Thursday

Getting crafty for Christmas - Create a Christmas Tree Wall Hanging

I've got no plans to turn MBB into a crafty Blog but I did recently discover how easy it is to create a beautiful Christmas tree wall hanging and thought I'd share the results.

Getting crafty for Christmas - Create a Christmas Tree Wall Hanging, photo by modernbricabrac


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Tuesday

Notes from Valencia - The Must Visit City of Arts and Sciences

I've been back a few weeks but my mind keeps returning to the fabulous gardens in Valencia, formerly the riverbed of the Turia and the amazing futuristic white city I found there.

Notes from Valencia - The Must Visit City of Arts and Sciences, photo by modernbricabrac


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Friday

Foodie Friday - The Ginger Dog, Kemptown

To my knowledge, The Gingerman set of restaurants generally has a pretty good reputation with the locals of Brighton and Hove. It’s where people choose to go for a special meal and it’s where, in the case of our friends, they chose to have their super wedding reception with a fish and chip supper. The best fish and chips our friend from Cardiff said he’d ever had.

Foodie Friday - The Ginger Dog, Kemptown, photo by modernbricabrac


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Tuesday

Ghost buildings of Valencia

It's Halloween, it's dark outside and it's time to get spooky. I love the romance of a wreck and in the centre of Valencia I found quite a few abandoned buildings that looked like they might have a few ghosts in them.


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Friday

Foodie Friday - Silo, Brighton

If you're looking for an innovative, avant-garde dining experience then join me as I share with you my evening at Silo. Offering experimentation on a plate, Silo mills its own flour, churns its own butter, bakes its own sourdough as well as makes its own fir tree oil. Three years in and Douglas McMaster still stands proud as a pioneer of a brave new way of experiencing food, one that is rooted in a zero waste philosophy.

Foodie Friday - Silo, Brighton photo by modernbricabrac

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Foodie Friday - The Salt Room, Brighton

If I were to give the Salt Room a colour I think it would be amber, actually, I'd probably give it two colours, black and amber are the colours I'd associate with the Salt Room. 

October Best Menu, Foodie Friday - The Salt Room, Brighton, photo by modernbricabrac

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Foodie Friday - Was Oddsocks such an odd choice?

Whole roasted free-range chicken cooked in a special rotisserie oven in a maple syrup and lemon thyme sauce; served with thick-cut chips, ruby slaw, corn on the cob and a jug of gravy in a light-filled, comfy setting, centrally located and only two minutes from Brighton station. 'On paper', an expression I picked up lately, 'this place was just my type of dining experience'. So, why was it that it wasn't on my radar and would odd socks be required for the dress code?



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Tuesday

Brighton Days Out - October Best Restaurants

Great News foodie friends of Brighton. Twenty top restaurants in Brighton and Hove will be offering us £20 menus as part of OctoberBest, Brighton's premier restaurant festival from 1st - 15th October 2017.

Brighton Days Out - October Best Restaurants 2017 photo by Modernbricabrac


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Friday

Foodie Friday - Lost in the Lanes, Brighton Brunch

It's the first of September, the first day of autumn and a time that is ripe for seasonal colds. With this in mind my next brunch spot offers you an immune boosting haven. Brand new, with a stylish interior and beautiful, gut-healthy food, Lost in the Lanes cafe provides a menu bursting with good stuff.

Foodie Friday - Lost in the Lanes, Brighton Brunch, photo by modernbricabrac

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Tuesday

Women's Event - Brighton Wildfire Women

Are you looking for a women's event to inspire you to make changes to your life or work? Then, this September an event in Brighton is just for you.



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Wednesday

Days Out in Brighton - Regency Town House Wedding Event

This weekend on Sunday at 11 am - 5 pm, the Regency Town House will open its doors for free for an exhibition of antique wedding dresses.

Days Out in Brighton - Regency Town House Wedding Event, photo by modernbricabrac

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Friday

Foodie Friday - Afternoon Tea at the Grand, Brighton

I'm not exactly sure why it came to mind while writing this blog post, the part in the film Pretty Woman where Vivienne turns to her friend and asks where she should go to buy a classy frock in Beverly Hills. Her friend replies, Rodeo Drive, baby. In Brighton, if you're looking for sophistication, with regards to afternoon tea, it's got to be the Grand Hotel, all the way.

