Wednesday, 25 February 2015

#BoozyFruitFriday - After-work Drinks!




So, you're in charge of organising the post-work drinks for next Thursday night and you need to know the hotspots. We've scoured London for some of the best venues for you to embarrass yourself after one too many...

NORTH
The Dead Dolls Club
The Bricklayers
Blues Kitchen
Anam Bar
Barrio North
The Old Queen's Head 


EAST
The Owl and Pussycat
Anise
Be at One - Spitalfields
The Drift Bar
The Alice
The Crown Tavern - Clerkenwell

SOUTH
Morpeth Arms
The Rake
Aqua, Oblix or Hutong at the Shard 
Aqqum 
The Four Thieves 

WEST
Radio Rooftop Bar
Porterhouse
Waxy O'Connors
Henrys Bar
The Crown and Two Chairman

If you need to visit the venues for a taster sesh first, we highly recommend it - along with eating a big lunch beforehand and leaving two paracetamol on your bedside table for the next morning ;)

The best fruity cocktails to pre-order for the bosses: 

Passion fruit Daquiri or Bellini
Kiwi and mint Tom Collins
Strawberry Mojito
Pina Colada
Grapefruit Margarita
Lemon Gin Fizz
Blackberry Sangria



Has your favourite haunt or drink not been included? Tweet us @office_fruit with the lowdown!


Friday, 20 February 2015

#FashionableFruitFriday - Heels Vs. Flats




We tend to look at the City and divide it into two species of female; those who wear heels (well) and those who wear flats. Perhaps you wear flat shoes because you're 6ft+ and there really is no need, or you wear heels because you're 4ft+ and it really is required if you're going to reach for a good sandwich at Pret.

A survey once concluded that women own on average 17 pairs of shoes. Let's just say:

2 pair of trainers (1 suitable for gym only - whiff, 1 suitable for public appearance)
1 pair of brogues
1 pair of loafers
2 pair of ballerina flats (1 pair can be discretely rolled into a clutch bag)
2 pair of court shoes (Beige for summer, black for winter)
1 pair of ankle boots
1 pair of high leg boots
2 pair of stilettos (You didn't learn after the first pair hurt you)
1 pair of sandals
2 pair of flip flops (One pair always break: should probably be renamed 'flops)
1 pair of sports shoes; football boots, tennis shoes, hiking boots, etc
1 pair of Dr Martens, Brothel Creepers, etc. (Any grunge phased shoe that you may, or may not, wish to admit to owning)

... We guessed right, didn't we?
If you're heading to an office job that requires you to wear courts or flats, that leaves you with just 4 choices (gasps!) 

Most of you will opt for flat shoes, because who can run for a train when they're late (down a sloped platform) in 3inchers? Some women declared to feel more professional, focused and immaculately presented when wearing heeled shoes around the office.
It really is unnecessary to be in uncomfortable shoes when you have a lot of running around to do, or a lot of sitting around to do. Cobbled city streets + coffee + kitten heels = disaster.

Take it from us, flats then change into heels before approaching the office doors, or on the train if personal space allows; which we doubt it does at 08:30am on the Central line.
Flats may be required to carry your office fruit delivery to your desk, take your favourite pieces out and then carry back to the original delivery point *winks*.


Depending how you feel on this debate we've picked out the best of best so that you can look stylish and practical for work...

LK Bennett
Flat: http://goo.gl/671epQ
Heel: http://goo.gl/x1ub4d

Christian Louboutin
Heel: http://goo.gl/DwVYf8

Jimmy Choo
Heel: http://goo.gl/0x4RzC

Russell and Bromley 
Flat: http://goo.gl/w8u7so
Heel: http://goo.gl/HSFzJi

River Island
Flat: http://goo.gl/vgq5cd
Heel: http://goo.gl/GMw0Az

Office 
Flat: http://goo.gl/tCE6NZ 

Are you a heels or flats kinda gal? Tweet us @Office_fruit with your say!


