30/11/2016

Lifestyle: November Favs & December Goals

November Goals Overview:

- Start Christmas shopping [✓]
We have finished all our shopping and is all wrapped and ready for Christmas already!

- Finalise our Christmas Blogger Meet & Feast event [✓]
We have now changed the ideas and concept of the meet up and is not #ChristmasBloggerGiveBack

- Reach 80 subscribers on YouTube
But we did reach our last goal from August to reach 70
- Create more 'main channel' videos
Due to wifi technical issues, we've had to upload later than usual and left no time for extra videos
 - Read and comment on more blogs [✓]
I definitely feel that I've been taking more time in the week to just go on a commenting spree n some regular blogs and finding new ones with #TeacupClub

November Favs:

FOOD

Restaurant: HipChips



I know it's a weird one and not exactly a meal, but if you're a true lover of potato or crisps, it's a must go, even if it's a one off!

Home cooked Meal: Hearty Soup Pasta




This was super easy to make, so filling and satisfying, especially with this type of weather!

PEOPLE

Twitter to Follow: @AshleeMoEevents

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We are currently collaborating on a blogger event #ChristmasBloggerGiveBack and she has plenty more planned for 2017, so give her a follow to stay updated!

YouTube: Jess & Gabriel

They're such a super cute couple and are such goals!


OTHER

Date Night: Firework Display



Although it may not have been our first firework display, but it was our first with only just us two and with living together - it was just an amazing experience!


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It was only November and we were doing Christmas, how exciting could that be? VERY!

December Goals:

- To keep up with #VlogmasBlogmas
- Reach target of 2K Twitter followers
- Reach target of 600 Insta Followers
- Create a plan of action for the blog for 2017
- Make most of the festivities (Christmas markets etc)
- Go back to visit Oxford

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What are your November favourites? Do you have a goal/bucket list?
Leave them in the comments below!
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28/11/2016

Tag: The Blogger Tag





THE BLOGGER TAG

Thank you Stephs World for tagging us in this new tag, you can find hers here.
This tag is to get to know other bloggers better and it is such a good idea. I have also tagged some fellow bloggers at the end, so please make sure to check out their blogs too.

THE BLOGGER TAG QUESTIONS


QUESTION 1: HOW TALL ARE YOU?

Jessica - I am 4 ft 11 and a half
James - I would like to say 6ft but I think I'm just under that! 

QUESTION 2: DO YOU HAVE A HIDDEN TALENT? IF SO, WHAT?

Jessica - I can touch my nose with my tongue? Haha does that count?
James - I do a very convincing meow. This is largely due to me being a cat in a previous life.

QUESTION 3: WHAT’S YOUR BIGGEST BLOG-RELATED PET PEEVE?

Jessica - When other bloggers slaughter one another about how one does/doesn't do this and that, at the end of the day, we all started a blog for the same reason, we wanted to share what we love and we all need to remember we all do things differently.
James - spelling mistakes! It annoys me so much!

QUESTION 4: WHAT’S YOUR BIGGEST NON-BLOG RELATED PET PEEVE?

Jessica - When someone chews their food really loudly or with their mouth open UGH
James - "singers" that mine. Seriously, don't become a "singer" if you don't want to sing. 

QUESTION 5: WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE SONG?

Jessica - I don't have a favourite song, I am so one of those people who would listen to a song (or one line of it) and sing it over and over again until the next one comes along.
James - it's changing all the time, but at the moment.. I'm not too sure. 

QUESTION 6: WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE SOCIAL MEDIA WEBSITE?

Jessica - Twitter, I actually think I have a problem, I just love talking and connecting with everyone on  there!
James - although I hardly post on it, I'm always on Facebook. Instagram is just behind, but I've never been big on Twitter or Snapchat.

QUESTION 7: WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE WAY TO SPEND YOUR FREE TIME WHEN YOU’RE ALONE?

Jessica - Actually, I would have to agree with Steph, I love just being in bed catching up on TV, especially Gilmore Girls and also love using my spare time to do some blogging.
James - playing guitar and singing! I don't do it nearly as much as I used to, but my love for it is just the same!  

QUESTION 8: WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE JUNK FOOD?

