31/07/2016

Date Night: Boris Bikes

For this Date Night, we thought we'd take it easy, something simple, yet, something we both haven't done together! Although, the start of this day didn't go as smoothly, it started to rain, and who wants to go bike riding in the rain, so we created  Plan B, which then realised it was not needed because by the time we had dinner and left the house, it was actually sunny!

We have spoken about doing this for a while now, even before he started living here - but I guess we just never got round to it and maybe, just maybe because Jessica was putting it off due to the fact that she thinks she can't ride a bike (go on, laugh, you know you want to) She can, but she's not too big on riding on roads (which you have to here or bike lanes) and she's not too keen on doing sharp turns.

But regardless of that, we had to do it at least once and Thursday Date Night was the day! Before taking off, there of course, had to be some sort of plan, we're all for spontaneity, but we didn't want to ride aimlessly or get lost and end up way too far, so be decided to being our journey at Hyde Park corner and attempted to follow this route we found on this website here.

Hyde Park at Leisure average riding time 30mins
Hyde Park at Leisure



As you can see, it was basically going around the whole thing, but we didn't exactly go this way - actually, unless it was riding outside of the park, this route is not actually 'allowed' - you'd be surprised to know that there is A LOT of parts of the park that claims to be 'no cycling' - We never ended up by the Queensway side, but we did go through the middle, across the waters, going back on ourselves and just went with the wind!


We may or may not have accidentally went through some 'no cycling' parts - but no one was around and we promise it was an accident and it was getting dark in there!

It was definitely something different, worked out them legs, as James said it was relaxing, I on the other hand loved it, but started getting anxious with the amount of people there was around and then the darkness - but other than the minor panic I had, it was lovely and scenic, the weather was just right!

After this work out, we thought since we'd already had dinner, we'd go out for some well deserved dessert - but is dessert what we got? NO! Did we even get dessert? NO Gah, blame James! But regardless, the Jumbo Platter Starter has always been a main to share for two!

Overall, this has probably been the most relaxing Date night we've had and maybe we'll start making a habit of doing some cycling now and then :)

UPDATE: HERE'S OUR VLOG

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Lifestyle: July Favs & August Goals


We are back with our Favourites of the month and our Goals for the following, but first, let's begin with an overview of our previous months goals and what we've achieved!

July Goals Overview:

Remember in our last post, we posted our Goals for the previous month, this is how we got on with the list..

- Day trip to Birmingham; Cadbury's world [✓]
Messy start, ended up having to re-book, but we got there in the end, you can read all about it here (post live on Tuesday)

- Plan itinerary for Anniversary holiday [✓]
This was actually too organised and we know it's way too planned in advanced, but it was too exciting not to! Of course nothing is set in stone, but we've pretty much agreed on what we'll be doing each day.

- Keep up with Weekly Vlogging [✓]
Personally, I think we did well in this - we did say we'd start vlogging every interesting day and that we did!

- Plan August UK day/weekend trip(s) [✓]
We are heading to James' family home in Chester in two weeks and while we're up there, we'll be going for lunch in Liverpool, as well as hopefully having his sister come down to London for Bank Holiday weekend, to then take a sibling trip to Brighton! 

- Go to at least one Food Festival [✓]
We finally went to our first food festival in Shoreditch, which was the JustEat Food Fest.

- Go Up the O2 for a Date Night [✓]
YAY! We did it and what an accomplishment it was!

- Visit at least 2 independent coffee shops in London

As you can see, we managed to complete 99% of our goal list, except for maybe one of the most important one, our love for independent coffee shops! In our defence, we are also so busy on weekends and most coffee shops like that close at 6 on weekdays which clashes with our timetable!

July Favs:

FOOD
Restaurant: Bintang
This restaurant was introduced to us, by our friend Rochelle, who coincidentally found it on Twitter - she thought it looked interesting and wanted to share the experience with us. We're always up for new food adventures and although it may not be exactly new cuisine to some, as it was Asian, with a twist I may add, and in no condition is this being biased, but the owner was too Filipino like us (Rochelle & I)! Delicious food and the dessert are diffidently something new!

