Sampling the Coteaux d’Aix-en-Provence Rosé on tap in All Bar One

We visited All Bar One last week at Picton Place just off of Bond Street. We visited to sample their Coteaux d’Aix-en-Provence Rose wine for a nice catch up, drink and some nibbles – what more could you want!

Who would have thought you could order wine on tap in a bar. Like normally it’s the lads ordering a beer on tap but now we can order wine on tap too and its never tasted so good.

We both ordered a medium glass of Provence Rose, It was served at the perfect temperature, nice and chilled just the way we like it! Warm wine is the worst and we really struggle to drink it but we didn’t have that problem here.

The wine was a very pale pink colour, a pretty blush pink that went really nicely with the copper work surfaces/tables at all bar one.

We were sat down chatting and both kept saying how delicious the wine was and how easy it was to drink. The summer feeling you got when drinking this wine was fabulous, we both imagined ourselves in France drinking a glass of it sat at a marina looking at yachts with a bowl of olives……. any guesses as to where exactly we pictured ourselves in France…… (let us know your guesses in the comments below!)

The fab thing about ordering wine on tap in our opinion is also how much quicker it takes to serve. No stress in finding the bottle, taking the lid or cork off and then pouring rather than just pulling a lever right on the bar!

In addition the good thing about all bar one is that you are never not close to one. In fact there are lots in London and 52 Around the UK!

All bar one also offer a lot of 2 for one offers so it’s a good place to take your friends to for a catch up or maybe that guy or girl you are dating….!

Timeout More Review

We have recently signed up to Timeout More which is a perks card that gives us things for free, sounds amazing right? We are absolutely loving all the perks so far and since signing up we always make sure we check Timeout More before booking a restaurant to see if we can pick up a perk!

Timeout More costs £29.99 for 12 months which is £2.50 a month which we think is 100% worth it and like they say that is less than a coffee! It’s definitely worth it if you are like us and enjoy eating out which we all know can be expensive in London.

There are so many perks available including: Que jump, free cocktails, secret dishes, menu upgrades, free starters and sides and the best thing of all is that you can use the offers when you want even in peak times.

It is really quick and easy to purchase the card all you need to do is sign up online, they will send you an activation code to your email and you are ready to go!

You can browse the offers available at the Time Out More browse page, each venue has its own listings page with details of the offers they have including any terms and conditions they have.

We visited The Real Greek this week and of course we made sure we checked Timeout More prior to booking a table to see if we were able to claim any perks and luckily we were!

We were both able to order a drink for free which was a bonus we went for a prosecco as we were not feeling the beer! The waiter was a little unsure as to what the Timeout More card was but he spoke to his manager and it was fine!

When you are ready to use the offer all you have to do is click the ‘Use Now’ button which will generate a unique offer code. This code will expire after 10 minutes if not used but don’t panic you can always create a new code by just clicking ‘Use Now’ again. Show your code to a member of the team and it really is as simple as that.

There was a £10 minimum spend per person that you had to spend before getting the free drink but we were there for dinner so this wasn’t a problem!

There are hundreds of restaurants that each offer a different perk including: Pizza Pilgrims, Frano Manca, The Real Greek, Where the Pancakes Are, Cote Brasserie, Tortilla, The Modern Pantry, Nonna’s Gelato, Palm Vaults and so many more! You can search by location, venue, cuisine, offer and price point.

If you spot a perk that you want to use but not right away then simply use the ‘Save for later’ button and a copy of the offer will be saved under ‘saved offers’ which is found under the ‘my accounts’ section of the website.

We cannot wait to start using our Timeout More perks card whenever we are out and about in London and we suggest you get yourself one as well!

Cocotte Rotisserie Review

Cocotte Rotisserie is a French farm to the table chicken rotisserie. They serve healthy and delicious homemade dishes from fresh. There are currently two restaurants the first one to open was the Notting Hill branch and recently they have just opened the Hoxton branch.

We visited Cocotte Rotisserie on a sunny Thursday evening. It was the perfect way to spend the evening catching up over delicious food and drink.

