Well known for their successful rum tasting events, Revolucion De Cuba shook things up a few weeks ago with a tequila takeover! Ready as ever to be tempted by the demon liquor itself (tequila doesn’t like me. It likes to give me a shocking headache and take away my memories of the evening before) we wandered down decked to the nines in sombreros (check Charlie out below!) and ponchos to see what it was all about.
I love the way tequila is made. The plant it is made from, called the agave and also responsible for the expensive yet healthier syrup, looks like an aloe vera plant with its long pointed green leaves. They are grown in lines of different ages so, like siblings, they can nurse and nurture each other.
One of the first brands we tried on the night was El Jimador. The Jimador family select the agave they need from the fields, pull it out from the root and shave off the spikes to reveal the ‘pina’ at the centre. They are split in half and then transported by donkey & cart to a clay oven where they are stacked floor to ceiling and roasted for a day or two before fermentation.
The blanco tequila is rested for a month in metal which gives is a sweet yet slightly smoky flavour. We tried this in a traditional margarita where the salt rim balanced out the slight smokiness of the tequila/.
The reposado tequila is much lighter on the note having been rested in wood for a month which provides the slightly golden hue to the spirit. The taste has caramel notes with a real spice punch at the end.
We tried this mixed in a rockstar margarita made with cointreau, agave syrup and muddled pineapple finished with black pepper. The pepper heightened the spice kick in the tequila but this was softened by the pineapple and sweet agave syrup.
We were also treated to a Jimador’s kiss which combines reposado, pineapple, passion fruit and raspberries. Long and fruity this was right up my street and I hogged it for the rest of the evening.
Moving on to the Herradura brand with the ‘unlucky for some’ upside down horseshoe on the bottle. The horseshoe is there to represent the one found by the family making this tequila in their field during the gold rush. They were bitterly disappointed not to have hit the big time when it comes to gold but this is when they decided to use the land to make agave. A different kind of gold you may think.
The anejo has a sweet, brandy style taste with vanilla notes and citrus in the length. It would make the perfect after dinner drink which we sipped neat with orange & almond dark chocolate. The chocolate deepened the flavours of the spirit bringing out the smoky notes.
A thoroughly enjoyable evening was had by all and it was a welcome change from the regular rum club tastings. Keep your eyes peeled on the website for future events, they’re free!
One of my first beauty crushes was Benefit. I first discovered the brand when visiting New York and I fell in love with the Benetint and High Beam combination. Using both products together gave my skin a flushed glow that only the first stages of a new relationship can usually give. I’ve not used either for a few years now. Unfortunately my skin type changed and dry patches on my cheeks meant Benetint was more difficult to blend and too much hassle when other products were cheaper and more suitable to my skin. In fact, I hadn’t bought any of Benefit’s products for a long time and I’m not really sure why. I love the packaging, I love the durability and I love the longevity of the range. I thought it was the perfect time to return when Lollitint was launched and immediately added it to my birthday wish list.
As with all Benefit products the packaging is kitsch and bright. Lollitint comes in a bright pink box and the bottle is metallic with the same design etched on the side.
I do think the box is a little excessive as the bottle is perfectly sturdy enough. It seems a bit of a waste of packaging that, ultimately, will end up in the bin after a few uses. The bottle is pretty but I much prefer the design of Benetint’s clear bottle so you can see how much product you have left.
The tint itself is described as ‘candy orchid’ which is the perfect way to describe the colour in my opinion. It is pink but with a slight purple hue which takes away the harshness that a bright pink blush can give. This product is not a tint in the way Benetint is; this is a creamy consistency which gives you a few more seconds blending time before the product stains your skin. The instructions advise to apply three strokes to the cheeks before blending quickly. I find three dots an easier amount to manage and you can always build the colour if you find this isn’t enough colour for you.