Wednesday, 11 February 2015

V.Day, Not To Be Confused With Doomsday.

Whether you love or loathe this particularly pink day of the year, we're counting down the hours until someone does, or does not... present us with chocolate, flowers and maybe a small bear. Forgive us for getting mildly excited about Valentine's Day but with so much going on in the world, a little lightheartedness is much needed - and it's heart shaped.

 

So here's the best game plan that we can provide to get you in the mood for lurrrrrve!

Get Ready

Got your eye on someone at work? Please don't send them a creepy email; it's most likely tracked and that lady in HR will pull you up on the inappropriateness... or kick back with a coffee if it's an interesting read? Anyway, pull them aside for what is looking to be a very interesting business conversation, and ask them if they'd like to go for a drink after work. 
IF: 
  • They say no - Quickly clean your glasses lens and apologize that you have the wrong person. How ditzy of you!
  • They say yes - Quickly order a bouquet of flowers, a mass of romantic strawberries (we've got you) or visit the nearest newsagent for a cheeky card. Leave it on said special person's desk and wait for date night to arrive, where they can thank you for the anonymous gift; that isn't ever anonymous. 
  • They need convincing... see below chat up lines for full effect:
Chat Up Lines 
(NB: If you want to keep your dignity/job, we do not recommend using the below on your boss).

1.) Do you have any raisins? How about a date then?
If this fails try...
2.)  I bet your last name is Jacobs - because you’re a real cracker! 
If their face falls/looks blank try....
3.) If you were a bogey, I would pick you first. 
Okay, so they don't appreciate dirty humor, try...
4.) I thought I’d come over and say hello before you caught me staring.
Too flashy? Try... 
5.) Excuse me, you’ve got something on your face [look closer] oh, I think it’s beauty. [Attempt to rub it off] It won’t come off - It must be eternal....[look into the distance dreamily/moodily].
 Now, if they haven't fell in after 5 tries we suggest moving on because that was the best we've got.  

Nail it

Have you been in a relationship for a few years and have run out of things to get your partner? 1st year - chocolates, 2nd year - balloons and bear, 3rd year... champagne, 4th year... you're out of ideas.
We've asked around the office and come up with the below (note that we have not included sarky remarks about George Clooney or Emily Ratajkowski).

Gift ideas for Her: (There's not much time, we'll link you)
She has really expensive taste: http://goo.gl/RiRm6D
She loves a romantic: http://goo.gl/Ziha6B
She's judging you: http://goo.gl/9TJp4D

Gift ideas for Him:
He wants a nice meal: http://goo.gl/51GeGY
He said that he doesn't want a present but: http://goo.gl/cYiRFd 
He's a romantic at heart: http://goo.gl/Sern6

You Are Your No.1 Fan

Buy yourself a present - Krispy Kreme ladybug donuts are sold separately, you know! Watch a soppy film and put on a natural yogurt, banana and strawberry face mask. 
V-DAY SORTED.


Tweet us @office_fruit if you have some better chat up lines... (please!)




Wednesday, 4 February 2015

Top 10 Benefits of Getting an Early Night!


We’ve all been there – trying to decide whether to watch one more TV program or go to bed at a reasonable time. Who is still tired after staying up for the Super Bowl? (Guilty)
Usually, TV wins but there are many reasons why you should choose that extra hour’s shut eye...

1.       Keep your figure
A lack of sleep can make you put on weight by slowing down your metabolism, and we may even compensate for tiredness by eating more for energy. By getting enough sleep, we can keep down our weight, and even lose it.

2.       Reduce stress levels
Not getting enough sleep puts your body into a state of stress, which causes the production of stress hormones, and also increases your blood pressure. Higher blood pressure increases the risk of heart attacks and strokes, and the stress hormones make it even harder for you to sleep: causing a vicious cycle.

3.       Concentrate better
We’ve all had those days where we haven’t had enough sleep the night before, and we struggle to make it through our tasks for the day. If you get enough sleep, it can help you keep focused on the tasks at hand.