Home cooked Meal: Salmon and Veg in Foil Bake
Who doesn't love a good foil bake? Must admit we don't do it often, but it's such an effortless way to make something and so well done and fresh too! Salmon, oh we do like salmon, but again, we don't have it much - definitely going to try more dishes like this again.

PEOPLE

Twitter to Follow: @TeacupClub
This was an absolute no brainier, not only is TeacupClub a Twitter chat, not only do they retweet you when using their hashtag, they hold MEETINGS, which is the best thing invented! It is such an amazing supportive concept, where at 5PM on Mondays and Thursday, you get to share 1 POST, any of your choice and others to the same and you basically send each other comments! I love that you are able to have the chance to share a post you love, needs more love or simply that you want other to have more attention on - this is the place to be and we just want to thank TeacupClub and it's creator for their wonderful creation!

YouTube to Watch: @KMHvlogs
Ever since she decided to disappear for a week, we realised how empty that one Sunday was, it just wasn't complete without having watched her weekly vlog! Make to sure to show her some love and subscribe, she's so lovely, amazing and does the realist weekly vlogs :)

OTHER
Date Night: Up at The O2
Don't get me wrong when I say this, but how could this one not be the favourite, so you know we love all of our date nights, but this was different - something I doubt I'd do again, it is one of those things you'd only want to do once, but oh it was eventful, tiring and sweaty, but that feel of accomplishment to the top and that view!

Purchase: Holiday Clothes
I think it's cheating saying this, but oh well, it's my blog haha, but this month has been preparing holiday clothes months in advance! I swear to you, I do not need to buy anymore, I have enough to wear on 3 holidays, once! To be fair, most summer clothes now are on sale, preparing for the next season, and but the time it actually reaches my holiday, there will be no summer clothes left for me. I will be doing a check Holiday Haul, sometime in the near future before the holiday ;) so look out for that!

Game: Scrabble
Not too long ago, we wanted to purchase some games, in which Scrabble was one of them - although you may say we've only played it twice since we've had it, one due to time and two, it is quite time consuming but had become a game we'd like to do more. It's just to relaxing in a way, to sit down with a cider to have a quiet night in - as well as trying to win, you're working your brain and possibly learning new words haha

August Goals:

- Start our own Twitter FOOD chat
- Go up & slide down the Orbit for a Date Night
- Go back to Brighton, for certain ice cream shop
-Attend the Notting Hill Carnival (James' first time)
- Reach 800 Twitter Followers
- Start using Blog Lovin' properly

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What are your July favourites? Do you have a goal/bucket list? Leave them in the comments below!
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30/07/2016

Dinner @ Bill's -The Bullring, Birmingham

Avacado, bacon and spinach salad - with croutons, Bills dressing and pecorino cheese - £8.95 - Jessica

Yes that's right, we've been in Birmingham today. Bit of an odd one we know, but we came here for the sole purpose of going to Cadbury World, which is in nearby Bournville. There will be a special post for our visit there going up on Tuesday, so I won't say much about it now. 

Bills fish pie - cod, salmon, smoked salmon, prawns, peas, roasted baby onions, mustard and cheddar mash - £12.95 - James

From there we came back into Birmingham, and conviniently next to New Street station, where our trains to and from London were, is The Bullring shopping centre. This is where we were able to do a bit of shopping and have our dinner before we departed. 

After a chocolate filled day, we only fancied something light and as we knew Bill's does great salads, although we've never had one, we came here. We luckily spotted it through the window of Forever 21! 

Warm cinnamon mini doughnuts - with fresh strawberries and warm chocolate sauce - £5.50

I, James ended up going for the all time favourite of fish pie, and Jessica went for the avacado and bacon salad - both very tasty and well presented! The staff were so friendly and attentive, and the atmosphere was perfect for a relaxed  early Saturday evening - made even better by being able to sit outside with the sub shining!

Food: ★★★★
Customer service: ★★
Atmosphere: ★★★

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Welcome to the Food & Baker food blogger series, which every blogger is welcome because what human being doesn't like food(!?) This is a just a simple, quick and fun series of food related questions to just to get to know each other and meet new bloggers!

We are super grateful to everyone who are involved! Let's get started!


