Saturday, December 31, 2011

Soft Licorice

http://www.pandalicorice.com/uk/#


The All Natural Soft Licorice by Panda Licorice tastes great and has an amazing aftertaste. It is nice and chewy; probably one of the best I have had. It's imported from Finland and is made from all natural ingredients. If you are craving something sweet, this is it. It's low in fat, and actually good for you (doesn't contain preservatives or artificial colours).

Buy a pack of 4 at Sainsbury's for only £1.39

Stomp, London

http://www.stomp.co.uk/

For a performance with a beat Stomp is the one to check out! With no words just a beat running through you can not ask for a more unique performance. This show is reminiscent of street bands but with a plot with no words (literally) to explain it. It allows your mind to run wild with what they are saying through their sound. Highly suitable for all ages and for those who do not like the classic song and dance shows.

For £20 meal deal tickets be sure to visit lastminute.com now for an excellent deal into the New Year 2012. The meal deal consists of a meal at the grand Haymarket Planet Hollywood (which was superb) and a ticket for this great show at The Ambassador's Theatre.

Stomp tickets - The Ambassadors Theatre and dinner at Planet Hollywood - £20 per person - meal and show package
Enjoy a two course meal and tickets to see this stomping success

ticket face value: up to £35 per person
combined package price: £20 per person

Friday, December 30, 2011

Marks & Spencer Sushi

A fan of marks and Spencer's and sushi? Then look no further than your local to make a great lunch feast for your friends. With their wonderful array of Sushi choices you will be spoilt for choice.

Check out their selections in your nearest Marks and Spencer's for Sushi platters big and small ranging from £1.99.

Ryvita Fruit Crunch

This Ryvita Crunch gives me a great alternative to bread. Found in all different flavours it can be said that this is a great equivalent (if not better) than bread for lunch time snacks. My favourite is most definitely the Fruit Crunch what is yours?

Click here to see some great recipes with Ryvita. These recipes include everything from savoury to sweet well worth a look.

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Marks & Spencer Café (Epsom, Surrey)


If you have been shopping at Marks & Spencer (Epsom, Surrey) and and want to have a short lunch or tea break; Marks & Spencer has it all sorted. The very cute Café located on the top floor, has a wide selection of sandwiches, toasts and salads (all Marks & Spencer range off course) and we personally highly recommend the Jacket Potatoes; we had it with Tuna and Sweetcorn but there are some other choices too. The food tasted great; no surprise there as Marks & Spencer are famous for their high quality range of foods. This place is ideal for families.

Rookbeare Sorbet


Absolutely love the delicious and fresh Sorbet by Rookbeare (flavour above is Passionfruit). Sorbet is always a good alternative to any desserts if you are looking after your weight; its low in fat and contains fresh fruits. Buy online a selection of the Rookbeare Sorbet at Ocado or head to Harrods.

Carluccio's, London

In the heart of London it does not get much better than Carluccio's for some great Mediterranean style dishes this is the place to be. From savoury to sweet there is nothing that Carluccio's can not do. Highly recommended to get lots of sharing dishes between two people and do NOT miss out on the desert.
If this winter you are entertaining do not forget that Carluccio's do take away selections for large groups, but please note before that you must order the day before. Decorated and laid out like above you can give your guests a splendid buffet of food with out the fuss. Find your nearest Carluccio's here.
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Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Lipton Green Tea


Green Tea has many benefits and a few cups of it a day should be included in your daily diet. Like some Fruits and Vegetables, Green Tea is rich in antioxidants (they protect our immune systems and promote good health), especially Catechins, which are considered to be the most effective of all antioxidants. Other health benefits of green tea are: helps against formation of cancer, controls diabetes, prevents heart disease, calms digestion and many others. To find out more about it click here

Sea Kelp for hair growth



Kelp is part of the seaweed plants family. "It's known for its ability to grow very quickly - up to two feet per day - and is used for everything from Japanese cuisine to supplements and potentially as a future energy source." I have had it recommended to me for strong and healthy hair growth.

"This seaweed contains natural source(s) of vitamins A, B1, B2, C, D and E." Click here to find out more about this energy source and hair weapon available at Holland and Barrett from £5.49 NOW in the sale. Be sure to ask in store for more in depth advice, but definitely a great supplement to have on board. Thanks Holland and Barrett!

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Cranberry

http://www.cranberryuk.com/


Cranberry sell healthy, high quality snacks which are absolutely delicious, natural and uniquely flavoured. They offer a wide selection of dried fruits and nuts; make sure you try a bit of everything when you pick and mix! We absolutely love the yogurt coated cranberries and the chocolate coated banana.