When we arrived at 7 o’clock it was very quiet but by the time we had left the place was full and there was such a nice atmosphere. As it was a mild evening we opted to sit outside (we prefer taking photos outside the lightening is always much better)! We sat in the little courtyard which was situated at the front of the restaurant. There was a heater as well which took the edge off and it was perfect.

Hoxton Square is lovely, despite being in quirky Shoreditch you feel like you’re in a different world. The architecture is so different around the square, a mixture of old and new around a leafy square.

The staff were so attentive and very friendly they served us tap water whilst we looked at the menu. We instantly took a fancy to the spritzers which all sounded amazing and cost £9. In the end Annie went for The Cocotte which was Belsazar rose, fresh grapefruit, sparkling wine and slim tonic water it was really refreshing! Rach opted for The Collins which was raspberries, belsazar rose, lime and sparking wine it was so tasty and was served with a strawberry on the side. The drinks came in large wine glasses with ice cubes and were very refreshing! We could have had quite a few!

We were very hungry so went straight for main but for starter there was a cheese plate, veggie basket and chicken wings.

As usual we opted to share so we could try a lot of the menu. We shared a whole chicken which was priced at £23 if you opt for a half chicken it is £13. The chicken at Cocotte is marinated for 24 hours and slow cooked on a low heat to ensure maximum flavour! We also order 2 sauces the first one being truffle mayo and the second was bbq. We were also given a pot of chicken gravy.

For sides we went for the ratatouille, truffle mac and cheese and the Nini’s salad and we decided to add feta to the salad as we both love it and noticed it was an option under the ‘pimp my salad’ section.

The food came nice and quick and we definitely opted for the perfect amount (in fact a whole chicken was probably a little too much)! There was so much chicken and it was so flavoursome, so much so that you didn’t necessarily need the dipping sauces!

The sides were amazing, the salad was incredible, so flavoursome and the dressing complimented the green beans and broccoli perfectly. The mac and cheese was so creamy and moreish. The ratatouille wasn’t with tomato as traditional ratatouille would be but it was still yummy!

For dessert we were torn but in the end went for the lemon tart and what we thought would be ice cream. However the ice cream was actually called mochi on the menu so we assumed it was just ice cream but it wasn’t! Since visiting we have done a bit of research and found out it is in fact a Japanese confection! Anyway this was the best surprise, it’s hard to describe but it was basically ice cream covered in some sort of jelly and they were shaped like balls, as the picture below shows.

You were able to pick 3 flavours for £6 so we decided to go for chocolate, strawberry cheesecake and green tea. These balls literally tasted as they were described and left us wanting more! We will definitely be returning to try the rest of the flavours!

The lemon tart was also a thing of beauty 👌🏼the lemon zesty flavours were delicious and they were incredible generous with the lemon filling and it was baked in a sweet pastry shell.

We loved the interior of the restaurant the white wooden tables made for the perfect Instagram shot YES! Inside the restaurant there was foliage draped down the walls which was super cute and very stylish.

We loved the gold, white and dark green colour theme they have chosen, again it is very stylish and trendy! I mean we are just a sucker for anything gold or marbled!

We loved the wallpaper in the toilets it was flamingo and sooo funky! There is just something about a good and pink bathroom we love!

All in all we had the best evening and would 100% recommend Cocotte Rotisserie! It perfect for catching up with friends or going on a date. We will definitely be retuning!

Spanish Sidra Avalon & Tapas @ Camino

We visited Camino a Tapas restaurant to try out their new Spanish Sidra Avalon which we were really excited about! When we go out for dinner we will most likely also have a nice alcoholic beverage with our meal too. We aren’t really fussy drinkers and will often drink something that compliments the food we have ordered.

Camino Kings Cross was hidden out of the way from the high street but close enough to the station if you wanted a pre train meal. We also commented it would be a great place to go for a date as it was the perfect atmosphere.

It was a beautiful day and the sun was shining and we were really craving a refreshing drink in the sunshine. The Spanish Sidra Avalon is on draught in the four incredible Camino venues across London.

Avalon is a refreshing, crisp Sidra with clean aromas of summer orchard and hints of applewood. A pale colour, the delicious ripple has a slow release of fine bubbles. It was delicious and wasn’t too heavy.

