Brighton Born and Bread

Sunday, 14 January 2018


Sometimes being an adult is the best! Being an adult means you can eat what you want, when you want. So when I was invited to Crepeaffaire Brighton to celebrate their first birthday, I knew I was heading down for a sweet dinner! Their birthday was actually before Christmas but Henry and I only managed to get down this week; and it was worth the wait!

The Restuarant and Service

Crepeaffaire itself is on East street, tucked back in the heart of the laines. The restuarant is simply decorated but welcoming. With individual tables and a bar at the front to watch the world go by, I was a big fan of the decor. Service is simple; you look through the menu and then order at the counter where they make the crepe in front of you. They serve your food to the table but I loved watching them make the crepes by hand in the traditional way, the smell was everything!

The service was great as well, the team seemed genuinely passionate about their job and a true smile was seen when we complimented the food.

The Drinks

Henry opted for a beer and a bottle of water but I couldnt turn down the amazing indulgence menu. The salted caramel popcorn milkshake was calling out to me! 

Served in a mason jar with whipped cream and popcorn topping, the milkshake was sweet with enough salt to make it interesting. With the balance of vanilla and the perfect temperature- I don't do warm milkshakes- I really enjoyed it and would recommend to any one who likes that mix of salt and sweet. 

The Food

In a small attempt to be 'sensible' we chose to have a savoury and a sweet option to share. After much deliberation we went for Ham and cheese as our savoury option. 

With servings large enough to share, the crepe was filled to the brim with melted cheese and flavoursome ham. To Henry's dissapointment, they didn't have any mustard, but without it the flavours were blanced perfectly. With the crisp edges of the crepe and the stringiness of the cheese it was a great mix of textures and flavours.

For the sweet, we went for 'I'll Have What She's Having'. A sweet sensation of strawberries, cream and nutella (which you can switch for belgian chocolate). On the team's recommendation we added bananas as well for that extra sweetness, and it was great. 

Again the crepe was large and full to the brim with the different toppings. The sweetness of the strawberries, banana and nutella was cut through nicely by the cream and of course the classic combinations worked well. Slightly on the messier side to eat, I wouldn't advise this as a take away option but to sit in, it was a great meal to share as a couple. You can also add ice cream, but we opted out of that.

The Allergies

They have a great selection on their menu for anyone with food allergies or preferenes, which I was really impressed with. The also provide for gluten free customers! On their website they have a clear and conscise system for all allergens; listing all ingredients and allergens below each option. 

Overall, we really enjoyed the food. There are so many options on the menu, with the option to personalise them all. The indulengnce collection added an extra bit of glamour to the menu, and would be a great evening or weekend treat. But the highlights for me were the classic flavours, and traditional methods. 

With the options to take away or have in, I would reccomnd it for any one visiting Brighton and with the app you can claim rewards when you eat in; with the first crepe you have being free. Make sure to head over to their website for their full menu and allergens

I was invited to Crepeaffaire to celebrate their first birthday and so the meal was complimentary but all views are my own (and sometimes Henry's)


Saturday, 6 January 2018

Handmade thank you cards

So as many of you will have seen in my last post (8 resolutions for 2018) one of my big goals for this year is to get crafty. Obviously I love to cook and bake, but I want to try to add extra crafts and skills in as well! So to start off, and to keep the Christmas vibe alive a little bit longer, I decided to make thank you cards for my family. I didn't want to go too extravagant so these are all simple for you to do yourself! 

Design one: Tape it

You will need: Blank card, string or twine, washi tape (from tiger), a pair of scissors and a black pen 

First, make two small holes on either end of the card. Then cut your string to the same length plus an extra cm on each side so that you can tie it at the back. 
Cut 1.5-2cm strips of your washi tape and fold over the tape. 
Once you have folded all of the tape strips over then cut into bunting style flags. 
Thread the string through the holes and secure at the back
In a thick black pen add your message on the bottom of the card and - voila. 

Design two: Stamp it

You will need: Blank card, letter stamps and ink

The simplest of all of the designs, and also the quickest! Simply choose the message you want to write, draw a pencilled straight line as a guide and stamp away!

Design three: Hang it

You will need: Blank card, string or twine, leftover gift tags and pen

You can use any leftover gift tags for this one, or if it's not Christmas then make your own. 
Simply write your message on your tag and thread through a long piece of string. 
Make two holes in your card and thread the string through. 
Secure at the back and adjust the label to hang where you want. 
You can glue the tag down but I really like the movement.

Design four: Sew it

You will need: Blank card, pencil and rubber, safety pin, thread, needle and patience

Firstly, draft your message in pencil on the front of the card. When you are happy with it, use the safety pin to punch holes along the lines. When done rub out the pencil. 
Then sew between each hole to show your message, I used a back stitch but use whatever you are comfortable with. 
You can either use one colour, two colours, or if you have the patience, a rainbow is really effective!
Tidy it by sticking another piece of paper on the inside of your card, or leave the stitches visible. 

Which one is your favourite? Would you like to see more craft on my blog? 

Let me know in the comments or on my Instagram - @brightonbbblog 


Monday, 1 January 2018

8 resolutions for 2018

It's officialy 2018. We have spent all year waiting for 2017 to be over and now it is, what are we going to do about it? There are some big things that need to change for the world but this isn'tbabout that. This is about the changes that I am going to be making to my life to make 2018 amazing. Eight goals for 2018:

Get crafty; make something creative each month

Save. It's time to start saving for the big things now

Blog more; Post more often or get organised with times and days   

Learn something; a new talent, a new language? 

Declutter; Get rids of the things you don’t use and the clothes you don’t wear

Friends; See the old ones more and be open to the new ones

Walk; Once a week go on an adventure, see the world more. 

Do; Do all the things you weren’t confident enough, or found excuses not to do in 2017! This could be the year that it all falls into place, so take the risk! Speak to the person you wouldn't, send the email you think you shouldnt. The only person who can stand in your way is you!


Sunday, 31 December 2017

My 2017 highlights

2017 has been a weird year for a lot of reasons. It has meant big changes for the world but also changes for me. I have been lucky enough to work with a range of restaurants and brands, I have found a love for the outdoors and most importantly I have found my confidence. I have achieved in my work, my blog and in my personal life, things I did not think I could. So to round up this year, and to try to find the positives in a really messy 2017. Here are some of my 2017 highlights;

I can't wait for 2018 to begin. I have some resolutions and some serious goals. But with the people around me that made these memories possible, I couldn't be more excited for the next 12 months...


Thursday, 7 December 2017

Christmas Wreath making

I can't begin to explain how festive I am feeling! I have my tree up, Christmas candles burning and Christmas films on whenever I can. And to kick off the festive spirit myself and mum went on something I have wanted to do for a long time; wreath making!
It was a workshop organised by Brighton flower school and run at Heal's. 

We were provided with all of the equipment to make and decorate the wreaths, and were even provided with drinks and mince pies. 

The person who led the workshop was really knowledgeable, did step by step demonstrations and was really helpful throughout. I also loved how we were all sat on a big table, meaning that even people who had come on their own were included and we all encouraged each other with our creations. 

Head over to Brighton flower school for their 2018 courses, they offer different flower arranging courses including flower crowns, which I really want to do next!

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