The Beech House Amersham

The Beech House is a local restaurant chain to where we live. They have a total of five locations in Amersham, St. Albans, Beaconsfield, Solihull & Hampton Hill. The first one opened 5 years ago in Beaconsfield and is about to re-open following a massive extension where it has almost doubled in size.

The Beech house in Amersham opened in February 2018 it is just a short walk from the station (around 5 minutes to be precise). Upon arrival we immediately spotted the outside seating area, and both commented that it would have been lovely to have been able to sit outside had it been a glorious summers evening.

There are several seating areas at The Beech House making it suitable for all types of parties (it isn’t a small restaurant it seats 140 customers).  We were shown to our table which was at the black of the restaurant, the interior design of the restaurant offers a warm and welcoming atmosphere and made us feel very relaxed.

We arrived at around 7pm on Thursday evening and the restaurant and bar was already filling up. Our waiter for the evening introduced himself and offered to make us a summer cocktail which of course we accepted right away. We were served the Watermelon Spritz and the Pineapple Punch, both of which tasted so delicious and we would highly recommend.

To start we decided to go for the Antipasto Misto board, as it meant we got to try a little bit of everything. We loved this starter and we were really impressed by the size of the sharing board, you could have shared it with 3 people.

We also shared the Calamari which came with a spicy mayo dip (lemon, chilli, harissa)! We love calamari so were pleased with this choice.

For main we struggled to decide what to get, we wanted to get 2 dishes and share them (obv) but there was SO much choice it difficult to decide what to go for. We also didn’t want to go for bread over load as we wanted to get dessert too!

In the end we opted for a burger and a build your own salad. There was a pulled pork burger on the specials menu which we were really tempted by,  but in the end decided to go for the classic on the main menu, the Bacon and Cheddar House, it was a decent burger and superb choice!

For the salad, there was lots of choice on the build your own, we went for the superfood and omitted the tomatoes and replaced with avocado. We also added halloumi, who doesn’t love halloumi!

For dessert we were informed that the sticky toffee pudding was now vegan so we thought we would give that a go, and we were also told the panna cotta was new so decided to give it a try. The Peach Melba Panna Cotta was our favourite and we are so glad we went for it, it was really light and made us feel all summery! We loved the addition of the berry granola.

We were also give a dessert cocktail to accompany our desserts and it was the most refreshing thing! It was so green but so yummy, we would go back for this cocktail any day!

Thank you so much for having us and treating us so well! We cannot recommend The Beech House enough and it’s so perfect that it is so close to home!

AMBA Blow Dry

We were so excited to visit AMBA Blow Dry a couple of weekends ago, we don’t usually visit the hairdressers to have our hair styled, unless we are going to a wedding or another fancy event which only ever happens occasionally. We had our friend’s hen do so we thought it would be the perfect way to start our day.

AMBA blow dry is located in Mill Hill, it is a short walk from Mill Hill Broadway station. We drove to Mill Hill as it is only 20 minutes away from home and we were also heading to St. Albans after our appointment. Parking was really easy, I did a little bit of research before hand and found parking in a residential street about 5 minutes away from the salon.

Upon arrival we were greeted by one of the hair stylists behind reception, she took our coats and asked us to take a seat. She offered us a drink and we both asked for a cup of coffee which was served in an adorable pink cup. We waited in the waiting area admiring the flower wall and noted that it would be the perfect post hair styling Instagram photo! In fact the entire salon was very ‘instagramble’ we loved all of the pastel colours.

Our hair stylists introduced themselves and took us over to our styling seat. We both told the stylists the kind of look we were going for which was both curly of course! It was then time to get our hair washed which was so relaxing, we loved the head massage they gave us, and the moisturising treatment left our hair feeling so soft.

Then it was time for the styling to begin, as we were going for a curly look we just had our hair roughly blow dried. Annie has her hair curled with straighteners and then the hair stylist brushed them out as she was going for a beachy look. Rachel’s hair stylist curled her hair with a curling tong instead as she wanted to get ensure Rach had volume in her curls.

We both opted for a plait to be put in our hair, which at the time we LOVED but if we went back we actually think we would have left the plat out of our hair. We both look really young already and looking back at photo we feel like the plait made us look even younger (is that even possible?) this is just a personal preference though.