4.       Live longer
Studies have found that people who sleep for less than six hours a night on a regular basis, have a higher risk of dying sooner that those who sleep for seven or eight hours a night. Whether this is due to the amount of sleep, or the effect of other illnesses is not clear, but why risk it!

5.       Less likely to get ill
A lack of sleep can suppress your immune system, which leaves you vulnerable to infections. Studies have shown you are three times more likely to catch a cold if you sleep less than 6 hours, compared to sleeping 8 hours or more.

6.       Less pain
Studies have shown that if you miss out on sleep your pain threshold could be lower;nwhich means that if you get enough sleep it may actually help with any chronic pain, or acute pain from a recent injury.

7.       Lower risk of injury
You are more likely to have an accident when you are sleep-deprived, and so more likely to trip or fall off a ladder (ouch). Which means that getting enough sleep might actually keep you safe!

8.       More alert
Sleeping well means you are energized and ready for the day to come. When you wake up refreshed, you have more energy for your day, so you are more likely to get another good night’s sleep too!

9.       Better memory
While we sleep, a process called memory consolidation takes place. Your brain processes your day, making connections between events, sensory input, feelings and memories. Dreams and deep sleep are important, and getting quality sleep will help you remember and process things better.

10.   Reduce risk of depression
Sleep has an impact on the chemicals in your body, especially serotonin which affects your moods. By ensuring that you get at least 7 hours sleep you can help regulate the levels of serotonin, and prevent depression.

Tweet us @office_fruit with any home remedies for a better nights sleep (counting sheep does not...count.) 

Monday, 26 January 2015

Baklava = Yum!


 You've done so well with the New Year healthy eating regime that it's only right to have a cheat meal... We've done the legwork in testing all the best desserts (poor us!) and found a recipe from Roberta Sawalha and Julia Sawalha for Baklava.  


Photo Credit 


Baklava is a sticky, sweet and nutty pastry treat made of layers of filo pastry, filled with chopped nuts, sweetened and held together with syrup or honey.  



Cooking Time

Less than 30 mins preparation time
30 mins to 1 hour
cooking time

Serves 8-10


Ingredients
·         18 sheets ready-made filo pastry (unwrap and keep under a damp tea-towel until you are ready to use)
·         225g/8oz unsalted butter, plus extra for greasing
·         225g/8oz mixed pistachios and walnuts, roughly chopped
·         2 tbsp granulated sugar
 

For the syrup
·         350g/12oz granulated sugar
·         300ml/10½fl oz water
·         1 tbsp lemon juice
·         2 tbsp orange blossom water


Preparation method
  1. Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4.
  2. Grease a 17cm x 28cm (11in x 7in) baking tray with butter.
  3. Melt the remaining butter in a saucepan over low heat or in a microwave.
  4. Lay 10 sheets of filo pastry, one at a time, into the tray, brushing each sheet with butter before adding the next.
  5. In a clean bowl, mix together the nuts, sugar and cardamom and spread the mixture over the pastry in the tray.
  6. Layer up the remaining sheets on top of the nut mixture, brushing each sheet with butter, as before.
  7. Using a sharp knife, cut a criss-cross pattern into the top layers of the pastry.
  8. Place baklava in the preheated oven for approximately 20 minutes, then decrease the oven temperature to 150C/300F/Gas 2 and cook for an additional half hour to 40 minutes, or until the pastry is slightly puffed and golden on top. Do not allow the top to burn. Remove and allow to cool slightly.
  9. For the syrup, heat the sugar, water, lemon juice and orange blossom water in a small, heavy-bottomed saucepan and cook over a medium heat until the sugar has melted and a syrup is formed. (This will take about 20 minutes or so.)
  10. Pour the syrup into the slits in the baklava and leave to cool. Cut into small diamond-shaped pieces and serve.
 

 Tweet us @office_fruit the outcome of your Baklava 
(if there's any left)!

 


 


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