Lunch at the cafe, Farm Girl Cafe review, London

Farm Girl cafe review

I have wanted to go to the Farm Girl for quite some time, drawn in by their colourful lattes, vibrant salads and quirky decor dotting across my Instagram feed – they also have a resident bulldog, just one more reason to go really.

Located on Portobello Road in Notting Hill, it made for a nice brisk walk from the nearby tube station. Visiting on a busy Saturday afternoon, we had to wait some time (in the rain) before managing to secure a seat inside.

Do be warned, if you come at the weekend, you may have to wait for up to an hour to be seated. However, it is worth it!

I was taken aback by the bright decor and wonderfully polite staff amidst the hustle and bustle of the cafe, the music was great and the staff attentive.

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So, what did I think of the Farm Girl cafe?

The café offers a large room with plush and cosy furnishings inside, as well as a quaint outside seating area Рideal for those food snaps in natural light when the heavens are not open.

The walls inside feature contrasting green square tiling and plush seating which gives off a fabulous natural and earthy vibe. You could really sit there for hours during the week sipping away.

I chose their rose latte, a beautiful flavoured drink garnished with real rose petals. My partner opted for a vibrant blue butterfly matcha latte, taking us back to Japan as we discussed the possibility of a third trip.

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Farm Girl offers a healthy and wholesome menu, with breakfast and lunch covered. Think acai embellished fruit bowls, buckwheat pancakes, salads with all the colours of the rainbow, gargantuan sandwiches, eggs-just-the-way-you-like on toast and a variety of homemade soups to name a few items Рoh, and the super colourful lattes.

In regards to dining, I opted for a sweet treat, the raspberry croissant. My partner, a chicken sandwich, brimming with guacamole and spiced yoghurt on sourdough bread. If I was feeling a little more peckish, the Açai Bowl would have has my name on it. Maybe next time eh?

Overall, the Farm Girl cafe experience was lovely Рthe perfect pit-stop before exploring the delights of Portobello Market nearby. The afternoon date proved a little costlier than your standard chain cafés, a hot drink and cake for two will set you back about £15.

Have you been to the Farm Girl Café? Which coloured latte tempts you?

Stephanie xox

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Dugastabox UK Novemeber 2017 box review | The LDN Gal

Degustabox UK review

Degustabox has been on the scene for quite some time now and is growing in popularity –¬†and for good reason.¬†

Many people are put off by monthly subscription food boxes, due to the lack of variety and cost.¬†Degustabox is different, it is an affordable box filled with a variety of full-sized products that actively encourages you to get creative and try new things, with “new flavours each month.”

For someone like me, it is a godsend as I have no choice but to step out of my comfort zone. The beauty of Degustabox is that each monthly box is different! Just take a peek at what I received in my last three boxes:

November 2017 box

Weetabix Additions (apple and raisin), Propercorn sweet popcorn, Kallo organic stock pot (chicken), Taylors of Harrogate ground coffee (cacao superior Colombia), Dalston’s fizzy apple soda, ALO aloe vera drink, Planters fruity chocolate crunch, Cadbury Picnic Bites,¬†¬†Filippo Berio pesto,¬†Filippo Berio crostini, Rio Mare tuna,¬†¬†The English Provender Co.’s caramelised red onion chutney,¬†Ryvita multigrain rye cakes and¬†The Jelly Bean Factory super sours.

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December 2017 box

Planters Planters Peanuts Nut-Rition,¬†Popchips galactic puffs,¬†Taking The Pea snacks,¬†Sleep Well vanilla milk drink, Marry Berry’s lemon and mustard seed vinaigrette, Coldpress valencian orange juice, Candy Kittens sour watermelon gourmet sweets,¬†Robinsons fruit creations,¬†Willie’s Cacao Black Pearls chocolate (dark sea salt caramel),¬†Ryvita multigrain rye cakes (lightly salted),¬†San Miguel 0.0% and¬†Lift Matcha instant green tea.

January 2018 box

Clipper everyday organic tea sample, Robinsons fruit cordial, LighterLife Fast Ready to Drink shakes, Explore Cuisine edamame and mung bean fettuccine, Latin America Kitchen Colombian crunchy chicken corn coating, Latin America chipotle mayo topping, Hershey’s cookies and cream snack pack, Mahtay Yerba Mate sparkling tea, Pulsin vanilla whey protein powder,¬†Pulsin vanilla choc chip protein booster bar, Jordans juicy red berry frusli bars, Wild Planet albacore wild tuna steaks, Miso Tasty spicy ramen noodle kit and Mallow & Marsh bar.

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So, what did I think of the Degustabox monthly subcription?

I was very pleased with my latest January box, it had a super healthy ‘New Year, new me’ theme and the varied items made for interesting snacks and dinners. I have to admit, I was not a big fan of the Mahtay Yerba Mate sparkling tea and the¬†Pulsin vanilla choc chip protein booster bar –¬†this did not put me off mind, the rest of the box was delicious.¬†

As you can see from the above months, Degustabox covers breakfast, additions for lunch or dinner, snacking, condiments, sweet treats, quirky drinks and other household essentials. They also include lots of handy tips and recipes to really brighten up your mealtimes.