The nice thing about going out for tapas is that you get to try and eat a large range of dishes, this makes eating tapas much more exciting and means when with a group everyone will be happy. However with such a large selection of food how can you decide what to drink, however the good thing about this Spanish Sidra Avalon is that its super light and therefore will go with any food your order off the menu.

The staff at Camino were very polite and helpful when we asked them to recommend dishes that went well with the new Sidra Avalon.

There is literally so much choice on the menu and its split up in sections, fish & seafood, meat, nibbles, vegetarian etc so its easy to pick what you want. We went for jamon serrano, potatas bravas, iberico meatballs, chicken skewer and arzua ulloa. Basically we ordered in the same order, slices of serrano ham, potatoes covered in tomato sauce, meatballs, chicken skewers and fried cheese with chutney jam. We definitely ordered the perfect amount of food for the 2 of us and a good selection of meat and vegetables.

The food was served as and when it was cooked as all dishes are freshly prepared. Being typical bloggers who wanted to photograph the food we were waiting to tuck in as we wanted to photograph all the dishes together. The Waitress spotted that we were not eating the food and said she could bring us out fresh dishes if we wanted, it was not her fault and we didn’t want the food to go to waste so we declined the offer but it was lovely of her to offer.

There are 5 Camino Tapas restaurants in London; Kings Cross x2, Bankside, Monument and Shoreditch.

There was an outside seating area at the Kings Cross branch which we were very happy about as it was a beautiful day. We also spotted the bar garden around the back which was for drinks only and that was in the sunshine.

The Avalon draught is gluten free and has an ABB of 5.5%!

We had a fab afternoon and we will definitely be visiting Camino again and drinking Sidra Avalon!

Laughing At Bloggers

Kindest doesn’t cost a thing, so why are many people so unkind?

This is something we have wanted to write about for quite some time but have put it off as it isn’t the most positive of topics. But you know what we want to be real and with that sometimes comes a bit of negativity.

We both work full time during the week so the weekends are the only opportunity we get to create as much content as possible for our blog and Instagram.

Last Saturday we visited a coffee shop in Shoreditch and ordered our first iced coffee of the summer (exciting times), we stepped outside and decided to photograph our coffees, true blogger style of course!

We will set the scene; Rach was holding the coffee in the air as we wanted to get the shop sign in shot, when we noticed a group of friends pointing and laughing at us from inside the cafe. They were doing it in such a way that they actually wanted us to see, it was incredibly rude and made us feel really self-conscious. I asked one of them if they had a problem with what we were doing, to which one of them deliberately tried to get into shot trying to make it impossible for us to get a photograph without him in it. He was laughing hysterically covering his mouth and pretending to spit out his drink, did he not have anything better to do with his Saturday?

We eventually gave up and sat down on the outside seating area angry and upset with what had just happened, we were discussing the situation with one another when the girl sitting beside us who was also friends with this guy turned around and said ‘this is a public place’, we are not really too sure what she meant by this but surely with it being a public place your friend should have a bit of respect and shouldn’t be so rude?  Would he find it funny if we turned up to his job and started laughing at his work?

We don’t mind if people want to laugh about what we do but when you are deliberately being so unkind about us in front of our faces it’s just not very nice at all. We felt like we were back in the school playground and felt so awkward with the situation we had to leave. We wouldn’t have the audacity to be so cruel to someone, how do these people live a life like that? We would feel awful for being so unkind.

This isn’t the first time it has happened either, if happens every single weekend without a shadow of a doubt we will have at least one person point and laugh, sometimes we ignore it, sometimes we wave at them to which they usually look incredibly embarrassed and run away and other times it really gets us down.

We can’t be the only ones this happens to? When are people going to realise that it’s not that weird being a blogger? Especially not in London!

Is The Cost Of London Living Getting A Big Too Much? You Do Have Options!

There’s a whole lot to love about living in London. We have always lived close to London growing up and it was only ever a tube ride away and as Rach got older she decided to make the move to the big city. London city is so alive and diverse that no matter what you’re into or what you’re looking for you can usually find it only a tube ride away.

