My Week That Was (3) Weight Loss, Sushi School, Park Life, Zootopia, Japan Crate, Tropical Wings Zoo, Eric Lanlard’s Afternoon Tea

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My Week That Was 3Mondays can roll around really quickly can’t they? It’s time again for another My Week That Was! If it’s your first time reading one of these posts, it’s where I fill you in with stuff that’s been happening in my world this past week. Right now I’m actually struggling with getting posts written, because I’m juggling a lot of different little projects and my time management is very poor at the moment. Something to work on in the coming weeks I think.

Weight Loss

If you watched my vlog last Monday, you’ll have heard my story about yo-yo dieting throughout my life. I believe I said I would be back with an update, and I am very pleased to report that I lost weight this week. How much? Watch this week’s vlog to find out!

Sushi School

This one isn’t something I did this week, but something my husband did, as a team-building thing at work. Back in 2009 (or was it 2010?), we did a sushi making experience at Yo! Sushi in London (it was one of my wedding gifts to him!) and had such a fun time. Because of that, he suggested this as something to do with the team, rather than the usual bowling that they always seem to do.

I have to confess that I was jealous that he was getting the chance to do this again, because I LOVE sushi, and making it is actually really fun!

He’s actually going to write a blog post about it for me, so watch out for that soon! In the mean time, here are a couple of pictures he took.

Park Life

My son had a day off work, and asked if we could all go up the park, and by all, I mean us, and my sister, brother-in-law and niece. He might be 17, but he’s still enjoys spending time with us as a family. It was nice for me to get out of the house, even though it was actually quite chilly on Saturday, and I do not do well in the cold, at all. There was a football kick about, and lots of climbing on the park equipment for my niece. And I had another chance to use my new camera. I’m slowly getting used to using it!

Zootopia (Zootropolis)

I finally watched this recent Disney movie, and I have to say it’s my new, new favourite! I absolutely LOVED it. I thought it was hilariously funny, the animation was great, it had some great affirmation quotes, it had me crying (all Disney movies make me cry) and it gave me two new favourite characters in Judy Hopps and Nick Wilde. If you haven’t seen it, and love Disney movies, I highly recommend it.  10/10 from me!

The short synopsis from IMDB is: “In a city of anthropomorphic animals, a rookie bunny cop and a cynical con artist fox must work together to uncover a conspiracy.”

I really do hope they make a sequel to this! In fact, even better would be a series exploring the lives of the characters. That is a cop show I would so watch!!

I’m not really sure why the name of the film was changed to Zootropolis for the UK audience. They both work as titles though, Zootopia being a play on the word utopia, which means an imagined place or state of things in which everything is perfect. Then Zootropolis being a play on the word metropolis, which is a large and bustling city. I call it Zootopia, simply because I’m stubborn, and watched all the trailers months ago as Zootopia :D

Zootopia

Japan Crate

This is the latest subscription box that I’m trying out. I’ve always been obsessed with Japan and it’s culture – both traditional, and modern, and really hope to visit Japan in the next few years. In my younger days I had several Japanese penpals, and as well as writing letters, we would do swaps as well, sending each other snacks, sweets, and other little things from our respective countries. I do miss those swaps, and penapls – we lost touch over the years…

Back to Japan Crate though, which is a monthly box full of Japanese candy, snacks and drinks. I bought the premium box for $30 plus $15 shipping, and for me it was so worth it! I am leaving trying this box out for a few weeks though, as want to stay focused on my diet (I ordered this box weeks ago!), but when I do, I’m going to be making a video with my sister, and it’s going to be so much fun! I do plan on ordering next month’s box too, as there is a Legend of Zelda collectable inside, and I LOVE that game. They also sell another subscription box called Doki Doki Crate, which I will look into in the future – it’s full of cute kawaii things, and as someone who used to collect Sanrio, and Hello Kitty stuff, that is right up my alley!

Japan Crate

Tropical Wings Zoo

Steve and I went to Tropical Wings Zoo yesterday, we had such a lovely time, and I enjoyed using my camera here. Wildlife is definitely one of my favourite photography subjects, and I think I manged to get some great shots. Tropical Wings is in South Woodham Ferrers, Essex, and not too far a drive from us. We have been here a few times in the past, and it’s always been fab. There is a butterfly house; lots of birds, including birds of prey; wallabies; lemurs; spider monkeys, meerkats, and lots more. It’s not too big a zoo, and feels like a really family friendly place.

A full post about this will be coming soon (I still have to write about Woburn Safari Park, but hey, there is the video I made on my YouTube channel that you can watch!) but in the mean time here are some of my photos. You can click on the images to make them bigger.

Eric Lanlard’s Afternoon Tea

I do love an afternoon tea! It’s something I wish we did more often. The last time we went for afternoon tea, was a couple of years ago in London, and it’s something I always mean to do at home every once in a while. We’ve actually got an afternoon tea booked in Orlando for my 40th birthday, so I’m going to be interested to see how the Americans pull off something that is so quintessentially British!

Afternoon Tea by Eric Lanlard

I was sent the Afternoon Tea book by Eric Lanlard, a French pâtissier and celebrity chef to review. Let me start by saying, I read cook books like novels – I love the beauty of well styled food photography (even though I am, myself, crap at doing that!), and reading any little stories that go along with recipes. And of course the recipes themselves – many of which sound so good in this book.

The book starts with an introduction from Eric, explaining his love of baking, and of afternoon tea, and the book goes on to talk about how to match teas with food, and how to make the perfect cuppa, followed by some suggested menus using recipes from the book.

The recipes are grouped into different chapters: Macarons and Choux, Savoury Tarts, Sandwiches and Scones, Cakes and Sweet Tarts, Pâtisserie, and finally, Biscuits. There are so many pretty photos in this book, and just leafing through it makes me want to have a tea party right now! Some of the stand out recipes for me include: Tequila King Prawn Sliders, Tartlettes aux Fruits (a afternoon tea classic), Mini Tomato, Olive, and Mozzarella Tarts, Red Velvet Cheesecake and Hazelnut Macarons with Pumpkin Puree.

If afternoon tea is your thing, then this book will not disappoint! Buy Eric Lanlard’s Afternoon Tea from Amazon here.*

Snapchat Selfies

Because I’m finding Snapchat to be hilarious, here are some of this week’s selfies! Add me on Snapchat!

Disclosure:  *I was sent this book to review. All thoughts are my own. Contains an affiliate link.

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