Each box contains 10 to 15 surprise products, with many being new to the market. Please note, I may have some additional items in my review boxes.

The Degustabox subscription is £12.99 monthly. However, if you use code 80O4C, you will receive an exclusive one time discount of £7, making your first box only £5.99! Handy eh? You can get your box here.

What do you think of Degustabox? What would you like to see in a monthly food box?

Stephanie xox

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Homemade healthy banana pancakes recipe | simple banana pancakes | The LDN Gal

How to make healthy banana pancakes at home

So, you are looking to make healthy banana pancakes at home? Well you are certainly in for a treat with this simple, swift and scrumptious recipe.

Healthy banana pancakes ingredients:

  • 2 eggs
  • 2 ripe bananas
  • 1 teaspoon of oil or a few squirts of Frylight
  • A drop of vanilla eccense (optional)
  • Toppings to suit (optional)

Preperation time: 5 mins

Healthy Banana Pancakes recipe

These delicious homemade banana pancakes are a healthy morning alternative to your usual breakfast. These banana pancakes are great for a variety of reasons, they are easy to make, cheap, and only require two ingredients! Bananas and eggs.

To start off, you are going to want to whisk your two eggs up a treat and set them aside. Next, get your two bananas and mash them to oblivion with the back of a fork or masher.¬†Then, pour the whisked egg into the mashed banana and stir it all in –¬†it isn’t going to look too pretty.

Optionally, you can add vanilla essence (opt out if you prefer) or even oats and other fruit into the mix. Heat your oil or Frylight in a pan and pour a small amount of mixture (think medium sized pancake). Allow for a few minutes to golden up on each side before serving.

For toppings, get creative and embellish with seeds, fruit, yogurt or syrup –¬†saying that, they are delicious on their own.¬†

This recipe creates around 4 medium sized banana pancakes. If you would like more, simply double up!¬†You can always save your leftover mixture for tomorrow’s breakfast, line the bowl with cling film and pop it in the fridge.

These gluten-free and dairy-free homemade banana pancakes are just fabulous in the morning, or even as a snack throughout the day. They are low in calories and fat, high in protein and simply delicious. What more could you want?

What do you think of these healthy banana pancakes? Which ingredients would you add into the mix?

Stephanie xox

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Peggy Porschen review

Peggy Porschen has had a rather enchanting Halloween makeover in the lead up to the best holiday of the year – in my opinion anyway, Halloween is fabulous.

Still pretty and perfect in pink, the celebrated cake shop’s¬†d√©cor¬†features some slight adjustments, with pastel pumpkins, cutesy bat bunting and sugar skull cookies aplenty temporarily garnishing its interior.

I paid a visit one morning to their quaint Belgravia bakery to sample some of the exciting new seasonal menu, absolutely delighted by the Halloween and Autumnal overhaul that welcomed me on arrival.

Peggy Porschen’s well-known floral garland door frame was emblazoned with pastel pumpkins, golden skulls and painted broomsticks, nestled amidst the beautiful and vibrant kaleidoscope of coloured flowers woven into the frame.

Each table had its own munchkin pumpkin and the shop had the prettiest (not overly eerie in all honesty) and most welcoming feel as expected –¬†can you even make somewhere so pretty in any way scary?¬†

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So, what did I think of the Peggy Porschen Halloween collection?

Sitting inside, I chose a cappuccino which was embellished with cutesy sugar skull shaped topping and a spiced pumpkin cupcake. Although a tad on the expensive side, I must admit this handmade cupcake was delicious, with a fluffy spiced sponge and delicious cinnamon cream cheese frosting – which proved a little too indulgent in the end.

Peggy Porschen are known for their picturesque products and décor, and the Halloween spiced pumpkin cupcake was no exception, with an edible rose gold sugar skull with floral decal.

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Teamed with freshly brewed coffee, it is certainly a delicious morning or lunchtime pick-me-up –¬†and is a fabulous date idea if you are looking for something a little different.¬†

It is definitely one of the most Instagramable spots in London.¬†I will certainly be back to revisit their exclusive products this festive season and perhaps even for a little morning time treat again in the meantime…

Have you been to Peggy Porschen yet? What do you think of the Halloween theme? 

Stephanie xox

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Two Ruba Halloween Cocktails Scary Mary

TwoRuba Review

Exquisite cocktails in a beautiful bar in London? It is certainly a sought after affair after a busy week of work in the big smoke.

TwoRuba ticks these boxes, a fantastic urban champagne and cocktail bar located on the ground floor of the Hilton London Tower Bridge.

I have to admit, I was very excited when asked to come down and taste their Autumnal cocktail menu and sample some of their small plate dishes, with limited edition drinks and a cocktail masterclass being the highlight of the evening.

