Dinner @ Ginseng - West One, Sheffield

We wanted to end 2016 in style! Not by drinking, but of course having an all you can eat buffet! 

The Ginseng Korean BBQ seemed to fit the bill perfectly! Neither of us have been here before but have passed on numerous occasions saying that one day we will go.

We booked our table earlier that day for 8pm, but when we arrived fairly early, they were quiet so accommodated straight away. 

We both went for the £18.99 all you can eat menu. The way this worked was you ordered 2 dishes each at a time, so not buffet in the true sense of the word. However it turned out even better as it meant that the food was always fresh. To be fair, you can't get much fresher when in true Korean style, you are the ones cooking it at your table! 

We started off with appetisers and then moved on to bowls of Bimbap with what ended up to be sides of rump steak and pork belly. This was the part which we cooked ourselves. 

All the food was delicious and we would definitely recommend it to anyone who is in to this type of food. As long as you go in with a good appetite, the £18.99 all you can eat price is an absolute steal! If you're anything like us, it will leave you feeling full and satisfied!

Food: ★★★

Customer service: ★★
Atmosphere: ★★

This set us up perfectly for drinks at the newly opened Botanist in Leopold Square. We lasted here until past New Year!

Happy New Year everyone! Wishing you all the best!

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Lunch @ Steam Yard - Division Street, Sheffield

The Cuban - gammon Swiss gherkins and mustard - £4.50 - Jessica

To end the year we have come back to what was both our second home for so long, and what lies very close to our hearts still, Sheffield.

The days of independent coffee, beautiful scenery and a quiet life are dearly missed, and given the chance to spend a few days here were snapped at with New Year approaching.

First stop when we arrived was one of our favourite coffee shops, Steam Yard. 

3 Cheese grilled sandwich - applewood and red cheddar and Swiss with red onion chutney - £4.80 - James

As always our food was exquisitely delicious and almost every bite was met with a strong nod of approval. The highlight was definitely the desserts of Apple Bumble and Mestizo - both Steam Yard's own creations. We've previously had their Hot Smore doughnuts which were divine, and these definitely matched up, and maybe even surpassed that!
Apple bumble - £3.50 - Jessica
Peanut butter mestizo - £2.70 - James
Mocha - £2.90 - Jessica
Latte - £2.50 - James

Also a shoutout to the red onion chutney on my cheese sandwich! The best 30p I've ever spent! 

As I think we've said every time we've been here, we'll be back time and time again, never failing to be amazed of how good their food and coffee is. If you live in Sheffield and haven't been, you haven't actually lived here. And if you're visiting, like us make it your first stop!

Food: ★★★

Customer service: ★★
Atmosphere: ★★

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Review: Drinks by The Dram Advent Calendars

Christmas is now over and so that also means our advent calendars have passed. Before December begun, we had received a very excited package from Drinks by The Dram, which you can can read our First Impressions post here and now we will be doing a full review.


Although we knew it could also come in Christmas red packaging, we felt that it could have done with more colour to it's presentation.

Opening the doors was a struggle everyday, the cardboard was very strong, which I guess is a good thing as you wouldn't want your little bottles fall out but it really took a good beating to open and eventually was left looking all battered and ugly.


For the amount you pay for and the amount you receive, we thought was actually a very good price. Considering that you get more than we expected in each bottle and the so many different brands and ages you get - we believe you're getting your monies worth in alcohol and experience.

Each bottle is 3cl which is an equivalent of about a shot and a bit.


If you are a Whisky or Gin lover, or even know others who are, this would make an amazing gift to someone to kick start their December. If you know your quality alcohol, this is for you!

We have to admit that we are both not big drinkers, so we can't promise you that we stuck to drinking what we opened each day but what we did do was look up some cocktails and experimented with them, as well as taking shots and drinking them straight.


