Brunch Review: Flight Club

I have never heard of Flight Club but when I mentioned I was going here to other people everyone seemed to know what I was talking about and all said it was really good.
Flight Club is a bar in Shoreditch and is renowned for having a number of dart boards to play darts whilst drinking.

It was a friends birthday and she had hired out an area for 2 hours which included playing darts, unlimited pizza and unlimited prosecco.

We arrived and it was a bit like going bowling you enter your name on a computer, and also take a (ugly!) picture of yourself. The computer then generates rounds and who is going to play. There are a number of different rounds and games to play varying from straight forward darts, playing in pairs or having to hit a specific target for more points.

Whilst you are playing the hostesses walk around with wooden boards of pizza that you can help yourself too. As I have a weird diet myself and a couple of others opted for gluten free pizzas so they brought us 2 pizzas of our choice to share, which were delicious!

There were also buckets filled with bottles of prosecco and jugs of orange juice too for those who wanted to make mimosas.

We all were having fun playing darts and after one hour the games ended and we were told to move to another table by the bar. Apparently in the small print when booking you only have the darts for an hour but the food and drink for 2 hours. We thought this was very cheeky, so we complained and in the end were given 3 more bottles of prosecco.

Despite this we all took advantage of the free drinks and we even ordered 2 more gluten free pizzas!!

For a celebration this is such a great idea and something different to do, and we would highly recommend it. The place is very good and there are lots of booths to be hired out, and the pizza is delicious!!

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Coffee & Maple Walnut Banana Loaf

As you have probably already guess by now we absolutely LOVE banana loaf. We make it ALL the time whenever we have some left over bananas that need to be used up. Our recipe is so simple and takes no time at all! In fact we made the one below before work one morning that’s how quick and easy it is.

We would suggest enjoying a slice when it is warm and freshly baked because it just tastes unreal!

When littles emailed us to ask if we we would like to take part in national bake week using their coffee we jumped at the chance! Our flavour of choice was the maple walnut coffee and we instantly new it would taste amazing in our refined sugar free banana loaf (original recipe available here).

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Ingredients
1 1/5 Ripe Bananas (you will use the other half for the topping)
200G Oat Flour (we just blend oats that we already have in the cupboard)
8g Chopped Walnuts
1 tsp Baking Powder
100ml Milk of your choice we went for Almond
3tsp Little’s Maple Walnut Coffee mixed with 20ml water
1tbsp Coconut Sugar

Topping Ingredients
5g Oats
1/2 Banana
1tbsp Coconut Sugar
5 Finely Chopped Walnuts

Method
Pre heat your oven to 180oc
Line your loaf tin and grease with melted coconut oil or butter
Add 20ml boiling water to the coffee granules in a mug or measuring jug
Blend the oats until they are fine and resemble flour
Chop one of the bananas in half length ways and set one half aside
Mash the 1 1/5 remaining bananas in a mixing bowl
Add the oat flour, baking powder & walnuts
Once combined pour in the milk and stir well
Add the coffee mixture and continue to stir until combined
Pour the mixture into the loaf tin
Cut the remaining half of the banana length ways and place on top of the mixture
Sprinkle the handful oats, chopped walnuts and coconut sugar on top
Bake the banana loaf for 30 minutes until cooked through
When cooked let cool and enjoy with a Little’s coffee

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Pumpkin & Rosemary Muffins

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We always see so many sweet pumpkin recipes that we decided to experiment and make some savoury muffin. We have never made savoury muffins before so we were really looking forward to making these.

We imagined savoury muffins to be quite bread like, but when we took them out the oven and tasted them we immediately thought of yorkshire puddings. the texture was similar but thinking about it the ingredients we used are very similar to yorkshire puddings and not bread.

