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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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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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