While there are many cities across the UK that are amazing and we love visiting the Big Smoke really does have it all. Are you a foodie? Don’t worry, London has you covered. Wine fanatic? London has some of the classiest and coolest wine bars anywhere in the world! Into art? You can’t throw a rock in the capital without hitting a gallery packed full of exquisite and challenging works. And theatre? There are so many incredible shows that you will have to see!

While there are certainly cheaper places in the country to live most Londoners (including us) consider the high rent and cost of living completely worth it.

Don’t get us wrong some months can be a struggle and it can be hard working out finances but there is no need to stress though as there are things you can do about these worries.

We have always been fairly good at saving money, but there are also times when you would rather not spend your savings on say your broken down car. When something like this happens it’s important to know that there are places that can help you!

There are many options available to you, but knowing the right one to suit your needs can make the difference between resolving your problem or digging yourself deeper and deeper into an avalanche of debt which of course we don’t want!

Credit cards aren’t always a bad thing and in actual fact they can work in you favour when further down the line you are looking to get a mortgage. Be sensible and remember to pay off your credit card before you start paying interest.

Credit cards- These can be helpful, and many come with attractive 0% interest rates for an introductory period. Just make sure that you pay off your debt within this window or the interest rates could spike rather quickly.

Secured loans- Secured loans are ideal for those who are lucky enough to own their own property and may not have the best credit rating. Just make sure you look for a lender who gives you an APR and monthly repayments that are manageable for your circumstances.

It is perfectly possible to live on just £40 a day in London inclusive of rent, bills and living expenses. It may just mean you have to keep an eye on your spending. Do you really need to buy a coffee every morning? Could you take a pack lunch to work? Could you save yourself some money by walking part of the way to work?

That’s not to say that you should become a recluse because what fun would that be? And what would be the point of living in London if you’re not going to do any living.

Pizza Pick Up Review

Pizza Pick Up is an authentic Italian wood fired Pizza Restaurant located at the North End of Peckham Rye just a short walk from Peckham Rye tube station.

Upon arrival we were greeted by the owner Nic who told us about the history of the company and how it originally started as a street food unit serving pizza from the back of a 1961 Volkswagen Splitscreen which we thought was so cool.

Nic has an incredible amount of passion for his restaurant, you can tell he absolutely loves what he does and this completely shines through when he is serving customers. He is in his element and you can tell he just wants to make sure everyone has the best time whilst eating great food.

The real marble tables at Pizza Pickup are any bloggers dream and so was the natural lighting that was shining in through the windows.

The menu had so much choice and it all sounded delicious! We were stuck with what to choose so we asked Nic for his recommendations.

We each had a Bellini to drink, Rach opted for the strawberry Bellini and Annie had the Peach one. Both were delicious and were just the correct right amount of sweetness.

For starter we had a basket of Focaccia which if you don’t know is wood fired Roman flatbread. It was cooked to perfection and went well with the second starter we were recommended to pick which was the Bufalo Crudo.

The Bufalo Crudo was Mozzarella, prosciutto ham and rocket salad. The portion size was incredibly generous as you are served an entire ball of Mozzarella. The Mozzarella was soft and creamy on the inside and as we mentioned above it tasted delicious with our Foccacia.

For main we had three pizzas, yes three and we managed to eat all but one slice (we are not joking)- we certainly don’t order food only to take a photo of it.

Our first pizza of choice was a margarita because let’s be honest you cannot go to a pizza restaurant and not try its margarita pizza. It didn’t disappoint and the tomato to cheese ratio was perfect.

We also went for a pepperoni pizza because if you cannot tell by the t-shirts we are wearing in our photos this is a firm favourite of ours. Pizza Pickup were generous with the amount of pepperoni and the pizza was cooked to perfection.

The third was a Quattro Stagioni which was tomato, mozzarella, beretta ham, artichokes, mushrooms and black olives- a test to know whether or not a pizza passes the test of being a good pizza involves picking the pizza slice up an trying to eat it without any toppings falling off, this one past the test with flying colours and it was packed with toppings! This pizza was packed with veggies and we especially liked the artichokes as it isn’t something we usually opt for on a pizza, so it was great to try something new.

