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Bubba Gump Shrimp Restaurant | London Eats

Helloooo!

Have you watched the movie “Forrest Gump”? If you haven’t I don’t judge you because I have only seen it a few ago for the first time. I have always wanted to see this movie because I heard so many good things about it but never got around to it. But when my friend took me to the restaurant “Bubba Gump”, which was inspired by the 1994 film Forrest Gump, I knew I had to see the movie later that day. After all there is also a Jenny in the movie:P

I watched the movie and of course I have loved! It just shows that we are all talented in one way or another and  reminds me of the famous saying:

‘Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.

Now back to the restaurant Bubba Gump, the menu is all about the shrimp. So if you love seafood you are in the right place.

Once you are seated on your table and had a look at the menu and are ready to order you turn the “Run Forrest Run” license tag over to “Stop Forrest Stop” and someone will be with you to take your order.

I ordered the Secret Mango Sparkler for a drink and I had the Shrimp Shack Mac & Cheese and the Seafood Hush Pups, both listed as appetisers. They were both very good however because they are both so filling I really struggled with the Hush Pups and my friend had to help me out. Retrospectivdly I would have just order the Shrimp Mac and Cheese, because it is quite big and you can always start with one appetiser and then add another one as you go if you are still hungry or order a main straightaway. Another plus for everyone you can’t eat gluten, they have a gluten free menu!

My friend also told me that sometimes they quiz you about the movie when taking your order, however I was lucky and they didn’t ask me any questions as I didn’t watch the movie! Photos from the characters of the movie can be found all over the walls of the restaurant and there are also screens showing the movie. I had to sit in a way so that I want looking at the screen..so maybe yes watch the movie before you go and eat there. Everything makes much more sense too!

Downstairs there is also a little shop where you can buy souvenirs from if you like.

Overall I really liked the restaurant and its a bit different. So if you like the movie Forrest Gump and like shrimp we have a win win situation here.

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Bubba Gump Shrimp Co

Address: 13 Coventry St, London W1D 7AB
Nearest station: Piccadilly Circus
Website: http://bubbagumpshrimp.co.uk

Spirulina Smoothie

Hello everyone!

I am back home after nearly two weeks in Germany visiting Berlin, Cologne and Maastricht (Things to do post is coming soon :D) and I realised that I got my latest order from Amazon: Spirulina powder! And because its so nice and hot outside I really wanted to make a smoothie. I missed making them while I was away… So this time instead of googling a recipe I just added some fruits we had at home and voila Spirulina a la Jeny was created. AND it tastes good so I am glad. I hope you like it too.

Ingredients:

One red apple

One peach

One banana

A handful blueberries

One tablespoon Spirulina powder

A few ice cubes

Put all ingredients into your blender with a bit of water and its done!

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Mayfair Hotel Spa | Things to do in London

Who doesn’t love a bit of pampering especially if you find a deal for two people and you get to experience it with a friend!

So a few weeks ago I took my friend for her birthday to Mayfair Hotel for a 2 for 1 Moroccan Steam Cleansing Ritual Spa day. It was soo much fun and our skin felt so good afterwards!

Our appointment was booked for 5pm but we went there earlier as you can use their facilities, including a sauna, steam room and cold bucket showers ( all included in the booking price) an hour before and after our treatment.

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Spa facilities

When we arrived we had to fill an a little questionnaire and then the lovely receptionist showed us around the spa facilities and took us to our changing rooms where we were provided with bath robes, towel and a locker. Before we arrived we were told to bring our own slippers.  The changing room was lovely, it had two toilets and two showers, hairdryers and straighteners and lots of mirrors and even little cotton pads and flannels to use.

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After we got changed into our swimming suits and robes we made our way to the steam room and sauna, which were small but because it was not busy at all we had the whole place to ourselves to spread out and to make ourselves comfortable. After using the steam room and sauna we used to cold bucket showers and there was also a sink full of ice so that you could close your pores and cool down after using the sauna and steam room. We also relaxed for a bit on the hammer beds in the relaxation room before our treatment and helped ourselves to tea and apple.

 

The Moroccan Cleansing Ritual

For the ritual, we were taken to our own private room, which had a table with all the ingredients needed for the cleansing ritual, a shower and a separate steam room at the back. The lady explained to us how to use the ingredients and in which order and then left  so we could start the ritual.

The first ingredient you apply is a white clay to your face and neck followed by a grey/green clay to your whole body. It was so funny to look at my friends face covered in mud whilst doing it, we looked hilarious! Finally you rub dead sea salt onto your skin in circular motions which helps to exfoliate your skin.

TIP: One tip I have is not too shave your legs the day before the cleansing ritual because the salt does hurt your skin.