AMBA Blow dries are from £20 depending on the length of your hair, and for the plait it costs an additional £10. We think this is a really reasonable price especially as they do such a good job!

We had such a lovely time at Amba and felt like we were treated like Princesses, thank you so much! We are super sad we cannot visit Amba every weekend!

Pingle The App

Pingle is an app that helps people to do more things together- in real life! Yes, you did hear us right in real life and not on the Internet! Pingle works with locals and gives you inspiration for things to do in your area.

Pingle keeps you updated on what’s going on in your local area, their main goal is to get people off their phone and out into the real-world meeting new people!

Pingle uses #’s where you can use the tags as a way of describing who you are and what you like to do. That way Pingle can find more people like yourself and suggest personalised activities that you might like to take part in.

Is there a restaurant you have been wanting to try for a while but don’t have anyone to go with? Or Is there a gym class that you are too scared to go alone? If you have an idea of your own, then why not download Pingle and invite others along.

Pingle is easy to download, simply go onto your app store and install it, oh and you want to know the best thing? It’s totally free! Once the app is installed you can set up an account using your mobile number or Facebook Account.

We know exactly what Pingle we would do, it would be a morning run around the city. Running in the morning before work is the perfect way to start your day and it’s even better when you can run with a group of like minded people! The run would be a 5 mile run and would happen each week on a Wednesday morning at 7am! Oh and it would have to end with a coffee at the end of course! We would arrange with a local coffee shop a bag drop off scheme and in return people would buy a coffee post run (if they wanted to)!

We are already getting so excited about our Pingle idea that we are going to have to create it as soon as possible! We love the idea of bringing like minded individuals together!

Darlish Ice Cream Parlour

Darlish sells a range of Persian inspired ice creams that are uniquely luxurious, light and refreshing and 100% naturally flavoured. Darlish has an ice cream parlour in St. Albans, they are open 7 days a week and you can find the opening times on their website! Darlish is located right by the clock tower in the city centre!

A couple of weekends ago we had the pleasure of spending our afternoon outside in the sunshine tasting lots of delicious ice cream! We arrived at Darlish Parlour at around 1pm and the queue just kept getting longer and longer!

We wanted to make sure we tried as many flavours as possible so we could report back to you guys of course! We enjoyed our first ice creams before having a selection of tasters! The first ice cream we tried were of course off of their signature menu! We went for the Saffron, Rose & Pistachio which was so flavoursome. We loved the large pieces of pistachio throughout the ice cream giving it a good crunch!

We also enjoyed the Rhubarb, Pomegranate & Rose Sorbet which was just so light and refreshing! These 3 delicious flavours complimented each other so well we can see why this one is a best seller!

We also made sure we sampled another one of their signature flavours which was the tahini ice cream! It was super delicious, you should definitely order this is you like tahini!

If you are after a refreshing ice cream we would recommend ordering the kiwi & cucumber flavour because this is sure to hit the spot! It would be perfect on a boiling hot summers day!

The final ice creams we tried were probably our favourite the muscavado one which basically tasted like salted caramel was an absolute dream we could have eaten the entire tub! We also loved the hazelnut & cookie butter, which surprisingly was vegan and tasted sooooo delicious- if you love hazelnuts then this is definitely the ice cream for you!

We ended our visit with a delicious homemade waffle that was so incredible! We had the chocolate truffle waffle which was covered in chocolate ice cream (so dam good) and also melted chocolate and chocolate chips! If you love chocolate then this is definitely the waffle for you! When we return we are going to try the banana and cinnamon flavour because that also looked so tasty as it was covered in toffee sauce, yum!

Darlish can be found in Wholefoods, Selfridges and also As Nature Intended! Oh and if you live near St. Albans make sure you pop by!

Lemon Easter Biscuits

With Easter just around the corner its time to start planning on what to bake and these lemon biscuits are perfect for your Easter spread! We always associate the colour yellow with Easter and spring – maybe because its the colour of daffodils and the are always out at the time of year, so these lemon biscuits feel super Easter/spring like to us!

Shortbread:

  • 300g plain flour
  • 200g butter, cold
  • 100g icing sugar
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • 1 egg yolk

Icing:

  • 125g icing sugar, sifted4
  • 40g unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 12ml whole milk
  • a couple of drops of vanilla extract
  • lemon curd

In a large bowl, rub the cold butter and flour together with your hands until you have a bowl of fine crumbs. Sift in the icing sugar and mix with a wooden spoon until it’s just combined – don’t over-mix it or else it won’t hold it’s shape when it’s baked.

