Tipsy Tapas at El Gato Negro Tapas

Food

This summer, El Gato Negro set set up camp in Exchange Flags and has fast become a firm favourite to eat, drink and be merry and with Christmas around the corner – what better excuse? To help us along the way, El Gato has introduced ‘Tipsy Tapas’- a bottomless menu that consists of bottomless beer, wine, prosecco or bellinis and a huge range of delicious tapas, with three plates per person included in the deal.

El Gato’s tipsy tapas is exactly what the doctor ordered when it comes to a welcome lunch break from Christmas shopping or an office festive party. If you haven’t been to El Gato before, you’ll have to believe me when I say everything from the chandelier at the back of the restaurant, the huge sweeping bar and the outdoor heated patio to THAT selfie mirror in the toilets make this place perfect for a special occasion.

From the Tipsy Tapas menu we ordered three dishes each (you can order more for an additional price but the three are what are included in the Tipsy Tapas deal). The plates included their signature truffle covered bikinis (if you know, you know, but if you don’t, they’re essentially tiny little cheese and ham toasties and they are the most moreish thing i’ve ever put in my mouth) balsamic and tahini covered sweet potato, the salt cod croquetas with a garlic aioli, the salmon fillet with crushed new potatoes and the most delicious piquilo pepper puree and the spiced aubergine with fritarda sauce and soft Lavosh bread. As an added extra (and just because I can never resist it) we went for the tomato bread as well – if you haven’t had this here before then, like the Bikini’s, it’s a must. To drink, I went for the unlimited bellini’s because im extra like that and they were delicious.

In my experience, bottomless menus that are for a limited time can sometimes mean that you’re waiting around for a drink for so long that there’s actually no point in paying the ‘bottomless’ price. I can assure you that this definitely wasn’t the case at El Gato and every single member of staff were super attentive – my glass wasn’t actually ever empty which obviously made it all the more enjoyable!! To round off a gorgeous meal, we ordered the homemade donuts which I think pretty much speak for themselves. The Tipsy Tapas runs from 12pm – 4pm and is the perfect way to get into the festive mood either as part of a date or with a big group of people over the Christmas period. Im secretly hoping that this deal runs into Jan because I don’t know about you, but i’ll definitely be needing a drink!

Christmas….in a burger. Honest burger launches new festive special

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From Christmas sandwiches to festive bakes, when this time of year is upon us, everyone goes a bit mad with cranberry sauce and stuffing filled everything and do you know what? Im fully here for it. After visiting Honest Burgers for the first time a little while back, i was fully blown away by the deliciousness of their dishes. It’s a simple chips and burger concept, with a range of burger specials being brought in and out with the seasons. Whilst the salt n pepper covered ‘Liverpool’ burger is a firm favourite, there’s a new kid in town – the Christmas special. I went to see what it was all about.

With a classically medium honest burger patty, bacon, cranberry sauce and DEEP FRIED CAMEMBERT between its buns, the Honest Burger Christmas special wasn’t one to be messed with. As if the juicy Honest Burgers patty wasn’t enough, the oozy, melty camembert, the punchy cranberry kick and the added extra of salty bacon make this burger nothing short of epic. Sadly, this delicious creation will only be around for the festive season but it’s OKAY because im sure there will be another unreal special gracing the cobbles of Bold Street in Jan that’s going to be totally worth breaking the diet for – watch this space.

Styling for the festive season with Mococo Jewellery

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Ive always said just the right amount of accessories can really make an outfit and I’m a big fan of a micro bag, a hairband or a piece jewellery just really bringing the finishing touches to everyday or party style. So when Mococo Jewellery got in touch to ask me to style a couple of their pieces, i was super excited to experiment.

Mococo’s website and stores have some beautiful pieces from some really creative jewellery designers such as Daisy Jewellery, Vivienne Westwood, Thomas Sabo and Kate Spade and is the perfect place to find a piece of jewellery that you’ll love, whether that’s a gift for someone else or an accessory for yourself.

Knowing i wanted a couple of pieces that would see me through the various outfits of the festive season, i chose a beautiful signet ring from Estee Lalonde’s collection for Daisy London (ive had my eye on this collection for a while because i just love the hint of vintage vibe that encases the whole range) and a super minimal circle necklace from Thomas Sabo which i knew would look just as fab with a high neck chunky knit as it would with a crop and trousers or a party dress and heels – versatile which is exactly what i was after. It was a tough decision but i knew id found exactly what i was looking for.

For daytime style, chunky jumpers have been my go-to for the entirety of December so far and they’re super easy to dress right up with a perfect piece of jewellery. Here, ive styled a high-neck jumper with white wide leg trousers and my trusty snake print ankle boots – my coat is Zara i wear it ALL the time, it’s so timeless in my opinion. I chose a high neck on my jumper because i wanted to wear the Thomas Sabo circle necklace and i think the longer chain goes so well with a high neck.

