An Afternoon At Brew Babu

Hi everyone! How are you all (whoever is reading)?

So in this blog post I’d like to dedicate it and spread the word about what has to be THE most amazing cafe that I have ever visited!! I have been to my fair share of cafe’s and restaurants but this one has been just the most delightful and relaxing one of them all!

Today my sister, aunt and I visited Brew Babu in Oundle, Northamptonshire a lovely short ride away from where I live in Peterborough. It’s situated in the market place, however still has that nice serene feel to it. It also looks rather small from the outside, however on the inside its rather spacious (reminded me of The Tardis in Doctor Who!) It’s got such a warm and homely vibe to it and its decor – a kind of rustic , mismatch interior yet beautifully detailed and arranged furniture to make you feel instantly relaxed and welcomed, just like visiting a close friend or relative for the afternoon.

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My sister was the first person to discover Brew babu where she brought her boyfriend for their ‘Alphabet Dates – B:- Breakfast @ Brew Babu’ and fell in love with the atmosphere, the food (especially the chocolate milkshakes) the tabletop games (I believed they played snakes and ladders) and finally the staff so friendly and welcoming!

It was my mother who introduced me for my birthday, we came for afternoon tea and the staff had very kindly reserved a table in the window overlooking the market place of Oundle, the tea was brought out in these amazing quirky tea pots and cups and the cakes were placed on exquisite china plates. So that made me fall in love straight away! I am a massive lover of tea and cake!!

We came once more after that just for a little light lunch just my sister and I and then today (11th August) our aunt was visiting us from Newark, Notts so we decided to bring her to Brew Babu also… we knew she would just love it!!

Now recently I have been quite ill (you may have seen in my previous post.. if not please take a look :)) and I’ve changed my diet to a gluten free one also trying to avoid too much dairy  because my stomach at the moment can’t really deal with either.

Once we arrived I spoke to a lovely colleague at the deli area, he approached and greeted us asking if we had been before. I began to explain my situation.. can they cater for ‘gluten free/dairy free customers’ to which his reply was ‘yes I know we have some cakes and gluten free bread, I’ll get the chef to come and have a chat with you’ and with that we proceeded into the back room to find a table.

Moments later the chef greeted us and asked which one of us was gluten/dairy free, her name was Priska (apologies if I have misspelled your name). She went onto talking me through the menu, which options would be suitable for my dietary requirements. She then added that she could alter anything on the menu for me and adjust things so that I could enjoy the food on there – I have never had dietary problems in the past until now and the way she spoke to me and advised that she was willing to cater for me I felt so reassured and at ease.. as I know for certain friends who are gluten/dairy free that sometimes it can be very difficult when eating out – NOT at Brew Babu!

I decided on a cake – Orange and Almond, handmade by Priska the day before and she only had ONE slice left… that was going to be MINE!! As I ventured to the front desk I noticed that not only was it gluten free… but DAIRY FREE too!! This made me so happy and even more excited to try it.. they had also mentioned that they had gluten free bread.. I asked if I could have some, but had no idea what to have it with – lets face it, plain bread is pretty bland!! Priska went on to giving my suggestions ‘roasted vegetable, goats cheese (no) salad etc’ I replied that the roasted vegetables sounded lovely.. so with that.. she was off!!

I fully expected to see a couple of slices of gluten free bread with some roasted veg and salad.. I wasn’t expecting what I received!! An absolutely delicious mountain of roasted vegetables, on two slices of toasted gluten free bread with some kind of spread (not too sure what that was) topped with mixed leaves, tomatoes and a balsamic glaze… it was absolutely DELICIOUS!!! I loved every mouthful and then the cake….. well… I’m going to be researching a recipe and making my own!! It was so delicious.. moist, fluffy and soft.. I would never of expected gluten free& dairy free cake to taste like that at all!!