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Ingredients
350g Pumpkin
200g Self raising flour
150g wholemeal flour
1tsp baking powder
pinch salt
3 sprigs of rosemary finley chopped
1/2tsp paprika
Sprinkle of Thyme
2 large eggs
100ml plain yoghurt
250ml milk
50ml vegetable oil
1.5tbsp honey
50g Pumpkin seeds

Method
preheat your oven to 180oc
Lightly oil a muffin tray and line with baking paper or muffin cases
Chop your pumpkin into small cubes
Place the chopped pumpkin onto a baking tray
Roast the Pumpkin in the oven for 10-15 minutes until soft (keep an eye on it)
Sieve the self raising flour, wholemeal flour & Baking powder into a large mixing bowl. Keep the wholemeal flour that is left behind in the sieve.
Add in the pinch of salt
In a separate mixing bowl beat the eggs
Add the milk, cream, vegetable oil & honey and stir well until combined
Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and fold
Stir in the cooked pumpkin
Spoon the mixture into the cases
Sprinkle the top of each muffin with pumpkin seeds & the wholemeal you reserved earlier
Place in the oven for 20-25 minutes
Insert a skewer into one of the muffins and make sure it comes out clean before removing from the oven.

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Ole & Steen

Oh my gosh we have found the most amazing cafe/bakery that we HAD to share it with you! Ole & Steen is a Danish bakery and can be found in, Richmond, Canary Wharf and St James Market. We stumbled across this place on Richmond High Street, the queue was overflowing outside and this is what drew us in (we wanted to know what all the fuss was about).

The cool thing about this place is the ordering system, as soon as you enter there a little stand where you take a ticket with a number, this is then your number to be served. You then order at the counter and can either eat in or take away.

 

The choice and variety is amazing that we wanted to buy everything. As it was lunch we both had a toastie made with brie, bacon and avocado. This however wasn’t a normal toastie, this was made with a foccacia and tasted incredible.

There are many other things to choose from including open sandwiches, salads and baguettes. There is also so many different types of bread from rye bread to different flavoured foccacia.

To top it off the sweet selection is unreal, with a variety of sweet buns, tarts, pies and croissants. The raspberry slice was incredible, basically shortbread biscuit sandwiched together with raspberry jam & icing and topped with dried raspberries, we are drooling thinking about it now!

You can of course order drinks too including tea, coffee and soft drinks.

 

Watch this space as they are opening one in Victoria soon.

Interview with Kiht

Kiht is a brand new soon to be launching womens activewear brand that promotes body positivity and a healthy lifestyle (everything we look for in a brand). Danielle is the founder of Kiht, she has been a designer for over 10 years. At the beggining of the year she decided to take a leap and turn her dreams into a reality.

We wish Danielle all the luck in the world with her launch of Kiht, it will be fabulous and we cannot wait to see the collection!

After talking to Lauren via email we were so chuffed when she asked us if we would like to take part in an interview for her blog. We absolutely loved the questions Lauren asked us and we really enjoyed answering them.

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Guys, we love your blog and profiles you guys look like you have so much fun together, but tell us more about yourselves and how you both met?
Awww thank you so much, we really are two crazy best friends who love having fun and we are always laughing!

We met at school, well actually sixth form as Rach joined the school that Annie was already attending. We got chatting in food technology class and then realised we both had free periods on a Monday afternoon so started taking the train home together and our friendship just blossomed.
Annie works for a mental health company training staff on IT systems and Rach works at Disney head office.

How do you guys fit in working and blogging together? and also how do you find the drive to keep at it when you both have a lot of commitments? 
When we are not working at our day jobs we spend the rest of the time blogging. 95% of our weekends have something blog related going on and it’s very rare we ever stop working on our blog. We have a to do list that just seems to grow which is great but it can also become very overwhelming. We are lucky we have each other to talk to and discuss what our priorities are for that week, communication is so important when you are blogging as a pair.

We come home from work only to start work all over again, this time doing something we are so unbelievably passionate about. Seeing our blog grow is enough to keep us motivated even if there are lots of early morning and late nights involved (the coffee keeps us going).We find it so important not to stress when our blog has to take a back seat, although it is the last thing we want sometimes it has too.

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What inspired you both to start the blog?
We first decided to make an Instagram account to share our crazy and fun lives. We didn’t really update it much just posting random posts. We also made our blog on WordPress but again didn’t post much. However, after attending a blogging event we decided to take our blog seriously and realised we could do so much more on it. We bought our domain and started Instagramming and posting more regularly. Our blog has just grown from there.