Jessica - Crisps, multiple and millions of packets of crisps, preferably prawn cocktail/salt and vinegar.
James - chocolate, full stop. Milk, dark, white, I love it all! 

QUESTION 9: DO YOU HAVE A PET OR PETS? IF SO, WHAT KIND AND WHAT ARE THEIR NAMES?

Jessica - I have a dog, Pomeranian and she's called Peaches.
James - my best friend, Kitty! You may or may not be surprised to hear that Kitty is a cat.

QUESTION 10: WHAT ARE YOUR NUMBER ONE FAVOURITE NONFICTION AND FICTION BOOKS?

Jessica - I love reading but I don't read enough, I think I'll stick to my first book where I fell in love with John Green books - Looking for Alaska.
James - here we go... I don't read books at all! 

QUESTION 11: WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE BEAUTY PRODUCT OR TOOL?

Jessica - Oh my Dipbrow Pomade by Anastasia Beverly Hills
James - ermmm... I use hair wax, so I guess it's that. V05 to be exact.

QUESTION 12: WHEN WERE YOU LAST EMBARRASSED? WHAT HAPPENED?

Jessica - Probably about 5 mins before starting this, I'm always embarrassing myself, let's be honest.
James - I dare you to try and embarrass me. I am very proud of my clumsiness! 

QUESTION 13: IF YOU COULD ONLY DRINK ONE BEVERAGE (BESIDES WATER) FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE, WHAT WOULD IT BE?

Jessica - Ribena, no Ice Tea!
James - tea. A good one! 

QUESTION 14: WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE MOVIE?

Jessica - A Walk To Remember. Every. Single. Time.
James - I think it's still School of Rock. Desperate to see it on the West End! 

QUESTION 15: WHAT WAS YOUR FAVOURITE LESSON IN SCHOOL AND WHY?

Jessica - Art! I loved art, I continued art all the way up until university but never wanted to pursue a career in it but I loved it!
James - not many people know this, but it's Drama. I did it at GCSE and A-Level, and I miss doing it a lot! Actually... that could be my hidden talent.. nah, my meow is better!

QUESTION 16: IF YOU COULD LIVE ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD, WHERE WOULD YOU LIVE?

Jessica - Although, I said I couldn't ever live anywhere than London, I think I would prefer to not live in the same place for any longer than a year at a time, if I had the chance.

James - I would give Sydney a try! But who knows without me ever going there!

QUESTION 17: PC OR MAC?

Jessica - It's all the same to me to be honest but since I'm typing this on a Mac, I guess I should say a Mac!

James - I was always PC until two years ago when I had my MacBook Pro for Christmas! It was a game changer.

QUESTION 18: LAST ROMANTIC GESTURE FROM A CRUSH, DATE, BOY/GIRLFRIEND, SPOUSE? (OR KIND GESTURE FROM A FRIEND)

Jessica - I will put my hands up and tell you all right now, I am a spoilt girlfriend but the most romantic big gesture Jame had done recently is that on Tuesday I called in sick due to wisdom tooth pains and he came home with soup, medicine, Starbucks and roses! How cute please! 

James - Jessica lent in to kiss me yesterday, but then licked my nose. She claimed it was romantic. Who am I to know?

QUESTION 19: FAVOURITE CELEBRITY?

Jessica - Don't have one? Don't really have attachments to people like that, Ed Sheehan maybe?

James - Danny Jones, McFly. No shame!

QUESTION 20: WHAT BLOGGER DO YOU SECRETLY WANT TO BE BEST FRIENDS WITH?

Jessica - We all know my besties are already Katey & Francesca DUH

James - Yorkshire Gent looks like a great guy and has an awesome blog! Plus he's a Northerner! 

QUESTION 21: WHO IS YOUR BIGGEST INSPIRATION?

Jessica - As dysfunctional as my family are, I would say each and every one of them. They have taught me so many life lessons and shaped me into the person I am. I am not perfect but I know there is a better me that I will become one day!

James - my Dad. I hope I can give my future family what he has given and taught me. He's a pretty awesome dude! 

QUESTION 22: WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE BLOG TO READ?