The swatch on the left has been blended whilst the swatch on the right hasn’t. Overall I love this product. I love the slight pink flush it gives my lips over the harsher stain I get from Benetint. I love the slight pink wash it gives my cheeks and the fact that, every time I wear it, someone asks if I have a new man in my life. I love that it looks just as fresh when first applied as it does at the end of the day.
It really does gives you that flush we all miss from a good night’s sleep or a particularly stressful day. Lollitint seems to mask dullness in my skin and I’ll be buying a second bottle so, when it does run out, I’ll still have that happy flirty glow.
Benefit Lollitint is £24.50 and worth every penny. Have you tried it yet?
Please excuse the poor photos… the lighting in my flat since I bought this product has been appalling!
Ever since I first visited America I have been a fan of Southern American food. Granted, I’ve never visited the Deep South, but I did find the most perfect BBQ shack in Harlem once that I visited 3 times in the week I was there. Being a blogger it is usually unheard of for me to visit the same place more than once in the same trip. With this in mind I have followed the opening plans of Reds True BBQ for months. I knew it was coming and would be damned if I was missing out.
Along to the press launch I went having already heard rumours of 24/7 smokers and fabulous cocktails, Reds had a lot to live up to!
Located in the old Livebait site the building has been transformed with exposed brick, neon tattoo style signs and a huge bar where you can wait if there is a bit of a queue. You can’t book here but the venue is huge so wait times are likely to be short.
We were treated to a brief tour of the kitchen including the huge smokers which are supervised 24/7 by one of the trained team. The kitchen is open plan and the staff are bubbly and friendly. The perfect combination when on full view of a heaving restaurant!
We were seated next to the smokers and left to peruse the menu with some cocktail recommendations from the owner Scott. I had the banana colada whilst Charlie opted for the Georgia hobo juice. In hindsight I should have probably ordered the banana colada as part of my dessert but I certainly wasn’t complaining. It was thick, creamy with a good glug of fresh banana taste. One that I will be repeating that’s for sure. The Georgia hobo juice came wrapped in a paper bag and, true to its name, packed a good alcoholic punch. Fruity with an interesting sweet yet sour aftertaste you will be surprised by.
Food wise I was after trying the whole menu. The burgers looked sublime and after seeing the donut burger (which apparently contains a whopping 2000 calories) I can’t tell you how tempted I was. Instead, I decided to stick with traditional southern faire and hush puppies to start. Charlie went a similar way and had the rib tips. I’d never heard of serving the top of ribs separately before but they were sublime. The meat melted away from the little bone that was present with some being soft and gooey, some being slightly more crispy with a good crunch. I’ll be ordering these again. The hush puppies were just like I remembered in the States with a battered yet not greasy coating. The sauce was the star for me I have to say… chile con queso that is light yet creamy with a gentle spice kick that doesn’t smack you too hard around the chops.
Unfortunately our mains came at the same time as our starters so we were completely over faced with food but, considering how busy the press launch was, I’m not surprised nor complaining.
We both went for combo plates with me choosing the brisket with pulled pork and Charlie going for the baby backs and half a bbq chicken. The brisket was soft and juicy with the smoke flavour evident. The gravy was just enough not to swamp the meat but to compliment it beautifully and would have been a perfect dipping sauce had a I opted for a side of fries. Charlie’s ribs were as good as the rib tips starter and the chicken, where do I start. Softly smoked and tender chicken I could have munched on all night. I am a huge chicken fan anyway but this is the best I’ve had in a long time. Our side choices were the biggest onion rings I’ve ever seen with the loudest crunch I’ve heard. Not an ounce of excess grease here! The grits were ok, not the best I have had to be fair, I like them slightly ‘looser’ in consistency but that is my personal preference.