Why did you name it two brits? 
We were originally called Three Brits, because at the beginning it was us 3 best friends that decided to start the Instagram account. However, our third brit (friend) didn’t contribute much and didn’t enjoy it as much as us and therefore after much deliberation we took the plunge and changed our name to Two Brits – there are 2 of us and we live in Britain.

What do you hope to achieve with your blog?
The dream, of course, is to be able to blog full time, however, we have an awful long way to go before we can both pack in our jobs and just focus on Two Brits.

How did you both get into health and fitness? 
Rach got into fitness at University where she had a free personal trainer for a year. She then kept it up once graduated and still uses all the exercises her PT taught her.
Annie got into fitness after returning home from University and in the world of work. She didn’t like the fact that she was sitting at a desk every day so decided to sign up to the gym.

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What are your favourite ways of keeping fit?
This may sound crazy but we LOVE walking, whenever we are together we walk and we walk and we walk. When we are in London we rarely take the train and choose to walk to places instead. When we were on holiday in Paris we literally walked everywhere. We love being outside in the fresh air and catching up and planning blog ideas on a long walk.
We also both love running, we love the feeling after completing a long run and having the wind in your hair.

Do you have a top fitness tip for anyone out there looking to get into fitness?
We believe that any exercise is valuable, even if its just going for a short walk it all counts. As per the above, we love walking and for anyone looking to get into fitness, walking is the best place to start. Find a buddy or go on your own and get out into the open and walk. We also recommend getting a Fitbit or similar and try and do your 10,000 steps a day.

What is the best thing you guys have done this year?
We have both ran half marathons this year. Although we both ran different races it was a wonderful experience for us both and we are looking to enter another one together soon.

What makes you guys both feeling amazing and confident as women?
We love being women and are so proud to be women. We believe in each other and by supporting each other it makes us confident in most of the things we do.

What is this biggest thing you have learned on your journey so far?
We have learned to be ourselves and not to care what other people think. Our friends take the mickey out of our blog and often don’t say very nice things about it, but we have learned not to let other people’s silly opinions bother us and to keep being the fun best friends that we are, doing something we love and that makes us happy!

Do you have any tips for anyone who thinking about starting a blog?
Our tip would firstly be to just DO IT! You have nothing to lose and it’s all free. We would also say don’t start too big. When we first had our blog we only had our Instagram and blog itself. Once we had got to grips with those platforms then we made a twitter, YouTube etc. Start with Instagram and the blog first so that you don’t get overwhelmed.

Guys thanks so much for answering all our questions, is there anything else you’d like to add??
Thank you so much for giving us the opportunity to be interviewed, we have loved these questions so much!

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Vegan Week

Myself and some work colleagues decided to try being vegan for a week, we didn’t really have any reason to just we wanted to try and and also try the challenge. We spent the week before discussing what we could and couldn’t eat and much to my surprise the girls didn’t realise you couldn’t eat eggs! We then realised how daunting this challenge was and how hard it was going to be.

However we were actually surprised at how much we loved it! Okay we were a tad jealous when it was someones birthday at work and couldn’t tuck into the birthday cake and Percy Pigs. However we did try my vegan sweet potato brownies which I was surprised the girls actually liked and so did I!

Breakfast was the easiest part for me because I didn’t have to change what I normally have as I alwasy have porridge with banana and chocolate (I really need to mix it up!)

However I decided to keep a vegan diary for the week, kinda like what I eat in a day, but for the whole week!