Introduction

My name is Jessica and I run Jess & Josh Cook which is mainly a food blog, but I sometimes post about our lives and travels. It’s a joint blog with my boyfriend but I do all the social media and blogging and he does all the cooking and the recipe development so we work together quite well!

Why did you start blogging?

We were cooking loads of really great stuff and so we decided to make an Instagram dedicated to just our food, and then after a few months a blogger friend urged us to start putting our recipes on to a blog so we did!


Three Random Facts

1. I grew up in Spain, so I’m fluent Spanish.

2. I have a fear of belly buttons.

3. I’m a wrestling fan!

Are you allergic to anything?

Only that Vicks vapour rub stuff; but my mum is allergic to loads of food, including marmite!

Do you have any weird food/eating habits?

I have to chew equally on both sides of my mouth. Does that make sense? Like, if I were to chew three times on the right I’d have to chew three times on the left with my next bite.

If you could travel anywhere in the world purely for its food, where would you go?

ITALY! Pasta, ice cream, pizza…….

What is your favourite meal in the day and why?

I look forward to meals for different reasons. I never have breakfast so definitely not that one but I love lunch because it means I can split up my day and get out the office but I definitely couldn’t live without dinner. It’s the one time a day where me and Josh can cook together and it’s always delicious.

If you could only eat one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Mashed potato. No doubt.

Do you prefer to cook at home or eat out?

Eating out, I love trying new places and getting dressed up for date night!


Jess & Josh Cook: Recipe BBQ Honey Popcorn Chicken

Whats your favourite post of ours?

All your Paris posts! http://www.foodandbaker.co.uk/search/label/Paris



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28/07/2016

Lifestyle: How We Organise Our Blog Schedule

As you should all be fully aware of by now, is that there are two people running this blog? (Oh gosh, I hope people knew that haha) Well, if you didn't, you learn something new everyday and so forth with this, we thought it would be nice to share some sort of insight on how we, as a couple, manage our blogging schedule and YouTube etc.

1. SET DAYS

As you may notice and we may or may not have said many times on Twitter - ever since moving in, we've decided to dedicate 3 MAIN posts weekly, which are Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays - as normal do and don't do, sometimes we eat at home, have Domino's pizza and have ready made meals and let's be honest, no one cares about those, so if there was to ever be some days, weeks, we don't post out a meal post, homemade or eating out - we would still have live content being active on our blog!

Also. on alternate Sundays we upload a challenge video and every Monday we post a Vlog!

2. ALLOCATE

In order to keep the duties fair between us, we have agreed that James does Tuesday post, Jessica does Thursday posts and we will alternate Sunday posts (as Sunday posts are Date Night posts), when it comes down to the day to day food/lifestyle posts - we try to make it as fair as possible, but I'd be lying if I didn't say James is the one who does most of it lately.

Although, some may argue that, I, Jessica do most of the social media, but every now and then, James leaves his mark. So all is fair right?

In regards to YouTube, this just fell into the way it did - James edits the Vlogs and I, edit the challenge videos!

3. CALENDAR/APP

From when we was living two hours apart, I found this calendar couple app (laugh all you like, jokes on you, we're so organised haha) well anyway, which we used to add in our daily schedule, so we would always know what each other is doing, for trust and just simple acknowledgement as we are both busy people. So, now living together, it only seemed right to use this for our blogging schedule, so even when we are apart, we both know our duties, for what date and for what time, and of course what it would be about (+ our regular daily schedule)

4. ORGANISE 

Well, this actually falls into the previous section, by using the app above, as well as being able to check the schedule on demand and set reminders for uploads and publishing, we are also able to organise when we have time to write posts and film our videos and how much time we have left to edit etc.

Not sure by how you've taken this post or if you know me personally, you may or may not be surprised that we have our blogging schedule schedule sorted for the rest of the year, currently have 11 posts scheduled (#FBbloggerseries) including this weeks posts and 5 in drafts and more plans (that inevitably will be blogged) in the making!

We love what we do and as much work as it is, we love it so much, as much as I love doing the planning for it. We always want to improve and give you what you'd want to see.

