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REVIEW: Monmouth Coffee Takeaway, Monmouth Street

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For a couple of years now I have been waiting with bated breath for the moment that I taste the so called ‘divinity’ of coffee that is a Monmouth. Himself and I headed to central for a spot of shopping and general mooch when I mentioned that we were close to a place that I had wanted to try for some time. Being a coffee lover like myself he did not hesitate to walk with me to grab a cup of hot deliciousness in a cup. As it was a particular chilly afternoon the warmth would be welcomed instantly.

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As we arrived at Monmouth the queue was out the door but we were there for the long haul as after searching it out we were in the mood for some serious beans. Whilst waiting in line I told him about the sacred Monmouth and hyped up the coffee to the point where he was just as excited as I was to get the cup in my hand and at the tip of my lip. An added benefit would be a seat in the warmth for even 15 minutes just to warm up but as there was limited seating this was not an option.

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As we were heading for something to eat we decided to opt out of the pastry selection on offer. With a slight grumble also for the price wanted for such pastries we stifled our thoughts and walked on by. Not without getting a few snaps of the delectable little morsels set out to make any mouth water just at the sight.

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Both sweet and savoury were on offer to us as we patiently waited to make our take out order and basque in the warmth of other people’s body heat in the line. With the delightful smell of fresh beans on the back bar my taste buds were ready for the seventh heaven that ‘is’ Monmouth coffee.

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My go to order for any coffee shop that I have never been to before is a flat white as you can’t really go wrong with coffee and milk in small portions right?! From the standard coffee menu as you can see the price isn’t overly hiked up because of the name or location. Or is it . . .

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Now I know after extensive research (!) that Monmouth is known for small measures so the price I paid for this Flat White after getting it and it being smaller than any other Flat White I have ever had was slightly disappointing. To add to the straw that was slowly breaking the proverbial camels back slowly was lukewarm coffee – LUKEWARM! (tested with nib of little finger) I mean I ask you in what world is that ok for what is meant to be one of London’s top coffee haunts?!

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Sadly my friends it does not end there. After asking for sugar at the bar we were directed to what I can only describe as a bowl of sand that I would not even want to put out my (much needed by this point!) cigarette in the event of fire. With bits of dirt which could have possibly been old coffee beans but to the naked eye nobody knows, this bowl of ‘sugar’ was not something that I wanted in my coffee. Personally I am a fan of brown sugar but this really put me off.

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So after waiting 10 minutes for a lukewarm coffee and bowl of dirt that was put out to resemble sugar I took my take away Flat White and fled the scene. Still hoping for a decent rebuff from the taste of such ‘amazing’ coffee I took an eager sip. The only way I can describe the taste of the coffee was artificial and plastic like. I do not know why but those are the first words that sprung to mind when tasting this cup.

Heavily disappointed I headed for the epitome of plastic Starbucks (I am an addict and am not ashamed to admit it!) if only for a cup of hot coffee no matter the taste as it was doused in caramel syrup. People I am not a coffee snob and merely headed to Monmouth for the experience as well as the supposedly great tasting coffee but this was a bad experience of mine. Do not let my bad experience put you off as I will be heading to Borough Market very soon to try a simple Americano and see if they can get that right.

For now I leave you with a heavy heart on my experience of Monmouth coffee, urge you to share your thoughts and experiences and wait patiently for me to head out to Borough Market soon!

To Do Tuesday

To Do, Tuesday, Lists, Organisation, To Do TuesdayWith a couple of weeks off work ahead it will be the perfect time to kick Blog A Book in shape and get things ship shape around here. A little bit of a diversion however will be part of the proceedings tomorrow but that is something that you have to check out on my instagram tomorrow!

Last Weeks List

- Finish new release and write review to post

- Buy storage boxes

- Arrange photographing space in room

- Back up photos on laptop and main computer

- Shred unnecessary paperwork – it’s in a box ready to be shred!