Add in the egg yolk and lemon zest and mix until a dough forms – it’ll be a smooth, fairly firm dough that’s slightly sticky to the touch. Place the ball of dough on top of a piece of clingfilm, sandwich with another piece and roll the dough out between the two until flat. Chill the slab of dough in the fridge for 30 minutes and it’ll harden up.

Roll the dough to 1cm thick on a heavily floured surface – this shortbread dough can be sticky, so try to work quickly, keeping it as cool as possible. Using your circle cutter, cut out the biscuits. Transfer the cut cookies onto the baking sheet and chill again for 20 minutes. While it chills heat your oven to 170°C/350°F/gas mark 3-4

Place your biscuits in the oven and bake for 7-10 mins, until they start to just turn golden brown. Set them aside to cool.

To make the buttercream beat the icing sugar and butter together in a freestanding electric mixer with a paddle attachment (or use a handheld electric whisk) on medium-slow speed until the mixture comes together and is well mixed.

Turn the mixer down to slow speed. Combine the milk and vanilla extract in a separate bowl, then add to the butter mixture a couple of tablespoons at a time. Once all the milk has been incorporated, turn the mixer up to high speed. Continue beating until the frosting is light and fluffy, at least 5 minutes. The longer the frosting is beaten, the fluffier and lighter it becomes.

Sandwich your biscuits together with the butter icing and lemon curd – yum!!

Buns & Buns Covent Garden

We were invited to visit Buns & Buns in Covent Garden and had the most amazing time, not only was the food delicious, the service was top notch and the atmosphere was lovely too!

Located right in the middle of Covent Garden, Buns & Buns could not be in a more perfect location. The inside is so nice with lots of copper and lovely marble tables we were in heaven, not to mention the open kitchen too!

Buns & Buns are all about ‘bringing bread back to the table’ so all their dishes are paired with bread or buns from around the world, they believe that ‘bread is life’ and to be honest we couldn’t agree more (we LOVE bread!)

We both decided we had to have one of their alcoholic beverages after seeing other diners drinks, they just looked so pretty! Rach opted for the Raspberry Wine Spritzer and Annie went for the Mandarin Spritz (basically Aperol Spritz but with added mandarin juice!) – they were both super pretty and the orange and pink made a perfect photo!

We then decided to (of course!) share a couple of the starters, it was hard to choose what to have so the best option was the share. We went for the, hummus & tatzihki foccacia, corn fritters and pork belly bun.

The pork belly bun stole the show for us, it was the first time for both of us trying a bao which is a chinese steamed bun and we opted for the classic one with pork. We really have to return to try the chilli prawn one now!

The fritters were also really delicious we didn’t really know what to expect when we ordered this dish but thought it was worth a try! They were small pieces of beer battered sweetcorn and it was served with a wedge of lime and aioli! The lime was the perfect addition and we are so glad we squeezed it on top! We didn’t really eat the aioli as we aren’t massive garlic lovers. We would definitely recommend the dish and it is perfect to share.

The hummus and tatzihnki came with a generous amount of bread and we also really enjoyed the tomato salsa it reminded us of being on holiday in Spain eating tomato bread! We love hummus so we knew we would love this dish so if you like us are a hummus fan then you can’t go wrong with this choice!

For the main we ordered two dishes to share of course! We went for the clay oven pizza that was topped with Burrata, San Daniele Ham, Datterini tomatoes & Fior Di latte cheese. It was really delicious and so filling that we actually couldn’t finish it all! If you are going for the pizza was main make sure you have room for it! We think it would also be the perfect sharing starter.

We also ordered the Organic Rotisserie Chicken which is marinated with yoghurt and lime. It is served with chicken gravy, roasted carrots, broccoli & sourdough (of course)! We did enjoy the chicken it was incredibly flavoursome but we must admit it did have a bit too much butter on for us!

For dessert on the menu we were only able to see the cheesecake but our waiter very kindly told us that there were a couple of other options! We went for these delicious donut like desserts that were filled with chocolate sauce of vanilla cream! They were soooo delicious and we loved the cinnamon taste of the donuts, we would 100% recommend you ordering them!