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How do you organise your schedule or do you not have one at all?
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27/07/2016

How To: Creamy Garlic Mushroom Chicken Pasta


Ingredients
 - 4 boneless skinless chicken thighs
- 2 Tablespoons olive oil
- 8 ounces sliced mushrooms
- 3 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 cup chicken broth
- ½ cup heavy cream
- 2 ounces cream cheese, softened
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon pepper
- 1 Tablespoon flour
- Pack of pasta
Instructions
  1. In a large pan, add olive oil and cook the chicken on medium high heat until brown on each side and cooked until no longer pink in center. Remove chicken and set aside on a plate.

2. Add the sliced mushrooms and garlic and cook for a few minutes until tender. Remove and set aside.

3. To make the sauce add the chicken broth, heavy cream, cream cheese, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Cook over medium heat and whisk until smooth. Add the flour and continue to cook for 1-2 minutes until it starts to thicken.

4. Add the mushrooms and garlic to the sauce followed by the chicken and coat in the creamy sauce.

5. Boil pasta via the instructions on packet. Combine with the creamy sauce. Heat for a couple of minutes and serve immediately.

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Welcome to the Food & Baker food blogger series, which every blogger, vlogger, tweeter is welcome because what human being doesn't like food(!?) This is a just a simple, quick and fun series of food related questions to just to get to know each other and meet new bloggers!

We are super grateful to everyone who are involved! Let's get started!

Introduction

We are Jamie and Sara of the Bean There at blog, a husband and wife team who share a passion for speciality coffee and café culture and like to fill our blog with the wonderful places and events that we find along the way along with the interesting people that we meet.


Why did you start blogging?

We started Bean There at to help us remember all the places that we’ve been and the wonderful coffee experiences that we’ve had along the way. Originally, it was only really intended to be a
journal for ourselves, but when a friend asked for a recommendation, it quickly became a blog of its own.

Three Random Facts

1. We both have a soft spot for the Swedish tradition of fika – to enjoy a coffee with a sweet pastry or treat.

2. Our wedding breakfast was tea and coffee themed.

3. We plan our travels around finding good coffee.




What is your most favourite meal in the world?


A meal that will always stand out for us was at a tiny and rather unexpected looking sushi place in San Francisco, called Ryoko’s Japanese, which looks like a cheap karaoke bar from the exterior, but after a 45 minute queue served us some of the best sushi we’ve ever had. Completely and utterly
worth the wait.


Are you more of a savoury or sweet kind of person?


We have very sweet teeth and recently discovered the joy of Australian Lamington’s – a light sponge
square coated in sweet icing and covered in coconut. They are exactly as good as they sound!


If you could travel anywhere in the world purely for its food, where would you go?


We would return to Melbourne, Australia in a heartbeat. We found both the variety and quality of food and drink places incredible. Melbourne has its own culture, but clearly draws upon a range of diverse international culinary tastes and we really loved the Asian influence. Add to that a speciality coffee culture that really leads the way in both volume and quality. We went to a talk the other day where a Melbourne based coffee roaster told us that he now believes the typical fit out cost for a Melbourne speciality café exceeds $500,000 Australian dollars.




What is your favourite meal in the day and why?


Breakfast, without a doubt, as the best coffee of the day is always your first of the day and we love all
of the traditional breakfasts, from granola and yogurt, to more traditional egg dishes, to the omni
present “smashed avo”, to a rather spicy chilli breakfast burrito that we made the other day.




Bean There at’s current Aeropress brew recipe


Requires an Aeropress, a grinder, 15g of fresh whole bean coffee and at least 300g of filtered or bottled water. We’re currently drinking a Rwanda Cyanika that we brought back from Kaffa Roastery
in Helsinki (https://www.kaffaroastery.fi/shop/products/rwanda-cyanika?taxon_id=47).

1. Fill your kettle with 300g of filtered or bottled water and heat to 86oC

2. Place an Aeropress filter paper into the cap of your Aeropress filter holder and rinse with hot water.

3. Place Aeropress plunger into Aeropress body and stand on the plunger (aka, the inverted method)

4. Weigh and grind 15g of coffee and tip into the body.

5. Pour 90g of water into the Aeropress, stir to ensure grounds are all soaked and start the timer.

6. At 30 seconds pour a further 150g of water in.

7. At 60 seconds stir lightly and put the filter cap on.

8. At 90 seconds place the cup on top of your inverted Aeropress and flip, holding onto the plunger, and begin depressing the plunger.

