Saturday, 19 April 2014

Easterberry: Kew Gardens

oompa loompa, do-ba-dee-doo,
we've got the perfect location for you.
oompa loompa, do-ba-dee-dee
where you are likely to see a tree.

after a pretty magical time at Willy Wonka's afternoon tea
we just could NOT get the confectionery wizard out of our brains
luckily for us Kew Gardens are going through a similar obsession
as this easter they're running some pretty spesh chocolate inspired activites
safe to say we booked our tickets pretty soon after finding this out.

kewsign

we're off to see Mr. Wonka, the wonderful genius of choc

map

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first thing we noticed is that there's a lot of green everywhere

lake

and some pretty impressively scary statues

lion

but you know mostly the green thing

trees

these crazy giant mushrooms had us feeling like 
Mr. Wonka had slipped us a shrinking potion!

shroom

but what a good excuse for an OOTD

bethshroom

OH NO
now silly Wonka's chocolate has us all super tiny!

bethshroom2

phew okay back to normal now guys
well as normal as two strawberries can get

garden

luckily it was quite a beaut day 
so we could sit back and smell the flowers

palace

and boy were there a lot of flowers

pink

like they're not messing about with this whole gardening business
no siree

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so we just gots be unleashing our inner child
and doing some cheeky log climbing
duh

bethclimb

the main event for us was chocolate decorating

chocsign

but we were not prepared for the queue. at kew. 
lololololololol little bit of punny humour there

chocsign2

the event took place inside teepees

tp2

because coachella isn't the only hipster place this weekend
nah ah

tpin

beth attempted to create a strawberry
while emily went for a more artistic floral arrangement

choc2

it looks too good to eat

bethchoc

hmmmmmm
but on second thoughts...

chocbite

a hop skip and a jump away was the white peaks cafe

cafe1

where there's a tree!
okay so its not actually a real tree
but there's plenty of them outside, right?

cafetree

they served scrummy snacks

cafeood

crumbly cookies

cafef2

mini tubs of ice cream

cafef4

and THE cutest pick and mix stall, 
which we totally drove into

cafef3

we somehow managed to restrain ourselves and each opted for
a hot chocolate and egg sandwich with apple juice and healthy snacks to share

lunch

BECAUSE SHARING IS CARING

plantroom

next we popped into the plant house

prbeth

where we really felt like we connected to nature

pr1

as we learnt about all our favy ingredients

prginge

and how they get from soil to stomach

pots

we popped downstairs to visit the seaweed

marine

and ended up bumping into Marlon
apparently Dory's gone missing
if you hear anything call this hotline number:
1800-omg-marlon-keeps-losing-people

nemo

can we borrow that water feature for our garden please?

housr

and by borrow we mean have and not give back

white

today has helped us to not only further our Willa Wonka obsession 
but we've also actually managed to soak up some gardening tips

greenh

so thanks Kew for a lovely day!
hopefully we'll be seeing you and your greenery again soon x

Thursday, 17 April 2014

Grillshack

we just could NOT get enough of Jackson&Rye
so thought we might as well take a cheeky trip to their sister restaurant. 
Grillshack is an all day diner, which means its open, like, all day
supes convenient 

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it's a super classy American diner

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making all the diner classics 

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but with a tres sophisticated edge

5

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it's even got that [unique new york]* canteen feel
*repeat until mastered the Brooklyn accent
CHALLENGE ACCEPTED

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so there's one thing y'all have gotta know about the ordering system here

8

IT'S PRETTY DARN AMAZING

8b

you can either order the old fashioned Nandos-style-queue-way
or make like futuristic people and order on the computer/your phone

11

'ooooooohhhh look Emily! the drinks are having a nice ice bath!'

10

there's a soda fountain. it doesn't get more american that than.

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hashtag grandma drink

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oi! 
it tastes pretty lovely actually

em

we got some while-you-wait
chicken nuggets and cheesey balls

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now can we have a close up for dramatic effect please

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literally the fastest non-fast-food food delivery then arrived

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for the main event we shared a philly cheese with pulled pork

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and a double bacon cheese burger 
we just couldn't say no to rehoming the poor thing

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with a side of obligatory fries 
obvy

13

after devouring every scrap, we were feeling too full to move 
but not too full for dessert 

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so we decided to give the grillshack ordering app a try 

20

and as if by magic
a rogue chocolate ice cream sandwich appeared!

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yum yum 
get in our tum

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on our walk home we began feeling a tad thirsty
so visited an old fav: 21

tail1

beth went for a scrummy pink champagne cocktail

tailbeth

while Em went for the classic aperol spritz

cocktail

but then we started feeling hungry again!
typical!

ss

so we thought when in covent garden....
SHAKE SHACK IS A MUST
(see posts here, here, here and here for a look into our shared obsession)

ssclose

at the mo they have a super special easter egg concrete
and we just couldn't say no

ssbeth

it was amaze, even for shake shack standards.
AND THEN WE ROLLED HOME
lololololololol 
we love food x
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