Lifestyle // What I’ve Been Up To May 2019

June 24, 2019

May seemed to whizz by for me as I spent most of it away on holiday in Nepal! More on that soon! Despite only being in the UK for half the month, I still managed to squeeze in lots of fun things, including a beer festival, eating Indian street food, celebrating my mums 65th birthday, and watching a 16 piece orchestra perform the hits of Destiny’s Child. Here’s what I’ve been up to in May…

Russian Dumpling Making Class

Kicking off the month of May, I went to a Russian Dumpling making class! I used to do a lot of baking and cooking but had never tried making dumplings before, so I jumped at the chance when I was invited along.

I wrote a full review – How to Make Pelmeni Russian Dumplings – which you can read here. Spoiler – they’re super easy and super tasty!

Baba G’s at Pop Brixton

To celebrate going on holiday, Andy and I headed to Pop Brixton over the first May bank holiday and had some delicious dinner from Baba G’s.

They sell Indian food with a modern twist – think Naanwiches, poppadom nachos and Bhangra Burgers. We went for the Pachos – which were nachos made from poppadoms topped with tomato coriander salsa, mango pulp, mint riatha and chilli pickle. Yes they were delicious as they sound! We also had some Tikka Chicken Nuggets which were also so delicious and an amazing twist on an old fave. We will definitely be back to try more on the menu!

Trip To Nepal

So the biggest thing by far I got up to in May was my trip to Nepal! We went for 10 days and had an incredible time, despite getting horrendous stomach bugs for the last five days of the trip which meant we missed out on quite a lot of activities. Booo!

It’s such a beautiful country, the people are so friendly, and the food was AMAZING! We travelled around a fair bit, exploring Kathmandu, Bhaktapur, Nagarkot and Pokhara, and I’ve got blog posts about all these places coming soon! You can check out my Instagram for some pictures in the meantime – @emsypickle.

Travel Tummy Bug

Unfortunately our Nepal bug stuck around for about a further week after we got home, and in the end we did two weeks of eating nothing but dry toast and crackers. It was absolutely brutal (and involved a horrendous moment with a tiny plastic cup whilst having to take samples to the doctors, during which I cried actual sobbing tears). The less said about that the better.

Amen to the NHS who welcomed us into our local walk in centre on a Sunday afternoon, despite neither being registered, and big shout out to my boyfriend Andy. There are certainly no barriers between us now! There’s no one I’d rather be disgustingly ill with xoxo

Mamma Sue’s 65th Birthday

Sue turned 65 on the 28th! To celebrate we all got together at a gastropub near theirs. It was the first time Andy met my brother and his fiance too, so lots of fun all round!

We had a really good meal, followed by champagne and salted caramel birthday cake,  and it was lovely to be together the six of us. I’m taking my mum out for a special surprise day soon to celebrate further, so I’m excited to spoil her even more.

Happy birthday Mamma Sue!

Re:Imagine x Destiny’s Child

Remember back in January I took Andy to see a 16 piece orchestra perform the soundtrack of Drive? Well this month I went to see them again, but this time they did DESTINY’S CHILD’S GREATEST HITS!

My god it was good!

The orchestra were fronted by three amazing singers who definitely captured the spirit of Kelly, Michelle and Beyonce. It was absolutely rammed and it was so amazing to look around and see everyone having the best time dancing and singing along.

I’d go so far as to say it was my best vocal concert since seeing Queen B herself at Glastonbury in 2011.

Vic Fest in Hitchin

My best friend Kiffy and her fiancé have just bought a gorgeous house in Hitchin. A group of us headed up to see their new home and head to the local pub for their annual food and music fest – Vic Fest.

It was such a fun day spent with some of my favourite people and a LOT of Prosecco! We had some delicious halloumi fries, chicken wings and southern fried chicken tenders, had a great catch up and enjoyed the several performers that were on throughout the day.

I also managed not to black out and throw up in a bin on the way home this year too. Growth.

Starting the Couch-5k Run

Yes, I’m on another health kick! This one – touch wood – seems to be sticking so far, and I’ve been consciously eating very healthily and been making time to complete the Couch-5k run, including running outside amongst the regular people. What?!

It’s a great app, where you slowly but surely build up to running a solid 30 minutes of running / 5k in distance, gradually reducing the amount of walking intervals. It works with your phone’s music app and you can choose a selection of celebrities to be your in ear coach championing you on, and telling you when to walk and when to run.

Big shout out to Sarah Millican for the coaching, Beyonce for the music and the people of Brixton for not openly pointing and laughing at my sweaty ass running past.

New Blog Design

As briefly touched upon in my May Favourites – I got a new blog design! Yep, another one! There was a bit of drama in the blogging / web design world in March as malicious code was supposedly found to have been inserted into website by one of the more popular designers (who I worked with), so I thought it best to change again. I’ve still got some customisations to do, but overall I’m pretty pleased with it.

My new design is by Kotryna Bass, who I worked with when I did my first ever redesign way back in 2014. Let me know what you think!

So that’s everything that I got up to in May! Believe it or not this post was ready and raring to go in the first week of June, but once again life got the better of me, and it’s only going live now. Le sigh. Check back in and see my What I’ve Been Up To – June post to see what was keeping me so busy!

What fun things have you been up to recently?

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I’m Emma – or Emsypickle!


I live in Brixton in London. I eat out far too much, am always planning my next trip and have a borderline unhealthy obsession with Harry Potter.

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