CABSLAM Berlin | Travel

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I love brunch, there’s just something so much better about having brunch than breakfast or lunch. Even though 99% of the time I’ll have all three . . . I can eat okay?

I love all of the food that you can get because there’s usually loads of different things including avocados, eggs, fancy different things which you never knew excited. So on my recent travels to Berlin as soon as I heard about the place CABSLAM which is meant to be the place for breakfast/brunch I knew I needed to go.

CABSLAM – Innstraße 47, Neukölln, 12045, Berlin

CABSLAM actually stands for The California Breakfast Slam so you can understand why they shortened the name, even though it’s nice putting that everywhere would take ages. The name comes from the fact that it’s an American style place that serves breakfast and brunch served with some California love.

Have I already mentioned how much I love this place? Like I honestly fell in love with it and would love to go back to Berlin simply for this place, if you’re ever in the city it’s a must.

Fair enough it is a short trek to find it and we did get a little confused by our map apps, it took us through some of not the best streets which was a little scary but at the same time I loved it, you really got a feel for the place and saw the bits that’s not just on show as you would expect. This doesn’t mean that CABSLAM is in some sort of run down, unsafe slum by any means – you’re perfectly safe.

I opted for the Huevos Rancheros in the brunch size for €8.90 and if you’re not aware what that is it’s basically a plate of two homemade corn tortilla with two fried eggs, black beans, fresh pico de gallo salsa, guacamole and sour cream. I’ve never tried this before but thought it sounded like the perfect thing and oh my days was it one of the best things I’ve ever eaten.
It was honestly so good and just writing this post and looking back at the photos is making me drool, I might have to try and recreate this myself at home one day.

Mark on the other hand opted for the Breakfast Burrito for €6.90, not going to lie I was completely tempted to opt for this one myself because it sounds amazing. ‘Flour tortilla filled with egg, bacon, cheese, black beans, ranchero sauce and potato.’ – I would be lying if I said I didn’t end up eating probably half of it, I can’t help it. I have a thing for eggs okay?

Overall get me on a plane back to this place asap.

The Chipiron Restaurant Barcelona | Travel

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Ahh paella, the most delicious meal known to man, or well me, myself and I. Ever since I’ve gotten back from Barcelona all I’ve been dreaming about is the amazing paella I ate over seas, it was honestly some of the nicest food I’ve ever eaten and I know I say that about everything I eat but this is just next level stuff.

I’ve tried Paella a lot and from loads of different places but the seafood one from The Chipiron Restaurant in Barcelona is amazing. The thing that makes this so great isn’t just the food itself it’s the view, it’s sat right on the waterfront with mirrored ceilings making it extremely scenic.

We got the large original seafood paella to share which I don’t regret doing in the slightest because it came in this GIANT pan where you just helped yourself. Did you know the best part of a paella is the crispy parts on the edges? Not just a fact from me, a fact from everyone.

The fact that you can sit either inside or outside depending on you mood and the whether is fab too, usually I’m not much of a fan of sitting outside especially when I’m eating because of the flies. I don’t usually like sharing food anyway never mind sharing them with pesky insects. But sitting outside in the warm spanish sun with the salty breeze from the water, eating paella is just something else.

The prices I think is very reasonable with the paella costing €16.85, I did want to try the sword fish and baby squid paella but sadly I couldn’t convince my boyfriend to go for it. Next time I to The Chipiron Restaurant go I’m definitely going to be getting that one though!

If you ever go to Barcelona I definitely recommend going to The Chipron and trying the paella!

Seedlip Original 31 Dover | Drinks

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I’m not someone that drinks that often and if I’m in the house I usually just drink squash but there’s loads of non alcoholic drinks out that are meant to resemble cocktails and such I thought I’d give one a go.

I tried the Seedlip Original* £27.95 from 31DOVER which is a distilled non-alcoholic spirit with hints of wood, spices and citrus. Honestly I had no idea what the Seedlip was going to taste like or anything and was really surprised by the consistency of it because straight off the bat it reminded me of water.

