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What to eat… Lockdown life in St Albans as a foodie

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Within a week or two of lowdown, as major foodies, we were massively missing going out for dinner and continuing to work our way around the array of fabulous St. Albans restaurants.

We began missing the simple things; like walking into town on a Saturday morning and enjoying the amazing street food that the St. Albans market has to offer. Luckily for us, and for St Albans food lovers, many street food stalls, cafes, restaurants and even local home cooks, started providing delivery services, and boy have we made the most of them!

We have highlighted just a few of our favourite street food lockdown deliveries below, and info on how you can get your hands on them!

Killa Waffles – @killa_waffles

Killa Waffles - Lockdown life as a Foodie in St Albans

Usually based at London street food markets, we have been lucky enough to have this amazing business delivering in their local area of St Albans during lockdown. If you love fried chicken (who doesn’t!) then you have to try Killa Waffles! They are delivering around St Albans and the local area every Friday to Sunday evening.

For our Friday night take away a couple of weeks back we ordered the Killa Mac & Cheese, which is their mouth-watering mac and cheese topped with buttermilk fried chicken and homemade garlic mayo and chipotle sauce on the side. Because there is always room for a little more, we also ordered Killa Nacho Fries topped with pulled pork, shredded cheese, sour cream, homemade guacamole and tomatillo salsa…we haven’t stopped thinking about them since!

Thankfully, they are still delivering for the rest of June in St Albans and we hear their Godzilla burger is a must try! 2 x southern fried chicken, beef brisket glazed with a spicy BBQ sauce, American cheese, lettuce and a mix of garlic and siracha sauce, YUM! If this sounds like your kind of burger, then make sure you check them out on Instagram and secure your delivery slot!

Peddling Pizza – @peddlingpizzas

Peddling Pizza - Lockdown life as a Foodie in St Albans

The most delicious award-winning Neapolitan style pizzas you will try, each one hand-stretched to order with their 24-hour slow-fermented dough, its light, delicious and not to be missed! You can get your hands on one on a Wednesday or Friday and there is always a special on the menu each week.

For our most recent order, we tried The Peddler – salami, nduja, fresh chilli and a drizzle of homemade chilli honey, plus, The Zucca – pumpkin cream, basil, mozzarella, gorgonzola and you even have the option of adding some heat with a topping of nduja!
The most recent special you can get your hands on is a sweet pizza with a baked custard base, crumbled brownie and hot Nutella drizzle, we’ll say no more!

Pink Cactus – @pinkcactus_uk

Pink Cactus - Lockdown life as a Foodie in St Albans

Mexican street food that’s fun, full of variety and just delicious! They have been parked up alongside Peddling Pizzas at the Mermaid Pub in St Albans on Saturday evenings and are offering both collection and delivery throughout the week. On their menu, you will find Burritos, Tacos, Nachos and loaded fries. Mexican Tacos are their signature dish and we would recommend trying a selection of all their flavours, you can then pick your own favourite!

Not quite street food but we could not miss sharing what has become a Tuesday lunchtime tradition for us! Anne from Taste of Vietnam St Albans cooks up authentic Vietnamese dishes and has been serving St Albans her delicious homemade food for just over 3 years.

We have been making the most of her homemade Vietnamese Banh Mi’s which are traditional Vietnamese sandwiches made up of a crusty baguette, your choice of meat, pickled vegetables plus coriander and mayo, a real Asian delight! They can be booked for collection through her Facebook and Instagram pages and we have not found a better lunch to sit and eat in the sunshine during lockdown!

You can also order a 3-course authentic Vietnamese meal on a Friday evening, with traditional dishes such as steamed rolls, Pho, grilled chicken or fish curry, all freshly cooked by Anne herself (she even includes some Vegan options!)



To keep up to date with all things food and drink in St Albans, follow The St Albans Foodies on Instagram @stalbansfoodies – We have just surpassed 1,000 followers and have something very exciting coming soon!

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The Hub Milton Keynes hosts our May #lunchNbloggers event

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The Hub Milton Keynes Host #lunchNbloggers for the first time

The TrendLife Magazine team are excited to announce that #lunchNbloggers is back. We have been working hard to plan something special for our first post-lockdown event so we are happy to say we have chosen The Hub Milton Keynes.

This #lunchNbloggers will be the first event that features over five dining experiences as we discover all what The Hub has to offer. Located in the heart of Milton Keynes between Midsummer Boulevard and Avebury Boulevard, The Hub is home to a wide range of popular restaurants, bars and hotels.

The Hub Milton Keynes Host #lunchNbloggers for the first time

What to expect when #lunchNbloggers arrives at The Hub Milton Keynes

As part of The Hub #lunchNbloggers experience, we will sampling and experiencing some of the most popular dining destinations in Milton Keynes

  • Bogata – We will be starting with a Meet & Great at Milton Keynes’ first speciality coffee shop
  • Las Iguanas – Join us as we sample a slice of the Latin life which is on offer at The Hub
  • Turtle Bay – A bottomless brunch of Caribbean inspired dishes at Turtle Bay is next on the menu
  • Banana Tree – At the fabulous Banana Tree, we will be experiencing Japanese style private dining
  • Blossom Room – Sticking with the Japanese theme, we will be ending the night in style at the fabulous Blossom Room. Make sure you charge your phone for those instagram stories.

As with all our #lunchNbloggers events, the masterclass is always something special and we have arranged a Yoga masterclass with a twist at Sweat Studios. Chill out, stretch out or work out – it is your choice. As with all our masterclasses, everything you need will be provided.