We loved that so many of the dishes were made for sharing. We love sharing dishes when we go out for dinner because it means we get to try so much more! If you visit we would definitely recommend ordering all of the sharing dishes!

We had the most fabulous evening at Buns & Buns and we left with massive smiles on our faces. We will definitely be returning again soon and we think you should as well!

Whipped London

Oh my gosh, if you have a sweet tooth then you HAVE to visit this place. Located on Dury Lane just off Covent Garden Whipped is the perfect place to come for a sweet treat. In fact its located next door to The School Of Rock Musical so you could pop into Whipped before or after the show!

Owned by Alice and Jamie. Alice is a Michelin trained chef with 14 years of high end patisserie experience and each dish that Whipped sells has been designed by the co-founder and chef, (Alice) and refined with the help of the other co-founder (Jamie).

Whipped are famous for their whipped cheesecakes and we can see why. We sampled the chocolate cheesecake and oh my it was so light. This whipping technique makes the cheesecake almost like a panna cotta and its simply amazing!

We were so stuck with what to go for but glad we went for the epic chocolate one, next time we want to sample the oreo, s’mores or a fruit one!

Whipped also serve cookie pies, which are filled with cheesecake, topped with marshmallowy meringue and then lots of different toppings to finish them off. We went for the honeycomb one which was simply delicious. The honeycomb was perfect! Different flavours come daily so keep an eye on their Instagram to see what they are serving each day!

Whipped also bake for events and have even created a two tier cheese cake for a wedding! How cool would that be at your wedding! They also have lots of requests for birthdays and Work functions!

We also had a coffee whilst we sat and enjoyed our delicious cheesecake which was also really good!

We had the best time in Whipped and it really made our morning complete! Make sure you stop by when you are next in the area!

We also recently visited the store to try some of their new Easter products! It was such a fun evening and the new cookie pies and cheesecakes are so delicious!

Les Filles by LLS Cafe

We recently visited Les Filles by LLS Cafe and had the most incredible meal! We found LLS Cafe on the Nutrifix app, they are a big fan of LLS Cafe and so are we! Becca the nutritionist at Nutrifix has quoted some of the health benefits of the dishes we chose which you can find throughout our post!

Les Filles was super cute and we fell in love with the place as soon as we entered! We got to sit at the window seat which in our eyes was the best seat in the house!

They also have LLS branches at Hampstead, Lancaster Gate & Waterloo. The Craven Terrance branch near waterloo has only recently opened! We went to the branch in Paddington and couldn’t recommend it enough!

We both opted for the waffles, but as Rach is a bit fussy she omitted the eggs and had hers with avocado and smoked salmon. Annie enjoyed the 2 poached eggs with hers and also added some smoked salmon as well!

If you’re looking for something savoury, the sweet potato waffles with eggs, avocado and smoked salmon is a great choice. Packed with protein, heart-healthy fats and carbohydrates making this a nutritionally balanced meal. This would be a great post-workout meal to replenish depleted stores and help to rebuild muscle fibers.

Another great option for savoury (which we both sampled) and if you’re looking for a veggie option is the halloumi with roasted veg with sourdough, this meal is packed with protein, fats, various vitamins and minerals, as well as fibre. This combination will satisfy you and keep you feeling full until your next meal. We loved the harissa sauce it came with it tasted oriental and had SO much flavour and definitely made the dish!

We both shared the pancakes after our savoury meal. If you’re after something sweet, the buckwheat pancakes will definitely satisfy you. With pancakes made using buckwheat flour, these are fibre-packed ensuring to keep you fuller for longer as well as contributing to good gut health. Topped with a delicious combination of coconut cream, homemade chia jam, fresh fruits and date syrup, providing sweetness as well as an array of vitamins and minerals, as well as antioxidants.

These pancakes are also gluten free and vegan friendly. You are given 3 pancakes and a very generous amount of toppings, the chia jam was incredible and we loved it! It also went really well with the coconut cream, we aren’t usually fans of coconut yoghurt but oh my the cream was yum and complimented the pancakes perfectly.

We also had this all washed down with a delicious coffee and juice/smoothie. There is such a good choice of drinks that we had to go for 2 each.

