Sunday, 15 July 2018

Summer Playlists*

For me Summer just makes me think of Pop Punk, the second the sun shines I just wanna blast pop punk so loud it hurts. I mean yeah I do listen to pop punk all year round but the Summer just makes me wanna listen to the songs I lived for in my teens with a couple of new tracks chucked in. It's just something about the sun that makes me want to dance around my entire house no matter what I'm doing it just puts me in such a good mood, it also just makes me want to have all the BBQs. However you can't have a BBQ without some banging tunes can you? Over the years I have struggled with playing music in the garden, nothings worse than having a million cables hanging out of the kitchen window so you can plug your laptop in for spotify, or having the shuffle speakers around for it and no one wants the poor quality of your phone loud speaker.

I mean wireless speakers are a thing but most of them are either teeny tiny or mega expensive and I'm not here for that I'd rather struggle with what I already have haha. However this Panasonic Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker is perfect, it's portable, have 9 hours of battery life and it's got Bluetooth. Meaning you can take this little fella out in the garden and control your music from your phone or even your PC, it's also part of the Panasonic All Connected range meaning it can be used as multi room wireless speakers! Wanna know what else is amazing about these?! They're waterproof! Yes Waterproof perfect for British Summer Time! I mean this Summer I feel we'll be lucky if we see some rain, but most years you can guarantee you're sitting outside tucking into your burgers and the heavens open and it's a mad rush to grab everything that could get water damaged and run into the house however these can withstand 1m of water so they'll be alright for a while haha. The waterproof will also be perfect for playing music in the shower, I know so many people who have water damaged phones purely from singing in the shower.

Onto that perfect Pop Punk Summer Playlist for your BBQ, for me it's mostly about the old school stuff like Blink 182, The Offspring, Good Charlotte the sound of your childhood summers, you know those songs everyone knows usually because they're on all the American Pie soundtracks or something haha. Those are always the top of my list for summer music, followed by some favourites from Fall Out Boy, A Day To Remember and Biffy Clyro. Recently though I've been really into Neck Deep, Can't Kick Up The Roots reminds me a lot of last Summer and I'm a pretty big fan of these guys now after being adamant I didn't like them haha. However the past two weeks I've had Don Broco's new album Technologies on repeat along with Panic At The Disco's Pray For The Wicked these albums are both filled with proper summer songs if you get me. Very excited for both of the tours because they're just going to be absolutely sick!

I'm definitely going to have to invest in some of the Panasonic Speakers as I'm forever sick of having to carry my phone or laptop with me all around the house for music haha.
What've you been listening to recently? Are there any new releases you can't wait for? 

*This post is a sponsored post, I have been paid to advertise and include links to Panasonic's site and their speakers, however all words and music choices are my own. 

Wednesday, 4 July 2018

Champagne Afternoon Tea at Ox Pasture Hall

You can't deny Afternoon Tea is a quintessential British past time, as a child I loved play tea parties and having afternoon tea with my dolls. As I've grown up I'd say I'm seasoned in Afternoon tea, however after a while you lose a love of it as they all start to feel a little samey. Usually you end up with 1 or 2 cakes per person, a couple of sandwiches with fairly boring fillings and a scone, I mean don't get me wrong I love it but not that many places really blow you away with their tea. Personally for me I am very fussy so the sandwiches are low on my list of priorities however I love a good selection of cake and a fluffy scone with way too much clotted cream (if too much can be a thing!)

I spent last Sunday in the most beautiful hotel around 5/10 minutes from Scarborough seafront at Ox Pasture Hall having Champagne afternoon tea. The place is so beautiful, the gardens are so perfect for photos sadly my camera was dying (prepared as always kloe) so I didn't get chance to get a million out there or I really would have. There's a massive pond filled with geese out the back and so many flowers honestly I could have spent all day wandering around in the sunshine in the gardens. However the reason we went was for tea and let me tell you it did not disappoint. The Champagne Afternoon Tea is £26.50 per person and you can see why, we got champange each with 2 additional pots of tea and a pot of coffee. As we arrived we were told tea would not be too long as they were just finishing up the scones, as they're served fresh from the oven and warm!

