Returning back from my travels and improving my mental health!

I’ve not posted anything for a while now. It’s not because I’ve been lazy, nor busy at work, but I just wanted a break from EVERYTHING!

I experienced a slight change in my mental health recently. I was beginning to get anxious, stressed, and sometimes depressed. I wasn’t sleeping right which lead to a slight lack in performance at work too so I decided I needed to make some changes to my lifestyle and daily routine.

A friend of mine had recently booked his stag do / bachelor party in Las Vegas and invited me to join them. Having felt pretty down recently I decided to snap his hand off at it, but to also extend the initial 5 day trip for a 3 week adventure with a friend!

We went to Las Vegas, San Diego, San Francisco and then drove the coast to Los Angeles and spent a week there exploring too. The past 3 weeks have been the best 3 weeks of my life, and I’ll be sharing all of the food I’ve eaten and it will hopefully inspire to put my own take on each dish so keep an eye out for future posts!

Having experienced minor anxiety and depression recently, I’ll be making a few changes to my lifestyle routine and including these in my new routine.

Some of these will include:

  • Attending the Gym with a 10 week training plan
  • New diet
  • Headspace – mindfulness and meditation
  • Yoga, Pilates and body balance

I’ll be posting more around the above topics as opposed to just food blogs so please let me know if there is a topic that interests you!

Until then, keep an eye out for some of my next posts!

Thanks, Ped x

Breakfast at the Ivy

The Ivy Full English Breakfast

Breakfast is one of the best meals of the day, but one of the meals that you rarely eat out. I was chuffed when our company had decided to have a meeting over breakfast, at The Ivy, Birmingham.

This new restaurant has popped in just off Temple Row replacing the old Louis Vuitton shop. A historic restaurant that screams class, tradition, and britishness.

The Ivy in Birmingham takes after its big sister restaurant in London. The interior decor oozes class, but a contemporary feel that doesn’t feel overwhelming. Upon our arrival we were pleasantly greeted by a member of staff where we were shown to our table whilst we ordered drinks.

The restaurant was empty, and we were the only diners in there at around 9am on a sunny Thursday morning in September.

The smiling waiter came over and greeted and showed sense of humor as he lifted my colleagues heavy silver plated teapot. He joked and smiled as he then served me a cappuccino.

Onto, the breakfast orders my colleagues ordered Eggs Benedict, and Eggs Royale. I couldn’t help but ordering the full english breakfast as I was intrigued to see how they would try manage such a big expectation on my behalf.

The eggs Benedict and Royale arrived and looked tremendous. I’d definitely consider ordering on my next visit if I was to return. However, when the full english arrived at my plate, my gosh was it a good-looking breakfast.

The waitress and other staff couldn’t do enough for us whilst we were seated but then again, we were the only people in there. The food was fantastic, and all four of us were impressed by our visit to The Ivy.

The Full English Breakfast cost £13.50, which I appreciate is pretty steep. However, considering I don’t eat breakfast out much the food was exceptional, the service second to none and I can’t wait to return.

Question is, do i have the full english again or try the eggs Benedict/Royale?

If you’re in Birmingham, then I’d definitely recommend The Ivy, if you’re looking for a high-end brekkie!

Verdict: 8/10

The Ivy is located Temple Row, Birmingham

The Ivy, Temple Row, Birmingham

Sweet Baby Ray’s BBQ Sauce Review

Sweet Baby Jesus…. I mean Ray’s

I would typically review a bottled sauce as a blog. However, this sauce is far from the usual……

I’m not a massive BBQ sauce fan. All my friends eat it and it would be their preferred choice. I’m more of a ketchup man if I’m honest. But only with things like chips and junk food. Sweet Baby Ray’s on the other hand is exactly what it says on the tin! (Or bottle) s.

THE SAUCE IS THE BOSS!

Here I’ve used the sauce on my Chicken Bacon and Cheese Brioch’s. I dont eat KFC so this is my home made version of it. If you’d like me to share my recipe for this please comment below.

Verdict: It’s by far the tastiest BBQ sauce I’ve ever had. It’s not in all supermarkets but there’s a link below where you can get a couple of bottle

Rating: 9/10

Thanks for reading. Ped x