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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Peggy Porschen Exterior, London

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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Icebar London review and dining experience with Stephmulz -The-LDN-Gal

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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Bubblegum Cake, Desserts Delivered Bakery UK

Bubblegum Cake Review

Okay, so I am kind of obsessed with aesthetically pleasing cakes. Not only do they have to be pretty, but lets face it, they also have to be delicious. When I spotted this Bubblegum Cake online, its safe to say I fell head over heels for it.

You will find that fabulous combination of prettiness and deliciousness with the selection of cakes available at the Desserts Delivered Bakery, an online bakery that offers homemade cakes conveniently delivered to your door within 24 hours Рjust in time for your special occasion or the ultimate cheat day.

What amazed me about Desserts Delivered Bakery was the fast turnaround of the cake, it was at my door the next day, loving packed with brackets, cooling bags and placed in a robust box with logo inside an even bigger styrofoam casing. It is safe to say, it arrived in perfect condition.

Desserts Delivered Bakery¬†offers an array of pretty and delicious homemade cakes, including Deluxe Cookies and Cream, Peanut Butter, Rainbow Icing, Jammy Biscuit and Chocolate Orange, to name a few –¬†all garnished with beautiful decoration.¬†

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So, what did I think of this beautiful Bubblegum Cake?

The Bubblegum Cake grasped my attention immediately (and there is a lot of pretty cakes to choose from, trust me), it was truly beautiful and definitely had some serious unicorn and mermaid-esque vibes going on. It features bubblegum flavour soft icing, a flavoured sponge and is decorated with pink chocolate, bon bon sweets and an array of sprinkles.

We have ticked the looks box well and truly –¬†but how did it taste?¬†Well, amazing. You would think the bubblegum would be overpowering to a degree and it wasn’t. It was very subtle, the cake was light and fluffy.

You can tell a lot of love went into its making and the homemade nature of the product completely drew me.

Dessert Delivered Bakery says: “This is a real favourite with our younger fans and tastes amazing!”¬†Well, I am 24 and it spoke to my inner child and vibrant dessert loving soul.

Desserts Delivered Bakery started trading in 2013 in the North East and was one of the first regional (and now nationwide) delivery services. It allows people to enjoy their beautifully decorated creations from the comfort of their own home. Delicious, gorgeous, unique and affordable –¬†what more could you want?

What do you think of this bubblegum cake? Do you prefer homemade cakes?

Stephanie xox

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A Wellcome Kitchen Afternoon TEA REVIEW

I have to admit, I was rather excited for my visit to the Wellcome Kitchen. Not only because it looked exquisite, but also because I was very eager to take a peek around the many exhibits and galleries at the Wellcome Collection in London, known as being the “free destination for the incurably curious.”

The Wellcome Collection is a truly spectacular and unique museum near Euston Station, brimming with intriguing exhibits and collections on science, health and life – blurring the lines between all of this and art.

As curious as I was, I soon dashed to take our summer-inspired afternoon tea in the Wellcome Kitchen, on the museum’s second floor. This boutique venue is divine, with fabulous bright and simplistically elegant decor, including a focal display of the celebrated Pill Dress by artist, Susie Freeman.

What is included in the Welcome Kitchen Afternoon Tea?

So, what did we get in our Wellcome Kitchen afternoon tea for two at the Wellcome Collection? Check out the menu below:

  • A selection of finger sandwiches including cucumber and cream cheese, smoked salmon and coronation chicken
  • A selection of mini cakes including 2 raspberry and cream tarts, 2 nutty brownies, 2 lemon mouse macarons and 2 red berry cakes
  • Two fruit scones, Cornish clotted cream and Tiptree strawberry¬†jam
  • A pot of loose leaf tea (a variety of flavours) or a hot drink each

So, what did I think of the Wellcome Kitchen Afternoon Tea?

In all honesty, I loved this afternoon tea experience. The venue was bright, quiet and the food divine, with a fabulous mix of sandwiches and selection of cakes (these were all sampled but not all finished – cake overdose comensed).

Everything was so well presented, with lovely floral china and welcoming staff who graced you with big smiles. All the food is freshly prepared on site and they even made our sandwiches to order (I cannot have butter, it makes me feel very unwell –¬†odd I know, but, alas)¬†which was a wonderfully helpful touch.¬†

The food is locally-sourced and tends to be seasonal produce, you can even indulge in a glass of sparkling pink Moscato if you feel inclined!

It is the perfect venue to unwind and get lost in great company or even solo. The Wellcome Kitchen is so quiet and calm, away from the vibrancy and bustle of the intrigued visitors of the Wellcome Collection downstairs.

Once you have finished your delicious afternoon tea, you will discover the spectacular Reading Room adjacent, which allows you to unwind with a copy or two and take a peek at an eccentric collection of sculptures, paintings and artefacts.

Overall, a perfect mini-day out wrapped up with lots of culture and food –¬†what’s not to love?¬†

Have you tried the Wellcome Kitchen Afternoon Tea? Where is your favourite place to have afternoon tea in London?

Stephanie xox

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Healthy fruit and nut bars

How to make healthy nut and fruit bars at home

Healthy nut and fruit bar ingredients:

  • 90g of cashew nuts
  • 90g of dates
  • A drop of vanilla eccense
  • 30g of cranberries
  • 30g of raisins

Preperation time: 5 mins

Healthy nut and fruit bar recipe

These delicious Nakd inspired homemade fruit and nut bars are a healthy, easy and cheap alternative to store-bought products. All you need, are a few simple natural ingredients and a food processor Рit can’t get any easier than that!

Firstly, whizz up your cashew nuts in your food processor till they have a thoroughly chopped texture. Add the dates to the mix and blend till you have what resembles an almost rubble like mixture as illustrated in the picture below.

Healthy fruit and nut bars

Add the vanilla essence (opt out if you prefer) and whizz in the 30g of cranberries and raisins. Without the additional fruit, you have the perfect Nakd Cashew Cookie replica! By now, you should have a squidgy mixture, clumping together when squished by hand.

Line a dish with cling film and spoon in the mixture, wrapping it in the cling film and pressing it to set.

Leave your dish in the fridge for a few hours to set and you are good to go!

Healthy fruit and nut bars

This recipe creates around 4 Nakd sized bars. For more, just double up the ingredients. These can even be frozen to enjoy later, it’s a win win really!

These homemade fruit and nut bars are just perfect for on the go or to enjoy as a healthy snack to compliment your lunch. They are calories friendly and packed full of delicious nutrients.

What do you think of these healthy fruit and nut bars? Which ingredients would you experiment with?

Stephanie xox

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