Flipside Restaurant Review

Flipside is a 100% plant based restaurant that offers a wide selection of food from healthy salads to meat like burgers. Flipside freshly prepares the sandwiches and salad bowls every morning meaning customers can just grab & go.

Flipside is located just a 5-10 minute walk from Farringdon station, so it’s really convenient if you live or work in the city. They are also a cashless restaurant making them super speedy, you can use the self service iPads or you can go to the counter to place your order.

We arrived at Flipside at around 6pm on a Friday evening. We always try and arrive quite early in the hope that the restaurant will be empty. We were in luck which meant we could take our photos without anyone else in the background. We are glad we did arrive early because by the time we were finished Flipside was starting to fill up.

There is a lot to choose from on the menu we were so stuck on what to order. We have never tried meat like burgers before so we knew straight away that we had to order a couple of those! We went for the Flipside Quarter Pounder and Beyond Burger, the burgers were served with chips which were cooked to perfection, we loved them!

We absolutely loved the burgers they were so delicious and if we didn’t know they were plant based we probably wouldn’t have been able to guess.

We also ordered a couple of the Super Bowls to try, we ordered the Naked Cali which consisted of lots of rice, beans, salsa and tortilla chips it was really delicious and definitely one of their healthier options. We also ordered the Red & Greens which was so delicious we especially liked the chargrilled broccoli and skillet Brussels they were so tasty.

We definitely had a feast this evening, everything looked so good we couldn’t not try. We also ordered the nachos which were amazing and so tasty. The vegan cheese on top was really tasty and again we wouldn’t have known these were plant based, they were also very generous with the portion size. We would 100% recommend ordering the nachos when you visit as you won’t be disappointed.

For sides we were really intrigued by the sticky & crisply rashers so we knew we had to order those. I absolutely loved them, they didn’t taste like bacon at all like we thought maybe they would but they were really delicious! They had a different texture to bacon as well as they were quite chewy- definitely worth a try though.

We really loved that all of the drinks in the fridge were totally plastic free and 100% plant based. We both opted for a small bottle of Prosecco each (it was Friday after all).

We really enjoyed how convenient Flipside is, if you want a glass of water you can just help yourself, which is great if like us you drink a lot of water at dinner.

There was a small selection of cakes and cookies at the till points. We had our eye on the sticky toffee pudding that we had spotted on the menu but sadly that didn’t have any, not that we needed anymore to eat anyway!

The staff were so friendly at Flipside and welcomed us with open arms. If you are looking to enjoy a plant based feast then Flipside is the restaurant for you, we will definitely be returning soon.

Maison Talbooth Breakfast

Breakfast as you well know if our favourite meal of the day! We always get so excited for a hotel breakfast, it’s always such a treat. We are definitely those people who think going to sleep is just a countdown to breakfast.

The breakfast at Maison Talbooth was from 7:00-9:30am, we were so busy taking photos that we lost track of time and almost missed it that would have been a disaster.

Breakfast is served in The Garden which is located just off of the main lounge. The Garden Room has beautiful views of the garden, we were super lucky with the weather it was cold and so frosty.

We ordered a couple of pots of coffee which were fabulous and really warmed us up after being outside in the freezing cold all morning!

To start with we tried some of Maison Talbooth in-house granola and muesli and we can report that is was delicious, There was a mixture of dried fruit and lots of chopped nuts which gave it so much flavour. We would 100% buy it from the shops!

Rach tried the mini yoghurt and fruit compote that was served in a mini jar and had a sprinkling of granola on top. This was also delicious and the perfect start to our feast.

There was a selection of fresh pastries, croissants and bread, which we did of course try (I mean you kind of have to when you are writing a review right?) In fact we didn’t just try the fresh bread we basically finished it off Whoops!

There was a menu to choose hot food from with so so much choice that we found it really hard to pick!

Annie opted for the smoked salmon and scrambled eggs which was so delicious! They were so generous and I actually couldn’t finish it… shocker!

Rach was an annoying customer, but the lovely staff did not mind at all! As Rach doesn’t like eggs she went for the chilli avocado on toast with smoked salmon, it would so tasty I would definitely recommend!