9. Aim to finish the plunge at 120 seconds.

Whats your favourite post of ours?


Peanut Butter Reese's Cupcake

We love the peanut butter reeces cupcakes review, but this might be biased because we have a very sweet tooth and we love peanut butter. We would definitely love to try these gorgeous looking cupcakes with a delicious fruity Kenyan filter, although we’d imagine the strong peanut butter flavour would inhibit our ability to taste the fruity berry like flavours in the coffee it would totally be worth it!


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26/07/2016

How To: Salmon with Vegatables in Foil Bake


Ingredients
  • - 2 skinless salmon fillets
  • - 2 handfuls green beans, ends trimmed
  • - 3 tsp olive oil, divided
  • - Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • - 2 Tbsp pesto
  • - 2 tsp fresh lemon juice
  • - 2 handfuls grape tomatoes, halved

Instructions
  • 1. Preheat oven to 200 degrees C. Bring a pot of water to a boil. Cut two pieces of aluminum foil. Boil green beans 3 minutes, then carefully drain. 
  • 2. Toss green beans with 2 tsp olive oil and season with salt and pepper to taste, divide into 2 servings and layer in center of each piece of foil. Season both sides of salmon with salt and pepper.
  • 3. Layer salmon over green beans and then spread 1 Tbsp pesto over top.
  • Drizzle 1 tsp lemon juice over each fillet.
  • 4. Toss tomatoes with remaining 1 tsp olive oil and season lightly with salt.
  • Spread over each salmon fillet.
  • 5. Wrap sides of foil in and roll and crimp edge to seal, then wrap ends upward to seal
  • (don't wrap too tight)
  • 6. Place side by side on a baking sheet and bake in preheated oven until salmon has cooked through, about 20 - 28 minutes (cook time will vary depending on thickness of salmon)
As you can see, we paired this dish with spinach and ricotta tor tortellini , random some may say, but we didn't have mashed potato haha

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Favourites: 3 Date Night Restaurants

As I'm sure you know, date night is an official, weekly thing now with us. We thought we'd share with you what we think would make our top 3 date night restaurants. We say that because we haven't necessarily been to these places for an occasion, but people definitely do!

Click on the links to read more about our visits!

1. The Grill On The Market - Farringdon, London



The perfect restaurant in our opinion - top quality steaks, great drinks, and a nice professional and relaxed atmosphere. Shout out to the chef (Jessica's cousin), who cooked us up some flavoursome and juicy steaks, which was followed by dessert as well. The cocktails were also to be remembered (mainly down as to how many we had!) We walked away discussing was that the best restaurant we've ever been to? Quite possibly it was!

2. Loch Fyne, London, Sheffield, and other cities across the UK



Originally we took a trip to their Sheffield restaurant as we had won a free dessert each through a competition on Twitter. With the plan of only having dessert, as soon as we walked through the door, we could see the food was absolute quality and the atmosphere was spot on what we were looking for for a relaxed Sunday lunch. So of course we ended up having 3 courses each. Every bite was savoured and we were looked after by our very friendly and chatty waiter. It stands out for us out of our restaurant outings in Sheffield, and we would definitely visit one of the London restaurants soon!

3. Piccolino - London, Sheffield, Chester and other cities across the UK



More well known than the others as they have restaurants up and down the country, but Piccolino defies the typical Italian chained restaurant in the UK. The food is consistently of a high standard, the atmosphere is quintessentially Italian and the whole experience screams quality - from hello to goodbye (which are always given very enthusiastically by the staff at the door!) 

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25/07/2016

Review: The Polish Bakery*

Avocado & Tomato on Chai Seed Bread*

A few weeks ago, we were approached via email by a PR company, that offered us the opportunity to sample The Polish Bakery's Chai Seed Bread, I must say, we were very excited about this as we're already big fans of seeded bread and we've noticed that chai seed is becoming the recent food craze - so of course we had to accept!

