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Review: Afternoon Tea & City Cruise in London

Who doesn’t love afternoon tea with a city cruise?

I recently was invited to afternoon tea with City Cruise, and it was a real delight! I’m about to tell you all about it! Keep on reading!

Things to note:

  • The address is Tower Millennium Pier, Lower Thames St, London EC3N 4DT.
  • Tickets can vary depending on the package you decide to choose.
  • The Tower Pier is close to Tower Hill underground station, Tower Gateway DLR station, and London Bridge train station is not far off.  
  • Sightseeing cruises depart every 30 to 40 minutes from piers at Westminster, London Eye, Tower and Greenwich.
  • They only operate to Greenwich on Saturdays and Sundays. Our mid-week service will operate Westminster, London Eye and Tower only. Please check our timetable for departure times. 
  • For more information check out the  City Cruises website.

Review: Afternoon Tea & City Cruise in London

Afternoon Tea 

I was looking forward to afternoon tea because eating is always one of my favourite things to do. Tea and Coffee were severed almost immediately. We were then served an array of freshly-prepared sandwiches (chicken, smoked salmon, egg and ploughman). It also came with macaroons (my absolute fave) mini pastries and scones with clotted cream and jam. Yummy!

afternoon tea with City Cruise
Afternoon tea with Prosecco

We had options of endless tea, coffee and water. My friend encouraged me to get prosecco so paid extra and ordered us a glass of prosecco each which went down a treat. It also looked great taking a picture with – haha. 

The Cruise 

I met with a good friend of mine at 2.45 pm so we could be early enough to find where we needed to board. The pier is close to Tower Bridge, so it was only about 15 mins walk from London Bridge station. We departed at 3.30 pm on the dot (they start boarding at 3.15 pm). While moving the cruise gave snippets of informative sightseeing commentary about London and its monuments. 

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City Cruises

You are shown to your table, please note tables are fixed with each table.  The cruise was set up to comply with social distancing measures. It had tables that set apart the guests and all staff wore face coverings to ensure safety.  

The cruise went on for a good time at 1.5 hours where we saw some of the city’s most historic buildings – The London Eye, the Shard, Tower Pier near the Tower of London, Shakespeare’s Globe, Houses of Parliament and much more. 

London eye
London Eye

Once we finished our food and prosecco, we decided to go outside and have a look. It was stunning to see so many more iconic buildings in London. London is very pretty when it’s warm.

Final thoughts….

For one standing seat the cruise with afternoon tea it costs £37 per person. They have other packages you can also enjoy. You can enjoy lunch, dinner and much more. Check out the  City Cruises website for more information. 

I will certainly be going on this cruise again. It would great for a friends birthday, date night or even solo. I felt at ease on the sea, and I would encourage all of you to try it out at least once. 

Do you think you would ever go on a cruise?

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#CookingTravelTalks: How to Make Nasi Goreng

#CookingTravelTalks has taken quite a turn and I was very fortunate for my friend to transport me to Singapore and show me how to make Nasi Goreng. We were also able to learn about living in Singapore as a local and ask questions while cooking.

Chilli Crab, Chicken Rice, Stingray and Nasi Goreng are some of my absolute faves! I absolutely adore Singaporean food! Singaporean food is known to influenced by Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia and China and to some extent, India. It is known for its leafy green vegetables, chilled fish and variations of meat.

What is Nasi Goreng?

“Nasi Goreng” simply means fried rice in Malay and is a staple in many Asian households, from the Chinese, Japanese and Koreans in the North East to the Malaysians, Singaporeans and Indonesians further South of Asia.

When did I first have Nasi Goreng?

I would say I first had Nasi Goreng at my dear friends Fathin of @fathinungku invited me to her mother’s restaurant in Malaysia. I was lost in the richness of different flavours.