Day 1 – Monday

Breakfast: porridge made with almond milk topped with dark chocolate and slices of bananas and an iced coffee made with almond milk

Lunch: Gym box from Pod

Snack: Vegan brownie and grapes

Dinner: Chickpea and sweet potato curry with rice, poppadoms and mango chutney (the mini poppadoms from Sainsbury’s are vegan and so is Sainsbury’s mango chutney)

Day 2 – Tuesday

Breakfast: porridge made with almond milk topped with dark chocolate and slices of bananas

Lunch: Homemade hummous and crackers

Snack: Grapes and some dry cheerios

Dinner: Jacket Potato and baked beans

Snack: Green smoothie made with pineapple, cuccumber, spinach

Day 3 – Wednesday

Breakfast: porridge made with almond milk topped with dark chocolate and slices of bananas

Lunch: Homemade hummous and crackers

Snack: Raspberries

Dinner: Leftover Chickpea and sweet potato curry with rice, poppadoms and mango chutney

Day 4 – Thursday

Breakfast: porridge made with almond milk topped with dark chocolate and slices of bananas and an iced coffee made with almond milk

Lunch: Beans on toast (Warburtons gluten free white bread) and Heinz beans

Dinner: Bean stew served with rice – I bought the mixed beans in chilli sauce from Sainsbury’s, added tinned tomatoes and a veggie stock cube and some peppers and made a yummy stew, all served with brown rice.

Day 5 – Friday

Breakfast: Cheerios

Lunch: Smashed avocado and chilli on gluten free toast

Dinner: Lentil bolognaise – I got this recipe from a cookbook and made a bolognaise with lentils served with gluten free pasta

I loved trying to be vegan for a week and loved the challenge of it. I have actually since completed vegan week made a couple of vegan dinners to enjoy. Any recipe suggestions for other vegan meals to enjoy please leave a comment or a link to your blog!

Lapasa Activewear

Lapasa is a yoga and underwear company from Canada that are based in Hong Kong. They are currently selling their products on Amazon and their biggest market is in the US. They are in the process of penetrating the UK market and want to work in cooperation with U.K. Bloggers.

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When we were contacted by Lapasa about their activewear we immediately said yes. We love finding new gym brands that we can wear to the gym and share with our followers and it’s even better when they are SO affordable.

Let’s be honest some activewear can be ridiculously expensive and the saying ‘you get what you pay for’ is usually true when it comes to activewear. It can become quite pricey especially if you are an avid gym goers who needs new leggings almost every day OR if you just really enjoy lounging around in activewear because we do this 99.9% of the time. Well we have some good news for you, when we looked at the price tags for Lapasa we noticed everything was priced at such good value we were shocked.

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We opted for the leggings in burgundy and eagerly waited for them to arrive. We didn’t have to wait long at all they arrived two days later.

When they arrived we immediately fell in love with the packaging. They came in a beautiful white box that showed off a small snippet of the leggings. We think the packing of products is so important and you can tell when a brand has spent a bit of money on their packaging. Cheap packaging devalues the product and makes opening the product less of an experience. Lapasa have definitely got their packaging right and this is something we will definitely remember about the brand every time we place an order.

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We immediately tried the leggings on and straight away we both fell in love. They were so ridiculously soft and fit perfectly, we didn’t ever want to take them off.

We always opt for high waisted leggings, we prefer the fit as they are way more flattering and generally a lot comfier. We do sometimes slightly panic or worry when ordering online as to whether leggings are high waisted or not but to our surprise they were which made us love them even more. Rach doesn’t always love the thick waist band but she has made an exception on these leggings.

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We ordered a size 6-8 and they are the perfect fit. We are both quite short (okay not quite very) and the length on these leggings is perfect. We sometimes find we get a lot of extra material either on the legs or the waist band but this was not the case with these.

We are definitely going to be ordering more leggings and sports bras and you can as well using out 10% off discount code which is ‘TWOBRITS’. All you have to do is enter this discount code at check out and it will deduct it off your total. You can find the Lapasa range here.

We will be receiving 15% commissions off all products sold using our discount code, but we honestly wouldn’t share something with you if we didnt think highly of it 🙂

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Let us know how you find there products as we would love to know!

Pumpkin Pie

Last year we saw so many posts about pumpkin pie (thanks American friends) it got us intrigued to see what all the fuss was about so of course we had to make one. Many of the recipes stated that you had to use pumpkin puree so we knew right away we would be making a trip to the world foods isle in the supermarket.

Thankfully we managed to find some pumpkin puree in the American section of the world foods isle (we did buy it back in September as we didn’t want to risk them selling out). So after researching lots of different recipes we decided to re-create our own using lots of tips and tricks we had found along the way.