I think we would have both happily ended here but our enthusiastic waitress was keen that we try some of the desserts on offer and suggested the peanut butter cheesecake with a brownie, who are we to argue? I have a complaint about the cheesecake. I mean seriously, anything that good they just need to bring out the full thing. I was fighting away Charlie’s spoon to get more, so much so she licked the plate so I couldn’t get to it! The brownie, like the grits, was ok. A bit drier than I usually like, I’m a fan of the gooey slightly underdone centre when it comes to a good brownie. Fine though, and the ice cream atop was a nice touch.
To end we ordered a couple more cocktails, well Scott told us too so who were we to argue? Charlie went for the bourbon cask smoked manhattan which arrived served in a carafe of smoking beauty. Far too strong a flavour for me which, is a good job, as I didn’t get a look in. I chose one of the most popular from the list – the honey berry smash. With lots of ice it was exactly as described; sweet, fruity and refreshing. The perfect end to a near perfect dinner.
Typically American you will also find a vast range of beers, ales and shakes to tempt your tastebuds. The bar is open until late with some great beats! Could you ask for anything more? I’ll be back in my official cocktail capacity soon to work through the menu, and maybe eat more chicken. It would be rude not to…
Food intolerances are fairly common and can affect up to 45% of the population. There are a wide range of food intolerance or IBS symptoms – some that are fairly mild such as nausea, skin problems and weight gain – and others that are quite severe like migraines, asthma and gut problems. If your body has trouble handling certain foods, it can have a direct effect upon your health, your fitness and your general well-being.
Having a food intolerance can compromise your fitness and levels of performance – whether you are a serious athlete or someone who exercises for fun. The problems caused by an intolerance to gluten or cow’s milk, for example, can result in severe physical discomfort, leaving you unable to find the energy to exercise. If you have the symptoms of IBS you may also find exercising embarrassing because of excess wind or a bloated stomach. There are plenty of cases where athletes have identified a food intolerance as the source of their discomfort. One of the most famous examples is Olympic marathon runner, Paula Radcliffe who, after taking a food intolerance test from YorkTest, was able to remove offending foods from her diet to remove uncomfortable symptoms.
Learning how to deal with your food intolerance is a must if you wish to reduce the effect that it may be having upon your fitness. First of all, you must find out foods which you are sensitive to and either avoid them completely or reduce your intake of them to a level that does not exacerbate your symptoms. You may have to make significant changes in your diet, using substitutes for the foods that are difficult for you to digest. If you are training for an event, or just want to be able to exercise two or three times a week, you need to make sure that you are substituting with ‘safe’ foods that are kind to your body, but also give you the nutrients and calories you need to keep your training programme on target.
If you are frustrated because digestive problems are interfering with a particular training programme, fitness class or just your ability to get out and do some exercise, it is definitely worth speaking to one of YorkTest’s food intolerance experts to help you investigate the possibility of a food intolerance. Through expert nutritional therapists you’ll find plenty of advice about adjusting your diet and lifestyle, which will go a long way towards improving your performance, fitness and your overall well-being. There is no reason why you can’t improve your fitness and enjoy exercising once your diet is on an even keel.
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January seems so long ago but there are still two things the lovely people at Brita sent me to do for me to tell you about. As part of my Dry January challenge they recognised that a lot of people drink to build their confidence. I’d be lying if I said I hadn’t had a sneaky glass of wine before a date or a cocktail before meeting someone for the first time who I wanted to impress. In fact, this was the main area I found most difficult throughout January.
I really struggle with my confidence, more than you will know. If you have met me a few times you will never know this. I come across as the chatty, life and soul of the party. Inside I am the fat, ugly kid who was bullied at school and regularly feels low because I’m battling with my inner thoughts of worthlessness. There are days when I feel so unhappy I just don’t know what to do with myself, I cry and then get frustrated because I’ve let myself feel this way. So when Brita offered to help I snapped their hand off and booked a happiness course with Poppi UK, also known as, Rene Barrett.
Rene believes anyone can be happy, but you have to work at it. It isn’t someone else or something else on its own. Happiness comes from within and there are little things you can do every day to help yourself be happier. I figured happiness from within would help me to feel more confident and I spent 4 sessions with a group of lovely women who wanted to learn about this too.
