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Wednesday, 13 May 2015

The 'Deen Scene: Eclectic Fizz Champagne Bar

A note from Joelle... 
Who says students only like cheap bottles of wine and beans on toast? Naaah, we are all about Champagne brunch these days!
After the end of a terrifying week of exams, my friend Claire and I headed to Eclectic Fizz to unwind and catch up.
This new Champagne Bar opened on Union Street last year and there's been a lot of buzz around it.
Many believe it only caters to the wealthy oil workers, but that's not the case at all! 
Their Brunch & Bubbles menu says otherwise...
We both went for Eggs Benedict with a tall flute of Champagne and guess what? It was £10...A TENNER! 

What a beauty!
 Lashing of creamy Hollandaise sauce, a nest of fresh rocket, soft muffins and the most delicious smoked salmon ever. Not forgetting the poached egg that was cooked so well.Can you believe this was my first Eggs Benedict?
I finally get the hype!
Claire went for the the bacon version and it looked incredible.
Next up was something a little sweeter. You guys know me, if it's one thing that I'm into Bubbly, but my love for crepes is on another level!
Just look at them! Mine was packed with Nutella and shavings of white chocolate, which oozes out as I cut into the crepe. Having a nice vanilla ice cream on the side made it even better. There's something about mixing warm with cold that really works with puddings!
 Claire went for strawberries and Prosecco crepes (ooh, fancy)

The staff are incredibly friendly and charming - really refreshing.
The only thing Claire and I were a tad bit confused about was the fact that you can reserve a table online at 11.00am and 11.15 (which was the time we wanted), but the place does not open for brunch until 11.30.
We had to wait for 30 minutes in the shop next door to pass the time, which was a KFC!

Nonetheless we will be back. I mean with over 40 different sparkling wines and Champagne on tap, this could easily be our new hangout!

www.eclecticfizz.co.uk
50 Union Street
Aberdeen
AB10 1QX
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Tuesday, 12 May 2015

The 21/94 Project

A note from Joelle... 
Everyone born in 1994 will turn the grand old age of 21 this year. 
The last of the 90s Kids.
We are the same age as Mariah Carey’s Christmas Album, Pulp Fiction, The Lion King and errr Justin Bieber…
Hitting 21 is the real start of adulthood and marks the beginning of the future for most of us. But what does it mean to those turning 21 today, in this world we live in?

In this series, I chat to a wide variety of 94ers about their life and plans for the future. Enjoy!
Every week will feature a different interview from people from all over the world. 
I'm interested to see if they share similar aspirations for our emerging generation, fears for the future and ambitions!
I hope you enjoy the little project!
First interview out this Thursday!

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Monday, 11 May 2015

Metal & Dust

A note from Joelle... 

♫♪ 'Metal & Dust' - London Grammar ♫♪

Don't you just love those hazy (almost) Summer days where you leave your coat/scarf at home and everything instantly feels better?
Well I had one of those days recently, and headed off to London to soak up the atmosphere.
Blazer/Kimono - River Island - fiiiiiiiiinally, a bit of colour in my wardrobe! I bought this last year, but the grey summer of 2014 didn't do it any justice!
Sunglasses - ASOS - I'm done with almost 3 years of circular frames. Now it's all about the semi-rounded cat eyes. These ones are super-affordable too.
Top - Forever 21 - I know, I know - who wears a brown top? Me, that's who! It's so light and airy, so it rarely makes an appearance.
Wet-look Leggings - Primark
Astrid and Miyu Silver Wishbone Necklace* - JewelStreet
Jewelstreet is a UK site the lets you browse pieces from thousands of jewellery boutiques. There's something for everyone - affordable to investment pieces, costume to lux!
As a jewellery fanatic, it's now my first online port of call when I'm looking for new jewellery pieces for girfts... and for myself.
I'm so used to wearing really elaborate costume jewellery, but stripping it back with this shiny, pretty pendant was a good shout.
Even though it's a dainty thing, I've been getting a bundle of compliments about this necklace. The way it catches the light is pretty cool. Isn't she a beauty?
Even the box it came in was a beautiful black, simple design. Love it!

I took a stroll around Camden with my friend, Elsh and we roamed around the markets and the canals, as the sun beat down. 
As the sun set, we headed to the Almedia to watch Carmen Disruption. It was my second time watching it and I just had to go again (it's brilliant).
Camden Canal
There's something so magical about places like this. Wouldn't it me cool to live here?
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Papaya Breakfast Boats

A note from Joelle... 

♫♪'The Tide Is High' - Blondie ♫♪

Papaya Breakfast Boats

There's nothing better than waking up in the morning and lining your grumbling stomach with fresh fruit and good bacteria.
I was really unwell this morning and in my mind, I was craving a nice cooked English breakfast. You know the drill, fried eggs, mushrooms, sausages... But NO! I body needed something to actually make me feel better in the long term, so I made my papaya boat!
I have had this overly-ripe fruit chilling (pardon the pun) at the back of my fridge for a week now, and it was time to give it some luuurve.

You will need:
1 ripe papaya (also known as paw paw), sliced down the middle. They vary in size, mine was just a wee one.
Natural Greek yoghurt (fat-free is OK, but it's not healthier than normal yogurt)
Fresh fruit of your choice - I went for an exotic theme of fresh mango and pineapple, which I sliced up and piled on top.

Method:
Slice the papaya lengthways and scoop out the seeds
If you wish, you can also scoop out the papaya flesh and mix it in with the other fruit. That way, you have more space for the yoghurt
Pour in your yoghurt
Pile on your fruit on top of the yoghurt
Drizzle on some honey (optional)

All that's left is to dig in and enjoy!

If you try this, let me know what you think! Of course, you can use any combination of fruit and healthy yoghurt!
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