The Parlour Brunch Review

Canary Wharf isn’t usually a part of town we visit, especially at the weekends as it is known for being a bit of a ghost town at the weekends! The other weekend however, I had somewhere to be in Canary Wharf so decided to look for somewhere to have brunch afterwards.

The Parlour was our brunch spot of choice, it is located in the Park Pavilion on Canada Square which is just a 5 minutes’ walk from the station. The Parlous is a Drake and Morgan restaurant and from what we can tell it seems that they offer a standard brunch menu across all of their restaurants/bars.

The menu was fab and very reasonable as well, I booked a table to be on the safe side but upon arrival it was clear to see they had plenty of seating available. We were asked if we wanted to sit outside in there lovely alfresco terrace but there was a slight chill in the air so we opted to sit inside. The alfresco terrace had its own bar outside which is ideal especially on a hot summer’s day. By the time we left The Parlour the outside terrace was full as the sun had decided to come out to play!

I ordered the Poached eggs with Avocado & Chilli on Sourdough Toast but instead of poached eggs I opted for scrambled eggs. The dish was served but they had have forgotten I had asked for scrambled eggs as poached eggs were served. I decided to leave it instead of letting them know about the mix up- very British of me but it was still super delicious with the poached eggs.

The crushed avocado was absolutely delicious and the chilli flakes gave it a little kick. I tried to poached eggs and unfortunately they were freezing cold, so I had to send them back but when they returned they were piping hot.

My friend enjoyed the Eggs Royale which looked delicious and she said it was very tasty. They served a generous portion of smoked salmon as well which is also a good thing! You can order the Eggs Royale as a half portion for £4.50 or a full portion of £8.95.

We love the décor or The Parlour it was very millennial and there is gold EVERYWHERE! There were a selection of seats to choose from you could either sit on stalls or comfy arm chairs, we obviously went for the comfy arm chairs. We also noticed there were booths available with round tables for groups which looked super cosy.

The toilets were fancy as well and clean which is definitely a massive plus in our eyes, as you know we often judge a place by how clean the toilets are, we can’t be the only ones that do this.  They had a huge jar of sweets (wrapped of course otherwise that would be gross!)

We noticed when we were on the website that you could have your wedding reception at The Parlour, we actually think this would be a great wedding venue. There are a number of different packages available so if you are getting married and haven’t yet decided on a venue go and take a look!

We would definitely return to The Parlour the food was delicious and the drinks we saw being served looked incredible. My friend has visited on a Friday after work before and said the atmosphere is great so maybe we will have to swing if we are in the area for a couple of  cocktails!

Sarona Eatery Review

Sarona Eatery is a new Middle Eastern restaurant which opened its doors in May 2018 in Clerkenwell. Sarona Eatery is inspired by the street food of Tel-Aviv to the streets of East London, they serve Tel Aviv classics but have also added an East London Twist.

Sarona Eatery is located on Clerkenwell Road with the nearest tube station being Farringdon (a 5 minute walk away). The restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner Monday-Friday7:30AM-23:00PM and also opens on a Saturday for Shabbat Brunch from 11:00AM-22:00PM.

The founders wanted to create a restaurant that enabled people to come together and eat good Israeli food and we think the restaurant has really hit the nail on the head.

Everything on the menu is homemade in the Sarona Kitchen which we absolutely loved as you know the food you are being served is fresh and has been made with love. The menu was designed with sharing in mind which is exactly what we did when we visited one Saturday afternoon.

Upon arriving at the restaurant we were greeted by the waitress who took us to the table that had been reserved for us, the table was inside and due to it being a lovely sunny day we asked if we were able to sit outside which she said wasn’t a problem at all. There were several tables outside that we can imagine are packed during the week. The city is always much quieter at the weekends so we were lucky to have the outside seating area to ourselves.

We asked the waitress and manager for their suggestions to ensure we were able to try a selection of dishes. We are not fussy eaters (we are up for trying anything) so we suggested they surprise us with the dishes. We do this quite frequently when we are visiting restaurants and we haven’t had a bad recommendation as of yet.

