All posts filed under: Food

Food // The Florist, Hardman Street, Liverpool

When a Pinterest worthy eatery or venue opens, there’s always the worry that what they’ve compensated for in decor, there must be some scrimping going on somewhere…either food or drinks. So, popping along to the newest Insta-worthy launch on Hardman Street, The Florist was a pleasant surprise. The decor is goals, the use of space is fab and after sampling their Sunday lunch menu over their launch weekend, it’s pretty great too. You know a venue plans to go big when their launch event takes place over two days, inviting the city’s blend of bloggers and press to sample the drinks menu and try a delicious roast dinner. I think they even said on their Instagram, the cocktails were truly tested. We headed over on Sunday afternoon to road test the roast dinner menu – beef, pork, chicken, lamb and a veggie tagine took centre stage on the menu and an assortment of sides – we opted for the creamy leek, garlic and make and carrot and turnip mash to sit alongside our beef and …

Travel // Doubletree by Hilton, Chester Review

I’m a strong believer that a change is as good as a rest and sometimes, all you need is a slight change in surroundings and a break from the norm to recharge your batteries and relax. Chester is a city that isn’t too far away, but one we certainly don’t visit enough. So, when the opportunity for a night away arose, Darren & I packed our bags, dropped the dog off at the mother’s and away we went! The hotel in question was the Doubletree by Hilton in Chester. The hotel Located just outside the city, we were pleasantly surprised to discover it was a lot bigger than expected and had country hotel vibes about it. Popular with weddings and formal events; the Doubletree Chester is also popular with spa days and weekends. Set within impressive grounds, we arrived a little early for check-in, so we took a seat in the appropriately named Garden Room for lunch. Over-looking the hotel gardens, it was the perfect suntrap to sit and enjoy the glorious spring-like weather we …

Food // Bills, Liverpool ONE Review

When it comes to going out for lunch there are a few different hotspots that top my list every time… Castle Street if we’re in the mood for a sophisticated yet boozy lunch with cocktails, Bold Street for independents and L1 for tried-and-tested faves. On this particular day, Bills was our location of choice. With a varied lunch menu, choice of soft and alcoholic drinks and after-meal desserts to satisfy any sweet tooth, it’s the place to head to tbh. I love the decor at Bills. Whilst it may be a chain restaurant, they’ve nailed the cosy decor and it feels super inviting and a place you want to relax and enjoy great food. On this particular Saturday I was lunching’ with my Mum so the menu had to hold lots of variety to suit both of our palettes. Prices are fair and the width of the restaurant was bustling with tables of shoppers grabbing a bite to eat, families and friends catching up. As always, we begin assessing the menu by selecting our starters and …

Food // Hickory’s Smokehouse Review, Southport

Over the weekend my boyfriend and I went to check out Hickory’s Smokehouse in Southport. Opened just 5 weeks ago, the restaurant is located in the Kew area of Southport and if you’re travelling by car, is a doddle to get to. Our ears pricked up when we heard the restaurant catered to all-American dining and we were excited to peruse the menu and get stuck in! The Service and Starters We arrived at the restaurant and pulled up in the spacious car park to make our 1 o’clock lunchtime booking. The restaurant is super spacious and has lots of seating areas, perfect for families, couples or friends catching up over food and drinks. We were shown to our seats overlooking the restaurant and open grill, showcasing the large cuts of ribs and brisket brought straight from the smoker to go into the grill, as ordered. A nice welcome touch was a bag of popcorn to snack on whilst we assessed the menu, ordered drinks and decided just how indulgent we planned on being…spoiler alert, …

Review // Rumi By Bukhara, Mount Pleasant, Liverpool

Thanks to this little blog of mine, we’re very lucky ducks who have been treated to many a lovely meal, in exchange for a review. Sometimes, it’s nice but not somewhere you’d rush back for, some you have high expectations about but then it’s not all that, and then every now and again, a find like the Rumi by Bukhara comes along. Unassuming and indifferent on the outside, but the home to amazing food at very purse-friendly prices. A definite 10/10…. Rumi first hit the radar when I spotted a babble of local Liverpool bloggers in attendance late last year. Located on Mount Pleasant, just a stones throw from Central and Lime Street, we were yet to venture up there but from what I’d heard and the evidence posted on Instagram, I had a feeling it would be good. As I mentioned earlier, from the outside the unassuming eatery has a very casual, relaxed vibe and is a trio of a cafe by day, restaurant by night plus a one-stop for gelato, sundaes and waffles. …

