Food

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Bistrot Pierre – Leicester

I honest to God feel as though I have committed a crime.

I have lived in Leicester ALL MY LIFE and it was only in May 2018 that I experienced Bistrot Pierre for the first time.

I was really looking forward to my first experience. I always saw it as a special occasion place – like something for a wedding anniversary or a graduation meal. We decided to celebrate the fact that the sun had graced us with it’s presence for the first time in what felt like a century. So with that in mind, I skipped to town to meet Nat ready for celebrations!

I was gobsmacked when I pulled back the red velvet curtain. The french decor was stunning, I really didn’t know what to expect – but I didn’t expect this.

We sat down, and was greeted by the lovely Taz, who handed us tons of menus to choose from. We were spoilt for choice! I decided to order from the a la carte menu. It took us both a while to narrow down what we wanted, and decided that sharing two starters was the only way we would be able to try as much as possible! After 2 bread baskets and a gulp of red wine we were ready.

 

Starter

Brioche et champignons
Toasted brioche and fricassée of mushrooms with (or without) Alsace bacon

Crottin de chèvre
Baked goats’ cheese with marinated beetroot, chicory, watercress, toasted walnuts and grain mustard dressing

Man, what a way to start a meal. I adore mushrooms, and Nat loves the fancy ones so we knew that would be our first choice. Nat then saw the crottin de chèvre which was a no-brainer. Warm goats cheese with roasted walnuts? AND beetroot? I bloody love a temperature clash when it comes to food. The pairings were so interesting – it was a taste you couldn’t get bored of, I wish I had 2!

We loved both starters. I think I preferred the Brioche, but it was a close call. All-in-all, we were off to a solid start!

 

Main

Poulet printanier
Pan-fried chicken breast with asparagus, fricassée of wild mushrooms, peas, truffle oil and tarragon

Bouillabaisse maison
Our take on this classic fish stew from Marseille; with sea bass, mussels, king prawns, and smoked haddock served with rouille, cheese and pommes frites only

As soon as we sat down I was sold by the bouillabaisse maison, and when Taz recommended it I was sure my main was going to be incredible.

I had the image above with a side of chips, rouille with cheesy bread and an extra side garlic mushrooms because there’s nothing more romantic than garlic, obviously. Nat also had dauphinoise potatoes and an extra side of french beans toasted with almond flakes (omg?!) so the portion sizes were very generous.

I did find it strange getting a fish stew with chips, but I’m all for it. I also couldn’t believe the size of the king prawns?! Absolutely huge, had to send a picture to my mum. All the fish was cooked to perfection, I was overwhelmed with delight. Definitely a good option if you want something light, minus the chips!

We went a little overboard, but oh my it was worth it! Nat boasted highly about the poulet printanier. By the end of it we were in comatose, but don’t think for a second we weren’t getting dessert. Mama didn’t raise no fool.

 

Dessert

Frangipane
Warm baked pear and raspberry frangipane with vanilla crème fraîche and toasted pistachios

Café gourmand
Berry macaroon, chocolate brownie, caramel profiterole and vanilla ice cream on an almond crumble, with (or without) espresso coffee

I FOUND DESSERT HEAVEN, LOOK NO FURTHER!
I finished off both as Nat couldn’t hack it (though he 100% ate more than me). I mixed the frangipane with the ice-cream and it was SoOoOo dreamy! I am an apple crumble girl through and through, but this frangipane changed the game. café gourmand was beautiful too, I tend to not be a chocolate pudding person but the brownie was so rich and satisfying.

Our overall experience was incredible. Taz was so friendly and helpful, the red wine was flowing, the food was awe inspiring. I cannot wait to return!

 

The amazing guys at Bistrot Pierre have also given me a little somethin’ somethin’ for all my fab readers. A free drink for you the next time you visit! Use code: LBPYQPD9. You’ll find all the Ts&C’s you need here!

I was invited by Bistrot Pierre for a complimentary meal in return for an honest review. All imagery and words are mine unless stated otherwise.
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delicious foods in far away places

Happy hump-day pals!

I hope you’re all having a productive week, or planning summer holidays and adding bikinis to your ASOS wish list, COS SAME. The recent burst of summer has really given me itchy feet, especially as it left as quick as it came *sob*

It got me thinking about some of the best trips I’ve ever taken, and everything I shovelled into my mouth whilst I was there… Ah… Better times. So I thought I’d share with you some of my favourite locations I’ve and some of my favourite foods I had whilst I was there!

