Exploring Liverpool: Hidden Food Gems in the city

Well hello there! 

Welcome to another ‘Exploring Liverpool’ post dedicated to my fabulous home city!

This week I’m focusing on food (my favourite thing!) and talking about two relatively new gorgeous food places that have taken the city by storm. I had the privilege of trying these new eateries out last weekend and I was very very impressed! 

Mowgli 


Mowgli is an Indian street food specialist which has the whole city talking about it. It’s that popular with us scousers that the owner has given us a second one, right in the heart of the old town! 

The Eatery was founded and created by Nisha Katona and makes authentic Indian street food that is both satisfying and incredibly tasty. When I went with my boyfriend I was bit intrigued as to how the food would satisfy my own tastebuds having been used to very British curry houses. However, this place is just incredible. For starters, we decided to just try something completely out there. It was kinda like Bombay mix but wet and mushed yet it tasted sooo good! WARNING: if you guys want your typical onion bhaji’s this place will change your perception of Indian food forever. 


Then for mains we split a tiffin (proper Indian dinner ware) of Bombay Fries which were completely different from burning I had ever ate before (they shit all over sweet potato fries any day) and I had a tiffin of Paneer curry style dish all to myself. Oh My God!! The paneer melted in my mouth and gave me all the feels! And to go with it, we got puri breads which are like traditional savoury pancakes you sort of use like a spoon. Naan will never do it justice! I swear I was in food heaven. 


And I must say it was probably the best Indian I’ve had in a long time. 

Artisane 

Okay! Now the other amazing food place I tried, haha I swear It was like a weeekend of culinary adventures. However, it was French on Saturday.

Artisane is an established French patisserie in another part of Liverpool and always had the most amazing reviews so you can imagine how bloody excited I was when I heard we were getting one in the heart of the city centre! All the pastries and sweet treats are made by a French chef so you know you’re getting the real deal and it’s gonna be more authentic than a croissant from Tesco. I’ll admit something really naughty here, I’ve actually eaten here three time this week that’s how much I enjoyed it! I went alone on Saturday, took the boyfriend Sunday and then treated my Nanny to a pastry on Wednesday! So bad but so worth it! 


The first time I went I got a bear paw and a brownie. The bear paw was something I’d normally not try but since I was having a weekend of being adventurous I just went for it! 

It tasted beautiful, it tasted like how I thought France feels. Exciting, crisp and decadent. The ultimate French pastry! 

The second time I went I decided on something more savoury and got myself a Vegetable Pie. It was the nicest pie I’ve ever had! I know I say that about literally everything but this actually was. The crust to filling ratio was spot on and the pastry itself was just do crumbly and moist. Aaah!! I want another!

And finally, the last time I went I tried a spicy veggie pastry which again was just amazing and then I finally tried my fave childhood pastry, Chocolate Eclair! Now this eclair was a little different as the cream inside was chocolate cream! It was a chocolate lovers dream come true in choux pastry! 


One thing I haven’t actually mentioned which is silly of me is how absolutely lovely the staff were in both places. I think this is important as nice and friendly staff really make your food experience all that more enjoyable! 

And there you go! Two new food places tried and tested and given my Chelsea seal of approval! One of my absolute favourite things to do is find new places to eat so I was so happy to write and ‘research’ this blog post for this week! 

I hope you guys have an amazing weekend whether you try new food places or not! 

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What I Eat In A Day!

 

Now I’m not one to normally jump on bandwagons (well, asides from Twilight; hey remember that?!)

But recently I’ve really enjoyed watching ‘What I Eat In A Day’ YouTube videos, I think it’s because I’m such a nosey cow and enjoy having a little sneak peek into people’s everyday lives! Anyway, I’ve decided to do a ‘What I Eat In A Day’ blog post to give you guys an idea of what I chow down on a typical week day when I’m not eating out with friends or pigging out on takeaway pizza with the boyfriend.

Breakfast: Avocado on Toast


Okay, so I know this is a proper stereotypical blogger breakfast but it’s my all time fave! It’s the perfect blend of healthy and filling which is ideal when I have a busy day ahead of me and need something to keep me going until lunch.

Lunch: Butternut Squash, Feta and Chilli Frittata.

I got this recipe from Clean Eating Alice’s book The Body Bible, I love this lunch it’s brilliant for people on the go who need something nutritious and not time consuming. I made this frittata on Monday and sliced it up into pieces to do me for the rest of the week. To eat, I tend to just pop a slice out of the fridge and eat  up in the oven. I tend to serve it with loads of tomato ketchup, which is the best sauce in the world!

