Discover things to do in Madrid – my three-day travel diary

Travel tips for a long weekend in Madrid, Spain: how to travel, where to stay, things to do and see, and the best places to eat and drink…

things to do in Madrid

Day one

We landed in Madrid at 10am and made our way into the city for a three-day adventure. Madrid was the first place I ever went on holiday with friends, aged just 17 and talking our way into clubs.

I had thought going with the other half (P) might be very different, but after a daytime siesta the natives work late, eat late and drink even later into the night and as they say, when in Rome…

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The most Instagrammed food destinations around the world

An incredible one in seven UK travellers has chosen a holiday destination based solely on the sights of the food on Instagram, according to new research from Heathrow in their Taste the World report. So wouldn’t it be handy to know the top ten most Instagrammed food destinations around the world before you went away? You wouldn’t want to miss out.

Instagrammed food

One in five will choose which restaurants to dine in based on what that restaurant’s food looks like on Instagram. As a working travel writer, food reviewer and social media obsessive on the side, I’m not at all shocked by this.

What I was a little surprises at, was the fact that 28 per cent of Brits not only said that they post pictures of their holidays meals, but that they actually they enjoy their holiday more by doing so. If this sounds like you, then check out my post on ten top tips for taking a great #foodie photo for Instagram.

So, where are the top ten most Instagrammed food destinations?

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10 food photography tips from the experts

#food, #foodie, #foodstagram, #nomnomnom… half a billion pictures of food photography have been uploaded to Instagram with these popular hashtags, demonstrating that food is still hugely popular on social media – as if we didn’t know that already. So to keep you at the top of this modern game, you might need some food photography hacks.

food photography hacks

Food photography is even shaping tourism with one in seven people choosing where to go on holiday according to food they have seen on Instagram You can see the top ten most  Instagrammed food destinations around the world here.

To help you improve your insta-skills, the famed foodie sisters Hemsley + Hemsley have shared their top food photography hacks with me…

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10 unexpected health benefits of miso soup

health benefits miso soup

There are many health benefits of miso soup but do we know all of them?

Something else many people may not realise is just how versatile a jar of miso paste can be. This simple ingredient can instantly transform a multitude of everyday dishes – try adding a spoonful to your next spaghetti bolognaise or add an extra kick to your salad dressing.

Not forgetting how it can be enjoyed in it’s most classic of forms, a quick and easy, tasty miso soup.  A complex flavour, this fermented food is quite simply a kitchen cupboard essential.  But did you know that miso also has a wealth of health benefits?

Nutritionist Cassandra Barnes has listed just some of the many health benefits of miso soup…

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5 things I learned from being vegan for a month

I have just completed 31 days of veganism and, even to my surprise, I intend to continue eating vegan for the foreseeable future.


You see, I discovered that the positives hugely outweighed the negatives…

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