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London | Amazing Coffee Shop – Brickwood Coffee & Bread

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Brickwood Coffee & Bread is the epitome of all things great about Australian food and coffee. The coffee shop is located down a quaint road in Balham, which sits alongside another great Kiwi coffee shop, Milk, and also a florist, deli, bakery and all great little shops that make you feel like you are in a market town in the country.

As you step into Brickwood, you are always welcomed by a friendly member of staff, and unfortunately more often than not, due to their awesome menu and great staff, you normally have to wait about 10 minutes to grab yourself a seat, but it is most definitely worth it.

The counter is full of aussie treats; Tim Tam’s, Banana Bread, Shapes, Solo and of course great coffee.

The stripped back design, exposed brick, and imaginatively decorated shop  makes a perfectly warm and inviting atmosphere to enjoy a brunch with friends and family.

I have one small moan …., the banana bread is £6.20 for a slice, which is incredibly expensive.  I have never eaten a slice of it, so it may be some sort of super power banana bread that will give you powers to fly to the moon.  However, I believe that is slightly too expensive.

Nevertheless, you should definitely go check out any of the three coffee shops that are located in Balham, Tooting Broadway Market and Clapham Common for a coffee and one of their deliciously tasty wraps.  Especially if you are an Australian living/travelling in London and fancy some home treats!!

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Opinion | Why we should all quit our jobs in London, and work virtually from Bali

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Quite a drastic change of lifestyle I hear you say, however, as we have seen today; Donald Trump has been inaugurated as the President of the United States, and what we should really take away from today is to step back from what we are doing and just think for a second…… anything could happen tomorrow, UFOs could fly into Earth and take over the world, you never know!!

If Trump can be elected President of the most powerful country in the world, I think it proves that we can all do that thing that we have always wanted to do but have been told that we can’t, and maybe live a little whilst we try.

I might be having a few symptoms of the January Blues, mainly from the lack of vitamin D in my systems from the severe lack of sunlight that touches my skin, but I am not completely sure that this London life is for me. The constant miserable weather, alongside populations attitude that matches the weather down to a tee, unfriendliness and to be completely honest it is full of a demographic of people who are just trying to desperately social climb til they reach the peak of mount of Everest.

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London: NBA Global London – Indiana Pacers Vs. Denver Nuggets

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“Get’cha head in the game.” (High School Musical, 2006)

Yep that is right, my knowledge of basketball is based on one of the great movies of all of my childhood…. High School Musical. I think that it must be pretty accurate then?

This post may need a little explaining as many people know that I do not follow basketball in any sort of way, however, Sam got us tickets to see the game as it was one of the few games that NBA global would be playing in London.  The NBA global games have been put in place to try and promote the game on a more global scale, as it seems to be a slightly skewed game towards Americans.

Therefore, it seemed like a great opportunity to learn about the game and pick a team that I would support from now on.  Indiana Pacers were the team that were playing on the night that we had booked tickets for, and they also had the most delightful colours of gold and blue… so I thought to myself they look like a great team and I will forever now be a supported of the Pacers (unless the LA Clippers are playing….. apparently).

For all of you non-basketball followers (and probably for me), here is a brief description of how the game works:

There are two teams of five players who are both trying to score by shooting a ball through a hoop elevated 10 feet above the ground. The game is played on a rectangular floor called the court, and there is a hoop at each end.

Here are a few funny slang basketball words, which may be cool if you learn…

alley-oop: A designed play in which a player lobs the ball toward the basket and a teammate jumps up, catches the ball in midair, and usually dunks it.

block out (or box out): Using the body to block or shield an opponent in order to gain better position to grab a rebound.

boards: Rebounds.

brick or clank: An especially ugly, misfired shot that clanks hard off the rim.

Unfortunately, even after all of the effort of picking the Pacers and getting the jerseys, they got absolutely slammed and were down by 28 by the end of the game (112-140), which is a pretty horrendous loose.

Even thought we lost, we had a great time and would definitely advise you to go and check out an NBA game if you can!

‘We are all in this together’ (The cheesy words of High School Musical, 2006).

Don’t forget to follow my blog for all great things coming up in London soon!!

xo

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Please Sponsor Me: Help me raise money for Mind (Mental Health)

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Hope everyone had a great New Years evening and your 2017 has begun in a great way!!

