Welcome to my blog!

Hi! My name is Sasha Nugara and I am currently studying English literature at Cardiff University. My passions include food and travel and I love injecting this into my writing, so stay tuned for many posts to come! I recently acquired the role of food and drink editor at my university magazine and I’m looking forward to sharing all my articles on here in hope to reach a wider audience! My blog is very new and I’m only just getting to grips with how to use it and maximize your enjoyment as a reader, so bear with me!

Languishing: The answer to the question of lockdown lethargy

Photo by sydney Rae on Unsplash People from all around the world have been experiencing symptoms that they couldn’t quite put their finger on. Trouble concentrating, a feeling of emptiness and many reporting that, even with the phenomenal success of the vaccine rollout, they weren’t excited about 2021. Staying up until 3 a.m. and staying … Continue reading Languishing: The answer to the question of lockdown lethargy

Hey Girls! The non-inclusive, yet completely ‘feminist’ sanitary product brand

After only recently coming across the ‘Hey Girl’ moon cups and sanitary pads in my local Co-op, I have been hit with many questions as what to this brand was trying to represent. Their biodegradable packing chips and ‘Buy One Give One’ policy connotes a ‘woke’ brand for the Gen Z market, yet their name … Continue reading Hey Girls! The non-inclusive, yet completely ‘feminist’ sanitary product brand

Instagram is shadow banning sex positive content and it’s not okay

Photo by Dainis Graveris on Unsplash Originally written for Quench magazine Shadow banning, also known as stealth banning and ghost banning, has been around since the 1980’s and is used to block comments and posts by certain users. Recently on Instagram, many accounts that use the platform for sex work and education have found their … Continue reading Instagram is shadow banning sex positive content and it’s not okay

The History of Gay bars and Their story of liberation

Gay bars have always served as a central pillar to the LGBTQ+ community and have always taken their place as one of the few spots where the community could truly express themselves. Unsurprisingly, evidence of gay bars dates all the way back to the 18th century, but the first ‘official’ gay bar is assumed to be … Continue reading The History of Gay bars and Their story of liberation

How deep are the roots of slavery in Kindred and Sing, Unburied, Sing? Part 3

The literary blurred lines of an interracial relationship Interracial relationships have frequently been depicted in forms of literature and film such as the ground-breaking Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner by Stanley Kramer and, more recently, Jordan Peele’s Get Out. These relationships have always varied in their presentation, but, due to the societal basis of slavery, … Continue reading How deep are the roots of slavery in Kindred and Sing, Unburied, Sing? Part 3

How deep are the roots of slavery in Kindred and Sing, Unburied, Sing? Part 2

The hand me down life It is written in Michael Hanchard’s essay on Afro-modernity that ‘Legalized segregation, the maintenance of separate and largely unequal institutions, meant that blacks, as a consequence of prejudicial treatment, received health care, education, police protection, transportation, and a host of other services only after those same services were provided for … Continue reading How deep are the roots of slavery in Kindred and Sing, Unburied, Sing? Part 2

How deep are the roots of slavery in Kindred and Sing, Unburied, Sing? Part 1

The African American inheritance Kindred, a novel ‘which strikingly reimagined the neo-slave narrative genre’ managed to accurately depict the modern-day entanglement with slavery that African American’s are forced to endure daily. Gabrielle Bellot wrote that, ‘Time heals, but also hurts; the past is indeed a different country, but less so than we may think’ and … Continue reading How deep are the roots of slavery in Kindred and Sing, Unburied, Sing? Part 1

Cheers! The 1980’s cocktail trend

Photo by Proriat Hospitality on Unsplash The 80’s cocktail culture was characterised by sexual innuendo, neon colours, sour mix, Southern Comfort, Baileys, Peach schnapps and glasses that was either huge or tiny. The cocktails were sickly and lurid, adorned with rainbow coloured swizzle sticks and sparklers. Drinking was largely popularised by the American sitcom Cheers, … Continue reading Cheers! The 1980’s cocktail trend

Remembering 9/11

Photo by Anthony Fomin on Unsplash Written for Quench magazine They always say that you remember where you were when you heard about a life changing event, and I think 9/11 is one of those occasions. I was just a one-year-old baby when it happened, cradled in my mother’s arms, as a breaking story suddenly … Continue reading Remembering 9/11


About Us

A 20 year old English lit student based in Cardiff and Bath

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Sasha.nugara@gmail.com

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Food and drink

Food is my passion and I look forward to building this section with all my foodie experiences!

