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Restaurant Review – Wahaca, Bristol

It is tricky to write a review about a chain restaurant as quality control means a certain dish in one location is pretty much identical to that in another. However, Ian and I had such a good meal at this new branch of my favourite Mexican restaurant recently, I thought it merited a blog post!

We went to Wahaca, at the top of Park Street, a couple of weeks ago, getting a table with no problem at about 7 on Saturday night. We started with a couple of margaritas; Ian went for a classic and I tried a passion fruit one which I think added a lovely tropical twist.


We are both big fans of the ‘Street Food‘ part of the menu and, so that we could try as much as possible, ordered a sharing menu, plus some of my favourite taquitos.


The stand-out favourites for me included a broccoli and avocado side dish, the smoked salmon tostadas and the chipotle chicken quesadilla.

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We even had a little portion of churros y chocolate to finish the meal.


Usually reserved for visits to London, I am so happy there is a Wahaca close by so I can now satisfy my Mexican cravings in under an hour! x


Sunday Catch-up #20

Another busy week at work with the dreaded SATs exams but broken up with a trip to the theatre, good food, and a lovely weekend with friends.

This week I have been…

Making: a roast beef dinner for this afternoon and already looking forward to the Yorkshire puds!

Going:  to Bristol which looked lovely in the sunshine


Wearing: my anchor sandals for the first time this year (my feet were still a bit chilly!)


Eating: pizza


Drinking: cider…well, I am a Somerset girl


Reading: bloody SATs papers over and over again

Watching: Gerrard’s last game for Liverpool

Buying: tickets to watch my friends perform in Hairspray

Planning: fun things for half-term

Cooking: a lot of pasta this week

Baking: nothing

Writing: shopping lists

Favouriting: Snapchat! I’m hannahruthduffy if you want to add me

Working on: my latest cross stitch

Trying to decide: if it will be warm enough to go camping next week

Wishing: for a speedy and less stressful week ahead

Enjoying: a spot of laminating – geeky but strangely satisfying


Needing: to do a quick clean and tidy before our cleaner comes tomorrow…tell me I’m not the only one who does this?!

Feeling: guilty after a Maccy D breakfast


Giggling at: after playing Doritos Roulette!


Beauty Review – Bumble and Bumble’s Sunday Shampoo

It has been a lovely Saturday – one that started out with no plans but has quickly filled up with fun stuff! After a quick morning yoga session (still working my way through 30 Days of Yoga with Adriene) we headed off to Bristol for lunch with friends and enjoyed a variety of ciders and pizza before wandering along the Harbourside in the sunshine, stopping off for doughnuts and ice lollies.

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I wanted to do a quick beauty review today as I tried out a new shampoo which I had been wanting for a while but couldn’t quite bring myself to spend almost £20 on a bottle of it. Luckily, I had been storing up points on my Boots card so treated myself to this last weekend and in my warped mind I was able to justify it as being completely free!

This is a once-a-week clarifying shampoo which is designed to go one step further than ordinary shampoo and remove all build-up of products leaving you with super clean hair. I was worried that this would be too strong and strip my hair of its natural oils but after two uses of this shampoo I can report that it has left my hair squeaky clean and manageable.


I still use some conditioner and a hair oil afterwards but my hair definitely feels lighter and not so weighed down after using this Sunday Shampoo…I was a real rebel today though and used it on a Saturday…I know!

I realise this is a lot to pay for a bottle of shampoo, but you really don’t need very much and as it will not be used on a daily basis, I can see this lasting for ages. So, would I buy it again? I think I could justify it although I am hoping that by the time this bottle has run out, I will have enough points on my Boots card for a ‘free’ repurchase! x


Restaurant Review – The Seven Stars at Winsley

We had another fun-filled weekend, starting with Friday drinks at our local pub and a few bar snacks for dinner…those tall pork scratchings are to die for!


It was our friend’s 30th birthday (the first of our group to reach the dirty 30…I still have a year to go!) so we gathered for a slice of the most delicious peanut butter cake, a trip into Bristol and dinner and drinks on The Grain Barge. This floating bar and restaurant is a bit of a hidden gem. We had great food but the constant swaying definitely makes you feel tipsier than you really are!