To start we both ordered a glass of wine Rachel went for the house rose and Annie went for the house Sauvignon Blanc. Both were delicious and the perfect drinks to enjoy with our feast!

The menu consisted of three sections the first one being the ‘dipping and ripping’ section! We were served Handmade Sarona Humus which consisted of Tahini sauce, chickpeas, schug and olive oil served with pita bread. If you love hummus then we would definitely recommend this dish it was so tasty, if you are wondering what schug is like we were it is an Israeli hot sauce it wasn’t that spicy though so don’t let this put you off.

We also tried the Chopped Grilled Aubergine with fresh mint and pomegranate rubies, this reminded us of baba ganoush and we especially liked the pomegranate and mint flavours as they really gave the dish a little bit of extra flavour. This is the perfect dish to share with friends and it is also served with pita bread on the side.

There were lots of dishes on the small plates section of the menu that took our fancy especially the Crispy Cauliflower with tahini sauce, amba sauce and roasted almonds which we were served and absolutely love. We are mad for tahini so knew we were going to love this dish, the amba sauce is a popular Middle Eastern picked mango condiment which was also really tasty. This was definitely one of our favourite dishes we tried at Sarona so we would 100% recommend you ordering it.

The Spiced lamb kofta with cucumber, spring onion, mint and sour cream was also another favourite of ours and a dish we would definitely order again. This dish was served with 2 lamb koftas which were generous in size and they were really generous with the salad. This would be the perfect dish if you wanted to enjoy your own starter without sharing.

When we say we had a feast we really did mean it, the final section of the menu is called ‘big plates’ and this is the main dishes although as we were sharing everything we had all the dishes arrive as and when they are cooked which we really enjoyed.

The All Day Shakshuka is a hawayej roast lamb shoulder that is cooked for 14 hours before being added to slow cooked cherry tomatoes and free-range eggs served with grilled sourdough bread. This was quite a rich dish with lots of delicious flavours, but the lamb was so tender and cooked to perfection. We especially loved the bread that was served on the side it was a brioche based bread that was sweet and complimented the shakahuka perfectly.

The Chermoula marinated Bavette Steak is a 45 day old Hereford Bavette served on green bean, fennel and pomegranate salad, if we are hones this was probably our least favourite dish it was still tasty and the flavours were delicious but we just found it to be a little chewy.

The Spiced Tune Steak is a chargrilled schug spiced yellow fin tuna with caramelised lime and oh my this was just incredible. We cannot recommend the tuna steak enough, we had it cooked rare which we are glad about as it was so flavoursome and we loved the schug spice sauce.

As you can imagine we were stuffed after this, so full that we couldn’t even order a dessert to try. The dessert did sound delicious though there was a choice of apple, plum and organs blossom strudel, home baked rogelach and a gluten free dark chocolate brownie.

The toilets were also immaculate and decor was beautiful. We especially loved the pink velvet round sofa in the hallway of the toilets- we would quite like one of them for ourselves!

We absolutely loved our afternoon at Sarona Eatery, the staff we fab and were so attentive making sure we had everything we needed and were enjoying our time. We cannot recommend this restaurant enough and we will definitely we returning with a larger group so we can share the love!

39 Steps Coffee Haus Review

39 Steps Coffee Haus is located in the heart Soho and the second branch is opening soon in Knightsbridge which we will have to visit.

The reason it is called 39 steps is because it takes exactly 39 steps from the bean on the bush to the cup in your hand! We thought this was really cool and have since read up on it, which you can also do if you are interested over on their website.

We visited at lunch time one Saturday and the coffee haus was heaving (in a good way). This sure was a sign that the coffee and food they served was good! You cannot book a table, you just have to walk in and see if there is one available.

It isn’t very big inside and there are two main tables in the middle that sit four and around the edge of the venue there are bar stalls which we opted to sit at. There are also a few smaller tables available as well. We chose the seats by the window so we could watch the world go by!

Upon sitting down as looked at the drinks menu as we had been told the cold press juices where to die for and we can indeed confirm they are DELICIOUS!