Little did we know on the arrival of our package was 2 bags filled of delicious treats, which include of course the chai seed bread, two other breads, Vienna cheesecake and a apple cake, along with a catalogue, explaining each item and more that they sell, a branded pen and a cute red branded bread storage box type thing (which we thought was a lovely touch)

Here's a little background on them,
"The Polish Bakery was founded in 2003 and we are the oldest Polish bakery in the UK. We are a traditional company and attach a great importance to the quality of our bread. Just like we care about the family, we take care of our bread.
Our products are hand made freshly everyday using traditional Polish recipes and only the finest authentic ingredients, many still sourced direct from Poland."(source:http://www.thepolishbakery.co.uk/)


The Chai Seed Bread already has so much potential, we've both tried this bread toasted and although we thought the edges became a bit too hard, still really good - paired it with some avocado and tomatoes for breakfast one morning - so so good and super healthy I may add!

This bread is actually nice for making a sandwich with, the soft moist bread with a bit of crunch texture from the chai seeds, give it the perfect match for a nice chicken ham and salad filled sandwich for a picnic or even as a homemade packed lunch to bring to work!



Next is these two rounded breads - one is Rye Bread and the other is Rye Bread with Cranberries. The picture above, we used the normal Rye Bread, toasted, with chive cream cheese with some smoked salmon on top - so so delicious, could be made for appetisers, starters or even with a few more - as a main meal.


Now for the sweet stuff! The Vienna cheesecake and the apple cake! We were both so excited to try these, but we had to wait until after dinner, just to make it right. After cutting our fair share of each, we realised there was way too much left over for the both of us and it was only fair to share these amazing products with the family.


Vienna Cheesecake & Apple Cake*

James and I personally loved the apple cake more than the Vienna cheesecake - both so good, but one more loved than the other. James did say before tasting both, he thought he'd prefer the cheesecake more to the cake. I personally think it comes down to preference for me, I'm a texture person and I wan't a fan of the cheesecake texture if that makes any sense, but nevertheless, super moist and strong in flavour!

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Instagram: @thepolishbakery

*Contains PR samples - views and photos are our own

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24/07/2016

Date Night: Up at the O2


Saturday afternoon was Date Night (okay day), and we we've had this one booked for a couple of weeks now. We've also wanted to do it for so long, so we were so excited for this day to finally come! 

But first of all, we arrived with about an hour to fill before our time slot, so decided to go into the Sky Studios which is part of the 02 complex. We spent most of the time vlogging in here so unfortunately didn't get any pics! :/ 

It was full of lots of fun little activities to go through, especially if you have an interest in sport - particularly cycling and football. You'll have to watch the vlog to see all the fun that was had in there! 



And then the main event... Up at the 02. This is basically climbing up the 02 arena, and when at the top you have your chances to take pictures and video, before taking the decline back down. 

We were first given a safety briefing where we received the devestating news that we wouldn't be allowed to record it on the GoPro. Technology was only allowed at the top viewing platform. 

We were handed out gilet, harness, and climbing shoes, and then after having our photo taken (which we got as a key ring at the end), we started the walk up! 


It was a lot of hard work, especially as it was a hot day. Things got a little sweaty but it was so worth it. The height of 52m doesn't compare to a lot of London landmarks, but you really wouldn't want it to if you're climbing to the top. The views were still fantastic and it was a great and unique experience. 

UPDATE: VLOG IS NOW LIVE

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23/07/2016

Dessert @ Dum Dum (JustEat Food Market), Shoreditch


The Crone - Banoffee (Jessica), and Very berry (James)


And from the 02, we came back here! Please see yesterday's post if you haven't already. 

If you've read, you'll know that Jessica was absolutely gutted to miss out on dessert yesterday, and now you know why! She's a lover of doughnuts, cronuts, but never have we had a crone! A tower of doughnuts topped with fruits and ice cream! They were ridiculously good! 


They proved to be extremely popular, so much so that by the time we got there at 5pm they were already restocking from one of their stores. There was a wait to be had so had to fill that time in eating a doughnut each of theirs. One was with almond and pistachio, and the other was chocolate and the other was the Yum Yum Dum Dum - their signature doughnut. 

