Dugastabox UK Novemeber 2017 box review | The LDN Gal

Degustabox UK review

Degustabox has been on the scene for quite some time now and is growing in popularity –¬†and for good reason.¬†

Many people are put off by monthly subscription food boxes, due to the lack of variety and cost.¬†Degustabox is different, it is an affordable box filled with a variety of full-sized products that actively encourages you to get creative and try new things, with “new flavours each month.”

For someone like me, it is a godsend as I have no choice but to step out of my comfort zone. The beauty of Degustabox is that each monthly box is different! Just take a peek at what I received in my last three boxes:

November 2017 box

Weetabix Additions (apple and raisin), Propercorn sweet popcorn, Kallo organic stock pot (chicken), Taylors of Harrogate ground coffee (cacao superior Colombia), Dalston’s fizzy apple soda, ALO aloe vera drink, Planters fruity chocolate crunch, Cadbury Picnic Bites,¬†¬†Filippo Berio pesto,¬†Filippo Berio crostini, Rio Mare tuna,¬†¬†The English Provender Co.’s caramelised red onion chutney,¬†Ryvita multigrain rye cakes and¬†The Jelly Bean Factory super sours.

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December 2017 box

Planters Planters Peanuts Nut-Rition,¬†Popchips galactic puffs,¬†Taking The Pea snacks,¬†Sleep Well vanilla milk drink, Marry Berry’s lemon and mustard seed vinaigrette, Coldpress valencian orange juice, Candy Kittens sour watermelon gourmet sweets,¬†Robinsons fruit creations,¬†Willie’s Cacao Black Pearls chocolate (dark sea salt caramel),¬†Ryvita multigrain rye cakes (lightly salted),¬†San Miguel 0.0% and¬†Lift Matcha instant green tea.

January 2018 box

Clipper everyday organic tea sample, Robinsons fruit cordial, LighterLife Fast Ready to Drink shakes, Explore Cuisine edamame and mung bean fettuccine, Latin America Kitchen Colombian crunchy chicken corn coating, Latin America chipotle mayo topping, Hershey’s cookies and cream snack pack, Mahtay Yerba Mate sparkling tea, Pulsin vanilla whey protein powder,¬†Pulsin vanilla choc chip protein booster bar, Jordans juicy red berry frusli bars, Wild Planet albacore wild tuna steaks, Miso Tasty spicy ramen noodle kit and Mallow & Marsh bar.

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So, what did I think of the Degustabox monthly subcription?

I was very pleased with my latest January box, it had a super healthy ‘New Year, new me’ theme and the varied items made for interesting snacks and dinners. I have to admit, I was not a big fan of the Mahtay Yerba Mate sparkling tea and the¬†Pulsin vanilla choc chip protein booster bar –¬†this did not put me off mind, the rest of the box was delicious.¬†

As you can see from the above months, Degustabox covers breakfast, additions for lunch or dinner, snacking, condiments, sweet treats, quirky drinks and other household essentials. They also include lots of handy tips and recipes to really brighten up your mealtimes.

Each box contains 10 to 15 surprise products, with many being new to the market. Please note, I may have some additional items in my review boxes.

The Degustabox subscription is £12.99 monthly. However, if you use code 80O4C, you will receive an exclusive one time discount of £7, making your first box only £5.99! Handy eh? You can get your box here.

What do you think of Degustabox? What would you like to see in a monthly food box?

Stephanie xox

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Quit Smoking by Vaping with Flavour Boss

Flavour Boss UK review

It is almost January, 2018 and time for all those New Year resolutions to come swarming in Рhow about this year we stick to a few? 

When it comes to your health, you certainly do not need New Years Day to kick you into action.¬†Let’s face it, smoking is a tough habit to quit, but the benefits it can have to your lifestyle can be pretty dramatic.

Not only will you feel better, look better and be less anxious and on edge, but your health will truly thank you for it.

The switch is tough though, so why not wean yourself off with vaping? Initially, you can still have  liquids containing nicotine and slowly but surely make your way down to liquids without a trace of it.

Flavour Boss UK vaping hardware review

So, what did I think of the Flavour Boss UK?

Flavour Boss UK offers an astounding collection of hardware, kits, liquids and accessories. They have hardware to suit all, whether you are looking for an affordable day-to-day vape or something a little fancier.

I tried out the Aspire PockeX and Rx Gen 3 Kit models and neither failed to impress. The Aspire PockeX offers ease of use, simple funcionality and lasting charging, proving itself great on the go and ideal for beginners.

The Rx Gen 3 Kit is a fantastic model also, although more complex with batteries and a weightier body. It offers a fully adjustable experience with a control panel, allowing you to choose the temperature and strength of the vape with an output of 300w.

Flavour Boss also provide any accessories you may need, including bottles, syringes, colouring, wires and cutters to make your experience carefree.

