Now let me tell you, being a veggie does not mean you miss out on some DOPE burgers, and I feel like I’m becoming quite the critic when it comes to veggie/vegan cuisine. That being said, I was recently invited to try out Boo Burger on London road. It’s the first Boo Burger and we’re lucky enough for it to be in Leicester, and I’m lucky enough for it to be 10 minutes from my house! I’d seen Boo Burger killing it on social media. I was very intrigued to see whether it lived up to the hype…

I was accompanied on my burger quest by my friends Sharni and Dani, mainly because they both are just as food obsessed as I am but also because we all have different tastes. Especially Sharni, if you’ve impressed her you’re sorted for life!

Boo Burger‘s vibe is all about being urban, modern and rustic. I have to say they’ve hit the nail on the head.

Take the design of the establishment for example. Now I know that this doesn’t really play a part when putting a restaurants menu to the taste test, but when you’re a blogger and you need to get some snaps it helps tons.

The service is also top notch, I love being able to see my food my made, and the fact that I was given a little buzzer to let me know when it was ready meant I could carry on nattering to my friends without worrying whether my name/number would be called and I’d missed it!

Being a vegetarian, I was drawn to the Booloumi burger. Mainly due to being the only veggie burger on the menu, but I can’t deny that the flavours were SENSATIONAL.

BOOLOUMI  (V) | £5.50

“Halloumi Cheese, Crispy Onion Strings, Round Leaf Lettuce, Tomatoes, Sweet Onion Relish”

I cannot stress that I am not a very cheesy person, I tend to steer clear of it being lactose-intolerant. But even I couldn’t keep away. I watched as they prepared every part of my burger, it was genuinely handled with so much care. It genuinely looked like one of the burger you’d see on an advert, super model burger fo sho.

Everything in this burger just worked, the tenderness of the halloumi with the crunch of the onion strings is stuff only Shakespeare could right about. I can’t explain a love like that. The sweet onion relish was such a clever addition tying together the combination of flavours. The brioche bun played a huge part too, they toasted them just like my mum does when we have a BBQ. Can’t beat it. Tasty nostalgia nuggets.

I added fries and a drink for £3 (duh) and I was impressed. The fries were not what I was expecting at all, they’re shaped like a crescent moon, not greasy what-so-ever and incredibly crispy. I’ve honestly never had better fries/chips with a burger meal before. We also got unlimited refills which I feel should always be a thing. Why doesn’t everyone do refills? It’s 2017 people. We sampled ‘Blue Mix’ which tastes just like WKD, non alcoholic unfortunately, but we later found out that it was sponsored by WKD itself! 2008 and 2017 me are still buzzing about this!

So overall it was a great experience, and I will 104% be going back. I really hope they bring out some extra veggie options because I feel like I’m missing out! This place is spot on for a catch up with friends, or a place to grab a bite to eat before your train home. I even took some home for my boyfriend as I didn’t want him to miss out on the experience!

Location: 7
Local to town which is great, parking is a bit of an issue depending when you go as London road is MANIC but definitely worth circling a few streets for some tasty treats

Interior: 9
Blog. Goals. I mean the cups literally say ‘Hey Boo’ and the tables are marble, it’s like it was made for the blogging community. I would vouch for comfier chairs though if I were to be picky!

Food: 10
I cannot stress how delicious the Booloumi burger was, I can’t really speak for the rest of the menu but Dani has the Haystack and you can read what she thinks here!

Value: 10
2 burgers, bites, 3 lots of chips, 2 refillable drinks and milkshake all for £21, and don’t forget your student card cos that’s including discount!

Service: 9
I was thoroughly impressed with how quick and friendly the service was, I never really expect much from a burger joint but Boo definitely excels itself.

IT’S THE MOST WONDERFUL TIME OF THE YEAR!

No really, it is. But then again I do say this a lot.

What’s better than having a day to celebrate the beautiful delicacy that is B u R G e R Z !

I was honoured to be invited by Byron Burger in Derby to celebrate their 10th birthday, and I was especially excited as I’d never been before. Their aim is to serve “simple, delicious hamburgers made fresh from properly-sourced British beef and the best ingredients possible, paired with a cold crafted beer or an extra-thick shake” and they didn’t disappoint.

For those of you that follow my blog, you’ll know I’m a lactose-intolerant pescatarian. So as incredible as properly-sourced British beef and extra-thick shakes sound my body can’t take it! So here’s a review of the vegetarian side of Byron burger.

I opted for the mushroom burger, as I feel like I’ve had my fair share of bean patties during my veggie life.

“MUSHROOM – Portobello mushroom, goat’s cheese, roasted red pepper, baby spinach, tomato, red onion, aioli”

 

How can you pass up the chance to have goats cheese in your burger? I also added avocado to bulk it up, which in my opinion was a massive win. You get a very generous portion so I gave some to Nat to put with his chicken burger too!