Jessica - This is seriously a hard one, I honestly like to read through several blogs and I must admit I have my regulars but honestly I am so open to reading all types of blogs, I can't pick favourites (as you can see from my answers above, I don't favs)

James - Bearded Bakery does it time and time again with his amazing creations and travel posts! It was great to meet him recently at the Happy Foodie blogger event. 

QUESTION 23: WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE HIGH STREET SHOP?

Jessica - I would have to say Paperchase, of the serious love I have for stationary is real!

James - Ted Baker and Reiss always save the day when I need clothes!

QUESTION 24: ARE YOU IN EDUCATION OR DO YOU WORK?

Jessica - I am currently working full time. been out of education for a long time now but I personally didn't feel further education was for me.

James - both, I guess. Currently on my work placement year in my Business and Marketing course at university.

QUESTION 25: ONE THING YOU ARE PROUD OF?

Jessica - Of course I'm going to say our blog, literately started from nothing to what it is now and we're so happy to what we have right now!

James - Jessica. She's cute!
HOW THE BLOGGER TAG WORKS
The bloggers who I nominate will also complete the above 25 questions on their blog, and will then nominate other bloggers in return.

Francesca | mylifeinrosetintedglasses.com
Charlie |  
Lexi (Katy) | lexilife95.com
Kayleigh | kayleighzaraa.com
Jessica | jessicabkennedy.co.uk
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23/11/2016

Dinner? @ HipChips - Old Compton Street, London


Okay, I know what you're thinking - two crisps posts in one day? We promise we hadn't eaten them all on the same day but let's be honest, we probably could have.

If you've been following us for a while now, you'd know in every tag question and in life tweets - I, Jessica, am completely obsessed with all things potato! I even call James a potato, in the nicest way possible of course, but it's because I just love them! But the potato I love by far the most, is crisps.

I could honestly eat 36 packets in one sitting without hesitation YEAH *fist pumps*, so when James sent me a link to this new restaurant, how could I say no?

Side note: I have wisdom tooth pains and cannot eat solid food as I cannot open my mouth wide enough to fit anything than soup in there...
BUT THAT DID NOT STOP MY LOVE BETWEEN CRISPS AND I (and plus, they're flat enough to fit, I just took 3 years to chew them but so worth it!)

Okay to the main point, on arrival we were amazed at how open glassed it was, you could see all the chips and dips out on display and just made it even more exciting to choose from.

There are savoury chips and dips, and sweet chips and dips to choose from, in either a 2,3 or 6 dip box (extra dips are an option for £1 extra)

Of course we went for the largest box with six dips, and had a mix of both savoury and sweet chips and dips for £11.50 - we just wanted to try it all!

We went with:

Savoury- Katsu Curry- Baba Ghanoush- Veggie Ceviche

Sweet- Salted Caramel- Cheesecake- S'mores Chocolate

We actually had crisps for dinner, but I personally was full and satisfied. James not so much (but he can eat everything to be honest)

Overall it was a great experience and if you're a potato lover like me, I'd seriously recommend it!

Food: ★★★


Customer service: ★★
Atmosphere: ★★

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Review: KETTLE® Chips - Baked Camembert & Oak Smoked Garlic*


Following on from our review of KETTLE® Chips' addition to their range of flavours with Chorizo, Feta and Olive, we were fortunate enough to be sent their brand new seasoning to try out. This time it was to be Baked Camembert and Oak Smoked Garlic.

It has just been launched in time for winter and Christmas, and from our try of them, we can highly recommend you get these stocked in your cupboard for a great nibble over the festive period.

But the chips is only the beginning. Not only were we sent a large bag of the KETTLE® Chips, but also an oven proof ceramic pot to bake our own camembert. You want to bake the camembert so it has fully melted and you can get a healthy scoop for each bite. As cheese lovers that we are, this took the flavour and enjoyment to the next level, and with the hand cooked quality that KETTLE® Chips* brings, it was a dream. They were so moreish!

The seasoning in the KETTLE® Chips weren't overwhelming, although each of the flavours could definitely be identified. The oak smoking could definitely be detected, whilst the cheese and garlic complimented it well. It allowed for the set aside baked camembert to steal the show, just as we wanted!