What makes Flavour Boss a little bit special is their own collection of Boss Shots, their exclusive brand of one-shot concentrate liquids that allows you to mix up unique flavours.

I was lucky enough to sample a mix, and let me tell you, it is an impressive selection that works! Having such a variety of flavours certainly keeps things interesting –¬†the sweeter ones really aid with any food cravings too!

Flavour Boss UK vape liquids review

The issue with smoking is the addiction to nicotine and the motion of raising your hand to your mouth to smoke. Once you switch and wean yourself slowly off the nicotine, you will thank yourself for it in the long run.

Switching to vaping is a far healthier alternative to smoking and may just mean you quit the habit all together. It is time to stick to that New Years resolution!

What do you think of Flavour Boss UK? Would you switch to vaping?

Stephanie xox

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Thorpe Park Fright Nights

Fright Nights at Thorpe Park review

I love theme parks. Actually, that is an understatement. I ADORE theme parks. There is nothing quite like being hurtled around loops and sheer drops that doesn’t make a great start to the day.

In the South of England, there is really only one place you want to spend Halloween being thrown about from rollercoaster to rollercoaster, and that is Thorpe Park.

Although lacking elaborate make up or a costume, I knew I was in for a spooky and fun day spending my Halloween at Fright Nights at Thorpe Park.

Thorpe Park Fright Nights EntranceThorpe Park Fright Nights VideoThorpe Park Fright Nights Fog

So, what did I think of the Fright Nights at Thorpe Park experience?

Walking in, the park had evidently had a Halloween theme revamp, with ghoulish decor, low-lit lighting, smoke machines and live actors creeping in as dusk settled for the night.

In collaboartion with AMC The Walking Dead, Thorpe Park also featured two new scary mazes. Say hello to THE WALKING DEAD: Living Nightmare and THE WALKING DEAD: Sanctum.

Sanctum was a real treat, a creepy live action outdoor maze with a deep South twist. With accents haunting each twist and turn, the live actors certainly knew how to put a shiver down your spine.

Thorpe Park Fright Nights Sanctum MazeThorpe Park Fright Nights Saw Alive MazeThorpe Park Fright Nights The Big Top

In addition to the usual thrill ride and attractions, Fright Nights at Thorpe Park also welcomed four additional mazes and attractions to explore, including Saw Alive, The Big Top, Platform No. 15 and Containment.

It was certainly a worthwhile venture, with later closing times, the addition of new mazes and attractions and the haunted vibe taken into consideration. I would recommend a ticket for 2018 and I will probably return again myself.¬†Do remember though,¬†“the island changes after dark.”

Have you been to Fright Nights at Thorpe Park? How did you spend your Halloween this year? 

Stephanie xox

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The LDN Gal (@stephmulz) at The World of Beatrix Potter Attraction

The World Of Beatrix Potter Attraction review

Revisiting your childhood is always fun. Who doesn’t love memories of long summer days, adventures aplenty and a bookcase stacked with delicately illustrated books?

I have to be honest, Beatrix Potter was a dear friend of mine as a child. As soon as I could read, I inherited her entire collection, entranced by the little animals within her stories and their quirks. Like most children, Peter Rabbit held a special place in my heart.

When visiting the Lake District with my family, I could not resist The World of Beatrix Potter Attraction in Bowness-on-Windermere and it certainly did not disappoint.

Mr Tod and Jemima Puddle-Duck, The World of Beatrix Potter Attraction exterior

Entering the building, I must admit, I felt a tad peculiar when surrounded by a gaggle of toddlers, accompanied by worn out mothers with their buggies and rucksacks in tow.

Purchasing our tickets, we were led into a small theatre room and given a quick contextual review of Beatrix Potter, her character and treasured work. It was a nice little summary of the great author before entering the attraction.

Jemima Puddle-Duck statue, The World of Beatrix Potter Attraction garden

So, what is there to see and do inside The World of Beatrix Potter Attraction?

Once inside, we were placed within her incredible stories, with delicate displays featuring her characters alongside a host of interactive and interesting exhibits – there were photo opportunities aplenty.

The highlight of the attraction was the garden, which was particularly lovely and surrounded with wonderful flowers. Its centrepiece an imposing statue shrouded in characters with two children letting go off a seemingly disgruntled Jemima Puddle-Duck in mid-flight.

Mr McGregor's Garden, Peter Rabbit, The World of Beatrix Potter AttractionMr McGregor's Garden, Peter Rabbit, The World of Beatrix Potter Attraction

In one corner, stood McGregor’s own garden, warning people out with a tongue-in-cheek¬†sign. It’s own centrepiece the baby blue coat and boots of Peter Rabbit hung on sticks, while the cheeky statue of Peter Rabbit knawing his stolen vegetables stood boldly beside.