First post of 2017 and it is going to a great cause!!

Yes you are correct in thinking that I have stupidly accepted the challenge of running the London Marathon in April this year (this wasn’t even a New Years Resolution….)!

I have very slowly begun my training for the painful journey towards the fun filled 26 mile (42 km) run! And yes, it is true that I randomly decided to sign up to the marathon whilst on a 20 hour bus journey down the East Coast of Australia (I think that I was potentially just incredibly bored)!

Anyway, I have decided to run for a charity called Mind, which is a charity which supports people with mental health problems.  One of my very close friends works with the charity and I would love to be able to raise money for the great cause.

As you may be aware from the many campaigns running around on social media, 1 in 4 people in the UK suffer from Mental Health issues! Mind are an award winning charity which supports thousands of people per year through a number of different channels (phone lines, membership and networking, professional training and many other methods).

Mind have teamed up with the Heads Together campaign, which has been headed up by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry.  Where they are campaigning to end the stigma around mental health.

By donating to this cause, your money will be used to help provide practical support to those who are suffering from many mental health diseases around the UK.

It would be greatly appreciated if you would help me raise money and click on the link below!!

Many thanks and Happy New Year!! xxxx

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LONDON: The Jazz Cafe, Camden

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The Jazz Cafe, Camden, is one of London’s most iconic live music venues.  Being owned by one of the most successful bar/restaurant/club groups in London, The Columbo Group, who owns places such as The Blues Kitchen, XOYO, Phonox, The Nest and other great London venues.  We knew from that line up that we were in for a good night.

Just a year after celebrating their 25th birthday yesterday, The Jazz Cafe is still withholding it incredible reputation and unbelievably talented string of Jazz an Blues bands.

It is located super close to Camden underground station, you literally walk up and out of the station and turn right onto the first street on your right hand side and you will see the the bright sign for The Jazz Cafe.

Their are two distinct areas in the restaurant/club, the restaurant area is located upstairs where you can find a sophisticated drinks menu alongside a multi-cultural food menu which is sure to feed all types of taste buds.

We reserved a table upstairs about 6 weeks beforehand (highly advised to book ahead), we were seated on levitated bar type table which looked over the the stage on the ground floor.  This offers you a great alternative to watch the great music to being downstairs in the sweaty standing area whilst watching the jazz music.

What I really loved about the venue is that it is a very intimate space (only 440 capacity), however, you feel like there is space to breath, in comparison to lots of gig venues where you can’t move without knocking someone’s drink out of there hand.

Anyway, if you are looking for a new cool place to go in London as one of your New Years Resolution, The Jazz Cafe is definitely the place to go.

Check out their website for all of their up coming gigs coming up  – http://thejazzcafelondon.com/

Make sure you follow my blog for Great things to come in 2017.

🙂 Evangeline Laurel xo

(Apologies for the terrible photos, it was pretty dark)!

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Australia – 1 year ago today

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Turning back time to this time last year…. Have to say that sitting in an office in the middle of London doesn’t quite compare to driving on a boat in Noosa Heads, Queensland.

I will let you guys decide which you think is better.

🙂

Have a good weekend!!

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London – Toast Rack, Wandsworth

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Toast Rack is one of my favourite breakfast place in London, it is an artisan bakery, coffee shop and café right next to Wandsworth Common.  It is slightly off the main strip of coffee shops and retailers, which makes it an even better find.

They sell naturally leavened sourdough and speciality breads that are baked on site, which you also get a little toaster on the side of your table where you can receive unlimited toast and toast it to your preferred and perfected level (what could be better)

They also serve a great selection of delicious fresh breakfasts, lunches and homemade cakes, using organic, locally sourcedingredients, alongside triple-certified coffee and loose leaf teas.

The breakfasts are all super delicious and great portion sizes.  I ordered the porridge with mixed berries and honey, honestly one of the best bowls of porridge ever! Definitely needed to have a good work out afterwards to work off all those carbs – but totally worth it!

I think they also open up over the weekends during the evening for in-house or take away sourdough pizzas from our bread oven and delicious homemade burgers.

The closest station in Wandsworth Common, where you simply walk through the park to the other side and walk right for about 5 minutes and I would highly recommend that you make the visit.

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