- Take part in a Twitter Chat

- Update Goodreads (Books read, reviewed etc)

As promised the leftovers from the list the week before have been added on.

This Weeks List

- Finish scheduling posts

- Make Pinterest button for hovering over images

- Take part in Twitter chat

- Bloglovin organising

- Make weekly playlist

What have you got planned for the week ahead?

 

#IMWAYR

Monday, Blogging, It's Monday What Are You Reading?, IMWAYR, Blog A Book Etc, FayMy, my what a rushed week it has been on top of family stress and work just being a bit full on I am glad to bid farewell to last week and welcome the new week whole heartedly. This Monday post is a little late due to a long dog walk and an array of other personal appointments that we have both had today. Himself and I have had a really tough time this week and we just want to chill and reboot a little.

Onwards . . .

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For my eyes

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As a hardcore Colgan I have nothing but love for this book and continuation of the Polly and Neil adventure. Must-read for all!

For my ears

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Haven’t had much listening time recently so I am looking forward to picking up where I left off with this.

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Despite the sun coming out the wind has also been up so I have been able to get my tootsies out whilst wrapping up around my neck to prevent a cold. My feet are one part of my body that I do not like to keep covered up if possible as the more air that gets to them the better so my Birke’s are just awesome.
Beauty
Just a couple of the new products that I have been using for the past month. My favourite is the brow set as when I get up for work in the morning as I wear no make-up I put a bit of this on and I am ready to go. There really is no point in wearing make up to work as after a whole day it would most probably melt off my face!

How was your week?

Week In Pictures #6

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As you can see this week has moved at a glacial pace and my photo taking seems to have hooked on with a vengeance. As usual it is work that has taken up the majority of my time as well as being über busy on my days off. This week ahead however will hopefully be packed with pictures and things that I am either reading or trying to get done.

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What have you been snapping?

Have a great week ahead and enjoy the rest of your Sunday.

RELEASE DATE: Summer at Little Beach Street Bakery by Jenny Colgan

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Today is the release date for this awesome book – have you got your copy yet?

If not then head out and buy it.

Whether you get it online, in the store or on audible it is a MUST read!

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I received my copies almost over a week ago from the lovelies at Sphere and I am really enjoying the read so far. Keep checking back for the review guys.

Happy Pub day to Jenny – you have done it once again :D

Jenny Colgan’s Summer at Little Beach Street Bakery – A Note!

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Just so you guys know what is going on behind the scenes. The book above is my current read and I am LOVING it. Jenny Colgan has yet to disappoint me and this time is no different I won’t be giving away any spoilers even in my review but I will highly recommend it to you especially if you have read her books before. Colgan fans are waiting with baited breath for the next installment of Polly and Neil and on Thursday you can finally get your copies. Why not pre-order now!

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REVIEW: Shoreditch Grind – Old Street

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Last week Catherine and I went out on a double date with our significant others. It started off in a quiet bar on Stoke Newington Road that goes by the name of Fontaine’s. Not only was it a nice quiet way to start the evening the service was prompt and the cocktails were tasty.

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Despite listening to some truly wonderful old skool tunes to top of the eloquent vintage vibe it was just too quiet so we headed out towards Old Street.

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The Grind is not only one of the best places in London to grab a quick coffee or even have a couple to sit and chat. You can also grab some cocktails and chill until 1am – crazy right! You will be glad to know that that cocktails are just as tasty as their coffee.

Shoreditch Grind, Old Street, East London, London, Coffee, Espresso, Caffeine, Cocktails, Night Out, Blog A Book Etc, FayA classic G&T for me – sadly they had no cucumber to put it in so had to deal with lime. Himself opted for a cocktail but didn’t realise whilst choosing that it came in a girly glass and took about two mouthfuls to drink it. We moved on . . .

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You guessed it – more G&T for me but not only do they make delicious coffee as well as cocktails they make scrumptious COFFEE COCKTAILS! They were absolutely divine and made the old faithful Irish Coffee seem outdated and void. If you go order a Flat White Russian and ENJOY!

