200 Degrees comes to Sheffield

Wednesday, 6 June 2018

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Taking over the midlands, the north and south wales, 200 Degrees has opened in Sheffield this week, joining the titans of coffee on Division Street. 

Coffee at 200 Degrees Sheffield

With the Sheffield shop opening that makes it seventh across the UK and it is easy to see why. Last weekend I was invited to their pre-launch event to sample their food, drink and decor before they opened their doors but I couldn't resist going back this week to see if the amazing standards were maintained.

Food at 200 Degrees Sheffield

A beautiful selection of sandwiches and wraps are the first thing that takes your eye on the left hand side as you walk in, you can view the menu here but with only one vegan and one vegetarian option we're hoping 200 Degrees step up their game for Sheffield. I've yet to try their breakfast options but give me another week and i'm sure i'll be pretty much living there. 

I tried the hummus & beetroot baguette, which did not skimp on the filling! Plenty of fresh, tasty ingredients and I loved the mixed seeds for a bit more texture in the baguette. I also sampled the falafel and pepper wrap which went down in one. The wrap was soft, fresh and floury and I cannot wait to have a proper lunch there, I heard the potato salad was perfect. 

Food at 200 Degrees Sheffield

Of course I had to leave room for dessert, we sampled a couple of different cakes including the vegan banana bread with chocolate chips and the gluten free courgette loaf cake. 

cakes at 200 degrees sheffield

But when I went back for my second visit I was recommended the espresso brownie which was also NGCI! I am not gluten intolerant but when you notice how much your pals cannot have when you're out for a brew it really makes a difference. It was beautiful, rich and dark and paired perfectly with a flat white. 

cake and coffee and 200 degrees sheffield

Our second visit was just as great as the first, staff were friendly, familiar and even remembered our previous orders (cue feeling like walking into the cheers bar) so we settled in and chatted away the hours over a few drinks. For our second order I tried their famous nitro cold brew and I 100% recommend buying a can or seven. By using nitrogen instead of carbon dioxide you get a smoother and thicker texture from the drink, perfect for coffee just like it is for stouts, giving a creamier and sweeter effect of a milky coffee but with a crisp taste. 

Cold Brew Coffee at 200 Degrees Sheffield

It helps that 200 Degrees are all about their roast, it's not an easy task and they've nailed it. Everyones taste varies so finding a roast that works across the board is amazing. Roasting since 2012 their signature blend 'Brazilian Love Affair' is slow roasted at the lower temperature of 200° for a smoother taste, retaining its full bodied richness that creates a beautiful espresso but also holds up its flavour in milkier drinks. 

Neon at 200 Degrees Sheffield

But the perfect cup of coffee isn't just about the roast, it's about the environment and customer service too. A range of lampshades on different levels brings the heigh ceilings down for a cosier atmosphere and also added to different sections of the seating, ranging from work areas with plugs to cosey seats and the neon fire. It's a large venue to fill and hopefully with time it will get a warmer atmosphere with some plants and artwork to clash against the stunning copper wall and contrasting metals.

Lights at 200 degrees sheffield

In my time off from work a cup of coffee wth friends has been a saviour not just a drink. A moment to reflect, talk with friends and embrace my own need to take a break in the day. There is something lovely about someone else making you a drink, especially when the staff are so proud and passionate about who they work for. I am attempting to go back to work next week and I can see myself becoming a regular at 200 Degrees, especially with that neon that matches my hair. 

Welcome to Sheffield 200 Degrees it's incredible to add another independent business to Division Street.

Check out their website here, or follow them on twitter, facebook and instagram or give me a shout if you fancy popping in for a brew. *

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Pages: 'The Girls' by Emma Cline

Sunday, 3 June 2018

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Typewriter Teeth The Girls Emma Cline Book Review , image of the novel surrounded by flowers

In her first novel Emma Cline’s ‘The Girls’ follows Evie Boyd reluctantly reflecting on her teenage years, captivated and taking refuge with a group that alludes to the Manson Family. But rather than Russell (hinting towards Charles Manson) becoming her obsession it is with the girls of the group, and in particular a character called Suzanne (resembling Susan Atkins) who she falls for.  