It was just the consistency of the Seedlip that reminded me of water though since the taste of this is so intense. I think because I had no idea what to expect it just kind of kicked me in the face full force, it felt a bit like I just did a shot of tequila without the burning feeling. Because of the spices and wood it does give it a really smokey flavour which I think is a personal taste.

Sadly it’s not really a personal taste for me on it’s own, but as a mixer it’s lovely. Don’t be a idiot like I did and basically do shots of non alcohol spirits because that’s not what this Seedlip is for, it’s meant to be  used as a mixer – on the website it’s mixed with tonic water but I prefer it with Diet Lemonade. That’s just because I despise tonic water though!

This drink is basically a Gin for when you don’t want to actually drink so if you had it mixed with some tonic water you’re basically drinking a non alcohol Gin and Tonic with a twist. Plus Seedlip* is 0.2 calories per 50ml serve, thats not even 1 calorie a drink HOW IS THAT POSSIBLE? Basically if you’re on a diet and not drinking, drink this.

Aspire drinks

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I’m not going to lie I’ve never been that much of a fan of the whole green tea thing, cold, hot, in a latte, basically in any form I haven’t really liked it. Not sure why I just really don’t like it.

So finding out that there’s such a thing as cold flavoured green tea where you get all the nutrients of green tea without it actually tasting like it is fab. Aspire drinks* (£1) are a premium green tea that promotes healthy energy with zero calories and zero sugar, making them good for you.

One thing that I love about these drinks is the packaging, it’s just so pretty to look at it. The only downside is that they come in cans, there’s nothing wrong with that other than the fact I hate cans, always have and probably always will. I just don’t like the fact that I can’t reseal them if I wanted too.

Out of the three flavours that I’ve tried Mango Lemonade*, Cranberry* and Apple and Acai* I think my favourite has to be the Mango Lemonade. It’s refreshing and tastes like a drink you would have on holiday, it reminds me a bit of a lemonade with less fizz and mango flavouring running throughout.

With all of the drinks they have a slight fizz to them but nowhere near as much as a normal pop would do so it makes it easier to drink and if you’re someone who doesn’t really like a pop because of the fizz I recommend giving these a try!

You can buy them online or from shops such as Holland and Barrett.

Things I Love To Eat At Christmas Time | Food

I love Christmas for many reasons but one of the things that I absolutely love is the food, being a massive foodie this time of year I’m in my element. I mean I’ll just keep stuffing my face until I think I’m about to explode, especially since I’m usually baking all the time with some of the freebies I can fine online. Here’s some of my favourite festive things to shove in my gullet.

  • Mince Pies; I’m not actually that much of a fan to be completely honest but I do always have at least one to make me feel a bit festive (and sick.)
  • Pigs In blankets; Does this one need any explanation? It’s sausages wrapped in bacon, it’s like heaven in my mouth.
  • Chocolate Santas; Or Reindeers I’m not judging, as long as it’s chocolate and in some sort of Christmassy Shape I’ll eat it.
  • Just All The Chocolate; Actually I will just eat all of the chocolate especially all of those family tubs that are about £4.
  • Pringles; I don’t know why but I feel like these are a major Christmas staple even though they’re out all year round I just think of Christmas with them.
  • Turkey; I think we all know about this one – Christmas Dinners.
  • Gammon; Ever since I was a little girl it’s been a tradition to have a Gammon joint on Christmas Eve or a ham if you like to call it that.
  • Bratwurst; The main thing I eat at Christmas Markets are these and ever since I went to the ones at Berlin, I just can’t seem to find any that taste as good as those! Although they’re all pretty yummy!
  • Spiced Nuts; I absolutely adore Cinnamon and nuts so having those spiced nuts from the markets are heaven to me.

There’s so much more that I love to eat but I feel like this post might become a bit too long is I put them all down!