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In Pictures: 100 Course Dinner Party

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At this time of year, it’s all about the eating and drinking and being merry. However, if you’re the hostess with the mostest but don’t quite fancy doing any of the cooking or cleaning that comes with that role, La Belle Assiette have got your back. Whether you’re planning a posh company do or a Christmas get together with old friends, they offer the perfect private chef service. I have previously reviewed the service by having my own dinner party but last month, the team decided to take things to the next level by hosting a 100 course dinner party, and I was invited! Thankfully, I wasn’t required to eat all 100 courses…(!) The dinner party took place over the course of a full day, and guests were invited to 9/10 course sittings, cooked by a range of La Belle Assiette’s chefs. It wouldn’t be a dinner party without bubbles, so the champagne was provided by Nicolas Feuillatte 🍾 You can read the full write up of the event here – watch this space for next year’s party!

There is not much I can say other than that the event was incredible! The food was beyond delicious, the champagne complemented each course perfectly and the La Belle Assiette team were accommodating as ever. The best way to convey the evening is through the photos below – if you’re not drooling by the end, you clearly don’t like food…

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Course 1 – Lamb Beyti

 

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Course 2 – Korean beef short rib

 

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Course 3 – Confit pork belly

 

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Course 4 – Lebanese Manoushi

 

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Course 5 – Pork and prawn with coconut rice

 

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Course 6 – French onion soup

 

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Course 7 – Chorizo and onion tortilla

 

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Course 8 – Blackberry and almond clafouti

 

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Course 9 – Dark chocolate fondant

Drooling yet? 😉

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Nicolas Feuillatte champagne
#WorkoutWednesday: BOOM Cycle with Altura

#WorkoutWednesday: BOOM Cycle with Altura

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I’ve only ever been spinning once, and I found it so difficult that I never went back 🙈 The combination of my knee injury and utter despair for leg day means that I have been actively avoiding spinning – I haven’t even tried 1Rebel Ride yet! So, when Altura invited me to a blogger event at BOOM Cycle, I took this to be the perfect opportunity to dip my toe back in.

About Altura
Altura is a brand for people who love to cycle – indoors or outdoors. Their tagline is ‘engineered performance’ meaning that, through rigorous testing, their products are designed to keep you in the saddle longer. You can see from our snaps that Altura kitted us all out in their cycle shorts and jerseys…and I think we look pretty fly! The cycle shorts did make me feel like I had a nappy on but actually looked completely fine – you couldn’t see the padding at all! And having completed one spinning class with nothing but a thin layer of yoga pant between my nether regions and the saddle, I can vouch for the level of extra comfort these shorts provide 😰 If you’re a cyclist – or a spinner – you should definitely check out the latest range from Altura – let me know what you think!

BOOM Cycle

Difficulty:
1. Barely broke a sweat
2. Too out of breath to sing along
3. In the zone!
4. Couldn’t move the next day

This class is a definite 4! It’s a non-stop leg workout but don’t worry, the rest of your body gets involved too. With a weights section and a number of sitting/standing variations, the class provides a full body work out for a full 30 minutes, with absolutely nowhere to hide. As with any exercise class, you can amend exercises to suit your ability but the pumping music and the sense of camaraderie you feel being able to see all the other cyclists around you definitely encourages you to push yourself to your limit. Walking up stairs the next day was pretty tough…

Looking slightly sweatier after the class...

Fun Factor:
1. I would rather be in bed
2. Glad I tried it once
3. Such fun!
4. Sign me up now

I have to give the class a 2 🙁 – I think it’s safe to say any kind of spinning or indoor cycling is simply not for me. That said, if you are into those kinds of classes, I think that what BOOM Cycle offers is great. The playlist was amazing, the instructors are super friendly but also super strict (in a good way!) and the studio is nice. The delicious post workout smoothies are also an added bonus. I didn’t love the class because I don’t like spinning but actually, despite that, the whole experience was pretty enjoyable!

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The Fine Print
BOOM Cycle is in an awesome location in Holborn, just round the corner from Gymbox. There is also a branch in Shoreditch. Classes run 7 days a week throughout the day and there are a range of ways to pay. You can buy individual classes for £16 or save some money by buying in bulk. You could also get unlimited rides for £105 per month. If you’re a newbie, the intro offer is a sweet deal at £29 for 3 rides over 14 days.

Final Word
BOOM Cycle definitely packed a punch and is not for the faint hearted. The class is high energy from start to finish, and the instructor is with you all the way which is great for motivation. As a novice, I couldn’t really tell what was different from spinning…so I guess if you like spinning, you will probably love BOOM!

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Monday Motivation: Staying Healthy at Work

According to AXA PPP Healthcare, 45 per cent of women and 37 per cent of men spend less than 30 minutes a day on their feet, and this kind of sedentary behaviour can lead to serious health problems. To raise awareness of small changes that both employers and employees can make to improve workplace wellbeing, they have produced this nifty infographic! Which of these hacks will you be trying out today?

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Girl’s Gotta Eat: Blondies Kitchen

Girl’s Gotta Eat: Blondies Kitchen

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As the weather gets moodier by the day, nothing beats a cup of tea with a couple of biscuits (yes, I’m a dunker) but as a nation of tea lovers, we often overlook another snack combo that Americans can’t get enough of: milk and cookies! This childhood favourite has been brought to the mainstream this month by Blondies Kitchen.

