Posted on: Sunday, 25 June 2017

The Amsterdam Travel Guide

Amsterdam, what a beautiful majestic little city!

Amsterdam has been on my travel bucket list for quite some time and I'm glad to say I've now ticked it off. During our four day stay we visited some amazing cafes, restaurants and sights, which of course I was dying to share!

Where to stay: Amsterdam is known for it's quirky little hotels, from the CitizenM, The Tire station, Qbic Hotel Amsterdam and Fletcher Hotel to name a few. We stayed at The Ramada as my husband collected lots of points from business trips away, so it worked out pretty cheap to stay there. Our room was lovely, it was on the 16th floor and we had a spectacular view of the city.

How to get around: Almost everyone cycles in Amsterdam - no wonder the Danes are so slim and healthy! Hire a bicycle for a few days, it's the most convenient way of traveling around and experiencing Amsterdam as a local.

What to do: Did you know Amsterdam has 75 museums?! The most well known include the Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh Museum and Anne Frank House.
There are also so many quirky ones, such as The Sex Museum, The Cow Museum, The Tulip Museum, there was even a Cheese Museum! They're all very random, but they are definitely worth the visit!

The Heineken experience was really good and I would highly recommend it. I'm not usually a fan of beer (I'm more of a G&T kind of girl), but Joe wanted to go and we really enjoyed it. You learnt the history behind the company, how beer is made, had a little bit of beer tasting, played lots of interactive games and got to enjoy two beers at the end of the experience.

If the weather is nice you have to visit Vondelpark, it's utterly stunning. We enjoyed cycling around the whole park and soaking up some rays here.
If horticulture is up your street, you'll also love the floating flower market which is so vibrant and pretty. It's also said to be the only floating flower market in the world!

Another thing to do is just get lost and wonder around the streets of Amsterdam. There's so much to see - from trendy little shops to niche little cafes. It's also breathtaking to walk around at night time, with all the pretty lights around the bridges and the gorgeous street lamps lit up.

Where to go for brunch: Oh boy does this city have so many amazing food options!

Mook Pancakes: If you're in the mood for some delicious pancakes, I'd highly recommend
Mook Pancakes! I ordered the 'good morning' and it was incredible. I also had a healthy ginger tea which was also lovely and well... you know, you have to balance out the bad with the good ;).

Metropolitain: What a little gem! This spot is right in the city centre and serves the most wonderful sandwiches, burgers, and salads. I had peaches, parma ham, walnuts and cream on toast. And, Joe had a salmon burger with truffle chips. Also, the strawberry lemonade was delightful - just what you need on a hot Summer's day.

Teds: another great spot to grab some brunch is Teds! I can see why this is a local's favourite as I had the most amazing chicken, rocket and avocado sandwich here. Highly highly recommend.

Bakers & Roasters: Bakers & Roasters, a locals favourite and I now know why!
This was the only restaurant where we had to wait - only 10 minutes or so, so it wasn't too bad... where as some locals had said they have waited up to an hour to eat here!

If you go here, you have to try the banana nut French toast, seriously seriously amazing. Joe had a pretty interesting brunch with pulled Pork, chiplotte sauce, poached eggs, avocado, melon, sourdough toast, with a side of bacon, which he loved.

I also tried a Turmeric latte for the very first time - it has a little bit of a kick, but very enjoyable.

Where to go for sweet treats!

Sticky fingers: Oh my these little pies of goodness were right up my street. I wish I could have stuffed ten in my suitcase!

We shared the lemon meringue and banoffee pies. Both equally incredible. We also had a hot chocolate and cappuccino, mmm so creamy and lovely.

I also loved the interior. Very Instagrammable - a designers dream!

There are some great ice cream shops that you have to stop by. One being Banketbakkerij v.d Linde. The most amazing whipped creamy ice cream. Another two great options are Yscuypje and Cons IJSFabriek Monte Pelmo.

Coffee stop.
The white label coffee: If I lived in Amsterdam, I could see myself working here every day! The atmosphere is very chilled and they serve delicious coffee.

Where to go for dinner:

Foodhallen: If you can't decide on what to eat, the Foodhallen is a great place to go! It's full of a variety of trendy food stalls. Options include; dim sum, burgers, Dutch cheese balls, pizza, Vietnamese and much much more. We came here twice as we loved the atmosphere and food so much!

If you do stop by, you have to try The Butcher's succulent burgers, De BallenBar's incredible melty cheese balls and the delicious dim sum from Dim Sum Thing.

There's also a dedicated gin & tonic bar! On one of the day's we went it was world gin day so they had lots of special options to choose from.

If you're in a meaty mood, you have to check out is Cafe De Klos' ribs. Joe's sister and boyfriend recommended this place and boy oh boy did it live up to the expectations! The ribs were so succulent and juicy.

If you're planning on visiting Amsterdam, do let me know if you pop by any of the above places in the comments below! Or if anyone else has any suggestions of things to do/see/eat in Amsterdam, also leave them in the comments section so this post can be helpful to fellow travellers.

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Posted on: Wednesday, 7 June 2017

Lunching at Farm Girl

Farm girl, a blogger's brunch favourite, what's all the fuss about? 

I have been eyeing up pretty rose latte's and cute french bull dog stencils on coffees on a few of my favourite bloggers Instagram's, so whilst I was browsing around Notting Hill last Friday, I finally popped into Farm Girl.
I can understand why it's a blogger's hotspot, everything is very cute and Instagrammable. And, who doesn't want a pretty latte picture? 

