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5. Five guys

I'm a vegan, so all of my top 5 places to eat in Kingston are restaurants that have good options for me, not just the salad or chips, I am often stuck with. The first place I'll mention is the fast food chain, Five Guys. Five guys is located on the ground floor of the Rotunda and has classic American cuisine; with delicious fries (Cajun or normal) fried in peanut oil and burgers and hot dogs, with a veggie sandwich for vegetarians or vegans such as myself. Five Guys also offers complimentary peanuts and has free refills from their drink machine. Being American, Five guys brings me the pleasure that only finding a piece of home in London can offer.

A little piece of home

4. The Cheeky Pea

The Cheeky pea in Kingston is a Mediterranean restaurant and hummus bar located in Kingston town centre. What I love most about the cheeky pea is the atmosphere, the staff are really friendly, and the seating is really comfortable. It's a small restaurant with plenty of vegan and vegetarian options, with meat options as well. They have some of the best hummus I've ever tasted and with their cheaper prices, going there doesn't break the bank.

Some of the best hummus ever!

3. Lebanese Delicafe'

I know I've already mentioned Mediterranean food at the Cheeky Pea, but I can't not add Lebanese Delicafe' to this list. Lebanese Delicafe' is a really small, simple cafe with really friendly service and delicious Lebanese food. I particularly love their falafel which is by far the best I've ever tasted. They also have really great coffee, which is a huge bonus for someone like me.

By far the best falafel I've ever tasted!

2. The Healthy Cook Company

The Healthy Cook Company is a bakery that serves homemade gluten free and vegan cakes. Being a vegan generally means I can't have any baked goods, anywhere, ever because of the eggs or dairy, so if I want a sweet, baked-good, I usually have to bake it myself. Finding a vegan-friendly bakery in Kingston was amazing, and their food is beyond delicious. They sell muffins, cakes, cupcakes, brownies, tarts and breads, along with offering brunch food and sandwiches throughout the day. They can also make anything sugar-free for those who order specially. All I can say about the Healthy Cook Company is "Yum".

Going here saves me having to bake all the time at home

1. Riverside Vegetaria

Riverside Vegetaria is a vegetarian restaurant in Kingston located right on the river. The atmosphere is really relaxed and rustic, with seating outside overlooking the river and candle lighting. They have a variety of food suitable for both vegetarians and vegans, and it's delicious enough that anyone, even non-vegetarians will love it. It's a little pricier than some of the other places I like to visit in Kingston, but still reasonable and the food is definitely worth it.

A vegetarian restaurant that even non-vegetarians love

 

 

Monday - 21 April

After a relaxing day I decided to make the most of my last few days at home and take my little sister Summer-Rose for a well-deserved Nando's. Big sister was paying of course!

Nand'o's with my little sister

Tuesday - 22 April

I've been spending a lot of time practicing driving while at home, in my lovely car! I've been getting as much practice in as possible to prepare for my test soon!

Wednesday - 23 April

Making the most of Mum driving me back to Kingston meant hitting the supermarket and stocking up my cupboard and part of the freezer. In Halls of Residence each flatmate has their own lockable cupboard, which most people use as their main food cupboard. The rest of the kitchen is divided up by whoever is in the flat, for example the fridge and freezer unofficially has a part for everyone. As you can see, noodles and rice are always a priority for me.

My lovely car!A sneak peak inside my cupboard

Thursday - 24 April

As part of my work with the Student Ambassadors I was able to attend a Higher Education fair. Higher Education fairs are an opportunity for college and school students to attend an event to talk to many different universities from across the UK, get information and ask any questions they have about university. I loved talking to people about their aspirations and answering questions. I also got to work with a great team.

HE Fairs are a great way to chat to prospective students

Friday - 25 April

Who said going to Uni was about growing up? Turkey Dinosaurs anyone?

Turkey dinosaurs anyone?

Saturday - 26 April

Assignments again today! Being able to use my boyfriend's nice laptop made it less dull though.

A nice laptop makes all the difference!

Sunday - 27 April

A top tip as well as a point for today, an Oyster card is a must in Kingston! An Oyster card is a top up card that you can use on buses, tubes and trains in London. Instead of buying tickets you simply top up the Oyster card and tap in and out, which is a lot easier if you travel a fair bit! My travels to Kingston Hill this weekend have seen me using my Oyster a lot!

Oyster card - a must for travelling around London

 

Dissertation

Posted 27 Apr 2014 by Tamara

 

For any life science student, the beginning of March is signified by the sheer panic that your Dissertation is due in any day now!

Having months of stress being in the lab, and working away at your experiments relentlessly, the month of February is the main time for writing it all up! My dissertation was on 'Antibiotic resistance of the natural flora found in the nasal cavity, with focus on Staphylococcus sp.' which basically means looking at bacteria found in your nose, and if it has any resistance to certain antibiotics! Although shorter than some people's dissertations, at 3000 words, it's still a fair amount of time, and combine Tamara's Dissertationthat with all the lab work time as well, as I did a lab based dissertation, then I can safely say it took over my life for a while!

 The main things I found whilst doing my dissertation was how much I loved being in the lab and how happy I was that I picked a lab dissertation, as though it's very intense, you really get to know and bond with the people in your lab, and you help each other out as well, giving an insight into working into an actual lab! Also, I found that although it was challenging and one of the most stressful times in my life, having practices at writing out a lab report will be amazingly useful for when I get into a lab myself! You also aren't doing it by yourself, you have a dissertation supervisor to help you, and I can honestly say I couldn't have coped without the support from mine!

 So yes, I can say all that stress was definitely worth it, look how happy I am at the finished result!

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