Food // Pancake Day Recipes with ASDA

I think we’re all in agreement that Shrove Tuesday at the best thing about Easter (apart from the eggs of course…) cos it means we get to celebrate Pancake Day! Whether you’re more sweet than savoury, it doesn’t matter because any opportunity to stack them high and pile with your favourite toppings is good with me! I alternate between taking the easy option with a pancake mix shaker and perfecting my fave pancakes recipe. Making sure you’ve used the right amount of flour, milk and whisked your pancake mix to just the right consistency, is tough. The struggle is real. So, when Birkenhead Asda got in touch, asking me to review a variety of the homeware kitchen equipment to perfect my pancake making technique, whilst trying out a couple of my tried and tested toppings ahead of the big day, how could I resist? If you read my going dairy-free post, you’ll know I’m on a mission to cut dairy products from my diet, so as well reviewing two of the Tefal non-stick pans and …

Review // Chy, Waterloo

Before I get into writing this post, I have a confession to make….I’ve never really been a fan of Chinese food. I much prefer to order or head to an Indian restaurant when it comes to choosing between the two. So, when the opportunity came up to head along to Chy Chinese Restaurants in Waterloo, I was slightly hesitant but decided to broaden my horizons (and please my bf who doesn’t eat Chinese food as often as he’d like) and I’m so glad I did! Chy is the third in the trio of family owned branches to open in Merseyside. Along with the two sister restaurants in the City Centre and on Lark Lane, the Waterloo eatery opened 12 months ago, and what a fantastic addition! Location Making the journey to Chy meant my first trip to Waterloo. It was super easy to get to, just 10 minutes on the train from Sandhills and located on South Road, it’s just a minutes walk from the station. And as any foodie will tell you, it’s always …

Food // Why I’m Going Dairy Free

Ok, so I don’t want this post to sound like I’m being preachy or that I believe that everyone should cut food groups, for reasons other than their own personal choice and values. But, as the post title suggests, I’m making a switch to a diary-free lifestyle. Towards the end of last year, I was diagnosed with a mild form of IBS and after a process of elimination and following the fodmap food plan, dairy is the culprit. So milk, yoghurt, chocolate and cheese (to a degree. Tiny quantities once a week, is ok) has been switched for plant-based alternatives. So far, so good. I’m three months in now and I have a new found love for Almond milk, Alpro yoghurt, dairy free butter and even….chocolate. Eating out is sometimes a struggle and it’s easy to forget but I haven’t had too many bad tummy aches yet and having taken small steps to switch over to dairy free, I’m happy with my progress. So, when an email landed from the PR team who look after …

Food // Bloggers Brunch, LIV Food Market

If you’re a Bold Street regular or someone who likes to eat healthier and discover new brands to add to the weekly shop, I’m sure you’re well acquainted with the LIV Food Market, located just opposite Liverpool Central. Since it opened its doors just under a year ago, the one-stop health food shop has quite rightly built up quite a reputation in the city. Doubling up a venue to stop for breakfast, brunch, lunch or a leisurely drink between shops and a health superstore, it’s well worth a visit. I attended their Bloggers Brunch recently and wanted to chat you through my three favourite things about the brand…. ONE The food, obvs. The cafe section of the store has a very homely decor and it’s very easy to get comfy on one of the many sofas and indulge in a dish or two from the menu. We were treated to small bites from the breakfast menu. Every blogger fave made an appearance – avo on homemade, on the premises sourdough, peanut butter and banana on toast, …

Health // How I Meal Prep & Remain ‘On Plan’

Meal planning is my favourite hobby. I admin this used to be shopping, but I don’t do that much anymore (read hardly ever) but I love choosing new recipes to try and meals to make. I find planning our meals for the seven days in the week, helps me stay ‘on plan’ with Slimming World, resists the temptation of takeaways because we look forward to the variety of meals within the week and food shops are so much more cost effective. So how do I tackle this? Recipe Books We do our food shop on a Saturday afternoon so I start by looking through my recipe books for new recipes to try or ones I can adapt with food we already have in. My go-to’s are Jamie Oliver 5 Ingredients, Slimming World Fakeaways and Joe Wicks Lean in 15. I have a couple of recipes that are tried and tested and I like to find new recipes to try to expand our repertoire. Generally we have 1 veggie meal a week, 1 fish dish and …

