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Bottomless Brunch at Greenwood, Victoria

Bottomless Brunch at Greenwood, Victoria

Posted on 21 June 2017 by Chris Ford

Yes, we’ve done it again. Another bottomless brunch was visited last weekend and this one was a cracker!

Greenwood is located just over the road from Victoria Station. It’s an area I’ve been to many times wondering where’s good to eat so was really keen to try Greenwoods bottomless brunch and see how it stacked up.

A modern glass building, you walk in to an open plan dining area with the bar in the middle and a in-house men’s barbers to the left. Strange. But I can totally see myself getting a haircut then a spot of lunch!

First the details, all brunches are different and this one is a special Sunday brunch menu (two courses £20 and three courses £25) with the option to go bottomless on select drinks for an extra £15, the drinks being Prosecco, Mimosa, Bloody Marys or wine.

 

The brunch menu is quite varied and not all typical breakfast items, for starters I went for the eggs royale and my girlfriend opted for the Stuffed Jalapenos with sour cream.  Both were fantastic and pretty filling on their own, but we had to prepare ourselves as there were two more courses to go!

For our main course we both went for non breakfast type dishes, I had the Shorthorn double cheeseburger which was cooked perfectly with an interesting addition of a deep-fried pickle this burger was on top form for me.

My girlfriend went for the white wine and garlic Cornish mussels with french fries and although my burger was very good I was a tiny bith jealous. Its not everyday you see mussels on a brunch menu and these were deliscious!

Dessert time came and I’m not going to lie we were both pretty full from the first two courses, but that chocolate brownie and peanut butter sundae had our names written all over it, I just wish I had the will and space to have finished it as it was divine !

All the while we of course enjoyed the bottomless drinks. The Bloody Marys were lovely and spicy, which strangely worked quite well on the sunny day we had and were really refreshing.  My girlfriend opted for the prosecco and I don’t think either of our glasses were ever empty with constant top ups and refills throughout our relaxed two hour brunch.

My conclusion? Greenwood is another worthy addition to the ever growing bottomless brunch’s popping up in London and somewhere I will certainly return to again (maybe even for a trim!)

Greenwood

www.greenwoodlondon.com

Nearest Tube – Victoria

 

*We were offered a complimentary meal in exchange for an unbiased review and all the thoughts remain our own.

 

 

 

 

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Top Ten Winston Churchill motivational quotes

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Top Ten Winston Churchill motivational quotes

Posted on 14 June 2017 by Chris Ford

This week sees the release of ‘CHURCHILL’ starring Brain Cox as Britain’s iconic Prime Minister Winston Churchill, covering the days before the infamous D-Day landings in June 1944.  As allied forces stand on the south coast of Britain, poised to invade Nazi-occupied Europe, they await Churchill’s decision on whether the invasion will actually move ahead.

With the release of Churchill we thought we would compile our top ten Winston Churchill motivational quotes to inspire you through the week :

  • “There are a terrible lot of lies going about the world, and the worst of it is that half of them are true.”
  • “Men occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing ever happened.”
  • “One ought never to turn one’s back on a threatened danger and try to run away from it. If you do that, you will double the danger. But if you meet it promptly and without flinching, you will reduce the danger by half.”
  • “Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm.”
  • “Every day you may make progress. Every step may be fruitful. Yet there will stretch out before you an ever-lengthening, ever-ascending, ever-improving path. You know you will never get to the end of the journey. But this, so far from discouraging, only adds to the joy and glory of the climb.”
  • “There is only one duty, only one safe course, and that is to try to be right and not to fear to do or say what you believe to be right.”
  • “This is the lesson: never give in, never give in, never, never, never, never — in nothing, great or small, large or petty — never give in except to convictions of honour and good sense. Never yield to force; never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy.”
  • “It is a mistake to try to look too far ahead. The chain of destiny can only be grasped one link at a time.”
  • “If you have an important point to make, don’t try to be subtle or clever. Use a pile driver. Hit the point once. Then come back and hit it again. Then hit it a third time-a tremendous whack.”
  • “Continuous effort – not strength or intelligence – is the key to unlocking our potential.”