Going through each story was wonderful and in the penultamite room of the attraction¬†you are presented with another theatre, detailing Beatrix Potter’s life and dedication to the conservation of the Lake District – an area she protected with her wealth, donating a vast amount of land to the National Trust.

Peter Rabbit and family, The World of Beatrix Potter Attraction

As you leave, an imposing (and slightly terrifying in my opinion) aged waxwork statue of the author bids you farewell.

The adventure isn’t over yet though. Swinging by the packed gift shop you will soon be tempted in by the Beatrix Potter Tea Room downstairs. This themed cafe may not look like much initially but its quaint decor and high tea is simply incredible. If you haven’t guessed already,¬†I am mildly obsessed with the quintessentially British tradition of afternoon and high tea.¬†¬†

This high tea was nothing short of spectacular, with sandwiches made-to-order alongside a seasonal salad, complimented by a selection of homemade cakes and two gargantuan scones with clotted cream and delicious jam.

It’s safe to say, my parter and I devoured it. However, I must admit that my mother also assisted – she simply could not resist once she saw what was on offer.

Overall, The World of Beatrix Potter Attraction is a truly magical experience, allowing you to revisit childhood happiness and dine on a spectacular feast of fresh sandwiches and homemade cake – lets be honest, can you really think of a better day out than that?

What was your favourite Beatrix Potter book? Have you been to the Lake District?

Stephanie xox

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Hokusai The Great Wave Exhibition, British Museum, London

Hokusai exhibition, London

The Hokusai Beyond the Great Wave exhibition at the British Museum is a spectacular affair of oriental art, colour and history. The exhibition illustrates the work of one of Japan’s most famed artists, Kasushika Hokusai.

Hokusai (1760-1849), lived and worked in Japan throughout his lifetime, producing some of his most famed artwork in his later life, a firm believer that with age would come artistic excellence.

During his 90 years, he produced a spectacular creative spectrum of beautiful art, including famed print collections, illustrated books and a variety of intricate paintings.

The Hokusai Beyond the Great Wave exhibition illustrates the last 30 years of the extraordinary artists life and showcases many of his masterpieces, including the celebrated Great Wave (an iconic highlight for many).

Hokusai The Great Wave Exhibition, British Museum, London

Hokusai: Beyond the Great Wave exhibition

In his later life, Hokusai became to become influenced by European techniques and artforms, integrating this knowledge into developed art styles, perfectly illustrated throughout the exhibition.

Discover works depicting enchanting landscapes, wonderful portraits, vibrant communal scenes, mystical creatures and delicate illustrations of nature.

The exhibition is open until the 13th August, 2017 and offers a rare oppurtunity to see these great works collectively, as well as the oppurtunity to explore the context of influence for one of Japan’s most exceptional artists. I can highly recommend it for any fan of Japanese culture or art.

For a sneak preview of the event, take a look here.

Are you a fan of Hokusai? Which piece of artwork is your favourite?

Stephanie xox

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A view of Prague Castle from the Vltava River, Prague

Guide to Prague: A long weekend of pastel coloured views and terracotta roofs

Prague has always fascinated me – pretty buildings, cultural attractions, and an affordable price tag, what more could a girl want from a city break? With all that in mind, a weekend in this scenic city was definitely on the cards, and Prague was the next destination myself and my boyfriend had planned to visit in Europe. Here is a 20 something’s guide to Prague:

Prepped for a long weekend, our mini adventure would begin after a nights sleep in our okay-ish hotel. The Hotel Colosseum was well located to attractions and to be honest, pretty cheap РI am not overly snobby when it comes to hotels, I literally sleep there. 

Old Town, Prague:

Our hotel was less than five minutes from the celebrated Dancing House or ‘Fred and Ginger’ and this was to be our first stop. This deconstructivist¬†style building features quirky architectural design and fascinates many in its place amongst a myriad of Baroque, Rococo¬†and Renaissance buildings, to name a few architectural styles found within Prague. We gave the Dancing House a quick glance and raced towards the UNESCO-listed Old Town – naturally.

Church of Our Lady before T√Ĺn, Old Town, Prague

Church of Our Lady before T√Ĺn, Old Town, Prague

Stepping into the Old Town in Prague is very charming, lined with ornate buildings, street food vendors and the grand Church of Our Lady before T√Ĺn and of course, the wonderful Astronomical Clock. Embellished with cobbled streets, Gothic churches and its array of architectural styles, the whole city is very romantic – our favourite start to the day being coffee together in the square each morning.

Astronomical Clock, Prague:

What did we love most about the quaint Old Town and its buzzing square? It would have to be the famed Astronomical Clock. Be sure to await the hourly procession for a truly lovely show, with rhythmic chimes and animated figures – we managed to miss it about eight times during our stay before finally seeing it.

