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    Friday, 27 November 2015

    MY WINTER WISH-LIST

    So if you read yesterday's post, you'll have seen that I'm taking the plunge and branching out content-wise over here on ellebloggs.com. OBVIOUSLY food will always be my core theme (because I'm greedy and I love the food too much) but I felt it was time for a bit of a mix-up.

    It’s going to be a bit trial and error so bear with me. For me I need to find out the topics I enjoy writing about and for you guys it’s going to be about finding what you enjoy and me giving you more of that. It might be fashion and personal style. It might be what I got up to at the weekend. It might even be travel....but it almost certainly won't be beauty - cos' I don't have them skillz.

    But anyway let’s just ease ourselves in with a little winter wish-list. Basic blogger post 101. Just a nice little round-up of the pretty winter things I’ve got my eye on at the moment....



    Leopard Print Jacket  - Trilogy / Fluffy Clutch Bag - ASOS / Black Cable Jumper - Reiss / Knee-high boots -  Ego / Fluffy Slippers - Brantano / Fur Stole - Topshop / Floral Boots - Dr.Martens shoes / Leather Trousers - River Island / 


    *This post contains sponsored links


    I’d love to hear feedback from you guys. What would you like to see more of – or even less of? You can be honest, we're all friends here!

    THANKFUL FRIDAYS #2

    It's Friday which it's time for my second Thankful Friday post! So here's the 10 things that have made me happy this week:

    1.Great Britain
    This week I've been in Wales and Somerset doing some filming for work. I'd actually forgotten how BEAUTIFUL the UK is. Green fields, fresh air and no phone service gave me the chance to just enjoy life and appreciate all the little things around me.
    2. Hump Day Treats
    My grotty Wednesday was made just a little easier this week with a pain au chocolat and a latte from one of my lovely colleagues. It's the little things...

    3. BACK TO THE 'POOL
    After almost two weeks, I FINALLY get to see Tom again today! Those of you that read my blog often will know my boyfriend's name is Tom, but what you might not realise is that he lives in Liverpool! We've been doing the whole long-distance thing for over a year now and it doesn't get any easier. I haven't seen in for nearly two weeks now so I'm really can't wait to spend a whole weekend together!

    4. Welsh Cawl  
    While in Wales (see number 1), I got to try some traditional Welsh Cawl. It's basically a lamb broth, but it reminds me of a stew my dad used to make us when we were little which we called 'gruel'. It's such a simple dinner and so cheap together, I'm definitely going to be buying some lamb so I can make my own.
    5. Bottomless Brunch
    Last Saturday I went to One Canada Square for a friend's birthday brunch. 12 girls + bottomless prosecco = a lot of mayhem in Canary Wharf.

    6. Hello Fresh Delivery
    The lovely Megan arranged for a Hello Fresh delivery to arrive with me on Sunday. SO MUCH FOOD. I've got a full post lined up next week which includes delicious recipes like Jerk Pork and Smoked Mackerel but I'm already SO excited to share them with you!
    7. YOU KNOW NOTHING JON SNOW
    OMG. Sky Atlantic released this massive teaser on Monday which prompts all kinds of questions? Is he alive? Did the red priestess bring him back? When is April god dammit?? Counting down days on my calendar as we speak.
    8. Thank you Aviva!
    Anyone who has seen me out any events recently will know that my beloved camera was recently in an accident meaning I only have half a working screen. It makes taking photos VERY difficult but the lovely people at Aviva have come to my rescue and paid out on my home insurance. Olympus Pen - I'm coming for you!

    9. Black Friday 
    So today is Black Friday so as you'd expect its offers galore in all the shops. I won't be one of the crazy people stampeding into Asda for a new tele but I will be heading down to Strada for my lunch. Between 12-5pm, pizza, pasta and risotto is on offer for ONE POUND. Yes just one english pound! Step to it! 

    10. Changes coming to Elle Bloggs 
    Lastly I wanted to let you guys know, there's going to be some changes coming to ElleBloggs.com soon. I've wanted to branch out into other subject areas like fashion, travel and lifestyle for a while now and after some experimenting on Instagram, I'm going to start bringing the content to the main blog. Don't fear though - food will always be my main focus on here but expect to see more varied content heading your way too!

    Hope you enjoyed this week's post - I'd love to hear what you've been up to this week!

    Wednesday, 25 November 2015

    JAMES BOND IN MOTION, COVENT GARDEN

    My boyfriend is a massive James Bond geek. He's seen all the films, owns them all on DVD and I've definitely seen some posters knocking around in the back of his wardrobe. 