Foodie Friday - Afternoon Tea at the Grand, Brighton photo by modernbricabrac


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Tuesday

Brighton Days Out - Jane Austen at the Royal Pavilion

Brighton's Royal Pavilion and Museum are celebrating the Regency period this year with a few beautifully curated exhibitions.

Brighton Days Out - Jane Austen at the Royal Pavilion photo by modernbricabrac


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Friday

Foodie Friday - Afternoon Tea at the Jetty, Brighton

The outing was just meant to be about afternoon tea at the Jetty, but as the Jetty happens to be the rather swanky restaurant of the rather glam Brighton Harbour Hotel I had to take a look around the hotel too.

Foodie Friday - Afternoon Tea at the Jetty, Brighton


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Wednesday

Free Mini breakfasts across the UK and Wake Up to Organic Winner

Today over 250 shops, cafes, farm shops and market traders across the UK will be joining in the Wake Up to Organic campaign, which means free mini organic breakfasts for us.

Free Mini breakfasts across the UK and Wake Up to Organic Winner

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Friday

Foodie Friday - Jamie's Italian in Brighton

Can I be forgiven for having abandoned Jamie's Italian for a while? Brighton is always full of new places and I must admit it's been a few years since I paid them a visit.

Foodie Friday - Jamie's Italian in Brighton, photo by modernbricabrac


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Foodie Friday Giveaway - Wake Up To Organic

Woo hoo! Yes, it really is time for another giveaway and this one is fantastic! Win £30 worth of organic breakfast items thanks to Brighton's favourite organic supplier, Infinity Foods and the Wake Up to Organic campaign.

Seed 'n Sprout, Foodie Friday - Wake Up To Organic Giveaway, photo by modernbricabrac
Foodie Friday Giveaway - Wake Up to Organic

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Brighton Brunch - Marmalade, Kemptown

My next brunch stop takes us back out of the centre of Brighton again, this time to a spot in Kemptown and to a building formerly used as part of a dairy.

Brighton Brunch - Marmalade, Kemptown photo by modern bric a brac


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Saturday

Days Out in Brighton - Women in Sisterhood May Event

This is your special invite to an event this month at One Church, Gloucester Road, Brighton. On Sat 27 May from 10am - 5pm, there will be an exceptional day of comedy, music, workshops, speakers and Real Junk Food, from the pay-as-you-feel healthy food project, in aid of RISE UK and we'd love you to join us.
Days Out in Brighton - Women in Sisterhood May Event
Brighton Sisterhood event

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Friday

Foodie Friday - Franco Manca Brighton Marina

For us it was only a short walk away and the evening of our visit was lovely and sunny so we couldn't have been happier. For anyone living slightly further away from Brighton Marina then there is still another pretty great option, thanks to Brighton Marina's free parking. As free parking becomes more and more rare around Brighton, the prospect of somewhere that makes it hassle-free is certainly an attractive consideration.

Foodie Friday - Franco Manca Brighton Marina, photo by modern bric a brac


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Wednesday

Days Out in Brighton - Constable and Brighton exhibition

Nothing here for a painter but the breakers - and the sky, was the first thing I noticed as I entered the gallery for a private viewing of the new Constable and Brighton exhibition at Brighton Museum and Art Gallery.

The solitary quote in beautiful handwriting spread itself high above eye level, above the line of sketches and paintings that flowed across the centre of the walls. Painted in an off-white colour, the quotation glimmered against the backdrop of rich slate-grey.

Days Out in Brighton - Constable and Brighton exhibition, photo by modern bric a brac


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Friday

Days Out in Brighton - Hotel du Vin Afternoon Tea

For a perfect afternoon tea, you need 1) a beautiful setting 2) great company 3) a pot of tea 4) plates of sweet and savoury bite size treats and 5) the option of champagne. Afternoon tea is, after all, a truly decadent way to spend a lingering afternoon.

Days Out in Brighton - Hotel du Vin Afternoon Tea, photo by modern bric a brac


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Thursday

Days Out - Brighton Festival 2017

May is less than a month away so it's about time I mentioned this year's Brighton Festival. Known as one of Europe's leading arts festivals, they commission artists and companies to produce innovative work such as the amazing light show by Dr Blighty. This year there will be 146 events covering music, theatre, dance, circus, art, film, literature and debate. With a number taking place outside, as well as some designed with families in mind and others that are free, the choice is pretty diverse.

Days Out - Brighton Festival 2017


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Friday

Stay in Brighton - Malmaison Cocktails and Canapes

It may not have been my first visit to a Mal but it certainly was the jolliest. Thanks to LDN Meet Up a happy band of bloggers and plus ones were invited to check out the brand new Malmaison in Brighton Marina.

