29/10/2017

Coffee: Upshot Espresso - Glossop Road, Sheffield

Maple syrup and bacon waffles - £7

The best thing about having Jessica visiting Sheffield during the week, is that my uni breaks are amazing! This time we went back to Upshot Espresso, a coffee shop on Glossop Road that we first visited around the beginning of last year. That time, we only had drinks, and it has been on our list to go for brunch ever since!

Good coffee doesn't just happen, although you'd be forgiven for thinking that in Sheffield. A peak through the windows of Upshot Espresso just gives you the feeling that good coffee awaits, and the beautiful cakes and buns sure enough makes sure you walk through the door. 

Latte's - £2.80

Pick up a copy of Caffeine mag - known for only being stocked in the best coffee shops, a sip of their incredible latte, and ponder around their displays of the finest coffee equipment and bags of beans which they use had us in complete relaxation mode. 

Our order of maple syrup and bacon waffles soon arrived, and it was everything you could possibly want and need from a weekday brunch. 


Their social media is one of the best for a restaurant or coffee shop we've seen, so when our Instagram photo got regramed whilst still in there, we looked around to see who it could possibly be. An approving nod from one of the guys in the corner left us feeling that extra bit pleased with this outing!

We'll definitely be back!

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

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27/10/2017

Baking: Homemade Cinnamon Buns


Autumn is here and what else is more Autumnal than homemade cinnamon buns? Well, apparently pumpkin lattes, oversized jumpers and crunchy leafs are, but that's not that point. Cinnamon rolls are the bomb and these are obviously the perfect season for it.

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25/10/2017

Event: Brunching Bloggers at Annie's Restaurant

Eggs Royale - Smoked Salmon, Free Range Eggs, English Muffin, Hollandaise & Home Fries

On Saturday 21st October, Ashlee Moyo and I, Jessica, have organised our very first #BrunchingBloggers event! 

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22/10/2017

Event: Autumn Cocktails at TwoRuba


You know you're fully in the season spirit when you're already at another autumn cocktail event the following week and once again the other half, James, was unable to attend but this time I have brought my best friend, Ashley, to his first ever blogger event.

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20/10/2017

Coffee: Eve Kitchen - Sharrow Vale Road, Sheffield


The amount of times we've been so near to here but too full, or maybe even unashamedly dreamt of a doughnut from this wonderful place, but never actually been are countless. But today was finally the day we visited Sharrow Vale Road's Eve's Kitchen.

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18/10/2017

Event: T2 Chai Tea Masterclass - Meadowhall, Sheffield


Last week we had the honour of being invited to a chai tea masterclass at the T2 Tea store in Sheffield. Having popped in to a couple of the stores a while back in London, we couldn't wait to return to tea heaven and learn how to make one of our Autumn favourites - chai. 
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17/10/2017

Guest Post: Ashlee Moyo on Travelling Solo


Hey Ladies & Gentlefellas,
It’s Ashlee from ASHLEEMOYO.COM. I’m a travel and thoughts blogger, currently based in London. I have been travelling solo since November 2016 and I know that I definitely have more solo travel trips in my future. I have grown so much as a person since travelling solo and met some of the most incredible people throughout my travels. Don’t get me wrong though, there are also some downsides to travelling solo. This post will be highlighting some of the upsides and downsides of travelling solo. 

Upside: YOU CAN DO WHAT YOU LIKE

Literally! When travelling with others your are sometimes on a schedule or timetable, you have to compromise. Whereas when you travel solo, you can do whatever you want to. You can be truly spontaneous and that’s what travelling is all about. 

Downside: YOU GET LONELY

Yes. Unfortunately when travelling solo, particularly for longer periods of time, you do get lonely. You may have times when you really need a hug or company and you’re not in a situation to get either. 

Upside: YOU MEET AMAZING PEOPLE FROM AROUND THE WORLD 

While on my travels, I have met the most amazing people. People that to this day, months after I have returned home, I am still in contact with them.

Particularly if you stay in hostels you’ll meet people from all over the world. You all have travel in common, so that is always the starting point for conversations. What makes it even better, is you make new friends then have an excuse to visit another country. 

Downside: UNWANTED MALE ATTENTION 

This is something particularly aimed at the ladies as it’s what I have experienced as a female solo traveller. Unwanted male attention can happen to you in your home town, but it’s particularly uncomfortable and unnerving when you’re in foreign country. Usually if you ignore them they’ll leave you alone, make sure to travel while it’s still light outside and not down empty streets and alleyways. Also making friends and travelling in groups is always a way to stay safe. 

Upside: YOU LEARN ABOUT NEW CULTURES 

I personally love immersing myself in new cultures. Having local experiences is so important when travelling for me, so as well as the typical tourist activities, I always wonder around and look for tours done by locals to learn more about where I’ve visited. When travelling solo your more inclined to get involved in activities that allow you to learn about the locals. You are also sometimes targeted by locals in a friendly way as they see you’re alone and want to offer help or learn a bit about you. This gives you an opportunity to hear their stories. 

Downside: TOURIST TRAPS

As a solo traveller, you will definitely be a target of tourist traps. And on your first trip, you’re likely to get caught it one - however you learn from it so that’s okay. Tourist traps include; tourist prices for food, souvenirs and tours, hidden charges with meals, people offering help and then charging you for it or even being charmed by handsome waiters. Just be vigilant, confirm prices before doing anything and be confident and firm in what you say. No means no. The price agreed is the price agreed. You may be handsome, but I’m not paying £20 for a bowl of bolognese - haha. 