The ingredients:

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Ingredients of Nasi Goreng (pin)
Makes 3-4 Servings | Cooking Time: 1 hour
  • 250g Jasmine Rice (cooked the day before)
  • Red onions (about half a red onion) or shallots
  • 4 Eggs
  • Coriander
  • Asian Birds Eye Chilli
  • Fish Sauce
  • Soya Sauce
  • Oyster Sauce
  • Salt
  • Pepper

You can make the dish with almost anything left in your fridge, I made mine with chicken, but you can also make it without like Fathin did!

How to make Nasi Goreng #CookingTravelTalks?

Want to know how to make Nasi Goreng? Follow the video below. If you do get to make it – don’t forget to tag me @mybreakingviews and use the #CookingTravelTalk.

Thank you for joining me. I will be sharing all my #CookingTravelTalks episodes on here so stay tuned!

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10 Black-Owned Restaurants To Visit

So today is our first Black Pound Day (Saturday, June 27). With everything that has happened in the last few weeks, I think this is a day that we can and should take the time to support our community. And I think the best way to do it is through food! Why? Because everyone enjoys eating. 

What is Black Pound Day?

Black Pound Day (which will be a monthly event) encourages people to buy products from Black business owners in the UK. It was set up by Swiss a former So Solid Crew member! 

Below I have put together a list of Black-owned restaurants that are currently open for takeaways and delivery in the UK. 

 10 Black-Owned Restaurants to Visit in The UK 

1. Adian’s Dining – Birmingham 

A Birmingham Black-owned la carte restaurant that focuses on using amazing ingredients from all over the world that emphasises on the Caribbean, Asia and India foods. I will be certainly trying out this restaurant if I’m ever in Birmingham. 

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Location310-312 LADYPOOL ROAD, BIRMINGHAM, B12 8JY

2. ENISH – London

London wide Black-owned restaurants with a branch in Dubai. Enish serves a diverse range of Nigerian food.  I visited this restaurant at the beginning of this year and enjoyed it. If you are going, I would suggest trying some pepper soup or even the suya!

Location: 228 Lewisham High St, London, SE13 6JU

3. Caribbean Croft – Bristol 

A Black-owned restaurant based in Bristol. It servers traditional Caribbean comfort dishes. I’ve personally never been, but it looks like a good shout for whenever I may be in Bristol.

Location: 30 Stokes Croft, St Paul’s, Bristol BS1 3QD

4. Young Vegans Pizza Shop – London

A London Black-owned business that makes vegan mozzarella, mock meats and dough pizza. I usually do vegan for a month every year so at least now I know I have somewhere to try.

Location: 393 Cambridge Heath Road, London E2 9RA

5. Cafe Caribbean – London

A London based restaurant that makes all types of Jamaican food. Her recipes have been influenced by Content District, St Catherine, in Jamaica. 

Location: Pavilion Building, Old Spitalfields Market, London E1 6EW

6. Issa Vibe – London

A London Black-owned restaurant based in Peckham, serving all American food such as WingsWaffles, Fish, Burgers and Mac Cheese.

Location: 181 Rye Ln, Peckham, London SE15 4TP

7. Chukus – London

A London based Nigerian Tapas Restaurant. I haven’t yet been to this restaurant, but I will certainly be visiting after the Lockdown. 

Location: 274 High Road, Tottenham, N15 4AJ

8. Crepes & Cones – London 

A London based restaurant that offers a mix of savoury soul food with creative desserts & cocktails. Despite leaving so close to this place I still am yet to visit and enjoy! 

Location: 24-26 S End, Croydon CRO 1DN

9. TRIBE – London 

A South London based restaurant that serves healthy drinks and snacks from their juice bar. This restaurant is worth visiting for the vegans. 

Location: 22 Streatham High Rd, Streatham Hill, London SW16 1DB

10. Leilanis – London

A London based restaurant that serves Halal Caribbean food and other cultures. 

Location: 14 Lavender Hill, Battersea, London SW11 5RW

And there we have it! Which one of these Black-owned restaurants will you be attending? Do you know of any other Black-owned restaurants?