As always, the KETTLE® Chips quality shines through and sets itself apart from the others next to it on the supermarket shelf. From the thickness, crunchiness and flavour, you can clearly tell that the ingredients are the best out there.

We honestly believe that if you are looking for a post Christmas lunch or Boxing Day snack, this is the way to go!

*Contains PR samples - views and photos are our own

(you can read our review of the Chorizo, Feta and Olive seasoning here)

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21/11/2016

Truly Scrumptious Afternoon Tea*


Remember from our Halloween post, we were in contact with TalkingTables and there was more to just the Halloween goodies we received. As you know, we are big fans of Afternoon Tea and since our last one we had in Chester, that we hosted for the Baker family, Rochelle and I decided to collaborate together in making our own Afternoon Tea, all made from scratch - so nothing shop bought (well 99%), as she is such a good baker and we're all about food!

We received everything down to their Table Cover* to their Spiral Cake Stand* to complete our very own Afternoon Tea session - just look at this range, how could one resist?

Just look at those Paper Plates*, these were a favourite to Rochelle as she complimented the amazing quality and the detail of design, as well as being paired with these Scalloped Edge Napkins*.


We decided to go with the classic filled sandwiches, which I won't explain how we did them, as the names are all pretty much self explanatory:

- Tuna and Cucumber
- Ham Salad
- Salmon and Cream Cheese
- Egg and Mayo

and these were placed on our own ceramic Afternoon Tea stand. We also made these jelly cups, which we will be sharing on how we created them during our VlogmasBlogmas ;)


We used the Small Plates* to serve the shop bought (this is the 1%) olives, cheese and dried tomatoes, which obviously I couldn't have made anyway in such a short amount of time. But anyway, when I opened these, I originally thought they spelt out EAT, but it made more sense to spell TEA, you could even do ATE, anyway, we thought it was really interesting.

The Lampshade Lights* were definitely the cherry on top of the cake, I decided to display them across the table, which gave it more life and complimented everything else that was already placed on the table.


Personally, my absolute favourite item of them all were Paper Lanterns*, the struggle was real trying to find a fitting place to hang them, but if there is a will, there's a way! We hung them over the table, just like in the picture provided, all hanging from different length and even now that the Afternoon Tea is over, we have left it in the dining room to hang forever (or until it falls, as it's hanging with tape)

Placed on the Spiral Cake Stand* were Rochelle's homemade Malteser cupcakes, along with some cute Nutella swirls - she even made our scones from scratch too, which placed at the bottom and again with the 1% shop bought jam and clotted cream.


Their Cups* were super cute, with lovely colours and designs, as well as using those, we also used shop bought plastic champagne glasses for our Rose mixed with lemonade. Funnily enough, there was no tea involved in this Afternoon Tea!

The only item with didn't use for this occasion was the Fabric Bunting* as we felt there were enough decorations, but it will sure not be going to waste, as I'm sure this will not be the last of our homemade Afternoon Tea sessions.


This amazing Afternoon Tea wouldn't have been possible without the help of TalkingTables, so if you're in need of some party, birthday, even wedding decorations - they will not disappoint! Thank you TalkingTables for making this happen!

*These were sent to us for review, but all photos and opinion are our own


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20/11/2016

Brunch @ Mike's Cafe, Portobello Road


Today is the first Sunday in a very long time, that's we've actually had nothing to do - well, we did, we had a plan, but it wasn't something we had to go to, as in not booked or a scheduled event.

Although, we can't say that we even went ahead with our original plan. We started off with a lazy morning of waking up and falling back to sleep, waking up and falling back to sleep (okay you get the point) until it hit around 11am and I had a great brainwave to do some pre-filming for VlogmasBlogmas - we can't say anymore than that, we don't want to share too much now!


Once we were ready to fulfil our original plan, we decided to head out to grab some super late lunch but breakfast - so brunch but we were aiming for a proper Full English for Lunch and what better area to find the perfect spot but Portobello - meanwhile discussing with Rochelle, and found out we were going to cross paths, so we thought we'd meet up and eat together, along with her two sisters, Reece and Geneve.

Being in Portobello we were nattily drawn to coming back to Mike's Cafe, super cosy, reasonable prices and big portions, plus Rochelle hadn't been here before!