 

SPAIN

Spain is well known for foods such as tapas, paella, gazpacho, patatas bravas and many more! I love tomato-based dishes and my most favourites have been from Spain.

(L-R) Atreactif, C_B_C_K, Chris Clift

According to Travel Away, “You are not allowed to visit Spain without experiencing the famous tapas! It’s like visiting Paris without seeing the Tour Eiffel, or like exploring Italy without having a proper espresso.

I definitely agree, tapas is is one of the best styles of meals I’ve ever had because I love to try everything. But my favourite dish of all has to be paella, I will never order it in any other country.

I love paella because I love huge portions of food, who doesn’t? But the plates look incredible, and the seafood is incredibly fresh and I could eat that alone! Rice is a really filling dish too, and there’s nothing worse than still feeling hungry after your main, this is a common problem of mine…

 

INDONESIA

Gado Gado – “Traditional Indonesian salad consisting of water spinach, bean sprout, string beans, cucumber, tofu, tempeh, hard-boiled egg and lontong (rice cakes). All combined in a mildy-spiced peanut sauce”

(L-R) Busy Bees Kitchen, Brook Lee Naturopathy, Veggie Keto Girl

Unfortunately I broke my phone when on my travels around Indonesia, otherwise I would have snapped until my food went cold! But it is a place that has stolen my heart, and I am dying to return.

I struggled a little when I was there due to JUST transitioning to pescetarian, not because they didn’t have great options but because I wanted to try all the incredible meats!

A dish I did put my trust in was gado gado. I sometimes struggle to eat anything heavy when in a  hot country so this was perfect, the peanut sauce was honestly heavenly. I very often grabbed veggie street rice too with peas, onions and carrots for a bargain of £1 or less.
How can you not love the Gili T street market?

I also had many buddha bowls for breakfast which were SO GOOD AND SO CHEAP. I’m sure they were only around £1/£1.50? They were huge! I miss you Gili T.

 

ITALY

Whenever I think of Italy, I think of pizza. Delicious, fresh, cheese-less pizza. Nothing has ever compared to the italian dishes I have experienced in Lucca, so much so that I return every single year. The pizza dough is AMAZING, paired with a red wine and I am in heaven. I always have veggie pizza with artichokes and mushrooms AND I WISH I WAS THERE RIGHT NOW.

Images taken by me

Something that being lactose intolerant couldn’t hold me back from was the gelato. Who could not have an ice cream from an award winning city? Not me that’s for sure. Make sure you check our Barga next time you’re near, it’s a beautiful little town in Italy situated near the Garfagnana which is somewhere I absolutely love to stay. The mountainous views are worth the trip alone.

My diet consisted of pasta, pizza and all the ice-cream I could manage, but thanks to all the beautiful sights and walking I did non of it stuck to me (THANK GOD!).

I love everything about Italy, it’s culture, the views, the language, the food… but one thing I do disagree with is the negativity towards mixing cheese and fish together, it is a match made in heaven to me!

 

Now for somewhere I definitely need to go…

 

DUBAI

I know I would love a Dubai luxury holiday, what I think intrigues me the most is that you can experience all types of holidays in one place. Wanna chill on a beautiful beach? You’re covered. Love walking around on a city break? Dubai got you. Wanna go all SATC 2 and chill in the desert? Get on your camel girl.

Photos by Kathryn Reynolds IG: @krrr14

But what sort of food does Dubai have?

Now I will say the only way I want to interact with a camel is riding one, but apparently they eat camel in Dubai?! I’ll pass on that, but the street food looks sensational. If you’re looking for pork you’ll be disappointed, but don’t fret! Dubai has plenty of seafood, chicken, beef and lamb to offer.

(L-R) Rubbish Eat Rubbish Grow, Maya Dubai, Common Grounds

What I like about Dubai is that you can try a vast array of cuisine. Many restaurants in the region tend to take inspiration from Middle Eastern and Asian cuisine, meaning that you can trying dishes varying from Indian to Korean! I love having plenty of options when I’m away, especially as I love to try foods I’ve not experienced before.