Hubbox review

Before October I had never heard of Hubbox before, and now I’ll never forget it. The décor was warm, cosy and inviting with its dim and low lighting. The furnishings were wooden and there were red neon signs dotted on the walls. The restaurant gave off classic burger joint vibes with a modern twist giving … Continue reading Hubbox review

The Do’s and Don’ts of kitchen sustainability

Photo by Markus Spiske on Unsplash Originally written for Quench magazine With hard hitting programs such as David Attenborough’s recently released ‘A life on our planet’, climate change and its impending doom has been successfully brought to the forefront of our minds. It is understandably hard to live a completely eco-friendly life when it is … Continue reading The Do’s and Don’ts of kitchen sustainability

The art of charcuterie

Originally written for Quench Mag In this day and age, the average cheese plate will no longer do. It’s all about the charcuterie boards. The term charcuterie comes from France, directly translating to ‘delicatessen’ and involves a branch of cooking devoted to prepared meat products. Although the term specifically refers to the cooking of meat, … Continue reading The art of charcuterie

Review: Got Beef

Wales’s national lockdown was looming and we had no choice but to spend our last evening tasting the food of Cardiff’s Got Beef. After opening its doors in 2014, Got Beef was voted as No. 2 by National Newspaper Wales in its Top 15 burger joints in Wales list. After achieving this title in less … Continue reading Review: Got Beef

A sobering October

Written for Quench magazine “The university climate can be brutal and intense, but nothing I couldn’t rise above” On the 1st of October my co-editor, Indigo, pitched the idea of ‘Sober for October’ and for one of us to take up the challenge. This immediately piqued my interest as, due to my status as a … Continue reading A sobering October

Review: Mowgli

“In 2014, founder Nisha Katona had a nagging obsession to build an eatery serving the kind of food Indians eat at home and on their streets.” Walking into the Cardiff branch of Mowgli, we were met with a dazzling spectacle of fairy lights and warm colour. The staff were so incredibly welcoming and helpful that … Continue reading Review: Mowgli

Review: wahaca

Written by Indigo Jones, Hannah Penwright and Sasha Nugara for Quench magazine Last week our section editors were offered the chance to review Wahaca Cardiff, a Mexican chain which can be found across the UK. The restaurant prides itself on sustainability, and its new menu explains how it’s the most sustainable yet. After having been … Continue reading Review: wahaca

The Coconut tree

Originally written for Quench student mag As someone who has grown up immersed in Sri Lankan food and culture due to my father’s heritage, the opening of The Coconut Tree in Cardiff was an exciting moment for me. When I walked into the restaurant for the first time, I remember being instantly hit with a … Continue reading The Coconut tree

Post lockdown health kick

Written for Quench student mag For me, lockdown will always signify an unprecedented amount of binge snacking and stress eating. Those early, uncertain days were passed with films and chocolate as I lost all motivation and any concept of the word ‘health’. Now that lockdown is lifting and uni is looming, I am all too … Continue reading Post lockdown health kick

My Mallorcan foodie experience

Adapted from my article for Quench student mag After months of reminiscing of beach days and gorgeous holiday food, my opportunity finally came with a perfectly timed trip to Mallorca. Daydreams of paella and tapas would soon become a reality as I soak up the gorgeous Mallorcan sun whilst sipping on a glass of sangria. … Continue reading My Mallorcan foodie experience

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Food and drink

Food is my passion and I look forward to building this section with all my foodie experiences!

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Quench

As food editor for the award winning student magazine Quench, I have begun to build up a portfolio of articles based around food. I have also been able to explore other sections and experiment in all kinds of writing.

To find out more about Quench, click here https://cardiffstudentmedia.co.uk/quench/

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