The peppers and goat’s cheese pairing is a genius pairing, I’ve never had them on a burger before and I’m wondering why! The brioche bun added a slight sweet flavour along with the aoili. It was a crazy combination of flavours, a welcome change from the regular spicy bean burger or soya patty decisions veggie’s are always bored of making.

“CLUCKY – Fried chicken breast, guacamole, sriracha mayonnaise, pickled red onions, pickles, shredded iceberg” (Nat went for grilled)

What else do you need when you have a burger? SIDES!

We went for onion rings and courgette fries (they’re healthy, right?)

The onion rings were incredible! Covered in a lovely light batter with incredible peppered seasoning, I would go as far to say they were the best damn onion rings I’ve ever had the pleasure of eating.

The courgette fries were crispy on the outside and soft in the middle, just what you want. They’re not too heavy on your stomach either, so win win win!

And of course you can’t review a restaurant without trying their desserts, I was ready for the challenge despite how filling the burgers are! Nat went for an Oreo cheesecake and I chose the biggest brownie I have ever tackled in my life (seriously).

The juxtaposition of the cheesecake was a treat to the taste buds; the soft cheese filling teamed with the crunchy Oreo base was something that will be on my mind for weeks. I never usually go for chocolate based desserts, I’m an apple crumble girl myself, but this was just the right amount of indulgence.

Onto the biggest brownie EVA, it was heavenly. Considering the size of the brownie, it was soft, toasty and moist. I bloody love having cold ice-cream with a warm dessert too, so I was pretty pleased with my choice. It did defeat me though, and as I always say “I don’t want to look back and think, I should’ve eaten that”.

I. SHOULD. HAVE. EATEN. THAT.

 

 

Overall, I was thoroughly impressed with Byron, I had never been to the one in Leicester (I thought it was only for meat eaters!) and I’m definitely regretting it now. Everything from the portion sizes to the decor, I was smitten. What I do know is that next time I go, I’m ordering 3 sides of onion rings. For real. Watch me.

I’m so thankful they gave me the chance to celebrate their birthday and I can’t wait to try the Byron in my home town!

 

❤ HAPPY 10TH BIRTHDAY BYRON! ❤

 

* I was invited by Byron Burger in Intu Derby to review their menu. All images and views are my own.

The Cultural Quarter of Leicester is one of the best areas of the city. It’s got bars like Manhattan 34 and The Exchange, entertainment from the wonderful Curve theatre and a number of gems in between.

So I was more than keen to visit the quarter’s local restaurant Chutney Ivy to take its new menu for a spin, and thought I would bring my lovely boyfriend as company. I was especially excited as Chutney Ivy bagged the prize of “Best Restaurant of 2017” at the Curry Awards – given Leicester’s renowned Asian heritage, this can’t have been an easy feat – so I was itching to sample the reasons why!

Chutney Ivy offers Indian cuisine that respects its heritage but isn’t afraid to innovate – Shaf the co-owner’s enthusiastic insight into the kitchen’s culture attested to this. The restaurant isn’t afraid to take on the features of a swanky bar either, so don’t hesitate to go even if it’s just for a cocktail! Interested? Read on…

Berry Mojito – Chutney Ivy

Starter

Indian Tapas Platter

“A combination of Siek Kebab Stacks (kebab with sun-dried tomato on a nan square), Aloo Tokki, Paneer stacks and Fish Pakora.”

This platter is a perfect companion to after-work cocktails with a gal pal or significant other, but be warned, it will leave you wanting more. The catfish pakora stood out as the showcase portion: its sweet, rich seasoning was so delicately paired with a light batter that made the texture so irresistible. The Akoo Tokki is worth a mention too – the crisp of the potatoes was heavenly and gave a great earthy balance to the dish. Nat and I agreed that this platter was a well-thought-out way of exciting the palette and prepping the appetite – it was light, flavoursome and moreish in a way that really set up for the mains.

Dim Bhajee Salad

“Boiled eggs, sautéed in caramelised onions, roasted jeera and turmeric. Served on a bed of greens.”

This is something I want to attempt at home as a snack salad that has some character to it. I would never have thought the combination of boiled eggs, jeera and turmeric would be so powerful! This dish complemented the platter well, providing a crisp alternative to the hotter flavours.


Mains

Because I’m a little fusspot that lends herself to the pescatarian style of living, I wasn’t able to try the new mains. Fortunately though my human vacuum of a boyfriend is, in his words ‘a conscious meat-eater’, or in my words ‘a part-time, zero-hour contract vegetarian’, so he permitted himself to eat what I could not.

Muragh Jaal Qurma

“Roasted chicken from the Tandoor gently cooked in sweet spices of cinnamon, Bay leaves, green cardamom, milk, yoghurt and a hint of green chilli. Garnished with caramelised onions and fresh coriander.”

