Food | Breakfast on Park Lane

As we were in London for our one year anniversary, we went to elan cafe for a cute breakfast date. I’ve wanted to go for so long and as we wasn’t far from it we thought why not. Since posting photos of it on my Instagram, I have had so many DM’s with so many questions and so I thought as I haven’t done a blog post in so long I would answer them all in this one post.

So we went to the cafe on Park Lane, there’s another cafe in Knightsbridge and another two opening soon – one in Oxford Circus and one in Selfridges on the 4th floor. When we arrived it was really packed and so we put our names on the waiting list and returned once there was a table ready for us. The cafe in Park Lane is only small, and so it is hard to get a table straight away as it is so popular.

My boyfriend and I love a good breakfast, and so we were spoilt for choice when we looked at the menu. After a lot of hard decision making, we decided on the Eggs on English muffin with smoked salmon, avocado and hollandaise sauce and the open flat bread sandwich with poached eggs, smoked salmon and avocado with two freshly squeezed juices. The juices were so refreshing and full of flavour, and the breakfasts were so delicious and filling.

I got a lot of the same messages asking if it was worth it as they have only seen pictures on Instagram. I would say it is definitely worth it, it’s not just a beautiful cafe with amazing decor but the food is unreal and so worth every penny.

The staff were also so lovely and friendly, and really went above and beyond to make your experience at Elan Cafe a great one. We will definitely be returning when we are next in London, but for now we’re on the look out for our next location for our next breakfast date.

Love always

AHVB X

Date Night | Our Date Night Jar

I have followed @filledwithloveuk on Instagram for absolutely ages, and I have always loved their thoughtful date night jars. They have such a range for both couples and families and the ideas are great. My boyfriend and I can be very indecisive when it comes to date night, and so we decided to make our own date night jar inspired by the filled with love ones. The jar and coloured sticks we bought from Hobbycraft, then we put our date ideas into categories and colour coded them to match the sticks.

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Red – More expensive

Orange – Special treats

Yellow – Days out

Green – Dinner dates

Blue – Stay in

Purple – £30 and under

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More expensive includes date ideas such as ‘book a holiday’ and ‘a restaurant crawl’. Special treats includes dates such as ‘a spa day’ and ‘relive your first date’. For days out we chose ideas like ‘go to the zoo’, ‘go to Harry Potter world’ and ‘go for a picnic’. When it came to dinner dates we chose a range of restaurants that varied in price, location and type of food. Our choices included Melis in Milton Keynes, STK in London and Sheesh in Chigwell. We wanted to be creative with our staying in date ideas and so we chose ‘bake cookies and make milkshakes night’, ‘face masks, fondue and films’ and ‘a no technology night’. Lastly our £30 and under category included ideas such as ‘Top golf’ and ‘going to a museum’.

So far we have picked out a green dinner date stick for Fat Crab, a yellow day out stick for the zoo and two purple £30 and under sticks, one for the cinema and another for top golf.

I wonder what our next date night will entail.

Love Always

AHVB X

Travel | Amsterdam Adventures

I always get a lot of DM’s from people about Amsterdam, but after adding to the travel section in my Instagram highlights with my Amsterdam photos from my last trip, I received even more questions. This post is to answer as many of those questions as I can for you all, as well as a little insight into my adventures in Amsterdam.

Firstly, I love Amsterdam, it’s one of my favourite places on this Earth. Last October I went to Amsterdam for the first time with my boyfriend. We stayed in an apartment in Kerkstraat, which was quite a walk from where all the main food places and coffee shops are. Our apartment was absolutely insane, it was so beautiful and so spacious. And I would definitely go back and stay there again. For those of you who don’t really like to walk a lot I would advise to stay somewhere closer to the the Amsterdam Centraal station as all the main spots are around this area, and it means less walking.

We stayed for 3 days and managed to do quite a lot, I would say 3-4 days is the perfect amount of time to spend in Amsterdam. As soon as we got off the train we went to Prix D’ami which was recommended by a lot of our friends, and was the first coffee shop we saw. The vibe in there is very chilled, they serve food and drinks there and was one of our favourite spots. We then went on to grab some chips from Mannekenpis, the best chip place in the world which I highly recommend you all try when you go to Amsterdam. We then went on to see the sex museum, and more coffee shops before having dinner at Sea palace. This is the best Chinese restaurant in Amsterdam and it floats on the canal. It has such authentic delicious food, incredible service and staff, and the pricing is really good. It wasn’t far from the red light district and so we had a little stroll through on our way back to the apartment.