Upside: YOU CHALLENGE YOURSELF

Travelling solo takes you completely out of your comfort zone. You’re in a whole new environment, surround by a different culture and biggest thing, you’re on your own. Even if you’re travelling solo to somewhere that speaks the same language as you or is similar to your hometown, you’ve challenged yourself. You’ve challenged yourself to be alone, to fend of yourself and to find ways to make your experience enjoyable. There are people that will never have the courage to travel solo in their lives. Travelling solo is a challenge and a great achievement. 


Travelling is by far one of the best things you could possibly do in life. It gives you more of an understanding of yourself and opens up your heart to others. I would recommend that everyone have at least one solo trip in there lifetime, I promise you won’t regret it. Even if it’s full of downers (which it wouldn’t be), you’ll still take something from it. 

Hope you enjoyed this post and have decided to take a solo trip soon! Thank you Jessica and James for having me guest post on Food and Baker Travels. If you enjoyed this post, head over to ASHLEEMOYO.COM for more travel related posts. I also have a post coming with some solutions to the downsides of travelling solo. 

Flights & Passport Stamps for you all,

Ashlee (:

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15/10/2017

Coffee: Tabby Teas Cat Cafe - Cemetery Road, Sheffield


What an absolute pleasure it was to be invited along to Sheffield's first cat cafe - Tabby Teas! With fantastic coffee and cake in the company of some amazingly cue and characterful felines, it was the perfect way to spend a late midweek morning. 
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13/10/2017

Event: Shoryu Autumn Cocktail Party

Shoryu Pork Bun

Autumn is here and there's no better to celebrate it than with some limited edition seasonal cocktails at Shoryu. We were invited to attend Shoryu's autumn cocktail party, although due to James recently moving back to Sheffield, he was unable to attend this weekday event with me, so of course I had to invite my trusty fellow friend and blogger, Ashlee Moyo, to experience this evening with me.
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11/10/2017

Under 30: Creamy Cod & Croutons

Serves: 2 | Prep Time: 5 mins | Cook Time: 25 mins



Anyone else super fond of being able to create a super tasty dish that you can simply throw all in an over proof dish and show it in the oven for 25 mins? Same and with that, this dish is for you!
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08/10/2017

Breakfast: Spinach & Ham Egg Cups

Makes: 12 - 16 | Prep Time: 20 mins | Cook Time: 30 mins


These are the ultimate brunch minis to have - simply whip up all the ingredients and pour them into a 12 muffin tin and bob's your uncle. Funnily enough we forgot to add the ribbons of ham on top but it tasted just as good, although we sure it would have given that extra flavour.

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06/10/2017

Under 30: Chicken & Broccoli Garlic Butter Pasta

Makes: 2 | Prep Time: 10 mins | Cook Time: 20 mins



"Once upon a time, there was some broccoli and it got chopped up, put in a pan, it then cooked and we ate it. We lived happily ever after" So guys, this is what it sounds like when I ask James to write a 'story' for this dish!
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04/10/2017

Coffee: Joni - South Road, Sheffield


We are back in Sheffield, well, James is back in Sheffield and is now once again officially my second home. If you've been following us for a while, you'd know that James attends university in Sheffield, so expect more restaurant, especially coffee shop reviews in Sheffield over the next year.
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03/10/2017

Experiences: Staying at Hostels


Say the word hostel, and you can guarantee that 95% of people will think of a bunch of hippies sharing a room, terribly unhygienic showers and living in constant fear of your wallet being nicked. We were out this summer to dispel this myth, and stayed in 3 fantastic and unique hostels that we would fully recommend to anyone staying in Berlin, Ljubljana or Brussels.

First up was Huttenpalastlocated in Hermanpalatz of Berlin. The hostel's concept is based on indoor camping, although the term 'glamping' would definitely be more appropriate here. There are two halls of six caravans, all unique with its own shape, size and look. There are shared common indoor and outdoor gardens which encourage you to socialise with your fellow campers, and the shared bathrooms had some of the best showers we had for our entire trip! We only had one night here and made the most of it by spending the evening in, making full use of the facilities and comfort.


Ljubljana's Hostel Celica is literally one of it's kind, as it is actually a former prison. It has been transformed and modernised, yet retains many of the former features including bars on the windows, all of the rooms are former cells, and the cellar displaying the history of the building is eerie to say the least.

Each of the rooms, or cells is completely different from the other, and has the artist to whom the work is accredited to by the room number sign on the door. Our cell was named 'the eye,' as the lifted bed is circular and represents the room's iris and pupil. The lyrics of Leonard Cohen's 'Tower Song' was etched on to one of the walls, and overall we found it pretty incredible, fascinating and a little creepy.


Our final destination of our Interrail journey was Brussels, and we couldn't find a more fitting way to end than to stay in the Train Hostel. Here is a mix of the traditional dorms, cabin like sharing rooms, and private cabins, which is what we had the pleasure of having. Having taken the night train from Ljubljana to Zurich previously in the trip, we could see how accurate the representation was, although this was not surprising. Authentic railway cars don the roof of the building and all of the parts used have had a previous life in industrial and commercial rail.


Although you could say we haven't had the traditional hostel experience this time around, we hope we've proved that it doesn't have to be how most people assume hostels would be like. All of these places were still so much cheaper than your typical hotel, and each stay was a unique memory and experience for us. During the course of the trip we stayed in hotels, hostels, a night train and plenty of Air Bnb's. If you'd like to read about our Air Bnb experiences, then check out our post here!

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01/10/2017

Under 30: Fish Couscous Parcel

Serves: 4 | Prep Time: 10 mins | Cook Time: 20 mins


If you haven't already guessed it by now, we enjoy making good food, but the easy way and this is one of our favourite dishes to make - simply throw in the ingredients together and shove it in the oven. Simple as.
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