Astronomical Clock and Church of Our Lady before T√Ĺn, Old Town, Prague

Astronomical Clock and Church of Our Lady before T√Ĺn, Old Town, Prague

Another cultural delight that mesmerised was the exquisite Gothic Church of our Lady on Tyn, a grand building, which dominated the Old Town skyline, its interior almost as astounding as its exterior. This divine and ornate church dates back to the 14th century.

Letenské Sady Park, Prague:

However, ¬†there is another church that dominates the Prague cityscape, and that is St. Vitus Cathedral, a beautiful church within the mighty walls of the Prague castle compound. Uphill, we made our way through the lush Letensk√© sady¬†park to the castle –¬†there is so much green space in Prague, it is truly fabulous.¬†

A view on the descent towards Prague Castle, Prague

A view on the descent towards Prague Castle, Prague

Once you have made your way to the top of Letensk√© sady , ensure to stop a moment and appreciate the wonderful view of the city beneath you, it is so picturesque, a sea of pastel houses, terracotta roofs, and trams, separated by the delicate and winding Vltava river –¬†it is a little bit magical, to say the least.¬†

Prague castle, Prague:

As you enter, be sure to purchase a ticket for Prague Castle that includes all the attractions you desire to see. The handy thing about these tickets is they seemingly last two days, so no rushing around to catch everything in one visit before 4pm.

St. Vitus Cathedral, Prague Castle, Prague

St. Vitus Cathedral, Prague Castle, Prague

St. Vitus Cathedral, Prague:

For me, St. Vitus Cathedral was the focal point of the area, its dark exterior boldly contrasting against the smooth and light pastel walls surrounding it. Similar to all the other churches in Prague, the interior was sublime, truly beautiful for any fan of churches like myself.

Golden Lane, Prague:

After a rather disappointing venture into the castle’s interior, we had a bite to eat and wandered down towards Golden Lane, a collection of former and rather cosmopolitan looking homes of seamstresses, moviemakers, and herbalists that used to live within the castle grounds.

Golden Lane, Prague Castle, Prague

Golden Lane, Prague Castle, Prague

Charles Bridge, Prague:

While in Prague, be sure to sample some Czech delicacies by indulging in some delicious street food. Local treats include trdelník (essentially a spiralised pastry with delicious fillings), as well as famed sausages and hams. Saying this, we were tempted more so by the Hard Rock Cafe in Prague and had a wonderful Americanised meal. Whatever food you choose to carb overload on, be sure to make your way towards the exquisite Charles Bridge afterwards.

A view of Charles Bridge from the Vltava River, Prague

A view of Charles Bridge from the Vltava River, Prague

Mal√° Strana, Prague:

Strolling along the winding Vltava River it is almost impossible to miss the entrance to the grand Charles Bridge. It becomes an even more impressive affair as you cross it, adorned with religious statues along its ancient stone walls. The bridge connects the Old Town with the pastel coloured streets of the historic district of Malá Strana. It is like crossing into a fairytale, with many a wow moment.

The historic district of Mal√° Strana, Prague

The historic district of Mal√° Strana, Prague

John Lennon Wall, Prague:

The backstreets of Mal√° Strana are amazing to wander, as you step off Charles Bridge you will discover an array of food vendors, cosy riverside views and sweet lock bridges in abundance. An interesting stop in the area, is the John Lennon Wall, a graffiti shine to the late Beatles singer and songwriter, adorned with some peculiar quotes and imagery ¬†–¬†It makes for an interesting picture, to say the least.¬†

The vibrant John Lennon Wall, Prague

The vibrant John Lennon Wall, Prague

PetŇô√≠n Hill, Prague:

Having already seen Prague Castle, we took the steep climb from Mal√° Strana, past the exquisite Baroque St. Nicholas Church, up to¬†PetŇô√≠n Hill to explore some more. There we discovered incredible views, old castle ruins and so many cute dogs we didn’t really want to leave. It really is nice to just step away from the city for a moment to stop and see it all. We decided against¬†PetŇô√≠n Tower, already having gained some incredible views from walking through the parks alone.

The view from PetŇô√≠n Hill, Prague

The view from PetŇô√≠n Hill, Prague

After all the walking and with a recommendation from a friend, we decided to celebrate one evening with a few quirky cocktails at AnonymouS Bar, a very tucked away establishment near the Old Town Square. This quirky bar sells some strong cocktails, doing so in a rather animated and exciting fashion – trust me on this one, try it out and try to get a glimpse of the secret menu.

After a whirlwind weekend, we had managed to walk about 30 miles (public transport really isn’t too necessary), see all the attractions we desired to and¬†had a truly amazing time. I would recommend Prague to anyone and would be more than happy to give some advice if needed!

Have you been to Prague? Where is the next European destination on your travel list?

Stephanie xox

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