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40 Nelson Road
New Malden

My name is Rachel Carr and I started This Is Carrt in 2014 when my husband's job moved to Germany and I decided to give up my day job in the city and go with him on the adventure! I had always loved to travel and write, and was also passionate about photography so one day I sat down and mingled all three of them on this website and my Etsy page. I write about a wide range of things like how to cope with airline hand luggage allowances to what to wear to any destination wedding. However, when I write up a holiday destination, there are more often than not a few common themes linking what are otherwise very different places:

1) Food. I love to eat. It structures my day to day life as well as any trip that I go on. I think food is a great way to start to experience a new culture as well as meeting new people.

2) Value. I don't get swayed by places to be seen and clothing to be seen in for the sake of it. I hate being ripped off. Be that by a fiver or by hundreds of pounds. If an activity or an excursion I go on is expensive but an amazing experience, I will still highly recommend it, but won't recommend it simply because it is deemed luxury.

3) Beauty. I love looking at pretty things. They don't have to have a purpose!

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To Blog or Not to Blog - Part 2

Our Blog - Dedicated to Travel, Food, Lifestyle and Fashion

With a love of travel and writing as well as a passion for photography, this blogsite and my Etsy page mingles all three.

To Blog or Not to Blog - Part 2

Rachel Carr

Last week, I listed some of my photography and travel inspiration that I find on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter etc. One large group of bloggers that I left out, due to them being an inspiration source in themselves, are food bloggers. My Instagram feed is rife with pictures of my favourite hobby: food. I would eat all the time if I could, and next week I will be dedicating my blog to my own food photography, but I thought this week I should include shout outs to food bloggers that make me want to run to my kitchen and make whatever they have posted that day, or get take away from whatever restaurant they have visited.

1) Angloyankophile

I follow this account on instagram and it regularly has me drooling when she pictures food from a restaurant she is reviewing. Whilst her account is not strictly dedicated to food (indeed in her bio she lists  "travel, interiors and everything in between" as well as the grub stuff as her interests), this is still one of my go to places for the latest restaurant recommendation in London. She also photographs her food really well (a tricky task as often people forget that viewers can't smell the food they are snapping!) and she makes me feel better about the fact that I am as obsessed with food as I am. It appears she is too. 

2) Deliciously Ella

You would have to have lived underwater not to have heard of Ella Woodward. Not only is she Amazon's fastest selling book (ever!), she has also just made it on to the Evening Standard's Top 25 most influential people in London. Strikingly pretty, Delicously Ella is an account dedicated to vegan, gluten free food. It is testament to how yummy her food is, and again how well it is photographed, that she has made it to my list. I am a meat eating, cheese loving wine obsessive and I have bought her book. Granted, I probably use her recipes for inspiration for side dishes, but I definitely use her 'sweeter' recipes to make snacks during the day that don't have me reaching for the biscuit tin. 

3) Lifestylejeanie

I have mentioned this account before, and whilst the blogger is a good friend of mine, I do genuinely love our Jean's approach to food. She is a great example of someone who can make healthy food as delicious as plates laden with fat and calories. I am lucky enough to have sampled her food first hand, but her blog and instagram accounts are well worth a follow for Jean's balanced attitude to food as well as yoga and exercise. I am a massive devotee of her oat pancakes and her recipe has even converted my standard-pancake-loving-husband into a fan. 

4) Timeout

This publication is my bible for whenever I return to London, or go to any of the cities that it covers. It is simply such an extensive source of what to do, where to go and how much that will cost. Recently it even dedicated an article to the suburb I am from in London (New Malden), when very few people have done that before. Its articles are always honest, thorough and come with a helpful pricing scheme to aid its readers figure out how much they will spend on an average dinner wherever they are. 

5) Naturally Sassy

Another health food blogger, but another source of food, but also photography, inspiration for me. Saskia Gregson-Williams's food has me salivating at the mouth like a rabid dog whenever she posts on Instagram. Her meals are always hearty and tasty despite being laden with good for you ingredients. What sets Saskia apart from other food bloggers is that, by trade, Saskia is actually a dancer and so the food she makes has to sustain her body's energy needs which often include training in a dance studio for up to 8 hours a day. Whilst she may have started eating and cooking gluten, sugar, and dairy free food to help clear up chronic eczema, the food she puts in her body has to serve energy purposes that few of us need. In fact, her food looks so delicious that I have considered taking up ballet, just so I can eat more of it. 

Apologies to anyone that I have made hungry in the writing of this blog. I'm off to raid the fridge! Enjoy!

Rachel x

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