As well as casual, everyday office wear, i knew that my gorgeous Daisy London signet ring would bring the tiny finishing touches to my Christmas party dress (borrowed from my sister cos who has money at this time of year amirite?!)  and tbh i haven’t taken it off since, i just love how much character it has, it reminds me of something you’d find hidden away in a vintage shop – i matched the ring with silver nails and a permanent in-hand prosecco glass (of course)!

You can get these pieces (and loads more!) on the Mococo website and it’s the perfect time to either treat a loved one or yourself for Christmas. Elevate your style with Mococo Jewellery. Ps, if you’re Liverpool based like me, we have a store in the Metquarter so go have a little browse!

*this post is in partnership with Mococo Jewellery and the products have been gifted as part of the collaboration. Style advice is my own!

Festive dining at The Pheasant Hightown

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With Christmas cheer in full swing (i’m already 50% prosecco and 50% cheese) i was super happy to be invited down to The Pheasant to try out their amazing new festive offerings as we fly into December. Id heard amazing things about The Pheasant pub before and just knew i was in for an absolute treat.

Walking into The Pheasant on a cold, dark Saturday night is the perfect medicine, with its open fire and smell of homemade cooking there’s just something so homely and comforting about the whole vibe. Combine this with a Christmas tree, wine and a festive menu and you have yourself the PERFECT night out for the holiday season (Christmas crackers and all).

Much to my delight, we were seated right next to the open fire and served a festive bramble to enjoy whilst we browsed the menu. The Pheasant’s festive offerings feature two menus, a three and four course, each differing slightly with the four-course that little bit more indulgent. We went for the three course offering, choosing creamy garlic mushrooms and scallops to start and the tomato and almond bake and pork belly and pig’s cheek for our mains.

The garlic mushrooms were super tasty, served on top of soft sourdough with a dollop of creamy, melted stilton on the top – heaven. The scallops were just as delicious, perfectly delicate with crispy, salty pancetta and a sweet, minty pea puree.

Continuing the feast were our main courses, with the vegetarian option, the tomato and almond bake being a delicious choice for veggies and the pork belly just melting in the mouth, combined with the peppery pig’s cheek for another level of flavour.  A true, indulgent Christmassy feast.

Tis definitely the season for dessert and so we couldn’t resist the chocolate brownie and apple crumble and custard, both equally delicious and the perfect end to a true Christmas feast. The Pheasant are serving their festive menus all over the Christmas period and it honestly has the most Christmassy vibe – perfect to hide away for a few hours and enjoy some amazing pub grub. Don’t miss out!

A chippie tea like never before: Six by Nico comes to Liverpool

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The six course culinary experience Six by Nico has finally opened its doors in Liverpool and myself and other Liverpool bloggers were invited down to have a little taste of what’s to come. And as expected, it’s an absolute must.

Six by Nico is a unique concept whereby every six weeks a new six course tasting menu is created and served to diners – each one themed upon a different place or memory. For their debut menu in Liverpool, Six by Nico launched ‘the chippie’ which is designed to emanate classic chip shop favourites to create a truly immersive dining experience. Let’s face it, the theme could not have been more apt. Here’s what we ate.

1 – chips and cheese

Ok i know we’re only on course one but this was actually my favourite of the entire menu – the flavours were just insane, super rich cheesey potato with a hint of curry oil. Insane.

2 – Scampi

An intricate take on the classic, this scampi dish covered monkfish cheeks in a rich herb butter sauce and pea emulsion.

3 – Steak pie

Halfway through and another chippie classic, this deconstructed steak pie featured a beautifully cooked piece of steak, a buttery pastry crust, red wine and a burnt onion ketchup. This was amazing combination of flavours and was accompanied by a super fruity red wine (id had a number of glasses of white before this because every course is paired with wine so it’s safe to say i was having a really fantastic Saturday afternoon).

4 – Fish supper

This was a classic, delicately battered cod with the punchy flavours of samphire and mussels and the perfect take on the traditional chippie battered cod. Served with a crisp white wine.

5 – Smoked sausage

The showstopper. Brought to the table covered by a smoking glass dome this was a hub of smokey flavours. The traditional chippie sausage was accompanied by caramelised apple and baked celeriac.

6 – A deep fried Mars Bar

As with all good meals, the Six by Nico tasting menu ended in something naughty but oh so nice. The deconstructed battered mars bar could only be described as a work of art, with caramelia chocolate mousse representing the nougat, a small amount of deep fried chocolate and orange sorbet all making an appearance on the plate. We ate our mars bars with a coffee and it was just the best end to a delicious meal.

Six by Nico’s ‘chippie tea’ menu will run right up until the beginning of January, so grab it whilst you can. After this, it will change to something new but equally as exciting – and I can’t wait to go back and see what it is. 