31 Dover, Amazon, Firebox, Fortnum & Mason, Harvey Nichols, Laithwaites's Wine, Majestic Wine, Master of Malt, Waitress Gifts and more (some shops may vary)

Here are the websites we got our cocktail inspiration from:

Cocktails with Gin

Cocktails with Whisky

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



Lifestyle: What We Got For Christmas

So, as you should all know by now, this is our first official Christmas together. This year I, Jessica, have had the privilege to spend Christmas with James' family in Chester, and with that came joint presents, that we are both super grateful for and as foodies and as a couple, we'd like to share with you and a few we got for each other. Please do not take this as bragging or anything.

Sophie August Tea Towel & Oven Gloves

Vijzel & Mortar,  Jamie Oliver Tefal Pan

Personalised Typography Print

LOVE Heart Frame

My Dad also got us a joint present, but since we are not there and have not opened it, we can not tell you what it is - we shall update you on that.

My work colleagues, my dear friends Guido & Claudia super kindly got James and I our very own embroidered aprons with our Food & Baker logo on it. LIKE C'MON, YASS merch in the making!! This of course got us so excited and we're so lucky to have such a thoughtful gift.

We of course got separate presents, but we won't bore you with those, but we'd like to include a few of what we got each other, which includes matching watches and we'll list the rest.

Daniel Wellington Oxford Strap Watches
(yes this was planned haha)

To James, from Jessica:
- Happy Socks (4 pairs)
- Reiss Jumper
- Picture book of our Marrakech holiday

To Jessica, from James:
- Happiness Planner
- 'Baby it's cold outside' take-out cup
- Skinny Dip Angel Avocado Phone Case

We just wanted to make a special shout out to everyone who had given us presents, as a couple and individually and a extra shout out to James' parents for giving us so much and for especially having me over the holiday for such a big family occasion.



Merry Christmas from us to YOU!

We wish you ALL a VERY Merry Christmas, we hope your Holiday is filled with festive food, amazing people and absolute happiness!

Although #VlogmasBlogmas is over, we will still be posting everyday this month.
You can expect a review, December catch up, all our Christmas dinners and presents we got together and for each other!

AND a massive recap of 2016.

We'd also like to take this opportunity to thank each and every one of you for making this year and this season so special - for all the comments and ongoing support!


Advent Calendar #24

Gin: Goldcap Gin
Whisky: Blended Whisky
The Half-Century Blend
Batch 1 Aged Over 50 Years
Blended Scotch Whisky

Note: We will be doing a full review at the end of the advent calendar



VlogmasBlogmas: Caramel Apple Upside-Down Cake

Last night I, Jessica, cooked up a storm for 6 people for an early Christmas dinner, as James and I are heading off to Chester for Christmas, it only seemed right to have a little something with my sister and cousins.

In the last 20 minutes of dinner cooking, I started the prep for this cake and once dinner was served, it was put in the oven, as we ate and came out perfectly warm and ready to serve once we were all done!

Serves: 8 | Prep Time: 20 mins | Cook Time: 40 mins


- 3/4 cup Unsalted Butter
- 1/2 cup Light Brown Sugar
- 1 tsp Cinnamon
- 2 large Apples
- 1 1/2 cups All-purpose Flour
- 1 tsp Baking Powder
- 1/4 tsp Salt
- 2/3 cup Sugar
- 2 large Eggs
- 1 tsp Vanilla Essence
- 1/2 cup Milk


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Line a cake tin with baking paper/butter or nonstick cooking spray and set aside.

2. Add the 1/4 butter, brown sugar, and 1/2 tsp cinnamon to a saucepan over medium heat. Stir well until the mixture is completely melted and smooth. Remove from the heat, pour the mixture into the prepared cake pan, and spread evenly. Arrange the apple slices in an even layer on top.

3. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt, and 1/2 tsp cinnamon. Set aside.
In a separate bowl, beat the butter and sugar with an electric mixer until smooth. Slowly add the eggs one at a time, mixing well after each one. Add the vanilla and mix until fully combined.
Alternate mixing the dry ingredients and milk into the wet ingredients, starting with the flour and ending with the flour.