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Last week, Ian and I headed over to a nearby village, Winsley, for dinner at The Seven Stars. Despite it being a rather drizzly and grey Thursday night, we were lucky to get a table which is testament to how popular this place is, and for good reason too!

This place ticks all my boxes for a good village pub…beautiful building, good beer garden, a nice selection of local ales and all the food on the menu is both local and seasonal. (Sneaky fact for locals – I overheard a waiter saying they bought their steaks from the same supplier as Hudson’s Steakhouse in Bath but they are on the menu here for about half the price!)

For some reason, I was craving fish and we both ended up having fishy options for both our starters and main courses.

I began with the fish platter which was served on a trendy slate plate piled high with smoked mackerel pate, stuffed smoked salmon, crayfish, a huge king prawn, roasted red peppers and some homemade bread and butter. All elements were delicious and I could have eaten this again! The crayfish in a light marie-rose style sauce was divine and the pate was really good too.


Ian opted for whitebait with a lemony tartare sauce and salad. I love this little fishies as they always remind me of our holidays in Spain where we would order a huge bowl of these sardinitas and eat them on the beachfront with a cold beer.


For my main course, I had a grilled fillet of hake served on a pea, mint, lemon and parmesan risotto and some tempura calamari on top. The piece of fish was huge and perfectly cooked. I love risotto so this was the perfect combination for me – one of the best meals I’ve had for a little while.


Ian ordered from the specials board and had halibut with asparagus, a poached egg and hollandaise sauce. This was also really tasty and when they forgot the poached egg, they were great at rectifying this mistake quickly and without any fuss.


Being very greedy, we decided to share a pudding platter for dessert and in retrospect it was a little rich following our previous two courses! Nevertheless, we had sticky toffee pudding, fruity pavlova, chocolate brownie, vanilla ice-cream and some fruit to enjoy. The brownie was delicious, topped with a Stracciatella cream and the toffee sauce with the pudding was moreish too.


As well as the food being amazing, the service here was so welcoming and friendly that we had a really great evening. This place is just down the road from us so I can’t wait to head back although given the number of people waiting for a table, I would definitely book to avoid disappointment!

Beauty Review – April Birchbox

It is shaping up to be a gorgeous Bank Holiday here! We have been determined to make the most of the fleeting sunshine and have been to a great new lobster pop-up restaurant (review coming soon!), saw some friends yesterday at a little beer and cider festival then popped across Bristol to see more friends and their pups and have an amazing chilli together!

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Today is looking a little more chilled out with a nice long walk to see the lambs and calves in the surrounding fields followed by a huge roast dinner tonight with a film…can we make three-day weekends mandatory?!

I’m a bit late with this Birchbox review but it is well worth the wait as yet again, I received a great box of goodies – they are doing so well with their brands and products at the moment!

Here is my first peek in the box…


This month has a foodie theme to the box with the products being ‘Good Enough to Eat’ and a Hummingbird Bakery cupcake recipe included too. I love using nice-smelling body products so I thought this was a pretty cool theme to follow.


First up, the foodie in me grabbed the bag of popcorn! I have tried ProperCorn before but not this flavour – Sweet Coconut and Vanilla – and it was delicious. Coming in at under 40 calories a bag meant it was a totally guilt-free treat too!


Next up, a Laura Mercier Fresh Fig Body Butter. I love this brand so was really pleased to see another product from them and fig is one of my favourite scents so I am looking forward to using this.


Now I don’t really need another mint green nail varnish but this one by Color Club in the shade Breakfast At… has a lovely pearlescent finish to it which makes it unlike anything I already own. I like this nail varnish brand and I think this shade will make it into my next manicure.

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I was pleased to see a new brand included in the box too. I received Yin Yang’s Skin Cleanser which smells really refreshing and is an all-natural product.