Evie is the daughter of an unfaithful father and a mother who replaces him with a line of inadequate men, as they live off her grandmothers money. As a discontented and neglected fourteen year old, desperate for excitement she falls in awe of the girls after watching them steal food, pushing herself into opportunities to meet them. As she settles into their ways Evie overlooks a number of unusual and aggressive behaviours, as if she is trying to find herself by losing herself in this strange way of life, drifting alongside them rather than diving in head first. 

Typewriter Teeth The Girls Emma Cline Book Review  image of book with a cup of tea

Evie’s adolescence accelerates when she decides to stay on their ranch, growing up slowly then all at once. Where she lacks the confidence and belief in herself she seeks it out in Russell to gain Suzanne’s affections. Evie’s loneliness drives her to trade her body for emotional support and empowerment and accepting Russell’s wildly impossible ideals.

‘The Girls’ is not attempting to work history but use it as a backdrop. Our prior knowledge means that an intensity is created by Cline by embracing an assumed understanding and fear by alluding to Manson. Russell’s character fills the edges of the novel, but the idea of him and his actions are more intrusive. Emma Cline is drawing us into what neglect can lead people to. His manipulation means those who follow and love him will carry out his ideas and work for him, the way a cult becomes more of a person than they ever were before. But Cline’s restraint on this setting creates the perfect frame for what a poisonous situation can cause and brings the focus back to Evie, the girls and how close she was to danger. 

We the reader fall in line with the trance like warmth that falls over ‘The Girls’ and although the Manson murder backdrop is necessary, it is the terror of girlhood and exploration of adolescence that forms the heart of this novel. Cline articulates perfectly the longing in their teenage eyes to understand themselves and the everyday overlooked violence committed through girlhood in neglect, exploitation, emotional manipulation and sexual assault. 

Typewriter Teeth The Girls Emma Cline Book Review  image of the spine of book

Debut novels like this are rare and Cline has created an incredible, subtle and thought provoking book. Get The Girls here. 

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May: Charity Shop & Car Boot Book Haul

Sunday, 27 May 2018

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Typewriter teeth book haul image of stack of books

With spring finally arriving i've been mooching around the charity shops and the May Bank Holiday brought with it plenty of tat sold in a field from a car boot. So with my main goal always to add to my never ending to be read pile I couldn't resist a few books.

Typewriter teeth book haul  gone girl and 11.22.63 by stephen king

First up was my visit to The British Heart Foundation where I picked up Gillian Flynn's 'Gone Girl', (yeah I know - how have I not read it yet?) Stephen King's '11.22.63' about a time traveller in an alternate history who attempts to prevent the assassination of John F. Kennedy. Alongside Sara Pascoe's 'Animal,' an exploration of the female body alongside autobiography and history. 

Sara Pascoe is touring with 'Lads, Lads, Lads' at the minute and I am so excited as we've got tickets for two shows. Fancy joining me? Find out more here. 

Typewriter teeth book haul on the road by jack kerouac and before i go sleep

I also picked up Jack Kerouac's 'On The Road' and SJ Watsons' 'Before I Go To Sleep' in another branch of The British Heart Foundation. No charity shop favouritism here, they just had the best book selection this time. 

Typewriter teeth book haul Mindy Kailing's 'Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?,  Amy Schumer's 'The Girl With The Lower Back Tattoo' and Kurt Cobain's Journal

And the final bit of May's goodies I picked up a car boot sale whilst visiting my grandparents. I managed to get Mindy Kailing's 'Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?,  Amy Schumer's 'The Girl With The Lower Back Tattoo' and Kurt Cobain's Journals all followed by a lovely rhubarb gin ginger in the sun.

Book haul layout featuring all books from this post

Anyone else love a charity shop rummage? 

