Monthly Archives: October 2014

BRUNCHING AT HUBBARD & BELL

Ohhh Hubbard & Bell, how I have fallen in love with you. Everything from the cute vintage looking plates, to the the cold pressed organic juices, the great menu and the beyond delicious brunch food. Yep its official I am in love.

So Hubbard & Bell was recently brought to my attention by someone who knows how much I love brunches- word is spreading! And boy am I glad they introduced me. Luckily for me being based in Holborn its the ideal spot for me to wonder down to on a lazy Sunday and grab a spot of food with some friends. That’s exactly what I did, last weekend Sunday came upon us and me and one of my closest friends (who also is a massive foodie) decided that this Sunday was in need of some great brunching. And what better time to explore Hubbard & Bell, so we mooched on down to what I would say was one of my favourite brunches in a while.

I was pleasantly surprised with the fact that Hubbard & Bell offers cold pressed juices on the menu as its House Press selection, and these juices are organic! Once I discovered this I knew I was in for a good brunch. So I decided to order a green juice which consisted of kale, apple, cucumber, celery, pineapple, lemon, spinach, parsley and ginger. Then I got a soya cappuccino and the avocado on sourdough with poached egg & pistachio. This combination of food and drink was honestly heavenly. The type of brunch which reaffirmed why I love Sundays!

The rest of the menu looked so great, they had sourdough pancakes, steak and eggs, ricotta fig honey seasalt and mint and many more great flavour combinations! I will be back soon to try out more of the menu because it all sounded and looked amazing. The atmosphere of Hubbard & Bell was also a lot of fun, the open kitchen attributed to this but the whole place had a great ‘buzz’. I will be returning, no doubt in my mind and if any of you are around Holborn and fancy a delicious breakfast then I highly recommend. Actually all the menus look great but the only one I can confirm is the breakfast, oh I guess that means I have to go back and try their lunch and dinner menus too…..damn!

AN INTERVIEW WITH GEORGIA CUMMINGS FOUNDER OF POTAGE

A little while ago I tried Potage a fantastic healthy food delivery service who pride themselves on their freshly prepared 100% organic pots of goodness delivered to your door. I fell in love with Potage and the delicious food they serve up in the little pots, read my write up here. So it seems like its not just me who love Potage, Vogue recently listed Potage in Calgary Avansinos favourite new discoveries in healthy eating, read it here. After I experienced the Potage delivery service, I decided to talk to Georgia the girl behind this great company, we chat about the idea for Potage, healthy meals, what makes Potage unique and much more. I hope you enjoy what she has to say 🙂

1. Can you describe how the idea for Potage first came about?

On a walk in Hyde Park with one of my brothers when we stopped for a hot winter stew and chunk of bread. A very simple, nourishing bowl but we both agreed how amazing it would be if you could eat like that everyday. I then spent any spare time over the following year testing recipes, collecting packaging samples, thinking about logistics, learning to build a website and slowly creating a brand.

2. What makes Potage unique?

All our food is served in a pot (as the name potage suggests ‘food from a pot’). Our meals are freshly prepared by hand each morning using organic meat and eggs, and fresh veg from the local market. The menu changes daily with a different choice of pots every week and all our food is delivered chilled for customers to heat in 5 minutes at a time that suits.

3. Did you always know you wanted to work in the food industry?

I’ve always wanted to work with food in some shape or form. Every meal at home was an occasion growing up, whether a quick Monday morning breakfast before school or weekend lunch with lots of people, my parents would always make sure we all sat together around a table and enjoyed homemade food. I love experimenting with ingredients and two fussy brothers often made for an interesting challenge. I trained at Ballymaloe when I was 18 and afterwards went to work on an Italian farm and then in a kitchen.

4. What’s a typical day in the life of Georgia Cummings?

On a typical working day, the radio goes off at 6.30am and I bicycle to work via the market to collect any herbs or veg we need for the day. I’m at my desk by 7am and it’s all go until 2.30pm when Clara and I have lunch together which is usually a recipe we’re testing. In the afternoon I try to leave the office to go for a walk around one of the local parks or meet a friend before the evening deliveries start at 5pm. I finish work around 9.30pm and usually bike to a friend’s house with some pots or grab a quick drink in a local pub.