As you can probably already tell we absolutely LOVED the breakfast at Maison Talbooth. Oh and we must mention that if you don’t fancy heading down to the garden room for breakfast you can it served to your room!

Low Alcohol & Zero Alcohol Beer Guide

January was the month where so many people gave up alcohol and took on dry January after indulging a lot over the Christmas period.

Well the longest month of the year is now over and many of you may be going back to alcohol BUT if you have enjoyed those hangover free weekends then we suggest you read on.

We have been trying lots of low alcohol and non alcoholic beers and we thought we would share them with you. Some of them really remind us of the shandy’s we used to drink when we were younger on a Sunday afternoon with our roast dinner. These beers are also perfect if you are designated driver, you can enjoy the taste of these delicious beers without feeling the effects.

Mikkeller

Mikkeller was set up in Copenhagen in 2006 by Maths and physics teacher Mikkel Borg Bjergsø, this award-winning, nomadic beer brand has released over 800 beers since it launched and they are now available in 40 countries worldwide.

We tried a selection of their alcoholic beers over the Christmas period which you can read all about here, so we were excited to try their low alcohol beers.

Mikkeller Energibajer

Style: Wheat beer

ABV:  0.0%

Description: This beer has lots of citrus notes with a malt backbone, ultra refreshing, lvely aromas of tropical fruit on the nose combined with a lightly acidic backbone and a refreshing finish!

Available: www.drydrinker.com

Mikkeller Drink’in Berliner

Style: Berliner Weisse

ABV: 2.7%

Description: A fruity and tart Berliner weisse – Drink’in Berliner has tropical notes, a nice acidic backbone and a light malty body. The palate is both fresh with the perfect amount of dryness.

Available: www.drydrinker.com

Mikkeller Weird Weather

Style: Low alcohol New England IPA

ABV: 0.3%

Description: Mikkeller Weird Weather 0.3% is a hazy New England style IPA for those who need a beer without the alcohol.  The Danish craft beer company is crazy excited to introduce this new brew to the world.

Available: www.drydrinker.com

Krombacher

Krombacher beers have been produced exclusively in the small town of Krombach, nestling in the beautiful Siegerland Hills of Westfalia, central Germany since 1803, adhering to the German Beer Purity Law of 1516 (Reinheitsgebot). 

Krombacher is a beer company we are very familiar with, we have previously created a recipe that we thought went really well with a cold Krombacher Pils which you can read about here. We were excited to see if the Kromacher low alcohol beer tasted very different to their alcoholic range. 

Krombacher Low Alcohol

Style: Low Alc Lager

ABV: 0.5%

Description: The leading low alcohol beer in Germany, this quality lager offers all the classic characteristics of Krombacher’s famous Pilsener but with the alcohol.  This beer is clean, crisp and full of flavour.

Available: www.drydrinker.com

About Stiegl

The Stiegl brewery grew out of what was a popular beer-making guesthouse called the ‘Bräuhaus an der Gstätten’.  It was first mentioned in written records on the 16th June 1492 and was located in Salzburg, Austria.  

Over the past 500 plus years, the brewery has seen everything from immense joy and celebrations to fires, war, and economic turmoil but throughout, it has remained, playing a huge part in the city and country’s culture and history.  Even Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart guzzled a few Stiegl beers in 18th century. 

Most famously known for its multi award-winning Stiegl Goldbräu beer, which launched in the UK in 2007, Stiegl utilises a wealth of brewing experience combined with some of the most high-tech brewing equipment, processes and procedures in Europe whilst benefiting from the finest Austrian raw materials – often cultivated in the brewery’s own fields.

Stiegl Freibier

Style: Lager

ABV: 0.5%

Description: Appreciated in its homeland for its full-bodied, well balanced taste, Austrian Saphir hops provide aromatics to this unfiltered, ultra-refreshing non-alcoholic lager. 

Available: www.drydrinker.com

Stiegl Grapefruit Radler

Style: Radler

ABV: 2%

Description: this naturally cloudy and zesty, thirst-quencher uses real grapefruit juice alongside Stiegl’s famous Goldbräu beer for the ultimate, refreshing ORIGINAL Radler. 

Available: www.drydrinker.com

So the next time you are tempted by an alcoholic beverage but you know you shouldn’t for whatever reason, then make sure you reach out for one of these!

