Showing posts from August, 2015

Cat Village

Note for any bloggers out there! If you are planning on visiting, make sure you put a watermark on your photos before posting on Twitter, Instagram or Facebookas Cat Village like to share photos without giving any credit, which still upsets me so I wouldn't want it to happen to anyone else!
Right back to the review!
I am a lover and a bit of a sucker for cute, fluffy things, especially cats. So when we happened to pass Cat Village in Shoreditch, London, I couldn't help but stop and "awwh" at the cats inside!
Cat Village is a small two floored cat café, with a forest theme. It's £5 per hour and walk-ins are welcome but I would advise to book in advance as it can get quite busy and you may be turned away (like we almost were). We got there at 7:15pm to find out the café was closed as it was being cleaned but we could come back at 8pm. 
When we returned, we were turned away as we didn't have tickets that were booked in advance. We watched ticket holders walk in, whi…

Vegan Chocolate Caramel Brownies Recipe

Bank holiday weekend is here! If you're in a baking mood, why not try this recipe for rich, dark chocolate brownies, which is also dairy and egg free :)
I discovered a dairy free caramel sauce by chance whilst looking for snacks in Marks and Spencer! Made by Hey Boo, this sauce is made from coconut cream and agave syrup. It comes in a jar of 227g and costs £6. It turned out better than I thought as the last time I made brownies, I made my own salted caramel sauce which was solid rather than gooey. Anyway, here's the recipe :)
Ingredients 250g plain flour 240g caster sugar 65g Cocoa powder sifted 300ml water 150ml vegetable oil 1.5 tbsp of caramel sauce 4 tbsp of caramel sauce for swirling 1 tsp vanilla extract 1 tsp salt 1 tsp baking powder
How To Make Preheat the oven to 180 C / Gas mark 4.
In a large bowl, stir together the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt. Pour in water, vegetable oil, vanilla and caramel sauce; mix until well blended. 

Pour the mixture into a 23x33cm (9x1…

X Factor 2015 Tickets

Every year I watch this show with my parents. It's kind of like the countdown to Christmas for me :) So when I got free tickets to watch the auditions, I couldn't wait! The only thing was that they always over issue tickets as many people don't show up, so in order to guarantee entry we had to get there early. Reading reviews of people who have been before almost put us off but we thought we'd try our luck.
With an hour till closing, we stopped by Bibigo in Oxford Circus for lunch.
Next stop, Wembley Park! Despite my form saying to arrive by 7:00pm, we wanted to get there by 5:30pm but arrived an hour earlier. Locating the queue for general free tickets, we stood in a line for 25 minutes before reaching the ticket office. We had expected to be queuing for 2 hours at least but now we had our tickets! After being told to come back at 8pm, we now had 3 hours to kill.. Our plan was to go back to Chinatown and get some bubble tea and buns in case we got hungry during the show.

Drink, Shop, Do review

I can't honestly remember how I stumbled upon this place but I remember keeping an open tab of their website for months!

Since my lovely friend Ting was coming down to visit for the day and suggested coffee, I couldn't think of a better time to visit :)
Since there was a lot of rail engineering works, my train was delayed and I arrived to find her and her boyfriend already scoffing toast with avocado and a poached egg! Luckily she loves eating like me so we all ordered a slice of cake: Red velvet, mocha and a chocolate almond gluten free cake. 

Excited and curious, we each tried a bit of the cakes and decided although they were all delicious, we all agreed that the best one was the mocha. It had a great balance of sweetness and chocolate and coffee. I'm quite picky when it comes to frosting as sometimes it's just too sweet but this frosting went so well with the rich, dark chocolate cake that I can't fault it. I'm not a fan of coffee but I would definitely go back…