Now it’s very rare that I ever wish that I had meat on my plate, but this was genuinely a struggle. This is a Bangladeshi Korma, which Shaf was keen to differentiate from the slightly saccharine, cream-centric Korma we’re used to in the UK. This dish is made with milk and yoghurt rather than cream, making the dish a lot less sweet, and while it takes longer to cook, the flavours were richer for it. Nat described it as more complex than kormas he’d had in the past, with a welcome heat that gladly superseded the general theme of sweetness he was used to. That isn’t to say this wasn’t mellow and accessible to those with a more sensitive tongue though – these flavours are indiscriminately pleasing. The aroma alone wowed me.

Capsico Keema Mattor

“Juicy bell peppers chargrilled in the Tandoor; stuffed with spiced minced lamb, paneer and peas.”

Another chef-favourite that challenged Nat’s capacity after the Korma, the pairing of paneer with tandoor spice was a harmony that explained Shaf’s enthusiasm for the dish.

There was “a lot of interesting tastes at play in this dish,” with Nat describing it as a “introspective lesson in flavour,” (yeah he’s that guy) that required quite a few mouthfuls to really get to the bottom of.

Sea Bass Bangla Massala

“Whole sea bass fillets gently infused with a blend of caramelised onions, tomatoes, fresh garlic, turmeric and lemon juice. Garnished with spring onions and fresh coriander. The favourite dish of the Bengal.”

I, hand on heart, think this might be one of the best fish dishes I have ever had.

Shaf explained he uses sea bass as it’s a dark fish, and one that is most similar to the Bangladeshi fish that is traditionally used. The fish was beautiful, it melts in your mouth and the sauce made a lasting impression. The lemon juice played a huge part in this dish, teaming up with the spring onions and coriander to deliver one of the most refreshing curry dishes I’ve had the pleasure of trying. Needless to say I didn’t leave one bit.

Dessert

Kalajam 

“sweet milk dumpling, marinated in ghoor.”

After the feast we’d just had, this dessert was welcomingly humble, but not at the expense of character. I’m a big fan of the very similar gulab jamun thanks to my colleagues, as they often bring Indian sweets into work. I was told I needed to try them warm with vanilla ice-cream so this felt like a sign! Kalajam has sugar added into the batter, and after frying the sugar it caramelises, giving it the name kala jam or “black jam”. This did not disappoint and lived up to my work pal’s recommendation. I’m normally an apple crumble kind of girl, but this sweet little beauty is always going to be top of my dessert list given the option!

 

I had a lovely time exploring this new menu, and I will definitely be back! If you want fearless food in a relaxed open space (the whole front of the restaurant can be opened up!), visit Chutney Ivy.

 

To book in and try Chutney Ivy’s new menu, call 0116 251 1889 or head to their website.

 

I was kindly invited by Chutney Ivy to sample their new menu. The views are my own, as are the images unless stated otherwise.


If there’s one thing you should know about me, it should be that I am grossly obsessed with food. I get through my day just thinking about what I’m going to eat next. You know the feeling right? I’m sure you all do.

So when I heard from a good blogging pal Dizzy Miss James that The Orange Tree was hosting a vegan food festival I was dying to get a spot! Being a lactose intolerant vegetarian tends to take me to the vegan side of the menu more often than not, but this time I was incredibly spoilt for choice.

I decided to go for the vegan burger and Oreo sundae (omfg) and this was my experience:

(P.S I was a little piggie and helped Victoria with her hot dogs too ❤️)


Big O’s Burger

Beef flavoured soya patties with vegan cheese, gherkins, sliced tomatoes and baby gem lettuce topped with house sauce cuddled by a tasty bun

The first point I wanna make is how incredibly real the patty looks – pair this with the combination of a home-made sauce and vegan friendly cheese and I was buzzing with excitement! And I can’t forget to mention the mix of sweet and regular potatoes as the wedges; variety keeps the mouth moist (ew).

I EVEN HAD VEGAN MAYONNAISE. M A Y O N N A I S E !

I do love a vegetable-themed burger as much as the next veggie, but there’s something (somewhat guiltily) satisfying about having a burger that resembles meat, whilst knowing no animal was harmed during the process! This burger was warm, juicy and had all the complex textures of a mainstream (*cough* meat) one. My mouth is watering just thinking about it… ahhhh…

Hot O’s Dog

Vegan sausage in a hot dog roll, topped with sauerkraut, fried onions, cheese sauce and mustard (oh hot damn)

What first caught my eye about these delicious ‘dogs was that there were two – I mean, what’s better than one hot dog? You get the jist. This photo doesn’t do justice to just how good these ‘dogs tasted; they were a classic example of a meal becoming more than the sum of its ingredients, the mustard and sauerkraut complemented each other as Rick complements Morty (if you don’t get the reference, seriously get watching Rick & Morty – it’s on Netflix). I couldn’t tell the difference between the vegan sausage and a regular one, and I actually had a dream about this hot dog recently. True story.

Oreo and ice cream sundae

It’s Oreo, strawberries and vegan ice cream, duh.

OH THANK THE HEAVENS, OREOS ARE VEGAN! I didn’t realise this before attending Sloppy O’s, what’s inside of them?! I’m not complaining, I had a dope ass sundae to finish off me stuffing my face; so happy I think I actually shed a tear.

There’s not much to reveal about an Oreo and ice cream sundae (the secrets of the Oreo were discovered long ago), but I have to comment on how luxurious the crunch of Oreo tasted alongside some smooth and silky ice cream.

Why can’t Sloppy O’s be every month?

I always thought the Orange Tree was merely a place for great drinks and a top pub quiz, yet my eyes have been opened by their amazing selection of vegetarian and vegan foods and I’m desperate to try some more! Huge thanks to Orange Tree in Leicester for accommodating us veggies and I can’t wait for the next event!

If you haven’t been already, make it your next stop for lunch or dinner. You won’t be disappointed! Plus you might see me lurking in the corner with Tofush and chips.

Cue drooling.

What do you want to be when you grow up?

I, honestly, want to be an illustrator. I would love to draw for a living; artwork for childrens books, designs for magazines, anything to be able to sit down at my work space and draw to put food on the table and money in the bank.

There’s just one problem…

I don’t draw.

I am probably the most useless self-proclaimed illustrator there is. I get in my own way all the time, I criticise myself too much, I want everything I do to be as perfect as the people I admire today. As you may have seen in one of my most recent posts I am moving out of my family home soon, and I’m planning my work space with a twinkle in my eye, thinking of all the possibilities to motivate myself. Now, other than pretty paints, pens and notebooks, I am following some bad-ass illustrators on Instagram who have kept my small, inspired flame alight. I want to dedicate this post to some top class artists that keep me going, make me laugh daily and inspire me to achieve my dreams.

 

Gemma Correll

Gemma is a British babe living it up in the US with her gorgeous and art-inspiring pug. I love Gemma for her love of stripes, her honesty and her style. I own so much of her stuff it’s a joke, and her calendars are my favourite. She came to Loughborough for a book signing at Ohh Deer on 11th Feb and I was too ill to go, I genuinely think I’ll be regretting it for the rest of my life!!! CURSE YOU VIRAL FLU I WILL DRAW ABOUT YOU UNTIL YOU DROWN IN IRONY!

 

Mari Andrew

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I discovered Mari on the Instagram explore page. I think she was partaking in a ‘Draw Everyday’ challenge and I fell in love with her vulnerability, her thoughts and how honest she was in documenting what happened in her every day life. If she was upset, she would draw about it, if she suffered heartbreak, she would communicate to her followers through her designs, and it began to feel like I really knew her! I genuinely look forward to seeing what she produced daily, and I think her 350,000 IG followers feel the same! Without sounding cliché, she’s incredibly relatable. Mari manages to make even the most mundane scenarios entertaining, which is one of my favourite approaches to art.

 

Emma Block

Emma Block does things with watercolours I could only dream of doing. She’s a freelance illustrator in London and she is the epitome of cute, quirky and creative. I love her fashion as well as her artistic style, and I’ve always dreamed of going to one of her workshops! Whenever I think of Emma, I think of vintage cars, springtime flowers and stripes. She seems like an absolute babe and her precision is jaw-dropping.

Side note: I’ve just noticed illustrators like stripes(!?)

 

Chloe Hall

Some of my most recent patterns 🌷 which ones your favourite?

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There is no way in hell I could write a post about inspiring illustrators and not include Chloe.
Chloe is a really sweet, down to earth girl who I met through my boyfriend. The first two things he told me about her were 1. “She lives on a boat!” and 2.” She likes drawing, you’ll like her”. He was not wrong! Chloe finds her inspiration in nature, primarily in plants and greenery, and her colour palettes are combos you’d dream about. I’m a little obsessed with green & pink and I think that’s because of her… You’ll find Chloe’s work on Etsy and Casetify!

 

Molly Mathews

I couldn’t find an active illustration account for Mol, but tbh I’d follow her personal one cos she is style goals, and her hair is icy dreams. Molly is an illustration student from Leicester, currently studying at Loughborough University. She designs super cool pins and has even had the likes of Jamie T wearing her stuff! Mol’s designs are inspired by pop-culture and she nails satirical work that echoes society in a light hearted and playful manner. Her A-Z of celebrity scandals is probably my favourite thing that has ever graced the internet. I genuinely think this girl is destined for great things. Find her website here 🙂