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Working Girl Weekend: Summer Roundup

Working Girl Weekend: Summer Roundup

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With summer well and truly on its way out, now is a good time to relive it’s best moments! The summer months offered up a huge selection of fun times to be had in and around London, and this is my top 3.

Festivals
This year, I went a bit festival mad, attending We Are FSTVL, Wireless and Lovebox. They each had their pros and cons…

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We Are FSTVL – PROS
Space. At no point did the festival feel overcrowded or uncomfortable. Even in the busiest tents I had enough space to get my dance ooooon, which is a real luxury compared to most festivals!
Cost. The tickets are pretty cheap at £45 per day or £75 for the weekend and drinks aren’t too pricey either 

We Are FSTVL – CONS
Travel. The festival is in a random field in Essex so you need to get a shuttle bus from Upminster to get there. The buses are arranged by the festival and included in the ticket price which is great but on the way home it’s a nightmare! Not only do you have to queue for ages to get the shuttle bus but you have the added stress of potentially missing the last train from Upminster! You would think that TfL would extend their train service for the weekend…maybe next year!

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Wireless – PROS
Travel. The great thing about London festivals is that they are super easy to get to! Finsbury Park is a great location and means that you can go out for a post-festival dance if you’re up to it 
Atmosphere. I went to Wireless last year and it was super rammed with lots of pushing, shoving and fights. While that was partly down to these idiots breaking in, I was a bit wary this year. They actually pulled it out the bag – there was plenty of space and a chilled vibe, I didn’t see a single fight!

Wireless – CONS
Crowd. The crowd was less angry this year but they were also pretty young. That’s not a huge issue but worth noting
Cost. At just over £70 for a day ticket, Wireless is pricier than We Are. This year Ticketmaster had a two for one offer – had this not been the case I probably wouldn’t have gone.

Lovebox – PROS
Travel. Living 5 minutes away from Victoria Park, it would be rude not to go to Lovebox! This was definitely the least stressful of my festival journeys 
Crowd. Lovebox has an older crowd than Wireless – more people my kind of age (26) so I didn’t feel like a granny 
– Atmosphere. The festival had a fun vibe and seemed a bit more buzzing than the other two, which may have been a consequence of how large the festival is (more on that later)
Cost. At around £50 for day tickets, Lovebox is great value for such a popular festival

Lovebox – CONS
Queues. The festival itself didn’t feel too packed when walking around or at outdoor stages but the queues were insane. In the time that my friends queued for the toilets, I went to the bar to get drinks, went to a different toilet, came back and they were STILL waiting! We also missed out on seeing Kano because he was in an indoor tent and the queues were snaking around the tent 20 minutes before he was even on 
Size. Lovebox is huuuge. To the point where we lost part of our group and didn’t see them again for the rest of the day. We also missed some acts because we spent so long looking for the right stage 

Summary: Overall, Lovebox was definitely my favourite festival of the summer and I can’t wait to go again next year!

Henley Regatta
I love an excuse to get dressed up and watch a sport I have no clue about – don’t you? Last year, I did that at Rugby 7’s…this year I opted for a different type of dressing up! The Henley Royal Regatta is a great day out – it’s nice to get out of London and is also a great excuse for a new dress 😉 We bought a ticket for the Chinawhites enclosure which was being headlined by Roger Sanchez. There are lots of different enclosures to choose from but this looked the most fun and I had heard good things!

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PROS
Atmosphere. Whether you’re there for the rowing or there for the party, Henley has a great vibe. The Chinawhites enclosure had a huge outdoor section which felt like a garden party but the tent was definitely more for the party animals than those who want to just chill 😉
Cost. Tickets for the Chinawhite enclosure are only £50 which includes your entrance to Henley to watch the rowing and the Chinawhites afterparty which runs in the tent until midnight. In my opinion this is a bargain, especially in comparison to what some of the other enclosures charge.
Crowd. The crowd was very mixed, with a huge range of ages but everyone was super friendly and we even made a few new friends!

CONS
Travel. While Henley is wasy enough to get to by train (direct from Paddington) it has the same problem as We Are FSTVL of leaving before the party stops and racing back to get the last train before it leaves!

Summary: I had a great time at Henley but wished I could have stayed longer! I would love to go again next year and perhaps get an AirBnB so I can enjoy the night right until the lights come on.

Go Ape
Not all summer activities need to involve drinking! Go Ape is a fun activity day suitable for families, couples or groups. There are over 30 locations across the UK and I went to the Battersea Park one with a friend.

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PROS
Levels. There are different difficulty levels you can choose at various points in the course.
Cost. At £35 per adult, Go Ape is pretty good value. It may sound like a lot but I’m sure you’d spend double that on most night’s out…
Teams. Though you receive your briefing and demonstration in groups of 10, you’re not required to complete the course with others. You can go at your own pace in the pair/group you came with, so if you’re feeling anti social there’s no need to worry!

CONS
Travel. There are no Go Ape branches in central London, which is a shame. However, the Battersea, Chessington and Trent Park locations are fairly easy to get to.

Summary: Go Ape is a fun day out, and isn’t just for summer! This month, you can get 20% off by booking with code ADSDY

What was your favourite summer activity? Let us know in the comments!

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