The service today was super slow, well up until ordering that it, but as Mike's Cafe is quite small, it tends to always be very busy but we were lucky to grab a table reasonably quickly and the food arrival wasn't too bad either.

Rochelle, her sisters and I all got the Special with Hash Browns, with either coffee or tea and James got the Big Boy, where you can pick 6 items from the list, along with orange juice and a coffee or tea.

The food did not disappoint and plates were cleared, except James' excessive chips (yes he had chips with his breakfast) but that shows how filling it is if even James leaves some food behind!


Also, I know this is so backwards, but before we had our Afternoon Breakfast, while walking towards Mike's Cafe we found this new shop called Happy Donuts and what we though would be "just a look" we ended buying a Pistachio Cronut for £3 which also came with a chosen coffee (we picked Latte) We will definitely be returning.

This spontaneous meal turned our day around and decided to do our original plan next Sunday and chill at Rochelle's house, while attempting to upload this weeks super late vlog! Wish us luck!

Food: ★★★


Customer service: ★★
Atmosphere: ★★


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Date Night: Southbank Centre Winter Festival



Friday night was Date Night and now the winter has come, the festivals have begun! So what better way to kick off the weekend with winter walks and most importantly, the street food.


On arrival, the first thing you'd notice is the glistening lights surrounding almost every rooftop. Top this with Christmas trees and cute statues like this one above, and you have the perfect festive scene to enjoy some great food and get that winter feeling.


The majority of the festival area was the street food village which had numerous huts of great smelling food, and we were stuck for choice! But after we weren't able to get a hotdog at the fireworks display a couple of weeks back, 'Oh My Dog' were there to save us! Both were stuffed with amazing flavours and toppings, and we couldn't stop talking about how great they were afterwards. This went down perfectly well with some plantain fries from another hut called 'Shrimpy.'


Other than the food, there was a roller skating area which we unashamedly chickened out of, and also  a fairground ride. We did do something similar to this at this same venue for The Festival of Love not so long ago, so we thought we best stick to the food area, and then head for a walk along South Bank, and we ended up in Starbucks.

Jessica - YumDog - Heritage Breed Frankfurter, OMD Secret Sauce, Crispy Onion, Melted Cheddar, Gherkins, Mustard - £7
James - Heritage Breed Frankfurter, Braised Bourbon Chilli-Steak, Melted Cheddar, Jalapenios, Onion, Sour Cream & Mustard - £8
 

Since we thought the prices of the hot chocolate in the festival was a bit steep for the amount we would have received, we opted for going to Starbucks around the corner for their new seasonal Fudge Hot Chocolate and a large one at that!


We sat inside for a while, chatted about our homemade afternoon tea we were making the next day (post up tomorrow) and our BlogmasVlogmas plans, so exciting and we can't wait to share what we have for you all.


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19/11/2016

Event: The Happy Foodie Blogger Breakfast Briefing @ Penguin Random House


Today we had the pleasure of being invited to the book publisher, Penguin Random House's blogger breakfast briefing, as part of their The Happy Foodie division. Held in a beautiful building on The Strand, their offices on the 10th floor overlooking London's Saturday morning was absolutely stunning. 

As well as being able to boast their publishing of household names such as Jamie Oliver, they have a great interest in giving chances to promising talents, and propelling writer's, photographer's and illustrator's careers into something great. 


Proof that this was something that has been extremely successful for them was their guests that were in attendance. Shu Han Lee, owner of the 'Mummy I Can Cook' brand, and author, illustrator and photographer (she is one talented woman!) of her book, 'Chicken and Rice', was there to talk about her experiences of blogging and the transition into book writing.  

As the name suggests, her brand was created off the back off wanting to prove to her Mum that she has no need to worry about her daughter not being able to cook when she flew the nest. Safe to say she has done that now!


Sophie Missing and Caroline Craig were up next to talk about their publishings together. They shared fascinating stories about how they met in the work canteen, and how they clicked over talks about their packed lunches. Friendship beckoned and the inspiration behind their first book, 'The Little Book of Brunch'' was a compilation of easy but not typical working day lunch ideas. 

