Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Pizza wars: Italy vs Germany

Pizza Wars: Germany Vs Italy

It's fair to say I'm a bit of a pizza fanatic. Some of my friends wonder if I even eat anything else (I do.)

For years I have longed to go to Italy and eat their pizza. With the taste of that glorious pizza I had in Germany (this must be the 6000th time I've mentioned it now) fresh in my memory, I wanted to find out if Italy could beat it. 

With my constant waffling about the German pizza, I think we're all aware of how high the standards are. I was confident that Italy, the birthplace of pizza, would have no problem kicking German pizza's butt. 

I was wrong. 

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Triptych - Karin Slaughter (Will Trent #1) | Book review

Source: Goodreads
Spoiler free! 
Title: Triptych (Will Trent #1) 
Author: Karin Slaughter
Genre: Crime, thriller

Goodreads descriptionIn the city of Atlanta, women are dying—at the hands of a killer who signs his work with a single, chilling act of mutilation. Leaving behind enough evidence to fuel a frenzied police hunt, this cunning madman is bringing together dozens of lives, crossing the boundaries of wealth and race. And the people who are chasing him must cross those boundaries too. Among them is Michael Ormewood, a veteran detective whose marriage is hanging by a thread—and whose arrogance and explosive temper are threatening his career. And Angie Polaski, a beautiful vice cop who was once Michael's lover before she became his enemy.

But another player has entered the game: a loser ex-con who has stumbled upon the killer's trail in the most coincidental of ways—someone who may be the key to breaking the case wide open.

It appears to have become a bit of a habit that I read a Karin Slaughter book every September. 

I've read two of her books from the Will Trent series, Fallen (my review) and Criminal (my review) and really enjoyed them. Before picking up the next book in the series I decided I would start the series from the beginning to do it justice.  

Monday, 15 September 2014

The next step...

Today I wanted to share a dream and a fear and beg for some advice. 

Some of you may know that outside of my day job I am a Formula One journalist and it is my dream to make a living out of writing. 

For almost two years I have been writing for and over time my responsibilities have grown. I began submitting the occasional opinion piece and then I started to pick up some news stories and now I cover a large portion of the news on the website as well as attending races. 

As a fellow blogger you can probably understand how difficult it can be to hold down a full-time job, blog and live. I feel things are beginning to come to the point where I need to take the plunge and try to quit the day job because I don't feel that my day job, my writing job or my family and friends are getting enough attention. 

All three of those are suffering and I think it's time to focus on writing. If I really want to make writing work, I have to quit the day job so I can spend more time writing about F1 and try to create some kind of income from that and freelance SEO and writing work. 

I'm lucky that I live at home so I don't have huge bills to pay however I do need to afford to get to races. I keep thinking that if I don't try it now I will regret it but I'm pretty sensible so the other part of me is thinking, 'Yeah but what if it goes wrong? How are you going to get a job again? You're going to end up working in a bar forever.'

I'm worried about taking the plunge and failing and I need your help, lovely readers of mine. 

I'm willing to bet that some of you are freelancers, or maybe you do a bit in your spare time, so please, please, share some tips, useful blogs or your thoughts on your experience with me. 

I've read a few books and a few blogs but to my mind, there are still a lot of questions unanswered which I think I have to find out by doing. 

Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Share the love - August

Share the love - August

August has been a very busy month. It's one of those months that seems to have been long but it's gone very quick at the same time.

We're two days in to September already so I guess it's time I share a few things I was loving in August. 

Music - After buying my Mum tickets to see Ed Sheeran for her birthday I discovered that I thought he was pretty darn awesome. My favourite Sheeran song at the moment is I See Fire.  

While on the way back from Belgium, I discovered that there's a French version of Sing with a French rapper. 

Films - The Inbetweeners 2 finally arrived in August. I saw that film twice and it was hilarious both times. I wasn't bowled over by the first film, and I know a lot of people who felt the same, but the second film is so much better. 

Tom bought me Despicable Me for my birthday and I loved it. I adore a good kids film and that is a bloody brilliant one. 

Books - August was so hectic that I only finished two books, one of which was Burial Rites by Hannah Kent. Burial Rites tells the story of Agnes Magnusdottir, who was the last woman to be executed in Iceland. 

Most people regard her as a cold, calculating murderer but as we don't have all the information available on her life so after years and years of research Kent wrote Burial Rites which shines a more empathetic life on Magnus' life and the circumstances she found herself in. 