Cranberry is located across the UK; check out their website to find your nearest.

Monday, December 26, 2011

Cadbury Buttons

For Christmas there is nothing better than a little bit of Cadbury's. Cadbury's milk buttons are by far a favourite with their bite size amounts making them the perfect treat for little one's over Christmas time. As my 1 year old godson demonstrated the way to eat them is to let it just dissolve on your tongue.

Chocolate is Cadbury's.

Assa, West End - London


Assa is a cute, small restaurant serving authentic Korean food with several set meal options at lunchtime which are very good value for your money. Assa is open in the evening as well and the menu offers a good range of dishes from stir-fries to hot pots. Please note that due to its size (the restaurant is very small) sometimes it might be a bit difficult to get a table but thanks to its quick service the wait is not very long. Highly recommended!!

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Saturday, December 24, 2011

Merry Christmas & A Happy New Year! 2012!

Thank you to all our viewers this year.
Leni and Mimi would like to wish you a very Merry Christmas with lots of festive cheer.
Hope it is one filled with lots of presents and food,
and enough merriness to put you in a great mood.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year 2012.

With Love Leni and Mimi xoxo

Happy Holidays!

Caffe Nero (Part 4)

http://caffenero.com/default.aspx


We absolutely love the Chai Latte at Caffe Nero; that is why we keep coming back to have it! Even if you have it with Skinny Milk it tastes as great and, as we have repeatedly said, it's the perfect Winter drink! If you heading there for a quick lunch and looking for a light meal, opt for a sandwich instead of a panini; we recommend the delicious Tuna & Cucumber sandwich (less than 300 calories).

Check out the full menu or find your nearest Caffe Nero!

Caffe Nero on Urbanspoon

Friday, December 23, 2011

Grapes


Grapes, one of the most delicious fruits, are rich in vitamins A, C, B6 and folate. They are also a great source of several minerals like potassium, calcium, iron, phosphorus and magnesium.

One of the most important health benefits of grapes is the fact they are rich in resveratrol (a powerful anti-oxidant) which has been found to play protective function against cancers of colon and prostate, coronary heart disease, Alzheimer's disease, viral infections and also reduces stroke risk. To find out more about its benefits follow this link

Buy them now at Asda or at Sainsbury's where you can get 2 packs of 500gr for £4.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Mamma Mia, London

This classic story brings every Abba song to life. This is a wonderful tribute to Abba and a definite must if you are or were a fan. It is a fantastic West End performance for all ages and for the whole family.

For the best package deal be sure to check out lastminute.com for a theatre and meal deal from just £36, the deal includes 'Inamo' a great restaurant idea in Central London. This would be a fantastic idea for a last minute gift this Christmas or for any up and coming birthdays.

Alpen Chocolate & Fudge Bar

One of my favourite ways to kick start the day before work. For someone who is always on the go a cereal bar is a great option in the morning. I prefer to replace a bar of chocolate with this bar on a regular basis. Check out these bars from Weetabix here. Good old Weetabix saving the mornings again.

Artisan du Chocolat, Selfridge's London.

This food concession may be small in Selfridge's, London but should in no way be overlooked. From truffles to caramel syrup for your hot Chocolate you will find yourself self indulging in the treasures of this world. They have excellent chocolate hampers for all types of occasions and offer you plenty of help with choosing the correct tastes for you. L'Artisan du Chocolat IS couture chocolate.

Thank you for all the great tastings and help at Selfridge's, London. Will most definitely be visiting again!

Christmas wish list: Monogram Gift Box please!
Artisan du Chocolat on Urbanspoon

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

LEON (Carnaby Street, London)

http://leonrestaurants.co.uk/


LEON is a lovely and cosy restaurant (you can also have it takeaway) offering a range of freshly made Wraps, Salads, Soups and gorgeous main course dishes. We highly recommend that you try the amazing and very tasty Hot Chocolate; perfect Winter drink to keep you warm! We also absolutely love the beautiful graphics that remind us of an American Diner.

Check out the full menu here and find your nearest LEON restaurant!

Leon on Urbanspoon

Tea Pigs - Liquorice & Peppermint


I am not personally a big fan of tea but the Liquorice & Peppermint by Teapigs is a MUST try! (Won the Great Taste Gold in 2011). This is a naturally sweet and refreshing drink and its taste (as well as the aftertaste!) is just exquisite! We recommend that you leave the teabag in boiled water for at least 4 minutes to get the most out of the flavour!

Buy it now!

