Detour | Emerald Street Brunch

Aperol Spritz Kings Cross

Emerald Street Brunch

There’s a few things in life the majority of us girls just love.  Food, gossiping with your girlfriends, flowers and good hair days.  So when I received an email to tell me about the Emerald Street Brunch, I bought my ticket at lightning speed and forward the email on to friends, so we could indulge in all things foodie and girlie for a day.

Kings Cross Station

Last Saturday, we all arrived at Kings Cross Station, passed Platform 9 3/4 (I’m serious) and started the usual manic back and forth ‘Where are you?!’, ‘I’m running late!’ texts between us.

Kings Cross Station

Cath and I made our way through the beautifully designed station and in the direction of the Emerald Street Brunch location to meet up with Jo and Jenny.

Emerald Street Brunch

Roll call check done. All four of us located and accounted for.  Tickets checked.  We walked into the venue and were handed a glass of Cordon Negro sparkling wine as a sort of Welcome to the Party gesture.  We loved our generous hosts already!

Emerald Street Brunch

Emerald Street Brunch

The temperature was set for sizzling hot, and we could already feel the rays threatening to scorch our lily white London skin.

Braid Bar

We made our way to the first port of call for the day, the Braid Bar.  It was obvious this was going to be a popular destination, so we jumped in that queue as quickly as possible.

Braid Bar

The Braid Bar menu gave you four options to choose from, so we all agonised over which we would choose.  Decisions!

Braid Bar

However, in my typical ‘but I don’t want to look like everyone else’ style, I asked my lovely stylist if she could go ‘off-menu’ and create a sort of Little House on the Prairie-Snoop Dogg mash up and she kindly obliged.

Emerald Street Brunch

Braid Bar

We were all braided up and it was amazing how much more innocent and oh so sweet we all looked.  We could’ve robbed a bank and the bank teller’s would’ve just looked at us and said ‘Oh look how nice you all look, here, go ahead and take the key to the vault.  Take what you need!’.

Rosie Wonders Tattoos

But then I have this thing where I just can’t stand looking ‘nice’.  It makes me feel, well, boring!  I always need a bit of edge.  So where better to head than the Rosie Wonders Temporary Tattoo Bar.  I needed some toughening up!

Rosie Wonders Tattoos

Jenny and I chose the Strong Man, because he was just so cool.

Rosie Wonders Tattoos

Cath and Jo chose the giraffe, and he was super cute.

Emerald Street Brunch

Feeling much more at ease and a lot more edgy with my temporary tattoo, it was time for the next most important thing on the list.  Food.

Braid Bar

Braids

We grabbed some seats and like high school girls, we had to swat away others with a ‘Sorry these seats are taken!’ as we all took turns to line up and grab some brunch.

Emerald Street Brunch

There were loads of food trucks to choose from organised by the awesome Kerb Food team.  It was just a little more difficult for Cath and I as the gluten free options were few and far between.  Thankfully Le Swine took pity on me and created something for me to eat, THANK YOU GUYS!

Flower garland making

We’d made a 1.45pm booking at The Makery to have a go at flower garlands, so after wolfing down our food, we whizzed over to the tent and with the help of the tutors, chose our flowers for our garlands.

Flower garlands

A quick tutorial on how to create the garland, we were then let loose to work our magic.

The Makery

It took us all of 10 seconds to realise that flower garland making is not as easy as it appears!

The Makery

But we persevered!

The Makery

Some of us taking it much more seriously than others!

The Makery

The Makery

I stuck my last flower on and showed Jo my creation, who gave a look of ‘what on earth is that!?’.

The Makery

The Makery

We may need a little more practice at this garland making malarky, but still we placed them upon our heads and wore them like pro’s.

Aperol Spritz Kings Cross

Next stop?  The Aperol Spritz bar!

Aperol Spritz Kings Cross

Sipping our Aperol, we then bid Adieu to Cath who was off to Germany, hence her giant backpack!

Aperol Spritz

We sat in the sunshine, whilst trying to shield ourselves from the burning rays, which really contradicts itself, but we have to make the most of the sun when it shines here in the UK.

Aperol Spritz

Frozen Drinks

We’d braided our hair, got tattoo’s, eaten brunch and drunk Aperor Spritz. So what next?!

Ice Cream

More edible treats, obvs!

Le Swine

Jo went for the most delicious iced coffee.

ice lollies

Whilst Jenny and I eyed up the ice lolly stand (Ice lolly? Popsicle? Ice block? I don’t even know what lingo to use these days after so many years abroad).

ice lollies

The ice lolly guy stood awkwardly as I snapped a shot, but I assure him I captured his best angle!

I scanned the menu, and I was feeling brave. ‘One Bacon, Egg and Maple Syrup Ice Lolly please!’. Yep, that’s right, I was living on the edge.

Jo decided to snap my reaction as I took my first bite, haha! But seriously, it was actually really good! The ice cream was similar to a sweet custard, and the bacon bits gave it a slight saltiness.

Emerald Street Brunch

We lazed around for the remainder of the afternoon, solving all the worlds problems and having a giggle along the way.

Brunch Kings Cross

An afternoon with your girlfriends should never be underestimated.  I’m super grateful to know a bunch of great ladies that like to laugh at life (whilst eating calorie laden food) alongside me.

Kings Cross Station

We walked back through yet another cool part of Kings Cross Station, all departing in different directions, with Jo instructing we all MUST keep our garlands on our heads for the journey home.  I sat on the train and didn’t dare glance at anyone in case I caught someone sniggering at my sad little flower garland!  Though I bet they were looking at my Strong Man tattoo and my braids and thinking ‘She looks nice, yet edgy!’.

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