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Take a break

Posted in Accessories, Drinks, Fashion, Food, Shoes, Stylist, Travel, Trend with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 29, 2016 by Cheeky Poppins



Life is for living in my very humble opinion. Over the past three weeks I have spent in Milan, Italy – I have never known the benefits of a recharge. Any time I have ever taken a break, or a holiday, I bury myself in a project or organised a voyage of a lifetime.20160318_135548

Walking as a means of transport, has been a pleasure. The wonders it does for your fitness, posture and general health are a saving grace to save me from the delicious beige food I have consumed. As would you with pizza, pasta and bread so delicious and on every corner.

Getting lost in a city with a drastically low incidence of petty crime is a wonder. The freedom, beauty and space to roam the city is such a calming experience.



Not to put Milan on a pedestal, with the cleanliness, culture and rich history there is also a lack of conformity. few people want or choose to speak English, which can make for a tough few first weeks before I was taken pity on by my lovely landlady Gabriella. Teaching me English from grammar upwards to vocabulary, she is heaven-sent.

The fact I have not posted in some time is due to the fact I had to get myself a job to survive in this beautiful city of beauticians, salons, high-streets, beautiful leather shoes, bags and independent retailers. as well as bars, clubs and cafes. Teaching English was a wonderful experience and has given me additional tools for life. I have honed my interpersonal skills, communication technique, teaching skills and have made a positive impact on the lives of a few amazing Italians along the way to improve their English, confidence and prospects in the future.

It’s not goodbye just yet, but on my rare day off, I thought a little tribute to this gift of time was due. Thank you Milan.



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Getting around Milan

Posted in Fashion, Food, Travel, Trend with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 18, 2016 by Cheeky Poppins



Other than dolce far niente…..

There are a many other perks to living in Milan other than the food. There is the fashion, coffee and general sense of familiarity. Talking to strangers on the street, meeting locals and expats in the local bar and becoming a daily customer at your nearby cafe will open up a world of opportunities.

I have been on trips to Vigevano a town located in the province of Pavia, Lombardy. It is one of the most historical cities known for its famous Piazza Ducale and Catello Sforzesco (a castle for us English folk) rebuilt in the 15th century for the patron Ludovico Maria Sforza. Its history of footwear manufacture also houses one of the most impressive footwear museums known to myself. With a beautiful piazza, cathedral and historical buildings and statues in the centre of town it is a great place to get some culture. There are plenty of places to stop and have an ice-cream, or a full meal. There are markets and stores for shopping if that is on the cards too. Its a quiet little place to disappear to. Not literally as eventually someone will notice your missing, hopefully.

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Bergamo, houses a beautiful lot of many things. 40km north of Milan, you’ll find churches with royal crests of three testicles , amazing frescos, Venetian walls built in the 16th century, outdoor churches and historical bells you can actually stand underneath as it rings, why I did this I am still not sure why but the view is amazing.

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Next stop will be Florence , so watch this space. My point is the more people you talk to and the more connections made, the better the experience in this beautiful country. I’m not talking backpackers, regular people who enjoy socialising and meeting crazy foreigners with a booming laugh not even London understands. Thanks to everyone so far whose made my time here so awesome, I haven’t met a crazy person yet but with the amount of people I have met the odds are not in my favour.



Another food edition

Posted in Fashion, Food, Travel, Trend with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 15, 2016 by Cheeky Poppins



I have tried some pretty delicious food whilst being here in Milan. I have had the pleasure of having home cooked Milanese risotto from one of the finest cooks I have had the pleasure of dining with. I have also had prepared home cooked pasta with various healthier meat alternatives, washed down by my contribution of yummy lemon sponge, it is the Londoner in me. Good friends are easy to come by in this city, I took a snap of the delicious cheese he sprinkled on the top. Lush.20160305_134850

Last week I was given an education on food from Naples. I dined at Nastro Azzurro, a two of a kind restaurant which exists in its home town of Naples with a second branch here in Milano. Talk about being exclusive, the queue to dine in was longer than the take away counter for Nandos on a Saturday night. Not only are Neapolitan pizzas notoriously large, the ingredients are traditionally more rural, vegetarian and fish rather than meat. It must be cooked in a wood-fired oven for authenticity. They prepare a pizza base with both fresh and crushed tomatoes to give an intense difference of textures and tastes.

The desert we dined on was the Baba. This baba was saturated in rum. Delicious warm rum in a yeast sponge like cake. Needless to say it went down very well, where there was room to fit it.

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At another restaurant we tried Milanese food, I had the pizza again, and Andrea had the pasta again. Both delicious, both tasty as hell. The desert is a coconut tiramisu. Can’t really go wrong with this menu.

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Food on the go does not always mean you must walk through golden arches for immediate satisfaction – my local spot produces the most delicious pieces by the slice with desserts which make your mouth water from down the street. I resisted temptation like it was a test from above and consumed my huge delicious pizza without a sweet for afters. Prosciutto, margarita and pesto. Eye of the tiger.

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You sea food?

Posted in Fashion, Food with tags on February 12, 2016 by Cheeky Poppins

OK, possibly the worst pun known to man but I couldn’t resist it. Milan has an abundance of fresh fish and seafood for the taking, so I and a companion made the most of the weekend and had some seriously delicious food. I threw caution to the wind and let him order for me and boy, did he deliver. I don’t mind working for my food when it comes like this. Delizioso.

Did you know artichokes have around 10g of fibre in a “medium” sized portion of approximately 120g. They provide substantial digestive support, reducing bloating. They are also high in antioxidants (more than the equivalent portion of blueberries or cranberries). Evidence supports its benefits in lowering cholesterol. Its high potassium content helps maintain a healthy balance of electrolytes in the body. These are just a few of the health benefits, but why have I droned on about this? It is because I’ve eaten more artichokes in a week than I have in my life! Fact. On pizza especially, there are some really hearty portions sprayed on top of pizza. Don’t get me wrong, I am not complaining, I am happy for them to be snuck into my meals making me secretly healthy from the inside out.  In a sentence the food is absolutely amazing.

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Dolce. The very basic translation is sweet. And yes a menu with Dolce above it will be nothing but. I have tried not to indulge, keeping my cravings to my favourite chocolates, Lindor truffles. However; my Italian friend suggested I try pastiera napoletana, a delicious cake perfectly filled with comfort to complete a hearty seafood platter. After that meal, dolce far niente was easy.

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