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Croutons

For those hearty winter soups in this cold weather be sure to spice it up with croutons. The best way to enjoy the soup this time of year. Give your soup a nice little crunch. My favourite soup to enjoy with these croutons is the New Covent Garden soup co. Try this Big and Bold Chicken and Chunky vegetable soup.

Did you know how easy it is to make your own? Click here to see how!How do you enjoy your soup in the Winter?

Spaghetti House

http://www.spaghettihouse.co.uk/


The same evening we went to watch the amazing Million Dollar Quartet, we had a lovely dinner beforehand at the gorgeous Italian restaurant Spaghetti House in Leicester Square. This restaurant is highly recommended if you are after authentic Italian food and it is also good value for your money. All staff are very friendly and really professional.

Find your nearest Spaghetti House in London here

Spaghetti House on Urbanspoon

Monday, December 19, 2011

FRAE Frozen Yogurt (Topshop, Oxford Circus)

http://frae.co.uk/


We have previously spoken about the benefits of frozen yogurt; it is low in fat, full of calcium (pre and probiotic), proteins and when topped with fruits counts towards your recommended five a day. If you are shopping in Topshop (Oxford Street, London) and fancy a little break, treat yourself to the delicious and absolutely guilt-free FRAE natural frozen yoghurt (just 83 calories per small serving!). Top it up with your favourite fruits; we love the FRAE frozen yogurt with raspberries and kiwi! A small pot with 2 toppings costs £3.70. Enjoy!

Frae on Urbanspoon

LOLA Cupcakes (Topshop Oxford Circus, London)

Once again we must remind you that if you love cake you will love Lola. These beautiful freshly handcrafted cupcakes made in small batches throughout the day can also be found in Topshop Oxford Street giving us shoppers more variety on where to find these delicious goodies. Their unique flavours and specialized designs draw in fans from all over and can now be created at home with their excellent Lola's book. You have not tried a cupcake until you have tried a Lola's so make sure every knows this by recreating them for friends and family with this wonderful book. Great book girls and thank you for making Topshop an even better place to be.

This is most definitely on Leni and Mimi's wishlist. Why don't you think of this book for a cute gift this Christmas? Purchase yours here!

Check out their long list of specialties
from £2.50 each. What is your favourite Lola's?
Lolas on Urbanspoon

Sunday, December 18, 2011

From Geneve with Love

Geneva was visited recently and it turned out to be one of the best locations we have ever visited.
Top Must Do's:

Jet d'eau Water Fountain
Jardin Anglais
Try a cheese and chocolate fondue (seperately)
Walk each street in the Old Town
Make sure you enjoy a beverage in the Place du Bourg-de-Four
Take the Tram to see the whole of Geneve
Stroll from sight to sight to thoroughly enjoy the ambiance
SHOP

Travel tips:
Book a great package deal for a weekend at EasyJet.com
- Hotel Royal
- £129 per person
- Our hotel was greatly located from the main Train station. East walking distance into the center of Geneve. The hotel was superb from cleanliness to service.


Top places to wine and Dine:

Gilles Desplanches - Ultimately the best location in Geneve for food. One word: AMAZING!
Chocolaterie Rive - THE cafe to visit and relax in.
Bollywood - The most amazing drinks to be found on our adventure in Geneve.
Suissime - Edelweiss Hotel Amazing set menu, entertainment and atmopshere
Bogie's Bar - Another great atmosphere reminiscent of a Jazz bar. Great night cap can be found here.
Le Bistrot de Charlotte - The best brunch capturing the essence of Switzerland.
Moilino - Italian food at it's best.











What to wear:

MONTH WE WENT IN: November


Wool socks teamed with warm winter boots
Jeans - with lots of under layers
Jumpers
Casual outfits for day
Smart casual for evening out
Hats/gloves, scarves/ear muffs and lots of layers.

5 essentials:

DK Guidebook Switzerland
Warm clothes
Walking shoes
Money to spend (LOTS)
Camera


LEARN FROM LENI AND MIMI'S MISTAKES:
Be sure to make reservations for most restaurants after 6pm as you may not be as lucky as we were to get a meal at great places.


Did you know??
: That you need Swiss Francs for this trip and lots of them.

Marks & Spencer Lunch


Marks & Spencer always have great lunch ideas. Try the delicious British Chicken Sandwich (no mayo) at only 260 calories and its low in fat (its part of Marks & Spencer Eat Well range). Also it's high in protein which will give this extra boost of energy for the rest of the day. Treat yourself to the amazing Bubbly Santa Chocolate; its so delicious and looks so adorable!