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Sunday, 27 November 2016

THE TABLE

I promise...I do other things than brunch.
However having visited my other favourite brunch place I figured why not continue with the theme and do a post on The Table in Southwark.


Now, I only actually discovered this place when I was meeting a friend from brunch at The Breakfast Club in London Bridge. We met bang on 11am and as predicted there was a huge queue of hungry Londoners/tourists waiting to delve into their menu and most likely purchase a souvenir mug.
Don't get me wrong...that's exactly what I was going to do - however having gone for a morning gym class, I was not in the mood to stand and wait for food for a good hour.
My friend said she knew a place round the corner which was just as good so off we walked down to Southwark whilst I tried to hide my hanger. That was my first time at The Table and I can safely say I am now an addict.



This place has found the perfect balance of always been packed but managing to seat people instantly. 
After finding a cosy table in the corner (albeit it nearly rubbing elbows with the couple next to us... #london) we quickly ordered a cuppa tea and a 'Going for Gold' (which used to be called Morning Glory...they must have received some feedback) which is a gorgeous pineapple, mango and lime with orange juice smoothie.


Now - with food - I am a creature of habit so got down to ordering avocado on toast with poached eggs which were done to perfection (aka the Breakfast Bruschetta). My boyfriend ordered a Full English as per, with sourdough bread, baked beans with ham and chorizo, fried eggs, garlic fried mushroom and la pièce de résistance.... pork and leek sausages. These sausages are easily the best sausages I have ever had (.... insert immature joke here.) In fact, they are so tasty that we asked where they source them from to make a bulk order later that day. To our dismay they are made by the owner of the restaurant in a farm way up North and are only sold at this restaurant. 

Over all this restaurant is reasonably priced, has a great atmosphere and food to die for. It has won several awards and is well worth a visit.

If you are ever in Southwark or have a hankering for a sausage then give it a try! You won't regret it.

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Wednesday, 23 November 2016

DISHOOM

Okay okay I admit it - I have fully embraced the idea of "brunch" in London and when I say embrace I mean I have become obsessed with it...

Brunching on a weekend is my new hobby which is both questionable and pricey. When I first moved to London I never really used the word or saw the appeal but now my weekends are pretty much planned around the event. 

I go through phases of my favourite places "to brunch' (yes it is now a verb) and recently a usual frequent of mine is Dishoom - a restaurant that replicates classic 1960s Bombay style, with a modern twist at an affordable price. 



The decor is stunning and of course instagrammable (which is the main reason for brunch, right?) and the menu is tempting and varied! 


Having looked over the enormous menu and ordered ourselves a Chai Tea Latte each (officially the best one I have ever had...) we decided to get a few things to share between us. I had tried the bacon and egg naan roll and remembered it was incredible so that was the first thing to make the cut. We then ordered Kerijiwal (just order it for the challenge of pronouncing it correctly...) and granola - cancels out that bad right? The Kerijowal was pretty much cheese on toast with a chilli twist and amazing! My boyfriend got a side of masala beans for good luck and we both had an americano each to fully wake us up!




The only downside is you cannot book in advance in groups under 6 so in peak hours there is a queue. Breakfast runs until 11.45am however queues can sometimes be up to 40 minutes on a weekend and you have to sit down and order by 11.4am so make sure you get there with plenty of time to spare. 
The upside to this is they offer free chai tea to those waiting to keep them warm...not too shabby! 

But don't take my word for it - with three locations in London (Covent Garden, Kings Cross and Shoreditch) it's a must try!

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Monday, 13 June 2016

FAVOURITE BLOGS

It's official – I am addicted to blog/vlogs. Getting lost within youtube vlogs and endless scrolling through content has to be up there as one of my favourite pastimes (others include reading depressing literature, eating, watching funny vines, on-line window shopping and KUWTK - an eclectic but satisfying mix.)
Sharing is caring so I thought I would write a post on my top 5 best beauty reads. 
*warning, this is an enabler post and once you delve into these goodies you will lose several hours of your life. 


VIVANNA DOES MAKEUP.  Anna is queen of copy in my opinion and has an impressive way with words that I am envious of. She writes about beauty, fashion, lifestyle and most recently fitness! Her recent fitness obsession has not only lead me to actually go to the gym, but more importantly invest into my workout wardrobe! Having been hooked from post 1, I would advise to go read her thoughts immediately if not sooner.


SACCONEJOLYS. Firstly - my addiction to this amazing family proves that I am moving (no, correct that, RUNNING) into a different stage in my life. In the past I was obsessed with fashion, beauty and socialising. Now I am entering a novel phase of loving interior design, property renovations and family vlogs! The SacconeJolys are #squadgoals and are the perfect bit of fun escapism that we all need every once in a while. 

LILYPEBBLES. Lily is down to earth, honest and seems to know everything there is to know about London. Although I have followed Lily when I lived in Liverpool, France and Durham and she has probably been my biggest blogger enabler...now I have moved to London she has opened up a whole new world of activities/events/restaurants/bars/gigs that are amazing. 

DELICIOUSLY ELLA Having just come back from a holiday which consisted of eating pasta, drinking wine and lying on the beach...I am in serious need of Ella's blog and book. Clean eating seems so much more doable when I scroll through her blog and am filled with inspiration to try new ingredients and stay away from processed snacks! I religiously check to see what updates she has put and attempt to cook them (the end results never looks as aesthetically pleasing as her attempt but I can live with that.)



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Monday, 28 March 2016

PANCAKE PERFECTION




👀😍 #thebreakfastclub

When it comes to breakfast I am a pancake gal - always have been and always will be. The sweeter the breakfast the better in my opinion. Up until recently I had a delightful routine of waking up on the weekends and walking across the road to an outdoor Creperie owned by a couple and ordering banana and Nutella crepes. C'est magnifique, non? 

However - this has been detrimental to both my bank balance and waistline.

My attempts to ween myself off the habit have been supported by;
- discovering a delicious and fuss-free recipe
- the couple closing shop for winter (granted the latter had a bigger part to play...)

Having successfully managed the act of making pancakes and not burning the flat down I decided to share the recipe with you guys.
They are really easy to make, are healthier and taste great!

Ingredients (makes about 10)
1 TSP Coconut Oil
1 TBSP of Rice Flour
2 Eggs
2 Bananas (the riper the better...)
1 blender

Heat up your dollop of coconut oil in a non-stick pan whilst you crack on with the batter. (I had to allow myself one pun...).
Crack both eggs into the blender along with the two peeled bananas and the flour and whizz them altogether.  Pour into a jug of some sort and the pour the mixture into the pan in small shapes. The thickness of the batter causes them to be quite fluffy and smaller in size. Keep the pan on a low setting and then flip them over when they are ready.

I always have mine with honey and blueberries, but enjoy these with your own toppings and of course - a lovely cuppa.

Bonus tip - make these for your boyfriend/flatmate and they can do the washing up! Sorted.




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