Tuesday, August 04, 2015

#IGIVEASPIT: BLOOD CANCER

Dear gorgeous person, you!


Today I'm supporting the Anthony Nolan Campaign #IGiveASpit. In this video below, I explain a little bit about why. Please share/RT on all social media networks. I'm proud to say I'm now on the Anthony Nolan register. Please join too and remember to #IGiveASpit. In the video, I also explain why Anthony Nolan are specifically looking for young men 16-30y/o as well as people from Ethnic minorities.




A few weeks ago, the lovely Nelufar Hedayat (Channel 4 reporter) posted a status on Facebook about the BBC holding an open day for Sue Lloyd-Roberts at their building near Oxford Circus. Sue is a very well respected journalist who's worked for the BBC for many years. She's recently been diagnosed with Leukaemia and the BBC launched an appeal for potential stem cell donors on Sue's behalf. When I read Sue's story, I immediately felt like I needed to do something. It was very short notice but I managed to move things around in order to attend the BBC appeal day.



Whilst I was there, I was very touched by how big an impact something as simple as donating stem cells could have - a donor is literally saving someone's life simply by giving blood and this only involves you sitting in a chair, wired up to a painless machine that takes your blood, as you read a book/magazine for the next four hours - #simplesss! Anthony Nolan - the official national charity who link stem cell donors to people who need them, explain a lot about this on their website.

I decided to let the Anthony Nolan staff know I was a blogger and see if there was any way I could get involved and help spread the word! I was in luck as they were looking for just that! They kindly booked me an appointment to meet Luke and Rachel from the marketing team and the rest is history.

GETTING MY T-SHIRT PRINTED

I'm sorry I kept this a little secret from you - I wasn't allowed to say anything until today. For this exciting bit, we headed off to Topshop on Oxford Street to get my t-shirt designed. I was like a kid in a candy store. There were so many designs and ways to bring my ideas to life. The possibilities were literally endless. I was helped by the lovely Jada from Yr Store - an independent store within Topshop that prints 3D designs.




This was the design I came up with and the process was breath-taking to witness (okay perhaps a slight exaggeration) haha. Luke from Anthony Nolan (also pictured) was absolutely amazing. He's been supporting me whilst I've been supporting the campaign.





THE FINISHED PRODUCT

A bit vain that I have so many pictures of me wearing my t-shirt but that's only because I'm so very proud to say #IGiveASpit!








I'm so grateful to Anthoy Nolan for letting me be part of this campaign and support people like Sue Lloyd-Roberts. Definitely looking forward to working with them some more, if the opportunity arises. In the meantime, remember you can register here.

Lots of love,
J
xo xo

Friday, July 24, 2015

WAHACA VEGAN SONORA SALAD UPDATE

Dear gorgeous person, you!




So a while ago, I wrote a blog about this when I was doing my vegan challenge. I had the most amazing Sonora salad ever from Wahaca in Canary Wharf and of course, I had to tweet them to ask if I could film a video. More than anything, I just wanted to know how I could make this at home. Almost immediately, I got a tweet back from Wahaca's official Twitter. It was their Brixton branch saying they would be very happy for me to come in and film and so... here's the outcome.


Huge thanks to manager Anna Kearney and head chef Ricardo. Staff were so patient with us. Very accommodating at such short notice as well. #SoGrateful



I'll definitely recommend this meal. You could have the meat version or without the tortilla if you preferred. See my earlier blog for more details.

Lots of love,
xo xo 

Thursday, March 05, 2015

WAHACA SONORA SALAD

Dear gorgeous person you! 

This week, I've been off from my Physio job and two days ago, I found myself with not a lot in the calendar which is quite rare as I tend to fill up my spare time with media whenever I can. I decided to go back to WAHACA in Canary Wharf to have a bite to eat!


I ordered this amazing Sonora salad in all it's glory. I first had it at this same branch of Wahaca when I was doing my vegan challenge and I remember saying to Ian - it's the best salad ever!! This branch is right in the heart of Canary Wharf - literally 2minutes walk from the station. It overlooks the ground where the outdoor winter ice rink used to be. Based on the second floor, the views are so beautiful if you're lucky enough to be sat by the window.


Just before you go in, you get this lovely sink where you can wash your hands which is a nice touch, considering you may have been traveling on the underground! 

 

Inside, the decor is beautiful but unfortunately, I suppose due to the time of day I went (lunch time), it was a little bit dead. To be honest though, I didn't mind so much as I could take pictures without invading customers' privacies whilst they ate. Staff were really lovely and accommodating. Just like last time, they were all so very friendly. 


As the pics above show, the food was absolutely amazing. I would go back there but will probably order something else as surprisingly, there's SO MUCH on the menu including lots of vegan alternatives which is nice to see.

Sonora salad ingredients: Avacado, Pumpkin seeds, British organic spelt, Cos lettuce in a crispy Tortilla bowl with Black bean and Corn salsa - all for £7.50.  Last time (in Decemeber 2014), I ordered it without the tortilla bowl and it looked like this below. After eating, we went ice skating which was lovely. On both occasions, I ordered a side dish of Sweet potato chunks - at about £3.50 each, I thought it was a little pricy but very yummy! 


These are so unrelated but I found these in the shopping centre in Canary Wharf - just downstairs from Wahaca. Thought they were cute so took some pics for you!


I'd definitely recommend the Sonora salad to anyone or just Wahaca as a restaurant for lunch or dinner. The manager was brilliant and kindly agreed to let me take as many photos as I wanted but what I would have loved was to get the chef on film, making a sonora salad. What a shame the woman at the head office declined this as it's a brilliant restaurant but could really benefit from people knowing where they are as they're kinda hidden and you have to know where you're going, in order to find them. Plus to be fair, they could do with the extra free marketing as the restaurant was kind of empty. Don't want you lovely people missing out on good food, do I?

Lots of Love,
J
xo xo

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