Recipe // Porridge Bowl With Coconut, Blueberries & Pago Drinks

Since the turn of the year I’ve swerved the idea of eating well as part of any new years resolution, but I’m back in the Slimming World zone with my meal planning and variety of meals. So, I thought I’d kick off getting back into the swing of recipe posts with a new recipe post. I generally tend to have porridge or muesli for my breakkie and with winter being well and truly underway, porridge and a mango Pago Fruit JuicePago Fruit Juice is a good place to start! Vanilla Porridge with Shredded Coconut, Blueberries & Peanut Butter   Ingredients  Porridge oats Vanilla extract Blueberries Almond milk Shredded coconut Peanut butter Choosing porridge toppings is my fave as it’s the easiest way to add flavour and pimp up your breakfast! I decided to add shredded coconut, blueberries and peanut butter to mine. My Fave Healthy Brands I also like to have a glass of Pago fruit juice too. I was recently introduced to the brand and they have loads of different flavours on offer. We …

Food // Heavenly Desserts, The Strand, Liverpool

I don’t know about you but when going out dinner, along with the routine of reading the menu hours in advance I also like to take a look at the desserts on offer. You know, I case I have room. (Jokes, I always have room for dessert). But Heavenly Desserts makes the choice super simple… Joining the Liverpool food and drink scene, you can find Heavenly Desserts on The Strand. Just a stone’s throw from the Hilton and opposite the Albert Dock, its picturesque location makes it perfect for locals and tourists alike and you’re bound to stepping through the doors when you see what’s on the menu! As the name suggests, this dedicated dessert-only restaurant is home to a variety of delicious hot and cold sweet treats. If you’ve got a serious sweet tooth or sugar craving, I recommend hot-footing down to Heavenly Desserts. Visiting on a wintery Saturday afternoon, my Mum and I were kindly greeted to the well-dressed staff and shown to a window table. If you’re in a hurry I suggest …

Blogmas // Malmaison Festive Afternoon Tea

Afternoon tea is something that’s enjoyed by many. Your parents, grandparents, get together with the girls…mini sandwiches and savoury eats will even put a slight smile on the face of your grumpy boyfriend. It’s just lovely. So, when the lovely guys over at The Malmaison Liverpool got in touch to invite a guest and I along to sample their festive afternoon tea, I was all over it. My mum and I headed along this weekend to start getting into the festive spirit and take shelter with mince pies and prosecco away from the sleet and snow! Ariving at our 2pm booking we were show to our table in the busy and bustling Brasserie. Beautifully decorated with Christmas trees and a swing singer, the atmosphere was in full flow with diners enjoying both afternoon tea and eats from the lunch menu. Settling in with a glass of bubbles in hand, we were ready to enjoy the afternoon! We loved the seasonal twist on afternoon tea, with Christmas fruit cake, mince pie, festive ginger bread biscuit, yule …

Blogmas // Festive Cookies Bake-along

It wouldn’t be December and Christmas time without getting into the kitchen and baking! I had a day off work to take recently so I took full advantage and got my bake on. Whilst it would make more sense to make gingerbread or mince pies, you can’t wrong with chocolate chip cookies! If you’re a long-time reader of my blog you’ll know that I love to cook and try new recipes but I’ll admit that baking is always my forte. Made using just 8 ingredients, I discovered this recipe on good old Google and it was so straight forward! I used a BBC Good Food recipe and they were delicious. Who else loves filling the house with the smell of baking, especially as it was starting to go dark and the Christmas tree lights were twinkling! I think I’ve peaked at festive spirit, all thanks to a batch of homebaked cookies! Now what to bake next weekend…

Blogmas // Bistrot Pierre, Southport Review

A couple of weeks ago I received an email, sharing the news of a new restaurant opening in Southport, on Lord Street. I’m not sure if you know but I’m originally from Wigan and currently live in Ormskirk, so Southport is somewhere that I visited regularly as a child and it’s somewhere me and boyfriend go in the summer for ice cream and chips. But to try a new opening in the sleepy seaside town was a different way to spend our Sunday. Bistrot Pierre specialise in great value French cooking and we can confirm, that they’ve succeeded. Located mid-way along the high street, the two-floor restaurant certainly stands out and it’s homely interiors and inviting menu had us eager to give it a whirl. We arrived on a Sunday lunch-time and with rumbling bellies, three courses were calling our name! Spoiler alert; the food was goooood! We took our seats on the second floor, in a spacious window spot and with the help of recommendations from the waiter, we navigated our way through the …