This gorgeous little cafe has lots of healthy gluten free breakfast and brunch options, from avocado on toast, acai bowl, sandwiches and salads. They also have some pretty quirky latte's! On the menu, they have options such as a 'Rose Latte', which is a rose infused milk with rose petals sprinkles, a 'Liquid Gold Latte' with Turmeric, cinnamon, astralagus and honey. As well as a 'Charcoal Latte' with charcoal, date syrup and cashew milk, as well as a few 'Matcha latte's' which you could chose from pink, green and blue! I wanted to try them all as they sounded so bizarre! 

I ordered a 'Rose Latte' and 'Pink Salad', which was a lovely watermelon, cucumber, seaweed and chopped kale dish dressed in honey mustard and raspberry vinaigrette. Joe had 'Oven Baked Eggs', a Turkish styled egg dish baked in tomato, red pepper and parsley sauce, and a cappuccino on the side. 

As lovely as the presentation looked, the 'Rose Latte' actually tasted horrid... well some may beg to differ, but I found the rose too overpowering. However, the 'Pink Salad' was lovely and refreshing. The perfect summery lunch. Joe also enjoyed his egg dish as it was a little different to what he would usually get!

Have you popped into Farm Girl? What are your thoughts on the latte's? Yay or nay? Leave a comment below.

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Posted on: Sunday, 4 June 2017

My Holy Grail Foundation: Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation

I’ve been meaning to do this review for as long as I can remember but now is the time to talk about the beautiful Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation, my holy grail!

If you’ve been following me for a while… who’d thought I’ve ever part away from my beloved Estee Lauder Double Wear eh… I still love it, but I was on the look out for something a bit more natural, lightweight and with no SPF in.

I first discovered Luminous Silk when I was browsing for a last minute foundation for my wedding at the end of October last year. I popped into Selfridges and the make-up artist applied it to my skin. The colour match was perfect (number 2), which is quite hard for me to come by, as I’m that really awkward pale skin tone that isn’t ivory pale, but in between the levels of pink-toned paleness. I’ve been told my skin tone is ‘Alabaster’ but it’s incredibly hard to find a foundation that matches my skin. Anyway, I was pleasantly surprised with the colour match, coverage and finish. It looked very natural, dewy and looked amazing on. It also felt so weightless, like I had nothing on.

I did indeed wear it on my wedding day and I haven’t stopped wearing it since! I honestly wear it everyday without fail.

(Apologies for the bad quality photo, but this was me on my wedding day at about 7pm, the foundation still looks amazing and glowy and I didn't touch it up or anything!) 

It’s pretty pricey at £40.00 a pop, but so so worth it! It really does give your skin that beautiful natural glow. And, mine is still going strong 7 months later with loads still left in it. So when you think about how long it lasts, the price isn't too bad... that's my excuse anyway.

So, if you’re in the market for a new weightless natural foundation, I’d highly recommend trying this one. As it’s pretty expensive, I’d recommend stopping by a counter and trying them out before you buy.

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Posted on: Thursday, 1 June 2017

Where to eat in Copenhagen: Cheap Eats | Part 2

If you saw my last post, I talked about all the great little coffee stops to check out if you’re planning on visiting Copenhagen. This time round, I'll be discussing my recommendations for cheap eats in Copenhagen.

If you haven’t heard, Copenhagen is pretty expensive in general, especially going out to eat, but the bakeries and lovely cafes we went to were not only delicious, but didn't break the bank too.

The Donut Shop – “The best doughnut shop in Denmark.”
If you’re feeling a bit peckish, you have to check out the famous ‘Donut Shop’. The vibe is really cosy as you can relax on the sofas, eat your doughnuts and play board games or you can simply sit back and enjoy the tunes. They had the Weeknd playing in the background when we popped by, big fan.

The selection of teas here is great; they have a range of Clipper, one of my favourite tea brands. I went for a calming camomile and Joe had a berry one. To complement our teas, we had some incredible doughnuts, I had the ‘dime doughnut’ and Joe had the ‘chocolate crunch’ one. Both amazing! They cost 18kr for one, which is around £1.50, so not too shabby.

They often sell out pretty quickly, so I’d recommend going as early as you can.

Sankt Peders Bageri. If you like a sweet treat in the morning or an afternoon snack, you have to visit Sankt Peders Bageri for some lovely Danish pastries, it’s where all the locals are, so it must be pretty darn good.
I was on the hunt for the best cinnamon roll, and this place definitely hit the spot.

The American Pie Co.

Not your traditional Danish restaurant, but if you’re in the market for a slice of pie, sweet or savoury, then check out this place. They have a selection of pies from lemon meringue, apple pie to chicken and thyme and cottage pie. We both went for chicken and thyme and it was lovely. And, I treated myself to a coke (which is very rare for me), which came in a glass bottle and made me feel a little nostalgic inside.

I also love the cool interiors, it has that ‘diner style’ look and feel. And, is of course Insta friendly.

Flottenheimer is a cosy little lunch spot to go to if the weather isn’t particularly great. We came here on our first day when it was raining and really enjoyed ourselves. We both went for the sandwich option, which came with chips. I had avocado and halloumi on rye bread and Joe had steak. So so good!

Also, I loved the hygge vibe with the white candles, cushions, wooden tables and low-key lighting. Was very warm and relaxing.

Unmercato is listed as one of the best ‘cheap eats’ in Copenhagen, so we had to check it out whilst we were in the area. It’s located just outside of the food market, Torvehallerne.

For a sandwich, rosemary fries and a drink it only cost 115kr, which is around £10 (This may seem quite expensive for some, but trust me it’s really good value for Copenhagen). Oh also, the homemade mayonnaise is to die for!!

It does get very busy, but people are usually in and out fairly quickly. If there’s a queue, you can always take-away and sit outside and people watch!

And that’s a wrap for my Where to Eat in Copenhagen series. I really enjoy writing about my food experiences so expect more things like this on the old’ blog in the near future.

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