The ultimate girl’s night with Liberte

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It’s a faff and a half trying to get me and my best gals together for a night out but when it happens, it’s always one of the best nights out – because who doesn’t love getting tan on, dressed up and catching up on life, with a Prosecco in each hand?! With a night out long overdue, we were made up when Liberte asked us to head down and sample their brand-new small plates menu (and sip a cocktail or 10). Here’s what went down…

For anyone that has been to Liberte, you’ll agree with me that it’s one of the most Instagrammable venues in the city. From the crazy colourful flower walls, neon lights, picture-perfect cocktails and THAT rooftop view, I honestly couldn’t think of a better venue for a girl’s night. As well as this, they also have a small plate menu which features some amazing dishes – perfect to accompany your draaanks. The menu is probably best described as Asian-fusion style with tempura veg, duck spring rolls and avo king prawns all making an appearance. The portions ae fairly big so 2-3 plates is definitely enough per person and it’s the perfect way to share everything between everyone as well. I ordered some duck spring rolls that were served with a sticky hoisin sauce and some crispy tempura veg complete with Sriracha mayo. We also ordered the avocado prawns which were HUGE and chunky chips to share with the table. It really was a feast fit for a girl’s night. For dessert we went with a classic: NY Cheesecake which was to dieeee for.

After food (and about 3 Pina Colada’s in) we headed up to the rooftop to check out the gorgeous igloos that Liberte have put up for the festive season. These igloos look out over the city and have a gorgeous view of the Liver Buildings, all lit up in the dark – it’s definitely a magical place to enjoy a drink (or ten), just make sure you wrap up warm!

Thank you so much to Liberte for looking after us, for me, it was the perfect way to kickstart the festive party season and I couldn’t think of a better group of gals to begin the celebrations with. Here’s to many more a Prosecco before the year’s out!

Tartan Trousers: A lil touch of quirky sophistication

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Back in September I bought this fab pair of tartan trousers to take on a city break to Budapest I honestly haven’t taken them off since. As much as I would have LOVED the matching blazer to make this a full power suit, I unfortunately don’t have north of £100 to be spending on something unless i’m wearing it everyday. The trousers alone however were super reasonable and they have proved one of the most versatile things in my wardrobe.

The fit is fab – super flattering and high-waisted with a flared leg making them baggy and casual but fitted at the same time. I’ve paired with a trusty pair of chunky New Balance and an oversized shirt for daytime style and i’ve also worn them countless times for dinner and drinks in the evening with super pointy boots and either a high neck jumper or bralet. For sophisticated vibes these are also super cute with a blouse tucked in and a trench over the top. To accessorise i’ve been going for chunky gold jewellery and and either a mini handheld tote or a leather backpack. This is just how ive been styling them but these are honestly so easy to wear and the perfect item for when you want to add a little quirk to your everyday style. I’ve seen a lot of straight leg tartan trousers around at the minute and whilst I think these and a chunky knit is such a winter look, I just think the flared leg makes them that little bit more statement (and their neutral tones mean they’ll match pretty much anything in your wardrobe).

New Italian American restaurant comes to Liverpool One

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For a while, The Red Hot Buffet space at the end of Chavasse Park has been vacant and ive been thinking for a while how much of a shame that is because it’s such a big space with loadssss of potential. Anyway, behold: Smoke n Dough.

I was asked to try Smoke n Dough a few weeks back and after seeing pictures of the absolute feasts people were having, i was so ready to try it for myself. The concept is pretty unique combining fresh Italian flavours (dough) with slowly cooked meats (smoke) and an array of everyone’s favourite side dishes. There’s also a killer cocktail menu, more wines than France and a decent dessert menu to have a go at. Sound good? It is.

Firstly, we were brought over our first course which consisted of fresh breads, pizza slices, breadsticks and an array of salads, meaning we could chat and nibble with a cocktail whilst we waited for our meat – smoking slowly by the chefs in the open kitchen.

After our first course, the meat was brought over. The tables are especially designed so that a hot plate can stay warm in the middle of the table, piled high with everything from steak and pork to chicken skewers and sticky wings. On the side, we were brought deliciously creamy mac and cheese (a real winner in my book), crispy onion rings, rich peppercorn sauce, corn on the cob and even mash potato. Amazing.

This probably goes without saying but if you’re paying a visit to Smoke n Dough – go hungry. There’s so much to eat, id say almost as much as a buffet style restaurant but with the intimacy of a sit down meal and a higher quality of food. With a grand interior, professional and friendly staff and PLENTY of food, this is the perfect venue for everything from a date night for two to a huge group meal – a great addition to everyone’s fave shopping space!