 

Churchill is released in UK cinemas this Friday, 16th June

 

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Fathers Day Gift Guide

Fathers Day Gift Guide

Posted on 09 June 2017 by Chris Ford

Next weekend is Fathers Day I assume you have your gift organised and sorted right?  no?  well fear not here are a few things we picked out that we think would be perfect for any deserving dad this fathers day.

 

Gentlemen Jack

Jack Daniel’s Gentleman Jack whiskey is a double-mellowed whiskey from the Jack Daniel Distillery. Gentleman Jack has mellow aromas of sweet vanilla and brown sugar, with flavours of vanilla, maple syrup and citrus, and a silky, warm finish.  Gentleman Jack, receives an additional ‘blessing’ when it is charcoal mellowed again after reaching maturity, giving it ultimate smoothness. It is the world’s only double mellowed whiskey. A perfect Whiskey for the Father and Gentlemen in your life.

For more information, visit https://store.jackdaniels.co.uk

 

OLD FORESTER

Another favourite Whisky of mine is Old Forester and maybe something your dad hasnt heard of.

The only bourbon to be bottled before, during and after the Prohibition, Old Forester brings a heritage as rich as its tastes. Still produced by the same founding family, Old Forester is a gift for the  man who likes his whisky with a history.

RRP £30 currently available from Tesco as well aso all good online Whisky sites.

 

 

Kenneth Cole Black Bold

Featuring top notes of zesty citrus and herbal tones with a blend of ground nutmeg and lotus flower, this scent is masculine yet still fresh.Finished with notes of wood and

Finished with notes of wood and leathery musks, it is the ultimate scent for the modern man.

RRP: 100ml for £55

Available exclusively from House of Fraser stores and online.

 

Thomas Dakin Gin 

Saturday is World Gin Day and this week we have been trying a lot of gin! , we have lots of faves but loved this Negroni cocktail from Thomas Dakin Gin, why not make Dad feel special with this little number?

Combine 30ml Thomas Dakin Gin with 30ml Sweet Vermouth and 30ml Campari in a mixing glass, alternatively you could use a measuring jug or cocktail shaker. Add ice and stir until chilled. Strain into a rocks glass and garnish and with an orange peel.

Thomas Dakin is available from: Waitrose and Harvey Nichols stores nationwide. It is also available in Amazon, Booths, Tescos, thedrinkshop.com, Ocado.com, 31Dover.com and GinFoundry.com. RRP: £29.00 for 70cl. ABV: 42%

 

Sony 1000X Wireless Noise Cancelling Headphones

The MDR-1000X wireless headphones are the ultimate gift for Dad’s who love to travel. With excellent noise-cancelling performance, this pair of premium headphones eliminates disturbing noises when travelling. Additionally the ‘Quick Attention’ mode lets you place the palm of your hand to the outside of the headphone ear cup to have a conversation with someone, without taking the headset off. RRP £360

 

Ochre & Wood Shaving Bowl & Brush

Scottish wood design company, Ochre & Wood, has launched a range of traditional wooden shaving sets. Exclusively handmade in Scotland from rich-grained wood and high quality silver tip badger hair, the luxury shaving brush and soap bowl, complete with Arran Aromatics shaving soap, is available to buy online from www.ochreandwood.com.

with Arran Aromatics shaving soap is available to buy online from www.ochreandwood.com priced from £145 plus delivery.

Estrella Galicia Beer

The weathers been a bit hit and miss recently but lets hope for a hit on fathers day and if the suns out theres no better beer in my opinion to drink in the sun than Estrella Galicia a smotth pale lager from Spain and its gluten free too !

Estrella Galicia can be purchased at Marks and Spencer nationwide for £5.25 for a 4 pack or Waitrose for £4.99 for a 4 pack and in selected Whole Foods.