Afternoon Snack: Bounce Energy Ball


Now I love these healthy snack balls. They’re so tasty and full of all kinds of good things. They are perfect for anyone who needs a little sugar and coco high without the naughtiness of an average bar of chocolate

Dinner: Mexican Style Spicy Sweet Potato and Chicken Bowl (Veggie version)

Okay, so I will admit we didn’t follow the recipe exactly (being veggie is hard ok?) it was very delicious though and something I would definitely recommend to others. I also got this recipe from Clean Eating Alice’s book, it’s a relatively easy recipe to rustle together and is perfect if you want something comforting with a little kick. We had some Uncle Ben’s Golden Vegetable Rice with ours as we had some we had to use up.

And that ladies and gents is what I ate in a day, I hope you’ve enjoyed this blog post and if you want to see anymore like this just let me know!

Links:

Clean Eating Alice ‘The Body Bible’- https://www.amazon.co.uk/Clean-Eating-Alice-Body-Bible/dp/0008167206

Bounce Energy Balls- http://www.planetorganic.com/bounce-cacao-orange-protein-ball-12-pack/22756/?nosto=productpage-nosto-1

 

 

 

The Liverpool Food and Drink Festival

I think by now you guys can get how much I love food. It’s a damn fine thing! So when I discovered Liverpool were hosting one of those glorious things called a food and drink festival this week you could bet your sweet behind that I was dragging my boyfriend to it with me! 

It was an amazing festival and I was pleasantly surprised as it fairly huge! They had celebrity demonstrations on both days, on the day we went there was Gino D’Campo who was hilarious! 

There was also loads of local eateries and restaurants with stalls and there was even a cocktail competition so there was plenty to keep us entertained throughout the course of the day.

Anyway, here’s some snaps from the Festival! 



Freakshakes at Barley and Beans 

It seems everywhere has gone milkshake crazy these days, does no one remember the good old fashioned fruit shoot?! 

These days, it seems the bigger and more luxurious you can get it, the better! Hence why so many places are now doing ‘freak shakes’ these milkshakes don’t taste absolutely amazing but they’re also stacked up ridiculously high with extra goodies such as brownie pieces, waffles, vanilla slices WTF?! 

Anyway, me, the boyfriend and his little sister all decided to check these bad boys out. I found a little place in Liverpool which apparently did the best freakshakes known to man and with the address put into my google maps we set off on our ‘freaky’ adventure. 

The place was called Barley and Beans, a popular new cafe come restaurant which was in Hatton Gardens, a really up and coming trendy food area situated just off Dale Street, which in my opinion is one of the prettiest streets in the City Centre. Hatton Gardens used to well known for its amazing Friends Central Perk replica cafe however when that sadly closed down earlier this year, Barley and Beans became the new hotshot in town. 



I ordered the Peanut Butter Milkshake, whilst the other half ordered the Salted Caramel and his little sister order the Strawberry Shortcake. We were left open mouthed as we watched them place more and more cakes on top of our already huge milkshakes. Yep, it was true…these weren’t milkshakes they were most definitely Freakshakes! 


They tasted absolutely incredible and the cakes were pretty scrumptious too! The only thing was they were so bloody big I couldn’t finish! If you guys do end up going to Barley and Beans you need to try one of these they’re pretty epic. 

Barley and Beans Website: http://barleyandbeans.co.uk

Graze Snack Delivery Box: A Review

I love snacking. Boy, I can I snack. I snack when I’m hungry, I snack in between meals, I snack on journeys, I snack when I’m sad, I snack doing nothing….
Basically, it’s not often you see me without any food (I think its the result of being the daughter of a cook!) There was always food in my house, and that’s something I’ve carried on now I’m older.

Unfortunately, it seems the snacks I usually stock up on in my cupboards are pretty unhealthy so I decided it would be best if I opted for an easy way of getting healthier snacks. Now, most healthy snacks are ridiculously expensive for what you get (you know who you are, Bounce Balls at £2.99 each!) After researching I discovered the easiest way to get some healthy snacks was by ordering a delivery box. There were loads on the market, but for my first time I decided to go with Graze as they had an amazing reputation, I always got them free first box offers and there products always look so yummy in WH Smith.And so with that I ordered my first box. I’m not gonna lie to you guys, I was a bit pissed off as it turned out my first box wasn’t free but in fact it would be my third box free. Anyway, I’ve getting the boxes delivered for around four weeks now and I do kind of have mixed feelings about them. I’ve been ordering the light box which contains snacks under 150 calories and most of the snacks are pretty great, healthy chocolate brownies, tasty nuts, pretzel mix, etc…



A brilliant thing about the boxes is that you can tell Graze what products you ‘rate’ and what products you ‘slate’ when they’re putting together your’s. However, It doesn’t go all the way to allow you to choose directly yourself the four snacks that go into your box but i guess the whole point is to try new things that you never thought of before. Some of the snacks I informed them I didn’t like did end up in my box which peeved me a bit. As did them constantly emailing me asking if I would ‘rate’ and ‘slate’ the snacks again online, it kinda reminded me of a needy puppy. All in all, the snacks were great but if I’m honest paying £3.99 a week for just four snacks was ridiculous, I think i’ll stick to buying them at WH Smith’s next time..