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Cooking & Travel Talks: How to Make Nigerian Suya

Last week I had my first Cooking and Travel and Talks Live where I made suya. I have to say despite all the nerves I think it went very well. I shared stories of when I have visited Nigeria, had the afrobeats in the background and engaged with all my audience. All in all, it was an hour of just good vibes. 

What is Suya?

I would say that Suya is a spicy meat skewer, like an English Kebab (but spicey and sexier). It originates from the North of Nigeria and is a popular dish in the West of Africa. Suya is usually thinly sliced meat marinated in various spices and then grilled or barbecued. The dish is served with extra helpings of dried pepper mixed with tomatoes and sliced onions in a newspaper.

I was impressed to see how many people joined in with me to cook on my first live! Many people missed the first live and have asked for the recipe, so I have jotted down the ingredients and instructions with some clips of the live on how to make suya. 

When did I first have Suya?

Believe it or not, the first time I tried Nigerian Suya was when I was a vegetarian. Yes, some vegetarian. I travelled to Nigeria as an adult and was constantly looked down on for not eating meat, but for some reason, I was swayed by the smells of Suya and ever since I never went back again.

Ingredients you need for Nigerian Suya

  • 1kg Beef or chicken
  • 1tsp Paprika
  • 2tsp Salt
  • 2 Maggie Cubes
  • 2tsp  Garlic Salt
  • 15 Wooden Skewers
  • 2 Tomato
  • 1 Onion
  • 3tsp Oil

You can buy your suya spice (suya pepper) in an African food store. I would always suggest washing and seasoning your meat with paprika, salt Maggie and garlic salt overnight. Below you can watch how I prep to make my suya.

The next day… 

First things first:

  •  Pre-heat your grill for about 180 degrees Celsius (375 Fahrenheit)
  • Soak your wooden skewers in cold water (this ensures that the sticks do not burn during the roasting of the Suya)
  • Add your oil and massage into your meat (this ensures that the meat doesn’t burn during roasting). 
  1. You may want to cut your meat if it’s too big. I would suggest to cut them into small pieces so that when you thread them on the sticks, they will not flap too much.
  2. You will then need to thread the fillets of beef onto the skewer sticks.

  1. Add your suya pepper/mix into a wide dish and dab the threaded fillets of beef into the spice so that the beef takes up as much of the spice as possible. Note: If you’re not keen on spice only add a little bit.  
  2. Place all the now spiced beef onto the oven rack and put in the grill to roast. As you will see in the clip below.
  1. You will then need to twist your meet regularly to ensure it doesn’t burn. The meat should take around 20-30 minutes to cook but do bear in mind that this depends on how thick your beef meet is.  
  2. While your suya is roasting, cut your onions and tomatoes and place them into the newspaper. 
  3. Remove meat from sticks and add to the newspaper
  4. Finish off with adding some more suya spice to the meal and enjoy! 
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Below are some pictures of people that cooked with me on my first Cooking and Travel Talks Live! I would like to thank everyone that joined in and cooked with me!

I hope you enjoy your suya – if you have any questions please do not hesitate to ask me! And if you would like to cook with me on my next live then follow me on Instagram where I will be sharing what I will be cooking next!

Reads: How to Make Your Own Quarantine Brunch – Blog Brew Collab

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A Beginners Guide: 11 Things You Must Know Before Going Skiing

Skiing was a very new experience. This year I vowed to try out new things when travelling. Although I’m unable to travel at the moment. I like to be grateful for being able to try out skiing with the WindCollective and MountNoireLdn in 2020! Yes! For those of you that don’t already know, I took a quick flight, earlier this year and went skiing in Bulgaria. Read – Bulgaria Bansko: My First Ski Weekend Trip

I’ve been meaning to write a post on the things I learnt on my ski weekend trip, but with everything happening right now. I must admit it’s been quite difficult to write about travel let alone about anything else. Below is a general list of things you must know before going skiing for the first time.

11 Things You Must Know Before Going Skiing

1. It is ok to FALL when skiing!

It took me a while to accept it. I was quite adamant that I couldn’t fall while skiing. I mean how does one fall looking cute? I learnt on this trip that even the professionals fall from time to time… so yeah it is ok to fall and trust me I did on several occasions too. People who aren’t afraid of falling over get to grips with skiing faster! So please don’t be discouraged.