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A Beginner’s Guide To Kitchen Knife Techniques

Posted on 08 June 2017 by Chris Ford

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Giant Robot – Canary Wharf’s new Street food Venue

Giant Robot – Canary Wharf’s new Street food Venue

Posted on 21 April 2017 by Chris Ford

So last night we headed down to Giant Robot in Canary Wharf to check things out. Giant Robot is a Street Feast’s brand new, seven-day-a-week eating and drinking mecca in the heart of Canary Wharf at Crossrail Place.

First of all it wasn’t entirely what I had expected,  I thought Id be walking into essentially an indoor street food market place type deal and it really isn’t that, what I found is a series of permanent food kiosks (three of them as far as I could tell ) and then lots of seating and two bars.

Now I confess I didn’t try the food on this visit but I saw on the next table some city workers tucking into their bucket of fried chicken and I have to say it looked decent and yes the prices were not cheap as Ive noted a few reviews state but they also were not out of this world and we have to remember that we are in London, this is Canary Wharf it’s not going to be KFC prices.

Food on offer is currently Little Jose Spanish tapas , Thunderbird fried chicken and  Bobs Lobster.

What I did try is the bar, in fact the reason of my visit was to check out the much touted 38 tap bar and the beers they had on offer.  The thing is they may well have 38 taps (I counted 20 odd) but at the time of my visit only 12 beers were on, I’m not complaining though they were really nice beers I particular loved the Blue Point Toasted Lager and the Goose Island IPA was as great as it always is, also service was friendly and quick.

 

The space is a cool one and on a nicer day I could see many an hour spent in the outside area of Giant Robot drinking a cool beer in the sun, maybe next time I go I will try that fried chicken!

 

Giant Robot , Crossrail Place

Nearest Tube – Canary Wharf

 

 

 

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Pop Up Japan @ Proud East

Pop Up Japan @ Proud East

Posted on 07 April 2017 by Chris Ford

Japans a bit far away isn’t it?  Yeah it is, trust me. Well fear not Proud East have teamed up with some of the most talented people involved in Japanese food, drink and general fun to transform their venue into a mini Japan for the next 12 weeks.

With things like Origami tutorials hosted by Alice Sushi Art and sushi making classes from the Sazai cooking school as well as excellent food from masters of noodles Tonkotsu, as well as some excellent Japanese whisky and the really refreshing beer on offer, we really enjoyed ourselves last night. I’d highly recommend you head down over the next few weeks and see for yourself, Proud East’s canal side venue is well worth a visit anyway!

P.s We loved this Japanese beer from Hitachino Nest

 

Proud East, 2-10 Hertford Road, N1

Nearest Tube – Haggerston OverGround

Pop Up Japan

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Harvester employ Comedian to improve their banter?

Harvester employ Comedian to improve their banter?

Posted on 17 March 2017 by Chris Ford

Known by most for their help yourself salad station family restaurant chain Harvester has enlisted the help of mock the week comedian  Rhys James to coach staff on injecting a bit of humour into their Harvester experience.

Rhys said “I once worked in a restaurant and my banter never received the appreciation it deserved, so it was great to live vicariously through the Harvester team. It’s the ideal situation – if they get a laugh, I’m a genius. If they don’t, then it’s all down to their poor delivery! Some of them did really well with their own improvisation, but I’m secretly going to put this down to my excellent training too.”

Comedy with your steak  and chips?  yeah go on then …

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Mothers Day Flowers, where and what?

Mothers Day Flowers, where and what?

Posted on 13 March 2017 by Chris Ford

With Mother’s Day coming up I thought I’d share my recent experience ordering flowers online, with so many options out there (good and bad) it’s helpful to share when someone is good and my experience with Prestige Flowers was faultless from the moment of ordering to delivery.

Being our anniversary a few weeks ago I wanted to send my girlfriend some flowers, I haven’t ever done this before so thought it would be a nice surprise.

