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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Sloppy O’s – The Orange Tree


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.

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valentining at veeno

valentining at veeno

It’s almost the most commercialised, tacky day of the year!

I kid…

What I mean to say was… Soon it shall be the 14th February, the day St Valentine (supposedly) shot you in the ass and you found some love.

Whether you’re spending it with the one you love, your mum or your best girl friends, Veeno is definitely the place to spend it!

Veeno was brought to us by Nino and Andrea, lovers of football, quality wine and authentic food. They only opened their first wine bar in 2013 and have taken the UK by storm, opening 10 bars since then! I was ecstatic to hear that one was opening in Leicester as I love the Nottingham one so much! 

I was kindly invited along to their Selezione Wine Tasting back in November, and it was amazing! It consisted of two white wines, one rose and two reds, accompanied by a platter of appetisers that were specifically chosen to compliment each of the wines. All of this was finished off with a dessert wine and their homemade tiramisu (WHICH WAS TO DIE FOR).

All of Veeno’s wines come from their family vineyard in Sicily, ensuring only the best quality wines make it from their vines to your glass!

It was such a great experience to meet other bloggers, be wined and dined (literally) and try a wide array of Sicilian wines. I never thought I liked rosé until I went Veeno! I am a red girl at heart though, I won’t deny it!

Anywho, back to the point!

Get booked in as soon as you can, even if it’s not for Valentine’s day.

It’s great for all social situations, I even went after work to catch up with my gal pal! (hey Izzy) where we tucked in on a mini cheese board and talked the night away at a little instagrammable table decorated with corks! Such a beautiful place I tell ya.

Veeno really is the perfect setting for a Valentine’s date – for only £26.90pp you and your significant other can partake in this incredible Selezione experience, I am definitely going to book in again. They also cater for vegans & vegetarians too so you wont feel like you’re missing out!

Also, if anyone wants to join me on the Blind Wine Tasting they have on offer, let me know! I’m desperate to try it!

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PizzaExpress – King Street*

PizzaExpress – King Street*

Are you feeling Christmassy? I’m feeling DAMN Christmassy.

We’ve finally touched down in December and now it’s all about mulled wine, blankets and endless amounts of food.

So what’s better than trying out all the new Christmas menus our favourite food retailers have to offer? Nothing I tell you, nothing. Especially when you get to meet some of this lovely lot…

I was invited by the lovely PizzaExpress to check out their newly renovated digs and to try their new Christmas menu. What’s really cool about PizzaExpress is that each of their restaurants are individually designed, and are usually based on well known places, people or historical events from the area. I couldn’t wait to check out what they had done with the place and get my hands on some new fancy food!


Starter: 
Terrina Festa: “A soft terrine of salmon, crab and prawn, served with rocket, house dressing, a wedge of lemon, fresh parsley and flat bread”

Fresh and fishy… in a good way! The nicest starter i’ve had in a while. This was incredibly refreshing and you get a good portion of terrine to use with PizzaExpress’ amazing bread. I would definitely recommend this to fish lovers, ridiculously tasty!


Main Course: 

Cauliflower Cheese Romana: “Roasted cauliflower florets, Pecorino cheese and garlic oil on a creamy cheese & mustard sauce base with pink Tropea onions and pine kernels, finished with fresh parsley and shaved Gran Milano cheese”

I had the Cauliflower Cheese Romana (within minimal cheese hello lactose intolerance) and it was INCREDIBLE! For my fellow lactose intolerant sufferers, you know when you sometimes play the risky game of eat the dairy if you think the food is worth it? This is worth it. I will say I wasn’t fully convinced with cauliflower on a pizza to begin with, but I am never looking back. The mustard in the base was probably my favourite part, it gave the pizza a warming spicy kick… now I’m drooling. Yummy.

Dessert: 

Snowball Dough Balls: “Our famous Dough Balls with cinnamon and icing sugar, served with a vanilla cream dip and a chocolate straw”

Due to stuffing my face with the starter and main there wasn’t much room left for dessert, but did I let that stop me? HELL NO! I absolutely love the famous dough balls at PizzaExpress, so this was a good choice for me. This is great as a sharer as I feel I couldn’t eat al the cream dip to myself (though I did try).

Now I know you’re all frantically putting your shoes and coat on to get down to PizzaExpress as soon as you possibly can, but wait! PizzaExpress have given me a 30% off voucher (now expired) for my readers! Enjoy your little Christmas treat! I hope you enjoy it as much as I did 🙂

 

 

 

 

*A huge thank you to PizzaExpress for inviting me along for a complimentary meal. All words are spoken from the heart and accurate.

 

 

 

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