Sunday, 30 April 2017

Hadley's Coffee House n some happy snaps

I was reunited with my super cool pal Leo, so we celebrated with coffee. No better way to celebrate right? It actually took us a while to find a cafe with any space which can mean only one thing!... coffee culture is evidently growing and I am definitely not complaining about it. 

Eventually we found a cute little place called Hadley's Coffee House and we both ordered Cappuccino's. The coffee was goood although slightly on the weaker side. Still yum though and I LOOVE when cafe's have sugar cubes rather than sugar sachets. I swear they taste nicer?

The decor of the cafe is really cute and very wooden themed. The upstairs is actually currently being renovated so i'm intrigued to see what that's like when it's finished! 

Queue cute decor pics...

Oh and is it even a proper coffee trip if I don't nag my pal to attempt to take a nice photo of me?

Here is a visual representation of how happy I am when presented with coffee...

Thursday, 13 April 2017

I have an obsession with pancakes (a v simple & v yum recipe)

Why are pancakes everywhere at the moment?????? I swear every other pic on Instagram involves a pancake of some sort. This current craze combined with my recent trip to the double Dutch pancake house has resulted in me having an obsession with all things pancake!

I decided to have a go at making my own American style pancakes and thought I may as well share my cute pancake pics and recipe with y'all. 

This recipe made what you can see in the picture - the perfect amount for one brunch serving.

You will need
  • 65g of plain flour
  • half a teaspoon of baking powder
  • a quarter of a teaspoon of salt
  • 1 tablespoon of caster sugar
  • 65ml of milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon of melted butter
  • Whatever toppings your heart desires

Basically all you need to do is mix the dry ingredients together and mix the wet ingredients separately. Then beat the two mixes together until a smooth batter is formed.

Heat up some butter in a non-stick pan on a medium heat. Once melted, add a tablespoon full of batter to the pan (at this point you could add on chocolate chips or blueberries mmmm). Once bubbles start forming on the top, flip your pancake over. It should be fairly obvious when the pancake is cooked (they don't take long at all) but apparently it should have risen to be 1cm thick. Keep repeating until you have a cute stack of pancakes on your plate. 

And voila. Time to feast on your delicious fluffy pancakes! I had mine with berry coulis and banana which was ever so tasty. They're actually really nice just on their own but hey, that doesn't make for a great Insta picture so I highly recommend toppings.

Monday, 10 April 2017

The brunch of dreams (best granola ever)

On my birthday, me and some friends made a very hungover trip out to Coffee Culture in York. My bestie India, very kindly treated me to a birthday brunch. LOVE YOU (if you're reading this). 

Coffee Culture is a little cafe on Goodramgate. It's a small but tall building with 3 floors and steep rickety staircases. Each floor is so cute and cosy! 

I ordered a berry smoothie and granola in the hope that it would cure my highly hungover state. In all honesty it didn't cure me.. but at that point I don't think anything could. Lol. Nonetheless it was still an absolutely delicious brunch! The smoothie was refreshing and sweet enough for me - I'm not a fan of an unsweetened smoothie that tastes tart. The granola was served so cutely. In a bowl with a ramekin of yogurt, ramekin of fruit coulis and a little bottle of milk on the side. AW! I love how I had the option to add what I wanted even though I ended up just adding it all - standard Rach.

I'm a big granola fan but this was without a doubt the yummiest I have tasted. Super crunchy with looads of dried fruit and nuts. I'm now working literally just across the road from Coffee Culture so I'll for sure be heading back here for lots of my lunch breaks!

Sunday, 2 April 2017

The double Dutch pancake house, York

I met up with a friend from Sixth Form for a little catch up. I originally wanted to go to Brew & Brownie which is an adorable little coffee shop in the city centre. I've tried to go 4 times now and EVERY single time it is packed. I WILL get in one day.

My friend recommended the Double Dutch Pancake House so we went there instead - another place that had actually been on my list of cafe's to go. They sell authentic Dutch pancakes along with other traditional Dutch foods like stroopwaffles (yummiest sweet chewy cinnamonny treats EVER).

I'm yet to come across someone who doesn't like pancakes. Pancakes are just, so, Y U M.

The menu has soooo much choice which means I'm going to have to make many more trips to try them all. There's savoury, sweet and breakfast pancakes, all available gluten free. As I'm trying to be healthy and I wasn't starvingly hungry, I went for a pancake topped with yogurt, honey and berry compote. My friend went for a pancake topped with banana, salted caramel and whipped cream - I know, I soon regretted my own choice. He also ordered a banana milkshake and I went for a standard latte. I'm definitely getting the peanut butter milkshake next time I go though. 

As you can see in the pictures, the pancakes were served looking ever so aesthetically pleasing. Mine tasted amazing although I could have done with slightly more honey as I am a bit of a sugar fiend. The coffee was also actually really good despite the lack of latté art. 

I love the bright and cutesy decor of the cafe and the really chilled vibe. I also don't normally take much notice of this but the waitress who served us was very very lovely and it really does make a difference to the cafe experience ha ha. 

I'll definitely be making another visit soon! 

Here is me posing with my latté