A Jazz Apple a Day

Apples have to be one of our favourite fruits of all time, every morning before we leave the house we grab one out the fridge and yes we do believe they have to be kept in the fridge but we wont get into the debate!

We love having an apple ready and available to eat whenever we get slightly peckish! Did anyone else’s mum tell them to ‘have an apple’ if they moaned about being hungry? Gosh how that has stuck with us!

We went away to Colchester for the weekend and we always make sure we throw a couple of Jazz apples in our bag to keep us going when we get peckish!

We are actually quite fussy with our apples, they have to be super crunchy and full of flavour, we cannot stand a soft furry apple YUK! That is where Jazz apples are so good, they can be out of the fridge all day and still have a delicious crunch to them.

Jazz Apples originally from New Zealand and are actually the result of a natural breeding process between the Royal Gala and Braeburn apple! Jazz apples are grown in sun drenched orchards in New Zealand but they are also grown in the UK, Europe, USA, Chile, South Africa and Australia.

Look our for their distinctive bright blue label in the supermarkets when you are browsing the apples. Jazz apples can be found in Aldi, Asda, Tesco, M&S, Sainsburys, Waitrose, Ocado, Morrisons, Lidl, Coop & Booths.

We found ours in Sainsbury’s and we purchased a pack of 4! They didn’t last long hehe we need to re stock the next time we visit the shops!

So the next time you go to the shops branch out a little bit and try the Jazz Apple! We cannot recommend it enough and we have got our friends and family loving them as well.

Health Trends for 2019

Health and fitness has of course continued to be a trend throughout 2018! We love it it’s part of our job so it’s great that we get to promote this to others!

There has of course been a huge increase in people wanting to live healthy lifestyles and 2019 is set to be no different; in fact we have been chatting to Qlu Health and they are predicting that wellness trends will continue to rise in 2019 and we completely agree with them!

First of all before we get into the 2019 health trends we thought we would tell you a little bit more about Qlu Health. They are new DNA fitness and health testing company based in London. They have such a great missions statement which you can read below:

Qlu Health is on a mission to improve the health of people around the world through the power of genetics.

We have been reading some of the stats on the Qlu Health website and they really are quite eye opening! Did you know that 30% of the global population are overweight or obese, 42% of all cancer cases are preventable and 5% of people

on genetically appropriate diets lose 5.3% more weight than those who are not!

Qlu Health 2019 Health Predictions

See below just a few of the trends that Qlu Health have predicted! To read all of their predictions you can read their full blog post here.

Meal prep

This isn’t just a pretty Instagram trend! Prepping healthy and sustainable meals in advance will ensure that you’re eating a balanced diet day in, day out, and will save time thanks to your productivity and money in the long run thanks to less waste. Keep in even more on trend by incorporating new and unusual ingredients – see below for some examples of these.

Sleep Optimisation

In 2019, the quality of your sleep rather than quantity should be priority. Research into sleep habits has shown the importance of the hormones cortisol and melatonin, how they work in rhythm and balance to optimise your sleep. People will learn more about how balancing these hormones plays a big role in sleep and understanding your own personal Circadian Rhythm,meaning sleep quality and thus overall health will increase. Here are the top ways to improve your sleep:

Reduce screen time before bed.

Block blue light from your bedroom.

Use a sleep tracker to learn how your individual body works.

Reset your internal body clock by going to bed earlier – 9.30pm is recommended – and keeping a routine, even on weekends.

Going dry

There has been a huge decrease in alcohol consumption in the UK over the past 10 or so years. In fact, Generation Z has been said to have the lowest rates of alcohol consumption, and around 10.6million people in the UK said that they do not drink alcohol at all in 2016.

As people realise the short and long term impact alcohol has on their bodies, particularly on their fitness levels, mental health and diet, going “dry” will be taken up by even more of the population.

Intuitive health

Eating intuitively to get back to basics is set to spike in 2019. Intuitive eating explores understanding what your individual body needs –this might be through trial and error, feeling out what your body reacts best to, or through nutrition DNA or food sensitivity testing.

This post is a collaborative partnership with information provided in a press release

Chelsea Creperie

We have FINALLY visited the Chelsea Creperie! It might have taken us two attempts because we were being ditzy and went to the wrong place last time lol! That’s the last time I (Annie) does the directions, think Rach can take on that role from now on she does a far better job.