I also heard that you can haggle your food prices?! I LOVE THAT. That’s not just with street food, but with restaurants too! I am such a bargain hunter, and nothing makes food taste nicer than a low price label, right?

One thing I wish I could try is Shawarma (pictured on the left). It’s a wrap containing a spicy meat teamed with mint sauce, and is incredibly cheap and found on the streets. Here’s hoping by the time I go they have one with crispy tofu! (a girl can dream…)

 

Where do you want to visit next? I need more holiday ideas!

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happy dough lucky – nottingham

What’s better than pizza? Nothing.

A wise owl once told me “even shit pizza is good pizza”, and I have to say I agree.

Everyone has their favourite pizza chain. We’ve all had that feeling when you’re craving the Italian delicacy, so you lean on branches such as Pizza Express, Dominoes and Papa Johns to satisfying your cravings but often come up short. I adore pizza, but at the minute I’m not loving my options. To me, it has reached the point where all variants of pizzas from one branch taste the same.

I was in need of a new variant of a familiar feeling, I needed intriguing toppings, new wave presentation and less burnt dough. Which is why I decided to pop over to Happy Dough Lucky.

Happy-Dough-Lucky is a pop-up store in the Lacehouse Nottingham, though I’m hoping they’re here for a lot longer. Their journey began when travelling around Italy with nothing but a camera, backpack and a notepad. Their goal was to serve the public real, fresh Neapolitan pizza. So after 17 weeks and 5,700 miles they felt they were ready to deliver, and did they ever.

The food scene is Nottingham is like no other I have experienced, so to say that I had high expectations was an understatement.

Starters

We kicked it off with some dough-balls and chilli fries, cos what kind of meal is it if you don’t load up on carbs to start? Not the kind of meal I want to be a part of!

I really enjoyed the dough balls. They were flavoursome, puffy and soft in the middle, but they didn’t knock Pizza Express’ off the pedestal for me. They do however come a very close second and I will definitely be getting them again!

The chilli fries stole the show for me, just the right amount of spice to leave your palette craving more. I’d still give these a try if you’re not into spice, they’re not too intense but leave a beautiful blend of flavours to dance around on your palette until your highly anticipated main arrives.

Main

I love nothing more than a veggie pizza, even when I ate meat I always opted for mine to be overflowing with veggies, I love a good crunch y’know?

I opted for a goats cheese and beetroot pizza, mainly because I was super intrigued on how the texture of beetroot would work. I’m also full pineapple pizza supporter, so another obscure pizza topping wouldn’t go amiss.

I loved it with the goats cheese, it gave me a sweet with savoury vibe that really hit the spot. I’m also one of those weirdos that enjoys the crust more than the actual pizza itself, and the dough wasn’t overly crispy which earned a big thumbs up from me!

Dessert

I also had the pleasure of trying some Nutella pancakes with a fruity compote. I feel like you can’t really go wrong with pancakes, they are a man-made gift I will forever be thankful for. But what stole the show for me was the Coco Pop ice-cream. Wow. I loved it.

It was what dreams are made of, I could eat a litre tub of that alone. Trying these desserts was such an eye opener for me, I really didn’t think I would enjoy them as much as I did as I’m really not a chocolate pudding person!

So with that being said, I think you should definitely check out Happy Dough Lucky, and not just because they’re #1 in Nottingham for pizza (okay, maybe a little because of that) but because it is an overall great experience, from customer service to beautiful picture-worthy decor. I can’t wait to go back.

I was invited by Happy Dough Lucky to try their food for an honest review in return. All words and photography are my own.
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las iguanas – nottingham

I was kindly invited by Las Iguanas in Nottingham to check out their interior makeover and try their new menu, I’d been to Las Iguanas before in Leicester, but I was never blown away by the food or the service. I was hoping that Nottingham’s branch would be different, and maybe change my opinion.

As soon as we walked into the restaurant there was an incredible jazzy, fresh vibe, and who doesn’t love a bit of jazz on a Wednesday night?

It was such a clean, cool setting. I can’t wait for the Leicester branch to up their game!

STARTERS 

Bread board

“Sliced ciabatta, jalapeño cornbread & pão de queijo with dunking chipotle butter, olive oil & balsamic”

I am ALL about bread, even if my digestive system isn’t. I loved everything about this starter, the smoky dip, the corn bread, and I’m a sucker for balsamic and oil. The dough balls had a little surprising of cheese which left me wanting more, this starter was the perfect size to share between two people.