We decided to opt for two different juices/smoothies so we could try a couple of the flavours. The first cold press juice we chose was watermelon based and was delightfully refreshing and the perfect drink to enjoy on a warms summers day, which indeed it was.

We also ordered a smoothie which consisted of banana, mint and lots of other flavours it was the perfect consistency and the flavours really complimented each other. The juices come in 250ml bottles so they are perfect to take away or like us you can enjoy them in a glass with some ice.

Rachel ordered an iced latte with almond milk and Annie had an iced americano with a dash of soya milk. The coffee was incredible, it wasn’t to bitter which we loved but still nice and strong. We did also spot the cold coffee freakshake which we are intrigued to try so we will definitely have to visit again!

When we first walked into 39 Steps we noticed the pancakes and knew immediately that we would be ordering a stack. We ordered the peach jam pancakes to share which were served with whipped cream, fairtrade bananas and honey. We are glad we shared the pancakes because they were absolutely HUGE but oh my SO dam delicious! They only cost £9 which we think is a bargain considering the portion size, we will be dreaming about these pancakes for a while!

Upon leaving the manager asked us if we wanted to take away a couple of the cakes or muffins they had on display at the front counter. We opted for the vegan banana bread and a blueberry muffin. The vegan banana bread was really tasty and very moist which we like our banana bread to be! The blueberry muffin was huge and was bursting with fresh blueberries and was texture was light and fluffy so overall a very tasty muffin.

They had lots of sandwiches and cakes on display by the counter which we thought was a great idea especially for customers that are taking away! The juices are also at the counter stores in crushed ice.

39 Steps Coffee Haus gets a massive thumbs up from us! Everything from the service to the food and the drinks were incredible. We couldn’t recommend visiting this little establishment enough it filled us with joy and left us feeling very content.

Jazz Apples Overnight Oats

We love oats they are our go to breakfast almost every day, they keep us fuller for longer and they are so versatile so we never get bored.

In the winter we love a warming bowl of porridge whereas in the summer we always reach for overnight oats.

We love overnight oats they are delicious and super convenient as you can make them the night before in a jam jar and take them with you to work you the next day. We especially love adding fruit into our oats during the summer months and Jazz apples seemed like the perfect choice.

Jazz Apples were our Apples of choice, if you haven’t heard of Jazz apples before they are a funky fusion of a Braeburn and a Royal Gala, they are tangy-sweet and refreshingly crunchy. The great thing about Jazz apples is that they have a fruit bowl life of up to four weeks.

Jazz Apples are grown all year round in the UK, New Zealand, France, Italy, USA, Chile, Switzerland, Austria and Australia. You can purchase Jazz apples in all major supermarkets in the UK; Aldi, Asda, Co-op. Lidl, Marks & Spencer, Morrisons, Ocado, Sainsburys, Tesco and Waitrose.

You can find our delicious overnight oats recipe below which we have enjoyed on several occasions either outside in the sunshine whilst having a summer breakfast picnic or when we need a quick and easy breakfast during the week which we can enjoy dining al desko.

Ingredients (serves 2)
80g oats
100ml milk (we used soya milk)
150g Greek Yoghurt
1.5 tsp Cinnamon
1tbsp Maple Syrup
1 Grated Apple
1 Sliced Apple

Method

Grate the apple into a medium sized mixing bowl

Add the oats, milk, yoghurt, Cinnamon & Maple Syrup and mix with a wooden spoon until well combined

Leave to sit on the side and slice the 2nd Apple

Place 2 slices at the bottom of each Jam jar and top with a table spoon of oats- continue to do this until your jam jar is full.

Chop two of the slices up and use as a topping as well as a sprinkle of cinnamon

Put the lid on the jam jar and put them in the fridge overnight or for a couple of hours

When you are ready to eat remove from the fridge and enjoy!

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The Somerville Hotel Breakfast Review

It’s no secret that we absolutely love breakfast, it’s our favourite meal of the day and although there are many arguments about whether or not it actually makes you a healthier human for eating it we know it makes us feel fantastic.

