Monday, July 18, 2016

The Mouse Outfit at Havana

I love being able to watch live music. It's so much more personal than seeing a band perform at either a festival or just listening to them at home. I find that it's even better when you can watch at a smaller venue, because it almost feels like they're doing a private performance for you and your friends. 
The Mouse Outfit are a hip-hop, funk and reggae band from Manchester founded in 2008, and initially formed as a band and started to produce sounds with a number of musicians and vocalists. The band started gigging locally around the UK. After uploading a track to BBC introducing they were asked to perform a session at BBC Maida Vale Studio for the Mark Lamarr show on BBC Radio 6. Sparkz and Dr Syntax started working with the band having featured on some recorded tracks and soon became a regular member of the live show. Their album 'Escape Music' was released in 2013. 
I've been fortunate enough to see them perform a couple of times thanks to the team at Rocksteady & Reasons bringing them over to various different events, but I have to say the performance at Havana was the best one yet. 
Their performance was electric and they had everyone dancing and singing along. I can't wait to see what the future has planned for this band as they're destined for great things. 
A video posted by Emma Long (@imemmalong) on

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Be sure to check them out online here or follow what they're up to on Twitter or Facebook or Snapchat - The Mouse Outfit. 

Thursday, July 07, 2016

Island Living

I'm not sure what's happened to Summer this year. It appears to stick around for a few days before vanishing again replacing the glorious sunshine with thick grey cloud and rain. Hopefully, it's all in preparation for an 'Indian summer' but I'm sure that's what they say every year. Anyway, when the sun does decide to make an appearance you've got to make a quick dash outside and make the most of never being more than 10 minutes from the beach. I've made a promise to myself this summer to try and spend as much time outside as possible, as well as a few other things that you'll find in my Summer 2016 to-do which is coming soon.

Trips for delicious Portlet Bay Pizza via boat instead of a car. You're not going to be able to that in many places in the world, are you?

Making most of a sunny morning for a wake surf. For those not too familiar with the term it's a surfboard they're on not a wakeboard, proving to be a little trickier than normal wakeboarding. 

But honestly, it's not just about boating around the coast, it's about making the most of the entire island like finding secret beaches that you've never been to despite living in Jersey for your whole life! If you're in Jersey and you've never been down to La Coupe I recommend that you check it out, it's stunning.

But I think the thing that I'm most excited about this summer is being in the surf more and really working on being able to stand up and progressing off my foam board. I've been in more times this year than I did last year and it's all I want to do! Plus  following up with an amazing BBQ and picnic what more could you want? 
Last 2 photos borrowed from the babes @AniHaf & @JennaLamorna

What are the things you're most excited for this summer? 

Friday, July 01, 2016

Afternoon Tea at The Atlantic Hotel

I was fortunate enough to have both my maternal grandparents over visiting from the UK last week and as a thank you for everything that they do and have always done for me, I wanted to treat them to something nice. I didn't want to get them gifts because I wanted to get them something that we could all enjoy together.

Once I'd decide this I knew exactly what I'd get them. Afternoon Tea at the Atlantic Hotel.

Included in our afternoon tea was:

Homemade Fruit Scone with Jersey Clotted Cream and Strawberry Jam
Set Fruit Cremeux
Pistachio and Olive Oil cake 
Chocolate Eclair
Carrot Cake
Seasonal Fruit Tartlet
A Choice of Fine Teas or Cafetiere
A selection of finger sandwiches to include smoked salmon, egg mayonnaise, cucumber and cream cheese. 

What more could you possibly want?

This was an absolutely delicious Afternoon Tea. I can probably say that it's easily one of the best in Jersey. There was so much food! Plus there was such variety on offer it's an easy crowd pleaser, guaranteed to satisfy even the fussiest of eaters, but who's fussy when it comes to cake.

After we'd finished our food the sun decided it was time to make an appearance and so we moved outside into the sunshine to enjoy a couple of drinks (ever so slightly stronger that tea/coffee). We managed to find such a sun trap and listen to the bird, enjoy the sun on our skin and water the blue sea from St Ouen sparkle in the sunlight. 

It was such a lovely afternoon, and both my grandparents both said how much they enjoyed the afternoon. We'd managed to keep it a surprise to both of them until we arrived at the hotel, and I wish I could have bottled up the feeling it gave me seeing their faces light up when they realised where we were going. Thank you to the Atlantic for a great afternoon, I know we'll be back for sure.


Thursday, June 23, 2016

The Island Break

I absolutely love that fact that I'm an island girl. Running around on the beach, playing in the sea making the most of the countryside, enjoying the local produce and delicacies that Jersey produces. I think I lost my appreciation for it for a little bit, and it wasn't until I left for my ski season and didn't have the beach and the sea near me that I realised how much I really love it, and really do crave it when it's not around.
For anyone that's not been to Jersey, I recommend that you do and come and see it for yourself. As well as this video, there are some amazing 360degree videos online too, that I'm really proud to say that I helped work on.

Come on guys, visit Jersey, it's the best decision you'll make all year.

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