You then take a seat in the steaming room for about 20 mins until the showers right above your seat come on and you can wash away the mud. You can also step into the shower just to make sure you got rid of all the mud on your skin and after drying yourself then  you finally get to use the body oil to moisturise the skin. We had so much fun doing the ritual and our skin felt so good afterwards even after a week later! Anyway after the ritual we went back to the relaxation room and relaxed with another cup of tea. I love tea and we nearly fell asleep!!

I would definitely recommend this cleansing ritual to anyone who would like to spoil themselves and don’t mind doing a bit of the work themselves. I took my friends to this spa day for her birthday so its perfect as a present or even mothers day.

I booked this deal on lastminute.com but it can also be found on Wahanda and the good thing is that you have a year since the day of purchase to book the actual treatment so there is no rush!

Here is the link: https://spa.lastminute.com/places/offer-tag-spa-days-with-afternoon-tea/in-greater-london-uk/#offerId=361434&venueId=292

Let me know what you think if you go!

Jeny xxx

DIY Painted Travel Tile- Mod Podge Photo Transfer

Bonjour!

As you do I was going through my holiday photos recently and was looking at some really beautiful shots which I wanted to have in my room. But rather then putting these photos in frames I came across the idea to transfer them onto tiles. It’s so easy and beautiful!

Here is a simple guide to how to DIY your very own Travel Tile using Mod Podge!

What you will need: 

Regular Mod Podge in a matte finish ( I got mine from Hobbycraft)

Tiles

A foam brush

A photo resized to the size of your tile and printed on normal paper using your printer

Scissors

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Step 1:

Measure your tile and then resize your photo on Picasa or Paint according to that and print.

Cut out the photo. Don’t worry about cutting perfectly straight.

Step 2:

Turn the photo and cover the backside evenly with Mod Podge. But be aware if you take too long to do this, the Mod Podge will start to dry and we don’t want that!

Then once the back of the photo is coated, flip it over and place it onto your tile and position until its right. Try and press down on the photo to get rid of air bubbles.

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( I didn’t cut out my photo immediately but it’s so much easier if you do)

Step 3: 

If you have excess paper across the edges of the tile you can use sandpaper to shear it off.

I skipped this step because I didn’t have any excess paper.

Step 4: 

Finally, just brush Mod Podge all over the front and across the sides to seal everything. Leave it to dry for 1-2 hours.

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You are done!

It’s cheap and simple and gives the impression of a painting. Its so beautiful and I bet you won’t use so many photo frames anymore!

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Hope you have fun making your own.

Jeny xxx

Things to do in Budapest

Last year my friend and I booked a 5 day stay at Budapest with easyJet Holidays and we had such a great time!

What I liked about booking our holiday with easyJet Holidays was that with one booking you had you entire holiday sorted including flights, hotel and transport from airport to hotel and you also get a list of hotels you can pick to find the one thats suits you the best.

So here is our travel guide to Budapest…Enjoy!

Day 1

We arrived in Budapest at 9pm on a Sunday where a man with my name on it was waiting to take us to our hotel. I felt so important:D We stayed at Hotel Thomas which was pretty much in the city centre and the first thing we spotted as they dropped us off was that we had ALDI supermarket around the corner! We only opted for breakfast at our hotel, which was pretty basic as it turned out so we were glad we had a supermarket nearby for snacks etc.

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Day 2

The first thing we did the next day was to a nearby metro to buy a 7 day travel card for 4950 Ft as we were there for 5 days.

TIP: Retrospectively I think we wasted our money with the travel card and should have opted for single travel trips as our hotel was so close to everything and we ended up walking to most places.

We then took a tram to the city centre to the meeting point of the Free Budapest Walking Tour. I absolutely recommend this walking tour because the tour guides were so lovely and lively and we learned so much! You also meet new people and we were able to ask lots of questions and saw most of the sightseeing attractions of Budapest.

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Here are some of Budapest’s beautiful attractions:

  1. Chain Bridge

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3. Hungerian Parliament Building

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4. St. Stephens  Basilica

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5. Buda Castle Funicular

6. Heroes Square

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7. Gellert Hill

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8. Liberty Statue

At the end of the walking tour we tipped our lovely tour guides and we also received a little leaflet on free things to do, a food list and souvenir ideas! Very useful!

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After the walking tour, we went to book tickets for the Danube Candlelit Dinner Cruise for the same day and Szechenyi Baths for the following day in the city centre.

The Dinner Cruise was a very good experience. After meeting at the meeting point we were all taken to the Danube River closely to our boat, which was very comfortable and modern with a dinning room area inside and a bar at the rear end. Windows and a glass roof allowed us to see the breathtaking views of Budapest at night while we had our dinner.