5. Describe what you typically eat in a day?

Today I woke up before the radio went off so had a strong, milky coffee before leaving home. For breakfast I had an apple & cinnamon compote we’re testing with some natural yoghurt and our nutty granola. We eat lunch as a team around 2pm, taking it in turns to make, today we had a chicken tikka massala with some flatbreads. Our spinach & nutmeg soup is one of my favourite pots; the recipe is based on something my granny always made us as kids and I have it about three nights a week with some nutty bread or cheese.

6. What’s your favourite meal and do you have any healthy eating tips?

I like simple food made with good quality, seasonal ingredients. At this time of year my favourite meal is a slow cooked stew with freshly baked bread. My tips for healthy eating would be to eat in season and pay attention to portion control.

7. Do you have any favourite eating spots in London?

Lots. Books for Cooks on Blenheim Crescent, Tsiakkos & Charcoal just off Harrow Road, the tea house at Petersham Nurseries next to Richmond Park, the Morrocaan lentil soup van on Golborne Road, The Cow on Westbourne Park Road.

8. Do you have a particular exercise routine?

I bicycle and walk everywhere.

9. Do you have any advice for young business women on setting up their own business?

Enjoy yourself, “it’s not how great you start – it’s how great you end up”.

Check Potage out on Twitter and Instagram 🙂

NIKE ZOOM & THE FIT AGILITY LAUNCH EVENT

Let me introduce you to my latest trainer addition, Nike Zooms! I am a little obsessed with them. In fact I am actually obsessed with trainers in general so its always amazing when I get to expand my collection. Especially when they look as good as these beauties.

So let me tell you how me and my new Nikes got introduced. Last week I went along to the Nike Zoom Fit Agility Launch event which consisted of a selection of bloggers and writers testing out our new Nike Zooms by taking part in a hardcore fitness class held by the wonderful Anya Lahiri. I interviewed Anya just the other week so to find a bit more about here check out the interview here. So this workout was insane, I am not joking when I say one of the hardest I have pushed myself in a long time, Anya is a machine!! I loved it though, I mean I was a hot, red sweaty mess by the time it had finished but so was everyone else and it was a great experience working out with such a fantastic group of girls!

So the real reason we were put through our paces was to try out the new Nike Zooms and see what we thought of them. So here we go. Firstly here is an overview of the trainer itself and why Nike say it will revolutionise your training. Heres what Nike say- The Nike Zoom Fit Agility Women’s Training Shoe has ultra-responsive cushioning for flexible impact protection designed specifically for gym workouts. The hexagonal Nike Zoom pods help to cushion your foot where you need it most, and the lightweight upper offers stability and extra support.

So I am sure you have noticed these pods, they are what I think make the trainer so striking! The Nike Zoom pods are designed to cushion your foot where it impacts the ground. I was talking to one of the lovely Nike ladies who informed me of an interesting fact, so the pods aren’t hexagonals for any old reason or because they just looked pretty. Nope the reason behind the hexagonal pods is that hexagons are actually natures strongest natural shape! I know, who knew! Well Nike obviously but you know. I was pretty impressed and busted that fact out to anyone who would listen…..feel free to do the same 🙂

Anyway after that summary of the trainers themselves, I can tell you now that they are great to work out in. I found that when I was performing many of the moves for example the mountain climbers (which were a killer) they gripped really well. Also any moves which included any jumps they were ideal, they have great spring and bounce thanks to the magical little pods. So all in all a great workout with a great pair of new trainers, the technology behind these little beauties means that moves like burpees, mountain runners, lunges, squat jumps  etc (basically all the moves which are disgustingly hard but have GREAT results) will be revolutionised. Yay for burpees……said no one ever lets be real. But these trainers with their pods will help make them that bit better!! You can buy them here x