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Pin Collection Part Three

Sunday, 20 May 2018

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Typewriter Teeth Bookish Pin Collection. Three pins including a book, a quote and a dystopian pin

For the third instalment of my pin collection I thought I would focus on bookish pins. I feel like I buy more bookish pins for others than I do for myself so this is a smaller selection than usual. 

Typewriter Teeth Bookish Pin Collection. Quote pin from The Perks of being a wallflower

The first pin is from the amazing Nutmeg and Arlo whose instagram I constantly lust over. I could easily buy all of their pins but there are not enough lapels in my wardrobe. This pin has a quote from the amazing 'The Perks Of Being A Wallflower' by Stephen Chboksy and is available to buy here. 

If you are unfamiliar with the book and love a coming of age story I recommend you check it out here

Typewriter Teeth Bookish Pin Collection. The Handmaids tale pin

The final two pins are from the incredible Literary Emporium who will always keep my home and wardrobe full of literary touches. The above pin is from their stunning Dystopian Collection but of course I had to have the 'The Handmaids Tale' pin.

There is a pretty old blog post about the book here too if you fancy a wee read. 

Typewriter Teeth Bookish Pin Collection. Book 'Go away I'm reading' pin

This last pin is actually the first bookish pin I ever bought hence why it is so lovingly battered from living on so many jackets. I couldn't resist the Penguin resemblance or the beautiful library card backing it came on. 

Fend off interrupters for life with the book lovers pin here.

Got any bookish pin recommendations? Give me a shout! 

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Pages: 'The Power' by Naomi Alderman

Sunday, 13 May 2018

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Image of Naomi Alderman's the power with flowers on wooden floor

Winner of the 2017 Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction ‘The Power’ depicts a future where between the collar bones of teenage girls, a ‘skien’ awakens an electrical energy. The young girls awaken it in older women and with a slight touch all women can now shock, torture or kill another person. ‘The Power’ following four characters as this changes the way the world works. 

Allie, an abused American foster child. Roxy, the daughter of a London crime family. Tunde, a Nigerian journalist and Margot, an American politician on the rise. These characters cross the globe and the power changes everything they’ve known. The wide geography of ‘The Power’ could have easily consumed the novel but these characters keep Alderman’s story grounded. This expansion across the globe reflects different cultures, religions, political, social and economic backgrounds. A world where gender expression aligns with power is perhaps not the principle of a better world. And it is through the four main characters that we the reader learn this. 

As each character’s story develops we follow them through this historical change that they have found themselves in. I say historical as there is a framework that surrounds ‘The Power’ counting down in years towards a mysterious event. This frame is a discussion between two authors, Neil and Naomi as he desperately accepts intellectual property theft in order for this book to be published under a well known female author. This suggests that men still remain the weaker sex in the future but also adds a new perspective of how we read the novel. 

The Power by Naomi Alderman, Book Review on Typewriter Teeth with flowers and a stack of books

As ‘The Power’ develops women who were brought up to instinctively be aware of their surroundings and of men have now got the chance to repel as men of the world struggle to come to terms with it. Yearnings for this new power are matched with the male struggle to understand it as internet forums and groups come together to violently vent their frustration and reduction in dominance. There is repeated talk of a cure, but if power was imbalanced before would genders ever become equal? As brutality persists and sexual violence that is horrific, public and graphic is committed it becomes clear that even after centuries of female victims ‘The Power’ is showing that women may not use this as a chance for an equal beginning. Across the globe women use it as a chance to be the dominant gender and avenge a lifetime of oppression whilst the rest of women witness the regression. 

Despite all of this women still manage to become fetishised. Men that now fear women lust over their energy, desperate for a zap from the skien in sexual moments, as if no matter what happens to a woman her body is still a fixation and regardless of power the male gaze is still ingrained. 

The Power by Naomi Alderman, Book Review on Typewriter Teeth with a cup of tea

‘The Power’ does not hold any answers but theoretically explores what it can do to a person and if gender would make difference. For me before I picked up this novel I felt everything I read about it leaned towards a gender war rather than a power war. But I felt it explored more about the temptation of power, illuminating how people abuse it regardless of gender.   

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