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Before things get overly sick of Christmas let me just say that for the past couple of days I really haven’t been feeling it and today is the first day that I have really started to enjoy the festivities. I have been listening to Christmas tunes for the past week but today was the day that I actually got that warm fuzzy feeling of excitement. This little glow got me thinking back to the Paperchase Christmas in July event that I attended (in July!!!). Let’s start off by saying that it was absolutely bloody brilliant to be surrounded by Christmas IN JULY!!! Fake snow, baubles absolutely everywhere and card making sessions – I mean come on peeps – who wouldn’t want to have Christmas twice in one year.

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Of course I wanted to buy absolutely everything and I made sure that I had a go at making my own Christmas card which if i’m honest wasn’t the greatest of successes! Just think glitter everywhere, glue everywhere, just EVERYTHING everywhere! I managed to get a few snaps whilst I was there so I thought that I would keep that Christmas spirit up by sharing the love.

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BLOGMAS DAY 5 Brother Marcus Evening Menu, BlogMas Day 5, BlogMas, Brother Marcus, Balham, London, Food, Foodie, Evening, Evening Menu, Loaded Buns, Cocktails, Food Blogger, Blog A Book Etc, Fay

Firstly let me admit that this isn’t the most Christmassy of posts but it was a bloody lovely menu and I thought it would be worth sharing for you lovelies so you can experience it before Christmas is upon us! From the Sister Special with a side of halloumi to the Shroom of Doom and all the sides under the sun I am one happy lady just knowing that one of my favourite places in Balham is now open even longer than before. A few weeks ago (time is certainly flying by!) i met up with two lovely ladies from KK Communications at the lovely Brother Marcus and as we chatted away we were served so very delicious eats.

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The evening menu includes a variety of loaded buns where you also have the option to go bunless (get those minds out the gutter people!) as well as a small collection of cocktails. The one thing that really made this menu stand out to me is that the choice may not be endless but there is something for everyone and it really is easy to choose what you want from a list of personal likes, that also goes for the cocktails. I don’t know if it just me but when I am presented with a long list of food and drink it can be quite overwhelming so this was incredibly welcoming. At the time I was sick and driving so was unable to enjoy any of the cocktails but I look forward to going back as I have seen pictures elsewhere and they look absolutely fantastic.

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The portion sizes are quite big so my advice would be not to go too crazy on the side orders and really think about whether you have had a big lunch before. Another reminder would be save some room for dessert as they looked absolutely fantastic but I was so stuffed that I practically had to roll myself out of the door and to my car. If you don’t have a chance to get down there in the evening please do get over there for their brunch as the menu despite a lot of similar dishes in breakfast menus is actually a lot tastier and so worth finding this place (which is easy!). Get yourself to Balham station and it is a 2 minute walk from the station to Chestnut Grove – problem solved right?!

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The opening hours for Brother Marcus are

Brunch
8am – 3:30pm

Evening
6pm – 11pm

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•A massive thank you to the lovely ladies at KK Communications for taking me out for this lovely dinner – all opinions are as always my own.

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BLOGMAS DAY 4, BlogMas, Christmas, Xmas, Matcha Latte, Latte Art, Latte, AIDA Shoreditch, AIDA, Shoreditch, London, East London, Blog A Book Etc, Fay

There is nothing better than cosying up in a coffee shop and watching the cold go by whilst you are nestled in the quiet drinking a blinding cup of {enter your favourite hot drink here!}. I have found the perfect place and way to spend my first day of BlogMas and even though I am not there today I really should be and will be back very soon.

AIDA Shoreditch really is a unique little cubby hole (quite a big one!) located on the vibrant Shoreditch High Street in East London. With hipsters at ten a penny the vibe along the street was positively thriving with creativeness. The atmosphere in AIDA was nothing short of amazing – seriously guys and gals for a place that is split between a shop and coffee place it really was one of the most chilled out places that I have been in a long time. Whilst in there despite feeling so laid back I also felt really productive. By the time we left I did feel like I needed a nap just to get over the chilled experience I just had – but really it was just so nice. You know when you want to describe something and you cannot possibly find the words well that is how I am feeling at the moment towards AIDA! It was just so nice!

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Moving onto the beverage list – even though it was a short and concise list what I chose was unbelievably tasty. I opted for a Matcha latte followed by a cleanse juice. Both drinks were positively divine and I look forward to going back to experience even more of the menu very soon. With Matcha I am no connoisseur but I do love the stuff and this was quite possibly the best Matcha latte that I have had in some time. The taste, the temperature and even the colour – the fact that I got to the end of the cup with little residue was also a bonus as it can just collect there waiting to give you a nasty surprise!

Whilst I was there I checked out a coat that was on sale and despite being quite pricey it actually was great value for money and ridiculously soft. If I had the money there and then I would have taken it home with me but sadly as it is now the run up to Christmas things are a bit tighter than usual – i’m sure you can relate. AIDA is definitely a place that I would recommend to others and will most definitely be going back myself VERY SOON!

Have you been to AIDA Shoreditch?

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