Two Ruba Halloween Cocktails Rainbow Cocktail

So, what did I think of the TwoRuba Autumn cocktails?

After a glass of Prosecco and getting to know the other lovely girls and guys around me, we were offered the Scary Mary, a twist on the classic Bloody Mary with a warming kick. The Scary Mary offered a celery juice base and a hint of spice. I honestly thought it would be perfect after a night of cocktails, both refreshing and smooth.

Next up, was the Autumn Lady, with a splash of gin and whisked egg white froth, emblazoned with brand logos or Halloween decal. Still with a slight kick – we need it with these chilly Autumn evenings.

TwoRuba Hilton London Bridge Cocktail Bar My Rainbow Cocktail

The highlight of the evening for many was the cocktail masterclass, where we were given a demonstration and then allowed to get stuck in and create our own take on the layered Rainbow Cocktail. I must admit, I was impressed with my final result (although, it was a tad heavy on the syrup) and the whole experience was a lot of fun.

Swing by TwoRuba some evening after work and enjoy the spacious, relaxed and welcoming ambience, the cocktail bar is open each day from 7am to 1am (closing at midnight on a Sunday). Check out their drinks menu here.

They are also getting in the festive spirit with their own TwoRuba by the pier pop-up on the lead up to Christmas. So, appreciate the London cityscape with views of Tower Bridge and the Thames and sip on mulled vine with an enchanting view.

Have you been to TwoRuba yet? What is your go-to cocktail?

Stephanie xox

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An Icebar London experience review

When it comes to date nights, we are always looking for something unique, an experience that goes beyond the traditional dinner or cinema venture – something that leaves a lasting impression.

Icebar London satisfies the most difficult to please, a venue offering a plush ‘warm’ bar with delectable cocktails, a¬†restaurant¬†with a charming interior and decor and a sensory experience like no other, a bar crafted from 40 tonnes of Swedish ice from the Torne River.

Start your evening in the restaurant downstairs, where you will discover a warm and rustic interior. Surrounded by low lit lights with zig-zag filimants, red-brick ceilings and cosy leather seats tucked beneath hardwood tables. The perfect start to date night in London.

Add in Autumnal tones and a relaxed mood, alongside television screens evoking warmth with open log cabin fire videos playing on loop, and you have a beautiful setting and ambience for a romantic evening meal. Serious thought went into the décor, which is complimented by smooth jazz music.

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So, what did I think of the Icebar London resturant?

The menu is concise but varied, with European cuisine to suit all tastes and three courses available if desired. The best bit? Vegetarian options are also readily available too.

Starters presented crispy tofu, cooked in breadcrumbs and garnished with pickled cucumber, toasted peanuts and spiced honey. A delicious tangy affair. Although, the tofu was delicious in its own right, its soft interior delicately coated made for something special.

For the main, stuffed peppers brimming with ricotta and a touch of spice (I somehow managed), alongside pistachio pesto and lightly fried quinoa. A variety of sides were also on offer to compliment, and I opted for the corn grilled in husks, a medley of sweetcorn, sour cream and spice once more.

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To finish, an indulgent triple chocolate brownie, decorated with toasted marshmallow, salted caramel and ice cream with a crunchy twist. It is safe to say, we were very full and satisfied.

Top this spectacular dining with a variety of premium cocktails and you are on to a winner. My own Crumble was a delicious fruit medley, embellished with crumble detailing.  My partner, opting for the Rum Blazer and was also drawn in by his fruity concoction, served warm with a rum kick to finish.

The restaurant is truly exquisite in its own right, a warm and luxurious environment that should be recognised in addition to the physical Icebar experience. The food is a varied affair, with lots of quirky touches.

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So, what did I think of the Icebar London?

Warm and full, we prepared ourselves for the Icebar, sitting in the warm bar upstairs and unwinding beforehand. Once our allocated time came, we were ushered towards the room, faux-fur lined capes placed over heads and our gloves swinging to and fro as we shuffled like Arctic penguins into the bar.

Walking in, I must admit, I was very impressed. The latest instillation presents a Wild in the City theme with an abundance of safari and aquatic animals embracing the walls, sculptures and screens around the room, all brought to life as part of an exciting light show Рit is a wonderful spectacle.

 

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Although a little smaller than expected, this intimate venue was fabulous. It was fun, different and exciting. Making our way to the actual ice bar, we were presented with champagne cocktails in glasses made of ice. There is nothing quite like drinking bubbles from an ice glass and the colourful cocktails on offer make for some very pretty pictures indeed.

This sensory experience is simply incredible, thrusting you into a -5¬įC bar that is brought to life by artistic prowess. There is something quite extraordinary about sitting in a room of solid ice, bopping along to good music and a fabulous light show.

I would thoroughly recommend the entire experience for a date night or special occasion. You can take a peek at some more images from the night here.

What do you think of the Icebar London? Where is your favourite place for date night?

Stephanie xox

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