Friday, 21 July 2017

London's Coolest Offices

We know that London has some of the coolest offices around, and we bet you're as interested as we are to take a peek into London's COOLEST. We have a quick look into some of the hottest offices in London. Do you recognise yours?

Zoopla is best known as an online property listings portal, but it also owns property-related tech companies.
Zoopla's London Bridge office is designed to mimic a house. It has themed areas including a library, a living room, dining room, wine cellar, and even a tree house! The office also features a meeting room which has been decked out to resemble a swimming pool.
What do the staff think? "The office is out of this world...Gym with fresh towel service (no excuses!) Free breakfast & daily snack time (hence why we have a gym!) Games room with arcade games, pool, table football, air hockey. Ping pong with free weekly coaching."

Red Bull UK
Red Bull is an energy drink manufacturer, well known for their zany cartoon adverts, and their catchy strap line.
Their Soho offices feature a roof terrace with spectacular views over the West End. Their building also has a slide from one floor to the next.
What do the staff think? "Fantastic UK office, everyone is so friendly! Fun environment, gorgeous office with so many perks. Everyone knows everyone and is happy to help."

Innocent Drinks
Innocent Drinks is a smoothie and drinks maker.
With green AstroTurf floors and park benches, Innocent's headquarters is decked out to look like an English village fair, designed to reflect the brand's cheery, cheeky nature.
What do the staff think? "Great culture and career opportunities. Inspiring place to work full of intelligent and competent colleagues."

Bazaarvoice helps brands use web-based consumer insight.
Their office is clean, light, with a crisp design and quirky features. Includes its own coffee shop.
What do the staff say? "Good people, they try to make it fun, great office, plenty of lunchtime food options..."

TransferWise is an online international money transfer service.
Their Shoreditch office has a sauna, which is a nod to the Estonian heritage of its two co founders. It also has other standout features such as a roof terrace, table tennis, and sitting pods!
What do the staff say? "When I was offered this job they didn't tell me about all the perks you get when working here. From free breakfast, movie nights, team lunches..."

AutoTrader specialises in car sale adverts.
Their offices, both in London and Manchester, feature car-themed meeting rooms, and chill out zones, as well as real cars in the London office! These vehicles had to be lifted by a crane into the office!
What do the staff say? "Inspiring work environment, a great "family" feel with a real passion to drive a difference and create a positive change in the industry."

Moo are a design company which prints fantastically cool business cards. Their clients can even customise designs via their website.
Their Shoreditch office is a large warehouse style office, filled with colour. Even the books in the library are organised by colour instead of name! They love their randomly placed (and randomly selected!) wall hangings, which give this office a really cool feel.

Airbnb is an online marketplace that allows people to list, find and rent vacation homes. It is super popular, and has taken the travel and tech industry by storm.
Their Clerkenwell office takes "typical components of historic British settlements - the farm, the green, the market, the library, the terrace - and [distills] their key spatial and social characteristics to create a microcosm of such a community."

Do you think your office deserves the coolest office title? Let us know @office_fruit! 

Friday, 14 July 2017

Fruit flies - how to get rid of them!

We love fruit (obviously!) and all the benefits it brings, but from time to time the nectars from the gods attract some devilish friends that leave a bitter taste in mouths of office workers across the country.

We're talking about fruit flies of course! Fruit flies are those dainty little creatures that seem to float, rather than fly causing annoyance to all and sundry. The pesky little things rarely confine themselves to one area of the office, drifiting their way into every nook, cranny and desk available.

Here's how to get rid of fruit flies from your office:

  • Eat all the fruit! Fruit flies are generally attracted to fruit that has been left lying around, and seeing as prevention is always better than a cure the best thing to do is to gobble it up. Got half the office out for holidays? Contact us to reduce your office fruit delivery, even for just a week, to prevent waste!
  • Remember, fruit isn't the only culprit. Anything sweet and sticky can attract fruit flies, so make sure sugary drinks and sauces are cleaned up and put away.
  • Once you're cleaned up and have eaten all the fruit, you may still need to deal with the army of fruit flies that have invaded your office. This is where the traps come in:
    • Put out half a glass of wine - never ones to encourage wasting alcohol, desperate times call for desperate measure. The flies will flock to the wine, then you can dispose of them all!
    • Burn some incense - fruit flies don't like the thick smoky air so will head for the nearest exit (be sure to leave a window open) or meet their timely death. 
    • Use fresh bait - take a piece of overripe fruit and place it in a bowl or jar. Cover with a piece of cling film - make sure it is taut then poke some holes in the film with a fork. The fruit flies will find their way in but will then be trapped. 

Got any top tips to get rid of fruit flies? Let us know office_fruit 

Friday, 7 July 2017

History of Strawberries & Cream

Strawberries and cream is iconic, and quintessentially British, and are a symbol of the arrival of British Summertime. Each year during the Wimbledon season we consume an average of 20 tonnes of strawberries, and around 7000 litres of cream. Now that's a lot! So where exactly did this refreshing, sweet summer pudding come from, and what connection does it have to Wimbledon?

In the Tudor Era, Thomas Wolsey was close to King Henry VIII and he began building  a riverside des res, known today as Hampton Court. The kitchens within Hampton Court were one of the largest in England at the time, and were responsible for serving food for up to 600 guests twice a day. To save time, they wanted create some quick, easy desserts. During this era, the idea of adding fresh cream to strawberries was born, which at the time was an expected choice as dairy products were considered a food for the poor.

