My latest BRUNCH adventures in London.

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Forge & Co. 

http://www.forgeandco.co.uk

Address: 154-158 Shoreditch High Street, London E1 6HU

What I ordered: Eggs florentine, americano, and immune boost smoothie 

Best Part: If you buy a glass of Prosecco at 10 and receive free re-fills throughout your Saturday Brunch. The atmosphere is the perfect mix of classy and chilled.

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At home

Lemon & blueberry buttermilk pancakes with french press coffee w/soy milk

Recipe: http://southernfood.about.com/od/pancakesandwaffles/r/bl80613j.htm

Best Part: You get to stay in your pjs, perfect your cooking skills, and relax with your flatmates in that lazy Sunday fashion. 

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Duck & Waffle 

http://duckandwaffle.com

Address: 110 Bishopsgate, London EC2N 4AY

What I ordered: Duck egg en cocotte and filter coffee

Best Part: The view above London from the 40th floor, especially if you go in the early morning and see the sun rise. Weekend reservations are impossible to get, so I would recommend booking for an earlier time before work (6:30-7 AM reservation). 

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Nama Food

http://namafoods.com

Address: 110 Talbot Road, London W11 1JR

What I ordered: Lasagne Verdure and espresso with coconut milk

Best Part: If you’re feeling experimental and want to try something new, then vegan is the latest trend. Don’t confuse veganism as being the ‘healthiest’ or most ‘delicious’ option; however, it is definitely something to spice up a typical Saturday.

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Nordic Bakery

http://www.nordicbakery.com

Address: Multiple Locations in London

What I ordered: Filter coffee, egg & herring dark rye sandwhich and half a cinnamon bun

Best Part: The dark bread is great to purchase and take home as your weekly supply of delicious healthy bread. 

Improvising a mix between recipes: Snickerdoodles + Almond Butter Spice.

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Some things I learned tonight:

1. There is nothing better than the smell of vanilla extract. 

2. Don’t be afraid to improvise with baking, it is just cookies after all. And I’m pretty sure I just discovered a new secret ingredient to making cookies light and fluffy… (it’s adding a tablespoon of yogurt!)   

3. Cautiously move forward and taste test along the way to help make the final product better.

4. My oven doesn’t work properly with the heat settings.

5. When the recipe says only make the dough balls 1 inch wide because they will expand…. trust the recipe and don’t make them larger.

6. Julia Child was right: “With enough butter, anything is good.”

7. Raw cookie dough batter is 100% better than the final baked version.

8. Loud pop music helps the dough and energy of the room rise.

9. If you’re wearing glasses … keep your face away from the oven door when you first open it.

10. Put the dough in the fridge to chill in between cooking separate batches.

The two recipes I referenced to create my own:

1. Snickerdoodles

2. Almond Spice Cookies

Happy Monday! And get creatively baking!