At the drop of a hat

At the drop of a hatAt the drop of a hat is a popular idiom which expresses the idea of doing something immediately and without any hesitation, planning or prior preparation.

For example: It seems to me that most people would quit work at the drop of a hat if they didn’t have financial commitments.

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The icing on the cake

the icing on the cakeThe icing on the cake, or the cherry on the cake is a useful idiom  if you are talking about something which is good but you want to say that within that good thing there was something even better. For example, Olympic athletes all want to win an Olympic medal, but the icing on the cake would be to win a gold medal.

Or, on a personal note, playing pool is fantastic, but the icing on the cake is when I win without cheating. This does not happen very often.

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10 best food hotspots in the world

Food hotspotsAccording to the well-known international travel guide, Lonely Planet, the 10 best food hotspots in the world are not in Spain!  Yes, you might feel red with rage but it appears that the most popular cuisines of the decade come from Vietnam, Thailand, Japan, India, Mexico and China.

Anyway, what are the trending food hotspots of Málaga at the moment? I must admit, mine is a new Cuban place that opened a few months ago; the waiters are friendly and helpful, the menu is full of gluten free and vegetarian friendly dishes, and most importantly the chef is usually off her face!

50 things to do before you die: go for a midnight picnic

midnight picnicGo for a midnight picnic! Really! It can’t be true that someone has suggested this activity as a must-do before you pop your clogs?!

No, I’m sorry, I can’t. I can’t even respond to that idea. It’s like saying, go out, get drunk and eat a donna kebab or a 4 cheese pizza on your way home. I mean, who hasn’t done that?! However, if someone suggested going to New York’s central park at midnight in order to jump on the Alice in wonderland statue with little bottles of gin and tonic with labels that said:’drink me’ on them, I might reconsider this. Having said that, shrinking to the size of an ant would definitely be challenging!


To be up my street

to be up my streetIs a common idiom which means the type of thing that you are interested in or the type of thing that you enjoy doing.

For example, if you are an adrenalin junkie, then doing extreme sports, will be up your street. However, if, like my mother, you are a culture vulture, then perhaps pontificating at museums will be up your street. But, more importantly, if you are George Clooney, you are definitely up my street and I would very much like you to pop in!