I loved Rene’s attitude to the course. She told us straight off that it wouldn’t always be easy. We would need to work at being happy every day and get into the habit. We looked into powerful positivity, calming negative emotions and little things we could do that have been scientifically proven to have long term benefits to wellbeing.
It was the science behind happiness that most fascinated me. I’m not one for believing ‘mumbo jumbo’ a lot of the time although I am starting to believe and learn that, sometimes you have to try new things to dismiss them in the first place! More about that another day…
I thought I’d share one of the little things you can do to help yourself be happy. Keep a notebook at the side of your bed and each night, before you go to sleep, write down three things that made you happy that day. Either that or you can sign up to Happy Rambles where you can do the same thing online. It has really helped me to evaluate my day before going to sleep which, in turn, means I wake up happier about my day ahead. Give it a go and see what you think.
I really enjoyed Rene’s course! I learnt so many little things I can do to help myself and met some of the most amazing women. We really bonded and are even booking in a coffee to discuss our progress and share more tips.
If you are interested in Rene’s course you can go to her website here to book. The course I did cost £69 or £115 for 2. This is for all 4 sessions and all the learning materials you will need. An absolute bargain! If you decide a class isn’t for you I suggest you, at the very least, follow Rene on Twitter. She is full of useful tips and regularly posts links to her favourite articles so you can get a taste of what to expect in her class. Huge thanks to Rene and the ladies but also to Brita for helping me to help myself be happy.
What have you done today that made you happy?
So I hit 2000 followers on Twitter this week! I know this is small fry to some bloggers but it is a huge achievement for me and Phat Cupcake. To celebrate I have an excellent giveaway sponsored by my friends at Mullen Bartending and Hunter’s Gin. Mullen Bartending run some fantastic cocktail events including the Please Don’t Tell evening I went to a few weeks ago at The Fitzgerald (which you can read about HERE) and there’s an Americana night on 4th March which you can still book tickets for HERE. I’ll be there and can’t wait as the menu is looking amazing!
To celebrate reaching 2000 followers we are giving away a bottle of the beautiful Hunter’s Cheshire Gin. I wrote all about it HERE and can promise you, you won’t be disappointed with this premium spirit! I personally love it with apple juice and a dash of elderflower cordial. The owners of the company are passionate about the gin so I can’t wait for you to try it and see what you think.
To enter all you need to do is follow Phat Cupcake, Mullen Bartending and Hunter’s Gin on Twitter. There are extra points via the Rafflecopter below.
Good luck! The winner will be announced on Twitter and Facebook within 12 hours of the giveaway closing and will be contacted via email.
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You may remember me talking about using Teapigs Matcha green tea powder which I have been having in my morning smoothies. I’ve been keeping them up and am quite proud that I have been getting out of bed that little bit earlier to make them! Most people use milk or water as their liquid element but I really struggle with dairy at times and plain water just does nothing for me. I usually go for almond milk as I find it really does give a creamy full fat taste without the calories or dairy so when I was sent some Vivesoy vanilla soy drink to review, I wasn’t expecting it to do much for me.
Vivesoy is a Spanish product and has been the leading soy drink of choice in the country for the last decade. It launched in the UK just over 12 months ago with the aim to, not only increase the number of people in the UK benefiting from soy drink’s health attributes, but also to put the drink on the map in terms of taste. Let’s face it, some soy drinks are just plain nasty. I remember buying a carton and trying to use it in the place of milk when I was being too lazy to venture out for a fresh pint. It completely put me off and I haven’t bought the product since.
Vivesoy have launched a range of different flavours from light and unsweetened to flavoured drinks including chocolate and cappuccino. I went for the vanilla flavour drink as I figured it would give my smoothie a different taste to plain soy flavour. One thing I will tell you is it tastes just as creamy as almond milk, a real bonus for me. It makes my smoothie taste naughtier than it actually is and also gives it a lovely sweetness that I would only usually get from adding honey or sugar, without the calories. Another huge bonus!