Rach went for the cappuccino which was served in the cutest mug & coaster and Annie and Americano, again served in a very photogenic cup!

Rach went for a juice and she prefers a juice to a smoothie, she went for ? This was incredibly refreshing and the addition of ginger was not too overpowering (which it often can be). Annie had a smoothie which was super thick and incredible, made with almond milk and lots of berries!

We had such a lovely afternoon and we honestly cannot recommend this place enough! We will definitely be returning soon and we are already so excited about it!

Learning a new Language

It’s weird because when we were at school we both HATED languages and detested having to take it for GSCE, needless to say we both never carried languages onto A-Levels!

However now we are both a little older, we kinda regret not persevering with languages and get a little jealous when we hear people that can speak more than one language. It really is such a great skill to have, its can improve job prospects, is a great hobby and makes life a little easier when travelling!

Language

We came across Listen and Learn as we both thought we would love to learn a new language. The great thing about Listen and Learn is that you can do an intense course to learn French, Spanish, English, German, Portugese, Italian, Manderin Chinese, Arabic and a handful of others. Sessions can take place on the day of your choosing (even weekends, which is perfect for us as we work!) and whenever you want, whether it be morning, afternoon or evening.

If circumstances arise where your home or office is not available, the classes can be held at your trainer’s office. Resources for the lesson are provided for you which is great for us too as we don’t have a printer!

Or you can do the LL Survival Language training which is a super quick course before you go on vacation! In 14 hours you will have the skills you need to ensure you have no trouble communicating in typical situations whilst on holiday or making genera chit-chat. You also get a phrase book to help you when you arrive!

Language

There are so many websites that will help you to learn another language! We were really impressed when we were having a browse on google! Mango languages looked great as did Future Learn!

So why not pick up a new hobby today and make sure you don’t get caught short whilst travelling! You will also be able to impress your friends/family/bf/gf with you new found skill too! Head to Listen and Learn to discover more!

Eat Genesis Vegan Restaurant Review

Eat Genesis is located on Commercial Street in Shoreditch, pretty close to Liverpool Street Station so super convenient if you work in the city or you are in Shoreditch. Eat Genesis is 100% plant based and also organic!

Eat Genesis is very hip and trendy which we guess is expected when located so close to hip and trendy shoreditch! It’s actually a vegan restaurant but with a crazy menu serving burgers, nachos, milkshakes etc you would never know it was vegan!

The interior is super pink, what most people know as millennial pink. We loved the pink vibes and the seats by the window at the front are also millennial pink- they are definitely the best seats in the house, especially for those insta pics! Luckily we were shown to our table and we were given one of these tables!

To order your food you head to the counter, they will give you a buzzer and when your food is really the waitresses will bring it to you. We aren’t actually too sure how the buzzer works entirely as ours didn’t actually buzz, maybe they are magic buzzers, hehe!

We ate vegan food a couple of weeks ago and we were not the greatest fans so we were a little nervous with what to order, we decided to share our food (again!) so that we could try a bit of everything!

We both ordered the same drink which was a Lo Bros Apple Cider Vinegar tonic with elderflower. We had not tried this flavour before and we absolutely loved it!

We first started off by sharing the panko avocado soft taco, the flavours of these were delicious especially the beans and we loved trying fried avocado for the first time! Once sampling this we knew we were in for a treat as it was very tasty!

For main we decided to share 2 salads the first one was a kale caesar, which came with generous slices of avocado and the most delicious (vegan) caesar dressing.

We also went a bit rogue and tried the Thai papaya and mango salad, this was super different but also super yummy! It tasted like summer in a bowl and the mango, oh my was delicious! It was quite spicy though so if you don’t like a bit of a kick then this might not be the dish for you.

We also had a bowl of the fries which came with tomato sauce and were some of the tastiest fries we have sampled! They are cooked in avocado oil and are gluten free we cannot recommend these fries enough, if you visit you have to try them!

After looking at the burgers we wish we had gone for a salad to share and a burger to share as they looked EPIC! Guess we will have to return to try the burgers!

There was further seating downstairs which is also where the toilet are located. As this seating was down in the basement it was quite dark down there so we were glad we sat upstairs! The toilets were pretty and pink as you can imagine!

We really enjoyed our time at Eat Genesis and if you fancy some vegan junk food we would 100% recommend you visiting!