Things to watch, listen, read, and eat this January

 Netflix – The Sinner

An eight-episode, thriller, miniseries that follows Cora Tannetti – a young mother who during a day at the beach with her husband and baby, inexplicably stabs a man to death. In each episode Detective Harry Ambrose tries to unravel her complicated past and delves into her psyche. I watched the last three episodes back to back because I needed to know why. Expert storytelling, and midly creepy enough to make each episode as suspenseful as the last.

Bonus Netflix Option – The Windsor’s

This is one of those shows that I really shouldn’t like, but do! It’s a soap opera style parody of the British Royal Family. Pippa is after Harry, William just wants to fly helicopters and Camilla Parker-Bowles is pregnant. Enough said?

Music – Youngr This Is Not An Album

This ‘non-album’ is the perfect introductory course to Youngr’s music. It is a tidy collection of his music to date, mixed in with some recent releases and new track Ooh Lordy.  This is one you need on your summer playlist. Rhythm heavy, it manages to be catchy without being grating. I currently have What’s Next on repeat.

Podcast – Black Hands

If you know me, you know I love two things: podcasts and true crime. I’ve told everyone to listen to this, and now I’m telling you. Black Hands is narrated by award-winning journalist Martin van Beynen who unravels the Bain family murders that took place in 1994 and have been the most popular water-cooler conversation ever since. Suspicion has always bounced between David, the eldest son and only survivor, and his father. At the end of the series, I know who I think is guilty.

Book – Meet Me in the Bathroom: Rebirth and Rock and Roll in New York City 2001-2011 by Lizzy Goodman

Author Lizzy Goodman has crafted such a compelling record of early the early-naughties rock revival thanks to her interviews with over 200 musicians, journalists, managers and music-label executives. It gave me a nostalgia for a time and a place that I never even experienced if that’s even possible. It’s a sort of mythological ode to a time that seemed suffocated in technicolour, with conversations drenched in gossipy intrigue, and features familiar names such as the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, LCD Soundsystem, The White Stripes and Vice.

Food – XuXu Dumpling Bar

XuXu is one of those small gems that you hear about solely via word of mouth, or at least that was my experience. Nestled on the corner of Galway Street & Commerce Street it’s easy to miss the entrance.  Small tables and great food makes for an intimate atmosphere, with the added bonus of people watching if you sit outside. Hint: order the prawn & ginger har gao, the pork & shrimp shao mai and the steamed pork buns and I promise you won’t leave disappointed.

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