Stay in Brighton - Malmaison Cocktails and Canapes, photo by modern bric a brac


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Sunday Brunch - Sugardough Brighton and Hove

It's the blog post I've been meaning to write for years. Since 2011 probably. Perhaps it needed a long time to percolate, although the bakery itself needed no time to win me over.

Sunday Brunch - Sugardough Brighton and Hove photo by modern bric a brac


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Days Away - Foodie Friday from Shrewsbury

When visiting somewhere new it's always good to get a tip off for the buzziest place in town. In Shrewsbury after walking through its centre on a Saturday night, I can confidently say we had found it.

Days Away - Foodie Friday from Shrewsbury, House of the Rising Sun, photo by Modern Bric a Brac


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Sunday

Days Out in Hove - New Writers Festival 24 March to 2 April 2017

Next weekend a festival celebrating new writers, described as a sort of fringe of the Fringe, arrives in Hove for its second year. 

Days Out in Hove - New Writers Festival 24 March to 2 April 2017
The Trials of Colonel Barker

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Tuesday

Days Away - A Visit To Shrewsbury, Shropshire

The first thing I noticed when we arrived in Shrewsbury were the buildings, Medieval timber framed buildings rising at crooked angles and Georgian buildings with classical detail and ornate designs.

Days Away - A Visit To Shrewsbury, Shropshire, photo by modern bric a brac


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Days Away - Stay in Shrewsbury

If you're wondering where to stay in Shrewsbury, then it's time to check out a brand new boutique hotel in the centre of town.

Days Away - Stay in Shrewsbury, Darwin's Townhouse, photo by Modern Bric a Brac



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Monday

Days Out in Brighton - Free Women's Events Sat 4 March

Only 24% of people interviewed, heard, seen or read about in mainstream broadcast and print news are female - Brighton International Women's Day website informs us.


Days Out in Brighton - Free Women's Events Sat 4 March, photo by modern bric a brac

So, feel inspired to join in talks that are for and about women. There's a huge list of events taking place that includes singing, reiki, real junk food lunch, tours on female artists, photography, poetry, blogging and a drop-in space provided by Brighton's Women Centre.

Check out the details below or click on the links to find out more:
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Sunday

Days Out in London - The New Georgian Craftsmanship

As I peered round the office door I could see leaning against the wall a full-length oil painting of the Scandalous Lady W by Joshua Reynolds.

Days Out in London - The New Georgian Craftsmanship, photo by modern bric a brac


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Tuesday

The Hairdressers with the Best Sound in Brighton Town

Just before Christmas I received an email about a Brighton hairdressers that had won a nationwide 'Music Makeover' competition from the people at PRS for Music.




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Friday

Days Away - Eat Surinamese in Amsterdam

One lesson I learned in Florence, when it comes to eating as a tourist, don't assume you'll just happen upon a great place to eat.

Days Away - Eat Surinamese in Amsterdam


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Sunday

Days Out in London - Sir Elton John's Photography exhibition

The Radical Eye at Tate Modern is an exhibition of photographs from Sir Elton John's private collection and includes some incredible early photography.


Days Out in London - Sir Elton John's Photography exhibition, photo by modern bric a brac


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Wednesday

Days Away - Remarkable Women of Amsterdam

A golden beam of light shines once a year on the spot where the wife and muse of Rembrandt was buried; an arched doorway, one woman's private entrance to the old church has her name inscribed above it; a portrait of three regentesses hangs over a grand mantelpiece and an exclusive women-only square from the middle ages that offers a tranquil sanctuary for single women to this day.

Days Away - Remarkable Women of Amsterdam photo by modern bric a brac


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Friday

Stirring, Shaking and Muddling my way through Cocktail Making

With a recently found interest in mixology I've decided to start my 2017 with some rum cocktail making.

Stirring, Shaking and Muddling my way through Cocktail Making, photo by modern bric a brac


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Sunday

Sunday Brunch - Slow Brunch in Brighton

A little distance from the centre of Brighton, if you take that to be the Brighton Pavilion, is a slow brunch bar to seek out.


Sunday Brunch - Slow Brunch in Brighton at Cafe Plenty, photo by modern bric a brac


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Friday

My New Food and Drink Resolutions 2017

If you knew what my food and drink resolutions were, would you want to make some too?



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