Not only does Vivesoy soy drink taste good, it also has lots of health benefits to compliment my current healthy living plan. A 250g glass contains 7.5 protein, it is low in saturated fat yet contains omega 3 and 6 from the good fats and for only 112 calories. Best of all? It doesn’t have that horrid taste the last soy drink I tried had and this can genuinely be used as a replacement for milk. I’m looking forward to trying overnight oats with it this week!
You can buy Vivesoy drinks from Tesco for £1.20 per litre. If you fancy giving it a try, here is my tried and tested smoothie recipe. I’ve struggled for months to get the right balance of fruit to liquid and this seems to work best for me. Let me know what you think!
Keeley’s daily fruit smoothie – Serves 1
100g blueberries – frozen
100g raspberries – frozen
½ ripe banana
½ teaspoon Teapigs Matcha green tea powder
300g Vivesoy vanilla flavour drink or almond milk
I use a 2go blender so the blades are in the lid of the blender. Make sure you add the frozen fruits to where the blades are going to be so they whizz properly! I break the banana into 3-4 pieces and add to the jug before adding the Matcha, then the frozen fruits, then the soy drink/almond milk. Whizz on high until completely blended and drink.
The frozen fruits cool down the drink and thicken it up to give a milkshake type consistency. What failsafe recipe do you use?
Manchester used to be all about the burger and, in some respects it still is. We have Almost Famous, Byron Burgers and Solita to name but a few with more popping up on a monthly basis. But what is there if you want the opposite? Ladies and Gentleman I present you the humble hot dog…
But what’s so exciting about a hot dog I hear you cry? I popped to Dogs N Dough for their new menu launch to find out…
Dogs n Dough isn’t the easiest place to find. It is down some stairs on Bow Lane off Cross Street but if you look for the gloriously green neon sign just off Albert Square you should be fine.
We chose some nachos to nibble on whilst we perused the menu and, wow, they were the best I’ve tried in a long time. The guacamole was chunky, garlicky with an obvious spritz of lime and the salsa had a lovely kick. They lasted minutes, if that. I’d be lying if I said the thought hadn’t crossed my mind to order another bowl of them.
This, dear reader, is the monte cristo. Behold it’s salty, creamy and sweet beauty. Juicy hotdog topped with swiss cheese, peanut butter and jam. It sounds like it should be absolutely vile but it is a thing of beauty, I swear. I spent most of the time eating it feeling ever so confused by the combination of flavours but it really does work, trust me.
As the name implies this is a hot dog and pizza place so we shared a pizza, just to get a rounded view of the place you understand. The Triple Threat is topped with bacon burgers and chips. I was worried the chips may end up mushy like in a burrito I had recently. It wasn’t the case and there was a wonderful saltiness that seasoned them well. It may be too much for some but, what can I say, I love a well seasoned pizza. The pizza menu is incredible. I can’t wait to go back and try the William Tell which is topped with apple, bacon and gorgonzola!
I was always a huge fan of the sweet pizza here. Charlie kindly brought me one over Christmas and I gobbled it heartily one breakfast time. The menu has a slight re-jig and you can now design your own sweet pizza. I was literally a child in a sweet shop! I excitedly picked marshmallows, peanut M&Ms, Elizabeth Shaw chocolates atop my nutella base with a drizzle of butterscotch sauce. Admittedly it was incredibly sweet, probably too sweet in hindsight, but it hit the spot like nothing else. I took the leftovers to work the next day and they were gone before I could tell them what it was!
Dogs n Dough have lots of stuff planned in the coming weeks including different special offers each night, my personal favourite being the Top Dog offer of 2 hot dogs and a bottle of Prosecco for £25. You know I love a glass of fizz, who’s going to take me?