    Some people love all the fancy gadgets, martinis & sharp suits but for Tom it's all about the cars. Be it the DB5 in Goldeneye or the hovercraft in Moonraker, if 007 has driven it - Tom knows all about it. 
    I'd seen a poster on the tube advertising the James Bond in Motion exhibition which showcases all the cars, vans, motorcycles, planes and vehicles from the movies so I decided to take Tom for a little Sunday afternoon treat.
    Tucked away just behind Covent Garden, you'll find the Film Museum which feels like stepping into a James Bond film set.
    They have the original story-boards mapping out car chases from some of your favourite movies like Goldeneye....
    ..and the original sketches from the prop designers on movies like Moonraker, Dr No and Goldfinger.
    You can also get up-close and personal with some of James Bond personal effects including his infamous Omega watches and dodgy passports...
    If you've seen the movies you might even recognise a certain headquarters as depicted in this model  showing just the level of detail the creative teams go through when dreaming up the movies.
    Once you get downstairs, you find the real fun stuff. The actual cars from the moves can be found dotted around the space - complete with the movie clips in which they feature projected on to the wall. 
    Everything from Tracy Draco's red Mercury convertible in On Her Majesty's Secret Service...
    to the Q boat as driven by Pierce Brosnan in the World is Not Enough...


    or little Nellie from You Only Live Twice or the mini aeroplane glider in Octopussy.
    James Bond has driven all kinds of planes, trains and automobiles but I especially loved his array of motorbikes. From the Honda Daniel Craig drove across the rooftops in Skyfall to the BMW R1200C which 007 picked Wai Lin up on in Tomorrow Never Dies.

    But I've saved my favourites till last. The iconic Bond car. The Aston Martin. It's hard to imagine James Bond behind the wheel of anything else. 

    In The Living Daylights, James drove an Aston Martin V8 Vantage which back when it was released in 1977, was billed as Britain's first Supercar. It could reach top speed of 170mph and could do 0-60 in 5.3 seconds...
    Compare that with the Aston Martin DBS V12 from Casino Royale which can now clock up a top speed of 190mph and get from 0-60 in just over 4 seconds! Only 3,400 DBS were made and would set you back £175,000 - an eye-watering price when you see the state that this one got into....
    But the ultimate Bond car will always be the DB5. It's been driven by Sean Connery in Goldfinger & Thunderball, Pierce Brosnan in Goldeneye & Tomorrow Never Dies and more recently Daniel Craig in Casino Royale and Skyfall. Did you know a version of the DB5 even appears in Grand Theft Auto as the JB 700!
    Since Tom and I visited, the exhibition has added the cars from the 'Spectre' movie so it's well worth going to check out if you are or you have a James Bond fan in your life. I'm not even a massive fan but I found myself really excited by all the beautiful cars on display...now I just need to save up £175K..

    45 Wellington St, Covent Garden, Greater London WC2E 7BN
    Tickets are priced £14.50 for an adult and the museum is open seven days a week!

    Friday, 20 November 2015

    THANKFUL FRIDAYS #1

    Looking back over my blog. I feel like you guys don't really know me. You know A LOT about what I eat. (I emphasis the word a lot there) but you don't know that much about me. Being all inspired by one of my favourite bloggers Katy and her 10 happy things posts, I've decided to start writing my own little weekly round-up.

    Each week I am going to (attempt) to round-up 10 of the good things which have happened the week before. It might be things I've eaten, places I've been, things I've done. All the little things that have brightened up my week and that I've been thankful for. So without further ado, let's get straight into week one....

    1. New Job
    So if you follow me on Twitter, you may have heard that I got a new job! I'm over-the-moon. I've been stalking the agency for about a year and now I've managed to bag myself a job there. I don't start till January so I'm totally going to be on a New Year, New You vibe!
    2. Netflix Binging
    Now the weather is changing I've been spending my evenings, tucked up in bed with a cup of tea watching Netflix series. I'm almost finished binge-watching all 6 series of Pretty Little Liars. I have no idea why I started watching this show in the first place and now I can’t stop. It’s so bad, it’s actually kind of good. One this is done and dusted, Narcos is next on the list.

    3. Fajitaaaaa
    Wednesday night fajitas made my hump day so much more bareable this week...

    4. Justin Beiber

    I was all ready to hate Justin Beiber's new album but I totally love it. AND there's a song written by Ed Sheeran on there which is on repeat x1000.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oyEuk8j8imI 

    5. GYM FOR THE WIN
    I successfully managed to go to the gym every night last week. GO ME. My idea of exercise is short and sweet so I’ve been doing 20 minute High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) sessions on the treadmill consisting of sprinting for 30 seconds then jumping off for 30 seconds. It literally blasts your heart-rate through the roof is supposed to help burn fat and keep your metabolism revved for the rest of the day!
    6. Mr Biggums 
    My parents have an apartment in Peurto Banus so split most of their time between here and Spain. They’ve been away for the past few weeks so I’ve had their slightly overweight (read: HUGE) ginger cat, Mr Biggums, come to stay. Besides meowing for food every 5 minutes, doing his 'dooings' in my shower and jumping on my bed to wake me up at 5am every morning, we’re getting on great.