They were as good as they look so if you're around Old Street tomorrow, or Shoreditch or Camden (where there other stores are) at any time, take a trip to Dum Dum Donutterie! They also have a concession at Harrods non the less. 

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Lunch @ Ask Italian, The o2 Arena

Ravioli maritimi - ravioli stuffed with crayfish, crab, salmon and ricotta in a creamy tomato sauce. Topped with a king prawn in its shell - £11.95 - James

After conquering the o2 we were left rather hungry, and with the plethora of restaurants that are in and around the complex, we weren't going to not eat were we? 

As most of the restaurants there are large chains, and having been to most of them, we were looking for one that we haven't been to yet. And here was that place. We weren't expecting anything particularly special, but it turned out we were very wrong to be thinking that way! 

Jug of Pimm's - £22.95

Upon entrance the vibe and quintessential Italian atmosphere was immediately striking, and little details such as the style of the glasses (as above) made us feel that it wasn't just another large chain.  

The food was super tasty and the chips were perfect too, especially with the garlic mayonnaise - perfect! 

Chicken Caesar salad - pan fried chicken breast on cos lettuce with shaved Grana Padana cheese, Caesar dressing and baked Rosemary sea salt ciabatta sticks - £9.95 - Jessica

We were both feeling a cocktail or two when we arrived but Jessica has started a thing for Pimm's recently, and with it being such a beautiful summers day, it felt apt to go all out with a jug to share. 

                    Food: ★★★★
Customer service: ★★
Atmosphere: ★★★
Toilets: 

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Welcome to the Food & Baker food blogger series, which every blogger, vlogger, tweeter is welcome because what human being doesn't like food(!?) This is a just a simple, quick and fun series of food related questions to just to get to know each other and meet new bloggers!

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Introduction

Hello! My name is Abbey Louisa Rose and I'm a 21-year-old newbie blogger and archaeologist from the East of England. I am using my blog to document a summer of fun before I head off to start my Masters degree in Classical Archaeology at Oxford University. My blog is a big mix of everything, showcasing my travels, creative projects, thoughts and feelings, as well as a few lifestyle posts.

Why did you start blogging?

I really wanted to continue writing between finishing my undergraduate degree and starting my Masters, and a blog seemed like the perfect way to do it! One day, I randomly stumbled across a blogger’s Twitter page online and it looked like so much fun that I had to get involved!

Three Random Facts

1. Before the age of 16, I’d never attended school! 2. I can fly a plane!
3. Jenna Marbles follows me on Twitter

Are you allergic to anything?

This is a weird one – I’m allergic to Christmas trees! The real ones that you have in your living room at Christmas. It’s a bit like being allergic to fun, really! I come out in a big rash if I go anywhere near one! We always have a synthetic tree in my home because of me!

What is your most favourite meal in the world?

Cheese! I adore everything from cheese on toast, to cheese and biscuits after dinner, and of course, macaroni cheese! My all time favourite cheese is Wensleydale and Cranberry – I am basically real-life Wallace from Wallace and Gromit!

If you could travel anywhere in the world purely for its food, where would you go?

Greece for sure! They have amazing salads, and if you haven’t tried a gyros, you haven’t lived! Gyros consists of rotisserie meat (usually lamb) wrapped up in a flatbread with salad and tzatziki sauce. It is absolutely delicious!


What is your favourite meal in the day?  And why?


Definitely dinner! I struggle to eat in the mornings as often I just feel sick! I enjoy a hearty meal at the end of the day, especially since when I’m at home, my family always eat together at the table every night of the week. It’s nice to catch up with them all at the dinner table and spend quality time together.

Do you prefer to cook at home or eat out?

I much prefer to cook at home. At home I can always have exactly what I want, in the portion size that I want, and cooked in the way I like best! I also really enjoy cooking for myself; I find it therapeutic after a long day!

What is your favourite post of ours?

Your Vlog No.5, ‘But It’s a Bum Bum’ is so much fun! I really enjoy watching it. The editing is brilliant, the music fits in so well, there are some truly hilarious moments, and the trampoline place you guys went to looks like an amazing night!
We would like to continue this series for as long as you all want to participate, so if you would like to take part in our blogger series, please do drop us an email on foodandbaker@gmail.com and we will send you back the details.


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