Thursday, 30 March 2017

Filmore & Union, York

After becoming besties 2 and a half years ago through our blogs and social media, I finally got to meet Emily! (You should all check out her blog here). She came to stay in York for my birthday weekend which was just f a b u l o u s. I probs scared Em a bit with how hyper/over excited I was when she arrived. Sorry Em lol. 

Of course this meant a cute cafe stop (or two) would be an essential (next post coming soon). We decided to make a visit to Filmore & Union which is one of those super healthy, eat clean places. It has an instagrammable cafe bit downstairs and then a more ambient restaurant area upstairs. We initially went upstairs but then discovered the lack of white table and made our way back down - I don't think the staff were too happy about it hahahaha. Again, sorry to Em for causing a bit of a scene but y'know, priorities. 

Everything on the menu is gluten free as well as there being lots of dairy free, vegetarian and vegan options. Me and Em were in more of a sweet kind of mood so we both ordered a white chocolate and raspberry blondie and one of the super antioxidant juices.

The white chocolate blondie was DELICIOUS. I would've never guessed that it was gluten free and made of clean ingredients. Not going to lie, I was pretty impressed as It's rare to find healthy treats that actually taste just as indulgent as unhealthy ones. They came with a little ramekin of unsweetened natural yogurt which went with the super sweet blondie perfectly! If only I knew the secret recipe.

The super antioxidant smoothie came in a cute mason jar and admittedly we chose this smoothie because it's a pink one.. again, priorities. Made of strawberries, blueberries, cranberries, apple and coconut water. It was really refreshing but in all honesty I would have preferred it to be a bit sweeter, maybe with an addition of agave syrup or something? It was also quite watery and not the usual thick smoothie consistency I was expecting. Still a perfectly nice and refreshing drink though. 

It came to £8 for the smoothie and brownie which I guess is a little pricey - but when you consider that it's all healthy and expensive ingredients.. not too bad really! it's also a super instagrammable experience so can't really complain!.. it's somewhere that I'll definitely go back to again. I'm keen to try the savoury food! 

Friday, 24 March 2017

Coffee for your face, Scrub Love

You all know how much I love coffee. So much that I want to coat my body in it. Lol. 

I was very kindly send a coffee body scrub from Scrub Love and I tell you what, I can confirm that smelling like coffee while sipping on a latte is a very nice experience. One that I recommend to all coffee enthusiasts out there. 

The scrub came in the cutest packaging. I got the mint flavour (there is also original and a coconut one). I'm glad I got the mint one though. It's really refreshing and has gives that tingly minty feel. You're supposed to use it all over your body but i've just been using it on my face. Admittedly it's a really messy product and if I attempted a full body scrub there would be minty coffee all over my bedroom. 

I found the scrub to be very cleansing and refreshing. Probably the perfect scrub to use when you're hungover after a night out and you're feeling mega gross. My skin was left feeling super smooth and the perfect base to apply makeup on. 

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

The Flat White Café, Durham

After wanting to go for a very long time (thanks to all the amazing looking pictures on Instagram), I finally made a visit to the Flat White Café in Durham. It was very busy when we arrived but thankfully there was a free table! The decor was cool and very shabby/rustic kinda chic. Everything is mismatched yet it all seems to work together and look ever so cool. I took a LOT of pictures which is always a good sign.

Since it's the Flat White Kitchen I thought I better stick with the theme and order a flat white. Actually a vanilla flat white because I'm not grown up enough to drink coffee without an overload of sugar. The art was amazing and there's something about coffee served in a clear glass that makes it so much more appealing than when it's in a regular mug. The coffee was supER strong but in the best way possible. There was no bitterness and it was silky smooth. Ahhh just thinking about it is giving me all the coffee cravings. I think I must have downed the coffee in less than a minute. I hate to say it, but after experiencing all these amazing coffees I am now unable to drink Costa/Starbucks coffee. Not that I'm a coffee snob or anything.. but independent coffee shops serve coffee that is soooo much nicer and with no gross after taste. No going back after that!

The food was equally as amazing. I ordered a chicken and home made pesto sandwich because pesto is the besto. Haaaaaaaa. The seeded wholemeal bread was super fresh and tasted home made. The pesto was DELICIOUS and the filling to bread ratio was spot on. All in all, what I would describe as being the perfect sandwich. I'm dying to go back for brunch so I can try out the amazing pancakes they have (BAKEWELL PANCAKES). 

I was so v v v impressed with The Flat White Café. It's cute, quirky, cool and makes the ideal brunch/coffee date spot.