2. Protect your eyes and skin

Please take this serious! Like, please! You may not feel the sun because of the white snow, but chances are being that high up you will need to protect your eyes and skin. Get yourself some goggles and good sun protection.

3. Get your body ready for skiing

I would suggest doing some exercises a few weeks before going skiing. When you are skiing you are constantly using your thighs, so it might be painful if you’ve never worked out to just jump on the skies. Try working out your muscles. Anything like squats, cardio would be a good shout!

4. Get yourself the correct ski clothing

I’m sure I don’t need to spell this out to you. It’s so crucial for you to purchase correct clothing when going skiing. I would suggest, Tog24, Sports Direct for the thermal underlayer, coats etc. And then if you wanna look super cute Asos and Topshop lol! Also, don’t forget your ski socks!

Skiing clothes
My Ski Outfit for Day 1

5. Renting ski equipment

If you’re hiring ski boots, which you should if you’ve never skied before, (just because of the price) be sure to wear thick socks when you try your boots. They usually make the bindings looser for beginners, meaning the skis pop off easier if and when you fall over. The length of your skis and poles depends on your height and weight, so worth knowing this info.

P.S. There are usually lots of people collecting and dropping off ski hire at the same time, so be prepared for queues and a bit of hanging around.

6. Apres-ski what is it?

Skiing usually slows down between 4 and 5 pm. This is when everyone heads back into town and enjoy “après-ski”, which is basically a well-deserved drink for working so hard all day! There is sometimes live music and DJ – well there was when I was there!

7. Hunger and dehydration

You will constantly be super hungry and dehydrated so have some water with you and some snacks – protein snacks all of that. It will be needed – trust me.

8. Lessons for skiing

Yes as a beginner I would advise having a few lessons. The lessons are there to show you the technique and build your confidence. I had two sessions both started in the morning around 10 am and finished just after lunchtime.

9. Correct skiing footwear

You will need sensible footwear when going skiing. This shouldn’t be so difficult. I would suggest Uggs or walking boots and if you’re like me get yourself some moon boots. I am also selling mine on Depop. So have a look. P.S. I only wore them for a few hours.

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Ski Boots

10. Consider wearing a helmet

You may want to get yourself a helmet. I personally didn’t because I knew I would be easy on the slopes – haha no I think if you’re a beginner you won’t be sliding down any big slopes – hopefully not anyways.

11. Skiing is FUN!

Remember it’s your first time and skiing is supposed to be fun and therapeutic once you get the hang of it. I have to say, I enjoyed every minute of it. It’s nice to try out something new! And I will defo be going again with more lessons of course!

skiing is fun

And there you have it! 11 Things you must know before going skiing. What about you when was the last time you tried out something new?

Do you have anything you want to share for first time skiers? Drop your comments below!

I would like to give a special thanks Tog24 for gifting me with my skiwear! Guys check them out they stuff is actually amazing. 

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10 Songs That Relate To The Lockdown

In times like this, we must have a bit of banter and create a lockdown playlist. My work colleagues recently dropped some songs for a Lockdown2020 playlist, (yes, my work is way better than yours) So decided to drop some of the best ones below. 

  1. Section Boyz – Lock Arrf  
  1. Tyga – Bored in the House  
  1. Young T & Bugsey – Don’t Rush  
  1. Akon – Locked Up  
  1. MC Hammer – U Can’t Touch This 
  1. The Weeknd – Can’t Feel My Face  
  1. Franck Ocean – In My Room  
  1. Sean Paul – Temperature  
  1. Queen – I’m Going Slightly Mad  
  1. Future – Mask Off  
Hope you enjoyed a few of the songs. What about you can you think of any lockdown related songs? Comment below.  

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P.S. You have all seen my 11 Afrobeat Travel lyrics for your Instagram Captions, right? 

10 Songs That Relate To The Lockdown

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