You can read my review here

Food - I have harped on about this enough on my blog and in real life but that pizza I had in Germany <3 I've eaten pizza since then and not only was it disappointed but I'm pretty sure my jaw almost dislocated. That was clearly the German pizza trying to get me back for cheating on it. 

Beauty - Last week I bought Illamasqua's lip colouring pencil in Spell and I love it! There will be a gushing review up within the next couple of weeks. It is a lovely pillarbox red shade and it lasts for hours. 

Blog - My favourite blogs are those which cover a variety of topics and don't conform to beauty blogging stereotypes and that's exactly what you get with Rinica Writes. I've been reading Rinica's blog for about a year now, she always gives good advice, talks about a variety of topics and is such a nice, friendly person. 

On blog: 
These were the five most popular posts on eat read glam in August:
What did you love in August? 

Monday, 1 September 2014

7 things that made me happy this week

Things that made me happy this week 14

I meant to post this on Saturday but forgot, so here it is. 

Belgian Grand Prix
I've wanted to go to the Belgian Grand Prix for years. The track and its surroundings are nothing short of beautiful, I can't wait to go back.

The best pizza in the world
If you read I found the world's best pizza, in Germany you'll know what this is about. We stayed in Germany for the Belgian Grand Prix and the pub up the road from our hotel did the best pizza ever. It was glorious, absolutely glorious. 

Rainbow unicorn sprinkle cake
Since I spent my birthday away from my family, they made me the best birthday cake I've ever had: a rainbow unicorn sprinkle cake

Being home
It's nice to go off and about and discover new places and new countries but it's always nice to be back home with your family. 

Authentic weather app
This is one of the best apps I've used in a while, it is genuinely brilliant. It's absolutely useless for forecasting the weather because it tells you to look outside, but it makes me smile. 

Finding out where Crunchie is
I didn't see the furry little beast for three days last week and I was worried he'd got trapped somewhere. I found out my neighbour had been feeding him and another cat fish. He came in over the weekend and remembered we existed. 

This does explain why he had fish breath when I always have him chicken. 

Despicable Me & Minion Rush
I've heard so, so many good things about this film and Tom bought it me for my birthday. I adore a good kids film and Despicable Me is a fantastic one. 

My obsession has been encouraged after discovering the Minion Rush app. 

What made you happy this week?

Sunday, 31 August 2014

Belgian Grand Prix | Photos

I spent last weekend in the beautiful Ardennes forest at the Belgian Grand Prix. Spa-Francorchamps is a circuit I've wanted to go to for years and last weekend my wish came true. 

We drove (I say 'we', I didn't drive, my friend did) and it took us about eight hours because we got caught up in huge tail backs coming out of Brussels. We finally got to our hotel in Aachen, Germany, just before nine. 

A minute before we arrived at the hotel we turned a corner and stopped at traffic lights and in front of us was a huge old city gate. I'm pretty sure that officially makes it the coolest set of traffic lights ever. I can't believe I just typed that. We all had intentions of going to explore it and Aachen but we unfortunately didn't have time. Oh well, I'll have to go back again. 

On Thursday morning it was finally time to drive to the track. As we came off the motorway and descended into the Ardennes a thick fog surrounded us. When we arrived on the car park we could hardly see a thing but out of the fog I could just about make out some of the red and yellow curbing. 

Thursday, as it always is on a Formula One weekend, was busy. Lots of transcribing, typing and shouting at the wifi connection which kept dropping out. 
That evening we stumbled across the best pizza known to man. If you read 'I found the world's best pizza, in Germany', then you'll know what I'm on about. 

If you don't, I implore you to go to Aachen to Im Alten Zollhaus and order a pizza. It was phenomenally good. 

Friday, 29 August 2014

Rainbow unicorn sprinkle birthday cake

I don't mean to brag but my family are awesome. 

For the first time ever I spent my birthday away from my family, which meant I also spent my birthday away from cake. When I arrived home an incredible birthday cake was waiting for me. It was all Tom's idea and my Mum played chef. 

It's a four layered cake, with different coloured sponges, a unicorn painted on the icing and sprinkles. 

I really don't think I can say much more about this. Look at it, IT'S A UNICORN CAKE! 

That's it really, I just wanted to brag about my birthday cake. 
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