It is thought that King George V was the one to introduce strawberries and cream to Wimbledon in the early 1900's. While we do not know exactly why they started being served, strawberries were only available at that time of year, and in the lat 1800's they were a fashionable fruit to eat.

Add Wimbledon Strawberries & cream to your basket now.

Do you love strawberries and cream? Let us know @office_fruit

Friday, 30 June 2017

Meet the Team - Our Apprentice

In this week's Meet the Team, we talk with Ellie, our office apprentice! Find out what she can do in 30 seconds....!

What is your job title? 
Customer Service Apprentice

What do you do every day at work?
I place regular orders for customers, and speak to customers on the phone or email to solve any isues or queries they may have.

How long have you been with FFTO?
7 months

What is your go-to breakfast? 
Chocolate square bar or Weetabix

What do you do as soon as you get into work?
Turn on my computer and load my emails and necessary admin websites

Lunch at your desk, or lunch out?
Lunch at my desk!

What's your favourite fruit?

Tea all day, or tea never?
Tea in the morning

Tell us one thing no one in the office knows about you (yet!)
I'm scared of the ocean and refuse to go in

What is your party trick?
I can eat 15 breadsticks in 30 seconds

If you were an animal, what would you be and why?
A dog because they get to eat and sleep all day!

If you have any questions for Ellie, get in touch with us @office_fruit! 

Friday, 23 June 2017

Jackfruit - The New Pulled Pork!

Jackfruit is the hottest fruit of 2017, and we can definitely see why! It's a sustainable vegan meat replacement, with a neutral taste that takes on whatever seasoning or sauce you pair it with. It also has a similar consistency to chicken or pork, and works particularly well with BBQ sauce. If you're vegan, vegetarian, or just want to try out a yummy meat-free dish, look no further than our BBQ Pulled Jackfruit Sandwiches! Try out our recipe below (you won't forget it.)

BBQ Pulled Jackfruit Sandwiches

Cook time: 10 minutes
Prep time: 5 minutes
Serves: 4

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 shallot, minced
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon sweet paprika
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon chilli powder
  • 1 x 10.6-ounce package plain jackfruit, rinsed and drained, and broken up with a spatula
  • 4 hamburger burns

  1. In a large skillet, heat the oil over medium-high heat. Add the shallow and saute for 3 minutes, until softened.
  2. Reduce heat to low and add the ketchup, honey, vinegar, paprika, Worcestershire sauce, and chilli powder. Stir for 3 minutes until well combined. Add the jackfruit and heat through for 5 minutes.
  3. Transfer a quarter of the jackfruit to each of the buns, and serve while hot. 

Have you tried pulled jackfruit? Let us know @office_fruit! 

Friday, 16 June 2017

Profile On: Pomegranate

What is it?
It is a shrub that produces a red fruit.

What does it look like?
It has a round shape, like an apple, with a hard, shiny skin blushed with red or yellow. Inside, it contains edible white seeds which are held in jewel-like, ruby-coloured sacs filled with sweet, juicy flesh. The sacs themselves are packed in a bitter, pale yellow pith. The best pomegranates are those with unblemished, shiny skins. Those that feel heavy for their size are the juiciest. Avoid any with soft patches.

Other names?
Their Latin name is Punica granatum.

Where's it from?
Now mainly grown in America, Spain, the Middle East and India, pomegranates originated in the area from Northern India to Iran.

When is it available? 
It is available all year round.

How do I eat?
Cut the fruit open across its middle, then holding a half over a bowl, cut-side down, bash the skin with a rolling pin. The seeds should pop out. To extract the juice, put the seeds in a sieve and press out the juice with the back of a spoon. Avoid crushing the sac membranes too much as they can taste bitter. Be careful when preparing pomegranates, as the juice stains.

What does it taste like?
The taste depends on the variety of fruit and the degree of ripeness. The seeds can vary from a little sour (similar to ripe cherries) to fairly sharp (similar to uncooked cranberries).

What are the health benefits?
They are among the healthiest fruits around, and they have had a big surge in popularity over the past couple of years, for many reasons. They contain mountains of nutrients, such as fibre, protein, Vitamin C and potassium. They have anti-inflammatory properties, and they may also lower blood pressure. What's not to love!

Do you love pomegranate? Let us know @office_fruit!

Friday, 9 June 2017

Father's Day Gift Ideas

Father's Day is coming up on Sunday 18th June, and while we're sure you're already sorted we decided to give you a few ideas for those *extra* presents....!

For the Posh Dad who loves champagne, why not treat him to a Moet & Chandon basket! We're sure he'll be delighted to tuck in.

£79.99 - Moet & Chandon Basket

For the Geeky Dad who loves to cook, these Star Wars lightsaber BBQ tongs will be everything his inner child could desire!

£29.99 - Star Wars Lightsaber BBQ Tongs
For the Photographer Dad, why not give him the gift of portable coffee while he's out and about taking snaps with this camera lens mug! (Coffee and cookies not included.)

£14.99 - Camera Lens Mug
For the Geeky AND hard-working Dad, this R2 D2 desk hoover will keep his space (get it!?) nice and clean!

£14.99 - R2 D2 Desk Hoover

For the Techy Dad, this Lenco docking station which acts as a speaker, dock and alarm clock will be sure to keep him awake and dancing!

£19.95 - Lenco Docking Station Speaker & Alarm Clock

For the Chef Dad, this spicy curry night subscription package will be sure to make his Friday nights full of flavour!

£22 - Three Month Friday Night Curry Subscription

What have you got your Dad for Father's Day? Let us know @office_fruit

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