    7. Engagements Galore
    Two of my friends got engaged this week. TWO. This makes me feel very old. But also really happy. I'm excited for the flurry of engagement parties, hen dos and weddings which are now on the horizon. Just no babies yet please guys...

    8. Zara A/W Collection
    Autumn is my favourite season when it comes to clothes. All the layers and the scarfs and the coats. SO COMFY. Zara always delivers at this time of year. I picked up a gorgeous suede tassle jacket earlier this week and feel like i'm channeling my inner Kate Moss.

    9. Brooklyn
    Last night I went to see Brooklyn at the cinema. I cried. a lot. I turn into such a baby when it comes to love stories. I just love Love. If you're not doing anything this weeknd.Please go see it. (Take tissues)

    10.Carluccio Meal Deal
    Stop the press. I have just discovered the Carluccio's lunch time meal deal. Am I late to the party? Probably. Am I bothered? No, because my lunch break has been revoultionised. A HUGE portion of Carluccio's pasta  + a San Pellegrino drink for £5. I got mine from the lovely South Kensington branch who were more than happy to fill my tub up with the pesto spaghetti and aubergine penne. SO GOOD.

    Carluccio's Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

    Wednesday, 18 November 2015

    CERU, CANNON STREET

    You might remember back in the summer i went along to incredibly cool 'London Riveria' to try Ceru. You might remember I loved it. You might also remember it was sadly only a pop-up so you'll understand my excitement when I found out Ceru were back in town & this time hanging out in the city - a hop, skip and a jump away from Bank station. 

    The very lovely Snita of HerFavFood invited me along to a little blogger dinners so we could try out the food and very importantly the drinks. Any good blogging meet-up has to start with cocktails so we happily obliged with the Passionists (£8) - a fruity blend of vanilla, vodka, passionfruit and lime to get things off to a very good start...
    We started with a bread basket of freshly baked pitta bread (£1) with a trio of dips including hummus (£3.95), fadi - made with courgette, tahini and garlic (£5.75) and pancar, a beetroot & yoghurt dip (£4.95). I'm not a big beetroot fan so I steered clear of the pancar but managed to squirrell the fadi (my favourite) down my end of the table.  Next up we had a crisp apple salad with pomegranate, mint, green chilli, lime and pine nuts (£5.50) Everything was incredibly fresh and so tasty. I love using pomegranate in salads and the dressing had just the right amount of 'zing' to make this salad anything but rabbit food. Ceru is a veggie heaven. Most of the dishes on the menu use vegetables as their star and showcase just how versatile cooking without meat can be. I loved the herbed courgette and feta fritters (£4.95) - the cumin & cayenne pepper gave them a little kick of spice which is perfectly cooled with a creamy yoghurt dip.
    If you're memory is good, you'll remember last time I went to ceru - my dish of the night was the slow-roasted lamb (more on that to come) but tonight it was trumped by aubergine. I know. I've lost my mind. In what world would I ever prefer aubergine over lamb but I'm serious, the roasted baby aubergines with tomato and yoghurt were a complete game-changer for me (£4.95). 
    In fairness, cooked aubergine has a fairly meat-like texture to it and the spicy tomato sauce had my name written all over it so I was always going to love this dish. I'm even considering attempting it at home, I love it that much!
    Even though I've got my new-found love for the baby aubergines, you can't deny that the signature slow roast lamb shoulder with shawarma spices (£9) is an absolute knock-out. The juicy, succulent, fall-apart lamb drizzled with a fresh pomegranate and pistachio dressing is incredible so it's no wonder it's a favourite with so many visitors.
    As you can imagine, we were pretty filled to the brim by this point but there's always a little room for pudding. We finished off with the simple but delicious ice cream baklava. Pistachio ice cream with roast nut brittle & burnt honey caramel (£5.50). A perfect way to finish a lovely evening.
    As ever I'm a big fan of Ceru. The food is always incredible good quality and packs so much flavour. I believe they are staying at the Cannon Street site until January so move quick and make sure you try it while they are still there. 

    Make sure you check out my lovely dining companions while you're at it: Snita, Tahira, Binny and Felicia.

    Ceru
    135 Cannon St, London EC4N 5BP

    * I was a guest of Ceru. My food was complimentary
    Ceru Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato