All posts filed under: Food

30, Flirty & Thriving – Why Age Means Nothing

I just don’t feel 30. Is it because I don’t yet have kids so I’m quite carefree or is it simply because age literally nothing? Well, the latter tbh. I’ve been in the 30s club for five months now which is nothing really and I’m new to this decade of my life, but it’s so true that age is just a number. And here’s why… I change my hair colour all the goddamn time. In the last 10 years I’ve been blonde, red, an ill-advised brown shade which was so not me and currently I’m platinum/grey. I love it and I hope I’m always indecisive and switching my hair colour as I continue through my 30s. My love of wearing colour and prints us going nowhere. Green faux fur? Gimme. Zebra print and lime green? Hello friend. I love planning my outfits and no plans if changing with age. Career goals aren’t the be all and end all. I’m lucky that I like my job, it’s an extension of my hobby almost. But those articles …

Balancing Work & Play – Almost Famous Xmas Menu & Dog Walks

It’s that time of year where the big C word is starting to creep up in conversations and I’m aware that I’ve only got a couple of paydays left between now and the big day…but it also means M&S xmas sandwiches will be in meal deals soon and we all must have seen that foot-long pig in blanket that Aldi are rolling out this year *insert heart eye emoji here* But it also means for us bloggers that we continue to make the rest of the world well jeal by being invited to fancy stuff; including Almost Famous Christmas menu! So indulgent, excessive and yummy. This whopping burger had burger meat, pig in blanket, a sausage roll and loads of extra good stuff stuffed between each patty. It was defo a handful and I enjoyed every second of shoving it in my gob! I’m spending my weekends loving the nicer weather we’ve had lately. God, that must be the dullest sentence I’ve ever written. Hale village is just down the road from us and walking …

Why I’m Getting Rid of Weight Loss Guilt

Losing weight is a tricky one. There’s the actual ‘losing of the weight’, then keeping it off and finally, not getting to caught up in the numbers game and letting it take over your life is a different ball game. In short; it’s exhausting. I joined Slimming World in June 2017 when I knew my clothes were a little too tight and I saw an awful photo that shamed me into losing weight. That shouldn’t have been the case cos it was me, just me. But I didn’t like the look of me in that photo. So every Tuesday for the next 12 months I totted along to group and got weighed. Every week. Rain or shine, no matter how ‘good’ I’d been that week, I saw my weight in black and white. And then again written down in my book. Over that year I lost one and a half stone. Not all in one go and I’ve not even kept it off but in August 2018 I hit target. No-one tells you how exhausting …

George’s Great British Kitchen, Liverpool Review

If you’re ever stumped for somewhere to eat in Liverpool and you ask a mate for recommendations, they will probs reel of a long list of restaurants and bars to visit. Whether it’s date night, getting lunch in town while shopping or just want to see where’s the latest go-to; there’s a mass of eateries in and around the city centre. George’s Great British Kitchen however, has been on my must-visit list for a while. Darren’s a high school teacher meaning impromptu date nights during term-time are a no-go zone. But when a v lovely email landed from the George’s PR team at the start of the summer hols, it was a sign. We were finally going to try the latest addition to the food scene. And we were not disappointed. Handily located near John Lewis, I met Darren off the 82 bus and we headed on in. Initially we were struck by the decor. I didn’t actually know the restaurant specialised in fish and seafood so that was a pleasant surprise. Shown to our …

Revolution, St Peter’s Square, Liverpool

Revs is one of those places you think of for stag do’s, hen do’s and basically the place you used to head to on a uni night out for cheap drinks and shots. Being from Wigan, Revs is one of the places that I used to go to for food and drinks, so when the Revs St Peter’s Square branch got in touch inviting me along to trial the new menu, I was ready to go with a rumbling belly… We were invited along to review the lunch menu which compromised of a starter, main and a drink. The menu was separated into starters, sharing boards, mains, pizzas and burgers. We chose the Street Food Crate to share to start – filled with mini beef burgers, buttermilk fried chicken strips, two slices of pepperoni pizza, BBQ dusted chunky chips and dips. It was v v enjoyable and so moreish. However, upon receiving the bill at the end, the platter wasn’t included in the lunch deal so beware if you’re ordering using the lunch offer. It …

Just Wings, Aigburth Road Liverpool

Since moving to South Liverpool we’ve enjoyed exploring the many different areas on our doorstep – Wooton Village is just a stones throw away, Otterspool prom is perfect for dog walks and Aigburth Road is home to Space Coffe, our new breakfast haunt and further up you’ll find Just Wings… As the name suggests, this place specialises in all things Chicken. Burgers, wings and a boat load of sides – all available in 12 different rubs or sauces for both the weaklings amongst us (hi!) and those who love to indulge in mouth-watering spicy food every now and again. We popped along on a Saturday evening before heading to LIMF in Sefton Park. Handily located, towards the top of Aigburth Road, it’s easy to get too by either bus or train. We rocked up with rumbling bellies and with a few menu recommendations in our arsenal, we got to grips with the menu. The menu may be small, but it’s certainly might. Just WingsJust Wings is part of a Merseyside chain or takeaways and the …

Food // Wagamama, New Mersey Retail Park

Wagamama’s is one of those restaurants that you visit time and time again, yet every time you re-remember why you enjoy it so much. Our recent move to the Speke area and South Liverpool has massively been improved, thanks to the New Mersey retail park, literally just down the road. So, when an email dropped from Waga’s invited us along to the new restaurant launch, it was a resounding Hell Yeah! Making an average Tuesday night greatly better, Darren and I went along with zero expectations, except that of us hoping to try a couple of new dishes. The lovely in-house team were super welcoming and went above & beyond to ensure we got a real Waga’s experience and left with full bellies! First up, I love the decor. With a cool, industrial vibe and varied seating options – booths, tables outside and longer benches towards the back of the restaurant, Waga’s caters for all group sizes. We also love a restaurant with an open kitchen – watching food being cooked and taken to each …

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 …