Early February saw me dressed in an Audrey Hepburn style dress visiting the latest speakeasy in the city for a vintage themed evening. Not the way I usually spend a Tuesday evening but with the promise of 5 cocktails and canapes for the bargain price of £15, it was one evening I didn’t want to miss.
Mullen Bartending were our hosts for the evening mixing and shaking some classic vintage style cocktails in the lush surroundings of the Fitzgerald. You will find the speakeasy above Rosylee Tearooms with the entrance down the street at the side of Hula. The décor is plush with large Chesterfield sofas giving the homely yet elegant feel this venue deserves.
Unfortunately we were slightly late so missed the canapes which were circling but were in time for the first cocktail of the night; a Negroni made simply with Hunters gin, sweet vermouth and bitters. I’m a big fan of this Cheshire gin having been fortunate enough to have attended an evening with their creators who, were also at Please Don’t Tell. It was lovely to catch up with them and see what they plan for the future of the spirit. The drink itself went down well with Charlie who is a lover of a stronger cocktail. A true classic created in Italy in the early 1920s so perfect for the menu. It isn’t a cocktail I would usually order and was a little too strong for me but the sweetness of the orange was welcomed.
Despite not being a whisky fan the Brown Derby was a short yet slightly sweeter drink. The addition of grape juice sweetened up the Buffalo Trace, sweet vermouth and bitters perfectly. This originates from L.A. in the 1930s so, once again, the perfect choice for this menu.
A margarita followed using Excellia Blanco tequila, Cointreau, sugar syrup and lime. Another classic hailing from the 1940s I had a splash more lime juice in mine than everyone else. What can I say, I prefer a long cocktail and Sean from Mullen Bartending accommodated my palate! And I love lime, being a rum lover it is my favourite addition to any cocktail.
Speaking of rum we were also treated to a daiquiri using a personal favourite; Ron Cubay. Not just any Ron Cubay rum though, oh no, this was had 7 year old and 3 year old in it as well as fresh lime and sugar syrup. It wouldn’t be a shock, I’m guessing, to hear that this was my favourite of the night. Tart lime cut through the sweet yet uniquely fruity flavours of the rum so well. I’d have happily drank these all night.
Lastly we enjoyed a martini. Reyka vodka, sweet vermouth and Icelandic bitters create a famous cocktail made popular by James Bond who preferred his shaken not stirred. It would appear Bond wasn’t always right in his choices as Sean stirred this one (with the comment… Bond is cool, but bartenders are cooler) and it went down a treat. The bitters are particularly interesting giving a gentle spice to the drink. This is the perfect serve of Reyka and the bitters were designed specifically for the brand, it works so well.
A fantastic night of classic cocktails whilst being introduced to some new and exciting spirits. And you haven’t completely missed out! The next event is planned for the 4th March with an Americana theme… £15 for 4 cocktails, a spirit masterclass, a guest beverage and canapes is a bargain! You can get your tickets HERE. I’ll see you at the bar because, like Sean says, some bartenders are cooler than Bond.
All photographs are copyright to Jamie Stephenson Photography and are not to be used without his permission. Thanks for letting me feature them Jamie.
Now I’ve been to the Alchemist on New York Street before…once for a quick cocktail as a stop gap whilst waiting for the train and another time for cocktails when on a hen do. I’ve got to admit I have never been a huge fan of the Alchemist; the cocktails are, in general, incredibly sweet. Yes I have a sweet tooth but it can be a difficult one depending on the company I am keeping so I tend to steer clear opting for a more balance menu. So you can imagine I was a little apprehensive when asked to go and do a review! I was ready to be surprised thought and hadn’t eaten there before so popped along one VERY windy mid week evening.
Charlie and I were warmly greeted by the host who bared an uncanny resemblance to Robert Pattinson, a good start to the evening! We were seated in a booth in the restaurant area of the venue and left to peruse the menu. I like that the venue is clearly split when it comes to drinking and dining. The drinking area is centred around a large bar that is quite busy and bustling. The dining area is much more open with vintage style sofas and decor surrounding the booths on the outside walls.