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Time for a little mooch around the venue and this is the back wall by the stairs with the signature logo.

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On the way to the toilet which is upstairs the wall is covered in what seems to be old music magazine covers – pretty cool right?!

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The main floor of The Grind which may not be that big but it is a space that works.

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Ladies & Gents this is Matteo he is the lovely bar manager at The Grind on Old Street.
After having a little chat he let us in on a little secret that is happening behind the scenes at and around the Grind in Old Street so be sure to visit and become a regular. You will most definitely not regret it.

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We all had a fabulous night out and despite thinking about other places to go that night The Grind was the place to be – the vibe was great, the drinks were awesome and the service absolutely first class.

To Do Tuesday

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As I mentioned last week I am now back to work and I have to admit after just a weekend away in the country I was reluctant to return. Much like every other time I have spent away from work once I had completed a couple of shifts I was back into the swing of real life and ready to get myself sorted. Starting back at the gym is something that I have been thinking about for quite some time and after spending two hours on horse back it was blatent how out of shape I have let myself get.

Over the past week I have been making time to gently ease myself back into an exercise routine and it isn’t going too badly. Onwards . . .

Last Weeks List

- Edit remaining pictures from weekend and post

- Schedule 2 weeks worth of posts templates (content to be filled)

- Take part in a Twitter Chat

- Check out other bloggers Facebook pages

- Update Goodreads (Books read, reviewed etc)

This Weeks List

As you can see I didn’t manage to get everything on my list done so I am adding those on to this weeks list. Fingers crossed!

- Finish new release and write review to post

- Buy storage boxes

- Arrange photographing space in room

- Back up photos on laptop and main computer

- Shred unnecessary paperwork

What have you got planned for the rest of the week?

#IMWAYR

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With another week on the horizon and plenty to do this meme is the perfect way to say goodbye to weeks gone by and start afresh. This great meme is hosted by Sheila over at Book Journey and is a way for bloggers from all corners of the internet to link up and see what has been happening it other peoples world. Have you tried it yet? You really should.

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I am still listening to this audio and loving it. The story is progressing at a glacial pace but from past experience with Moriarty’s books I am sure it will pick up soon. Or at least I hope it will!

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My happiness could not be expressed when I got this through the door – I have started it and as suspected I am LOVING it!

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Cocktails at Fontaine’s in Stoke Newington with Catherine & the men in our life.
It was the start of a great evening.

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Breakfast after a block of night shifts is always necessary and Harrison’s in Balham really fit the bill.
Beauty

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This is one of my favourite make up brushes, it picks up just the right amount of powder without being too heavy on the face. Worth the money and when washed does not lose consistency.

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What do you have planned for the week ahead?

Week In Pictures #5

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On return from our weekend away in the country this was waiting for me.
So exciting!

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Being a nurse I have to endure sets of night shifts that can be annoying but I get through it.
Red bull does help!

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Breakfast after the final shift in a set of three is always a bonus especially when it is as scrummy as this!

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When rooting through my mothers wardrobe for a bag we came across these bad boys in a tin.

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So a week at home and despite being deep in the country with no reception I kind of miss it. Just so peaceful even when loud hunts like this trundle through town.

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On Saturday late morning we started dinner as we were heading out that night. We had a delicious pork roast with these yummy vegetables.

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The first stop on our night out was Fontaine’s bar in Stoke Newington it was a nice little place to chill for a couple of drinks before starting your night. 

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After Fontaine’s we headed to Shoreditch Grind as they not only serve the most amazing coffee but some tasty food and delicious cocktails. The vibe of the place was relaxing and energetic all at the same time.

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This was the lovely Matteo – he is the bar manager at Shoreditch Grind and was an absolute delight to every customer that came through the door. We will definitely be back!

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After a great night out because we are staying at the mans place we came back to this delightful face. Can’t grumble at the welcome we received at the door :D

What have you been snapping this week?