Month: August 2017

Food // Date Night at Vincent Kitchen

If you haven’t yet ventured out to Vincent Kitchen on Bold Street, the question is, why not?! As one of the newest additions to the Bold Street independent landscape, it’s a healthy fast food alternative if you want to eat well and feel great afterwards. Now, I have waxed lyrical about my love for Vincent Kitchen before, but when you enjoy something so much, it makes sense to return time and time again! If you’re next to Vincent Kitchen, the premise is simple. Specialising in bowl food and poke salads, the eatery is gluten, wheat and dairy free and packed full of goodness. The restaurant has recently introduced table service to their repertoire and it appears to be going from strength to strength. Spoilt for choice, my partner opted for the Moroccan lamb as recommended to us by the really helpful staff and it was a fantastic shout. Myself, I was a little pickier and opted to build my own. The satay sauce was a game changer on my last visit and I couldn’t help …

Blogging // Is your blog content enough?

The doubts surrounding blog content, photo quality, and generally social stats are at an all-time high. Blogging began as a hobby, a form of escapism but in the last 2/3 years, it’s become so much more with many of our favourite bloggers taking it full time and showing how it can be a career. Hell, my job as ‘Content Outreach Exec ‘didn’t exist 5 years ago, showing the power that the industry has. But the age old question of ‘Is your content enough’ doesn’t seem to be going away… In blogging the competition is rife, with amazing girls and guys smashing it on #spon content, brand collabs and creating amazing stuff for the internet, but I firmly believe your blog is what YOU make of it. Whether you upload posts when you have the time or you want to see how you can progress with the desire to blog full-time and make your blog the best it can be; comparison is the thief of joy, so make it unique to you. In my day job, …

Food // Let’s Talk Slimming World

Meal plans, diets, healthy eating schemes; they all, at some point or another, get a bad rep. Whether it’s following a widely scrutinised diet such as the Atkins or a low GI diet or something mocked in the media like Weight Watchers or Slimming World, at some point the path you’re on with come until criticism. I’ve been an official ‘Slimming World’ follower, for the second time I might add, for 10 weeks now. In that time I’ve lost just over one stone and I’m well underway to smash my second. But, when you tell someone you’re on #SW, it does get greeted with a manner of opinions. Just in the last week, I read a thread on Twitter mocking Slimming World and seemingly its followers and a staff member in Tesco tried to tell me I shouldn’t buy a certain brand of yoghurt as they’re full of sugar on SW. I wasn’t aware that she was on commission in the aisles. I’ve found it really works for me and it’s something you’ve got to …

Drink // Summer Mocktails with Feel Good Drinks

Since I began eating healthier, I’ve seriously switched my mindset when it comes to food, but I’m yet to do the same with drinks. Like most of us, I look forward to a gin and tonic at the end of the working week, a glass of wine with dinner and prosecco when celebrating (or generally lazing on the sofa!). However, Feel Good Drinks got in touch recently asking if I’d like to sample their latest collection of drinks – namely their Infusions range, I jumped at the chance! The flavours sounded great and I couldn’t wait to try them out! I was really pleasantly surprised to find a variety of flavoured water drinks. The Infusions range includes x3 flavours – Strawberry & Mint Lemon & Elderflower Apple & Rose So, I set myself a challenge – give up the drink for one weekend and see how I got on drinking soft drinks only! I know, I know, it doesn’t sound like that much of a big deal – but as someone who looks forward to …

Food // A Guide to 24 Hours in Liverpool

If you’re a regular reader of Ruth Writes or indeed the many amazing #livbloggers from across the city, you’ll be more than aware that Liverpool is the city visit for the day, as well as hit the shops and see the sights. Whatever you’re in the mood for, you’re bound to find it in a hidden corner of the city, so let’s get started on discovering amazing Liverpool restaurants and more! I’ve put together a handy guide on what to do with 24 hours in Liverpool and the places I think you need to visit. Whether you’re enjoying a weekend with the girls, dragging your guy around town or just fancy spending a Saturday with your Mum; let’s get into it! 9am – Arriving in Liverpool couldn’t be easier, whether it’s by the main train station, Liverpool Lime Street or Moorfields from the Wirral or the Northern Line. Breakie should always be the first order of the day, so get ready to fill up on a big feed ready for a busy shopping day ahead! …

Recipe // Caribbean Pineapple and Chilli Sticky Sauce*

Ok so I’m gonna hold my hands up and admit, I’m not really a fan of sweet and sour sauces. Generally I find them too sweet and in all honesty, I much prefer a savoury-tasting dish. But, I’m on a quest to discover new recipes to try and expand my cooking repertoire. Santa Maria* sauces recently got in touch to ask if I’d like to sample some of their new products, taking from their Latin America inspired menu. Naturally, I was curious and after a quick check on the Slimming World app to see just how naughty they were, I decided the 6syn per portion meals seemed worth a go! The postie arrived with a whole host of sauces, rice and rubs to try – some of which I’ll be featuring in coming posts so stay tuned, and I couldn’t wait to get prepping and see what I could rustle up! I opted to try the Caribbean Pineapple and Chilli Sticky Sauce first. Opting to have it with chicken, peppers, courgettes and spinach, it definitely …

Life // The Meaning of Marriage

Marriage. It’s one little word that holds a whole load of meaning. It means something different to everyone. Traditionalists, those who swear they’ll never marry and the optimistic types who are happy to wait and see. My view? I don’t think it’s integral, but it would be quite nice to make everything ‘official’. Both Darren and I come from divorced families so we have mixed views and sadly, have experienced first hand that it doesn’t always work out. Which, is also, sometimes for the best, as Slater Gordon know too well when it comes to separation. But when it comes to what we want, that’s when the opinion differs. I have a boyfriend who is not sold into it at all. He likes the idea of marriage but for other people. He’s not sold on it for himself, which I believe stems from family experiences. It can taint your view, but that doesn’t mean he isn’t committed to our relationship and our future. We absolutely can see our lives together, long-term. Whilst I’d like us …

Travel // 4 days in Barcelona

Barcelona is one of those cities that everyone seems to have visited as one point or another and when I received a Ryanair flight sale email back in March I decided to snap up flights for Darren and I in August. We weren’t too sure what to expect. I mean we’d read up on the must see sights and how the city is split into neighbours and then by block, but we decided not to plan too much and go with the flow. We’re not exactly sightseeing kinda people but did want to tick a couple of points of interest whilst enjoying the sun and their city. So what did we do with 4 days in Barcelona? Well, whilst we chose a city break as our summer holiday we also wanted to relax and take it easy so we combined the two. Mornings were spent seeing some of the sights whilst during the hot afternoons we lazed by the pool. Wanting to tick a couple of the must-see sights of the list and experience some …