We visited the Creperie on a Tuesday afternoon at 3pm, making sure we missed the lunch time rush. The creperie is located just a 15 minute walk from both Fulham Broadway and South Kennsington Station.

Upon arrival the waiter asked us if we would like to try one of their rainbow lattes and of course we said we would. When they arrived they were green and orange on top!

We sat in a little booth that was full of Nutella cushions, very cute! And it was the perfect spot for us to get some work done and also have a good old catch up!

We both looked at the menu and there were so many options to choose from! In the end I went for a Nutella crepe (of course) with raspberries and salted caramel ice cream! It was so delicious and the crepe was perfectly cooked.

Rach went for the Amazing Apple it was served on a cute heart plate and was your typical crepe! It was a parcel that was stuffed with delicious cooked apples, salted caramel sauce and a serving of salted caramel icing (Rach swapped this as the menu said it was vanilla) it was sooo delicious and the apples were just incredible!

There were also lots of savoury crepres in the menu which also sounded delicious and had we not already had lunch we probably would have opted for one of them (you know we love the share).

They also had a number of waffles to try and had it not of been a creperie we definitely would have tried a waffle as we LOVE them!

All in all Chelsea Creperie was super cute and the food was delicious! If you are in the area and fancy a crepe then we would definitely recommend!

Chocolate Gift Guide

Chocolate chocolate chocolate…. YUM! It is one of our favourite things to eat and at Christmas time it seems to be EVERYWHERE! Next year we really want to hop on the euro tunnel to Bruges to try all of the amazing chocolate and to bring some back for our chocolate obsessed friends and family!

So sadly we are not jetting off to Bruges this year but that isn’t going to stop us buying all of these chocolate gifts! We thought we would write a chocolate gift guide (because we all have that friend that loved reviving all things chocolate related).

MIA Chocolate Gift Set

we love MIA, we have tried their chocolate several times and keep going back for me! They taste great in desserts as well (read all about it here). The MIA 5 Bar Gift set is he perfect present for any chocolate lover, especially if they love dark chocolate.

The 5 bar gift set are presented beautifully in a gold foil book. Inside you will find 1 bar of each: 75% Dark Chocolate, Almond & Coconut, Cranberry & Hazelnut, Candid Orange and Coconut.

This gift is so beautiful and so delicious that we would definitely give this to any chocolate lover as a main present! It costs £22.40 so its also a great price for such high quality chocolate.

We are going to gift it to our boyfriends mums this Christmas as we know they are chocolate lovers and will really appreciate it as a gift.

Chocolate Recipe Book- if the person loves to bake or cook then a chocolate recipe book would be the perfect idea! We love this one found… who would known there were so many options!

Thornton’s Chocolate- We love these super cute Thornton’s chocolate elf models! There are a few options to choose from on the Thornton’s website including a Santa, reindeer and a snowman. Not only do they look good but they also taste great! There is also the option to get it personalised for FREE which we love (we like everything way more when it’s personalised)! It only costs £7 which we personally think is a bargain.

Chocolate Bath Bomb- Next have such a great range of chocolate scented products so make sure you head on over and check it out! We loved the set of three bath bombs, they come in all different flavours (salted caramel, mint chocolate and chocolate cherry)! They only cost £6 as well so a bargain if you ask us!

Pure Heavenly Chocolate- This is another brand that sells incredible chocolate! We have tried several of their flavours before but this time we opted for; silk chocolate, fruit & nut, coffee and dark ginger. We cannot wait to give these to our parents as part of their Christmas stockings! We especially love the Pure Heavenly packaging it’s so pretty and makes the gift extra special.

Initial Chocolate Bar- who doesn’t want a chocolate bar with their initials on it? We love these chocolate bars we found on the next website, they are the perfect stocking filler!

Homemade treats- we love to bake and we also love receiving homemade goods! These cookies would be the perfect present for any chocolate lover, place them on a Christmas plate and wrap them in cellophane! We follow the Tanya Burr recipe and it is just divine!

Selection Box- in our eyes Christmas isn’t Christmas unless we receive at least one selection box!

