Monday, 24 August 2015

Lush: The Experimenter

I have just tried one of Lush's newest bath products - The Experimenter. If you're thinking about purchasing this best buy a good ticket because the way this Bath Bomb is a show worth paying for.

I'll be honest, when I first got this I was shocked at how strong the smell was but when I popped it in the bath the smell evened out and was really lovely and pleasant.

With its vibrant colours and it's heavenly aroma of vanilla this is a Bath Bomb in it's own caliber. Pinks, Blues, Yellows, Greens, Purples it's mystifying to watch. When The Experimenter has fizzled away, it leaves the bath dark purple and sparkly. 

The only problem I have with this is the sparkle it leaves in the bath after but it easily rinses away. 

The Experimenter cost £3.95 and is well worth it.

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Wednesday, 19 August 2015

Free State Kitchen Liverpool

This week I have been working until 9pm and I had today as a rest day. I've not really seen much of Lee so we decided to have a date night. I've been wanting to try Free State Kitchen for ages! I have heard nothing but good things about FSK and the main part of their menu is...wait for it....wanna guess?....ahhh ok. Burgers! And we love Burgers as you know. 

Free State Kitchen is hidden away in Maryland Street just off Hope Street by the Everyman. It definitely is a little gem which even though it's tucked down a little street has a hell of a lot of hype and I believe it does really well. 

Walking into FSK it's really cool, it's very 60's I think and I love it. It would have been nicer if the sun was shining because their garden is beautiful. It's very clear there's an American influence.


Our server was lovely she came over and took our drink orders. FSK have American Soda's on their drinks menu. Lee had a Pepsi Wild Cherry, which is amazing but I decided to go for a Coca Cola out of a glass bottle, it's how it's meant to be served. 

I was kind of umming and ahhing over whether to get a burger or a hot dog but I decided the burger was the smart choice. Their menu has a great deal of choice on it. It was probably the best choice. Lee got a Double Deluxe Burger and I got the American Cheeseburger with Baconnaise. I have one word: Delicious! I proper couldn't get over it. The burgers were cooked to perfection, they were so juicy and lovely. They were a little messy but it's all worth it. If you go in I would ask for extra napkins. I have never had Baconnaise before but I cannot wait to have it again. 

I wish I would have had room to have a dessert, there was an Oreo Cheesecake on the specials menu which I would have loved to try. The burgers were so filling though.

Overall, FSK has a really good atmosphere and I think if it was a sunny day the place would have been buzzing. It was really clean. The staff and the service was lovely. It's definitely a place I would be more than happy to visit again. 

Free State Kitchen will be attending Liverpool Food and Drink Festival and are on the list for Independent Liverpool - The card which offers deals in restaurants all over Liverpool 

Free State Kitchen, 1 Maryland Street, Liverpool 

*food was purchased by myself and all opinions given are my own. 

Sunday, 9 August 2015

Rookwood Bar & 'Cue Liverpool

On our Anniversary Lee and Myself like to treat ourselves and this year was no exception. We decided to go to Rookwood Bar & 'Cue in Liverpool which opened July 2014.

For those that have read previous reviews from myself, you'll probably know that I'm a massive fan of eating meat. I'm pretty much a carnivore. When I heard about Rookwood's menu I decided that's the place we would go.

Walking in my first impression was "Oh my god, it smells amazing" but also that the decor was a bit ummm "woody" haha, there was just loads of wood everywhere and there was a backroom which looked like a Container that they haul on the back of wagons. I liked it! It was different but different is good.

We got sat down by one of the friendliest guys I've ever met and he handed us menus and drinks menu too. It was no holds barred so we were ordering whatever the hell we wanted. We ordered our drinks first - I got a Frozen Redberry Margarita which had a massive measure of tequila in and Lee got a Pint of Erdinger (it's German, 5.3% or something, I'm no good with Beers), well mine was delicious and very sweet.


For Starters I'd heard people rave on about Rookwood's Sticky Board, it was £19.50 so it was a bit on the pricey side to what we usually order but as I said "No Holds Barred" so we ordered it not exactly knowing what to expect because we hadn't actually seen it in real life only on pictures and Dear Lord it was HUGE! It could have easily fed 4 people for about a week with the amount of stuff on it. Beef Short Ribs, Baby Back Pork Ribs, Chicken Wings, Pulled Pork, Belly Pork, Chilli and House 'slaw. AGGHHHH SO MUCH FOOD WHERE DO I START!! Ok the Baby Backs and the Wings were obviously a winner on this board they were delicious. I think I would only order this again if there was maybe 4 adults eating because there is so much on it, I ended up struggling with my main.