We opted for some edamame beans to nibble whilst decided on what to eat. Usually I have to miss out on pre starter snacks as I am not an olive fan so I was pleasantly surprised to find I could be included at the Alchemist. They were firm and nutty tasting covered in salt to balance out their smooth flavour.
We chose a few cocktails too but I was that thirsty that I had gobbled mine before getting a decent picture. I went for the caramelised rum punch which sees demerara sugar and Santa Teresa rhum orange set on fire and caramelised with nutmeg, cinnamon, lime, Appleton VX (a personal favourite in the rum stakes), watermelon syrup and pineapple juice. As you can imagine it was incredibly sweet and some of the caramelised elements were lost for me with the addition of watermelon syrup. That said, it was served with a huge piece of cinnamon bark which helped to water it down and allow the other flavours to come through. Charlie went for the white martinez which stirs Haymans gin, lemon bitters, lemon zest and Gancia Bianco vermouth. It was much more fitting to her palate with the lemon cutting through the harsh alcohol really well.
Deciding we wanted to try a selection of starters we went for the sharing platter (£12.95). The wings were lovely; a crispy skin with a good kick of ‘chickeny’ flavour. They hadn’t been messed with unnecessarily. The jalapeno nachos were smothered in cheese that had a kick before thinking about biting into the jalapeno. They were a little greasy but still crunchy which I like. The beer battered prawns were crispy as they should be but the batter was still a little underdone on the inside. That said, the prawns were big and plump so more than made up for it. My favourite was the chicken pot stickers (gyoza) which had a well seasoned centre and a really light dumpling case.
Charlie bagged the prettiest main. Fried chicken and chips served in a chicken shaped wire basket with a side of coleslaw and ketchup (£9.95). I only managed to snaffle a dip of the ketchup, Charlie knowing my love for the red stuff, and it had a lovely kick of spice to match the regular sweetness. She enjoyed it that much I didn’t even get a look in.
I went for the rib eye steak cooked medium rare with peppercorn sauce, chips and french beans (£15.95). The steak was one of the nicest I have ever had and I’ve had a few. The knife cut through it with little effort and the meat melted in the mouth it was that soft. It was cooked perfectly and the garlic butter seasoned it really well. The chips were well seasoned and crisp whilst the green beans had a lovely garlic kick to match their perfectly cooked crunch. A really well balanced dish that I will be back for very soon.
We took a break with another cocktail and I was drawn to the colour changing one. Green Mark Russian vodka, apple liqueur, cherry drops and sugar syrup make a blue mixture whilst apple juice, citric acid and soda make a clear one. Each poured over the ice ball separately gives a fizzy, smokey dry ice experience that really does ‘wow’ the customer. I was impressed anyway! Taste wise it is, once again, very sweet with a sherbet aftertaste. Not unpleasant although the magic of this one is the selling point.
Being far too full for a big dessert we decided to share the affogato (£4.95) served with amaretto and ristretto.
When each liquid was poured over the ice cream we were treated to more dry ice although the syringe of liqueur was a little stiff meaning I ended up splattering Charlie with it… perhaps a bit more lubricated would help or maybe I need a better bedside manner in the nursing department. The ice cream was ridiculously smooth and creamy so ended the meal perfectly. A lovely light change.
I was really pleased with the whole Alchemist experience on this night. We were looked after really well and the staff were exceptional both suggesting cocktails that may suit our palates and being attentive without being overbearing. I find it can be a fine line that the Alchemist have got down to a tee. It has certainly changed my view of the venue as a whole and I would heartily recommend the food here. I can’t wait to go back…
We didn’t pay for our meal or drinks as we were guests of the restaurant. This has not affected this review which is honest and my genuine thoughts.