This post is a collaboration with MIA

Ciao Gusto’s Brand Delicius

Purchasing all of your favourite authentic Italian food and drink has never been easier with Ciao Gusto Italian Deli at Ocado. We have just returned from a trip to Milan and the food was absolutely incredible. Rach had already told me how much I was going to love the food in Italy and she certainly wasn’t wrong it was delicious. It’s great to know that we can now easily purchase some of these foods online YAY!

Ocado are stocking over 30 of Italy’s most popular brands, so you will be able to find exactly what you are looking for. It is a great place to discover new and exciting ingredients as well! We had a great time browsing and loved reading about the brands. There is information on all of the brands and we realised that many of them are still owned and run by the same families who established them, some as far back as in the 1800’s!

We recognised many of the products including Riso Gallo, Filippo Berio and Giovanni Rana. There were also many products and brands that we had never heard of before and one that particularly caught our eye was a brand called Valsoia who sell dairy fee ice-cream. We have included a list of all the brands you can purchase at the Ciao Gusto Italian Deli on Ocado:

Pasta – Barilla, Rana
Rice – Riso Gallo
Flours – Polenta Valsugana
Tomato and Vegetable Conserves – Cirio
Cheese and Dairy – Auricchio, Parmareggio
Fish – Delicius, Medusa
Herbs and Spices – Cannamela
Tuna – Rio Mare
Cured Meats – Negroni
Soya and Rice products – Valsoia
Olive Oil – Filippo Berio
Vinegar – Ponti
Bakery – Colussi, Misura,
Dried fruits – Noberasco
Jams – Santa Rosa
Coffee – Lavazza
Herbal Teas – Bonomelli
Water and Fruit Juices – San Benedetto, Santal
Wine – Zonin, Santa Margherita
Spirits – Vecchia Romagna
Cherries and Syrups – Fabbri

The product that we decided to create a recipe with was the Mackerel fillets with chilli. They are amazing quality and make the perfect salad, you can find our recipe below!

This chilli mackerel salad is ridiculously easy and is the perfect work day lunch, it doesn’t take long at all and you can even make it the night before!

Ingredients
1 tin of chilli mackerel
1 packet of merchant gourmet Italian lentils
1 Avocado
5 Cherry tomatoes
Lambs Lettuce
1 lemon
Sea salt and pepper to season

Method
Put the mackerel in to a mixing bowl and break any pieces with a fork
Cut the avocado into chunks and add to the mackerel
Add the lentils to the mix and stir
Add the lettuce to the mixture
Chop the tomatoes in half, add to the bowl and toss
Transfer salad to a serving plate or bowl
Squeeze lemon juice on top of salad and season with salt and pepper

Enjoy!

Trying & Reviewing FlexiQule™

*This post is sponsored by AlchemLife™

Exercising is something we do on a regular basis, if you couldn’t tell already it is a big part of our lives and something we couldn’t imagine life without. We love so many different types of workouts including; Running, walking, spinning, HIIT, Yoga, Boxing, weights and the list could go on and on. We always like to make sure our workouts are varied and because of that we don’t want our joints to be affected due the pressure we put them under.

We jumped at the chance of working with AlchemLife™ and have been trialling their new joint product, FlexiQule™, for this sponsored review. They are an original food supplement made from 100% natural active ingredients, designed to help maintain healthy joint function, mobility and flexibility.

We both love to run an awful lot and this year Annie took part in her first ever marathon and ultra-marathon, it was incredible and I loved everything about it even those long training runs in minus degrees and plus 35oc (trust me running in Greece and Spain is hard!). Training for marathons is pretty intense on the joints, especially when training on hard ground and our knees take a lot of the pressure. Although we are young and pretty strong we still want to make sure our joints are as healthy as they can be.

After long training runs I find that my calves can become very tight and sometimes painful which can be really irritating and definitely isn’t ideal during training season. Since taking FlexiQule™ this pain has completely stopped which is just incredible. I wish I has known about the supplements whilst I was training for my marathon back in April as it would have been a massive help!

The key ingredients in FlexiQule™ are GingerG321 and BoswelliaG301 which help manage the body’s inflammatory response and maintain joint health, which is exactly what we want when running.