4. Pour the mixed batter into the cake pan on top of the slices apples.

5. Bake for 35-40 minutes or until a wooden toothpick inserted into the centre of the cake comes out clean.

6. Remove from the oven and allow to cool before flipping over onto a large plate.

Advent Calendar #23

Gin: That Boutique-y Gin Company
Bathtub Gin
Palo Corrado Cask-Aged Navy-Strength Gin
Whisky: Highland Park
12 Year Old
Single Scotch Whisky

Note: We will be doing a full review at the end of the advent calendar



VlogmasBlogmas: Our Christmas Tradition

Ever since the beginning, we had always come to Winter Wonderland, done an activity, got some churros and had dinner at Vapianos.

The first year, we went to watch the Circus, last year we went to see The Ice Kingdom and this year, we went Ice Skating.

It may not be a typical tradition, but it has become a tradition for us and we hope to continue this wherever we may be.

Advent Calendar #22

Gin: Cream Gin Distilled Gin
Whisky: Buffalo Trace
Kentucky Straight Bourbon

Note: We will be doing a full review at the end of the advent calendar



VlogmasBlogmas: Favourite Festive Blog Posts

As Blogmas is coming to an end, we thought we'd share some of our favourite festive blog posts this month. Of course we've read so many and everyone has had so many great posts, but these are just the few we'd like to mention.

Disclaimer: All photos belong to the stated owner mentioned or stated in their original post

Abbey's (@abbeylouisaroseYour Best Christmas

Gwennan's (@20sMeltDownStarting New Traditions

Francesca's (@Francesca_nels) Elf On The Shelf Week One and Week Two

Steph's (@StephsWorld_x) Christmas Blogger Q & A Advent Calendar

We really hope you enjoy these posts as much as we did! If you did love them, do let them know and if you have any posts you'd like to share with us in the comments below!

Advent Calendar #21

Gin: Filliers Dry Gin
28 Pine Blossom Gin
Whisky: The Macallan
12 Year Old Double Cask
Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Note: We will be doing a full review at the end of the advent calendar



VlogmasBlogmas: Snowflake Shortbreads

These are another simple but effective decorative piece that again you could make last minute or get the kids to do while dinner is cooking. It's honestly another self explanatory one but so easy to be missed with everything else happening around us!

You could either buy these at any supermarket or if you're feeling a bit adventurous, why not make the shortbread yourself.


- Shortbread biscuits
- White Icing Pens
(or any other colours you wish or may already have)


Place cookies on baking paper and decorate! Be as simple or creative as you like!

Advent Calendar #20

Gin: New York Distilling Company
Dorothy Parker American Gin
Whisky: Fettercairn Fasque
Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Note: We will be doing a full review at the end of the advent calendar



VlogmasBlogmas: Christmas Trip to Oxford


On Saturday, we headed back to Oxford again, from our previous trip in October, which you can read about here, we fell in love with the place and there was still so much we wanted to see but didn't the first time round, so we wrote up a list and decided to go back during the Winter season, as we just knew it would be such a relaxing day trip.

In our previous trip, we found out that the oldest coffee house in England stands in Oxford, which we managed to grab a coffee before we headed back, which you can read about here but what we knew we wanted to come back for as big Afternoon Tea lovers, was of course theirs!

As there are no reservation system for The Grand Cafe, we thought it would be best for it to be our first stop, as we had only had a muffin and pastry for our morning journey. We managed to find out way by walking, but before that, we came across a mount which we took a quick pit stop to do - it costed £1 each and we learnt a small part of the history of Oxford, as well as getting these lovely photos with the silhouette buildings from the fog.

We were lucky enough to get a cute corner table, as it is small inside, there are only a few tables available. Although it's called Afternoon TEA we both opted for a coffee. We ordered the High Tea (which is without the alcohol) which was £16.95 each.

The Afternoon Tea consisted of:
Free-range egg mayonnaise and smoked salmon and cream cheese finger sandwiches, two scones, strawberry jam, clotted cream and petite fours

Then we headed to the Natural History Museum and Pit Rivers Museum. These are the museums we really wanted to visit on our last trip here. We don't visit museums often, but it's such a lovely thing to do every now and then.

Also mentioned in our previous trip, we had many suggestions from the lovely Abbey, such as where we had our lunch but this time, we had the honour of meeting her in person and she ever so kindly acted as our own personal tour guide around the Christmas market, Blackwell book store and even one of the University grounds, but our first stop was Georgia's, found in the Covered Market.

