For our first breakfast in London we decided to go to 26 Grains, tucked away in Neal’s Yard. It was only a short walk from where we stayed and being porridge obsessed I had to give it a go. I’ve been drooling over their Instagram profile for far too long and just felt like it was time to see if it lived up to their beautiful photos.
The inside of 26 Grains is tiny! There is barely any seating in there. Luckily it wasn’t busy when we arrived and we got a seat straight away. I wasn’t the biggest fan of the stools, it felt like sitting on a pole but it was okay. I thought the place would be a lot cosier and welcoming and I didn’t really get that. I also wish they would’ve played some music in the background and that it had been a bit warmer in (I was freezing and had to put my jacket on).
It took me forever to make up my mind but in the end I chose the Nordic Spice porridge and Jamie had the Hazelnut & Butter. I decided to enjoy a cup of a healthy chai latte whilst waiting for our food. It was so nice and comforting in the cold weather.
So what did we think of the porridge? I can’t say I was super excited over mine. I didn’t like the yoghurt (didn’t really think it went) and I’m pretty sure I was meant to get some maple flavour in there, which I couldn’t really taste at all. I was a bit underwhelmed with mine unfortunately. Jamie’s porridge on the other hand was tasted amazing and creamy. Why wouldn’t it be with butter on it? 😛 It was the clear winner out of the two. I would definitely go again but I think I just chose the wrong porridge for me. I wold love to give the savoury options a try as well. They looked quite interesting!
If you like porridge you should give this place a visit but maybe try something different other than the Nordic Spice porridge 😛
Those of you who have been reading my blog for a while know about my cookbook addiction. I love browsing through pages of inspiration and trying new recipes. Sometimes I get a bit stuck in my way and end up eating the same five recipes over and over again, which is why it’s amazing getting a book full of new things to eat.
I was so happy when one of Jamie’s Christmas presents to me was Ella’s new book. Her old one inspired me so much and because of her, my meals look very different today. I needed meat before to feel like my meals were complete. Now I can go days without even craving it. Like you already know, I would never limit myself but now I only have meat if I feel like it now not because it is a necessity. The only thing I really crave once in a while is salmon. Salmon is just incredible!
I loved Ella’s old book but I must say that “Deliciously Ella Every Day” is even better. I prefer the order the recipes are organised much more and I really feel as she has stepped it up another notch with her amazing recipes. They are delicious but yet so simple to make most of them. I’ve already tried her Butternut Squash and Chickpea Salad, Warming Winter Bowl and Mushroom Risotto. They have all been heavenly. If I would make the risotto again I would tweak it slightly, like add a vegetable stock cube for more flavour and add a bit less lemon in the basil cream as I found it slightly over powering (Jamie loved it). Despite this, it was still beautiful and lasts for days.
My favourite part is probably the big batch cooking section as I love cooking a big meal that give me lots of leftovers. All I can day is order this book, you won’t regret it! I once again feel really inspired and can’t wait to try more of her recipes. The first sweet thing I’m making will have to be her crumble. I’m obsessed with crumbles!
Today I had the opportunity to meet Ella on her visit to Glasgow. It was great seeing her in real life and have my wonderful book signed by her!
Photo borrowed from the Lululemon Glasgow Facebook page. We were four of us wearing the same leggings to bootcamp haha. I’ll write a post about them as they have changed my life!
Monday and a new start of a new week. I had a lovely weekend with a lovely weekend. Jamie was away with his friends in Dublin so I had a lot of time to myself and to spend with friends. I started off with a yoga class on Saturday morning and bootcamp on Sunday morning. Other than that I spent some time with Kajsa on Friday evening and on Saturday I went to the cinema with Emma and watched The Danish Girl. Great film with a very gripping storyline. Definitely worth a watch, Eddie Redmayne and Alicia Vikander were incredible in it.
I also helped out with Glasgow University Charity Fashion Show practice, I’m a model mentor this year and help out with catwalk practice and helping to organise the model aspects of the show. A fun role and I can’t explain how important this year’s cause is, all proceeds go to Teenage Cancer Trust. Cancer is something my family has been affected by and I feel great being able to somehow contribute to helping people who are also affected by this disease. Don’t worry, I did a bit of studying as well.
On Sunday Jamie came back very tired and quite hungover after a couple of intense days so I suggested got us to go to Bread Meats Bread for some burgers for dinner. I think I got some bonus girlfriend points for that 😛 The burgers are great and I love their sweet potato chips as well as salad (I don’t know what’s in their salad dressing but I’m obsessed). Since I am pretty much vegetarian at home and never really eat red meat it got a bit too much for in the end and I couldn’t finish my burger (couldn’t they have half-sized burgers?). It’s nice once in a while but not something I would eat very often. Jamie enjoyed every second of it though and that made me so happy 🙂
He really is amazing when it comes to how I’ve changed my diet. I know he enjoys vegetarian and vegan food but he enjoys met a lot than I do so sometimes it’s a bit difficult when we want to eat together. I think we’ve found a good balance though but I appreciate his willingness to try new things. It’s really important that your other half is supportive of whatever you do in life and I know that my man is my number one supporter in whatever I do. I am definitely his!
I’m so busy this week but I thought I would share another London dining experience with you. This is one for all the sushi lovers out there! Sorry for the blurry phone photos, I let my camera rest for the day (heavy to carry around and my handbag was too small…).
We didn’t just eat indulge in all the amazing healthy food spots in London, but also had some delicious less healthy meals as well. For one of our dinners we gave the Danish restaurant Sticks’n’Sushi a try. They have two restaurants in London and after reading the amazing reviews, we felt like we had give their Covent Garden restaurant a try.
The sushi was absolutely beautiful and our waitress was extremely helpful when we asked for help narrowing down our options. The yakitori was delicious as well and you even had the option of just choosing one stick, which is good if you are not wanting to try the same thing as your dinner company. However, for us the sushi there was the winner! We even ended up ordering in more instead of having a dessert. The dessert menu did look tempting but sushi won in the end 😛
When you’re dating a bartender, trying out some of the cocktail bars is a must. We headed to The Langham hotel to try out the cocktails at the Artesian. Jamie wanted to visit it as it is meant to be the best cocktail bar in the world. It started off well and ended on a bitter note when the cocktails were nowhere near as good as we hoped they would be. We just expected a lot more for the money you pay and all of it just felt a bit uninspired. I ended up barely touching my cocktail and the staff nicely enough took it off our bill. What a shame but stuff like that happens as well. Luckily London is full of other amazing cocktail bars and the next evening we had a far better experience.