakfast and Wake Up To Organic

Exciting news for Brighton and Hove. Next Wednesday 15 June 2016 there will be free organic breakfasts given out across Brighton, Hove and Lewes as part of a nationwide campaign for us to Wake Up To Organic.


Wake up to organic with free breakfasts in Brighton and Hove


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Wednesday

Travel - Top Five Sights to See in Florence

The smell of orange blossom drifted towards us and in the distance, we could see the steep cypress walk flanked by antique statues as we sat in the shade admiring the nautical scene of the Isolotto.


Top Five Views in Florence by Modern Bric a Brac

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Travel - A Room WithOut a View in Florence

I was channelling Charlotte Bartlett the moment we reached our room at the Grand Hotel Baglioni in Florence.

where to stay in Florence, photo by modern bric a brac




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Days Away - Medieval family fun at Herstmonceux Castle

England's Medieval Festival - taking place this August Bank Holiday from Friday 26th August to Monday 29th August 2016 at Herstmonceux Castle in Sussex


Medieval Festival at Herstmonceux Castle

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Friday

Foodie Friday - All About the Biryani at Azaro

There's a lot to say about my latest Indian Restaurant find. An innovative female chef, a menu of signature dishes from across India and gluten free credentials. Azaro is rocking the Indian dining scene and here's why.

Foodie Friday, All about the biryani at Azaro, photo by modern bric a brac
Chicken Chettinad thali at Azaro

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Wednesday

Days Out in London - Climbing to the top of St Paul's

The plan for the new St Paul's Cathedral had actually been agreed a week before the Great Fire of London broke out, a fire that went on to devastate the existing one along with hundreds of other churches, shops and homes in the surrounding area.


Days Out in London, climbing St Paul's, photo by Modern Bric a Brac


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Friday

Foodie Friday - What Bloggers Should Eat and more stories

Bloggers are the new Creatives. Whether acting as Editor, Designer, Copywriter, Photographer or Social Media Manager on their blog, it's a creative process. Thanks to the people at Pod and Nutritionist Helen Money I found out what foods we should be eating to support this creative process.


Guide to What Bloggers Should Eat, photo by Modern Bric a Brac
Vitamin hit blitz

Whether you're a Blogger or other creative type read on to find out what foods you should be eating.


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Monday

Brighton Shop Heroes - Foxed Up Vintage

Without realising it I was half-stood in the open doorway of a shop while trying to find the right angle for a photograph I was trying to take.


Foxed Up Vintage Brighton, photo by Modern Bric a Brac



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