Rach absolutely loves attending a Barre/Ballet class as she has always been a keen dancer. Rach used to be much more flexible when she was younger (didn’t we all lol) so as soon as we heard about FlexiQule™ and the results people had noticed she just had to give them a try.

We don’t take any other supplements these are the only ones we take and trust as we know they are a 100% natural food supplement, free from wheat, gluten and sugar and no known side effects (something that tends to scare us about other supplements). Our joints undergo an enormous amount of pressure every single day so we feel it is only fair we give them something back to say thank you.

FlexiQule™ is AlchemLife’s first product to launch in Europe using their PhytoAdvance™ technology, which ensures ease of use and maximises efficacy, bioavailability and purity.

FlexiQule™ natural joint supplements are £16.99 for 30 capsules and are available online or from LloydsPharmacy’s nationwide from the 29th October.

We would 100% recommend giving these supplements a go if you want to make sure your joints are as healthy as they can be. We are going to continue taking them so we will keep you posted on how we are finding them in a few months’ time.

To find out more visit: https://www.alchemlife.com/uk/flexiqule/

Hatch Brunch Review St. Albans

Last weekend it was a rainy and miserable Saturday and so we decided the only way to spend the day was eating yummy food! We didn’t want to go too far so headed to St Albans which is a local city to us (yes it’s a city because it has a cathedral but it’s not a super big place! It’s actually so cute with cobbled streets and all!).

Hatch on the go opened its doors 8 years ago as a small takeaway place and it was doing so well that the owner decided to open an establishment in the centre of St Albans and called it you guessed it… Hatch! Hatch is located on Holywell Hill and has been open since February 2017.

Hatch has completely taken off and we can totally see why! We had a cheeky browse of the menu online before we visited and we already knew we were going to be spoilt for choice!

We arrived at Hatch at 3:45pm, they are open from 9-5 every day so we had just over an hour and 15 minutes. Upon arriving Liam the restaurant manager introduced himself and showed us to our table.

The restaurant was still heaving at 3:45pm and the atmosphere was buzzing. There were a variety of customers in Hatch (families, couples and groups of friends enjoying prosecco to give a few examples). It was nice to see such a variety of people in one place having a good time.

Liam was incredible and his service was impeccable you can really show he loves his job and the restaurant. This is such an important part of any restaurant and we feel plays a huge part in the success of a restaurant. Customer service is so important these days and more so with the internet and trip advisor, we cannot rave enough about the service here. We know we love a place when we don’t stop talking about it not only to each other but to our friends and family too!

There was so much to choose from on the menu we didn’t know where to begin. However in usual Two Brits way we decided to share everything so we could try more food! Always share because then you don’t get food envy!

We even shared our drinks, we opted for the juice of the day which was carrot, orange and ginger. It was served in a cute little bottle with paper straw. The second drink we chose was chocolate and caramel cooler which is chocolate milk over ice, caramel syrup and cream! It was so delicious but also incredibly sweet so if you aren’t looking for something super sweet this drink probably isn’t for you! We loved it though!

Liam very kindly saved us their sweet corn fritters which were the special of the day and had sold out by 11am! So if you want to enjoy their specials you have to get their early!

The fritters were delicious, they were sandwiched with slices of avocado and chilli jam, topped with chorizo and a perfectly poached egg. The eggs are sourced locally and oh my gosh the yolk was so orange!

We also had the hash brown bites on the side, these are their most popular item on the menu and are the perfect accompaniment. Little hash browns served with a yummy BBQ dip, ideal to share!

We then decided to share a waffle and there were lots to choose from it was hard to decide but we went for the honeycomb one. The waffle batter is made fresh every morning and it tasted amazing! The waffle was topped with crunchie pieces, raspberries, butterscotch sauce and a large scoop of ice cream- DELICIOUS!

To end the meal we enjoyed a hot drink; peppermint tea and a latte (with very pretty latte art and very photographic!).

We loved the interior of Hatch, it was simple but effective. The brick wall made for good photos and we loved all the slogans and tempting messages written on chalk boards hanging off the lights.

It was nice that you could see the staff at work behind the counter, we love that in any place we visit!

Hatch also so private events, you can hire the place out every day of the week once they have closed. They can offer both a sit down meal or a party for up to 60 people.

We cannot recommend Hatch enough and we will definitely be going back soon!