For dessert Annie is Nutella obsessed so she went for the Pizza Cioccolato Nutella & Sea Salt which was essentially a Nutella Pizza (The dough was slightly softer than a normal pizza). Oh my it was SO unbelievably delicious and just thinking about it as we write this post is making us want it all over again.

Rachel opted for The Tiramisu as it was Nic’s grandmas recipe so we couldn’t really say no. It wasn’t like your traditional Tiramisu as it wasn’t swimming in sauce, but Nic actually informed us the English make it wrong and it is intact supposed to be slightly dr. Nevertheless it was absolutely delicious and we would definitely recommend if you are a coffee lover.

As you know a Two Brits review wouldn’t be complete without a toilet review! The toilet was situated at the back of the restaurant, it was clean and we just have to mention the beautiful sink they have had fitted- it is the sink of dreams.

There is also outside seating area which was perfect as it was a beautiful sunny afternoon. We made sure to make the most of it whilst we were waiting for our food to arrive and had our Bellini’s outside looking out onto the green.

We always love trying independent restaurants and Pizza Pick Up did not disappoint. The food was delicious, the service was impeccable and it was just all round an amazing meal.

By the time we left at 6pm the restaurant was buzzing and the atmosphere was alive. Pizza Pick Up was everything we expected it to be and better. A pure delight to have spent our afternoon in this little gem of a restaurant.

Pizza Pick Up are available for private events including weddings & parties. How incredible would it be to have pizza served at your wedding!

London Bucket List

Sometimes its just nice to write things down, we feel that when we write things down we will actually do it, so we have decided to write our London bucket list. Despite living in London, we sometimes feel that we take it for granted and do not appreciate the amazing city we live in. There are so many things we want to do in London and by writing them down, hopefully we will one day we will be able to tick all things off the bucket list. We apologise its a very random list!

We also have a long long list on the notes section on our phones (we have become addicted/reliant on our notes!) of places we want to brunch, but we won’t share that one with you as it will ruin our Brunch Series posts.

Let us know if you would recommend these places, or what we should add to the list!

1) Climb over the O2 – we have wanted to do this for ages and ages so will definitely be climbing over this iconic building soon

2) Dalloway Terrrace – this place looks like bloggers paradise and the food also looks divine. Check out their Instagram and you’ll want to visit too!

3) Madison – based at St Pauls with views on London we really want to go here for a drink or two

4) Run the London Marathon – now this is probably our most crazy idea on the list, but its something we have always wanted to do. We enter the ballot every year with no luck, but hopefully one day we will get the chance to run the marathon.

5) Sky Garden – this is free to visit with beautiful views on London. Crazy that we haven’t been yet, maybe Christmas will be a magical time to go.

6) Bottomless Brunch – we aren’t really fussy as to where to go for this, but we have never attended a bottomless brunch so this is a MUST DO!

7) Ministry of Fitness Class – as if you can go to Ministry of Sound for a fitness class. How amazing would the atmosphere and workout tunes be!

8) Swim in the Serpentine – so they use the Serpentine in Hyde Park for triathlons but you can also pay to swim in a small section of it yourself. Its only £4.20 for adults, and although does look quite disgusting, it would be something very different to do!

9) Afternoon Tea Bus Tour – b bakery offer the opportunity to sit on a London Bus that takes you on a tour of London whilst eating afternoon tea, how amazing does that sound! The same company also offer a gin lovers tour, we could be tempted!

10) Watch the sunset from Primrose Hill – we love Primrose Hill and its so easy to get to from Baker Street. A lovely walk through Regents Park, past ZSL London Zoo and up the hill and boom, the most stunning view of London.

11) Go for a run through Richmond Park – we love Richmond Park, and once went on a walk through the park to see the deer, we really want to run through the park.

12) Go to Protein Haus for a smoothie – we have followed these on Instagram for a while now and keep meaning to head to Canary Wharf to try one.

We know we shall be adding to this list as the months/year/blog goes on!

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