“These dough balls are as good, no, better than Pizza Express” – Nat Ling, 2018

Tortilla chips & dips

“Spice-dusted corn chips with roasted tomato salsa, habanero & pepper salsa & green tomatillo & jalapeño salsa”

I was pretty underwhelmed by the tortilla chips I hate to say, mainly because they lacked cheese which to me makes the nachos. After checking over the menu for this review, I realised I accidentally ordered the vegan ones!

I imagine they will taste much better topped with the dairy dream. The dips were lovely, the green one was full of chillis and super spicy, so if you’re into the heat this is for you!

 

 

 

 

 

 


MAIN COURSE

I’m not going to lie – when my plate hit the table I wasn’t overly impressed. Don’t get me wrong, the presentation was top notch but thinking about cauliflower and sweetcorn, I don’t think rich and tasty. Boy, was I wrong. Adding smoked cheese to any vegetable is a good way to go, but I enjoyed this so much that I saved some to take home, just to I could experience the first bite again! This was recommended by the host, and I’m going to find it pretty hard to not order it every single time I go!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


COCKTAILS MASTERCLASS

Caipirinha

We were also kindly given the opportunity to make our own Caipirinha, I can’t believe how easy they are to make!

All you need is Magnifica Cachaça, lime, sugar and a lot of ice! I was unlucky enough to be driving to this event, but I can’t wait to make some at home for my next girls night, insanely delicious and so cheap to make too!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Huge thanks again to Las Iguanas for having us, I cant wait to go back and order the quinotto again!

I was invited by Las Iguanas to review their new menu in return for a honest review. Images and words are all my own.
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Black Iron – Winstanley House

Black Iron – Winstanley House

Something that definitely helps me to get through my 9-5 lifestyle during the winter months is having a dinner reservation, trust me, there’s nothing better.

Surely everyone I know must feel the same satisfaction I do knowing you’re going to get a top notch dinner, with no cooking preparation or cleaning after! IT’S HEAVEN!

I’d never been to Winstanley House, and after arriving I was so disappointed that I hadn’t gone sooner. I never imaged that in Braustone, Leicester this beautiful manor would be tucked away ready to feed me some incredible treats 😍

As soon as we got there, we were led to a bar area whilst our table as being prepared. I never thought the decor of a building would be make me feel so incredibly underdressed, and I had actually made an effort! The decor was exquisite. I felt like I was in a film, or like a celebrity, a successful business woman all rolled into one. I sat down with my grapefruit gin and ginger beer wondering what could possibly make me feel any happier, and then we were called to our table!

Starter: Beetroot salad with honey & hazelnut

This was incredibly refreshing, so flavoursome which I really didn’t expect. The walnuts complimented the beetroot perfectly, giving it a rich at satisfying flavour, I felt if I’d had any more it might have ruined my main! Beautifully balanced!

Main: Courgette flan with cauliflower purée, ash baked sweet potato & roasted vegetables

Ahhh I loved this so much, when I first saw the dish I did think “omg I need twice this much” because I’m a little piggy, but the flavours were incredible. The courgette flan was actually rather hearty, and paired with the potatoes and roast vegetables I was in heaven. I don’t think I’ve ever eaten a meal so slow, I wanted to savour every bite.

Dessert: Tea & Cake victoria sponge cake, strawberries & earl grey ice cream

Considering I’m a savoury over sweet type of person, this dessert was my favourite part of the meal. The early grey ice-cream was so interesting, I wish you could buy it from the shop! (if you can and I’m unaware someone please tell me). I always find tea flavoured things quite underwhelming, but there was no denying that this tasted like earl grey, and it wasn’t sickly which was my first fear. I would 100% go back just to have this again.

Overall, I really enjoyed this meal, it was nice going to quality over quantity for a change, as I tend to be the girl that likes a huge portion for under a fiver! I’d definitely recommend Black Iron for an anniversary meal, birthday celebration or a treat yourself day.

Considering the location, presentation and quality of the food Black Iron’s pricing is incredibly fair. All this for the small price of £22, and you get to feel super fancy just being there for free!

 

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