Their second publishing 'The Corner Shop Cookbook' soon followed, and in similar vein to their first book, they are soon to launch 'The Little Book of Brunch.' 


But no doubt the star of today's show was the mastermind and creator behind the famous 'Symmetry Breakfast,' Michael Zee. His Instagram account has taken him from cooking breakfast for himself and his boyfriend, to stardom. Having gained a 650k following on Instagram, he published his first book earlier this year and was there to talk about his experiences from start to finish, interviewed by fellow publisher, Felicity Cloake.

Besides the interviewing room was a room especially for bloggers to get their Instagram flat-lay photos, with props and cookbooks aplenty to choose from. Jessica was feeling the pressure as only three feet away from her photographing the 'Cook Love Share' book by Symmetry Breakfast, was the man himself!


After the talks, we began to mingle some more and talk to the Michael on a one to one basis. You may ask what do you say to such a guy, but he was such a down to earth, friendly guy who talked to us about everything from photography, to Donald Trump, to Penis Fish (that is not a typo!)

On our way out we were given a goodie bag each with just some of the cookbooks being talked about at the event, and displayed around the rooms. We were delighted to find that amongst Shu Han Lee's and Rick Stein's, was Michael's 'Cook Love Share' book, which he kindly signed for us. 


This event has definitely inspired us to hone down on our home cooking skills, and there could've been no better way to spend a Saturday morning! Hearing everybody's stories and talking to other bloggers was fascinating!

If you would like to find out more about the guests and speakers at the event today, their websites and Twitter handles are below...

@TheHappyFoodie on Twitter and Instagram

Shu Han Lee @MummyICanCook on Twitter and Instagram
Michael Zee @Symmetry_Fast on Twitter | @SymmetryBreakfast on Instagram
Felicity Cloake @FelicityCloake on Twitter and Instagram
Caroline Craig @CarolineCraig on Twitter and Instagram
Sophie Missing @sophiemissing on Twitter and Instagram




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18/11/2016

How To: Salmon & Spinach with Tartare Cream

Serves: 2 | Prep Time: 5 mins | Cook Time: 10 mins

Ingredients: 

1 tsp sunflower or vegetable oil
2 skinless salmon fillet
250g bag spinach
- 2 tbsp reduced-fat crème fraîche
- Juice ½ lemon
- 1 tsp caper, drained
2 tbsp flat-leaf parsley, chopped
- Lemon wedges, to serve

Instructions:

  1. 1. Heat the oil in a pan, season the salmon on both sides, then fry for 4 mins each side until golden and the flesh flakes easily. Leave to rest on a plate while you cook the spinach.

    2. Tip the leaves into the hot pan, season well, then cover and leave to wilt for 1 min, stirring once or twice. Spoon the spinach onto plates, then top with the salmon. Gently heat the crème fraîche in the pan with a squeeze of the lemon juice, the capers and parsley, then season to taste. Be careful not to let it boil. Spoon the sauce over the fish, then serve with lemon wedges.


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17/11/2016

Dinner @ Cabana, Wembley Outlet - London

Jessica - Chilli Chilli Lamb Lamb - Marinated in Chilli & Cumin with grilled palm hearts. Served with Brio Brio rice and Rio beans - £16.95 and Sweet Potato Fries - £3.95

On Tuesday evening, we both headed straight from work to Wembley Park, as we were going to see Catfish & the Bottlemen!

Upon arrival, the fans of Catfish & the Bottlemen weren't the only ones roaming the streets, as there was an England match happening right next door! You can just imagine the amount of people that night and imagine the hangry Jessica trying to get through these people to then find somewhere to eat.

Of course, most places were full or with a long line of people and with such limited time, we came across Cabana. I actually though we'd been here before but we hadn't, not together anyway.  

James - Picanha Beefburger - Made from the ultimate Brisilian cut, Cap of Rump, with Malagueta Mayo, Chimichurri, tomato, Rio beans and matchsticks - £13.95

We were surprisingly seated straight away and with being super hungry, there was no room for being indecisive and we pretty much ordered straight away as well. 