My aunt had soup of the day which was pea and kernel (I think again I could be wrong) and she absolutely LOVED it and followed it down with a sliced of this delicious fruit desert – again I can’t remember what it was called.. again beautifully presented! My sister had her favourite chorizo ciabatta garnished with a light salad and a few lightly salted crisps, she also followed that with a Portuguese custard tart. We then proceeded to play a game of noughts and crosses (one of their sweet little board games) and then decided that we had better go – I think we were there for well over an hour!!

 

I met the owner of Brew Babu – Dyna Graham and she was very welcoming, we explained how much we loved coming and were bringing more and more new people.. I then went onto telling her about my blog and how I’d love to write a post about Brew Babu.. I was allowed to take photographs and they all seemed thrilled!

And that concludes this entry of my blog today.. I want to point out that I was NOT sponsored for this.. I simply wanted to write about how much of a wonderful experience we had and how much we LOVE Brew Babu and we WILL be back soon.. maybe just my sister and I or maybe with other newbies.. Thank you SO much to all the staff, Dyna and Priska at Brew Babu.. you were as always fabulous. but excelled especially on this occasion!

Stay tune for my next post coming soon..

Hannah 🙂 xxx

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5 Easy Tips for Clearer Looking Skin (Advice)

Hi everybody, how are you all?

In my recent YouTube video I spoke about how I have obtained ‘clearer skin’ firstly I want to point out that I’m not a dermatologist.. some of my tips may work for some people but not others and I’m not saying that you HAVE to do what I do. I just wanted to get out to people how I’ve got clearer skin and kept it that way… so… let’s go.

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  1. Water

Now water has only recently come into my life quite recently (I’d say within the last year), I try and drink 2 litres of water a day, sometimes I don’t because I either forget or just don’t want any or I’m not thirsty. I knew that water was very good for the body but I didn’t really think about my skin. I have Oily/Combination skin type and personally… nothing was going to help and reduce the oil.

However, since drink 1-2 litres of water per day, I’ve noticed that I’m feeling good (no headaches etc) and that my skin was becoming a lot clearer – this may also be due to my age and getting old, but I still get spots and my skin type is still Oily/Combination.. I’ve just notice since changing to more water that I’m not getting as many spots and my skin isn’t as oily as it was.. Its a perfect way to start your clearer skin boost!

2. Diet

As most people know I have been Vegetarian (just turned Pescatarian) for a while now, I’m not going to talk about how being vegetarian has transformed my skin and made it perfectly clear and glowing.

What I have found though is eating healthier, more fruit and veg more wholesome foods and less rubbish – junk food.. so not so many take aways, chocolate or crisps.. I try to substitute the foods that I love for slightly healthier options.. for example if I fancy some chocolate I would have dark chocolate instead of milk.. crisps I would have low salt/low fat ones instead of those giant packs that feeds 4 (yes I used to eat those.. especially the salt and vinegar chip sticks – they are amazing!!) When I fancy a chinese, I’ll try to recreate my own slightly healthier version.. same with fish and chips and chicken (obviously I use quorn for that)

I have found changing my diet and eating slightly healthier and cutting out all the junk, that not only have I felt better in myself.. but also that my skin has started to clear also. Don’t get me wrong though… there are times when I like to stuff my face with dairy milk and eat packets and packets of crisps.. and murder all of the vegetable spring rolls from our local take away… we are just human after all.. however most of the time I try and stick to the healthier options

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3. Make up

So… Makeup! Now I’m not a makeup Artist and I’m not here again to talk to you about how and what make up to apply. Again this is only very recently (I’d say in the last few months really) I’ve been trying to wear less makeup.. this is been exciting and frightening for me all at the same time!

When I was younger, I was picked on quite a lot for my skin – It wasn’t very clear.. in fact I had a few too many spots and wasn’t great in covering them up. My mum very kindly got me some Clinque products to try (my first ever skin care routine) however at the age I was I didn’t really understand and I kept forgetting to use them and still carried on using face wipes (if you use face wipes and have no issue with them.. I’m not telling you to stop!)

I always used to hide behind layers of makeup to cover up my bad skin.. and would hate it if people noticed a spot and pointed it out.. I got called ugly quite a lot by some of the boys!

