All posts tagged: Review

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 …

Food // Koop, Bold Street 

Recently I had half an hour to kill before I attended an event and I found myself on Bold Street with a slightly rumbling tummy. If you’re local to the city you’ll know Bold St is the place to find the latest eateries and the most tried and tested options too.  I noticed Koop is available as an option on Colu, accepting the Liverpool Pound and seeing as my app is still loaded up, I thought why not give it a whirl! Firstly I was struck by the interiors. Quite a small, narrow restaurant with tables either side but neon signs on the wall – chicken themed obvs and an exposed kitchen so you can see the chefs cooking. The menu has a few different options – burgers, wraps, salads and sides. I went for the chicken thigh burger and a side of sweet potato wedges.  And here’s where it went downhill. I’ll be honest, I wasn’t wowed by the food. The wedges I could have made at home. Quite easily. They weren’t crispy at …

Food // Spending the Liverpool Pound at Hus 

One of the many things I love about Liverpool is the vast range of independent businesses. As a city we really support our own and with so many pop ups, bars and new restaurants to try, I love ticking new eateries of the list. So when Colu, the team behind the Liverpool Pound got in touch asking if I fancied reviewing the app, I jumped at the chance! Colu, the Liverpool Pound is a simple and really easy way to pay at independent bars, shops and restaurants. It works through an app on your phone, and the idea being that the Liverpool Pound gives back to small businesses. Encouraging users to shop local, the initiative supports local businesses by ‘giving back’ in monetary value. The new Liverpool currency keeps money local and in the pockets of some of our favourite bars and eateries. When the team at Colu got in touch to see if I fancied giving it whirl, I was all ears! With over 40 businesses across the city signed up to the venture, …

Beauty // Ted Baker Make Up Review 

January signals the time for change. Whether you’re sticking to new resolutions, making better choices or switching up your routine, now’s the time to do it. And I’m starting with my make up bag! In a bid to join the ‘new year new me’ gang I’m starting small by saying out with the old….and in with new rose gold Ted Baker products! I’m still on the saving money bandwagon so I’m trying new products and taking advantage of Boots many different offers with this new range from the Aintree Shopping Park I’m guilty of using old products for month and months so I’ve invested in new products to keep my face and skin happy! So let’s get to it! I first noticed the packaging with the mix of white and rose gold. Each product has been well designed and will stand out in your make up bag or on your dressing table. With a choice of eye shadow palettes, blush and contour palette, nail varnishes, brushes and mascara and eyeliners, the range covers everything you need for a …

Party // Easy Mocktail Recipes with Feelgood 

December is nearly upon us and I’m already thinking about my much-needed time off over the festive season. But it’s not all mulled wine and mince pies as I’m actually working a lot so won’t be able to indulge in as much red wine and prosecco as I would like….which is why having a couple of fruity mocktail recipes in your arsenal is a godsend! I’ve collaborated with Feel Good drinks to create this post and prove how fun, tasty and colourful mocktails can be! I was so surprised by how many flavours are available in the range and I plan to enjoy fruity drinks without a dash of alcohol so I can join in the fun – without having to go to work with a hangover! Whilst the brand may focus on water-based drinks, it doesn’t mean mocktails can’t be fun too! Each flavour is suitably fruity too and so refreshing, so we had lots of fun sampling each flavour and creating pretty imagery to show to you guys how great the drinks are! …

Review // Mowgli, Bold Street, Liverpool

​Mogwli is one of those highly sought-after Bold Street restaurants that you hear so much about but really struggle to get a table at! With a strict ‘no reservations’ policy and an eclectic number of tables inside, I knew it was somewhere I just had to try. On a rainy mid-week evening a friend and I managed to bag a table. The eatery was rather full with a choice of just two tables, so we were lucky to bag a spot. Nestled at the bag of the restaurant, in full sight of the beautifully decorated bar area, we took our places and knew we were in for a treat. One of the first things that struck me upon entry was the delicious aromas that filled the restaurant. Renowned for its delectable menu of Indian street food, I was drawn to the variety of small plates of food taking pride of place at neighbouring tables. Mowgli is the kind of place that doesn’t need fanfare – its loyal customers and word of mouth serve it well. …

Review // Santa Maluco, Castle Street, Liverpool

It was supposed to be a quiet, dull Wednesday evening…but then an invite to sample Santa Maluco – a stylish pizzeria and cocktail bar located on Castle Street landed in my inbox! Nestled firmly in the L1 postal code I was excited to see what the owners of Salt Dog Slims and Santa Chupitos had to offer! Arriving at the venue, I loved the classic black exterior that really invites you in! Knowing pizza and cocktails were on the menu, my guest and I were very excited to sample the goods on offer. After a very warm welcome we took our seats at the central bar and had a nosey at the menu. The premise is, you eat per slice. Rodizo style is the name of the game here and you are given your spinner which indicates when you want the pizza to keep on comin’, if you’re taking a break or ready to try the utterly delicious dessert pizza! Comfortably seated we enjoyed a complimentary aperol and processo cocktail which went down a treat …

Food // La Tasca, Liverpool Review

Last week I was invited to visit the newly refurbished La Tasca based just off Queen Square in Liverpool. To be completely honest I hadn’t been to a La Tasca in quite some years, but I’m loving attending blogger events in the city so I headed down with my boyfriend in tow. We arrived at the restaurant at 6pm and I was impressed by the large outside dining space they have. It was a warm evening and with many of the outside tables occupied, it looked really lovely.Once greeted by the helpful PR team we were shown to our table, handily located in front of the kitchen so we could watch the chefs at work. The staff were lovely and so knowledgeable about the food, drinks and the history of the restaurant. It was really interesting to hear that the chain cater to two types of clientele – those who want to grab a quick bite but also they’ve began to turn their hand to fine dining. We were treated to a variation of the …

Food // Vapiano, Manchester Review

When I’m asked to choose my favourite kind of food I’m always torn but somehow Italian always comes out on top. So, when I was invited to visit Vapiano in Manchester I couldn’t say no! Handily located in the Corn Exchange, it’s really close to Victoria Station and really easy to get too. I was pleasantly surprised by the laid-back, relaxed vibe and how easy it was. I was given a card on arrival and shown to the different stations within the upstairs of the restaurant. Each station; pasta, pizza, risotto and salads, freshly make your order in front of you – so if you want less chilli or a little more garlic, you just say! Your order is processed on the card and then you present it at the end when you pay – so simple! I was spoilt for choice when it  came to ordering what I fancied to eat. I couldn’t go to an Italian and not get pasta, so I chose the Salvia. Fusilli pasta, feta cheese, sundried tomatoes and black …