Saturday, September 13, 2014
After they arrived and I'd managed to take a few quick photos, we dug in! Served pink in the middle, I had pretty high expectations for Byron's proper hamburgers. Sadly, I felt they fell a little short of the mark. Since I'd opted for the chilli, I expected the juicy flavours of the meat to be accompanied with a bit of a kick. Instead, the meat felt a bit dry and even the chipotle mayo failed to completely perk it up. Kate agreed that despite the size and impressive appearance, her Smoky kinda fell a little short of expectations. The macaroni cheese on the other hand was brilliant. Although, not really what I expected to rate from the experience. Still at least the burgers photographed pretty well.
Verdict? While it's a little hard to get the hang of at first, the Nokia Lumia 930 is definitely one of the best camera phones on the market for bloggers! And the burgers? Dryer than expected and sadly somewhat lacking in flavour. Since it was my first experience of Byron, it left me a little disappointed and I hope it was just a bad experience. That being said, I'm not sure I'd bother next time. And I think if Byron do make their way up North with their empire, Fat Hippo certainly don't need to be quaking in their boots just yet.
Friday, September 12, 2014
Sunday, September 07, 2014
top: Laura Ashley, shorts: Topshop, necklace: vintage, sandals: Birkenstock
Monday, August 18, 2014
Since I headed straight from work, I decided to take along the Nokia Lumia 930 I've been trying out and get some snaps on there. It's camera is amazing, but I definitely feel like I'm still getting to grips with it!! I'll be sure to post a full review soon though.
Sunday, August 17, 2014
Since I've not visited in a while (for food or drinks), it was a nice excuse to get myself along when the Revs people got in touch to ask how I'd like to sample the new menu. And since AC had some good news to celebrate, I asked her to tag along and help me out. After spending too much time gossiping instead of looking over the menu, we finally settled on a range of dishes and cocktails to try out. Including the not so politically correct, but delicious, Hobo Mojito, served in a tin can. Obviously.
I'm never a fan of having just one big meal, so I figured if we just ordered a range of food to come all together, it was a better way to get a feel for the new menu. Starting with an order of Wild Berry Mojitos, the garlic flatbread with tomato, onion and basil, and the sweet potato wedges, we soon realised when the dishes arrived that we'd ordered far too much. For my main course, I chose the fennel sausage mac and cheese. Mac and cheese is one of those dishes I rarely have so when I see a decent looking one, it's difficult to resist. And our waitress for the evening was certainly convincingly enthusiastic about it! I was clearly feeling greedy though so asked for a side of fire pit beans to go with it. A opted for a traditional stone baked, pizza margherita. And after a little bullying from the waitress and me, added beetroot and a spicy sauce to accompany.
After being overwhelmed by the sheer amount of food on our table, we started digging in. What I really like about the new menu is that Rev's have made a conscious effort to bring in something new. With a range of main courses, including traditional pub grub like burgers and their stone baked pizzas, they're trying to spice things up by introducing sharing platters, dishes like Katsu curry, burritos and pulled pork. It's quite an eclectic mixture which will no doubt help them appeal to everyone's tastes. And I found myself a little confused by the choice.
Sunday, August 10, 2014
Pattern cutting is something that I never seem to find any time for nowadays. After having made a (slightly embarrassing) appearance on the cover of my old college's magazine, after featuring in an article about their textiles and fashion course, I've been thinking a lot about things I used to do. I was featured in the magazine for adult courses, because during my job hunting phase as a recent graduate, I decided to throw myself into pattern cutting as a way of distracting myself from mounting rejections from job applications. It's always something I was interested in and it was a nice distraction to keep me focused on something positive and creative. And when I found myself working for a design and branding agency, extra skills can always come in handy when you least expect it! Plus when is it not going to come in handy if you can make something nice for yourself?
Saturday, August 09, 2014
Since getting back from Croatia, I've been sort of avoiding the sales.. It's not that I don't want to shop, it's just I really need to save. But I couldn't completely ignore them and of the few things I decided to treat myself to, I picked out this striped top. I love it's uneven stripes and it's made from a kind of stretchy, denim material. There was a matching skirt, but the cut was all wrong, so sadly I didn't end up with the coord. It's a nice weight and not too thick for the sporadic warm weather we've been having. I don't know if it's just me but I feel almost as though I can feel summer start to slip away.
I've been trying to get myself sorted and put more outfit posts together, but since moving through Newcastle (and not being able to just bully my little brother into taking them), I've not really had anyone to help me. After spending last weekend back at my rents, I shot a few different sets of photos in an attempt to bring my blogging back up to speed by getting ahead with content. With no internet and no photographer, it's been a challenge.
top: Topshop, shorts: Topshop, sandals: Birkenstock, sunglasses: Rayban