When my food arrived, I was too hungry to wait for James' food but when his food arrived, he though it was quite cold. Once we told the waiter, he did not hesitate to return the burger and a new one was freshly made, which left a great impression as he dealt with it very well and will not use this as bad judgment.

I personally loved my meal, although I think next time I'll choose to get my lamb well done as I thought the medium was too chewy for my taste but still ate it all!

Great food and just right all ready for a long evening with great vibes seeing Catfish & the Bottlemen

Food: ★★★



Customer service: ★★
Atmosphere: ★★


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Review: First Impressions - Drinks by The Dram Advent Calendar*

Who said Advent Calendars are just for kids? A few days ago, we received a lovely email from Drinks by The Dram, after being reccomended by a lovely blogger we met recently, Lizzie, asking if we'd like to review some of their Advent Calendars. Funnily enough, a few days prior, we had discussed how much we wanted to get an advent calendar other than chocolate. We must admit, we were thinking more like Lego but alcohol sounds just as great!

Although we aren't able to give you a full review just yet as it is not December, we thought we'd share some first impression thoughts - we love the idea of this, it could be a present to your dad, grandpa, the whisky lover neighbour next door, anyone really! It does come across on the pricey side, but if you know your spirits, you know the good stuff doesn't come cheap.


We can't wait to open each box everyday throughout December, make sure to keep up with our #VlogmasBlogmas posts in December to find out which spirits we got and what we thought of it - followed by an overall post once we've finished them all.




The Whisky Advent Calendar*

This magnificent Advent calendar is filled with 24 of the very finest whiskies known to mankind, from 50-year-old Scotch and award-winning Taiwanese whisky to the World’s Best Blended Whisky (
World Whiskies Awards 2014).


- 24 different, handmade 30ml wax-sealed drams

- Explore whiskies from across the globe
- Everything from superb single grains to rare single malts
- Award-winning whiskies from famous distilleries
- From rich Speyside whiskies to smoky Island malts
- Try whiskies worth up to £600 per bottle
- Available in craft and red packaging

(info & picture source: Drinks by The Dram Website)

Where to buy:

31 Dover, Amazon, Firebox, Fortnum & Mason, Harvey Nichols, Laithwaites's Wine, Majestic Wine, Master of Malt, Waitress Gifts




The Gin Advent Calendar*

This magnificent Advent calendar is filled with 24 of the very finest gins known to mankind, from award-winning London Dry gins and Genever to superbly complex, award-winning Sloe gin.

- 24 different, handmade 30ml wax
-sealed drams

- Explore gins from across the world
- From boutique producers to world-renowned brands
- From light and citrusy to rich and roots
- Award-winning gins from famous distilleries

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info & picture source: Drinks by The Dram Website)

Where to buy:

31 Dover, Amazon, Laithwaites's Wine, Majestic Wine, Master of Malt


You can see the complete list of what each box contains, if you wish to see, click on the source links above to find out, as we didn't want to look to keep it a surprise.


*PR sample, sent to us for review - all opinions are our own

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16/11/2016

How To: Slow Cooker Chicken & Sausage Casserole


It has been a while since we've used the slow cooker that James' grandma gave him, so while doing our weekly food shop, we decided we'll find an easy recipe to just throw in the slow cooker while we're at work.

Jessica comes home for her lunch break, it literately so easy to do and such a time saver, as it was fully cooked and ready to be served once we got home.

Serves: 4 | Prep Time: 10 mins | Cook Time: 3 or 6-8 hours

Ingredients:

- 450g boneless skinless chicken breasts
- 2 thick pork sausages, cut into small rounds
- 1 cup chopped onions
- 1 clove minced garlic
- 1 can (14.5 ounces) diced tomatoes
- 3 tablespoons tomato paste
- ½ cup tomato sauce
- 1 packet of Chicken or Sausage casserole seasoning
- ¼ teaspoon cayenne (or more for a bit more spice)

Instructions:

1. Place all the ingredients in the crockpot.
Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours or high for 3 hours.


2. Shred the chicken directly in the crock pot to your desired texture. Add any extras, if you want, and cover and cook for another 20-30 minutes. This is also a great time to make your rice, if you're serving it with rice. When everything is ready, taste the chicken mixture and season with salt.
Serve the casserole over rice.

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