The food was very nice and was served as a buffet. We had such a variety to choose from! We paid 16900 HUF ( which is about £40) for a 2 hour 30 mins river cruise with a welcome drink, live music, food and the beautiful views! So well worth it!

Here is the link to the River Cruise:  http://legenda.hu/en/candlelit-dinner-cruise

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Day 3

We pretty much spent our whole day at Szechenyi Baths. We went there for about 12 pm and also booked an aroma massage when we arrived. We brought with us shampoo and conditioner, shower gel, bath robe, towel, flip flops and swim cap and googles.

There is a big outdoor pool with a fountain in the middle as well as a swimming pool. Inside you can find various pools with different water temperatures. We also saw some Hungarians playing a game of chess in the bath itself, which was very interesting to watch!

TIP: After 5pm the baths gets quite crowded as there is a price reduction, so try and go earlier if you can!

Website: http://www.szechenyibath.hu

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After our relaxing experience we rested in the nearby park outside Szechenyi Baths where you can also find little cafes and then decided to go onto a hunt for the famous Chimney cake (also called Kürtőskalács).

We went to the city centre to Molnar’s Kurtoskalacs, however when we went they were closed:(

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Nevertheless in the end we found a stand that sold them and tried the famous cinnamon chimney cake. A must do in Budapest apparently!

Day 4

The following day we went to the Grand Circus in Budapest, for which we booked the tickets back home in London. I think we paid around £10 for a ticket each. We really enjoyed the Circus, I think the last time I went to the Circus was when I was a kid! They had elephants, horses, acrobatics (Shangdong troupe from China- they were really good), a flying act and a clown. And yes, we were surrounded by children…But it was something different to see and do in a foreign country and we really enjoyed it!

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After the circus we went to the city centre to get food.

I tried the traditional Langos with bacon and for dessert we had the Somlo Cocoa Spongecake with ice cream. A dream!

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Day 5

On our last day we went to the Central Market Hall. The building has three floors and its a very good place to buy fresh fruits, vegetable, sausages and some small souvenirs.Its worth looking around the different stalls to find the best price and bring cash as they don’t accept cards! I bought a beautiful wooden puzzle box with a hidden key for 3000 HUF. We also went to the supermarket to buy paprika powder! Hungarians love their paprika!

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After souvenir shopping, we went to the Budapest Zoo and Botanic Garden! They had lots of animals there who also had a lot of space! We got to see sloths, which was very exciting although they were hidden and even witnessed a goat fight! We had lots of fun and entry was cheap. There were lots of places to get drinks and food from and toilets were easy to find. A definite must see if you are in Budapest!

 

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After our zoo experience it was time to say goodbye to Budapest. We went back to the hotel, where we were picked up by a taxi (included in the easy jet holiday package) to be taken to the airport.

Drink Shop & Do Review | London Eats

Hiiii!

Have you ever wanted to go to a Cafe that was more than just a Cafe? Then Drink Shop & Do is the right place for you! It is a cafe by day and bar by night. And more importantly they host random events every day which are mostly crafts- and dance-oriented. For example they might do an event on how to make father days card or teach you the moves to Beyonce’s “Run the World” song. The list is endless! In the shop entrance you can find yarn, sweets and many products from  independent designers that you can buy. Upstairs in the cafe bar area you can also buy the vintage furniture, portraits on the wall and even the tea spoon!?It really is a unique little place!

I did my birthday party at Drink Shop & Do ( thanks to my friend who recommended this place to me) and reserved a table for my friends and I, but you can also hire the venue for private parties, hen do’s etc.

The cafe menu is quite simple and limited; they have soups, salads, cheese and charcuterie boards and sandwiches, but it’s amazing! We all choose something different from the menu and it was all so tasty!! I think I had the “Sweet potato & coconut curry with rice & coriander salad” and it was yummy! I would definitely recommend it!

Especially their cakes which are displayed on the counter are mad with a lot of effort and so good!  I tried the Butterscotch Pecan Cheesecake and seriously it was so good! Probably one of the best cakes I have ever tried and I have tried some!

As a tea addict I was really excited to try their tea. The selection of teas offered by Drink Shop & Do is excellent, and they are presented in pretty teacups.

Recently I developed a strong love for Earl Grey and so I was excited to try their ” Duchess Earl Grey“. When the tea came I was shocked because you got a whole can tea pot to yourself, which probably gives you about 3-4 refills!

We had an amazing time at Drink Shop & Do and I seriously can’t wait to go back for some more tea and food and an event!!

Details:

Drink Shop & Do

Contact: http://www.drinkshopdo.com

Address: 9 Caledonian Road, London, N1 9DX

Nearest tube station: King’s Cross St Pancras

Opening Hours:

Mon-Thur: 10:30-00:00
Fri: 10:30-02:00
Sat: 10:30-02:00
Sun: 10:30-20:00

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