First published on the awesome Brighton Source website with pics from my very talented chum Gili Dailes.   THE PLACE Despite the rise of vegan eating, Purezza opened late last year as the only pizza restaurant in the UK dedicated to dairy and meat alternatives. It’s hard to believe – has vegan pizza really taken this long to perfect? Context aside, the restaurant itself is a casual affair with simple décor, an order-at-the-bar system and a fridge in the corner, but we’re happy to forgo swanky interiors in favour of excellent food. THE MEAL A disclaimer before we begin – nobody in our…

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You know that whimsical idea of putting a pin on a map and going there? That’s pretty much what my boyfriend and I did before we decided upon South Africa 18 months ago. We wanted to spend a lot of air miles we had earned through work travel and spending too much on credit cards – South Africa it was. We’ve just come back from our two week holiday, starting in Cape Town and then travelling along the Garden Route and Eastern Cape, finishing with a safari before heading back to Cape Town for a final night. It was the…

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*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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