The #lunchNbloggers Team at Harben House

About The Hub Milton Keynes

The Hub is a vibrant restaurant, cafe, hotel and lifestyle quarter in the very heart of Milton Keynes.

Register for #lunchNbloggers

#lunchNbloggers has always been and will remain FREE to attend. We occasionally ask for a small deposit to ensure those who are selected attend notify us in advance so we can offer this exclusive opportunity to another member of the #lunchNbloggers team. To register for this event, please complete the form below and remember to follow us on instagram for updates.

Dates

Thursday 27th May 2021
From Midday until late.

If you wish to attend but cannot take part in the Yoga masterclass, please let us know when you register.

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Why it could be time stop dieting & consider what you consume…

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Why it could be time stop dieting & consider what you consume...

We’ve tried them all haven’t we? Atkins, Paleo, Keto and if you’re a certain age then maybe the Cabbage Soup Diet. But do any of them keep weight off in the long term? In most cases, the answer is sadly, no. They may provide a short-term fix, but in the longer term the scales will slowly creep back up again.

In fact, evidence shows that dieting is linked with a higher risk of gaining weight. Many of you will know from bitter experience that you go on a diet, you lose some weight, you don’t feel great as you’re denying yourself certain food groups, or foods you love and then when you return to your normal way of eating, the pounds creep back on again.

Why it could be time for you to stop dieting

Why it could be time stop dieting & consider what you consume…

This is why we need to reframe how we see a ‘diet’. When you look the word ‘diet’ up in the dictionary, the first meaning is ‘The food and drink we consume on a daily basis’ and the second meaning is ‘a limited amount of food we eat for medical reasons or to lose weight’. If we were to focus on the first meaning and embark on a diet that is for life and which provides us with all the nutrients we need to thrive then we’d have much less need to focus on the second meaning.

A great way to assess if your current way of eating is the best one for you, is to ask yourself if you’d be content eating the way you do now in two years’ time? if the answer is no, then it’s time to make some changes and discover your diet for life.

We also mustn’t forget that one size won’t fit all when it comes to a diet for life. We don’t all respond in the same way to the calories we consume and we don’t all undertake the same amount of daily movement or have the same metabolism. What works for one person may not work for another and this is why taking an individualised approach works much better.

It’s also important to not look at one factor in isolation, for example, stress, sleep and movement all impact upon our weight and our energy and if we only look at what we are eating then we may not achieve our goals as quickly.

 


 

If you’d like start your journey towards a diet for life, then why not book one of my 30-minute Vitality Review Consultations? We can talk about your health goals and discuss some tips for changing your diet and lifestyle so that you can find an energetic, healthy version of you who can thrive in life.

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St Albans favourites deny rumours of new High Street in the sky

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New St Albans High Street

Late on Tuesday night, three high profile businesses in St Albans were forced to release statements denying involvement in the launch of a Super High Street above St Albans.

Three of the so called St Albans ‘Big Six’ – Chloe James Lifestyle, Must Wine Bar and Mad Squirrel – have all put out statements denying rumours they plan to create a new St Albans High. The remaining three are expected to make statements in the next 24 hours.

The announcement of a new St Albans High Street has caused enormous uproar across Hertfordshire and beyond, with near universal disbelief from shoppers, local residents and politicians – including British Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

Unconfirmed plans suggest a monorail system will be constructed to take shoppers from the iconic clock tower to the yet-to-be confirmed new St Albans High Street somewhere above St Albans Cathedral.

New St Albans High Street

Entrance to St Albans’ proposed new Super High Street

Donna Nichol, owner of the popular independent fashion store Chloe James Lifestyle has issued a statement.

I have absolutely no idea where this has come from and ironically, I cannot see it getting off the ground. We have been welcoming back our customers and have enjoyed the buzz of a busy shop. Why would I want to move my store 30 feet above St Albans?

I have just recently updated the shop window with a new French brand called FRNCH – how will anyone see it? Ignore the rumours and find us where we have been keeping St Albans fashionable for the last ten years.

Chloe James Lifestyle prepares for lockdown reopening

Mad Squirrel St Albans have also put out a strong worded statement in response to news of the Super High Street. General Manager James has gone on record and said “Of the 25 beers we have on tap, nothing is that strong”.


We have been here in St Albans for almost two years and whilst we are accustomed to hearing the occasional bit of nonsense in the taproom, this idea is farcical. Beer and heights don’t mix so we will remain on the ground floor of St Albans in Heritage Close serving the finest beers to St Albans residents.”

Mad Squirrel has quickly established itself as one of the predominant beer destinations in St Albans. With access from the footpath towards the Abbey, it would seem a strange decision from management but when you are around beer all day, anything can happen.

Mad Squirrel St Albans

Mad Squirrel staff claimed to not have seen the plans

Local resident Isabelle Ringing who we interviewed shopping in St Albans said the idea was nonsense. “St Albans is unique and residents love it the way it is. Why? a monorail? I just can’t get my head around it – we don’t need this nonsense in St Albans.”

Have a glass or two at Must Wine Bar Harpenden

Must Wine located on George Street were also quick to release a statement in regards to the rumours. Wine Steward and c0-owner Mike Nuttall explained, “I get the idea – great minds drink alike and the concept of tasting the finest wines with breathtaking views of Hertfordshire is idyllic.

However, the individual who came up with the pour decision of running a monorail above St Albans is clearly on cloud wine.” Must Wine will continue run wine tasting classes on George Street.

As these rumours of a break-away high street continue to spread, the TrendLife team will continue to keep you updated with facts instead of fiction.

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