Art of The Brick London

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Last week was half term during which time Orlaith and I popped down to East London to check out the Art of The Brick exhibition. I love finding galleries to take Orlaith to because I like her to open her imagination and see what it's possible to create. And when I saw that someone was using Lego to create big models with, something she has and plays with herself, I knew we had to go.

Nathan Sawaya, the creator behind Art of The Brick, spent over 4,000 hours and 1 millions bricks creating the pieces on display at the exhibition. There were a few really impressive pieces, a few which oozed creativity, and a few which looked like they had been put together to fill empty space. The pieces are predominantly set in dark rooms using light projections to create different effects. I can't say I'm a fan of so many dark rooms for an exhibition, but that's just a personal preference. It felt nice to step into the white walled room where some photography was displayed alongside Lego props, it was my favourite part of the whole gallery. I found the photography and composition stunning.

Once you've made your way around the exhibition there is a room with buckets of Lego for the kids to play with, a Duplo soft play area for the smaller children and of course lots of Lego merchandise for sale. I'm glad we went and I think it was great for Orlaith to see such large scale things made from little lego bricks, however I think the admission prices are a bit steep. On a positive note, there is a free cloakroom onsite and, being next to Brick Lane, there is so much to do in the area before or after your gallery visit. Why not grab a bowl of cereal at the Cereal Killer Cafe?

Art Of The Brick will be in London until 12th April 2015. You can book tickets to visit the exhibition HERE

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For The Love of Pancakes

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Pancakes are one of my absolute favourite foods! It's all about the sweet pancakes for me. I've tried savoury ones a few times and I'll stick to what I like which is the sugar! But due to my love of the sweet stuff I don't make pancakes very often, so when I get an excuse to make them I make the bejeezus out of them.

On pancake day we had pancakes for breakfast (at our friends house where we'd stayed over) and then we got to my mums house where we had them for brunch too.

We had two topping options: lemon and sugar, and a homemade chocolate sauce (made without sugar or dairy). I always use the same pancake recipe and I've never strayed from it because it produces the perfect pancakes. I switch out everything for dairy free options and they still turn out perfectly. The secret is a good non-stick pan, plenty of butter for cooking (dairy free butter for me) and making the pancakes as thin as possible. You can find the fail-free pancake recipe I use HERE.

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East London | Columbia Road Flower Market

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This weekend Jack took me and Orlaith to the Columbia Road Flower Market in East London. It was my first time there and we had a really great day. There were lots of stalls with so many different types of flowers and succulents, and everything was very well priced! 

The market is open on Sundays from 8am to 3pm, and we headed there at around 1pm and the crowds were really big. Next time I go, and there will be a next time, I'll head there much earlier in the morning to try and beat the crowds. I am really not a crowd lover at all.

There were lots of little independant shops along the streets behind the flower stalls and lots of alleys and cobbled streets to wander down and explore. I got myself a cosy cape from a vintage clothes rack and Orlaith enjoyed doing a little busking with some street performers and managed to lure in quite a crowd.

After our wandering about we stopped for lunch at a pub called The Birdcage on the corner of Columbia Road and Wellington Row. They had a simple menu which was a choice of four pies. Jack and I both chose the steak and ale pie. It's been a long time since I've had a traditional pie and I wasn't disappointed. 


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