On our second day we went to Mook pancakes for breakfast. I can honestly say I’ve never had pancakes like it, they were insane. The vibe there is also very chilled, the decor is amazing and the staff are so lovely. We attempted Anne Frank’s house but the queue was ridiculous as we didn’t get tickets before hand. Instead of queuing for hours we decided to make the most of our time there and so we went to more coffee shops, went for lunch and then headed back to our apartment for some chill time before going out for dinner. On our way back to the apartment we stopped off at our favourite shop Jammin’ to grab our snacks for the evening. Let me tell you now, Jammin’ is THE SPOT, they have the best snacks ever. When I’m rich and I have my own place, I want a snack room identical to the Jammin’ shop. Anyway, we decided on Hard Rock Cafe for dinner, the service was just as amazing as the cocktails, and we were seated right by the window with the view of the canal which was beautiful.

Our plans for the third day included going to the A’DAM lookout, however the weather had other ideas. Instead we decided to just have a chilled day before our flight home and just adventure around Amsterdam. Our favourite coffee shop of this trip was The Coffeeshop, and our favourite food place was Sea Palace 100%. We also loved the McDonald’s and Burger King over there, it all seemed to look a lot more appetising and tasted so much better than in England.

I then took my sister to Amsterdam this March for her birthday, and we had an absolutely amazing time. We did a lot of the same things as I wanted to show my sister around, and take her to all the best places, although we did stay somewhere new. We stayed in a hotel directly next to the Amsterdam Centraal station called the NH collection Amsterdam Barbizon Palace, and it was so lovely. It was perfect for us as it was so cold and we didn’t want to walk very far, and it was so perfectly located. This time round I managed to try a few new places for food, and managed to visit the prostitution museum this time as well. However once again I left the Anne Frank tickets too late and it was sold out for the time whilst we was there. I would say our favourite coffee shop of this trip was Prix d’ami, and our favourite food stop was definitely Mook Pancakes.

My tips for Amsterdam would be

  1. Try to stay somewhere very close to the Amsterdam Centraal station.
  2. Book Anne Frank tickets in advance if you would like to go there.
  3. Walk walk walk and just see how beautiful Amsterdam is, but do watch out for cyclists.
  4. Definitely visit the red lighting district, you will never see anything like it in your life.
  5. 100% go to the Jammin’ shop

I hope this post helps a few of you, and you all have a good week.

Love always

AHVB X

 

Date Night | My Bloomroom Birthday Dinner

From the second we booked our table in The Bloomroom at P.F. Chang’s I was so excited to do a blog post about it, and here it is…

I came across The Bloomroom at P.F. Chang’s Asian Table on Instagram last month when it first launched. The menu looked incredible, the cocktails looked amazing and the room itself looked insanely beautiful. After Prettylittlething  held their Spring Fling 2018 in The Bloomroom, we decided to book a table before it became fully booked. I knew that the restaurant only had the room open until May 13th, and so we decided that this would be my early birthday dinner.

As you can see from all the pictures on my Instagram, I had the best time. From the second we got there the service was spectacular, shockingly we arrived an hour early, however they managed to get us seated at our table straight away. I say shockingly because I always make us late on our date nights. The Bloomroom is downstairs in the Pastry Lab, it had such an intimate feel to it and was perfectly decorated with a romantic touch.

We ordered the dynamite shrimp for starters, with chilli jam wings and crispy calamari. The shrimp was definitely our favourite, I would go back again just to have that.

For main we shared the Mongolian beef and the grilled Asian salmon with Lo mein noodles and Sichuan green beans. The Mongolian beef went so well with the noodles and beans and I thoroughly enjoyed every bit of it. I can honestly say this was the best Asian food I’ve ever had. To drink we tried a few different cocktails, we had a Sakura dream, an Azure, An Umeshu Cobbler and a Miyamoto. The Miyamoto was not to my acquired taste at all and was very bitter, but I loved the Sakura dream cocktail from The Bloomroom menu and I would’ve loved to have tried the mocktail version of it, the Sakura cooler. Lastly we shared a Pink Paradise for dessert, which was a large macaroon filled with raspberries and matcha ganache and rose ice cream. By this point my belly was so full, but it was the perfect amount to just squeeze in and it was the perfect ending to a delicious meal.

I will definitely be returning to P.F. Chang’s Asian Table, even if The Bloomroom isn’t there, and I would highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys Asian food. The price for what you get is very good, the staff are so helpful and friendly and the service is great. I really did have the best early birthday dinner, and now I cannot wait for all my birthday celebrations to come.

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Love always,

AHVB X