Friday, 28 February 2014

Oodle, Doodle, Kaboodle(s)

Before I go into telling you about the fab shop Kaboodles, I have to get something completely unrelated out of my system,

When I was a child I was obsessed by a TV ad for Heinz Noodle Doodles and used to sing the song a lot (actually I still do, but don't judge me), anyway whenever I think of Kaboodles, the Noodle Doodle song always pops into my head - so here it is just so we're all starting from the same place. (By the way, if the video below doesn't show on your platform then youtube "Noodle Doodle" and you'll get what I mean)


Right, back in the room.

Kaboodles is a new(ish) shop in Ealing on St Mary's Road (next door to Munsons). In my time it has been errrr Munsons and most recently a Frozen Yoghurt shop. Now I love FroYo so was really sad to see that shop close, however my loss was also my gain as it has been replaced with a new favourite in Kaboodles.

I had a serious mooch around the shop (NB this was during a bimble) and after a few mins of drooling over the cards and LSA collections I started talking to the lovely owner.

Tori (a.k.a Kaboodles Girl!) informed me that her and her husband run the shop while having other jobs - hat well and truly off!

She was so lovely and welcoming I wished there was a serving hatch to Munsons so I could have got a cuppa but instead I kept talking while looking at all the gorgeous things.

From delicious Bee Fayre treats to exquisite Country Candle Company scented candles, I found a lot to buy and subsequently shopped hard!

I sneaked a few pics of the shop and also took some of my candle purchase that you can see below.

I also bought a few other fabulous items, but I can't show you the rest as they would give the game away for my Momma's b'day!

You can follow KABOODLES on Twitter HERE but more importantly you can go to their shop and enjoy yourself!

I will definitely be back and can't wait to see what new stock they have.

With the weekend just around the corner - shop local people!










Tuesday, 25 February 2014

Pictures speak louder than....

I had such a lovely time the other day wandering around Ealing, I wanted to share a few pics of some of my favourite places (and future blog subjects).

Looking back at these pics there is a serious lack of pubs - I blame my monstrous hangover on this - however there will be lots of future posts about Ealing pubs (especially my personal fav, the Red Lion)

Where are your favourite places to go? Tell me what I'm missing!!



 
 







Saturday, 22 February 2014

Bimbling in Northfields


A week or two ago I introduced you all to the term ‘bimbling’.

If you weren’t paying attention (naughty), bimbling is a term often used by my family to describe a generally aimless wander that inevitably results in one of the following: coffee & cake, buying gorgeous things or lunch with wine.

On a really good day, we do all of the above……who am I kidding, we usually do all of the above (especially the wine part!).

Anyway, the other day, we embarked on a gentle bimble with a foodie destination in mind and stumbled across a little path that looked too intriguing not to walk down.

This path is called Radbourne Walk and it runs from Mattock Lane down to Occupation Rd along the back of the allotments next to Northfields Ave.

It looks like there’s some conservation work going on at the moment via The Ealing Dean Allotment Society which is so encouraging to see (if you fancy helping out, contact allotmentsw13@gmail.com), but as it was the first sunny day for a long time I thought it looked great!





 

There are some cute cottages at the bottom, but I don’t think a lot of people walk past very often as both the lady in a dressing gown having a fag and her little dog seemed very surprised to see us!

After some sheepish laughter (it was rather awkward) we quickened our pace and hit Northfields High Street.

I’m going to be honest, I think I’ve always been a bit snobby about Northfields as I viewed Ealing as the superior relation and there’s also a place in Birmingham (where I’m from) with the same name that isn’t the most desirable area (apart from a few roads where some of my family still live that are lovely!).
 
However, I was pleasantly surprised with what I saw.

Firstly there are a lot of independent shops and cafes with most of them being rammed. It might have been because it was the first nice day for a long time, but Northfields was buzzing and I liked it.

We didn’t stop off anywhere this time, but it’s good to know that there are a lot of places to choose from as well as a lot of fabulous interiors shops.








 

I’m a bit obsessed with interiors at the moment so will definitely be back soon…………..roll on pay day!
I think it's fair to say that bits of Northfields are still rough around the edges, but it has something going on - I'm not sure if it's the shops, the fact there isn't a Starbucks (this makes me happy) or the passion people have for it that live there.
I will be frequenting it much more often as I obviously just scraped the surface but if you don't believe me that it's worth visiting you need to speak to the Lammas Park Crew (Tim Westwood's the lead guys dad.......)
 

Wednesday, 5 February 2014

Hump Day musings - my weekend flash back

It's Wednesday, which can only mean one thing.......hump day

Hump day is the time of the week when, past midday, you're technically on a slide down to Friday night and the start of the weekend.

I LOVE the weekend, especially an Ealing Weekend, so today's post is a little trip down Barnes Pikle, I mean memory lane, to last Saturday.

If you're an Ealing insider you'll know Barnes Pikle, but how do you say it? Pickle? Pikle?

We had my best friend to stay, she lives in Mauritius so found the beautiful, crisp and sunny weather FREEZING. 

Through the combination of needing to warm up and being excited at the prospect of breakfast she leap frogged her way all the way to our brekkie destination


Our destination of choice was Bills - part of an established chain of restaurants, but pretty new to Ealing.


We had popped into Bills during their first week and the service did show a few teething problems, but I had every confidence that they were nothing serious and wasn't disappointed.

We had all imbibed the night before (damn you Osterio Del Portico and your Prosecco) so were totally hank marvin' and the prompt service at Bills was the perfect remedy.






We ordered a range of dishes from full English to bubble and squeak with hollandaise and they were all fab.





Needless to say this was all inhaled in a matter of minutes! 

We bid a satisfied retreat, with our friends jetting off to go skiing and the rest of us retreating to the less energetic destination of the sofa. 

So, what are you all planning for the weekend?