I have used foundations by RMK before and really liked the dewy finish they gave my skin so I was happy to find another product from them – a lightweight make up base. This doesn’t provide any colour or coverage but is meant to smooth and hydrate the skin to make your base last that little bit longer.


Finally, another of my favourite brands – theBalm! I love the packaging of their products and this gorgeous cheek and lip cream is no exception. I received the shade Pie which is a bright pinky-red shade which can be built up to achieve your desired colour. I have used this as a blusher and a lip colour so far and was impressed.

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Overall, a great little box this month!

Wishing you a lovely, food-filled and relaxing Bank Holiday weekend x

Gig Review – Twenty One Pilots

As always, it has been a busy first week of term for me, including a trip up to the Natural History Museum in London on Thursday which wiped me out! Unfortunately, blogging has had to take a bit of a back seat but I did find time for a midweek gig to see one of my new favourite bands, Twenty One Pilots.

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Ian and I headed over to Bristol on Tuesday night to watch them at Thekla, quite possibly the coolest gig venue in the South West…on a boat!


We arrived just in time to see the second support band, Prides, who were actually pretty good.

This was my first time seeing Twenty One Pilots and they did not disappoint with a high energy show full of acrobatics and a good mix of songs from both of their albums. They started off wearing their trademark balaclavas but soon changed into a variety of hats and t-shirts.


Their electro sound is not my usual choice of music but there is something about this group and their lyrics that I love and Ian and I were bouncing around for the whole set!


My highlight was the encore where the duo stood over the crowd (as in on top of metal sheets whilst the crowds held them up) with light-up drumsticks playing drum solos…it was like something from the Blue Man Group!

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That was definitely my highlight of a week which seems to have flown by. We have started a bit of a healthy eating regime so I have been playing around with several new recipes and will of course share any winners on here.

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March seems to have started with a burst of sunshine so Ian and I are off for a walk in our wellies now! x

Restaurant Review – Bavarian Beerhouse, Bristol

This weekend, Ian and I headed to Bristol for dinner and beers with our besties at the Bavarian Beerhouse. I read about this place a few weeks ago in a local foodie magazine and had fancied trying it out ever since. After all, what’s not to love about beer, sausages and sing-alongs?!

We started out with a few drinks in Brewdog, a brewery which was celebrating its first birthday and had a great little jazz band playing too.


We arrived at the Beerhouse at around 7 and although it wasn’t dead, there wasn’t much of that cheery Bavarian atmosphere we were hoping for. Luckily, it got gradually busier after we sat down at our long bench and the place was soon full and bustling.


We started with a round of good German beer and the boys couldn’t resist the giant 2-pint steins…although they did get jealous when a guy at the next table was drinking out of a 6-pint glass!


I have to admit that my knowledge of German and Bavarian cuisine is rather limited but the menu had a good variety of hearty food on offer – think sausages, schnitzels, and sauerkraut.beer13

I wasn’t overly hungry so opted for a smaller plate of sausages, sauerkraut and pretzel which were all really good. I had been craving a good pretzel since the GBBO final this week and I love sauerkraut too!


Ian had a spicy sausage platter which he said was lovely.


My girlfriends had meatloaf with potato and a fried egg and our friend Ben had a classic pork schnitzel which was huge.

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We also found the room to share a few portions of apfelstrudel afterwards too!


As it got busier and later, the music started and it was one of those ‘so bad it’s good’ moments…cheesy 90s Europop with the whole room singing along to the choruses and banging their firsts and beer glasses on the tables.


We had a great night at this place and I recommend it for a night out with a group of friends. It would be a great idea for a Christmas party or a stag night too. It doesn’t lend itself to a romantic night out or a quiet drink with friends but then again it’s not claiming to be a highbrow, fine dining experience. It is exactly what it says on the tin…a great place to eat, drink and be merry!

We are all wrapped up now to weather the ‘Great Storm’! I’m never sure how much is just media hype but I’m hoping the damage isn’t too severe in the morning. Ian and I are leaving tomorrow for a night away in a posh hotel with a 7-course dinner to look forward to so we are having healthy spiced pumpkin soup for dinner tonight to be good before the indulgence begins!