The tea arrived and our server talked us through each tier and how everything was made, before  checking everything was okay for us as we had a vegetarian in the group. We had a selection of; beef sandwiches, egg mayonnaise and cheese &pickle the table agreed the sandwiches were good the Beef ones were a particular favourite. I however was more excited for scones and cake! Those butter milk scones, guys they were so fresh and warm they had hard outer shells but were fluffy inside and were just amazing coated in cream and jam! The cakes on the other hand were something else, I thought the scones were amazing then we got to the cakes, everyone was sure the chocolate brownie or the chocolate peanut butter bite would be the winner but we were all pleasantly surprised. First up we had the almond slice, the cake tasted like frangipane and was so soft and moist. The chocolate items were both extremely rich and perfectly sized, I think a large piece of the brownie may have killed me off to be honest! Finally there was the pear tart topped with homemade lemon curd. This was the all round winner for us, the flavours were absolutely amazing I really need to get a recipe for it.

Overall I really enjoyed afternoon tea at Ox Pasture Hall and would definitely recommend it, they change the menu regularly so you're not sure what you're going to get on the day but you can make requests per dietary requirements. I think I'll be dreaming about that pear tart for a long time, it definitely reignited my love for afternoon tea a little.

Are you a fan of afternoon tea? Where's your favourite place to for it? 

Wednesday, 13 June 2018

The Dutch Pinball Museum

When I was offered the chance to work in Holland I was ridiculously nervous but also a little excited about working abroad and possibly getting some time to explore when not in the lab. Of course this led me to looking into the local area and what there is to do in Rotterdam, let me tell you I had no idea it was a city filled with so much to do! I honestly just thought it would be like a dutch Middlesbrough but it's more like London I guess. There are so many museums, so much to see and do you wouldn't believe, I'm actually considering writing a guide to the city once I've been over a few more times. However I did come across Rotterdam Tourist Information and discovered the Pinball Museum was a thing and that is when I decided it was my mission to visit it. 

The Dutch Pinball Museum is probably one of the best museums I've ever been to, I don't even care how nerdy it sounds, I've actually been twice now. The museum is situated just outside of Rotterdam Centre and is super easy to get to by metro, you just need to get off at Rijnhaven and it's situated by the docks next to the Fenix Food Factory (super convenient to pop to for food afterwards!) and opposite the Hotel New York. You pay for time within the museum which is a minimum of 1.5 hours to a day pass, your entry in gives you access to all 75 pinball machines so you could easily spend a day in here if you want to beat a high score or play every single machine. For me 1.5 hours is enough purely because I get way too stressed out and both times I've ended up spending 90% of my time playing the Addams Family one or The Twilight Zone. Each machine has a little card on top of it too telling you when it was made, history of the machine and the game itself, personally I had no idea there was such high demand for them! The Addams Family pinball machine is the best selling pinball machine of all time! Yet this is the only place I've ever seen it, to be fair though there was so many machines I'd never seen. One of my favourites was also the Baby Pacman machine this was both the classic Pacman joystick game with an added feature of the pinball machine, which made it even more fun which I had no idea it could be! 

Not all the machines are playable, the museum has two storeys and upstairs you can find some mega old pinball machines I thought they became a thing in the 80s but it was in fact the 30s! These machines are so basic but they're definitely worth having a look at, the museum houses so many classic machines and many modern from modern film such as the Hobbit and Lord of The Rings, there's also a Stars Wars Episode 1 machine and I think if I can understand dutch from translators they have a 'special' temporary machine which you do have to pay for on my first visit it was a Guardians of The Galaxy one and this time it was Game Of Thrones because I was very sad to see Guardians had gone as I didn't get chance to play it because someone was trying to beat a high score and played it constantly. That's one thing I do like about the place though, people gather to watch others when they've been playing for a while and you see how passionately people get into the games. 

If you're in Holland I'd definitely recommend giving the place a visit, it's around an hour away from Amsterdam and 15 minutes from Rotterdam Central. It's perfect for adults and kids, the atmosphere is great and you really do get caught up in trying to beat your last score, I forgot how fun pinball is.  Plus the whole place just looks really pretty with its purple backing lights and all the machines constantly flashing its great, definitely made me nostalgic for the arcade at the bowling alley we'd go to when I was a kid. 

I'm now on the hunt for more museums like this, if you have any recommendations please let me know because honestly it was just the most fun!