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Now we didn’t really know what to expect from our pumpkin pie but we were so excited to try the first bite to see if it was delicious or repulsive. We were pleasantly surprised with how delicious it tasted however we must say it is incredibly sweet so after one slice you have had more than enough which is probably a good thing!

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Ingredients
1 tin pumpkin puree
1 tin condensed milk
2 eggs
150g coconut or brown sugar
500g Shortcrust pastry homemade or shop brought

Method
Pre heat the oven to 180oc
We were lazy this time and decided to shop buy the pastry but you can always Find an easy to follow pastry recipe online if you want to make it yourself
Roll out the pastry using a rolling pin
Place the pastry into the baking tin
Line with parchment paper and fill with baking beans
Bake in the oven for 15 minutes
Remove the parchment paper and bake for a further 10 minutes
Remove from the oven and set aside
Pour the pumpkin puree into a large mixing bowl
Add the condensed milk and stir until combined
whisk the eggs in a separate bowl and then add them to the mixture
Pour the mixture into the pastry
Cut out leaf shapes with the pastry scraps and place them on top of the pie
Place in the oven and cook for 35 minutes

Brunch Review: Caravan

Caravan is situated just a short walk away from the station in the kings cross Partnership Development. We walked from Baker Street as it was only a 30 minute walk but had to walk through kings cross station to get to Caravan.

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We visited Caravan one Sunday on a beautiful sunny day, we arrived at 11AM and headed inside to ask for a table, we opted to sit outside because of the lovely weather and were told it was a 30 minute wait which was fine by us we were not in a rush anyway.

We headed to the bar to order a drink while we waited to be seated. We had only been waiting for 10 minutes when the waitress came over and told us our table was ready- amazing.

The bar area was pretty cool it wasn’t in the middle of the restaurant but it also wasn’t situated at the back so you could walk the entire way around the bar and order from both sides which was quite cool.

The toilets were communal at Caravan, there were separate cubicles for males and females but the rest was communal. We have started to see this more and more in London so maybe it will become the norm soon.

The inside is rather dining room like (this definitely isn’t a bad thing we love it), there are long communal tables which immediately reminded us of being back at school. The high ceilings and pipes that are on display gives Caravan an industrial look which gives it a slightly edgy vibe.

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The atmosphere inside was energetic and lively it looked like everyone was having the best time whilst potentially recovering from the night before with great food in a vibrant establishment. If we were not able to get a seat outside then we would have been more than happy to sit inside on the long communal tables.

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It was so lovely being able to sit outside in September (especially as it had been so cold the week before), but we soon noticed that it wasn’t so great for taking photos (dam shadows), we actually ended up putting our food on the floor in the shade to get a decent photo of our food oh the things we do for a good Instagram shot.

Annie ordered the Banana, Date, Tamarind, Cocoa Nib, Almond Milk smoothie it was very sweet and almost tasted quite artificial. Rach went for the Cucumber, Apple, Parsley, Spinach which was quite watery and sadly was no where near as good as her homemade green juices.

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If we are completely honest we didn’t love the juices we both didn’t enjoy them as much as we had hoped and didn’t end up finishing them either. They cost £4.50 so below average for a juice or smoothie in London but if we were to return to Caravan we would definitely opt for an iced coffee instead.

For food Annie ordered the Chapel and swan smoked salmon, soft scrambled egg on grain toast which was absolutely incredible. They were very generous with the portions and it kept me full for the rest of the day which is always a bonus. This dish cost £9 which is actually very good value for London considering it had smoked salmon on it.

Rach ordered the Avacado, Chilli, Lemon & olive oil on sourdough bread but she also added a side of bacon which was undeniably delicious and they were very generous and gave three thick slices of bacon. The dish cost £7 and the bacon was an additional £4 so again it was only £11.

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Over all we were really impressed with Caravan and we loved the relaxed and quirky vibes. We would definitely recommend a visit, there is so much more on the menu that we need to try so we are sure we will be back again soon.

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!