Chung Ying Garden in Birmingham’s China Town one of those regular haunts for me with my family. It is particularly good as it is accessible and they have a car park right outside. But as always the main reason to eat here is the food. I went along for a bloggers banquet to learn a bit about their dim sum menu. Although I have eaten at Chung Ying Garden many times, I have never been upstairs to the banquet room…

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As you may know, I co-run a blogger group called Birmingham Bloggers UK (or Brum Bloggers for short) with Laura from Full to the Brum. We arrange events, meet ups and offer PR opportunities through that group and we are always looking for fun things that we can do together. During July I have been pairing people up for a dinner date at Siamais either with a blogger that they have not seen for a while or on a blind…

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I love having regular massages as they help to work out the stress that I carry in my shoulders and back. When I was invited to the Treatment Rooms by Shared Beauty Secrets to experience a lava shell massage, which is their speciality. The Treatment Rooms are within an unlikely building on Church Road and I wasn’t sure that I had reached the right place when my Uber driver dropped me off. But this building houses leisure facilities including a…

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Guest post by my husband who is also known as Mr Ting In the height of the summer, Ting and I returned from a city break in Edinburgh with bellies full of steak and whisky but a gin shaped hole in our hearts. It was only through an impromptu visit to the Edinburgh Gin distillery in the centre of the historic city that we finally discovered its sheer popularity, and fully booked out tours. Now, having had the pleasure of finally meeting the…

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When it comes to Grand Central in Birmingham, one of my favourite stores to stop into has to be Kiehl’s. I’ve often mentioned them on Twitter for their excellent service and much prefer coming to the stand alone store than heading to one of their concessions in the bigger department stores. I went for a facial at the Grand Central Kiehl’s store and for a chat about some of the icons of the Kiehl’s range. For my facial, I was…

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