Breakfast sets us up for the day so when we found out breakfast was included in our hotel stay at The Somerville in Jersey we were ecstatic. Breakfast on an average day is great but breakfast at a hotel is even better.

The view from The Somerville restaurant is truly breath taking, it overlooks St Aubins bag and on a clear day you can see for miles.

The Somerville breakfast spread certainly didn’t disappoint, it was a self-service buffet and there was a lot of choice. Upon arrival at the restaurant we were shown to a table and the waitress took our tea and coffee orders and asked us if we would like some toast which of course we did.

We asked the waitress if they had any dairy free milk for our coffee and she said yes, we were pleasantly surprised! We love the fact more and more hotels are offering soya milk (it’s so delicious in coffee).

The continental breakfast on offer at The Somerville was pretty impressive and it resulted in us going up time and time again. We don’t like mixing our food you know how some people will go up to the breakfast buffet and pile their plate with some eggs, croissants, fruit, cheese you name it they have it piled high on one plate, we honestly couldn’t think of anything worse instead we just opt for a number of different courses.

There were a selection of fruit juices including; orange, apple, grapefruit & tomato juice which were all incredibly fresh.

There was a large selection of spreads and jams you could have with your toast including Marmite and Nutella (two of our favourites) the Jams came in those cute little jars something that we love when visiting a hotel and there were so many flavours including; marmalade, strawberry, blackcurrant and clear honey.

There was a selection of fresh pastries including croissants, pan au raison, cinnamon swirls and pan au chocolate which looked really delicious but we didn’t actually opt for pastries this time (shock horror).

In the fridge section there was a selection of Muller yoghurts, plain Greek yoghurt and pre made yoghurt berry pots which were delicious. Next to the yoghurt was an assortment of fruit; berries, grapefruit, Pineapple, watermelon which we put on top of our yoghurt.

The smoked salmon was also in the fridge and we nearly missed it the first time, but spotted it last minute and tucked in right away. Smoked salmon is an all time favourite so we always make sure we opt for that especially when in Jersey, the fish is always so fresh and tastes incredible. There were several cold meats and cheeses as well.

The cereal selection included; rice krispies, corn flakes, wearabix, museli, bran flakes and all bran so if you are hoping for coco pops then sadly you will be dissapointed. You can order porridge as well from one of the waitresses or waiters.

The cooked breakfast had everything you would expect including: bacon, sausage, black pudding, hash browns, cooked tomatoes, mushrooms, scrambled eggs, fried eggs and poached eggs could be ordered.

Overall we would definitely rate the breakfast, it was delicious and set us up for the day ahead!

Pumpkin Protein Pancakes

We were recently browsing the isles of  homesense (which is something we do on a regular basis) and came across the Halloween isle, of course we had to stop and take a look. As we were looking we came across a pumpkin cookie cutter and imediatly thought we could make some pumpkin pancakes using it. The cutter was super cheap it only cost us £1.99.

So that is exactly what we did one Saturday morning after the gym, we came home mixed up a batter and got flipping. The cutter was fairly big so we had to make sure we made the pancakes fairly big, we didnt cut them into shape until they were cooked.

We decided to make protien pancakes this time and added some Wheybox toffee protein to add some flavour. You can make them with any flavour protein we have used vanilla & white chocolate in the past and they both taste fab.

For toppings we decided to go for stewed cinnamon apples and some cinnamon cream cheese which tasted bloomin fantastic.

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You can find the ingredients we used for the pancakes below (we made 3 extra large pancakes. its really simple add all the ingredients into a mixing bowl and whisk until combined. Melt some butter or coconut oil in a hot pan, add a ladle of mixture and allow the pancake to cook on one side before flipping (you should see bubbles appear). Enjoy with whatever toppings you choose!

Ingedients
50g Oats Blended
1 Egg
1tsp Baking Powder
1 Scoop Protein Powder
100ml Almond Milk

Toppings
Stewed Apples with Cinnamon
Cream Cheese with Cinnamon

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Energy Balls

Pumpkin chocolate chip energy balls anyone? YES PLEASE!

