*disclaimer: everyone’s pain is different, so these are the things I know. Please do let me know in the comments of any new ones unique to you. It’s a BITCH (had to get that one out the way early). Not everyone will ever truly understand it no matter how you try to describe it, but you’ll find some people in your life who will almost get to know better than you when a bad day is coming just by looking at you (boyfriend, mum, dad in my case). It’s REAL. VERY, VERY REAL. Let no one tell you otherwise. Your…

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This article first appeared on Brighton Source magazine. If you know London’s Polpo this Brighton review is worth a read. THE PLACE Polpo Brighton is the 10th outlet of the restaurant brand which first opened its doors in London’s Soho six years ago. With two more set to open next year (in Knightsbridge and Leeds if you’re interested), it is clear the Polpo format of small plates of Venetian food is a popular one. The Brighton branch is a small, intimate place with ubiquitous retro brick tiles, perfect lighting (more important than most realise) and some Hot Chip playing gently…

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One of the reasons I started actualanna was to document my bid to get back to full health and so I thought it might be useful to explain how my illness came about to begin with. First, a bit of background: I’ve always been an energetic person, I’ve always said yes to everything and been the type to book in wayyyyy too many things on consecutive days, committing to too much but doing it with a good heart, not wanting to let anyone down or miss out on the fun. At school I took on several jobs plus tackling A…

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*Article first appeared on brighton-source.co.uk* THE PLACE You’d have to be living under a rock not to notice the mega-trend for healthy eating which has been filling up our Instagram feeds faster than you can say quinoa for the past year. Rootcandi is the epitome of this movement offering plant-based, fully vegan set menus based on different cuisines. The top floor of the Western Road branch of Iydea turns into this vegan tapas treasure trove every evening Tuesday to Saturday and while the ambience doesn’t feel any different to sitting down for a casual canteen lunch at Iydea, the food itself…

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*Article first appeared on brighton-source.co.uk* THE PLACE Taking over where Graze, the old Hove restaurant left off, MARKET opened in late summer offering small plates, classic mains, brunches and Sunday roasts. We visited on a Friday evening as a party of six to find out how their market themed menu stacked up. The atmosphere was spot on – it was busy, if a little chaotic and the retro rich green tiling and rustic menu boards are a nice mix of Brighton cool and homely Hove. This is the place to come for a bustling market vibe not if you want a…

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