I had certain criteria being I needed a company that could deliver on a specified day and idealy in a box as my girlfriend isn’t always in the office or around and they could sit there for a few hours, I wanted my gift to remain in the condition they were sent and Prestige allowed me to cover both those things, I specified Friday and that’s exactly when they came, in a large discrete cardboard box to protect the flowers

Being happy with the last order and with Mother’s Day coming Im considering which bouquet to order for my mum, Prestige offer and with a specific Mother’s Day selection (click here ) the process is beyond easy for someone like me that knows next to nothing about flowers, the addition of the free chocolates is a nice touch too and shows mum you have gone that extra mile ( even if you haven’t! haha

 

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Stage V Clinger Cigar Holders

Stage V Clinger Cigar Holders

Posted on 15 February 2017 by Chris Ford

The simplest designs often solve the most frustrating problems and one problem I’m sure every cigar smoker like me has had is your fine Habano rolling around or blowing off the table when you rest it in between puffs.

this problem has often plagued me when I’m sitting in a pub beer garden here in London, these places dont tend to have ashtray with deep enough grooves to accommodate the average cigar and the result means I’m always at risk of  losing it and as we know cigars arent cheap!

Often when hunting for a solution to a problem I find someone has already  done the work for me and I’m very pleased to say the Stage V Clinger Cigar Holder does so perfectly.

The clinger does exactly that, it clings to any metal surface (in my case the leg of the pub table) with strong magnets and the slightly flexible v-shaped prongs hold your cigar in place perfectly.  What if your table doesnt have a metal surface I hear you ask?  fear not as the clinger also comes with a handy velcro strap meaning you really can set this up anywhere thus earning a coveted spot in my work bag along with my lighter and cigar caddy.

For more info on the Stage V Clinger and to purchase head over to http://www.stage-v.com/collections/all

 

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Top Christmas Gifts for the Gentlemen in your Life 2016

Top Christmas Gifts for the Gentlemen in your Life 2016

Posted on 12 December 2016 by Chris Ford

Theres not long to go now but if like us you have left things to the last minute then heres our pick of the awesome products we have seen over the last 12 months that most guys would love in their Christmas stocking this year…

Booze

The spirit of choice in the GG’s office is whiskey, and here are two of our faves from this year:

Woodford Reserve – first introduced to the market in 1996 its a relatively new player on the scene but still a firm favourite in our office and with whiskey lovers alike, you will seriously impress if you select Woodford for your loved one this Christmas.

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Old Forester – While another bourbon we picked this for our list because again its a bit different, its also the longest running Bourbon on the market today (approximately 145 years as of 2016), and was the first bourbon sold exclusively in sealed bottles. Also it tastes bloody amazing!

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Food

I try to go for a least one exceptional meal a month, and the last few month  that has been with Jackson & Rye.  You may well have read my recent review of their latest opening (if not I suggest you do) but suffice to say they are now a firm favourite, their melt in your mouth steaks are a must.

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Tech

Sony h.ear on Wireless Noise Canceling Headphones

 h.ear on Wireless

With Iphones now doing away with the headphone jack and Samsung rumoured to be doing the same alot of us are now looking towards a bluetooth solution for our portable audio needs. Now let me save you some time, if you are looking for impressive sound quality , combined with a set of headphones that can block out the outside world  then look no further than the h.ear on Wireless NC MDR-100ABN.

The noise canceling on these is superb, in fact Bose the long reigning champs of noise canceling tech must be getting a bit worried,Sony have definitely cracked it with this set.

August WS300 Bluetooth Speaker –

August WS300 Bluetooth Speaker

This beast of speaker was sent to us by August a few months ago to test and it just simply blew us away in terms of both sound quality and features.  The WS300 is a larger speaker than I have used int he past but when you hear what it can produce sound wise you see why.  Features include standard bluetooth , Apple Airplay and a cool multiroom feature where you can link up multiple August speakers for a Sonos like experience without breaking the bank.

 

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Turnbull & Asser – Im not fashion icon, but Ive always been drawn to good quality and Turnbull & Asser are certainly that.  Specializing in formal mens shirts of outstanding quality that are built to last,  and while you may end up spending upwards of £90 on a shirt you will have that shirt for a long time.  I’ve still got some of my Turnbull & Asser shirts I bought near 15 years ago and once washed and pressed they look as good as they day I bought them … Invest in quality.

 

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