Of course we had to get a couple of selfies

Once we departed from Abbey, we headed in to Thaikum for some dinner. We were convinced by Abbey to come here once she suggested the curry she had from here and in that instance, I just knew it was what I wanted haha

We finished just in perfect time and even gave us 10 minutes spear when we reached the station, wish actually turned out for the best as our original train got cancelled and we literately jumped on an earlier train that was about to leave in 30 seconds. Got home a bit earlier than originally, which was perfect.

It had been such a lovely day in Oxford and meeting Abbey, we hope you enjoyed this post and makes you want to visit Oxford, don't forget to watch our vlog!

Advent Calendar #19

Gin: Few Spirits Breakfast Gin
Whisky: That Boutique-y Whisky Company
English Whisky Co.

5 Year Old - Batch 1
Single Malt English Whisky

Note: We will be doing a full review at the end of the advent calendar



VlogmasBlogmas: First Ever Mince Pies

Inspired by Jess and Josh Cook's Mini Mince Pie Supermarket Taste Off post, we wanted to find what we thought were the best mince pies out there this Christmas. We were hoping first of all that Jessica would like them, as believe it or not this was these were the first mince pies of her life!

Tesco, Sainsbury's and M&S were our picks, and we set about having them one cold, and one fresh and hot out of the oven. I know some of you will be thinking, but what about the cream, or even brandy cream, but the mince pie itself is what we wanted to focus on, so without further ado...


These were the cheapest out of the bunch, coming in at just 89p for the box of 6. Unfortunately, the price reflected the quality as we found these simply too sweet. They were also much smaller than the other two supermarkets, but in the end, we were glad of this.


Slightly more expensive at £1 was Sainsbury's. We found these most visually attractive, and much more subtle in flavours than Tesco. Perhaps dangerously so as we could imagine these to be quite moreish. Both in and out of the oven were delicious!

Marks & Spencer

At a whopping £1.90 for 6 was M&S. However we do find these worth the extra spend as we would like to crown these the winners of the best mince pies! The flavours were strong without being sweet, and the pastry was soft but without it falling apart in your hands. Once out of the oven, the currants were delightful!

Well done M&S, worth every penny.

Advent Calendar #18

Gin: Zuidam 5 Year Old Zeer Oude Genever
Whisky: Drinks by The Dram
Oban Little Bay
Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Note: We will be doing a full review at the end of the advent calendar



VlogmasBlogmas: Date Night Winter Walks in London

When living in the bustling city of London, it's easy to think you need to escape the city to get some green grass and breathtaking views. But actually the truth is, there is a lot of green space around. It's much debated about how much of London is green space, but 47%, or 62%, which ever you choose to believe, is a lot!

That said, there is many a winter walk to be had, and here are the one's which we think are best...

Barbican Gardens

One for when the weather lets you down, as it is indoors. It is a conservatory housing tropical plants, exotic fish, and great Instagram opportunities. It's a great way to spend a lazy Sunday, only problem being it is only open on a Sunday. So keep it in mind and make a visit perhaps just before or following a good Sunday lunch.

Richmond Park


If you're lucking for wildlife, then this is the place to come. With 144 species of birds, 400 types of fungi, 139 spider species, 750 butterfly and moth species and over 1350 beetle species, you are sure to catch some sights that you won't get anywhere else in London. But what it is best known for are the 600 deers that freely roam the park. They play a great role in the Nature Reserve's history and prove a top attraction for wildlife lovers.

Holland Park Kyoto Gardens


A stone's throw from Central London, Holland Park boasts the peaceful Kyoto Gardens, which commemorates the relationship between Japan and the UK. The waterfalls, fish and peacocks which roam the garden will far remove you from the hectic city and will drop you in a new world of tranquility.

Advent Calendar #17

Gin: 1897 Quinine Gin
Whisky: KA VA LAN Concertmaster Pork Cask Finish
Single Malt Whisky

Note: We will be doing a full review at the end of the advent calendar

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