For mains we both opted for burgers again (I know I shock you all). I got the Mother Clucker 2.0 which was Chicken, Bacon, Cheese and Chipotle Mayo. It was lovely, I could not eat it all though. I've had better chicken burgers but this was good, the flavours were great together. Lee got "The Fat Spanish Waiter" - Beef Patty, Chorizo Sausage, Manchego Cheese, Serrano Ham, Chopped Garlic, Fried Onions and Chipotle Mayo. He loved it, he said the range of flavours worked well together and it really was something different but food. The burgers are served with Beef Drippin' Fries - they are really delicious and flavoursome.

We decided to get another cocktail rather than get a dessert. I opted for the classic Mojito and Lee got a house special - Hawaiian Iced Tea made with Midori, Malibu, Archers and Orange Liqueur topped with Lilt. He absolutely loved it, he loved it so much that he bought stuff to try and make it at home.  

Overall my experience at Rookwood was good. I did really enjoy my meal but I think the winners of my experience there was the Sticky Board and the Cocktails. I'd go in here before a night out and order the sticky board just to pick at and I'd rather try more cocktails because they all looked amazing. I wanna try the Candy Floss Sour! The thing which really made the experience great was the staff, they work really hard to make their customers happy and they are so friendly.

Rookwood Bar & 'Cue can be found on Back Colquitt Street, by St Peter's Square in Liverpool. It's round the corner from FACT Cinema and if you're going to see a film there then keep an eye on their Facebook because they sometimes do deals!

Rookwood Bar & 'Cue

All opinions are my own and all food and drink were bought with my own and Lee's money. 

Pattersons Liverpool

Back in June, I was begging everyone to go to Pattersons in Liverpool and when Lee said we could go I was so excited. Pattersons Liverpool is a new Chicken restaurant that opened in November 2014 that boasts "Great Chicken & Tunes". I have to say I agree.

We went on a Thursday night so it wasn't too busy but there was still a good buzz about the place. Literally every song that came on I was saying "I love this song". The decor is very pop arty with lots of different pictures hung all over the place (including some superhero ones so we knew we were in a good place). Every day of the week they have all different deals. Me and Lee want to go for their date night deal for £15 for 2 people. (2 Chicken Sliders, 2 Wings, Golden Taco 250g Crispy Chicken with Fries, Side and a sauce).

Onto the food, we both opted for Chicken Burgers. I got Deep South Chicken Rancher - Crispy Chicken, Hash Brown, Cheese and Deep South BBQ Sauce with Sweet Potato Fries on the side. Lee got (as expected) the biggest burger on the menu; Mega Pattersons Burger Challenge - Crispy Chicken, Beef Patty, Hash Browns, Chilli Cheese, Fried Onions along with Curly Fries on the side. It was a mountain of food! But their menu is really extensive they have Wings, Buckets of Crispy Chicken, Taco's, Nachos, Wraps, Salads, Loads of Sides and Small Plates!

The food was delicious. I'm not usually a fan of a chicken burger but for this I would make an exception. The chicken was perfectly crispy and not sloppy in any way. I do think though next time I'd go with more of an appetite and order one of their buckets, the chicken looked amazing and maybe the Macho Nachos with Pollo Con Carne Nachos with Sour Cream, Guacamole, Salsa and Cheese. It's not overly priced either, this would be the perfect place for a group of students to come. And I just want to mention this because more and more people I know are becoming veggies, these do great vegetarian options too (Halloumi mmmm!)

We did have a large serving of Churros for dessert which were perfect. I'm only a fan of churros if they have a softness to them and they are warm and these were amazing, best ones I've ever had and the ice cream on the side was just lovely, it cut through the sharpness of the cinnamon just nicely.

Overall my experience of Patterson Liverpool was exactly what I wanted it to be. AMAZING! Great atmosphere and great food. I'd recommend all chicken lovers to get on to Pattersons, you won't regret it. If you're between the ages 20-35 you'll appreciate the music they play in there, it'll make you feel pretty nostalgic about your teens. The staff were also really good and friendly. It's a very welcoming environment.

They also serve really amazing looking cocktails. I went on a school night otherwise I would of had one of those bad boys!

You'll find Pattersons Liverpool just off Hanover Street, by the Q Park and it's practically next door to Cut Throat Pete's the Barbers.

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View the Menu Here: Pattersons Liverpool Menu

All opinions given are my own and I used my own (and Lee's) money to pay for our meals.