So thinking now about reducing the amount of make up I wore was quite a challenge.. even with friends telling me that my skin was good and that I didn’t need any makeup.. I just couldn’t quite believe them.. until recently.. I went to a friends birthday party a couple of years ago and decided that I was going to wear… NO FOUNDATION!! This was a huge step for me as this was my first time!! As I ventured to the party I had sweaty palms and could feel myself getting more and more anxious in case people could give me negative comments… or point out that I had a spot. However, nobody did.. in fact they were all telling me how lovely my skin was looking.. and that I was looking radiant and glowing!! I had NEVER heard this in my whole life!!! I was so happy that I finally said to myself that I was going to reduce my foundation quantity by a lot!

I now only wear either concealer, BB cream or a tiny bit of foundation if I’m having a bad skin day.. and I have found it to have really cleared my skin and help the pores from getting clogged up! (if you have the confidence to do it.. then go for it!! Beauty is always skin deep and not what’s on the surface!) I believe anyone can do it and will still look beautiful! Below is a pic of me when I used to wear a lot of foundation (no fringe/bangs) and a pic of me before the party a couple of years ago (blue dress and fringe/bangs) with NO FOUNDATION!!

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4. Skin Care Routine

Skin care itself.. I have become a massive fan of having a skin care regime over the years.. I’ve used my different things all of which have worked, however there have been the occasional few items that haven’t worked for me.

I’ve come to learn that you don’t need the very expensive high end beauty ranges to help your skin.. many high street/drug store items have been wonders too! The main thing that I have found that works wonder is… ROUTINE!! Having a good skin care routine really has helped me.. I cleanse, tone and moisturise day and night.. sometimes in the evening I do 2x cleanses to make sure all of my make up is off from that day. I also use a facial scrub once/twice a week and a face mask once a week – I’m using the Khiels deep pore cleansing facial mask at the moment and its a white clay one.. I find that clay masks really help to dry out any impurities! I’m also a massive Liz Earle fan.. I got some of their products for my birthday in May and have literally been in love!! They are such beautiful products and I’ve found they have really helped my skin a lot! I am running out though so I am going to have to get some more!!

I also wash my face with cool water in stead of warm as I have read somewhere and been told that cool water closes the pores instead of opening them – correct me if I’m doing that wrong.. but it works for me.

I’ve also been trying out the Boots Botantic’s Micellar water and Eye makeup remover… The micellar water is good, takes my makeup off (before I properly cleanse) and doesn’t burn my skin at all (I also suffer with very sensitive cheeks) so I would definitely give that a big thumbs up.. and for only £1-2.99 I think its a bargain! The eye makeup remover however I’m not too keen on.. Its in the oil type formation, like the Clarins one or the Nivea one that I have used and loved.. the Boots Botanics one stung my eyes and I felt wasn’t very successful in removing my eye makeup.. I found myself going through 3-4 cotton pads before my eyes were clean and after that they stung.. So I would not recommend that product to you… The Nivea one is my all time favourite on the high street and just suits me down to the gorund!!

 

5. Allow your skin to breathe

So my final little tip is… allowing your skin to breathe.. I try to make sure I give myself at least 2 rest days from makeup/foundation a week.. sometimes I can only manage one day but I have felt that allowing my skin to breathe without being clogged up with makeup has also really helped it to remain clear… that’s all I’m going to say on that tip lol.. if any of you go even just one day or half a day without makeup that’s brilliant and will allow your skin to breathe and will thank you for it in the long run 🙂

Thank you so much to whoever has read this blog post.. or reading my blog posts in general, I hope you are enjoying them!! I’m really getting into this writing business and I’m finding it all very relaxing!

I have done a YouTube video on this topic which is available to view now on my channel  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ULh3p7x_TPw       So I would love it if you could check it out.. leave me a thumbs up if you liked it and any comments too.. And if you’re new to my channel and you’re enjoying my videos then please do hit that Subscribe button as I’d be ever so grateful 🙂

Thank You once again and I’ll see you all soon.. cheerio 🙂