Christmas with Added Sparkle: A Festive Trip to the Metquarter Liverpool

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It’s that time of year now where Christmas events are popping up left, right and centre and i for one am not at all mad about it. Last week one of my favourite places in town, The Everyman Cinema, partnered up with the Metquarter to give us a lil taste of what we can expect from them at Christmas. From mulled wine and nibbles, to a super Christmassy film, blogging pals and goodie bags, it was a super gorgeous Tuesday night.

Arriving at The Everyman, i’m always super amazed at the interior of this place, you really do feel like you’re stepping into a little slice of luxury and i can only imagine how fabulous this is going to look in the lead up to Christmas. We were directed up to screen 4 (this screen has its own lil reception area so it’s perfect for groups and special occasions) and before i knew it, a steaming hot mulled wine was in my hand and i was dipping soft pitta breads into hummous and tucking into little tapas nibbles. Perfect. A few glasses of the good stuff later (and a slight food coma from all the snacks) we were ready to settle down and watch the Christmas movie.

On our seats was a super cute little tub of popcorn and a delicious bar of Green and Blacks white chocolate (fave!!) as well as a goodie bag packed full of everything from mac make up samples to 200 degrees coffee and even a Say it With Diamonds friendship bracelet which i haven’t actually taken off yet i’m that obsessed with it.

As well as amazing movies at the The Everyman (including screenings of Friends episodes!!!) the Metquarter also has some fab places to visit in the exciting run up to Christmas. With so many gorgeous independent and national brands to choose from, don’t forget to spend a lil time here when you’re doing your Christmas shopping.

Thank you so much to Carousel PR for the fab evening, im well and truly in the Christmas spirit now and will definitely be paying another visit to The Everyman before the festive season is over.

Passing on the Love at the Thorntons Liverpool One Store Relaunch

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I feel like Thorntons chocolate has always been a little bit of luxury, loved by everyone. It’s that feeling of being inside warm and dry on a rainy day, that contentment as you settle to watch a movie on a Saturday night in and that roaring fire and glass of red on a Friday night, delicious and comfortable all rolled into one.

We’re all familiar with the smooth and creamy taste of a Thorntons choc – whether you’re a Viennese Truffle lover or a Coffee Cream fiend or perhaps you love a good old toffee cased in milk chocolate. Whatever your poison, Thorntons is a fantastic way to show someone you care and so when Thorntons got in touch to ask if i could help them pass on the love with the opening of their newly refurbished Liverpool One store – who was i to say no?

Even just approaching from the outside, it’s clear to see how much of a massive improvement the new store is. Light and airy with tones of gold and cream, it’s interior coincides perfectly with Thorntons’ luxury demeanour – the one we all know and love.

Arriving into store, we were handed empty Thorntons bags and were told that although empty now, by the time we’d finished our new shop experience, they’ll be overflowing with goodies. First up, we made our way to The Craftery, a counter full of all of Thorntons best chocolates. The Craftery allows you to fill a box of chocolates with your own personal preferences. I chose six chocolates – some of which have always been a firm favourite Thorntons choice of mine (strawberry creams and pralines hiiii) and some new creations that i was itching to try (the Speculoos being one). I honestly think this is such a cool idea and whether you’re making a box for yourself (like me) or gifting it to someone else, you can make a box of chocolates full of favourites. The boxes are tied up with a gorgeous gold bow – just to give them that extra special touch.

As well as crafting our own chocolate box, we also created a chocolate block – a super nice idea which consisted of choosing five blocks of chocolate to sit together in a little box, which would then sit perfectly on a book shelf. The flavours again, were a mixture of new and old and amongst my choices were the fudge brownie, the eton mess and the pistachio – heaven. As well as creating chocolate blocks we were also treated to a good old Thorntons tradition – icing chocolate. I made an advent calendar with my name on (my first ever one!!) and a little heart iced to my boyfriend – because im cute like that.

After allllll of the chocolate fun (and an overflowing goodie bag) we headed to the cafe where Thorntons are now serving a delicious afternoon tea for just £12 per person. The sandwich and cake selection is served beautifully, with each cake representing a Thorntons chocolate. With the afternoon tea comes hot drinks – we sampled the salted caramel hot chocolate topped with cream and chocolate sprinkles and it was honestly the best hot chocolate I’ve ever tasted. This, with a baked in store brownie so gooey it was falling apart, is EXACTLY why you should head into the Thorntons cafe.

It’s safe to say we were well and truly spoiled as we made our way around the brand new Thorntons Liverpool One shop – from the beautiful interiors to the delicious food and of course, the amazing chocolate, I would definitely recommend popping in for a visit. If you’d like to pass on the love yourself and treat someone special to some gorgeous Thorntons chocolate (or treat yourself!) click here for some fab discounts and vouchers!

Until next time, Thorntons.

This was a paid partnership with Thorntons.