These literally take about 10 minutes to make, they contain 5 ingredients that you are likely to have in your cupboard this time of year. If you are unsure on where to get pumpkin puree (UK Folk) we found it in the world food isle of tesco.

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This makes about 16 energy balls that you can either keep in the fridge or freeze them to enjoy in the future. Don’t you just love it when you fancy something sweet and then remember you have something tucked away in the freezer.

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Ingredients
250g Oats
100g Pumpkin Puree
100g Peanut Butter
150g Maple Syrup
100g Dark Chocolate Chips

Method
Line a baking tray with parchement paper
Combine all ingredients together in a large mixing bowl and stir until mixed through (you may find you need to use your hands)
Roll into balls
Place on the lined baking tray
Place in the frige for an hour
Store in an airtight container and keep them refregirated for up to a week (if they last that long).

Plum Crumble Baked Porridge

Autumn is definitely on its way and the colder mornings have left us wanting a warm bowl of porridge. We are definitely missing the summer but we are enjoying not getting the porridge sweats in the morning, if you know you know!

At the weekends we always enjoy tucking into a scrumptious bowl of baked porridge experimenting with lots of different ingredients. This time we decided to go for a plum crumble baked porridge which was absolutely delicious and probably one of our favourite ones yet!

Let us know if you decide to make this bowl of goodness because trust us it will leave you wanting to go back for more, who doesn’t love eating something that tastes like dessert for breakfast?

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Ingredients
40g porridge oats
1 or 2 plums depending on the size
50ml Almond milk (or any milk of your choice)
1tsp peanut butter

Method
Pre heat the oven to 180oc
Destone the plum and chop into small slices
In a small mixing bowl add in all the ingredients and stir until well combined
Pour the mixture into a ramakin dish
Bake in the oven for 25-30 minutes making sure the top is golden brown
Enjoy with a cup of coffee or tea

Cherry Bakewell Baked Porridge

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We recently we visited Bakewell and it inspired us to make some cherry bakewell baked porridge. If you have never heard of Bakewell it is 18 miles from Sheffield in the Peak District. Bakewell is a quaint little village full of cafe’s and bakeries that sell cherry bakewells (surprise surprise)!

Baked porridge is ridiculously easy to make and if you have never tried is before we suggest you do because it is SO delicious! the oats go all fluffy and cake like when put in the oven and its a perfect way to start your morning because who doesn’t want cake for breakfast?

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Ingredients
40g Oats
1/4 tsp baking powder
1.5tsp Almond butter
& Pitted cherries (we used frozen)
50ml almond milk
Small handful of flaked almonds

Method
Pre heat your oven to 180oc
Place your oats & baking powder into a mixing bowl and mix
Add the remaining ingredients and stir until ingredients are combined
Place your mixture into a heat proof ramekin dish
Sprinkle some flaked almonds on top
Place in the oven for 20 minutes
Enjoy!

Sticky toffee apple baked porridge

We have been experimenting a lot recently with our baked porridge so we opted for a sticky toffee apple baked porridge this time around. Sticking toffee pudding is a traditional pudding in the UK which we often reach for when choosing a pudding so we thought why not create our own healthy version that is suitable for breakfast.

Let us know if you decide to make it we love it when you recreate our recipes! Make sure you tag us in your photos on Twitter and Instagram!

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Ingredients for the porridge
50g porridge oats
1 small braeburn apple
1tsp cinnamon
1tsp Groung ginger
2 dates chopped
2tsp ground almonds
1tsp baking powder
50ml Almond milk

Ingredients for the topping
4 dates
20ml Almond milk
Left over apple cut into chunks
1tsp Cinnamon

Method
Pre heat the oven to 180oc
Finely grate the apple into a small mixing bowl but leave a small amount behind as you will need this for the topping
Add all the dry ingredints into the mixing bowl and stir until combined
Add the almond milk and stir
Place in the oven for 30 minutes until the oats are cooked
Whilst the oats are cooking place the chunks of apple and cinnamon into a sauncepan
Cook the apples on a low heat until soft
Place the dates and almond milk into a blender and blend until combine
Remove the oats from the oven and top with the apple chunks
Drizzle the toffee sauce on top