25 before 25

I’m not the kind of person who love birthdays. Or actually, I love them when it’s somebody else’s (because it gives me a good excuse to bake cakes and write cards and wrap presents and do all the things I love).

Cake + Whisky | Another Birthday
A previous birthday party of mine (and the definite proof I shouldn’t be a fashion blogger!)

I’m, however, not quite as good at dealing with my own birthday. I have this weird thing with presents, and I definitely don’t know how to deal with surprises.Oh, and I don’t quite like the ‘I’m so oooooold’ feeling (even if I probably shouldn’t worry about this too much as I’m still being asked for IDs in most places…).

But this year’s a big one as I’m going to be turning 25 in 4 months. I can hardly believe it, it’s like each year is shorter than the one before. So I thought I’d make it a bit less crazy/scary by setting myself 25 goals to reach before my birthday (so I feel like I’ve done things with my life etc etc…).


1. Eat at Duck & WaffleCake + Whisky | Duck & Waffle | London04/05/2015: I was told to order the signature Duck & Waffle dish and it did not disappoint.

2. Make jam (pinapple-rum-vanilla IS a winning combination, in case you were wondering!)

3. Eat jellyfish (what do you say, yay or yuck?)

4. Make pickled turnipsCake + Whisky | Lebanese pickles

5. Make falafels at home (Can you feel the Lebanese feast coming?)

6. Poach eggs (it’s just ridiculous how long I’ve postponned that!)

7. Go to Street Feast

8. Cook at least one recipe from all of my cookbooks

9. Have really good sushi (it’s been too long!)

10. Have dinner in a gastropub (see #9)Cake + Whisky | Pig & Butcher, Islington25/04/2015: Excellent cod brandade (and overall meal) at The Pig and Butcher

11. Write another “5 healthy recipes” article Cake + Whisky | 5 lunchbox ideas | Mexican Chicken Salad15/06/2015: 5 new recipes including this delicious Mexican-ispired chicken salad!


12. Book tickets to The Lion King

13. Go to Greenwich

14. Go to the V&A


15. Keep up with daily abs exercise for 1 month

16. Fit in my jean shorts again

17. Get a pedicure

18. De-clutter my wardrobe

19. and my kitchen cupboards!

20. Get tested for HIV (not fun, I hate bloodtests!)

21. Read 10 books (any recommendations?) Sofar I’ve read: Une Page d’Amour, Emile Zola; La Faute de l’Abbé Mouret, Emile Zola; 1984, George Orwell; The 13 problems, Agatha Christie; Not that kind of girl, Lena Dunham (5/10)


22. Travel to somewhere I’ve never been I’m going to the US at the end of June! Wooo!

23. Give a talk

24. Learn how to use the manual settings on my camera

25. Organise something special to celebrate being 1/4-of-a-century old!

What do you want to achieve this year? Anything exciting? Let me know!

25 before 25

11 thoughts on “25 before 25

  1. I love these! Let me know what you think of Duck and Waffle heard some incredible things from there.

    Lion King OH MY GOD. My boyfriend surprised me for my birthday this year. Its the most amazing thing I have ever seen.

    Any foodie events you go to, drop me a message I would love to attend more- its on my mental list haha!

    Amanda || amandabootes.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. I’m SO EXCITED about Duck & Waffle Amanda! My parents visiting at the beginning of next month was just the little puch I needed to finally book a table!
      I’ve heard so many good things about the Lion King, and it’s been on my bucket list for YEARS!
      I was thinking of getting tickets to Taste of London, and definitely want to go back to Street Feast (the food was fabulous last year, I’m always so impressed with street food standards in London!) if that’s something you’d be interested in! Let me know and we can plan something!
      Sandra x


      1. Definitely definitely do it. So worth the money its incredible. I want to see it again already!!

        And yeah that sounds amazing. I would love that. Im not too far from London so would be awesome. Il check them out.

        Amanda || amandabootes.blogspot.co.uk


  2. I love all of your goals! I’d like to try to make one recipe from each cookbook I own too. They start stacking up and then it’s easy to forget to go through them!

    I’m 28 now, but I might make a 30 before 30 list. I’m pretty obsessed with list making in a non-OCD way. ^_^ Cute idea!
    Lula Vida


    1. I don’t have that many cookbooks in London at the moment (most of them are still in France with my parents) but I definitely don’t cook from them often enough!!
      And lists are the best!

      Sandra x


    1. Actually, until about a year ago, I didn’t even know people actually ate jellyfish! A friend of a friend told me he tried it when he was in Australia but wasn’t able to explain to me what the texture was like! So I’ve been wondering what it taste/feel like from that moment on and now I just have to know!! I’ll let you know how that goes 😉

      Sandra x


  3. Woohoo, Sandra, this is such a fun idea 🙂 Really hope you manage to tick off all 25! Would love to see how the falafels go, and so exciting that you’re going to Duck & Waffle! And I think you’ll love the V&A – it’s one of my favourite London museums for sure! x

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  4. I LOVE the V&A I think it’s one of my favourite museums here in London. I just haven’t been for too long! And I’m obviously over-excited about D&W too!!
    Sandra x


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